Reading for information

Today's flood of information is unprecedented. Children need help to learn how to navigate it successfully and become effective independent learners.

Anne's reading for information courses explore the importance of information literacy and identify practical strategies for teaching and reinforcing information skills across the curriculum. They are suitable for literacy leaders, librarians and class and subject teachers.

Anne always tailors her courses to local needs and requirements. She provides reading for information training for national bodies and local authorities and as whole school inset.

Expected learning outcomes include:

  • more understanding of information literacy and its value for effective learning
  • ideas for developing positive attitudes to learning, curiosity and critical thinking
  • methods for supporting effective information retrieval and use
  • subject-based and cross-curricular strategies for supporting information skills
  • techniques for teaching children how to evaluate information sources critically
  • ideas for widening search horizons and reducing copy and paste and plagiarism
  • new ideas for using books to support subject teaching and develop children's information skills
  • greater knowledge of appropriate resources
  • more awareness of the role of the school library and new ways to exploit it
  • ideas for a progressive whole-school approach to information literacy

Participants receive extensive handouts.

What people say about this training

Useful reminder about what constitutes good teaching regarding the use of information, or any other, books. Particularly useful focus on creating excitement and enjoyment in learning through creative use of questioning.

I have come away buzzing with many different ways to instigate/instil independent learning in school.

Very enjoyable and informative. Practical ways to teach information skills. I can take these back and pass the ideas on to other staff.

An excellent combination of information based on wide experience and challenging questions. The facilitation of helpful discussion was especially useful.

An informative, well-planned and delivered course - Anne was flexible, knowledgeable, encouraging and her material was relevant and stimulating.

Wonderful thought-provoking questions. Break-out sessions were especially helpful for gathering ideas.

A platform to think about how reading for information could be expanded in our school. Full of good ideas to implement.

I will definitely take on board your approaches to encouraging the children to use books more widely and worksheets rather less so!

Very useful in focusing our attention on such an important aspect of children's learning. Some great ideas that we can adopt. Will now work on a whole school learning strategy so we can build up their skills. An excellent session.

Really informative, clear and thought-provoking. This has given me lots of ideas to move things forward in my school.

Very inspiring. So many areas covered in an easy way and a lot of information imparted.