Running a primary school library

A very popular course for teachers, literacy coordinators, teaching assistants and anyone who has been given responsibility for the primary school library and has little or no prior library experience. The course explores the aims and functions of school libraries and practical strategies for running them successfully.

Anne always adapts this course to local circumstances.

Expected learning outcomes:

  • more understanding of the role of the library and its relationship to the curriculum
  • input into library policy and plans
  • strategies for supporting teaching and learning through the library
  • new ideas for promoting reading skills and enjoyment
  • more knowledge of how to select, buy and classify library resources
  • tips for library layout, guiding and display
  • greater confidence in managing and developing the school library

The course is accompanied with a valuable information pack.

What people say about this course

I came today with no knowledge about how to run a library. I leave with so much enthusiasm and knowledge.

Fantastically useful and well presented. Even the topics I felt would not be of use gave me something to take away. The group discussions gave new ideas and insight into better ways to approach things. Everything was tied together to offer a complete package of useful information and advice.

Great course - totally relevant!

What a fabulous day! Really inspired to go back to school and re-invigorate our library. Some super ideas for library activities, layout, funding, running the library.

Excellent and has given me everything I need to put a policy together to raise the profile of the library amongst staff, governors and children.

My head is buzzing with so many ideas.

An inspiring and most enjoyable day - so many ideas and such sensible, accessible advice, as well as the chance to share what we think/do in our own schools and beyond. Anne's delivery was humorous and serious in equal turn. Brilliant stuff! What a great way to spend a day - so much to take back to school and implement.

You have provided me with inspiration for assemblies, staff meetings and PD days for the rest of the school year - thank you! Developing our library no longer feels as daunting either!

A really useful day with lots of practical ideas for moving forwards, plus reminders about why we all do this!

Very useful for a new librarian with little previous experience. Covered basics well.

What a fantastic, informative interesting and fun day! I can't wait to go back into school and pass on what I've learnt from today and get our library up and running.

Lots of important information imparted especially the importance of library policy and strategies to raise the profile of the library and reading.

I am coming away with lots of inspiring ideas on how to make our library a magical place where children come to develop a love of reading.

Really good practical ideas, and good to hear what is happening in other schools.

I now have a clear idea about what my aims for our school library should be and I'm looking forward to getting started.

Gave me some ammunition to go to senior management and promote the importance of the library.

I didn't think a course about running a school library could be riveting but I was extremely surprised and dare I say, delighted! The trainer provided practical and imaginative information in a fun way. A fantastic course.

I now have more knowledge to move our library to another step.

I am now on a mission to make our library completely interactive. I am determined to get every child in there.