SLS Training 2021-22

See our SWAY for a complete list of all our paid and free courses we'll be offering in the 2021-22 school year. You can also find all of the dates for ongoing courses here.

"The 'Managing your Primary School Library' course ran by the School Library Service has been invaluable to me. As a part-time teacher, as well as a new Library Manager, I have had to learn to manage my time effectively and I wouldn't have managed it without the help and support of the SLS team. The course has helped me understand how to prioritise jobs throughout the year as well as how simple tasks can make a huge impact on the library. The virtual videos have meant I can work through the course at my own pace and keep referring to them when needed. I'm really looking forward to the next session."

Paid Courses

Managing Your Primary School Library

Texts That Tempt

A virtual course spread over 2 terms, comprising 2 eLearning modules; 2 virtual forums, a piece of course work and some preparatory virtual learning. For subscribing schools, the cost is £90 per person and £125 per person for non-subscribing schools. To book the course please use our booking form here. Click here to access the course page.

Wanting to broaden your knowledge of children’s resources? Need help on where to start? The SLS has devised a virtual one-hour video to introduce you to what is currently available. It will include fiction, non-fiction and poetry linking texts to the curriculum as well as identifying books to read aloud, reading for greater depth, for pleasure and just for fun! All for £20 for subscribing to schools. You can find the full page here from October 11 2021; use this form to sign up.

For non-subscribing schools, the cost is £50 per video or £80 for both KS1 & KS2.

Rekindling a Love for Reading


The Role of the Book Corner

A recent Ofsted report noted the impact the current situation is having on pupil’s reading. Teachers had identified a need to rekindle a love for reading to help pupils improve their fluency and stamina. This virtual training course includes a 30-minute video recommending a variety of resources to reignite a reading culture in your school, alongside a booklist with all the resources shown. All for £10. To book the course, please complete the form here. Click here to access the course page.

Learn how to make the most of whatever space you have in your classroom. A 30-minute webinar focused on the classroom book corners – packed with ideas, advice and best practice to help you support the development of children’s love of reading through classroom book displays. The video will be live from Monday, October 11 and will be accessed via the SLS Moodle, here. Please complete the form to sign up. The cost is £10 for subscribing schools and £25 for non-subscribing schools.

Running a Secondary School Library

This course aims to give core guidance to those who have recently taken on new responsibility for the day to day running of a Secondary School Library or Learning Resource Centre. Over two, 2-hour sessions, this course will give an overview of the librarian’s entire role with links to sources of further information. Delivered in a small group, completion of the whole course will offer a good grounding for a successful school career.

To register your interest in taking part in this course, please complete the form here. Registration needs to be completed before Friday 22nd October 2021. The cost for this course is £180, which will be taken by journal transfer once the dates have been confirmed, using GL code 3103. For non-subscribing schools, the cost is £225 per person. Academies will be invoiced.

Free Courses

Helping Children Develop a Love of Reading

Becoming a Pupil Librarian

The following presentation video and document are tools to use during parents and carers meetings or can be downloaded and sent to parents and carers.
Our entire course on becoming a Pupil Librarian, including videos and sections on How to Shelve Fiction & Non-Fiction, Using Library Management Systems, Tidying your Library and creating Displays. Includes a downloadable certificate for when you complete the training.

Induction to SLS

Book Cafes

Induction Training for New School Library Staff, Teacher in Charge of the Library or Library Volunteer

A FREE introduction to running a school library and making the most of the School Library Service. This course will be run virtually on Microsoft Teams.

The induction session will provide you with the opportunity to have an introduction to making the most of the time you have in the library. Finding out about the full range of services available to the school from the School Library Service and how you can use the service effectively.

Areas covered will include:

• Introduction to SLS staff and the Centre

• Borrowing and exchanging resources

• Advice on resources

• SLS training courses

• SLS Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle)

• Library Management Systems 

This course will be held virtually on Microsoft Teams. An invitation to join the session on Teams will be sent out. 

To sign up for our next Induction Day, please click on the base below and enter your details on the Form and register to take part.

Autumn term

Spring Term

One Induction Course to cover all bases 25th January 2022 10 - 11 am

Summer term

One Induction Course to cover all bases 5th May 2022 10 11 am

Sign-up for the next Hampshire School Library Service Book Café session now: a virtual, informal way for any interested member of an SLS subscribing school to get together and share thoughts and ideas about books. We have three different sessions for the different key stages. You can book your place by completing the below form.

Autumn Term

  • EYFS/KS1 11th November 2021 15:45 - 16:45
  • KS2 9th November 2021 15:45 - 16:45
  • Secondary 10th November 2021 15:45 - 16:45

Please register for the Autumn Term Book Cafe here by Friday 5th November 2021.

Spring Term

  • EYFS/KS1 8th March 2022 15:45 - 16:45
  • KS2 9th March 2022 15:45 - 16:45
  • Secondary 10th March 2022 15:45 - 16:45

Please register for the Spring Term Book Cafe here by Friday 4th March 2022.

Summer Term

  • EYFS/KS1 15th June 2022 15:45 - 16:45
  • KS2 16th June 2022 15:45 - 16:45
  • Secondary 14th June 2022 15:45 - 16:45

Please register for the Summer Term Book Cafe here by Friday 10th June 2022



Let’s Talk About Sex and Relationships in Your Secondary School Library

Tuesday 30th November 2021 a Virtual Live Event 10.00-12.30

This seminar will include a discussion on relationship education and the new PSHE curriculum with a focus on sex education and relationships in teenage fiction and non-fiction. It will discuss how to keep young people safe & healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal, and social lives in a positive way. The session will also look at how library staff can support readers when accessing problematic texts in their collections.

The introductory session will be delivered by the School of Sexuality Education who will outline the key elements of the new RSE curriculum followed by a question-and-answer discussion session.

As well as the main session, SLS staff will give a talk on teen fiction and non-fiction books and the seminar will finish with an author talk.

More information about the School of Sexuality Education can be found on their website including their recently published book ‘Sex Ed: an inclusive teenage guide to sex and relationships’.

The course is free to fully subscribing secondary schools. To book a place on the course please complete the form Secondary Seminar 2021.

Closing date for registrations is Friday 12th November 2021.

Learn how to make the most of whatever space you have in your classroom, with our 30-minute webinar focused on the classroom book corner. It is packed with ideas, advice and best practice to help you support the development of children’s love of reading through classroom book displays.