Reading Promotion Toolkit with Accelerated Reader

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School Library Associationworking with Heath Educational Books


Venue: Heath Educational Books, Sutton, Surrey

Discount of £15 for all bookings made by phone, email or booking form, by Monday 18th March

Date: Tuesday 26th March 2019

             Trainer – Bev HumphreySLA Quality Training

Target audience: primary and secondary school staff

Course outline:

Looking for a way to get your reluctant readers avidly devouring books? It can be hard to tear children/young people away from their screens so that they can discover for themselves the flights of imagination to be found in books. This course is designed to help you with this task by using the almost addictive online media that they are already using and making best use of Accelerated Reader if you have it. Session one will be based around utilising your AR software with great tips for non AR users for free resources you can use. Examples of new titles for possible addition to your stock will be showcased with an emphasis on exciting motivating books for all abilities and interests in session two and session three will introduce ideas for using websites, apps and social media in school.

The course will be set in Heath Books’ extensive Showroom with over 60,000 books to view as part of the day.


09.30 – 09.45      Registration and refreshments

09.45 – 11.00      Session 1 – Accelerated Reader

You may already be using Accelerated Reader but are you using it to your students’ best advantage.  This session will focus on some facilities and little known aspects of the programme.  Delegates will have the opportunity to ask questions and be given hints and tips from someone who has been there and definitely has the t-shirt!

11.00 – 11.15      Break

11.15 – 12.30      Session 2 – Books, books, books!

Selection of exciting titles will be showcased with suggestions of ways to use them to motivate students of all abilities (struggling to more advanced readers) both with AR and for more general reading promotion.  Discussions will include the use of ebooks.

12.30 – 13.30      Lunch

13.30 – 15.00      Session 3 – Using technology to encourage reading for enjoyment in your school

Blogging, vlogging, tweeting – all of these can help you develop the reading culture of your school if used in the right way.  Bev will be your guide through the virtual world of reading promotion sites and resources to help your students and yourself navigate the e-world with ease.                                   

About Bev Humphrey:

Bev Humphrey is now a Literacy and Technology Consultant after spending 10 years as a school librarian.  She worked in an all boys secondary school in South East London and during this time developed a passion for encouraging her students to read and write for pleasure, often using online media to do so.  She was given a Reading Hero Award by the Literacy Trust at the end of the National Year of Reading for her work during this year and her international collaborative writing project, the Write Path was shortlisted for a Times Educational Supplement New Literacy Initiative Award in 2009 and has twice been shortlisted for a Lemos and Crane Literacy Award.  Bev also worked with the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust as a Lead Practitioner for literacy.  As a consultant Bev has presented at seminars and conferences all over the country for E2BN, Renaissance Learning, CILIP, SLG and SLA amongst others.  A self-confessed geek, Bev lives much of her life online and loves using exciting new technology as a motivator for young people’s learning.  She is a member of the SLA Board, SLA Website Content Manager and Editor, SLA Digital.  Bev is at her happiest when enlightening colleagues in education about the possibilities of literacy presented by new technologies for enthusing young people about reading and writing for pleasure or when she is working with school librarians who are of course her favourite people!



Venue: Heath Educational Books, Willow House, Willow Walk, Off Whittaker Road, Sutton, Surrey, SM3 9QQ

Telephone: 020 8644 7788

Course date: Tuesday 26th March 2019

Closing date for booking: Monday 11th March 2019

Discount deadline: Tuesday 26th February 2019*

Course Fees  (VAT at Standard Rate applies to all course fees)

SLA Members and Heath Educational Books customers:     £105.00 ** 

Non-members:                                                                                                 £165.00  


A second delegate from the same school (accompanying a full paying individual) –

SLA members  and Heath Educational Books customers  £70.00  /  /  Non-members  £90.00

* A discount of £15.00 will be given on all the above prices for bookings received by Tuesday 26th February. (We understand that it is not always possible to submit a cheque with a booking form.  For this reason payment is not required by the deadline date as long as an official order / booking form is submitted).

** Please apply via. Heath Educational Books or quote ‘Heaths’ in the ‘How I Heard about this Course’ section on the online booking form to qualify.  Many thanks.



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Wiltshire, SN2 8AD

Telephone:   01793 401153

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Cancellations by delegates – Cancellations received up to 10 working days before the course date are refundable minus £15.00 administration charge.  After that, cancellations are subject to 50% of the course fee which you may apply to a future course.  If you do not cancel or attend, the full fee will be charged.  Please contact the SLA office if you wish to send a substitute delegate.

Cancellations by SLA – Unfortunately the SLA cannot accept responsibility for any incidental expenses incurred by delegates for courses which are cancelled due to lack of take-up or other unforeseen circumstances.

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