Benefits to schools

What does the service offer for East Riding primary and secondary schools, can you join at any stage, can academies use the service, can non-East Riding of Yorkshire schools join the service?

Why do schools need the Schools Library Service?

To help Schools to fulfil their obligations in a cost-effective way. By sharing resources which have been chosen to meet curriculum needs by an education professional and procured centrally, the school is able to fulfil its obligation in this area whilst keeping expenditure to a minimum. Schools Library Service stock is reviewed against local and nationally agreed objectives and replaced regularly, enabling the school to provide vibrant and topical resources which are relevant to teaching and learning needs.

"The new curriculum aspires to free up teachers to deliver engaging programmes of study. To achieve this, teachers need access to high quality and current literature and information resources." - APPG (2014) The Beating Heart of the School (pdf 1.0mb) 

Why choose East Riding of Yorkshire Schools Library Service?

The benefits to subscribing schools include the following:

  • Constantly revised and updated stock: All the latest books and authors
  • Value for money: loan for less than 10% of the purchase price
  • Resources delivered directly to the school at no additional charge: you order, we deliver
  • Facility to exchange resources to meet changing themes: every term, just when you need them
  • Outstanding results in the Schools Satisfaction Survey 2012: ...a reliable, high-quality service which delivers on time. 

What services are provided?

  • High-quality learning resources from foundation stage to the end of key stage 3
  • Access to the Schools' Library Service substantial stock of resources, regardless of school size and geographical location
  • All books professionally selected to meet the needs of the National Curriculum and suitable reading levels
  • Bespoke service to cater for local variation
  • Book stock cleaned and maintained with replacement typically at before 10 years old
  • Artefacts and memorabilia to support many topic areas
  • Reliable systems which deliver non-fiction books within 5 working days of the start of term and continuous provision of up to date fiction books
  • Support in raising reading standards and promoting language and literacy skills through storytelling, visits and promotions
  • Telephone/email support during normal working hours
  • One free advisory visit each school year to discuss individual needs
  • Pre-Ofsted advice and post-Ofsted support. 

Schools can choose to purchase additional box loans at a fixed cost, or request more advisory visits charged at a daily or hourly rate. 

What professional support does the Schools Library Service provide?

The professional service offered by the Schools Library Service includes curriculum research, sourcing new materials to meet changing needs, together with the efficient investment of pooled resources to provide the best of what is currently available at the lowest price.

The Schools Library Service provides professional support for all East Riding Schools through input at Continuing Professional Development and School Improvement Service courses, involvement in National reading initiatives and community cohesion.

"…the most valued function of Schools Library Service is its advisory role and its access to wider stock than for individual libraries."   School Libraries: A plan for improvement (pdf 941kb)

Why not use the public library?

The resources offered by the Schools Library Service are specifically chosen to support curriculum development. Public libraries tend to cater to the individual.
Only the Schools Library Service carries sufficient stock for every teacher to order the books needed for a whole class each term.

What does the Schools Library Service provide for East Riding primary schools?

The Schools Library Service provides fiction and non-fiction books for loan to schools, and a range of advisory services to support library development within the school. It operates within Library and Information Services based at the Council Offices, Skirlaugh, East Riding of Yorkshire. 

What does the Schools Library Service provide for East Riding secondary schools?

The Schools Library Service can provide bespoke professional support for all East Riding Schools. Please contact the service lead to discuss arrangements and charges:

Schools Library Service 
Library Headquarters 
c/o Supplies 
Gibson Lane South
HU14 3HN

Tel: (01482) 392726

Email: schools.library.service@eastriding.gov.uk

Can academiesand free schools use the East Riding Schools Library Service?

Yes, but due to the different legal status of academies and free schools, the contractual relationships will be different.

Can East Riding schools joinat any stage?

Most of our subscribers join at the start of a three-year Service Level Agreement (SLA), but if you decide to join at a later date, simply contact the Schools Library Service manager to make arrangements. If your school achieves academy status within the existing Service Level Agreement time frame, contact us to discuss arrangements.

How do I find out more or get a quote from the Schools Library Service?

To find out more or get a quote from the Schools Library Service please contact:

Schools Library Service 
Library Headquarters 
c/o Supplies 
Gibson Lane South
HU14 3HN

Tel: (01482) 392726

Email: schools.library.service@eastriding.gov.uk

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