Schools in Tower Hamlets, Hackney and other neighbouring authorities the opportunity to accredit their library service via our award scheme.
What is the award?
Launched in 2012, the SLS School Library Awards were initiated by Warwickshire Schools Library Service and are now available to other participating services. It enables any primary or secondary school to work towards achieving a Library award or the Gold version for high-achieving services.
The award is a self-assessment process conducted by the designated member of staff in charge of the library and endorsed by the Head Teacher. It is an audit of 20 key activities with supporting documentation where necessary.
Schools record across three levels how their library service is operating in a range of activities and services:
Developing Establishing Enhancing
An award is given to a school where the library is achieving 10 or more separate activities / services in the ‘establishing’ and/or ‘enhancing’ category. A Gold award is given for 15 or more services in the ‘enhancing’ category only.
How do schools apply?
Order your pack when you subscribe to Tower Hamlets Schools Library Service using SLA online, or, for schools outside Tower Hamlets, email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application pack, marking your subject line Tower Hamlets SLS School Library Awards
Please ensure your full name, job title and school name are in the body of the email.
The award is open to all schools in Tower Hamlets, Hackney and other London boroughs where there is no schools library service
There is an administrative fee of £10 for schools who subscribe to Tower Hamlets Schools Library Service or £25 for non-subscribing schools. Please make sure you include invoice details if you are not part of Tower Hamlets finance system.
We will send you the pack together with an invoice for the fee, unless you pay via SLA online.
Using the audit sheet in the pack, the designated library or literacy specialist will need to complete the assessment form and return it to us signed by him/herself as well as the head teacher.
Staff from the Schools Library Service will assess the submission and make an award to the school via a certificate as appropriate. Their decision is final, but a school will usually be welcome to re-submit following a minimum six-month gap