Eastern Region ASCEL

Library services for schools in the Eastern Region


Support for schools and educational settings in the Eastern Region

This is the Eastern Region Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians (ASCEL) website, which was developed and is currently being maintained by Norfolk Education Library Service on behalf of the Eastern Region ASCEL.

All library services in the Eastern Region work closely together to continually improve services for children, young people, families and schools.

This website contains information about support available for schools and school staff in the Eastern Region.

What is ASCEL?

ASCEL – the Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians ­– is the national membership network of senior managers in children’s and young people’s public library services and school library services in the UK.

The Eastern Region ASCEL meets regularly and has good engagement from all Local Authority library services in the Eastern Region. The current chair is: Kirsten Francis, Manager for Schools and Young People’s Library Services, Norfolk Library and Information Service, Norfolk County Council.

What are library services for schools and academies?

School Library Services are one of the many services offered to schools and academies – all phases and all sectors – by local authorities. The way each service operates and the names of the services vary. Most charge for the majority of services. If your own Local Authority does not have a dedicated service, schools can request services offered by other Local Authorities. If you don’t find what you are looking for please contact the nearest service.

A schools service will:

  • Develop the potential of your school library and classroom collections as inspiring environments
  • Save staff time and school money
  • Train and support staff with high quality INSET, Continual Professional Development and networking
  • Lend or make available for purchase carefully chosen, enticing and high quality resources to support teaching and learning in the classroom and to support wider reading for pleasure and enjoyment
  • Work collaboratively with schools to offer practical support to manage and organise resources as well as develop policies to promote reading for enjoyment throughout the school
  • Teach information literacy skills to enable children to become motivated, independent learners and to help schools create a reading culture
  • Organise a range of cultural events in and out of school: author visits, sessions to inspire a love of reading and engage even the most reluctant reader, reading festivals, book awards, reading clubs

What teachers have said:

  • “The audit was extremely helpful. Details given regarding present stock and required stock for primary status from September 2015. Gail and Georgie were very helpful and very organised, they audited the library and gave feedback on what they were doing. They also provided me with lots of additional information regarding courses, book clubs, e-readers and specific author information.” Robert Kett Junior School, Norfolk
  •  ” As a small school our budget for library books is limited, so being able to supplement it with such a wide range of quality books is invaluable!” Flegg Primary, Norfolk

 Public library services

All public library services and local libraries work closely with schools to encourage children and young people to use and make the most of public library services. Every Local Authority is different, but all welcome and encourage school and class visits to public libraries to encourage library membership and library use, to support literacy and learning as well as digital inclusion for all.

Other School Library Services

For schools wishing to see information about other School Library Services in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, see the SLA map or visit the ASCEL list of SLS’s on the SLS pages of the ASCEL website.


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