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"I wanted to thank you for delivering the excellent training session. I followed your advice and planned, evaluated and provided evidence for all my reading development and promotional activities. I then had a meeting about this with the school's Senior Leadership Team. The meeting went well and when it was announced, at short notice, that the school was to have an Ofsted Survey Inspection for Literacy I was included in a meeting with the Inspector and the Library was observed. Thank goodness I had already prepared most of my impact, evaluation and evidence file. I presented the Inspector with an enhanced file containing current activities and ones that were at the planning stage. He was suitably impressed! The Inspector sent a report to the Head with the following remarks about the Library: "The outstanding leadership of the exciting library provision successfully encourages the students to read frequently. A memorable highlight of the visit was the very enthusiastic way the students talked about their personal reading." Thanks again, Jerry." Secondary School Librarian.

"It was one of the best training sessions I have been to and so practical. We have our inspection at the beginning of June and the info we were given will be very helpful in preparing evidence etc. as well as for co-operation between us and the public library service." School Librarian.

"I have avoided looking at this for ages. I now see why it is so important. It is definitely do-able and I now have something positive and practical to take back to school." School Librarian.

The training was exactly what we wanted – a supportive forum for discussing and working through self-evaluation and advocacy. When delegates found some areas harder to understand Jerry applied strategies to counter this and guide them towards a better grasp of the situation. Jerry’s presentational style is non confrontational and inclusive. Delegates are able to ask questions or for further clarification at any time during the session. This creates a good atmosphere and no-one is ever ‘put on the spot’ or asked to feedback on their own which can be extremely off putting for an audience with a wide range of experience.

A balance of delivering information and break-out for discussion is good for a whole day of training. Having more group work after lunch worked well too. It was especially useful to be sent extra notes to clarify issues around planning following the training day. This was really appreciated by delegates.

We invited Jerry back to Suffolk as he has become a respected trainer amongst our High School community. Feedback is always positive and, for us, we are always delighted to see our librarians putting training into practice.
Jacky Offord, Advisory Librarian, Suffolk Schools Library Service.


Very practical training, equipping participants with an awareness of the context of self-evaluation and the knowledge and confidence to put the framework into action. Sessions include 'hands-on' working with the process itself.

As with all of Jerry's training, sessions can be tailored to specific local needs. Jerry is also happy to create new courses.

Training options include:

  • Libraries supporting learners: self-evaluation in the school library resource centre
  • Planning for success: self-evaluation in the primary school library
  • Planning for success: self-evaluation in the secondary school library / LRC

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Areas commonly explored across these training options:

  • The school library and the national learning agenda
  • The impact of the work of the school library
  • Using outcomes-based planning to ensure the appropriateness and effectiveness of school library activity
  • A practical introduction to the self-evaluation process for primary or secondary school libraries
  • Self-evaluation, the school’s SIP and the Ofsted framework for inspection
  • The self-evaluation process providing a vehicle for developing the school library
  • Using evidence of successfully achieved learning and reading outcomes as a source of powerful library advocacy material
  • SLS in support of the self-evaluation process
  • Action planning

Jerry Hurst provides training courses, workshops and seminars for libraries, schools, museums, galleries, archives, youth services and other agencies. The focus can be work with children, teenagers or adults or the full range of service provision.

Training options are adaptable to the client's specific requirements. The content, level, approach and intended learning outcomes are always designed to reflect the client's brief. Jerry is also happy to create new courses to meet specific needs. This approach ensures that outcomes for participants are closely aligned with local service and staff development priorities.

If you need further information, or would like to discuss your training or consultancy requirements, please e mail or phone 07950 408347.

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