School Library Award

We're delighted to offer schools in Norfolk and Suffolk the opportunity to accredit their library service via our national award scheme.

What is the award?

Launched in 2012 by Warwickshire Schools Library Service, the award is now available nationally. It enables primary and secondary schools 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 note across three levels how their library service is operating: developing, establishing and 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?

Request an application pack by emailing the Norfolk Education Library Service (ELS).

Ensure your full name, job title and school name are in the body of the email.

The award is open to all schools in Norfolk and Suffolk.

There is an administrative fee which also covers provision of certificates:

  • £40 for schools who subscribe to Norfolk Education Library Service
  • £50 for non-subscribing schools who are members of the SLA
  • £60 for all other schools.

We will send you a pack and invoice (or journal) for the fee.

Using the audit sheet in the pack, the designated library or literacy specialist will need to complete the assessment form and return it to Norfolk ELS signed by him/herself as well as the head teacher.

We'll assess the submission and make an award to the school via a certificate as appropriate. Our decision is final, but a school will usually be welcome to resubmit following a minimum six-month gap.

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