I’m Emily Stannard and I’m the Head Librarian and (recent) IB Extended Essay Co-ordinator at Bradfield College. I’ve been at Bradfield for 5 years now but previous to that was working as the Copyright and Compliance Officer at the University of Reading. I qualified as a librarian in 2003 and became Chartered in 2006 and have a background in HE and FE libraries.
Since starting at Bradfield I have introduced a research skills programme throughout the school. I am fortunate to have 2 dedicated part time library assistants and 1 full time deputy so that frees me up to do a bit of teaching (although SMT won’t let me call it that officially!) and strategic stuff. I was very fortunate in that when I arrived here the IB was going well and we had recently introduced the EPQ. Now, the EPQ is compulsory for all Sixth Form students who are not doing the IB, and the IB has its own research component, the Extended Essay, which I now manage. This has been massively significant for research in the school and I have pretty much had carte blanche to do what I like with the programme, which in Y9 links closely to the topics and assignments that pupils are being taught in their Divisions programme. Our Y10 pupils have a research project to work on in the Summer Term so we teach them research and referencing as part of that.
I have recently been working more closely with teachers teaching A level and IB subjects and looking at how we can better support the curriculum. I am speaking at the JCS Digital Literacy conference 2019 about this project which has been really exciting and has already had an impact! I’m also the Vice-Chair of the SLA Central and East Berkshire branch.
I’m happy to chat about anything from EE to copyright to curriculum resources and working with teachers, and look forward to getting more involved! I’m on Twitter as @copyrightgirl under my maiden name – I don’t tweet as much as I used to (when it was a formal part of my job) but I try to keep my hand in the copyright arena as much as possible although it doesn’t form anywhere near as much a part of my job as it used to.