Hugh Rose, Design Director at Blanchelande College, on conceptual design work on heroic inquiry and the Senior Library’s knowledge map (see the College Prospectus for an example of Hugh’s work on the Hero’s Journey)
Michael Fattorini, one of Blanchelande’s three Trustees, also offers an introduction to the College at the end of Hugh’s presentation
Joe Sanders, Teacher of Politics and International Relations, Senior Lead Practitioner, Initial Teacher Training Co-ordinator and Senior Tutor at Oakham School
Jenny Toerien, Curriculum Librarian and EPQ Co-ordinator at Blanchelande College
I am so pleased that the conversation about inquiry-based teaching and learning is continuing through this Forum. I enjoyed creating my presentation and sharing the ongoing questions that Darryl and I are pursuing through our weekly conversations. We have so much left to learn and develop to bring inquiry-based learning alive in all of our schools. Darryl set an important context for our work in libraries – the culture of education itself through the entire school. The implementation presentations by Jenny and Joe were phenomenal. Yes, we can do this! And they are proof that we, as educators, can change our whole approach to teaching and make a huge difference in the quality of learning for our students. Their presentations (one with both of them; the other by Jenny alone) were definitely worth getting up at 5 AM (my time).
I am looking forward to our continuing conversation. I have much to learn.
The Business and Professional Development Programme reflected the strategic importance and value of the following two key IFLA publications, both of which will be launched at the 2022 World Library and Information Congress in Dublin, Ireland:
The revised IFLA School Library Manifesto (2022), which is currently with UNESCO for ratification, and which revitalises the principles upholding the IFLA School Library Guidelines (2015)
The latest book in the Global Action for School Libraries series, Models of Inquiry (2022), which reaffirms the centrality of inquiry to achieving the school library’s educational and moral purpose
Standing Committee member Darryl Toerien, who is Head of Inquiry-Based Learning at Blanchelande College, was joined by Standing Committee members Valérie Glass (Chair, France), Luisa Marquardt (Secretary, Italy), Albert Boekhorst (Brazil) and Hans-Petter Storemyr (Norway), and by Ali Kennedy, Vice-Chair of the Board of the UK School Library Association.
We were joined in person by Guernsey-based colleagues and online by colleagues who were not able to travel to Guernsey, and the Professional Development Programme was both streamed and recorded (see the FOSIL Group YouTube playlist). We are deeply grateful to those colleagues who contributed so freely of their time and expertise to the Professional Development Programme – Hugh Rose, Barbara Stripling, Joe Sanders and Jenny Toerien, and Kevin Heppell. We are also deeply grateful to Valérie, Luisa, Albert and Hans-Petter for their active contributions to proceedings in addition to their attendance, which enlarged and enriched the local context.
Because school libraries serve an educational purpose – improving teaching and learning for all – and a moral purpose – making a difference in the personal, social and cultural lives of young people – we were delighted supplement the Business and Professional Development Programme with an informal cultural programme that was made possible through the generous support of the following:
Guernsey Museums for a guided tour of Castle Cornet, as well as hosting the closing lunch
We are also deeply grateful to Elizabeth Hutchinson, previously Head of the Schools Library Service at the Guille-Allès Library, for assistance with all aspects of the formal and informal programme.
Rob O’Brien, Principal of Blanchelande College, highlighted in his welcome that the pandemic had tested the potential and limitations the school library as a virtual learning space, and that, in turn, the proposal that the library is both a virtual and physical learning space integral to the educational process could never be more promising. Michael Fattorini, a Trustee of Blanchelande College, confirmed this in his closing remarks, and reaffirmed the role of the school librarian in this space as a teacher whose subject is the inquiry-based educational process itself.
A fitting start and finish to very special time with enormously talented colleagues, who have also become dear friends, as we individually and collectively work out our long obedience in the same direction.