Following the advice of the UK Government, Education Library Service is now closed and all deliveries and collections will cease until further notice. There will be staff working remotely who will be able pick up emails and enquiries from schools. If you need to get in touch please email and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Please check out the Resources and Useful Links page for information to support parents whose children are at home. You can also follow us on Twitter @CheshireELS and Facebook for more ideas and useful information.

Keep an eye on our latest news for further updates. We hope to resume a full service as soon as possible.

Professional Advice and Support

From time to time schools need additional specialist services and advice.

We offer excellent value for money and are available for as little or long as you like. Professional librarians can offer a wide range of advice and consultancy including the following:

  • Diagnostic visit to assess the school library and stock
  • Library policy, management and development planning
  • Pre - and post - Ofsted advice
  • Classification and editing of library stock
  • Stock purchase and book supply
  • Library planning and design
  • Library guiding and signage
  • Book promotion - with adults or children
  • Courses for teachers and librarians on aspects of library usage
  • Appointment of school library managers
  • Training days for school library managers
  • INSET in school or on site to promote the availability and use of resources from ELS

Some of these items may be included in your subscription to the service. Please contact us for further details and charges where applicable.

Pre and Post Ofsted Inspection Service

Pre Inspection

Inspection coming up...

Are you confident that your provision of library stock is continuing to match the school's frequently changing resource needs?

Would you benefit from an independent assessment of your library prior to inspection?

Can you demonstrate that you have already identified the weaknesses of you current library provision and made plans to improve them?

Post Inspection

Just been inspected...

Has your library been highlighted in your inspection report?

Would you like to build on the good library practice recognised in your inspection?

Could you benefit from a practical development plan showing how your library can be improved in line with current budget constraints?

Contact us for help or advice in preparing a library report or development plan

A Library Report includes a detailed assessment of:

  • Accommodation
  • Resources
  • Library organisation and systems
  • Information Skills
  • Library Staffing
  • Library Policy and Development Plan
  • Monitoring strategies

A Library Development Plan:

  • Indicates the intended progress of the library in the short, medium and long term.
  • Establishes library priorities
  • Details budget implications
  • Includes prioritised targets and performance measures
  • Reflects and supports the whole school development plan

ELS Library Advisers are experienced, qualified librarians governed by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) Code of Conduct. Professional guidelines ensure that standards of service are maintained. Independent advice ensures that your schools library is at the centre of learning in your school.

Contact us

Education Library Service
Browning Way
Woodford Park Industrial Estate

Phone: 01606 275801
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