Dolls' Houses, Crafts, Miniatures and More

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Norfolk County Council News Update

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Norfolk County Council - Adult Social Care Committee

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You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Adult Social Care Committee. The Agenda for the meeting due to be held on Monday 6 March 2017 at 10:00am in the Edwards Room, County Hall, Norwich is now available.

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Norfolk County Council - Adult Social Care Committee

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You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Adult Social Care Committee. The draft Minutes for the meeting held on the 23 January 2017 are now available.

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Enjoy your Friday Takeaway now that Storm Doris is out of the way!

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A taste of NCC's week...                            24 February 2017

Green light for this year's budget

On Monday, our budget was approved at a meeting of Full Council. This means our share of the council tax increases by 4.8 per cent. This works out to a rise of £57.15 for a Band D property, or around £1.10 extra each week.

This increase includes a 3% adult social care precept allowed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with a further 1.8% to fund the recommendations of service committees.

The budget invests an additional £25 million net to support adult social care and children’s services.  Over the coming year, the Council will invest just under £1.4 billion in Norfolk, with the budget supporting our four priorities – Excellence in Education, Real Jobs, Good infrastructure and Supporting Vulnerable People - and continues to support a shift towards earlier intervention services which reduce the long-term demand for council services.

Over the past six years, our share of cuts has meant we have lost almost £161m in Government funding while the cost pressures on many our services have continued to rise. Read more.

We live tweeted throughout the day, and you can view our 360 video and time-lapse video.

Bravo NB2B

Our Norfolk Better to Best (NB2B) improvement programme was praised this week for its work with our schools over the past 3 and half years. Ofsted ratings have gone up and the percentage of good or outstanding schools has risen from 63% to 89%. From April NB2B will become a new not-for-profit company continuing to deliver this service to our schools. Read more.

£8k grant for our ACE libraries

In recognition of the work our libraries are doing to improve the wellbeing of older people in Norfolk, the Arts Council England (ACE) has awarded our Library and Information Service a £8,000 grant to continue this work. We’re being used as a case study by ACE to show what effect libraries have on people’s lives.  This includes King’s Lynn library where they run a scrabble club, colouring group, knit and natter, history and reading groups. The grant will be spent on providing community singing sessions, seated exercise, community cinema and storytelling in libraries across the county. 

The grant also gives an opportunity to pilot time credit rewards for volunteers who make a difference to older peoples’ lives in west Norfolk. If you feel inspired, don’t forget you can pledge to help old and vulnerable people via our “In Good Company” campaign.

Teaching old dogs new digital tricks

Young people have been teaching the elderly new tricks in an exciting project 'Digital Buddies' in Diss. The project, led by Saffron Housing Trust, is encouraging young people to help older people to use the internet and gain confidence with technology. Volunteers, aged between 13 and 19 years old, have been introducing the older generation to laptops, tablets and smart phones; creating an email account; shopping online; joining Facebook and video calling.

We’re supporting 'Digital Buddies' as part of the Norfolk Youth Social Action Fund, an initiative piloted in the Eastern region by the Cabinet Office.  Following the success of the pilot, the Big Lottery Fund and the Office for Civil Society have invested £2million this year to fund groups delivering local youth social action opportunities nationwide. We’re a funding partner in the programme for Norfolk which aims to raise the level and quality of youth social action. 

To find out more, including details on the next round of funding open until Monday 20 March, click here.

And finally... Nelson's flag had us all aflutter

Picking up on last week’s story about Nelson’s captured French tricolour flag which will go on display for the first time in 100 years at the Castle Museum later this year. The story had the media all aflutter with our press release reaching local, national and the international media – even as far as the  Australian Herald.

Missed last week's edition? Don't worry - you can find all editions at The Friday Takeaway

CLT out and about this week:

Wendy is attending Personnel Committee and chairing a number of Norfolk & Waveney STP meetings. She will also be visiting the Small Stories Exhibition at Norwich Castle, which opens on 4 March.
Tom will be chairing the NATS and NDR boards, meeting Norse directors and attending the EDT Committee spokesperson meeting.
James will be attending meetings with Equal Lives, NorseCare & Norfolk County Council Liaison Board and Norfolk Carers Support.
Matt will be visiting teams in Cromer, attending the NSCB Leadership Group, Performance & Challenge Surgery and regional DCS meeting in Huntingdon.

For more information on CLT, visit Our Leadership Team.

World Book Day - 2 March

A reminder that it's World Book Day next week and across the county schools and libraries will be taking part. We will be tweeting pictures of staff with their favourite books and asking the public and councillors to get involved. Make sure you join us on Twitter.

In the meantime, the World Book Day website has many great ideas for promoting a love of reading.

Storm Doris pays us a visit

Yesterday Storm Doris caused havoc across our county causing traffic accidents, structural damage to roads and properties and bringing down electrical cables. Our Highways and Fire and Rescue Service colleagues were out in force responding to over 120 reports of fallen trees. A big thank you to these teams who worked around the clock and responded to over 70 emergencies - helping to keep our roads open - and safe. More...

On your bike

March is National Active Travel Challenge month- when we’ll be working with Active Norfolk to encourage people to swap their car for two wheels, or two legs, and log their activities to win prizes. There’s also a number of initiatives running at County Hall including our bike buddy scheme and cycle maintenance sessions. Look out for more details on iNet next week.

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Wendy Thomson, Managing Director

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Norfolk County Council Trading Standards Consumer Scam, News and Information Alerts

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Latest Consumer Alerts and Trading Standards news

We’re highlighting the following consumer news and scams:

Email scams and phishing alerts

Look out for the following email scams which are circulating: 

If you receive one of these emails delete it without clicking on any links in the message. You can report scam emails to Action Fraud, details below.

More advice and updates from Norfolk TS

For more consumer advice and updates, visit our consumer alerts web page or follow us on Facebook or twitter.

Reporting scams

Reporting any scams you receive can help to build up intelligence on the scammers and how they target people. You can report scams to:

Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline 03454 04 05 06 or
Action Fraud (UK’s National Fraud Office) 0300 123 2040 or

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Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin 24 February 2017

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Dear Norfolk Arts Forum Members,

Welcome to the 24 February edition of the Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin. Below you will find information on jobs, opportunities, and funding for the arts in Norfolk.

Due to reduced staffing levels at present, the Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin will be sent out every 2-3 weeks, the next issue will be on 10 March.

In This Issue:Job OpportunitiesCommunications Officer, Creative Arts East

Salary:  £18,648 p.a pro rata 0.6FTE
Contract:  Initially one year, with possible scope for extension 
Hours:  22.5 hours per week
Closing Date: 9am on 6th March 2017
Interviews: Monday 13th March 2017
Location: Based at Wymondham, Norfolk

We are looking for a dynamic and dedicated person to join the Creative Arts East (CAE) team and lead on communications for this small but ambitious arts and community development charity.

The post requires a skilful communicator with excellent team working and time management skills, along with the creativity to deliver powerful, artistically-driven campaigns and marketing collateral. 

The Communications Officer will work alongside the Design Lead and Senior Management Team to play a critical role in raising the profile of Creative Arts East. 

The successful candidate will have experience of working in a communications team, with arts and cultural experience highly desirable. They will be educated to degree level, or have at least 3 years relevant work experience with evidence of accredited or unaccredited communications training in a relevant field. They will be comfortable with a busy workload, and excited at the prospect of working in our small, busy and highly motivated team.

For full details and Application Form visit: under About Us/ Opportunities 

Call 01953 713390 or email if you need any further information. 

All applications to be returned electronically to Creative Arts East no later than 9am on Monday 6th March 2017. Interviews will be held on Monday 13th March in Wymondham.

Project Manager/ Researcher, BeLong Heritage Learning Programme

From May to October 2017, Houghton Hall will host a major exhibition of new works by the internationally celebrated British landscape artist, Richard Long. The artist will create a number of site specific works in the grounds of the house. BeLong is a heritage learning programme delivered as a core feature of the exhibition.


An on site educational programme will be delivered throughout the exhibition. Designed and developed to support this exhibition, the project will consist of an inclusive and interactive schools learning programme, including practical workshops, research into and the use of local materials, tours and investigation into the heritage of Houghton Hall, the new work and the surrounding landscape.

A sculpture trail will be created around the 6 newly commissioned pieces. On 16 Tuesdays during the exhibition, education groups will be invited to take part in a two hour long tour interactive exploration of the work.

The project aims to make the heritage of Houghton Hall and Norfolk accessible to young people and offer opportunities for memorable learning encounters with objects, materials, spaces, stories and ideas..

We are looking for an experienced Project Manager to lead this exciting project.

Role:Project Manager/ Researcher
Contract:Freelance fee of up to £20,000 over the project term, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund 
Period:March 2017 – December 2017                  
Project Lead/ Reporting to: The Sybil Foundation


  • To develop, manage and deliver the project BeLong 
  • The project consists of the following:
  • The research into the materials used to create Richard Long’s work and their historical significance to Norfolk. 
  • The creation of a schools learning programme, to develop a set of education resources around these for further research and learning
  • The delivery of an arts programme, working with up to 48 schools 


  • To manage and deliver all aspects of the project BeLong
  • To convene a Project Advisory Group as necessary to ensure that partners and stakeholders are involved and engaged in the successful delivery of the project
  • To lead the research phase of the project, undertaking the research directly and working with key partners to discuss and agree case studies and materials for inclusion in the schools programme 
  • To recruit key suppliers to the project, including Education Adviser, Administration Support staff, Project Artists, Volunteers and Project Evaluator
  • Work with the Education Adviser to develop the schools programme and website developer to create online resources
  • Promote and communicate the programme across schools in Norfolk and facilitate the launch and training event for the schools programme
  • Ensure that the programme is fully monitored and evaluated at all stages
  • Maintain budget control of the project and reporting requirements to the Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Take accountability and ownership of project deliverables, timescales and the management of operational issues, ensuring these are reported to the Project Lead as necessary

The Post Holder

The Project Manager/ Researcher will have a proven track record of managing significant cultural programmes and working with schools in a heritage learning context, and have good networks with a range of heritage and arts-based organisations in Norfolk. With excellent, proven research skills and the ability to strategically coordinate the programme, build effective relationships with a number of project partners and to manage the budget, reporting and evaluation of the project are essential requirements of the post holder.  

The post holder will be required to work on the project on a fixed-term, freelance basis. They are required to possess their own equipment (laptop, mobile phone) and premises to carry out the project and will be required to travel. The contract may suit a single freelancer or small team of freelancers who can bring different skill sets to the project.

Please send a letter of interest along with your CV to by Monday March 6th. The subject of the email should read ‘ Belong Project Manager’

Performance Assistant, Faculty of Music, Cambridge University

Closes: 15th March 2017
Contact: Susan Round
Performance Assistant in the Faculty of Music (Part-time, 22 hours per week)
Salary: £21,843 to £25,298, Grade 4 (pro-rata for 60% of full time)
Limit of tenure: 01 04 2017 to 31 07 2018

The Music Faculty has a vacancy for a part-time Performance Assistant to provide support for performance-related activities in the Faculty of Music and for the Cambridge University Musical Society (CUMS).

The Performance Assistant will assist the Performance Manager in planning, marketing and delivering performance-related activities in the Faculty of Music and for CUMS.  S/he will assist in the organisation of concerts, performance workshops and masterclasses and will support the work of the Faculty’s and CUMS’ ensembles.  The role holder will also support the teaching of performance studies across all parts of the Music Tripos. 

The role holder will have excellent communication and organisational skills and will have experience of planning, marketing and delivering performance-related events. S/he will be educated to at least A-level standard and will have excellent IT, communication and organisational skills.

It is essential that the role holder is able to multi-task, work to tight deadlines and remain calm and courteous under pressure.  S/he will have experience of organising musical events, concerts, workshops etc and will have experience of working with musicians.

If you have excellent interpersonal skills, are energetic and imaginative with a flexible and innovative approach to your work, and have the ability to lead and motivate others, this will prove a challenging and fulfilling role.

Applications must be submitted by midnight on 15 March 2017 using the University’s online Job Applications system.  Please complete the online recruitment process which can be found here:, along with further particulars about the position. This will route you to the University’s Web Recruitment System.

Informal enquiries about the post may be addressed to the Performance Manager: or the Faculty Manager:

Interviews will take place during the morning of Thursday 23 March 2017.

Quote Reference: GT11434

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, University of East Anglia

REF: ATR1351
School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing
£48,327 to £55,998 per annum

Applications are invited for a full-time Senior Lectureship in Creative Writing to convene UEA's flagship MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction), to teach a range of modules on the Creative Writing programme, to supervise PhDs, and to contribute to the School’s REF2020 submission.

The School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing is seeking to appoint an established novelist and/or short story writer with proven skills in the above areas. The successful candidate will have a strong record of published works, experience of course leadership and teaching in Creative Writing at university level, and relevant first and postgraduate degrees or their equivalent. 

This full-time indefinite post is available from 1 September 2017.  The School will also consider making two part-time (0.5fte) indefinite appointments to share the responsibilities of the position.  

Closing date:  12 noon on 17 March 2017.

Further particulars and an application form can be found here or by calling 01603 593493.

Senior Research Associate, Participatory Arts and DIY Culture Project, University of East Anglia

REF: RA1379
School of Art, Media and American Studies
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
£32,004 to £38,183 per annum

Participatory Arts and DIY Culture is a 12-month project funded under the AHRC’s Connected Communities Programme. The Principal Investigator is Professor George McKay, AHRC Leadership Fellow for the Connected Communities Programme, and Professor of Media Studies at the UEA. The Senior Research Associate will work closely with Professor McKay to explore a series of questions around participatory arts, community practice and/or DIY culture, and to produce a series of outputs (review, academic outputs, relevant events) in liaison with him, partners, and the Connected Communities administrative team at UEA.

This full-time post is available from 24 April 2017 for a fixed term period of 12 months.

Closing date:  12 noon on 13 March 2017.

Further particulars and an application form can be found here or by calling 01603 593493.


£25,298 to £26,052 per annum
37 hours per week

As part of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) and The Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach (NEACO), the University is seeking to appoint two Higher Education Champions specialising in art, design and media (ADM) who are passionate about widening participation and have the skills and/or experience to make a difference to the lives of young people.

NEACO is a partnership of five universities committed to widening participation and raising aspiration into Higher Education (HE) across East Anglia. Partners are Cambridge University (Lead), University of Suffolk, University of East Anglia, Anglia Ruskin University and Norwich University of the Arts.

The ADM HE Champions will work in a variety of partner secondary schools, sixth forms or FE colleges across the region. The postholders will work with staff and students to support identified pupils in Years 9-13 to progress to and thrive in Higher Education. This will involve delivering masterclasses, mentoring and coordinating activity with internal and external partners to raise aspirations, awareness and attainment to support progression to HE.

You will be educated to degree or equivalent level qualification in an art, design or media subject and have experience of developing and delivering art, design and/or media activities for young people. Experience of making presentations, preferably to school aged audiences, is essential.

The successful applicant will have excellent organisation skills with the flexibility and adaptability to work on their own initiative and as part of a team.

A full clean valid UK Driving Licence is essential due to the requirement to travel across the region and in some cases to rural locations where public transport may not available.

Closing Date: Monday 27th February 2017

Interview Date: Monday 13th March 2017


Recruitment Pack - Higher Education Champions
Professional Services staff application form
Joining our Creative Academic Community


£10.10 - £11.32 per hour
18 hours per week (4.30 pm to 9.00 pm Monday to Thursday) up to 30 weeks per academic year

The Fashion Studios provide specialist resources to support the development, creation and realisation of garments; facilities include professional sewing and overlocking machines, pressing equipment, professional mannequins and pattern cutting provision.

You will be a skilled Fashion Technician with proven professional experience of garment construction and manufacture in a commercial or Higher Education environment. The successful applicant will be proficient across a wide range of clothing construction and be skilled in pattern cutting.

Experience and knowledge of maintaining equipment and managing machinery in a busy fashion environment be an advantage.

Closing Date: Wednesday 1st March 2017
Interview Date: Wednesday 8th March 2017


Recruitment Pack - Evening Technician: Fashion
Professional Services staff application form
Joining our Creative Academic Community

Packard Curator – British Sporting Art

Full Time – 5 Year Fixed Term Contract
Salary – £35,000 to £40,000 (depending on experience) + Pension
Based Full-Time in Newmarket (the post holder will be expected, alongside other
members of staff, to be an emergency key-holder)

Responsible to: The Director (Chief Executive), National Heritage Centre for
Horseracing and Sporting Art and the Curator/Deputy Director.

Responsible for: The Packard Curator will be an integrated member of the curatorial team of the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art (NHC) and will work closely with the BSAT Administrator. The postholder will be a member of the BSAT Executive Committee and the Palace House Hang Committee.

The Packard Curator will be responsible for the exhibition of sporting art in the Fred Packard Museum and Galleries of British Sporting Art at Palace House, Newmarket. The post represents an exciting opportunity to develop a specialist interest and expertise in British sporting art and to support the work of the British Sporting Art Trust in promoting the genre to a wider public. The role also includes responsibility for developing and curating temporary exhibitions of sporting art in both the large
and small temporary exhibition galleries of the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art. The post is funded by the generosity of the Packard Foundation and the Patron of the British Sporting Art Trust, Sir Samuel Whitbread.

Full information about the post is avaialble here:

Start date: As soon as possible
To apply, please send your current CV and a covering letter, explaining your interest in this
post and relevant experience and qualifications, together with details of at least two referees
and information regarding your availability. Please also indicate if there are any restrictions
on you taking up employment in the UK and, if so, provide details.

Applications should be sent either via email to: or in
writing to:
Sarah Tye, Group HR Adviser
Recruitment (British Sporting Art Trust)
Epsom Downs Racecourse
Surrey KT18 5LQ
Deadline: 5pm on Friday 3rd March 2017
Interviews are likely to take place on 10th March 2017

Development OpportunitiesStarting out as a freelancer: managing a portfolio career - a-n The Artists Information Company & Norfolk Arts Service

Monday 27 March 2016, 10:00-16:00

The Archive Centre, Norwich

£25 full price, £15 discounted price for a-n members

Are you looking to learn more about starting out as a freelancer? Do you need advice on how to get started, build a network of support, get work, fund your own projects and promote and market your new business? 

This pilot one-day workshop with Hen Norton looks at all aspects of making a freelance career work and will cover the following areas:

  • How to set up as a self employed person and managing your accounts
  • Understanding and writing a business plan
  • Prioritising and managing your time to best effect
  • Sources and creative ideas for financing your practice
  • Identifying, building and developing a network and your audiences
  • PR & marketing strategies for yourself and your work
  • Building a brand as a creative practitioner

This session is suitable for anyone starting out or already working in the creative industries, from a recent graduate to more established practitioners who are thinking about working for themselves.

Further information including booking can be found here.

Cultural Hubs: Arts in Libraries Conference

Friday 24th March, 10am - 4pm
St. Helens Central Library & St. Helens Town Hall
Cost: £10 - book via

Over the last few years there has been a cultural renaissance in Libraries across England. Plays, gigs, performances, exhibitions and participatory arts activities have taken place in Libraries big and small, new and old, urban, suburban and rural. At the heart of this movement, has been St. Helens Council, which animates all of its libraries with Cultural activities such as Dance, Drama, Music, Literature, Digital and Heritage initiatives, which have all been part of their Cultural Hubs programme . No age group or socio-economic group has been left out in pursuit if the ultimate ambition of turning libraries into Cultural Hubs for the whole of the community.

This conference in St. Helens will explore the journey that the authority has been on since their arts in libraries work began back in 2011, through to winning the best arts project category in the National Lottery Awards 2016 - and right through to the present day. The conference will also explore the National context of Arts In Libraries with key-note speakers including Brian Ashley (Director, Libraries, Arts Council England) and Neil Macinnes (President, SCL). For further information and to book a place visit here.

Tate's Circuit Conference on youth / art work: Test, Risk, Change

Date: 10 March 2017
Venue: Nottingham Contemporary 

Tate has a great (free!) conference in March sharing the experience of youth and arts sectors working together, and peer-led work by young people - the result of a 4-year programme to develop youth-led activities and partnership work, called Circuit. The full conference information is here:

Conditions for Creative Communities Free symposium

Venue: Tate Exchange, Tate Modern

Tuesday 7 March, 11am - 4pm

Are you planning a creative project with a community? Hear from artists, participants and Kettle's Yard about the Open House project. They will be joined by guest speakers from creative projects nationwide.

All are welcome. This symposium is especially aimed at artists, cultural commissioners, community groups and local authority community development teams.

FREE, but booking essential. Please contact Kettle’s Yard to book your place: or phone 01223 748100. More about the event here.

Adult Clases at Norwich Puppet Theatre

Adult Cane Sculpture Workshop

Presented by: Ali McKenzie
Sat 25th Feb 2017
Price: £50.00
Running time: 10am-5pm
Ages: 16+

Adult Animal Glove Puppet Sewing Workshop
Presented by: Becca Barry
Sat 4th Mar 2017
Price: £15.00
Running time: 2-4.30pm
Ages: 16+

The Mask and the Puppet in Performance: a Masterclass
Presented by: Mark Pitman
Sat 11th Mar 2017
Price: £100.00 - £120.00
Running time: Sat 11th - Sun 12th March, 10am-5pm both days
Ages: 16+

Visit the website for more infomration and to book a place:

Tales From The Field

Your invitation to the first Tales From The Field event of 2017! Registration is now open. Book your place while tickets are available.

Building partners and networks to support international artistic exchange
In partnership with the Africa Centre
Communications partner: Hatch Africa
At Arch 29, Union Yard, Union Street, London SE1 0LR
Wednesday 15 March 2017
6.30-9pm (doors open from 6pm)
£12 with complimentary drinks

Visiting Arts engaged with over 400 international artists and cultural managers in the last year in Trinidad & Tobago, Ethiopia, Malawi and the Pacific Islands, face to face through training or knowledge sharing events – with the aim of increasing access to international arts & culture in diverse locations worldwide. Highlighting complex issues, stories and experiences from other cultures and nations is increasingly important to create understanding and empathy in society, and this event will reveal how we build networks and provide exposure for artists to bring their work to new contexts and communities. We’ll discuss the general principles of building partnerships and growing networks to create vibrant international projects that work for multiple stakeholders, and most importantly, artists and creative businesses around the world.

The evening will conclude with a panel discussion bringing together experienced cultural managers Yemisi Mokuolu from Hatch Africa and Vanessa Eden of Pacific Island Artists Connection, to share thoughts on creating opportunities for international artists to work in the UK and abroad.

The event is hosted at the Africa Centre’s new event and performance space at Union Yard Arches in Southwark, where the Centre will soon be delivering its new cultural programme. Right next to this amazing event space is THE HUB, a brand new collaborative and affordable work-space also launched by the Africa Centre, which aims to champion Africa’s creative and entrepreneurial spirit. For more information about the Africa Centre: and @TheAfricaCentre.

You can find details about the Tales From The Field series on the Visiting Arts website

a-n Coaching Programme with RD1st

Deadline: 5pm Tuesday 28 February 2017 

We are offering 12 fully funded places on the accredited a-n Coaching Programme with RD1st in Lancaster this summer (plus travel, accommodation and child care bursary (of up to £400)). This is part of a-n’s commitment to supporting artists’ livelihoods. The a-n Coaching Programme with RD1st is a highly interactive, practice-based programme covering an eclectic mix of skills, theory and investigation relating to coaching, relational dynamics and leadership. The course is equally suitable for those wishing to explore one-to-one coaching, action learning sets, to enhance leadership, mentoring and facilitation skills and/or utilise coaching skills in the workplace or in day-to-day interactions.

Relational Dynamics 1st is an exceptional organisation that specialises in training people from all professions and backgrounds to be coaches. Coaching is a supportive, challenging and dedicated framework to enable ‘extraordinary thinking’ with those that are being coached – as individuals or in groups. “It’s very intense indeed, and turns thinking totally inside out, but in a very positive way” – Steve Dutton, 2016 attendee.

The programme is aimed at a-n individual members, Artists, Arts organisers and Joint members and includes a 6 day programme (two blocks of three days) with additional 2 days for accreditation. 3-5 May, 14-16 June, with accreditation on 6 and 7 July, 10am-5pm each day except last day of each module where aim to end 4.30pm.

For more information and to apply:

Life Painting Days

Saturday 4th March 2017 – 10am-1pm – £15 – Spaces Available
Saturday 22nd April 2017 – 10am-4pm – £25 – Spaces Available
Saturday 20th May 2017 10am-1pm – £15 – Spaces Available
Saturday 17th June 2017 10am-4pm – £25 – Spaces Available

Life painting days are held on a Saturday and run either from 10am-1pm or 10am-4pm. They are designed to allow artists the time and space to paint and normally consist of just 1 or 2 poses throughout the day. People wishing to draw or to work in other mediums are also very welcome. The days are punctuated with tea and coffee breaks and on a full day we have about 30 mins for lunch around 12.30pm.

Whether you wish to draw or paint the relaxing atmosphere and beautiful large room will provide you with the perfect environment to allow your creative juices to flow. I only hire the best models that I can find to give the artist the best possible experience.

The sessions take place at the Friends Meeting House on Uppergoat Lane, Norwich and are £15 for a 10am-1pm session or £25 for a 10am-4pm session which is payable in advance.  If you have any questions or would like to book a place please get in touch via the contact page.

tel: 07818 516734, email:, website:

Opportunities for Artists/Writers/PerformersWaveney Valley Sculpture Trail Call out for artists

Applications are now open for artists to apply to take part in a popular sculpture trail which is set return to south Norfolk this August.

The Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail annually attracts thousands of visitors to the region to see the work of artists from around the country.

Organised by Waveney & Blyth Arts, the event, which has taken place at the River Waveney Study Centre near Bungay for the past three years, will this year take place at The Raveningham Centre, four miles south of Loddon.

The trail is part of ‘Celebrate the Waveney & Blyth 2017’, an annual programme of events that highlight the unique character of the two valleys situated in north Suffolk and south Norfolk.

The Raveningham Centre offers a very different location with new opportunities for site specific work and sculpture in the grounds of Castell Farm, a Tudor farmhouse with an old orchard and kitchen gardens.

Over the years Raveningham has become known as a unique venue for a number of arts activities including Festival in the Garden, Easter Folk Day, Antiques Fairs and Musical Events.

In 2016 more than 3,250 visitors visited the trail to see the work of 45 artists, generating around £7,000 worth of sales.

Both established and up-and-coming artists are encouraged to apply to take part in the 2017 trail.

Curator Sarah Cannell said: “I am thrilled to be curating the sculpture trail again and am really looking forward to the challenges of the new space".

All artwork on the trail will be available for sale and there will be an opportunity to sell cards, prints and books related to the artwork.

This year there will be two awards for participating artists, The Visitor’s Choice award and The Curator’s Choice award.

To apply email Miss Cannell via for an application form. The closing date for applications is Sunday, February 26 2017.

More information can be found on the Event page at


Got a great idea for a short film? Want training, £10k and a professional crew to help you make it? Fancy seeing it showcased on Sky Arts?

shortFLIX is aimed at aspiring new filmmakers aged 18-25 who are not currently in full-time education, employment or training. We’re looking for ideas from creative, talented and ambitious young people that have the potential to make great short films for showcase on Sky Arts.

We’ll select up to 20 ideas, with successful applicants supported to turn these into a short film script or outline. Up to 5 of these projects will then be awarded funding and the young filmmakers will work with a budget of up to £10k each and a professional team to make the short films.

shortFLIX will provide training, mentorship, funding and industry exposure, with professional support provided at every stage. No previous professional experience or study of film production is required and participation is FREE.

We are looking for short film ideas that:

  • tell us something about your community, heritage, identity, or area;
  • are fiction, documentary or visual art and up to 8 mins;
  • are achievable on a budget of up to £10k and set in the UK.

You are eligible to apply if:

  • you are aged 18-25 at the time of application and live in the UK;
  • you are NOT currently in full-time education, employment or training;
  • you have a passion for film but do NOT have any previous professional experience or an undergraduate / post-graduate degree (e.g. bachelor’s, master’s) in film production;
  • you can commit to working with us to deliver the film, and are able to participate in the training programme. 

The application deadline is 5pm on Wednesday 8th March 2017. 

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2017 Edinburgh Fringe Central Events Programme.

Deadline for submissions of interest: 5pm, 08 March 2017

As part of the services the Fringe Society offers to all those taking part in shows, the Fringe Central Events Programme delivers a series of professional development workshops, seminars, discussions and creative labs throughout the month of August.

In 2016, the Fringe Society worked with 44 partners in order to deliver a comprehensive and diverse programme of over 110 events. The programme’s overall aims are to; develop skills, expand perceptions, build networks, advance careers and aid in the health and well-being of all those involved in a Fringe show. In line with their continued commitment to support participants in an open and impartial manner, all events presented within Fringe Central must:  

  • Be free to attend
  • Be open to anyone taking part in a Fringe show
  • Not be used as a promotional tool for any Fringe show

Programmed events will be required to provide final copy and artwork by 5pm on 29th March 2016. The 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe runs from 04 - 28 August. For information on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Society go to

Industry Research & InformationOnline network to bring culture to the coast

A new online network is hoping to revive England’s coastal towns with culture, following the decline of traditional tourism. Launching on 27 February, the Coastal Culture Network will help connect arts and cultural organisations, local authorities, Coastal Community Teams and other local groups. It aims to facilitate partnerships and increase the number of cultural events and activities taking place in seaside towns. It will also share information and opportunities, and advocate for the role of culture in regeneration.

Hosted on the Coastal Communities Alliance website, the network will permit organisations to become members and create a profile for free. They will then be able to connect with other members and access case studies and resources.

Source: Arts Professional

Arts Council England could fund an additional 216 NPOs from 2018

Arts Professional has reported that as many as 900 arts organisations and museums could be admitted into the national portfolio in the next funding round. An ACE spokesperson told AP that 216 organisations could potentially be added to the portfolio, which contained 663 NPOs and 21 separately funded Major Partner Museums (MPMs) for the 2015-18 funding period. “Our aim is to expand the reach of the Portfolio in 2018-22 to new, small and diverse organisations, and to increase the proportion of our NPO funding outside London,” they said.

ACE has ring-fenced a record £409m per annum for the expanded portfolio for 2018-22, £83m more than has been allocated for NPOs in 2017/18. ACE described £37m of this as ‘additional’ money, with the rest transferred from the MPM fund and various strategic grant budgets that will now fit within the portfolio. Despite the increase, ACE warned last month that funding uplifts will only be given in “exceptional circumstances”. A spokesperson said the £37m is not necessarily earmarked solely for new organisations but confirmed £9m would be going to Factory, the new flagship arts centre in Manchester. “Decisions will be based on the strength of the applications we get,” the spokesperson said, “but with this additional funding we are planning for an increase in successful NPO applicants for this investment round.”

From 2018, changes to the portfolio will see the funding period extended to four years and the integration of both the MPMs and museum and library activities.

Source: Arts Professional. Read more here.

Get Creative 7th – 9th April 

Get Creative Weekend returns bigger and better for 2017 with even more people across Britain set to take part in three days of good old fashioned 'have a go' creativity. Working with other partners including BBC, Crafts Council and Fun Palaces, there'll be event happening across the UK to encourage people to try getting creative! The dates have been announced so whether it's paper sculpting, pot-throwing, cross-stitching, harmony singing, joke-telling or robot-building, from 7th - 9th April 2017 there will be an event near you to help you unleash your inner Adele, Banksy, Monet or Rankin. Read more here.

Voluntary Arts Week

This year's Voluntary Arts Festival takes place from 5 - 14 May 2017. Find out more about how to list your events for the festival, check out our tips on getting organised and get planning with your friends or local creative group by clicking here.

The Impact of Brexit on the creative industries

MPs attending the Culture, Media and Sport Committee’s inquiry into the impact of Brexit were warned about the risks facing the sector if free movement and access to European arts and culture funding are lost.  Giving evidence at the session, John Kampfner, Chief Executive of the Creative Industries Federation, highlighted a skills gap in the sector, which is currently being filled by a non-British workforce, adding that Brits are being quite actively deterred by an education system (The EBacc) which has de-prioritised the creative industries. Sir Peter Bazalgette, outgoing Chair of Arts Council England, also gave evidence urging the Government to reform the visa process in a way that would make it easier for talent to flow into and out of the country and flagging up the need to consider the monetary impact of withdrawing from Europe on cultural funding.  Read more here@ ArtsProfessional. 

The creative industries now a key government sector

The creative industries has now been recognised as one of the five key sectors in the government’s industrial strategy consultation. The announcement is a major step forward for a sector which has never been formally recognised in an industrial strategy before, yet is now worth over £80 billion a year. Inclusion in the new industrial strategy should add a level of accountability to cross-departmental policy-making. Furthermore, Arts Council England’s outgoing chair, Sir Peter Bazalgette, will chair an independent review of the creative industries and lead any eventual proposal for an official ‘sector deal’ between the Government and Creative Industries.

Tourism campaign to celebrate literary stars

VisitEngland will be celebrating Britain’s literary stars in 2017 and is hoping to drive additional tourism using classic characters and locations linked with their history. If your locality has a connection with English authors, books, characters or literary events, then contact VisitEngland for a chance to be considered in the campaign activity. You can also download their free toolkit of logos and images to help you brand your content here

Mental wellbeing and independence for older people

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued new guidance to help prevent loneliness in retirement. Dancing and swimming clubs, singing programmes, volunteering and helping children with reading in schools are all singled out as hobbies that could prevent isolation.  The guidance urges councils, housing organisations and charities to work together to ensure activities are made available.  Read the guidance here.

The Arts empower children and improve life chances

The Cultural Learning Alliance has published its new core document ImagineNation: the value of cultural learning. The document pulls together all the available evidence on the impact of the arts and culture to children’s lives, alongside quotes, stats and arguments from a wide range of sources including the Bank of England, LEPs, Police Commissioners and the Children’s Commissioner, parents, teachers and UCAS.  The document can be used to help make the case for the importance of arts and heritage in the lives of children, young people and their families.

Funding OpportunitiesRagdoll Foundation Open Grant Scheme

The Ragdoll Foundation Open Grant scheme supports non-profit organisations working with children and young people using the arts and creative media. The Foundation is mainly interested in applications that involve children during their early years, but appropriate projects for older children (up to 18 years) will also be considered. Whilst the Foundation will fund work in and around London, they will prioritise projects taking place elsewhere in the UK. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Read more here: RAGDOLL FOUNDATION

Funding to support arts projects

The Fidelio Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications is the 1st June 2017. The Trust offers grants of up to £5,000 in support of the Arts, in particular Music, including: 

  • Opera
  • Lieder
  • Composition
  • Dance.

The Trustees aim to help individuals and groups such as: 

  • Colleges
  • Arts Festivals
  • Other arts organisations who would not be able to carry out a project or activity without financial support.

Funding is available towards: 

  • Tuition or coaching costs
  • To participate in external competitions
  • To be supported for a specially arranged performance
  • To receive support for a special publication, musical composition or work of art.

Read more at:  

Arts Award Access Fund

The next deadline for applications to the Arts Award Access Fund is the 3rd March 2017. Grants of £100 to £1500 are available to Arts Award centres in England that are working with young people for whom access and inclusion is an issue. This can include: 

  • Young people with a disability
  • Learning difficulties
  • Special educational needs; etc.

The aim of the grants is to enable Arts Award Centres to pilot, embed or develop their Arts Award work with these groups. The funding can be used for a range of activities, including: 

  • Fees for workshops with a professional or specialist
  • General art materials and printing costs
  • Travel to and from a venue
  • Hire of specialist equipment or specialist venue; etc.

Read more at:

Funding for Summer Playscheme Grants Programme

Registered charities that want to run summer play schemes for children between the ages of 5 and 16 can apply for grants of between £500 and £1,000. The funding is made available by the Woodward Charitable Trust which supports about 35 playschemes each year that run for a minimum of 2 weeks or 10 days across the summer holidays. Preference is given to: 

  • Small local playschemes that provide a wide-ranging programme of activities
  • Schemes that involve a large number of children
  • Schemes catering for those from disadvantaged backgrounds or that have a disability
  • Schemes that are inclusive such as projects that work with children from a range of backgrounds, abilities and races
  • Schemes where past users are encouraged to come back and help as volunteers.

Grants can only be paid to registered charities. Organisations that are not a registered charity can still apply but need the agreement of a registered charity to accept the grant on their behalf. The deadline for receipt of applications for the Summer Playschemes is the 7th April 2017. Read more at:  

Community Radio Fund to re-open for applications

Telecom's Regulator Ofcom, has announced that the Community Radio Fund will re-open for applications on the 12th April 2017. Funding will be available to not-for-profit radio stations that have a social purpose, and work to involve their target community in running the service. Funding will be available to Community Radio Stations towards their core running costs. These can include: 

  • Management costs
  • Administration, financial management & reporting costs
  • Fundraising to support the station
  • Community outreach work
  • The costs involved in using volunteers; etc.

Grants can only be made to community radio licensees which are broadcasting under a community radio license (and not an RSL, for example). The average grant awarded over the last few years has been in the region if £15,000. The closing date for applications will be 5pm on the 10th May 2017. Read more at:  

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Norfolk County Council News Update

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Signs of Safety Special Edition neswletter #13 - February 2017

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Signs of Safety Special Edition newsletter #13 - February 2017 Simplicity is the key

Kaya Denny-Ward, Asst. Practitioner in Great Yarmouth, has shared some Words and Pictures work created to help a six year old child understand her life’s journey from birth and until now. It is simple, colourful and explains her history and current situation. Click here to view an anonymised copy of this work.

“L has global developmental delay and came into care Dec 2015 due to concerns relating to sexual abuse and neglect.  It was in L’s best interest to be separated from her sibling group and this also involved placement changes. L struggled to understand the decisions being made for her and was getting confused about key people in her life. Lots of time was spent with her and together we developed a road map to help her understand her life’s journey. L took great delight in this activity and loves to look at and read her story.  This piece of work significantly helped her come to terms with decisions that were made to keep her safe."

Keeping Words & Pictures current and relevant

Karen Reynolds, a Senior Social Worker, from the FIT Team in GY, wanted to share with us how SofS has helped a group of 6 siblings understand what’s happening in their lives:

“In July of last year, the children in this family disclosed historical sexual and physical abuse, with father being the perpetrator. They were accommodated and placed with foster carers while care proceedings were initiated. The children, aged between 5 and 16, with varying levels of understanding, presented complex trauma and anxiety from their experiences and required a high level of emotional support and reassurance to help them make sense of their circumstances and journey. A way of doing this was to undertake regular SOS words and pictures, devised and undertaken at times conducive to the children’s needs.

Before any work was done, I met with foster cares, to discuss the narrative and devise the script, to ensure that this was written in a way that the children could understand. I then met with the children, alongside the carer to complete the work, encouraging the children to read the narrative and then draw pictures to go with this. These were photocopied on A3 paper and some of the children chose to put this up on their bedroom wall or to keep in a drawer, so that they could revisit them when necessary. For the younger children, copies were provided to the school setting, to enable them to use these at times when the children sought clarification around time-frames etc.  

The words and pictures were particularly helpful in keeping the children up to date in regards to care proceedings, criminal proceedings for their father, and professionals’ roles within their lives. A particular piece, focused around father having been sent to prison (what prison is like, how dad is looked after, what & where he sleeps, eats etc.), proved very helpful for the children, as it allowed them to understand that they are safe from any further harm from their father, yet also reassure them that their dad is being well cared for and safe.”

Just say Mapping without Scaling

Mapping is a great tool for drawing out information and assessing what needs to be happen next, to keep children safe or continue on the path to success or well-being. The three columns seem straightforward, however thinking up a good scaling question, which should always be included in any mapping exercise, takes some thought. It’s purpose is to open up conversation, to get everyone’s perspective on the issue at hand and to learn the reasoning behind the numbers given. Not everyone will or should come up with the same number. But it's when we all have different opinions, that’s when the conversations begin and we can openly talk about what small change each would need to see happening to move up the scale. It is the small steps that lead to great changes. So when you ask a scaling question, make sure you also have that conversation about what everyone needs to see happening to inch closer to the end goal.  

Passport to independence staff briefings

Do you know about the new Passport to Independence or need to find out more about it?

Countywide briefings to update staff about the Passport to Independence scheme are offered during March 2017. Anyone who cares for or works with Looked after Children or young people leaving care aged 12+ is encouraged to come along to one of them.

The Passport to Independence has been designed to be used by Foster Carers, residential staff, Supervising Social Workers, accountable Social Workers and Leaving Care Personal Advisors as a way of ensuring that every Norfolk LAC or LC child/young person develops the independence, knowledge and skills needed when they move into independence. IROs will have the overall responsibility of ensuring that the Passport to Independence is embedded in everyday practice.

Special two-hour briefings are being held at five different venues:

Wednesday 8 March King’s Centre, Great Yarmouth

Thursday 16 March West Norfolk Professional Development Centre, King’s Lynn

Friday 17 March County Hall Annexe, Norwich

Tuesday 21 March Keystone Innovation Centre, Thetford

Thursday 23 March North Norfolk District Council Chamber, Cromer

The briefing will enable you to understand the way in which the Passport should be used, and will provide examples of best practice. It will also enable you to understand your roles and responsibilities in relation to the Passport, and how you can help the young person evidence their progress.

To book your own place for one of these briefings, please log onto Learning Hub and either search under ‘Passport to Independence Briefing’ or follow this link. Choose from either a morning briefing session (10.00am to 12.00pm) or an afternoon briefing session (1.30pm to 3.30pm) at the venue closest to you. Please note that all places must be booked in advance, as space at each briefing session is limited.

Training & Development

Practice Leads:

Another Practice Leads training course will be running 18-21 April 2017. Due to the bank holiday Monday, this 5 day course will be condensed into 4 days. This is open free of charge to permanent Children’s Services staff and at a cost of £250 to agency staff. Before enrolling on this training, please read about the Role of the Practice Lead, then email us to apply for a place.

Foundation training:

This two day training is available through the NSCB website. Please note: this is now mandatory for all staff who are working with children and families, including agency staff. As from May 2017, this training has been re-designed to explore more aspects of the SofS approach and will be delivered by Children’s Services staff.

Development sessions:

A central calendar of development sessions has been produced, showing all the sessions running across the county. All sessions are open to all staff. Your 1:1 supervisions should now include an element of looking at how you use Signs of Safety in your practice. If an area is identified as in need of support to develop, you and your manager can easily find where there is a session running on that topic. Feel free to bring along an anonymised case you are currently working on to see how you can practically apply Signs of Safety methods. Click here to view the current schedule. Bear in mind, session topics may change as required so this calendar will be updated accordingly.

You may also find it useful to have a look at the Practice Leads and Team Development Section online, with plenty of exercises and worksheets to help you further deepen your practice, either individually or as a team.        

Look out for the new SofS posters around your office. Created by the Super Leaders, these will help to de-mystify some of the terms used, providing a brief summary of what each term and tool means and when you would use it. You can also access a copy of it here. Take a little time to look it over, perhaps you’ll find things are not quite as complicated as you may have thought.


'You Can't Grow Roses in Concrete'

Action Research Final Report

Following the England Innovations Project, which Norfolk took part in from October 2014 to March 2016, a report has been released by MTM, the team behind the Signs of Safety approach, giving their findings on the project, which involved 10 local authorities all at various stages of implementing Signs of Safety. Click here to access a copy of their report.

Group Supervision



Just to remind you that our supervision policy stipulates that front line workers in Social Work and Early Help services should have a minimum three-monthly access to a group supervision session. We know we are doing this work but we need to be able to identify the different ways it is happening and ensure our practitioners are able to name it as such.

Group supervision should generally be led by a Signs of Safety Practice Lead although other practitioners may also facilitate sessions, e.g. Managers, ATMs or Senior Social Workers/Practitioners.  This is part of our ongoing commitment to improve the quality and depth of practice, using ‘Signs of Safety’ as our practice framework and appreciative inquiry as our methodology.

The sessions could be any practice development session that involves opportunity for workers to be discussing their case work and may be particularly helpful for:

  • Cases that are ‘stuck’
  • Cases that are very complex
  • Cases where there is a lot of uncertainty about risk
  • Cases where there is disagreement about risk

Please could you make sure that you have a discussion regarding the above with your teams and remind them of the ways in which they are having this supervision policy requirement met.

For more information

Tweeters can follow @signsofsafety for updates from the team behind this approach or @socialworktools for tools and direct activities which work well with the SofS approach.

NCC staff can access information on our intranet pages and partners on the NSCB website.

You can also access past copies of the SofS newsletters here.

Your feedback Do you have a good idea for the next Improving Times? Send it to and see our back copies here.
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Norfolk County Council News Update

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Norfolk schools: better together

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Cromer Museum Presents: Exhibition Insights- Women in the First World War

Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 17:00
Cromer Museum Presents: Exhibition Insights

A series of talks celebrating the opening of Cromer Museum’s brand new galleries dedicated to Olive Edis, Britain’s first female war photographer.

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Book Bites Newsletter: February 2017

Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 09:19
New contracts - Early Bird period for maintained schools

“It is not just the books but the staff and their knowledge and enthusiasm. Many of our children do not have books at home and this service is invaluable to our school.” - Hannah Kingsley, Lionwood Infant School

It’s contract renewal time for maintained schools and for yet another year, we’ve frozen our excellent value ‘Early Bird’ token price of £70. Think of your budget - to make sure you get the service you want at this price, ensure your contract is agreed on SLA Online by 31.5.17. Outside of this period tokens will be full price, which is £80.

We have our usual guided reading and catch-up collection subscriptions, plus Chatterbooks, Early Years collections and our new Library housekeeping offer. Tokens can of course be used toward all of our services including project boxes, INSET places, professional time and author visits.

You can contact us directly for more information or alternatively, details of the services offered are also on the SLA Online website:

Academy schools: tokens can be purchased at any point throughout the year but your early bird period begins in September, in line with your financial year.

Our specialist children's mobile

“The opportunity to offer the children a wider range of good quality and up-to-date books that the school could otherwise not afford. This encourages reading for pleasure and progress in reading. It's also a great opportunity for children to apply their library skills.” - Lou Kent, Saxlingham Nethergate Primary

In 2016, our mobile visited 94 schools across the county; nearly 7150 children borrowed from us over 41,000 books worth £267,417!

Feedback we receive shows schools think our mobile library service is as great as we do; 100% of those who completed evaluation forms last term rated their experience of their mobile visit as excellent or good. 100% also rated value for money as excellent and good, with many commenting on how their visit enables them to provide their children with up-to-date books they would otherwise be unable to replace annually.

If you’re planning for the year ahead and considering your contract for the new financial year, consider the impact a visit from the ELS mobile and a long-term loan of up to 850 books could have - especially the potential to borrow stock with a value of approximately £6800!

We’re also continuing our offer of giving a FREE token with any mobile library visit purchased. This can be used against any of the services we offer –  just get in touch and we can advise you further.

Value for money – books, training and more!

“It allows us to renew our stock annually at a significantly lower cost than if we bought new books ourselves. It also introduces staff and children to new titles and authors they might otherwise miss.” - Gill Mitchell, Librarian, Attleborough Junior School

At the Education Library Service, we understand the limitations of school budgets and we pride ourselves on offering schools and educational settings excellent value for money across all of our services. We have a commitment to helping schools raise attainment in literacy and learning and we offer flexible solutions and can tailor our services to suit individual requirements, including work with Multi Academy Trusts federated schools and cluster groups.

We are constantly buying a broad range of newly published quality titles to stock our shelves and send out to schools in project boxes or on the mobile. For example, our project boxes are a great way to support your class learning and are bespoke collections selected to fit any theme – we like a challenge! A box of 24 books is priced at 1 token (£70 if purchased during our early bird period) and is loaned for a term; by borrowing from us, you’ll get an amazing range of titles with an average total cost of £192 - a contrast to the 9 books you’d get in shops for £70!

We can assist in library set-up from planning to launch by helping you to navigate a refurbishment from start to finish, and can provide other practical support including CPD and tailored training. By being one of our customers, you’re also entitled to a 20% discount on books ordered from our book supplier, Peters, plus FREE access to dual language stock, large print and other SEN materials, as well as advice and support 52 weeks of the year.

The most important thing you can do is to get in touch; we’re always interested in  hearing ideas and suggestions about support and services that educators would find useful. Either give our  office a call or schedule a time to come and see us - we welcome visitors and will always provide tea, coffee and a smile!

Subscribe to our NEW Library Health Check

Do you despair at the state of your school library? Do you wish you had another pair of hands – or an extra 24 hours every day? Do you worry about losing books? We can help you; we have another excellent value NEW product, which will help you keep your libraries in good order.

For only 8 tokens instead of the normal 9, you can book one of our team to come into your library for a whole day once a term for a year, to do general ‘housekeeping’ – tidy, repair, classify new books, collect together ELS books before a mobile visit, etc. We can also do half-day visits for 5 tokens instead of 6 – get in touch if you are interested

INSET - spring and summer term

We currently have on offer the following sessions; you can find full details of the training courses we’re offering on both the ELS website and via the Educator Solutions page. Visit or or get in touch with us directly to book a place on any of the courses:

  • An Invitation to primary NQTs; How the Education Library Service can enrich your teaching career: Friday 10th March, 9am - 12pm, ELS Training Room, County Hall, Norwich

A half day course for Primary School NQTs to find out how the Education Library Service can help teaching staff to improve standards, supporting literacy and learning in libraries and classrooms, and to take an inside look at some of our wonderful stock. Delegates will also be able to select and borrow up to 12 items to help in your teaching for the summer term.

Course Leader: Harriet Cox, ELS Team Librarian 

Cost: 1 ELS Token

  • Making the Most of Junior Librarian: Wednesday 15th March, 9am - 12pm, ELS Training Room, County Hall, Norwich

A half-day course to help your school to get maximum value from the full range of features of this library management software. This course is suitable for users of the Junior3 version of the  system.

Course leader: Caroline Barker, Senior Library Assistant

Cost: 1 ELS Token

  • Scrutinise the Stone Age: Friday 17th March, 9.30am - 3.15pm, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, NR20 4DR, Free parking on site

Another collaboration between Norfolk Education Library Service and Norfolk Museums, this is a full day active training session for KS2 Teachers and TAs offering ideas to support the KS2 Stone Age History unit, English, and cross-curricular work. 

Course leaders: Jan Pitman and Rebecca Hale, Norfolk Museums Service, with Harriet Cox, ELS Team Librarian.

Cost: 2 ELS Tokens, with lunch provided

  • Libraries and their Impact on School Improvement: Wednesday 17th March, 4.45pm - 6.45pm, ELS Training Room, County Hall, Norwich

A FREE twilight session for Governors, looking at good practice in schools in Norfolk, giving a range of ideas for governors when looking  at making the most of their school library. Participants will get hands on experience of books and explore what makes   a good school library in the stimulating environment of the Education Library Service base. 

Course leader: Harriet Cox, ELS Team Librarian

  • New! An Introduction to Junior Wednesday 24th May, 9am - 12pm, County Hall Annexe, Norwich

A half-day INSET course to help your school to get maximum value from the full range of features of this library management software (Suitable for those new to the system and those who have recently upgraded from Junior 3) 

Course leader: Caroline Barker, Senior Library Assistant

Cost: 1 ELS Token

  • Blogging in the Classroom: Tuesday 13th June, 9am-12pm, County Hall Annexe, Norwich

A half-day course for Literacy co-ordinators, and KS 2 & 3 teachers and TA’s to advise how to create and maximise the use of a school reading blog and other social media to engage children creatively with reading and writing. 

Course leader: Apryl Markham-Uden, Senior Library Assistant

Cost: 1 ELS Token

A new library management system – stay tuned

A new no-frills library management system is being trialed in the next few months in schools around the country, and will hopefully be ready for rolling out in September. If you feel your school needs a computer system which will keep simple records of issues, produce useful reports, have facilities for keyword searches – but not much more, then this may well be for you. Created by primary school librarians who understand your needs, the system will be very reasonably priced. We will update you as soon as we have firm product details.

Our excellent value training

If you are new to the Junior Librarian system, have recently upgraded from Junior3 to the .net version or simply require a refresher of how to use your school’s library management system, don’t forget that we offer great value one-to-one training for just 2 ELS tokens. The half-day session can be tailored to fit your specific needs and is a brilliant opportunity to have our knowledgeable staff talk you through the system at your own pace. Get in touch to find out more!

Small Stories: at Home in a Dolls' House

ELS is delighted to be supporting Norwich Castle Museum’s next exhibition, on dolls’ houses. Who doesn’t love miniature worlds, whether child or   grown-up, and the very idea of tiny worlds opens up the imagination in a myriad of ways. The theme could be expanded in so many directions, and we would be delighted to send you project loans based around the theme to use with your very own Small People. We have lent the Museum a collection of our books, and are looking forward to bringing a display to the Teachers’ Private View on 8th March. See you there!

Courier dates

This term’s educational courier delivery and collection dates are listed below. If you have         anything to return to us or would like project boxes or stationery orders to be sent to your school, please send your requests to us in good time. Academies, contact us directly to arrange a       delivery or collection. 

27/28th March     18th/19th April     18th/19th May     15/16th June     18th/19th July

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Norfolk County Council - Personnel Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 17:35

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Norfolk County Council News Update

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 17:12

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Lots bought at Morningthorpe auction go on show at Norfolk Record Office

Young people help the older generation get online and stay connected

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Enjoy your tasty slice of Takeaway

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 11:18

   A 'news-bouche' of NCC's week...         17 February 2016

Jump on the bandwidth wagon

This week we announced a fresh £11m investment in Better Broadband for Norfolk (BBfN) which will extend high-speed broadband availability to more than 95% of the county's premises by spring 2020. Our new mapping tool enables you to check by postcode area where Better Broadband is already available in your area and, if it isn’t, whether there are plans to provide it under the BBfN programme. Read more.  

Our 2016/17 budget

Monday 20 February is the day that county councillors meet at Full Council to discuss and set the County Council budget for 2016/17. We’ll be posting live updates on Twitter on Monday which you can see on the intranet home page. Read the agenda here.

Fingers on the buzzers…

On 10 February, 100 young people took part in a University Challenge conference organised by the West Norfolk Academies Trust. Believed to be the first event of its kind in the county, it gave the students an opportunity to push each other beyond their limits, build confidence and aspire to achieve even better results in their GCSEs this summer. This is one of a series of events designed to raise educational attainment in the area, and an excellent example of partnership working between Norfolk County Council, the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk and the nine schools involved. Read more.

Feel the love

Baileys Fish and Chip Shop pledged to the In Good Company campaign

People from across Norfolk and beyond got involved in our In Good Company Twitter day on 14 February, using the hashtag #NoLonelyDay. We received new pledges, people donated money to our partner charities, shared their stories about loneliness, success stories and highlighted volunteering opportunities. 

Tweets and retweets included Norfolk Libraries, Great British Bake Off's Kate Barmby, Paralympian Jessica-Jane Applegate, Cedric Anselin, Age UK Norfolk and Baileys Fish and Chip Shop. We made:
- 33,400 impressions
- 53 link clicks

In Good Company is our campaign to help combat loneliness in Norfolk. Read more.

And finally...

Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day. Why not make someone’s day? Make sure to tweet @NorfolkCC with your act of kindness and let us know what you are doing.

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CLT out and about this week:

Wendy will be meeting John Fry, Chairman of the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital, to discuss the Norfolk and Waveney Sustainability and Transformation Plan. She will be catching up with Mark Pendlington, Group Director of Anglian Water Group, and attending the launch of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2017.
James will be attending Full County Council, the Health & Social Care Consultative Forum and the Norfolk Care Awards – in recognition of the hard work of frontline care workers and support services.
Matt is going to be attending the Strategic Partnership Board, as well as the Fostering Advisory Partnership.
Simon will be attending the setting of the Council’s budget for the year ahead and the Norse Board meeting.
Tom will also be going to Full Council, the Norse Group Board Meeting and County Leadership Team.

For more information on CLT, visit Our Leadership Team.

Revamping Great Yarmouth

Two million pounds is set to be spent over the next two years to make the route between Great Yarmouth’s train station and Market Place more attractive and safer to use by pedestrians and cyclists. We’re currently consulting on the proposals, so this is a chance to have your say. Find out more here, including details of drop-in sessions.

Don’t act like an ostrich

Our new weekly men’s health feature in the Life and Style pages of the Eastern Daily Press got under way on Monday. Dr Angela Fletton from Public Health is heading up the column, offering advice and information about men’s health issues. Look out for next week’s (on 20 February).  All about obesity and weight issues, it features John Cary, our Head of Communications, who shares his own weight loss story.

Historic flag on show

The war trophy – also thought to be one of the earliest Tricolours in existence - was last on show at Norwich Castle in 1905 for the Battle of Trafalgar centenary, and before that was proudly displayed at St Andrew’s Hall. This summer it will return to the spotlight as the centrepiece of a Norwich Castle exhibition called Nelson & Norfolk. Read more.

James' blogJames Bullion, Executive Director, Adult Social Services

"It has been six weeks since I joined Norfolk Adult Social Care Services and I have to say how lovely it has been to receive such a warm welcome from people across the council."

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Norfolk County Council News Update

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 17:30

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Plans to transform the route between Great Yarmouth's train station and Market Place revealed

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Win Tickets for to a Private View of our Small Stories Exhibition

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 16:16
Win Tickets to a Special Exhibition Event

Small Stories: At Home in a Dolls’ House

4 March – 25 June 2017

This spring we invite you to take a peek behind closed doors and discover the Small Stories of twelve of the V&A Museum of Childhood’s most treasured dolls’ houses.

This fun, family exhibition has detail to delight all ages. Explore each dolls’ house, then dress up, to experience daily life in the 1840s and 1960s in our room recreations.

To complement the exhibition, Strangers’ Hall is showcasing the newly conserved Norwich Baby House along with delightful examples of dolls’ houses, furniture and miniatures from our collections

Win Private View Tickets
for Friday 3 March 5 - 7.30pm

To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, we are delighted to offer you the chance to attend an exclusive Private View event featuring a talk from Fergus Gambon, dolls’ house expert and star of BBC1’s Antiques Roadshow.

We have 5 pairs of tickets to give away to Museums Pass Holders. This is your chance to have a sneak preview of the exhibition, enjoy a cup of tea and cake and hear dolls’ house expert and hear Antiques Roadshow star, Fergus Gambon, talk about his own love of dolls’ houses.

If you’re interested in winning a pair of tickets, contact by 5pm on Wednesday 22 February for a chance to be entered into a prize draw for free tickets. Successful applicants will be notified by Friday 24 February.

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Free Teachers' Private View - Small Stories: At Home in a Dolls' House

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 16:00
Small Stories: At Home in a Dolls’ HouseExhibition Private View for Teachers

Norwich Castle, Wednesday 8 March, 4 - 6pm

Dear teacher,

Join us for a private viewing to celebrate the opening of our new exhibition, Small Stories: At Home in a Dolls’ House.

Discover the Small Stories of the tiny inhabitants of twelve of the V&A Museum of Childhood’s most treasured dolls’ houses. Journey through 300 years of the history of the home and listen to tales of marriages and parties, politics and crime. Visit Georgian and Victorian town houses, a haunted country mansion, 1930s mock Tudor house, Art Deco home, a wartime suburban semi and a high-rise apartment.

The exhibition, which runs from March to June, presents schools with a superb opportunity for reading, writing, history, art and drama work, including school workshop sessions for all key stages.

To book your place contact 01603 493636 or before Wednesday 1 March 2017.


Refreshments provided.

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