Embedding information literacy in a competency based curriculum

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Short talk to be given at Cambridge Librarian Teach-Meet on Tuesday, 29 March


  • 1. Embedding Information Literacy in a Competency-Based Curriculum
  • 2. RSA Opening Minds
    • Skills-, or co mpetency-based approach to learning (and teaching)
      • Citizenship (year 11)
      • Learning (year 7)
      • Information (year 10-11)
      • People (year 8)
      • Situations (year 9)
    • All lessons have a NC learning objective and a competency-based learning objective
    • Competences make the learning relevant
  • 3. What did this mean for the Library?
    • Information competency = information literacy
    • Great opportunity to get involved with embedding IL across teaching and learning in the academy
  • 4. How did I get involved?
    • Volunteered to be part of the c ompetencies working party
    • Developing how competencies will work in year 10/11 (key stage 4)
    • Played a key role in developing the information competence framework
    • Worked to develop a framework of success criteria that would be cross-curricular
  • 5. Information Competence: Success Criteria Example learning objective: Demonstrate your RESEARCH skills by reading and making notes on... Show that you can EVALUATE successfully by sorting and rating the source texts.
  • 6. What did this achieve?
    • Raised awareness of the necessity to teach and refer to these skills
    • Provides a starting point from which to engage in discussions with staff in planning opportunities to develop these skills
    • Helped to raise the profile of the Library as a resource for teaching and learning
    • Developed the Librarians status as a member of the teaching and learning team
  • 7. What did this lead to?
    • Delivered raising attainment sessions for whole-year group focus days on:
      • Revision skills
      • Using information in relation to work experience
    • Planned and delivered lessons with teachers for GCSE coursework and research
    • Delivered INSET sessions on IL and using web tools to develop teaching and learning
  • 8. Next steps?
    • Ensure relevant information literacy skills are supported across the curriculum
    • Provide relevant support to staff
      • in accessing and utilising quality resources
      • in planning activities and lessons
      • in delivering the teaching and learning of information literacy
    • Help to cascade these skills down into key stage three and up into key stage five (A-level)