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Virtual School Library

The BBC reported about this free resource in an article published on Sunday 17th January 2021 - see article here.

The National Literacy Trust have partnered with Oak National Academy (which is funded by the Department for Education) to present a free 'online' book from its author of the week. The first author featured is Dame Jacqueline Wilson and the book is The Story of Tracy Beaker.

There are lots of different authors to choose from. Click the Read Now link to see a video of the featured author and a book reader that allows you to read the featured book (be aware that the free reader is may only be available for a short while for each book). There are also some recommended reads and some interesting downloadable activities.

The Oak National Academy also has a large library of free teaching resources that are worth exploring if you are home schooling children.


The National Literacy Trust is also a website with lots of free resources that are worth exploring if you are home schooling. In particular, there is a link to the previous Virtual School Library. You can explore past 'author's of the week' and related activities and videos. Please note, however, that some of the book content on here is now unavailable.

STAND (Stannington & District Library Group) was formed in 2013 after two public meetings that explored the issues raised by Sheffield City Council’s announced withdrawal of formal support for Stannington Library. Since then, the group has been formalised, a committee was formed and teams of volunteers were recruited