Students at Blanchelande are fortunate to have access to superb library provision under the direction of qualified librarians within a highly developed inquiry system.
"The world belongs to me because I understand it." (Honoré de Balzac)
The purpose of the Blanchelande College library programme is to enable the Hero's information-to-knowledge journey, which is the basis for understanding and wisdom.
To achieve this, research demonstrates that three things are necessary.
Firstly, in order for students to fully benefit from specialist instruction and support, the programme needs to be under the direction of a professionally qualified librarian with the same level of education and training as a classroom teacher, and staffed appropriately for the size of the school and its specific needs. Mr Toerien, the Head of Inquiry-Based Learning, is a professionally qualified librarian who previously taught Theology and Philosophy. He is assisted by Mrs Toerien, also a professionally qualified librarian who previously taught Physics. Mrs Toerien has specific responsibility for the Extended Project Qualification.
Secondly, in order for students to fully benefit from ready access to a breadth and depth of human thought and experience, the programme needs to be undergirded by a high-quality diverse collection (print and digital) that effectively supports the school’s formal and informal curriculum, including individual projects and personal development. The newly opened Senior Library is highly conducive to the quiet stir of thoughts in the company of others on their information-to knowledge journey, and in the presence of those who have gone before and recorded their journeys for our benefit. The growing collection, which includes timeless and contemporary fiction, is informed a dynamic map of the curriculum, which ensures that it effectively supports the school’s formal and informal curriculum, including individual projects and personal development.
Thirdly, in order for students to fully benefit from leading edge developments in school librarianship, the programme needs to be subject to ongoing review and development. To this end, programme review and development is informed by the IFLA School Library Guidelines, which establishes the benchmark for a world class school library programme. Moreover, as Mr Toerien serves on IFLA's Standing Committee for School Libraries, programme review and development at Blanchelande College further benefits from personal insight into evolving best practice. Closer to home, Mr Toerien also serves on the Board of the UK School Library Association.
The information-to-knowledge journey is an inquiry process, and this Blanchelande College is particularly well served. Mr Toerien is the originator of FOSIL, which stands for Framework Of Skills for Inquiry Learning - a highly regarded instructional model of the inquiry process. FOSIL is also the focus of the FOSIL Group, a growing international community of education professionals representing more than 30 countries who frame teaching and learning through inquiry.