Yesterday was the first ever Patron of Reading conference. Like a ‘nana I didn’t take any photos to capture this prestigious event. Hey-ho. Suffice to say I looked radiant as I talked about how much I enjoyed being a patron at Ysgol Esgob Morgan. Tim Redgrave, the head teacher whose idea it all was, looked equally radiant as he listened to other authors, teachers and librarians from all over the UK explain how the patron of reading initiative was working in their schools.
Tim Redgrave in front of his Patron of Reading display at Ysgob Esgob Morgan Junior School in 2013
Conference speakers included authors Matt Dickinson (patron at Sidney Stringer School in Coventry), Sita Brahmachari (Fortismere School, Haringey) and John Dougherty (West Earlham Primary, Norwich). Librarians Gill Ward (at Sita’s school) and Mandy Wilson (Northfield Academy, Aberdeen) talked about the impact having a patron (or in the case of Northfield Academy patrons – they’ve got graphic comic designers metaphrog as theirs) had made on their pupils.
Sita Brahmachari with pupils from Ashcroft School
I’m in my third year now and can’t understand why every school hasn’t got a patron of reading. It’s brilliant! Imagine the buzz having your own, special author creates in the school – it is better than all the ‘wow’ words in the world. So what are you waiting for, teachers? Check out the top authors on the Patron of Reading website willing to come to your school. Grab ’em with both hands. Do it. DO IT NOW!
PS: News just in! Read about the conference on the Schools Library Association website here. Told you it was catching on.