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Blog for New Teachers on their First Day #Part 1

Long, long ago, as a bright-eyed teacher fresh from college, I closed the door of the large Victorian house I was sharing with four others in East Grinstead, squinted into the September morning sun and set off for my first day in my new job. I remember feeling nervous and excited as I walked the […]


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Over the Line

2014 sees the start of numerous events commemorating the centenary of World War One.  Of all wars (and there’ve been a few, as we all know) this one is the most discussed, documented, romanticised and indelibly-etched on the British psyche of them all. In terms of literature, finding something new to write about is a big ask. Finding something new to write about and writing […]


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A library without a librarian is just a room

‘A library without a librarian is just a room.’ That was just one of the many memorable things children’s writer and libraries campaigner Alan Gibbons said during his talk at Lowdham Book Festival yesterday. It was the second time I’d heard Alan speak this week on the importance of libraries and literacy. iphone 7 bentoben […]


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Quality Quick Reads

I was inspired by this blog by a librarian in America. It’s all about reaching children  who can read but are reluctant to do so. Children for whom books are a bit of a chore, for whatever reason. The solution was to stock the school library with short, funny, pacy, brightly illustrated and well written books that […]


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Newbold Community College

 I was honoured to kick off Book Week at Newbold Community College in Chesterfield today. I have been to Newbold a few times before but this was my first time in their new, bold school building. My, it was smart. Like a castle but with better lighting. Newbold is lucky because it has Sally Jones […]

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