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Patron of Reading 5 years on…

Five years ago, on May 4th 2012, I visited Ysgol Esgob Morgan Primary School (now Ysgol Esgob Morgan Church in Wales School) for the first time as its Patron of Reading. This brilliant initiative was first mooted by the dynamic … Continue reading

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Empathy Lab and Black Dots

I attended a conference yesterday for Empathy Lab, the new organisation using books to help children understand about empathy. One of the speakers was Prof. Robin Banerjee of the University of Sussex. He’s done a lot of work exploring the … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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Where did you get that hat? Summer Reading Challenge

Give us an ‘S’. Give us an ‘R’. Give us a ‘C’. What have you got? SRC… which everyone knows stands for the Summer Reading Challenge. Yes, the Summer Reading Challenge, the Reading Agency’s simple-yet-genius idea to keep children’s reading … Continue reading

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World Book Day part 2: questions from Hillside Primary

Note to self: Stop setting challenges where you promise to give a book as a reward to anyone who meets that challenge. Either that or face bankruptcy. ‘I’ll give away a copy of ‘Football Mad’ to anyone who asks a question I’ve never been … Continue reading

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Patron of Reading Conference

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 … Continue reading

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Rats & Writing Squads

I’ve just had two brilliant days in Denbighshire, North Wales. I spent Tuesday with the pupils of Ysgol Esgob Morgan. This school, as I’m sure you’ve gathered by now, is no ordinary school. How can it be when its head teacher, Tim … Continue reading

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Authors for the Philippines

I was going to write a blog onTerry Deary’s latest daft outburst about libraries but then something more important came along; namely the 4,000 people killed and 500,000 left homeless in the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan.           … Continue reading

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Summer Reading Challenge Books

Pupils from Class 4 at Ysgob Esgob Morgan have been writing to me on our cool and exclusive Patron of Reading blog about some of the books they read for the Summer Reading Challenge. Big thanks to the two Mega Blog Monitors, Martha … Continue reading

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Chippy Friday!

I spent Friday at Ysgol Esgob Morgan, the primary school in St Asaph where I’m patron of reading. I chose the right day – it was ‘Chippy Friday’ where the children get chips in a paper bag like in a … Continue reading

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