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BAME Characters in Children’s Books

A recent study called ‘Reflecting Realities’ by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) found that of all the children’s books published last year in the UK (9,115), only 4% featured characters from a BAME (Black or minority ethnic) background. This is a remarkably low figure, given that the report also states that 32% of […]

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New football season

How did your team do last week? Or do you support someone in the Premier League, so your first match is tomorrow?  I went to the opening match of Huddersfield Town v Brentford and it was excellent. Apart from winning 2-1 (a novelty for us – we rarely win our opening matches) everything about the […]

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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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Highfield Priory, Fulwood, Lancashire

I spent a super morning with pupils at Highfield Priory Independent School in Fulwood, near Preston, on Wednesday. The main school building is a rather imposing large Georgian/early Victorian house that once probably (I say probably because I can’t find a specific history so I’m guessing) belonged to one of the affluent industrialists in the […]

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World Cup 2014

In case you missed it because you live on a desert island or you hate football (in which case, you might want to Google another writer but please come back after July 13th) – England kick off their World Cup campaign in Brazil tonight at 11.00 pm.  Meanwhile, publishers and book people have been going all out with World Cup 2014 […]

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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 asked before,’ I glibly told the teachers at Hillside Primary School […]

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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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Premier League Reading Stars

I was in London earlier this week on a ‘training day’ for the National Literacy Trust’s Premier League Reading Stars Challenge.     The purpose of the challenge is  to motivate children to read for pleasure using football as the spur. Schools, libraries, youth groups etc from all over England can participate. They receive a pack […]

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We’re on our way to Wembley…

Forget the Champions League and EURO2012. There’s only one big football match this season and it’s Huddersfield Town versus Sheffield United at Wembley on May 26th. Whoever wins will be promoted to the Championship in the npower League. That’s only one down from the Premiership. Bring it on! Now, for fans of both Yorkshire teams that […]

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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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