Conrad Burdekin

Inspiring Children to Write

A fun, unique, and enthusiastic writer, storyteller and poet who inspires children up and down the country to want to write. A lover of books, lego and cricket and a proud Yorkshireman.

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What do I do?

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Testimonials

  • Before ever stepping over the thresholds of NOPA or Caldicotes, you had already begun to knit together our Y6 teams to be able to effectively challenge and inspire our somewhat apathetic and disengaged pupils - certainly at Caldicotes - in a project that has proved to be inclusive, inspiring and challenging. I have witnessed at first hand how you have enthused, praised and inspired our pupils to actually want to write and enjoy it; something that I had hoped to say but was not certain that I ever would. To see Josh, confidently reading and being proud of what he had created, was mind-blowing! Your legacy for the Y6s is a belief that they can and is a mantra and belief that we will build upon.

    Helen Steele – Principal – Caldicotes Primary Academy, Middlesborough

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  • Conrad has really helped to inspire the children in our school to write. One teacher wished Conrad taught her children Literacy every day as he managed to get the children to write things that she was astounded by

    Alice Smith – Headteacher – Rosebank Primary School, Leeds

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  • Conrad has been a big part of aiding and improving our approach to boys’ literacy skills. Conrad gets the job done and done brilliantly

    Steve Varnam, Headteacher Halfway Nursery and Infant School

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  • I need to thank you Conrad for showing me a side of Josh I've not seen before. It made us immensely proud to see him at the front of two groups of children, sharing his learning and clearly being proud of it. He's just one win of many but will definitely be one that stays in my memory for a long while. It all reminds me of that quote: 'My teacher thought I was better than I was, so I was.'

    Ben Jones, Y6 teacher – Caldicotes Primary Academy, Middlesborough

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  • Teachers tend to shy away from poetry because we believe it is difficult to teach. There are no right or wrong answers in poetry, just imagination. This is where Conrad comes in. In just 30 minutes, he hooked the children, created a fantastic poem about their interests and then got them performing. The children were engaged but most of all, I was too. Just watching him enthuse and excite has got me wondering why I rarely attempted poetry before. I can't wait to give it a go!

    Scott McHale - Year 3/4 teacher.

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  • He let us create a poem called Snotty Nose! It was great. He made us laugh and we could use our imaginations till our brains exploded!

    Isabelle Cross, Year 4

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  • Thoroughly enjoyable and something totally different to the usual Christmas concert.

    Barry Patterson, Chair of Governors at Vale Primary (Knottingley)

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  • I'm sure your week with us will be one of our high spots of the year and will continue to influence the children's writing throughout the rest of Y6. The quality and quantity of work produced is superb.

    Christine Kemp-Hall – Principal – North Ormesby Primary Academy, Middlesborough

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  • We (both the children and I) have had such a great time working with you. They have been so engaged and it has been lovely to see some of the more reluctant speakers eager to share their work.

    Stacey Todd, Y6 teacher, North Ormesby Primary Academy – Middlesborough

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  • It was an absolute pleasure – children spoke about you all day yesterday and staff were impressed with the way you tailored your sessions right from Nursery to Year 6 – that doesn’t happen often with visitors!

    Samantha Marriott, Scholes Village Primary School

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What makes me different?

    • Fun and engaging
    • Over 10 years’ experience
    • DBS certified
    • Nursery – Year 6
    • Poet, Storyteller and Writer
    • Teacher trainer
    • Visited over 200 schools

Case Studies

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Thanks so much to Dawn Winder for bringing some LOVELY books round just now. The Lemony Snickets will be devoured by the older children, I'm quite sure. And a huge shout out to Rachel Viles - my goodness, Rachel, I've just had a look through the bag of books you left for me. They are AMAZING! Some of them honestly look as if they've come straight out of Waterstones. The Wishing Chair books are fab, and some of the picture books are in absolutely mint condition. There are books in there for all the ages, right from 3-11. Thank you so, so much!

However, there is one book in particular that my girls are VERY keen to keep (I'm not letting them...!). The Tickle Book! We have had this book for a number of years, and our girls all loved it. Sad to say, ours is not in quite the same condition as yours (i.e. ours is falling apart and broken, yours looks like it's just been printed!).
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Hi all. There have been SO many people donating books that I have got slightly confused. So...if you have books or expect to have books to give to me, and we've not yet arranged precisely how and when I'll get them, please let me know on THIS post. I'm going to try and do a Normanton / Castleford pick up next Tuesday 28th Feb about 4 / 430.

Also, I know that a pub in Dewsbury was setting up a collection point but I can't find who it was that got in touch. I think it was the Shoulder of Mutton Pub? Anyone any ideas if I'm right?! If there's anyone else who has stuff for me please let me know. Co-op in Castleford - that's another!

I'll be spending all next weekend wrapping / sorting books ready for the Monday delivery on 6th March. I'll be sure to post pics etc. cos there are going to be some VERY happy children on that day.

Thank you - and please share this post so that it hopefully gets to everyone that wants to donate.
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Got home just now to find three boxes of brand new books. Thank you to all who have donated money - it means that every child at High Bank Junior school will be getting AT LEAST one brand new book, and quite likely two each. I know they're not my books, but receiving new books in the post is exciting either way! Thank you again - it's amazing how far money can go when buying books from places like Scholastic, The Book People and The Works. ... See MoreSee Less

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A dining room FULL of lovely, wonderful, great quality books. Thanks to Alison, Ben and the golden telephone (!) plus Keela and Noah for this latest batch. Not forgetting Martina. And I would include Rachel Viles, but after 20 minutes of wandering around your estate I am still no nearer to knowing where number 6 is!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Not a bad swap. I have Olivia and Bethany three of my books...they gave me 315 books for my book appeal!!! Wowzers! Thanks so much to Lorraine Creighton and the Scholes Primary School mums for giving so many books! ... See MoreSee Less

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  • Telephone: 07951 255812
  • Email: conrad.burdekin@sky.com