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?

Why not take a few minutes and listen to what I do and how I can make a difference to your school


  • 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


Do you like your body? Well, hopefully this poem can help you like it just that little bit more😀.

I wrote this just now after one of my girls was getting ready for bed. She looked at her tummy and asked me if I thought it was ‘a bit, you know, round.’

Of course I reassured her that her body was great exactly as it was, but it reminded me once again how we can be so critical of our own shape, size, weight etc.

And then this poem arrived.

Enjoy! And Be Proud of What You’ve Got!
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I’m going to this school in a few weeks. They have 45 minutes EVERY DAY timetabled for reading. That’s pretty impressive, I’d say😀 ... See MoreSee Less

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New Year, New Idea! But I need your help.

As a storyteller, writer and poet in Primary Schools, I've been training teachers, recently qualified teachers, newly qualified teachers and trainee teachers for the last ten years or so on behalf of Wakefield Council and the Education Learning and Improvement Department.

However, I'm now branching out and delivering my own independent training. My first course is on 29th January - just three weeks away!

My course is titled: 'How to Inspire Children to Write' and is one that has been extremely well received for many years. The feedback I get is fantastic - delegates love the fact that my workshops are extremely practical and full of ideas that they can take straight back to the classroom.

Please have a look at the attached flyer and if you know any teacher friends, or trainee teacher friends who might like to come along, PLEASE share / tag them / do both!

Thank you so much. Bit of a first for me - I usually simply turn up and do the training. This time I have to find the people to train, otherwise when I turn up there'll just be an empty room!

Booking couldn't be easier. Click on the following link or go direct to my website and click on the training tab at the top.

Looking forward to seeing you there and giving you loads of ideas for inspiring your children to write!
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First day back. 23 minutes in and my voice rebelled and decided to disappear. Turns out storytelling is pretty difficult without a voice... ... See MoreSee Less

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I’ve just delivered books to an estate near our house. For a cricket lover like me, it was quite a find! ... See MoreSee Less

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High Bank Hi Jinks!

I was back at one of my favourite schools today - High Bank in Liversedge. It was them, remember, for whom we collected all those books earlier in the year. I just LOVE this school. I was reminded once again...

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