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

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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Today I was doing food poems with some children. They had to imagine touching them and thinking what they'd feel like: a baked bean - squidgy; a lolly - sticky etc etc.

But this effort by one lad was by far the best: A sh*t - juicy.

Fantastic!
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Thank you Jenny! Last set of books just dropped off to a VERY happy school. The great book giveaway is finished (apart from one final bag for High Bank to be delivered on Friday).

No BBC news item sadly - they said it was too far in the past by the time they heard of it (?!) but a lot of very happy children and staff.

Over and out
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Children are often chosen to be 'office monitors' during lunchtime. What this basically means is that they have to sit there and answer the phone. Today, after working with Year 6 for the morning, I spotted two of the Y6 boys manning the phones. So I crept into the staffroom and asked for the school phone number. I then phoned school and, in my best female South African voice, asked if I could order a Hawaiian pizza.

It would have been a FANTASTIC prank...

...if the boys had picked up the phone...

...as opposed to the Headteacher.

Ha! ha!

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Me was getting lonely. But no more!! Me now has two book hedgehogs for company!! Thank you Lindy Lou and Sol! ... See MoreSee Less

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I'm on at 7am or listen on catch up!! www.facebook.com/conradburdekin/posts/10154235892405493 ... See MoreSee Less

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