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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  • 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


Me as a Vicar on a pink Unicorn. God is looking on, commenting on my awesomeness. Rainbows are coming out of the Unicorn's rear end. Is this the most bonkers picture ever?! ... See MoreSee Less

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I've just met a lad called Conrad. I was excited! This does not happen often. I asked him if he knew why his parents had chosen that name. He didn't. So I told him why I am called Conrad and how it was cos I'm named after my dad's music teacher from when he was little.

"Your last name isn't Burdekin, is it?!" I jokingly asked him.
"No," he replied, "it's Adrian."

...which was my dad's first name. What a brilliantly awesome coincidence! All through the lesson I kept asking him for his ideas just so I could say "yes, Conrad?"
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Sitting in the reception area of a primary school. Two Serbian children nervously waiting to be taken to their classrooms. It's their first day at this school. Mum is talking to them:

Mum: You smile? Yes? If you don't understand, you ask. Yes?
Girls nod
Mum: If you get laptop computer you read. If you don't understand you use translation, yes?
Girls: Yes
Mum: You know what translation is?
Girls: Yes
Mum (to older girl - she's 8). You spell 'translation.'
Older girl: T - r - a - s
Mum: 'N' before 's'

That's when I jumped in to reassure mum that her 8 year old, who could speak almost fluent English and nearly spell 'translation' correctly, would be fine. Younger year 1 girl appeared to have very little English. Aw man, as they were taken off to their new classrooms I really felt for them. How many of us could do what they're about to do?
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