Alice Smith – Rosebank Primary School, Leeds

What was the reason for having Conrad come to work in your school?

I first met Conrad when I worked in a Primary School in Wakefield. His enthusiasm and dedication to producing workshops that were right for the children in our school was fantastic. During the workshops, Conrad showed an amazing ability to cater for all children including children with profound learning difficulties and all the children loved him. I have since asked Conrad to come and work at schools in Bradford and now in Leeds. He’s never let me down with his attention to detail and ability to work with all children in each school.

What effect and impact has Conrad had in school – with the children and staff (and has he helped solve the problem that you might have been looking to address when inviting him to school)?

Conrad has really helped to inspire the children in our school to write. They’ve loved his creative writing workshops and have produced great poems and stories as a result of his work. Teachers have also learned a lot from his enthusiastic and creative techniques. In fact, one teacher recently said she wished Conrad taught her children Literacy every day as he managed to get the children to write things that she was astounded by. We are always trying to inspire our children to read and write and Conrad does a lot to support this.

What makes Conrad different to other visitors you’ve had in school?

Conrad’s enthusiasm and ability to tailor workshops to the needs of all children in every year is incredible. He is also very easy to work with. He is organised and good at communicating so that you know a project will be a success long before it starts. He fits into schools well and is very flexible if timetables or spaces need to change. I know I can trust Conrad to come into school and work with any teacher in any class without there being any problems. I have never had any concerns or complaints from any teacher, pupil or parent. Only words of praise!

Would you consider inviting Conrad back to work in school with you in the future?
Always!

Do you have any staff / pupil comments about Conrad’s visit(s)?

Children adore Conrad and look forward to his visits.
Teachers are inspired by his workshops and gain valuable techniques to put into their own teaching

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Written by my friend, Peter Robinson, for my birthday today. It's flipping brilliant! ... See MoreSee Less

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I'm at Castleford Library waiting to do a storytelling workshop. The three crowd members so far are rather familiar😀.

I ran some workshops here last summer. One of the boys who came was called Peter. He attended as part of his Children's University course where he had to do 1000 hours. At the end he'd to pick his favourite moment.

He picked my workshop. How special do I feel?!
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Facebook keeps reminding me of our 40th last year. In light of that, plus the fact that I have a poetry book to write by the end of the month, here's a poem about mi twin bruv, Phil.

My identical twin

I'm his twin and he's my twin
And when I lose it means he wins
And when he wins it means I lose
And we both have the same sized shoes

I'm his twin and he's my twin
My face is round his face is thin
My waist is big his waist is small
We're both six and a bit feet tall

I'm his twin and he's my twin
On stage he's shy on stage I sing
He writes with left I write with right
At maths we've always both been bright

I'm his twin and he's my twin
Our brother's Ol our mum is Lynne
In photos taken years ago
Which twin is which? Nobody knows

I'm his twin and he's my twin
I'm like his yang and he's my yin
I know his thoughts he knows mine too
We're miles apart yet stick like glue

I'm his twin and he's my twin
It's really quite a glorious thing
For 40 years we've been this way
I wouldn't change a single day

(Except the day he broke a snooker cue on my back...)
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Mabel keeps telling me about the 'turtle on my knee' in the song Attention. I couldn't believe that was right, but she assured me it was. I've just looked it up - 'throwin' that dirt all on my name' isn't nearly as good as Mabel's invention 😀 ... See MoreSee Less

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Check out Wakefield Libraries getting in on the rhymes! Good work 😀 ... See MoreSee Less

You know that you'll have a great time With story and rhythm and rhyme, When Conrad is here- He's due to appear on the stroke of the two o'clock chime! Conrad Burdekin! enjoy a great afternoon of fun with words.

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