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10% discount on 3 or more days booked across a calendar year (they don’t have to be consecutive days)

A Typical Day…

In many ways, when I visit a school there is no such thing as a ‘typical’ day. The reason for this is twofold. Firstly, I don’t believe that there is anything such as a ‘typical school’ – every school I have ever worked in is unique; and secondly, I offer writing workshops, poetry workshops AND storytelling workshops. One school might need to focus on their writing, whereas another could be looking for a storyteller. Perhaps a school wants their children to become more proficient in their performance poetry, whilst yet another school wants to focus on their pupils’ poetry writing.

No matter what you require, I can promise that I will be able to deliver it. My objective is to provide what a school wants, in the best way that I can. I will liaise with a chosen member of staff to work out how I can best benefit your school; what groups I will be working with; and what the required outcomes are. When you invite me to your school, you get a bespoke visit that is never the same twice. It is one of the things that I believe makes me stand out from others in this field. I am also very happy to produce workshops that link in with current curriculum topics. All I ask is that you give me fair warning in order that I have time to prepare. I am happy to work with a number of groups within a day, a few groups, or indeed one class for the whole day. I am also extremely happy to lead assemblies. I have told stories to a hall filled with 400 children, and to a room filled with three. Nothing phases me and nothing is unachievable.

Full Day

£375 plus travel

Half Day

£220 plus travel

Full Week

£1600 plus travel

Training

Price on request

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

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It's windy and 'orrible out there. Only one thing for it - time for your dressing gown!

Enjoy 😀
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I'm becoming the Patron of Reading at LOTS of schools recently, and I'm loving it! Consequently, I've written a new poem about books. Here it is.

Oh, and if you're wondering what the sound is in the background, that's our puppy Pebbles chewing on a toy car!!!
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In the last half hour two, of my friends have posted about their worries and anger at their (young) children having pressure of work from school - both in the form of homework and also practise Sats.

It's made me think: how much good does all this do? Our school's headteacher pretty much put an end to homework last year and it's made things SO much better for our whole family.

Instead, the children are given a big list of projects at the start of a topic and they can choose what they like the look of and which ones to do over the course of a half term or term.

It's brilliant! Last year Violet did two PowerPoint presentations off her own back. Mabel created an amazing scented garden from a box. She still has it. I saw it her bedroom tonight!

And yet...

One of my friends writes...

'So sick of homework!
My daughter has:

*Spellings (some stupid ones)
*not one but TWO reading books
*a double sided comprehension sheet
*10 words to learn
*maths and literacy sheets! Every week!

Is it just me l?!!!'🤢'

Is it just her?

I'm willing to bet that it's not!
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My contract for my latest book has arrived!!! And it's got a proper wax seal and everything! Working title of my book...

'Never Give Bread To a Duck.'

Very exciting!
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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...