Schools

Why Am I Valuable to Your School?

It can be a wonderfully inspiring moment for a child to meet a real life writer. In me, they get to meet not only a writer, but also a poet and a storyteller – three for the price of one! They also get to meet someone who is able to connect with and engage with children from all backgrounds and of all abilities – whether they love literacy more than life itself, or whether they’d rather dive out of the window into a muddy puddle than have to do any writing.

I am unique. I am not a scaleable model, I am not a franchise, I am me, and there is only one of me. When I visit a school, the most common feedback I receive is how much the children have got out of the day – how much fun they’ve had and how I was able to inspire every child that I worked with. My enthusiasm for writing, for poetry and for storytelling is infectious and rubs off on pupils and teachers alike.

I have visited over 200 different primary schools and have been invited back to a huge number of those schools time and time again. Why not try a Conrad day in school? You won’t regret it!

Patron of Reading

I am delighted to have been asked to become the Patron of Reading at four local schools. My job is to raise the profile of reading within the schools and to help children to see that reading is awesome, and not just something that they have to do ‘at school cos Miss said so.’

I visit my schools once every term or two and always have a fantastic time when I do so. To introduce myself to each school I chose a book that I thought each year group would like and sent it to the school, all packaged up. I posted pictures of me on twitter and Facebook outside the post office, and took photos of parts of the front covers of the books, to see if the children could guess which book they were going to get? It certainly caused a great deal of interest around reading and I hope to maintain that level of excitement with more visits and activities in the future.

The schools are…

High Bank School  

Birkenshaw Cof E Primary School

Whitechapel Cof E Primary School 

Scholes Village Primary School

The patron of reading website is…

http://www.patronofreading.co.uk/

Would you like to consider having me as your Patron of Reading? Please get in touch! I’d love to inspire your children to read for pleasure.

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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Final panto tickets update.

4 left Monday 27th
12 left Thursday 30th

That is all
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*Final Panto Announcement*

If you’ve ordered tickets from me, please let me know when / where I can get them to you and I’ll let you know how you can pay. I’m happy to deliver the local ones or post out tickets to those further afield.

If you would still like tickets there are still some left for Monday / Tuesday / Thursday night. I think a few left for Friday / Saturday night too.

Come along - it’s a great way to get into the Christmas spirit, and a lot of fun. Plus, there’s ice cream!
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The BFG visited Violet and Mabel’s school today. His planned visit was announced yesterday. Violet quickly worked out who it would be, but Mabel didn’t.

“How will he fit in our school, daddy?” she asked, as Violet winked knowingly in my direction. Violet was SO excited last night to be in on the secret.

“You’ve got the best job ever,” she squealed this morning.

And you know what? On days like these I really have. The look of pure joy on Mabel’s face whilst I was clowning around in assembly was something that I’ll never forget.

I like being the BFG - he’s friendly and funny and kind, and, rather usefully, his brain is all scrambled - just like mine.

This may be the last chance I ever get to work with any of my girls in school, and if it turns out to be that way, then what a fine way to bow out.

They were SO excited and SO proud.

Just like their dad.

*Just before this photo was taken, the BFG said: “I is thinking you girls must be having a very nice dad.” They nodded furiously. I noticed the BFG smiled bigger than ever. And was that a hint of a tear in his eye...?!*
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