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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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Today I will be joining 1000 children and adults from 23 local schools to remember and celebrate the life of Jo Cox. I'm honoured to be a part of this wonderful day. It's going to be colourful, exciting and, I imagine, quite emotional. #moreincommon ... See MoreSee Less

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Today I learned that the London Eye is 135 metres tall. But far better than that - I learned how to make a pencil crayon tower! Class 3's is far superior, but I'm hampered by my rounded pencil crayons. Is it acceptable to go and buy hundreds of flat edged pencil crayons for the sole purpose of building a taller tower?

We also wrote a poem about it.
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Went here today. Was astounded at the obvious error. Turns out it really is called Hatfeild Hall.

What the chuff?!? It's making me twitch...
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A teacher friend of mine gave a copy of one of my poetry books (The Baked Bean Queen) to her niece a while ago. She received this thank you note recently. How lovely! ... See MoreSee Less

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