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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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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone 😀

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My first ever i-movie!

One of my poems called ‘I Like Reading’

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Last Thursday I met a lad called Barry - an unusual name for a primary school pupil these days.

He was great, and all the staff spoke really highly of him. I wrote this poem with Barry in mind. I then discovered that in a couple of weeks it’s National Random Acts of Kindness Day, so it seems appropriate to post this now.

Enjoy!! The poem is called (rather imaginatively, I thought) ... Barry!
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Look at this! How wonderful. As you might have seen, I've been collecting #booksforJacob - a young man in one of my Patron of Reading schools who loves reading more than anything else. Only, he's read every book in school. So I asked if anyone could help out. And it's begun! An author friend is sending him a signed copy of her latest book, several others on Twitter / Facebook have been sending them to his school addressed to him, and then yesterday MANDY BROOMHEAD, bless her cotton socks, hand delivered a parcel. Jacob's mum found me on Twitter today to thank me. It's so lovely when you get to see the impact you have, and this, Mandy, is the impact you've had.

Anyone else who would like to donate, please let me know. And, if you're worried that Jacob will have read everything already, a small cash donation could be a good alternative - I had this idea that we could send him off to a bookshop to find new books that he'd never read!

Thanks again.

It's good to have a story that makes you smile once in a while.

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