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My Top Five Tips for Encouraging Talk

    I was delighted to be contacted by the National Literacy Trust asking me if they could re-publish an article that I wrote over five years ago about encouraging talk in the classroom. Since then, the new curriculum has been introduced…

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The Best and Worst of the Bett Conference 2016

      Our attendance at the Bett Conference 2016 was approached from two perspectives – as a business, and most importantly to us, as teachers. It was amazing to see so many initiatives all under one roof. When you see everything…

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‘The Children Act’ by Ian McEwan – The Perfect Christmas Gift?

  Reading Ian McEwan can be compared to my individualised view of Christmas. I want to love it, and every so often I think, ooo I am really looking forward to Christmas this year, and then I confront the reality. It should…

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‘How to be Both’ by Ali Smith – Review

I can summarise the novel ‘How to be Both’ by Ali Smith in four words – ‘How to be neither…’. It appears I am going against the grain of the majority of the reviews, especially within the context of the amount of…

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‘Life After Life’ by Kate Atkinson – Review

  I was really looking forward to reading ‘Life after Life’ by Kate Atkinson. The concept of fate, destiny and dreams is explored through the character of Ursula, and her ‘re-writing’ of history. She repeats the process of certain aspects of her…

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Summer Recommended Reading

Literature has always played a major part in my life, some books I read and enjoy them, then throw them to one side never to be thought of again, some have inspired me to change my life! ‘Freedom’ Jonathan Franzen My first…

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Greyhound Bus Moments

The Article in The Observer concentrates on film Greyhound Moments, but I thought I would share with you all my own personal experience of Greyhound buses. We were students and had spent a few weeks in  Canada. We travelled down to Boston…

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