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Remembering #ReadingRocks

By Margaret Allen, Strategic Education Manager

Once upon a time, (but not so very long ago) over 150 teachers ‘gave up’ their Saturday to be part of something very special in a lovely primary school buried deep in Merseyside. While I’m still on a professional and personal high from experiencing this day first-hand, now the dust is starting to settle from all of the excitement, I wanted to put finger to keyboard and share my thoughts on why Reading really does Rock!

Reading between the Michael Morpurgo headlines

By Margaret Allen, Strategic Education Manager

Children’s laureate Michael Morpurgo hit the headlines recently after delivering his keynote speech at the first annual Book Trust lecture… with claims that exams have created ‘apartheid’ in schools appearing in the likes of the Guardian and the BBC. However, this message was just one of many points which he covered (although perhaps the most controversial hence its dominant coverage in the media). However, when we look past the debate on Government agendas, Morpurgo actually gives us some really positive observations and suggestions that we can put to good use in classrooms today…

Understanding the ‘Challenge’ of ‘Reading To’

By Margaret Allen, Strategic Education Manager

When is it right to choose a more challenging book for your children, as opposed to what you believe is ‘age appropriate’?

Introducing Middle Years+

By Cecelia Powell, Managing Editor

The Content team is thrilled to introduce a new feature to better inform teachers and librarians using Renaissance Accelerated Reader as to whether a book is suitable for a particular reader. So, henceforward there will be a fourth Interest Level listing, which will slot in between Middle Years and Upper Years, and will be known as Middle Years+, age 12 and above.

Why I think Mr Fox is so Fantastic

By Margaret Allen, Strategic Education Manager

While not wanting to give away my age, I have to admit that when it was first published in 1970, I was already a mother and Roald Dahl was a much loved author in the household. And Fantastic Mr Fox quickly became an equally loved personal favourite of mine.

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands!

By Margaret Allen, Strategic Education Manager

Children of primary school age are still exploring and discovering at the same time as learning. They are developing at such a rate, both mentally, emotionally and physically, that the best thing we can do for them as teachers, carers or parents – is to provide enough guidance and structure to help them grow… but without stifling their own creativity or potential.

Guest Blog #1: Georgina Sheridan, KS2 Teacher, Brooklands Farm Primary School

By Georgina Sheridan, KS2 Teacher

Having spent the last year working hard on an NFER (National Foundation for Educational Research) led project which has focused on the role of feedback in children’s reading development; Georgina Sheridan, a KS2 teacher at Brooklands Farm Primary School in Milton Keynes, shares some of the key learnings to date and explains why, when it comes to reporting and feedback, ‘Actions Speak Louder than Words’…

What’s the time Mr Wolf?

By Margaret Allen, Strategic Education Manager

Not quite time for the summer holidays, which means it’s no rest for the wicked (I must be very bad given my diary for the next few weeks)! On the subject of time, which I know is very precious for us primary teachers (in a recent survey by Oxford University Press (OUP), more than half of UK primary school teachers said that they do not have enough time to read and discuss books in the classroom) I wanted to share my latest tips on reading for pleasure with you all – please feel free to pass on, or get in touch with your own classroom ideas!

Guest Blog #2: Judy Grevett, Headteacher, River Beach Primary School

By Judy Grevett, Headteacher

In the second and final instalment of our current guest blog series, Judy Grevett, Headteacher at River Beach Primary School in Littlehampton, returns to finish her Accelerated Reader (AR) story so far and explains why: ‘Practice what you preach’ has played a pivotal role in embedding such a positive reading culture throughout the whole school…

Sharing is Caring

By Margaret Allen, Strategic Education Manager

In the last week alone I’ve visited a School Library Service (SLS) in Essex, a Teach Meet in Marloborough and joined a session with a Federation of Small Schools in Buckinghamshire. From each and every one of these I’ve taken away a top tip for sharing – which I want to share with you.


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