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Co-founder and esteemed SEND English teacher, Hannah Rix, releases weekly blogs on key topics of the moment, as well as the most challenging, prescient, controversial and relevant issues facing your child.

We pride ourselves on inspiring children to engage in a life-long love of books and reading!

12 magical and festive reads that are guaranteed to get your child reading

I say this every year, but this truly is the most wonderful term of the year (see what I did there…) Parents…

Girls vs boys: what’s all the fuss?

When it comes to identifying which gender seems to outperform which in the classroom, girls consistently come out on top. However, academic…

Who is influencing your children and why do you need to pay attention?

The 21st Century has seen rise to a technological generation. The impact of which we have no experience or understanding of (yet)….

Can reading make your child happier?

Before I begin to answer this, I’d like to ask you, lovely reader, how do you feel after reading? I don’t mean…

Is there a link between literacy and prison?

Did you know that it’s a statutory requirement for all prisons to have libraries in the UK but not schools? I don’t…

Interview: English with Holly

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Holly, I implore you to check out her website, YouTube and Facebook. She’s the…

BookTrust’s Great Book Guide: What impact does genre have on your child’s reading choices?

Books can’t be simply labelled or placed into one category. But if you’re only interested in reading about dungeons and dragons or…

BookTrust’s Great Books Guide 2021: Reading should be as varied as your diet.

Fear not, I’m not going to start harping on about celery juice, I’ll stick to books (they’re much more appealing). Whilst browsing…

BookTrust’s Great Books Guide 2021: How do you choose the right book for your child?

Sharing stories daily with my students is one of the best parts of my day. Sadly, the National Literacy Trust points out…

What influence do teachers actually have on your child’s reading?

Sitting fresh-faced and full of optimism about inspiring the minds of the future, I had high hopes to impart my own passion…

What’s reading got to do with it?

Reading is (and always has been) an integral part of my life. Whether it’s an audiobook, eBook or a glorious hard-back, there’s…

Interview: Head of English / Secondary School Teacher

Can you describe a typical school day for the head of English?  No two days are ever really the same! Often, I’ll…

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