To inspire a love of reading, because reading is
the gateway to learning.

Readingmate Blog

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!

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5 Wonderful Books That Teach and Celebrate Being Kind

Sunday 15th May marks National Children’s Day UK. It celebrates the importance of a healthy childhood, and how we need to protect…

SATs Survival Tips: How to Remain Calm and Focused

SATs week is here! For some, this is a time of great excitement and anticipation. For others (like myself), it’s a time…

The Teacher Exodus

Why So Many Teachers Are Leaving the Profession Teachers can be the most influential people in children’s lives. They shape our values,…

How to take advantage of your toddler’s brain

We’re delighted to welcome Phil McSweeney MA MBA, children’s author of ‘The Emperor’s New Cheese’ (‘The Empress’s New Dress’ in print) to…

Challenges for 21st Century Children

The 21st century has brought with it a number of challenges for children. On the one hand, they are growing up in…

Are we in the midst of a reading crisis?

Are our learners facing an educational crisis? The Sunday Times reported that ‘some “some 11-year-olds [are] only able to understand books suitable for six-year-olds”….

Hundreds of Free eBooks for Children

1 in 8 disadvantaged children in the UK don’t have a book of their own. This is a shocking statistic, and it’s…

Talking to Children About Ukraine

The situation in Ukraine is on a lot of people’s minds – adults and children alike. It can be tough to know…

What International Women’s Day teaches our children

International Women’s Day is this Tuesday, and it got me thinking about what we’re teaching our children by dedicating one day to…

How to Keep Children Engaged in Reading

It can be touch engaging children with anything nowadays. With the abundance of technology and other distractions, reading isn’t high on their…

The Educational Coach – The impact of motivation and engagement on reading achievement

This week we have a very special guest featuring on our Readingmate Blog – Julie Keyes is an executive coach and consultant at The Educational…

How much learning do children really loose in their summer holidays?

It’s suggested that 40% of our children’s learning is lost over summer holidays (Forbes, 2020). The summer holiday debate has been doing the…