Blog Posts tagged: secondary school

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What Makes a Good Children's Book App?

There is sometimes a misconception that screen time is bad for our children's development as readers. But the argument shouldn't be about the amount of screen time - it should be about the quality of the experience children and parents have when reading a book app. In this blog post, Bev Humphrey outlines her criteria for a quality digital reading experience.

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Inverclyde librarian Susan Morton with pupils

Our Top Blog Posts Celebrating School Libraries

School libraries are inspiring places with a crucial role in raising attainment and encouraging pupils to become lifelong readers. We've gathered together a selection of our posts to show the impact that school libraries can have and provide further evidence of their importance ahead of the publication of Scotland's National School Library Strategy.

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A teacher and pupil talking about books

How to Make Your School Library Budget Stretch Further

As a former school librarian, Bev Humphrey is intimately familiar with the challenges of trying to make the budget for books stretch a bit further. Here, she shares some great tips for adding to your stock and securing funding!

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Pupils gathered to hear stories in Elgin Academy library

Elgin Academy Library: Top Tips for Inspiring Pupils to Read

Shelagh Toonen is the librarian at Elgin Academy library and has been Highly Commended in our 2018 Learning Professional Award. In this blog post, find out about the library projects and initiatives that are switching pupils on to reading at Elgin!

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Joseph Coelho

'Look who's cool in the pool': Joseph Coelho on making poetry fun

Do you or your pupils see poetry as lofty, intellectual and off-putting? You're not alone - but as children's poet Joseph Coelho points out, such ideas are often misplaced. In this blog post, Joseph suggests some new ways of thinking about poetry to help you and your pupils approach it confidently and with an open mind.

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Kerr Thomson: 5 tips for using nature to inspire your writing

Award-winning children's author Kerr Thomson has always drawn inspiration from the natural world. In this blog post, young writers can find out his top tips to turn outdoor adventures into fuel for writing.

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Alex Wheatle

Alex Wheatle: how my teenage years in care influenced my writing

To help you and your pupils engage with our Authors Live:Unheard Voices panel event, we asked panelist and author Alex Wheatle to tell us about his childhood experiences and how he makes his voice heard.

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Non Pratt

Non Pratt: Capturing Teen Friendships in Second Best Friend

Teen friendships can be tough, and as YA author Non Pratt says in this interview, it's often a challenge for friends to stick together through times of change. Find out about Non's new book, Second Best Friend, and her thoughts on capturing teen friendships in this blog post.

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Dave Hook

Gies a Rap: Discovering my Voice as a Scottish Hip Hop Artist

Scottish hip hop artist Dave Hook will be appearing in our Authors Live: Unheard Voices event for secondary schools on Thursday 25 January 2018. It's free and easy to sign up to watch the event! To help you and your pupils engage with the event, we asked Dave to tell us about his journey as a hip hop artist and how he harnessed his everyday experiences to create authentic art.

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Half finished image from Peter Pan: The Graphic Novel, showing how colour is added to an image in a graphic novel

5 Tips for Drawing Brilliant Comics

Creating comic strips presents a variety of stimulating challenges, so we've asked comic creator Fin Cramb to give us his top 5 essential tips to help young writers work in this medium. With the deadline for our graphic novel competition approaching, these insights could be just what your pupils need to make the final edits to their comic adaptations.

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