Teachers & Librarians

Ayisha Malik

Ayisha Malik: the way forward for BAME authors and publishing

Ayisha Malik 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 Ayisha for her thoughts on unheard voices within the writing industry - in particular, BAME authors, whose difficulties have been in the spotlight in the last few years.

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A group of teenagers at the launch of the Scottish Teenage Book Prize 2018

Find Out More About the Authors Behind Scotland's Top New Teen Books

Taking part in the reading and voting for the annual Scottish Teenage Book Prize is a fantastic way to promote reading for pleasure to your pupils and find out about the hottest new fiction from Scottish writers. To help you find out more about the shortlisted authors, we create special videos every year to give you an insight into their books and reveal their top writing tips.

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Taking part in the #Bookbug Prize in Additional Support Needs Settings

It's not too late to register your pupils to vote for the country's favourite picture book in the Bookbug Picture Book Prize! This fantastic project is a great way to build a lifelong love of reading, and in this blog post, Siobhan Fraser of the Mary Russell School tells us how she used the prize to help pupils with additional support needs.

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Winning Strategies for Developing Pupils' Reading Comprehension Skills

Di Hatchett and Gill Jordan helped to create Project X Comprehension Express, a new programme from Oxford University Press that supports teachers to develop pupils' reading comprehension skills. In this post, we ask Di and Gill about what factors contribute to comprehension, and how teachers can support pupils who are struggling to understand what they read.

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David Goutcher with a young fan of Spy Quest

Inspiring Reluctant Readers with the Spy Quest Games and Books

Spy Quest is an online game and book series which has proven hugely popular, using children’s enthusiasm for the game to inspire them to read the books. Schools across Scotland and beyond are using the game and books as a tool to inspire reluctant readers and develop literacy, and we'll be featuring some case studies from these schools on this blog over the coming months. First up, the game’s creator David Goutcher tells us more about the format of Spy Quest games and books.

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How to improve the readability of PDFs for Additional Support Needs

Adobe Acrobat Reader has many free features which can make digital books more accessible. In this blog post, Craig Mill of CALL Scotland gives a walk through of some of the handiest features.

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A group of teenagers at the launch of the Scottish Teenage Book Prize 2018

How to Inspire Your Book Group with the #ScotTeenBookPrize - Kinross High School

Taking part in the Scottish Teenage Book Prize is free and easy, and it's a great way to inspire your pupils to read for pleasure. In this blog post, staff and pupils from Kinross High School explain how they set up a book group to take part in the 2017 Scottish Teenage Book Prize.

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Children at an Authors Live event

Authors Live from the Archives: Secondary

Our Authors Live broadcasts feature some of the greatest names in writing, illustration and poetry for children and young people – and they are all available to watch for free on our website. To celebrate reaching 60 broadcasts, we have put together some of our highlights for secondary schools to enjoy!

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Matthew Fitt Presents a Fantastic Scots Writing Website and Competition

Author and Scots specialist Matthew Fitt has an exciting new website, Skoosh, which invites children to submit pieces of writing in Scots for publication. In this blog post Matthew tells us more about the site and introduces a fantastic new Scots writing competition from Education Scotland.

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How to use #ScotTeenBookPrize to enthuse a class about reading - Inverclyde Academy

Taking part in the Scottish Teenage Book Prize is a fantastic opportunity to promote reading for pleasure. You can choose to take part with a small group of pupils or invite entire classes to take part! In this blog post, Inverclyde Academy librarian Susan Morton explains how she collaborated with the school's English department to get pupils reading and voting.

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