Teachers & Librarians

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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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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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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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Authors Live from the Archives: Upper Primary

Our Authors Live broadcasts feature some of the greatest names in children's writing, illustration and poetry – and they're all available to watch for free on our website. To celebrate reaching 60 broadcasts, we've put together some of our highlights for 8-11-year-olds to enjoy!

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10 teen books you need to read, as chosen by pupils from Duncanrig Secondary School

Our Pupils Recommend series gives you a great chance to find out what teenagers across the country are reading and enjoying. Check out the latest installment from pupils at Duncanrig Secondary School.

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Jonathan Meres: 5 Tips for Writing from Experience

Jonathan Meres is the author of the hilarious World of Norm series, and he's back with a new book, Mint Choc Chip at the Market Cafe. The book is published by Barrington Stoke, which specialises in super-readable titles that are ideal for less-confident readers. In this blog post, Jonathan talks about how his own experience working on a market stall inspired the new book, and gives his top tips to help young writers 'write what you know'.

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