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Empathy Day at Beck

Posted by Amy Willoughby on July 17, 2017 at 2:45 AM Comments comments (0)

For the past two years, Beck has been working with Empathylab UK as a pioneer school. As a celebration of empathy learning this year, Beck took part in the first UK Empathy Day. We were joined by our Patron of Reading Alan Macdonald and author Cathy Cassidy.

The day began with workshops for KS1 ran by Alan and workshops for KS2 ran by Cathy. Children discussed what empathy meant and characters they felt showed exceptional empathy. KS1 children used emojis to discuss different emotions...

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My experience as a Patron of Reading by Gareth Baker

Posted by [email protected] on May 15, 2017 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

How did I become a Patron of Reading?

The Patron of Reading initiative started five years ago but I’m very new to it. I began my patronage for Albany Junior School, Nottinghamshire in late February this year. Having provided a workshop for the school back in November, Laura Goffin (Assistant Head/SENDCO and English Lead) and Lauren Richards, invited me back to discuss what else I could offer the school. I we...

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The Living Library by Karen King

Posted by [email protected] on June 16, 2015 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (1)

Author events usually consists of authors reading to students, talking about their work or running workshops but Linda Bromyard, the librarian at my POR School, Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College runs an annual Living Library which I am delighted to support. Linda tells the students that normally they come into the library and find books laid out on the tables, but for the Living Library they get the chance to talk to real authors about books, and a mix of authors at that. The event th...

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The second Patron of Reading conference

Posted by [email protected] on February 28, 2015 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (1)

The second Patron of Reading conference took place at The Art Workers' Guild in London on Saturday 21st February 2015. It was opened by Tim Redgrave and Helena Pielichaty, whose opening message was that all schools are different, and therefore all school and patron relationships are different. There's no right way to be a Patron of Reading! Tim talked about how important it is for schools to move away from the 'reading for a test’ culture and how working with a patron can help that. He ...

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How Philip Caveney introduced the Patron of Reading idea to his school

Posted by [email protected] on May 13, 2014 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)


I’d like to tell you a little bit about the Patron of Reading scheme. I was enthusiastic about the idea from the very first moment I heard of it. Published authors were invited to add their names to a waiting list, which would be made available t...

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Every School Should Have One!

Posted by [email protected] on March 25, 2014 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

This article originally appeared in Teen Librarian Monthly, March 2014:


During half term I went to the first Patron ...

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All aboard the train to Parliament?

Posted by Dee on March 5, 2014 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (1)

After the (most enjoyable) inaugural Patron of Reading conference I wrote to the local Councillor who is the Cabinet Member for Education and Children to update him on the conference and future plans. Included in the conference feedback was the fact that the patron of reading initiative / movement/ innovation / service has already been discussed in Scotish Parliament, and that I thought it should also get the same recognition in England.

After asking for his support with introducing...

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A peek inside a patron of reading session

Posted by Dee on February 16, 2014 at 3:50 AM Comments comments (1)

Are you wondering what goes on in a patron of reading session? Well, we all do different things but here is a peek at the highlights of my last patron of reading session:


First - a whole school assembly to celebrate the reading achievements so far:


  • 13 Super Star Readers - chosen for reading 3 times a week plus an additional reason such as: huge improvements with attitude to reading, always reading EVERY night, reading when on holiday, challenging ...

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Our visit from John Dougherty by Megan and Madison

Posted by [email protected] on January 31, 2014 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

John Dougherty is our Patron of Reading. When he came to see us last week, it was the best day of the year. He sang silly songs and made our day much happier. It was a real treat for us to work with him as he made us laugh so much. We wanted his visit to last forever.


He came and did an assembly first of all and read us some of his new book which is called Stinkbomb & Ketchup-Face and the Badness of Badgers. It was very funny. He then sang us some songs and talked to us...

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Our first Patron visit- Dr Patrick Ryan

Posted by [email protected] on January 27, 2014 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Dr Patrick Ryan, the Patron of Reading at Bury St Edmunds County Upper School, ran a series of workshops for staff and students of schools in the Bury St  Edmunds Academy Trust on Friday 24th January 2014. The Academy Trust links Barrow Primary, Horringer Court and Westley Middle schools with County Upper in order to offer a 4 to 19 education. Staff work together to ensure that the students receive a high quality of teaching throughout their education and this was the first event where...

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