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Our first Patron visit- Dr Patrick Ryan

Posted by on January 27, 2014 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (1)

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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End of term one reading celebration

Posted by Dee on January 10, 2014 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (1)

Well what a fantastic term it has been, and what a privilege it is to be the patron of reading for Beacon View Primary Academy! It is so lovely to see the increase in numbers of students who are enjoying reading in their own time. This term we have also enjoyed:

  1.  being interviewed about the patron of reading initiative by BBC Radio Solent
  2. being shortlisted for an award for drawings and stories written about museum artefacts (which are currently on display at the Natura...
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Interview with Angela Lucey, assistant head at Beck Primary School.

Posted by on November 7, 2013 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (1)

Alan Macdonald, author of the hugely popular Dirty Bertie series and about 100 other titles has recently started in his role as Patron of Reading at Beck Primary School in Sheffield. Angela Lucey, previously the English coordinator and now assistant head and Reading Recovery teacher at the school, has kindly agreed to talk about the impact that the scheme is having on their children and staff.


Why did you decide to get a Patron of Reading for your school?...

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PoR visit

Posted by Rhian Jones on November 1, 2013 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (1)

I was extremely pleased with our first visit from our Patron of Reading, Damian Harvey last week! From a whole school assembly first thing in the morning until 3:00pm....he didn't stop!! Brilliant story telling.....every single child listening intently to every word....the sound of the pupils giggling to his jokes, accents and actions were a tonic!! If this sound could just be boxed up and kept in my office to be played during the toughest of would certainly put a smile on my face!!...

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Literary Treasure Chest

Posted by Dee on August 28, 2013 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (0)

I have spent much of my spare time this summer working on things related to being a Patron of Reading including prepping all my reading sessions for the first term, writing a 'welcome back' newsletter with the reading list for the term, plus a couple of activities for the pupils, parents and staff to do and writing a Halloween story both in picture book verse and as mid grade lit.

I joined and completed the Su...

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Summer Postcard Challenge

Posted by Rachel Ward on July 16, 2013 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (5)

When I heard about the Patron of Reading Scheme I thought what a good idea it was and it sounded like something I could probabl...

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Mega Reads Shadowing

Posted by Helena Pielichaty on June 26, 2013 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Here's an example of cross-fertilisation of ideas  that I thought worked really well with my patron of reading school, Ysgol Esgob Morgan. I'd been asked to help launch 'Mega Reads', a mini- book award set up by a consortium of schools in Nottingham. The aim was for me to visit each of Y3s in the six primary schools  and advise them about what to look for in a good book, cover design etc. Heidi Shrewell- Cooper, the consortium co-ordinator, had already chosen the four...

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Posted by Katrina Lucas on June 14, 2013 at 4:45 AM Comments comments (2)

Since inviting our Patron, Lynne Rickards, to 'adopt' Comely Park primary in May there has been a frenzy of activity.  Lynne very kindly set up a dedicated space on her blog for the school, and the response has been phenomenal:  children are initiating really interesting conversations about reading and writing for pleasure, and are accessing the blog from both school and home.  The success of this is really down to Lynne's enthusiastic and prompt replies - the children can't wa...

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"My" school, Larbert High School - by Nicola Morgan

Posted by Nicola Morgan on June 12, 2013 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

It struck me that some schools and authors might like to see the mini-blog I have for my activities with Larbert High School, the school in Scotland where I'm proud to be the Patron of Reading. Things have been quiet this month, partly because Scottish schools are about to close for the summer, and partly because I'm fizzily busy and preparing for a trip to do events in Asia. 

I'm planning to chat...

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Author exclusivity

Posted by on June 10, 2013 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

David Bedford has some thoughts on author exclusivity with the Patron of Reading idea. With his permission, I've pasted them below. It's something that has been raised a few times before (the fact that there are many more schools than potential patrons), so it would be interesting to hear other opinions.


I'm hoping the experience of being a Patron will give me the chance to put some theory into practice, and 'add on' an expertise to my regular ...

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