|Posted by email@example.com on June 10, 2013 at 3:50 PM|
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 school visits. Not all schools will want that of course, but so far I've found that I'm talking a lot more about literacy in staff rooms... rather than having very little to offer on the subject in the past, I can now join in the conversation.
It would be a big help to my learning, and great for cross-feeding ideas, if I did even more long-term associations with schools, though I tend to agree that keeping the Patron more exclusive (to one school, or one primary and one high, in my case) is going to give it more perceived value. There's always Writer in Residence etc., which I'm also interested in because - as with the Active Cits - I think a cross-feeding of ideas may be most productive (as it was in my science career) and the more inputs the better. Perhaps the Patrons ought to have a dedicated conference some time ...