I was a primary teacher for many years, going part-time ten years ago to give me more time to write and travel the UK leading writing workshops. As well as visiting hundreds of schools in the UK. I’ve worked in Poland, Croatia and America. I’ve also had the privilege of being writer-in-residence in some wonderful schools.
Currently I am writer-in-residence at Disraeli Primary School in High Wycombe. I love visiting them to work alongside adults and teachers to help them write better stories.
When I lead whole school writing days, typically I make up a story with a whole key stage, usually based on a theme. Children suggest ideas and we take a school vote as to which is the best one. This process usually involves lots of laughter and interaction. Children then work in their classes, retelling the story or creating their own, while I lead class workshops talking about writing, sharing where I get my ideas from and answering questions.
I enjoy working with individual schools to create unique days – such as working with gifted and talented writers or co-ordinating a day when groups of children from different schools come together to write.