Welcome to my website! I’m a writer of children’s stories. Mostly in my head, but some are finally being typed!
I tell fibs for a living. Okay, that was a fib, I’m a children’s story writer but isn’t that the same thing? I make things up! It’s great fun 😊 I was brought up in the beautiful North Yorkshire moors and daydreamed my way through my school years. Being the adventurous type, I made the dramatic… Continue reading About me!
I’m on the cusp of fifty and I can’t wait! I’m absolutely determined to only look at the positives and there are soooo many. I actually made it this far! For some reason I didn’t think I’d be lucky enough to live this long, and many people don’t make it this far, so to reach… Continue reading Fighting Fit For Fifty
I transformed our school library from this: To this: And you can too! Our library had four shelves per wall, over three walls, sparsely populated with a few books. Within a year we had three shelves (the top one was pointless – students couldn’t reach it) over four walls plus three mobile bookshelves all absolutely… Continue reading How to set up a school library on little or no budget
As you all know, the human who usually writes these blogs belongs to me, but today we’ve agreed that I should blog instead. The reason is, that this blog is all about me so for accuracy’s sake, it should come from me – “straight from the dog’s mouth” so to speak! So I’ll start at… Continue reading Blog From The Dog
If you work in a school and intend to host an author visit, I recommend you read through this blog carefully. If you’re not, I recommend you don’t read it at all – this really is an example of writing to inform and not writing to entertain! Every year I book three authors to visit… Continue reading How to Plan Your School Author Visit
Daniel* more than just enjoys his education – he loves it! His mum doesn’t have to drag him out of bed on a morning, she doesn’t have to threaten or bribe him. She gently wakes him, then pops off to work, knowing that he’ll get himself safely there. Too perfect to be true? This wasn’t… Continue reading Ban the Baccalaureate!
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Rachel has delivered some outstanding Literacy training for trainee teachers at the North East Schools Teaching Alliance based at Nunthorpe Academy.
Her sessions are always informative, useful, well-resourced and thoroughly engaging. She uses a mix of well planned activities, many practical in nature. Her open, relaxed style holds the attention and she always provides a range of useful strategies which can be applied in the classroom. Rachel is incredibly knowledgeable and she effectively shares that knowledge in her sessions as well as willingly providing help and support to trainees who need it further down the line.
Thank you, Rachel, for all your hard work and dedication to improve the Literacy of our students, our trainees and all of our teachers. With each session you inspire us to do this better! I can happily recommend Rachel to you for any Literacy / English based training.
Assistant Vice Principal – North East Schools Teaching Alliance
Women Leading in Education North East Regional Network Lead
“It’s really made me think. Next time someone’s being horrible, I’m going to think about why they feel like that before I get angry at them.” SW (aged 14)
“A good interesting read, which highlights the problems in a fictional story. Raising the awareness of the problems that Badgers face through persecution, and shows the need to educate, to tackle the cruelty today”Craig Fellowes, Badger Trust Training Coordinator