Blog Posts tagged: secondary school

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75% of a Poem

Keith Gray explores the current approach to creative writing in schools. Keith is currently on the Scottish Friendly Children's Book tour enthusing pupils in Lincolnshire on reading and writing for pleasure.

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She is Fierce: brave, bold and beautiful poems by women

In this blog to celebrate National Poetry Day, Ana Sampson describes the selection process behind her latest collection She is Fierce.

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Accessible Reading: Using an Android device to support readers with ASN

Allan Wilson from CALL Scotland explores the accessibility features available to support reading on a tablet with children and young people with additional support needs

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Accessible Reading: Using an iPad to support readers with ASN

Allan Wilson from CALL Scotland shares the accessibility features available to support reading on a tablet with children and young people with additional support needs

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What Makes a Good Children's Book App?

There is sometimes a misconception that screen time is bad for our children's development as readers. But the argument shouldn't be about the amount of screen time - it should be about the quality of the experience children and parents have when reading a book app. In this blog post, Bev Humphrey outlines her criteria for a quality digital reading experience.

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Our Top Blog Posts Celebrating School Libraries

School libraries are inspiring places with a crucial role in raising attainment and encouraging pupils to become lifelong readers. We've gathered together a selection of our posts to show the impact that school libraries can have and provide further evidence of their importance ahead of the publication of Scotland's National School Library Strategy.

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How to Make Your School Library Budget Stretch Further

As a former school librarian, Bev Humphrey is intimately familiar with the challenges of trying to make the budget for books stretch a bit further. Here, she shares some great tips for adding to your stock and securing funding!

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Elgin Academy Library: Top Tips for Inspiring Pupils to Read

Shelagh Toonen is the librarian at Elgin Academy library and has been Highly Commended in our 2018 Learning Professional Award. In this blog post, find out about the library projects and initiatives that are switching pupils on to reading at Elgin!

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'Look who's cool in the pool': Joseph Coelho on making poetry fun

Do you or your pupils see poetry as lofty, intellectual and off-putting? You're not alone - but as children's poet Joseph Coelho points out, such ideas are often misplaced. In this blog post, Joseph suggests some new ways of thinking about poetry to help you and your pupils approach it confidently and with an open mind.

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Kerr Thomson: 5 tips for using nature to inspire your writing

Award-winning children's author Kerr Thomson has always drawn inspiration from the natural world. In this blog post, young writers can find out his top tips to turn outdoor adventures into fuel for writing.

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