Blog Posts tagged: secondary school

Ayisha Malik

Ayisha Malik: the way forward for BAME authors and publishing

Ayisha Malik will be appearing in our Authors Live: Unheard Voices event for secondary schools on Thursday 25 January 2018. It's free and easy to sign up to watch the event! To help you and your pupils engage with the event, we asked Ayisha for her thoughts on unheard voices within the writing industry - in particular, BAME authors, whose difficulties have been in the spotlight in the last few years.

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A teacher helping a pupil to read

Winning Strategies for Developing Pupils' Reading Comprehension Skills

Di Hatchett and Gill Jordan helped to create Project X Comprehension Express, a new programme from Oxford University Press that supports teachers to develop pupils' reading comprehension skills. In this post, we ask Di and Gill about what factors contribute to comprehension, and how teachers can support pupils who are struggling to understand what they read.

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David Goutcher with a young fan of Spy Quest

Inspiring Reluctant Readers with the Spy Quest Games and Books

Spy Quest is an online game and book series which has proven hugely popular, using children’s enthusiasm for the game to inspire them to read the books. Schools across Scotland and beyond are using the game and books as a tool to inspire reluctant readers and develop literacy, and we'll be featuring some case studies from these schools on this blog over the coming months. First up, the game’s creator David Goutcher tells us more about the format of Spy Quest games and books.

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How to improve the readability of PDFs for Additional Support Needs

Adobe Acrobat Reader has many free features which can make digital books more accessible. In this blog post, Craig Mill of CALL Scotland gives a walk through of some of the handiest features.

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Children at an Authors Live event

Authors Live from the Archives: Secondary

Our Authors Live broadcasts feature some of the greatest names in writing, illustration and poetry for children and young people – and they are all available to watch for free on our website. To celebrate reaching 60 broadcasts, we have put together some of our highlights for secondary schools to enjoy!

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Two girls from Duncanrig Secondary School

10 teen books you need to read, as chosen by pupils from Duncanrig Secondary School

Our Pupils Recommend series gives you a great chance to find out what teenagers across the country are reading and enjoying. Check out the latest installment from pupils at Duncanrig Secondary School.

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young woman writing in a notebook

Celebrating a School Publication of Pupils' Writing

‘The Doon Review’ is a quarterly journal featuring short stories, reviews and illustrations by Doon academy students. To celebrate the magazine's sixth edition, we caught up with library assistant Chris Kelso and some of the pupil contributors to talk about the stories, reviews and artwork appearing in this issue.

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Pupils from Elgin Academy

How to use #ScotTeenBookPrize to enthuse a class about reading - Elgin Academy

In the second of our blog posts about taking part in the Scottish Teenage Book Prize with a class, school librarian Shelagh Toonen and teacher Joanne Havinden explain how they helped a larger amount of pupils take part in the reading and voting.

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A group of teenagers at the launch of the Scottish Teenage Book Prize 2018

How to Use #ScotTeenBookPrize to Enthuse a Class About Reading - Clydebank High School

Taking part in the Scottish Teenage Book Prize is a great opportunity for pupils to read and discuss great books, make their voices heard on a national stage and produce creative responses to what they read. Here, school librarian Alison Crawford describes how she liaised with the school's English department to co-ordinate the reading and voting for a class of pupils.

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Jean Menzies

Jean Menzies - 5 Books That Spoke to Me as a Teenager

Jean Menzies is a hugely popular book vlogger and will be appearing in our special Authors Live: Authentic Teens in YA event On 4 October 2017. To celebrate the upcoming event, we asked Jean to share some of the books that really spoke to her as a teenager.

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