Teachers & Librarians

Non Pratt

Non Pratt: Capturing Teen Friendships in Second Best Friend

Teen friendships can be tough, and as YA author Non Pratt says in this interview, it's often a challenge for friends to stick together through times of change. Find out about Non's new book, Second Best Friend, and her thoughts on capturing teen friendships in this blog post.

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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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Alex Wheatle

Alex Wheatle: how my teenage years in care influenced my writing

To help you and your pupils engage with our Authors Live:Unheard Voices panel event, we asked panelist and author Alex Wheatle to tell us about his childhood experiences and how he makes his voice heard.

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Oceans and Sustainability: Creative Learning at Castleton Primary

Primary 4 pupils from Castleton Primary School in Castlemilk, Glasgow were our Schools Champion for Nicola Davies's Authors Live. Inspired by Nicola Davies’s book, Dolphin Baby, the class explored the ocean during an excellent, cross-curricular project.

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Dave Hook

Gies a Rap: Discovering my Voice as a Scottish Hip Hop Artist

Scottish hip hop artist Dave Hook 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 Dave to tell us about his journey as a hip hop artist and how he harnessed his everyday experiences to create authentic art.

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Half finished image from Peter Pan: The Graphic Novel, showing how colour is added to an image in a graphic novel

5 Tips for Drawing Brilliant Comics

Creating comic strips presents a variety of stimulating challenges, so we've asked comic creator Fin Cramb to give us his top 5 essential tips to help young writers work in this medium. With the deadline for our graphic novel competition approaching, these insights could be just what your pupils need to make the final edits to their comic adaptations.

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5 Tips to Explore Gothic Fiction with Children

Gothic fiction always guarantees an atmospheric, thrilling experience for young readers - and with its restrained, measured amounts of fright, it's a perfect avenue for children who like to be scared without all the blood and guts of full-on horror. In this blog post, PhD student Lauren Christie gives some great starting places for exploring Gothic fiction.

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Pupils from Boclair Academy

7 Teen Books You Need to Read, as Chosen by Pupils from Boclair Academy

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 Boclair Academy.

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Nicholas Bowling

Nicholas Bowling: do long words make for good writing?

Nicholas Bowling's debut novel, Witchborn, is a dark, twisty and thrillingly original Elizabethan fantasy, exploring true history through a magical lens. In this blog post, Nicholas talks about his time as a teacher, and his belief that complex vocabulary can be a fun and engaging thing for pupils to learn.

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Strategies and Tools for Pupils with Additional Support Needs

Pupils with additional support needs can benefit from a range of different strategies, depending on their particular requirements. In this blog post, Shirley Lawson of CALL Scotland outlines some fantastic strategies, texts and tools that can help pupils with ADHD, dyslexia and autism.

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