International Children’s Book Day 2022

International Children’s Book Day (ICBD) has been celebrated by The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) on 2 April every year since 1967 to inspire a love of …

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What makes a good school library?

It isn’t easy to summarise what makes a good school library in just a few points, but here is a selection of what I believe are the key things to …

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How can we develop empathy in a child?

How can we develop empathy in a child? Through reading. It’s no secret that reading helps children do better at school, have better outcomes and navigate the complexities of everyday …

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Can reading improve mental health?

(CONTENT WARNING: Mention of mental illness, depression and anxiety) As we near the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, it’s a good time to ponder can reading improve mental health? …

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Is virtual reality the future of education?

To consider the question: is virtual reality the future of education, we need to imagine a time when teachers are more like mentors, guiding their students through a personalised development …

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Do books still matter?

Do books still matter in today’s ever more technology-filled and dependent world, where instant answers, up-to-date information and current events are available at the touch of a button?  Why look …

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Teaching a love for reading

Here’s a thought about teaching a love for reading: is it a teacher’s professional responsibility to read children’s books? In the teaching profession, we talk a lot about promoting reading …

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What are schools like in Nepal?

I was asking myself what are schools like in Nepal the year I decided to volunteer with a Nepalise charity. It was with a charity called the Mountain Trust during …

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Why I decided to study GCSEs from home

Nine years ago, I decided to study GCSEs from home and not continue my education in school. After living abroad for a few years, I had just returned to the …

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The perils of international education

I have worked in international education, but I am not an educator. I do not have a PGCE or any teaching experience to speak of – other than occasional classroom …

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