Can empathy be learnt?

The answer is yes. Reading helps children develop empathy. It’s no secret that reading helps children do better at school, have better outcomes and navigate the complexities of everyday life. …

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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 take stock. The pandemic has taken …

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Deaf children love reading too

I was only 18 when I began working with deaf children, but I quickly realised there was a serious lack of books they could easily access when they started learning …

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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, what is even the point of …

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Books that shaped my childhood

Spending my childhood in Italy, I was incredibly lucky to have been exposed to a steady stream of books in different languages. These experiences helped me develop a passion for …

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Teaching a love of reading

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

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How often should we question the textbook?

I became increasingly aware there was sometimes a need to question a textbook when I volunteered in Nepal with a charity called the Mountain Trust during the summer after 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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