WIN a books package for primary teachers worth over £90

The books package

Navigating your way through teaching is no easy feat – whether it’s behaviour management, effective leadership or engaging with parents, a teaching role is wide and varied and must be carried out effectively. To help primary teachers improve their practice, we have a package of CPD books worth over £90 to give away thanks to publishers Bloomsbury, Crown House Publishing and Featherstone. This useful and informative book package for primary teachers includes: How to be an Outstanding Primary Middle Leader, by Zoë Paramour (Bloomsbury, £18.34) A compendium of research, advice, anecdotes and practical tips to help middle leaders excel in this complex and demanding role, without compromising their mental or physical health. In Zoë’s unique, straight-talking and witty style, this book is an accessible and enjoyable read for both new and experienced primary middle leaders looking to reflect on their practice and maximise their impact. From Able to Remarkable, by Robert Massey (Crown House Publishing, £18.99) Robert Massey provides a pathway to help teachers guide their students through the gauntlets of the gifted, the underpasses of underachievement and the roadblocks to remarkable on their learning journeys. Reflecting on the sometimes limiting scope of what is often labelled as ‘gifted and talented provision’ in schools, Robert Massey argues that remarkabilities are there, latent and dormant, in many more students than we might at first acknowledge. A Sense of Place – Mindful Practice Outdoors, by Annie Davy (Featherstone, £19.99) A Sense of Place is an easily accessible guide that will make outdoor learning more interesting and fun, while also supporting children’s development of resilience and resourcefulness so that they can survive and thrive in the world as they grow. 50 Fantastic Ideas for Engaging Dads, by June O’Sullivan and Alice Sharp (Featherstone, £10.99)  Children benefit from the sensitive and supportive engagement of both their parents from the earliest of ages, but involving dads can be challenging. This book is designed to provide simple and accessible activities for practitioners looking to engage dads. 50 Fantastic Ideas for Nursery Gardens, by June O’Sullivan and Clodagh Halse (Featherstone, £10.99) This title is packed full of exciting activities, such as making a bird feeder and a garden treasure hunt, that have been tried and tested in the LEYF (London Early Years Foundation) nursery gardens with the children and nursery staff. These are designed to enrich children’s skills and knowledge by broadening their horizons and opening up wider opportunities, extend language and contribute to deeper conversations about the great outdoors. 50 Fantastic Ideas for Children with EAL, by Natasha Wood (Featherstone, £10.99) Every year, an increasing number of children enter the Early Years setting either new to English or with English as an additional language (EAL), which can be daunting, not just for the child but for the practitioner too. This title is an invaluable resource to help integrate children with EAL into the classroom with fresh, exciting and engaging activities that are easy to resource, require little preparation and are fun to carry out. Primary teachers should note that they can buy any two books from the 50 Fantastic… series for only £15! To be in with a chance of winning this book package for primary teachers, worth over £90, enter the Rafflecopter competition below: a Rafflecopter giveaway *The administrator of this competition is the QA Education Magazine (“administrator”). By participating in the competition, each Entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Administrator, which shall be final and binding in all respects. Administrator is responsible for the collection, submission or processing of Entries and the overall administration of the competition. 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How Bookbuzz promotes a love for literature

Bookbuzz – a girl holds a stack of books in a field

QA Education magazine editor Victoria Galligan speaks to the team at Bookbuzz about how they engage young people with reading and promote a love for literature… How and when did Bookbuzz begin? Bookbuzz is a reading programme suitable for school children aged 11 – 13, regardless of their reading ability or learning needs. Developed by BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity, we support schools to encourage reading for pleasure. The programme began in 2012. Five years on, over 150, 000 students from years seven and eight take part every year, receiving their own book to take home and keep. Who funds the programme? Thanks to the support of the Bookbuzz authors and children’s publishers, schools can buy Bookbuzz at the subsidised cost of £3 per student; receiving one book for every student, picked by them, 34 brilliant books for the school and a pack of practical resources including posters, bookmarks and tips to encourage reading for pleasure. Bookbuzz offers students the element of choice, allowing them to find the right book for them and get excited about books and reading. Where does the programme operate?  Bookbuzz can be purchased by schools in England and Northern Ireland. Can you give some examples of your success stories? From running ‘book-tasting’ sessions, to getting heads of year to battle it out and make the case for their favourite book, we’re amazed by the dynamic ways schools approach choosing their books.  And that’s so vital.  Reading’s a really sociable thing – and this is a great way to get students talking about books. “Once my students have all chosen a book, I tell them about Bookbuzz Breakfast! I invite Year 7 to attend a ‘breakfast’ in the LRC. During the breakfast, selected pupils will stand up and read a passage from their chosen book to whet their classmates’ appetites…When all the food is gone, I give out the books and students settle down to read their book until break time.” “It’s a great way to make being part of Bookbuzz feel really special. After the breakfast students often come and borrow the books they did not choose.” Clare Thompson, Learning Resource Manager   What plans do you have for 2019? An expert panel including school librarians, teachers and children’s booksellers are currently selecting the 2019 titles and we are looking forward to announcing them in May. Every year we see teachers and librarians using Bookbuzz in ever more creative ways to build a buzz around reading for pleasure in their schools. We can’t wait to see the programme in action in September 2019.    To find out more about BookTrust’s Bookbuzz programme visit: