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Claude in the City: A Rollerskating, Beret-Wearing Accidental Hero

Claude in the City, written and illustrated by Alex T. Smith (Hodder Children’s, 2011), was one of fils cadet‘s birthday presents. It took quite a while to get round to reading it, but fortunately, now he loves it. Perhaps it’s … Continue reading

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Twerking Lizards, Wizards and Creative Writing: Translators in Schools 2

Back in the summer I wrote about the Translators in Schools training I’ve been doing, so after that it was a case of going off to work out my own workshop with a mentor and another translator, and then just … Continue reading

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Cavell IEB’S Contempt for Parents Laid Bare

If there was ever any likelihood that the Interim Executive Board of Cavell Primary and Nursery School were acting in the school’s best interests, it surely disappeared today, when they published a document that amounted to little more than a … Continue reading

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Standing Up for Education and Cavell

I was somewhat surprised and more than a little nervous to be asked by the local NUT rep if I’d speak at their strike rally this lunchtime. Having got my head round the idea though, I agreed to give it … Continue reading

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A Wooden Tortoise and a Bag Full of Cuddly Toys: Translators in Schools

At the end of last year, I attended an initial Translators in Schools training day at the Free Word Centre in London. As well as learning about lesson planning, behaviour management and so on, leaders Sarah Ardizzone and Sam Holmes … Continue reading

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Happiness is a Watermelon on Your Head – Q&A with Daniel Hahn

At the end of the village, behind a green door, lived happy Miss Jolly, with Melvin, her boar. “What makes her so happy? We really must learn! “Cried her neighbours, Miss Whimper, Miss Grouch and Miss Stern. “It’s awful being … Continue reading

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Dinosaur Cake…

When I wrote about cookery books for Foody Kids Thursday I mentioned the Kids’ First Cook Book  (Angela Wilkes, Dorling Kindersley, 2011), and how Fils aîné’s entire birthday party was themed around the dinosaur cake. I hoped we could live … Continue reading

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