Why begin Teaching Reading through Games?

As a former Deputy Head and Class Teacher for 22 years teaching children to read is a vital life skill that I feel very passionate about – as kids who can’t read lack confidence, lack opportunities and are disempowered in all areas of life. I used to teach Reception children for a number of years and still […]

Scandal of the homes with not a single book to read.

As a former Deputy Head teacher and class teacher for 22 years I was appalled by the latest survey by the London Evening Standard that points out that thousands of 11 year olds start their secondary school with a reading age of 7. I was interviewed on London LBC Radio this week about this shocking statistic. […]

Watch this video! “Gotta Keep Reading”

Here’s a great version of the Black Eyed Peas video  “Gotta Keep Reading” Click here to watch the video  – a fun and inventive recreation of the Black Eyed Peas song, “I gotta a feeling.” Get your kids or students excited about reading!

Reading – the key skill of success

I’ve been working in quite a few schools recently teaching my “Confidence Classes for Kids” workshop and I’ve noticed the different styles of teaching, mentoring and motivating. I was in a failing school with extremely low morale a couple of weeks ago and found myself in full “Tony Robbins” motivational style as I battled to […]

Reading, Rainbows and Rituals

Sometimes in life you just feel so blessed and grateful for the opportunities that come your way don’t you? Well last week I went to a wonderfully inspirational talk about “ Play” at my friend Kathy Kershaw’s excellent School in Esher, Rowan Prep School with Neil Griffiths the author and inspiration behind the Storysack Play […]

Mr Thorne Does Phonics

          I am delighted to introduce you to a great friend of mine, a pioneering teacher from Solihull, who has become an internet sensation after helping almost a million people around the world to read. Chris has quite literally taken the world by storm through his amazing videos on YouTube called Mr […]