#RR_SouthWest Workshops

Workshop slot 1:

Rebecca Cosgrave from Wand Education


Rebecca Cosgrave is the Lead Primary English Adviser with Babcock LDP, based in the South West.  She has extensive experience as an adviser and as a teacher in London and Devon.  The Babcock LDP team support all aspects of school improvement in English, including training and support for subject leaders. Together with the team at Babcock, she has written No Nonsense Grammar, No Nonsense Spelling, No Nonsense Literacy (for Raintree) and recently WAND Spelling.

Making Spelling Count: teaching spelling effectively

In this workshop we will look at:

  • The spelling curriculum
  • Key elements of an effective approach to teaching spelling
  • Using No Nonsense Spelling and WAND to enhance your practice


Kate Scott –

@KateScottWriter / @BookPenPals / http://evewhite.co.uk/authors/kate-scott/

Kate Scott has written over 30 children’s books (trade fiction, educational fiction and non-fiction) and over 40 children’s television scripts. She is also a script editor; a published/broadcast poet; and a playwright. Her latest children’s book, Giant, was shortlisted and longlisted for four regional awards and reviewed by Frank Cottrell-Boyce as being ‘fresh and funny . . .  a book that celebrates friendship and the power of being true to yourself’. Just Jack published in April 2018 and has since been longlisted in the Quality Fiction category of the North Somerset Teachers’ Book Awards. Kate’s stage plays have been performed in the Salisbury Fringe Festival, the Pleasance Theatre, London, and at the Salisbury Playhouse Studio. Her radio plays have been long- and shortlisted for several prizes, including the Nick Darke Award; her most recent radio play is in development with BBC Radio 4. She is currently writer-in-residence at the Lyric Theatre, Bridport. She is an experienced speaker and runner of workshops for both children and adults.

Kids Books + Tech = Love: Presenting BookPenPals and Make Our Book

Nicki Shewring –

Primary teacher for 20 years working in Swindon and Wiltshire. Currently working for Wiltshire LA as Lead Professional for English and Literacy (English Adviser)

Reading to write

How to use the current wave of inspirational children’s literature to inspire writing for KS2 children. Focusing on language, description and audience.

Joy Court –

Gave up the day job ( managing a Schools Library Service) to concentrate on books! Namely being Chair of the Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals, Reviews Editor of The School Librarian Journal and Trustee of UKLA where I help look after the UKLA Book Awards. Author of Read to Succeed and Reading by Right and of several Riveting Reads  for School Library Association – most recently A World of Books in Translation with Daniel Hahn

Three Essentials for Growing Readers

Looking at the three key things you need to have in place to become a community of readers. Backed up with research evidence and lots of practical hints and tips to take away

Caroline Scott from Empathy Lab –

http://www.empathylab.uk/ Check out the Read for Empathy Guide here.

Caroline is one of the five founders of EmpathyLab. She has 40 years experience in Education, latterly as an Assistant Head with a remit for Pastoral Care, Behaviour and Inclusion.

Empathy – what, why and how.

An opportunity to investigate the theory and practice behind the links between children’s literature and this vital life skill.

This  practical workshop will explore  –

  •     What EmpathyLab is.
  •     Why empathy is important.
  •     What empathy is – theories.
  •     Empathy lab impact in schools.
  •     Theories  – why reading builds empathy.
  •     Activity – the character that changed my thinking.
  •     Building blocks of Empathy/reading.
  •     Activity -testing an immersive approach.
  •     Empathy Day and a chance to get involved.



Workshop Slot 2:

Bronnie Mayho from Bookwagon –

@bookwagonuk www.bookwagon.co.uk

Years of education with a reading specialism, formed Bookwagon. We are independent children’s booksellers. We focus on supporting children’s (and families and schools’)  reading for pleasure habits, imaginatively, from infancy. We recommend books we read and love only.

Reading between the lines with picture books

Picture books offer a wealth of opportunity to read widely, meaningfully and pleasurably. Using a variety of unique and wonderful picture books, Bookwagon will share their clues!


Nicki Cleveland –


HLTA & School Librarian, Book Blogger, and permanently poor due to @smithsmm’s recommendations and my inability to stay out of bookshops.

Primary Libraries: No time, no money? No problem…

How a class based HLTA & School Librarian made the UKSLA School Librarian of the Year Honour List 2018, with just 3.5 hours a week in the library and no budget for books. Easy ways to get the children in your schools desperate to read for pleasure.

Jo Cummins –


I have over 15 years experience of teaching in the Primary School sector, including being an English Manager.  Children’s books are my passion; I strongly believe there’s a book out there for everyone.  I am currently a judge for the 2018 Laugh Out Loud Book Awards (The Lollies) and run #FunnyBookChat

It’s Good to be Me! – books to celebrate being yourself

A look at a range of recent books aimed at celebrating our individual differences, encouraging acceptance and empowering pupils to have the confidence to be themselves.

Heidi Perry from Read For Good –



Maria Richards


Maria is an experienced Literacy Consultant with a background in school improvement and raising standards.  She is also a National Talk for Writing Adviser, supporting the development of the process both across the UK and with international schools around the globe.

Top Tips for Building a Reading Culture

This workshop will explore a wide range of practical ideas to build a reading culture through a school, taking children beyond simply learning to read to learning to love to read.  It will look at the role of teachers, the school environment and children’s relationships with texts in leading children to read for pleasure.



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