Testimonials

Feedback from Osiris, Leading Literacy to Outstanding course, Liverpool, Leeds, London 2016

I attended your course run by Osiris on Thursday in Elephant and Castle. I found it really inspiring and gave me hope that I can make some positive changes and place initiatives into my school as the Literacy Leader especially in a school where every student is EAL.

Thank you for sharing this. There are some really useful resources here. I thought the connectives you had, which you had put together from a review of what good writers do in exams across the curriculum, was great and would be really useful to share with departments.

Many thanks for the useful training day yesterday. I’ve already planned a meeting with my Head of English and Line Manager/SLT member to discuss ideas!

Firstly, thank you so much for the Osiris course yesterday – I came in feeling end-of-term tired and a bit demotivated, feeling like being a Literacy Co-ordinator was a battle I wasn’t going to ever win properly in my school. I left feeling well and truly inspired, motivated and excited to try out loads of new strategies, so thank you!

Just a quick line to say thank you very much for a really useful course on leading literacy yesterday. It provided me with some excellent ideas to take back to my school and work from.

…I also started reading your book on the coach home and it is just as accessible, brilliant and useful as your sessions were!

Excellent.

Very useful and practical. Great trainer.

Brilliant. Thanks you. Brought the book to life!

Really good – one of the best I’ve seen.

Really enjoyable. Very knowledgeable and made the course entertaining.

Very useful. I feel more confident in what our school should prioritise. I also have a wide range of ideas and resources I can use immediately.

Excellent!

Excellent food for thought. Great enthusiasm.

Excellent and really practical resources to take away.

Outstanding delivery.

Excellent and informative.

Engaging and knowledgeable.

Excellent strategies to take back to school.

Very knowledgeable, informative.

Feedback from Teachology, Leading Outstanding Literacy course, 2016 

Thank you so much for your session at the conference yesterday, you provided lots of fantastic ideas and I just loved the fact that you appreciate we as literacy coordinators can’t do everything for our colleagues just point them in the right direction and provide support.

I hadn’t realised that you were also co author of the Literacy Leader’s Toolkit ; thank you for that too. I used this book religiously when beginning my role as Literacy Lead. It was your book that suggested an audit of current provision and advised on how to approach staff; invaluable.

I very much enjoyed listening to your talk

First of all, thank you very much for both of your inputs yesterday – very helpful and interesting.

Feedback from Osiris, Leading Literacy to Outstanding courses, 2016 

It was an exceptional course and I am looking forward to putting all the fantastic ideas into practice.

I attended your Leading Literacy To Outstanding course on Monday and found it extremely useful and enjoyable!

Very useful. Excellent. Really practical.

Really useful! A wealth of resources. Thank you.

Excellent knowledge and approach.

Welcoming, full of enthusiasm and ideas and tips.

 

Superb! Excellent subject knowledge with a range of useful activities.

Very well delivered – excellent.

 

Feedback from Bath Spa University, Leading Literacy course, 2016

I attended your course yesterday: it was fantastic! Thank you very much.

Thank you for a great course yesterday and fantastic feedback from delegates; it is greatly appreciated.

Many thanks for your insights into leading literacy in secondary schools on Tuesday – I enjoyed it and was able to take many useful ideas away with me.

Feedback from Old Buckenham High School, Raising Boys Achievement, 2016

On behalf of all the staff at OBHS can I thank you again for the inset you delivered for us yesterday. Colleagues feel inspired by session and raring to implement new strategies in the classroom. Indeed I have just seen one young teacher making a set of leadership cards to use tomorrow! The leadership team also now has a clearer strategic vision for the way forward

Thank you also for being so generous in sharing your resources with us.

Feedback from Osiris, Leading Literacy to Outstanding, London 2015

I really enjoyed the course last Monday and it really helped me think about the direction I want to take my school with regards to literacy.

Thanks so much, I really enjoyed the course, it provided me with a lot of reassurance and ideas of where to go next!

Feedback from Osiris, Secondary Turnaround, London 2015

Thank you very much. A thought provoking course with offered purposeful and realistic strategies to ensure progress.

Enjoyed the flexibility that tailored the day to our needs.

  • Charismatic and engaging. Thanks.
  • Feedback from Osiris, Manchester 2015Many thanks for the course on Friday, it was both informative and inspiring.Feedback from Osiris, Cambridge 2015The course was excellent. Inspiring.Invaluable resources provided.Engaging, impressive knowledge and conviction.

    A very enthusiastically delivered course, full of good explanations and ideas, well delivered.

    Very knowledgeable, clear speaker made the course very interesting.

    Feedback from Balcarras School training 2015

    Very inspiring. You’ve been very generous with the sharing of resources.

    Inspiring speaker. Practical ideas.

    Loved it – thank you. Great speaker – lovely atmosphere of sharing.

    Very useful.

    Wish it was 3 days!

    Fantastic speaker with useful strategies.

    Loads of ideas.

    Very inspiring – thank you. It is more engaging than the way we tend to do it at school.

    I just would love more.

    Clear, engaging and incredibly useful.

    Delivered in an inspiring and engaging way.

    Lots of practical, useful strategies.

    Shared a wealth of ideas that I can take back to my own school. Thank you.

    Feedback from NSMTC Muschamp School training 2015

    Great. Learned lots that I can adapt and apply in the classroom.

    I learned lots of useful examples I could take away and apply in the classroom.

    Fun, interesting and informative. Lots of useful tips.

    Lots of good information applicable to the real life classroom. Useful tips given.

    It was a very exciting and enjoyable training programme.

    Very good. Informative. It was very useful. Very good trainer.

    An enjoyable and useful day. Thank you. Valuable. Great resources.

    Very informative. Learned lots of new techniques.

    I found the day very informative with a great pace and humour. The resources we also received will be very useful in class.

    Very informative and entertaining. The trainer kept us all engaged at the end of a half term.

    Gave some fresh ideas to use. Very useful and interesting. Good resources. Very entertaining. Thank you.

    Fast moving pace. Kept us all engaged and focussed. Encouragement for all to take part in small group activities rather than one/two having the flow constantly.

    Very useful and interesting.

    The course was conveyed in a humorous and entertaining manner which captured the group’s interest.

    Feedback from Osiris Headteacher Standards, London 2015

    I found your talk inspirational and have come away with some fresh ideas.

    Feedback from Osiris Leading Literacy to Outstanding, Dorset 2015

    Thank you Graham – it was a brilliant day.

    Feedback from Osiris Leading Literacy to Outstanding, London 2015

    Thanks again for such an incredible course.

    Excellent – so many ideas and resources!

    Great

    A very engaging and even inspiring course, with lots of practical ideas to take away.

    Lots of fantastic stuff. Personal reasons for coming on course achieved.

    Excellent – Fantastic resources – a vast array of strategies.

    Excellent resources to take away and a plethora of ideas to try out immediately

    Love the Literacy Toolkit book!

    All excellent!

    Useful bite-size initiatives

    Excellent course

    Excellent resources and practical ideas.

    Useful info & ideas to use @ school

    Fantastic, informative and informative. Well organised and delivered.

    Great course! Inspiring speaker with lots of practical tips for instant implementation.

    So much to take back – could easily have been a 2 day course rather than 1! would have liked ideas to encourage primary liaison

    Thank you – a great mix of inspiring + realistic!

    Very organised. Excellent resources.

    So much information. Brilliant!

    Very enthusiastic, experienced and informative – perhaps some more sessions could have been structured more effectively.

    Inspirational!

    Inspirational

    Just brilliant. Thank you so much

    Passionate, personable, expert.

    Brilliant! Wonderful, witty and wise!

    Enigmatic, creative & inspirational.

    Enthusiastic + informative.

    Great sense of humour, very entertaining and understands the challenges faced by literacy co-ordinators! extremely inspiring.

    Humorous

    Graham was an inspiration & has given me some valuable ideas.

    Inspiring, passionate, supportive.

    Superb – very inspirational

    Interesting anecdotes

    Charismatic, well informed and approachable.

    Great sense of humour with a superb style of communication.

    Great interaction – certainly inspiring

    Informative. Engaging speaker. Thank you.

    Great. Enthusiastic + knowledgeable.

    Feedback from Radclyffe School, Oldham, training 2015

    Thank you for all your inspirational ideas and resources that you shared with us as part of yesterday’s training session.  We have taken away lots of ideas to move our whole school literacy forwards.

    Feedback from Bolton training 2015

    Thank you for such an interesting training – it’s sparked all sorts of thoughts.

    Feedback from Wokingham training 2015

    Thank you very muchly for your talk at yesterday’s conference on literacy;  I enjoyed it very much and would have loved to have listened to all your ideas to promote a love of reading.

    Thank you for providing an excellent workshop for the Conference on Monday.

    Very motivational and inspiring speaker.

    ‘Tips of the Trade’ were very useful – to explore further.

    Your session was very  interesting (although not nearly long enough!).

    Feedback from Wells, Blue School Literacy training 2015

    Many thanks for the training day you delivered at the Blue School on Friday. You have inspired me and given me some great ideas.

    I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation at the Blue School in Wells.

    Dear Graham, Thank you very much for today’s enlightening session on literacy. I am proud to share your enthusiasm, passion and excitement in engaging pupils in literacy through curiosity. It’s the biggest tool in my arsenal and it is why I am in this profession!

    Hello Graham, many thanks for your inspirational morning of INSET at the Blue School this morning. We are in the middle of rewriting our Literacy across the Curriculum policy and your thoughts and ideas have really helped us to move forward.

    Graham, thank you for the resources, I’m really excited about using your ideas and sharing with my school

    Hi: I attended your Literacy training presentation at Wells Blue School this morning and was really inspired by your ideas and approach to Literacy across the curriculum.

    Graham: Thanks. This was just what we needed

    Feedback from Osiris Literacy training, Leeds, Liverpool and London 2015

    I really enjoyed the day and found it very useful and am already looking at embedding some of the strategies.

    Excellent

    Splendid

    Excellent

    Excellent

    Enthusiastic and likeable

    Superb

    Good morning Graham. I attended the course “Leading Literacy to Outstanding” and wanted to thank you for the inspiration you have filled me with – the course was a breath of fresh air!

    Thank you for all of your guidance at the training session on Monday.

    Thank you very much for the resources from the course. I have ‘sold’ the Litbox to the English department and will spend half term making one to demonstrate its value to our head. (I can’t wait!)

    Thanks for the training on Friday in Leeds.  It was a rare treat: I learnt a lot, networked and thoroughly enjoyed every minute.

    Genuinely inspiring stuff. I can’t wait to make some suggestions! Thank you.

    Such an inspirational course today. Thankyou so much!

    Thank you for the useful resource and for all the easy to use yet effective classroom ideas. I really enjoyed the day!

    Thanks v much Graham, really enjoyed it! So many ideas, looking forward to putting them into practice. Invaluable.

  • Feedback from Osiris NQT training 2015
  • Thank you again for a very great course on Monday. I have taken a lot from it.Excellent experience, valuable and funny.Gave me back my ‘Umph.’Really engaging and provided practical tips.Really useful ideas and techniques.Enthusiastic and very knowledgeable.

    A fantastic day. Thank you.

    Brilliant.

  • Feedback from Kennet School training 2015
  • Was great working with you today; lots of great ideas to take away and implement.
  • Feedback from Leeds training 2015
  • Thank you for the inspiration, fantastic resources & humour…a really light-hearted yet incredibly useful training session that left me wanting to do more for my students!
  • Feedback from Teachology London 2014 
  • Thanks again for delivering another brilliant session at Secondary School Literacy this year.
  • Hannah Kingman
    Teachology Ltd
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    Hi Graham

    I found the things you were saying very inspiring.

    I am really keen to get in and to do some literacy assemblies – and as an avid space fan, your idea of the assembly about literacy launching satellites really grabbed me. Would you be able to send me an overview of what you did/said so that I can try and recreate that after Christmas?

    Thanks

    Jessica

    Hampstead School

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  • Feedback from Osiris Manchester 2014 
  • Course material excellent.
  • I have really enjoyed this day. Brilliant and realistic ideas that I know will make a difference in my school.
  • Inspirational
  • This was a very useful course to help solidify LAC.
  • Very helpful, lots of practical strategies.
  • Enthusiastic approach. Inclusive not intimidating.
  • Very charismatic and informative. Everything was based in reality rather than theory.
  • Amazing
  • Very useful ideas, it was excellent to see how + what particular things work + how one can adapt.
  • Very passionate and engaging.
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  • Feedback from Osiris Birmingham 2014 
  • Really detailed with lots of ideas.
  • Loads of ideas, very generous – especially the book + data stick.
  • Fantastic –
  • An excellent range of practical approaches outlined. Useful resources provided.
  • I enjoyed the course and it is helpful to have the memory stick & information.
  • Passionate and engaging.
  • Thank-you for a great day.
  • Engaging, personable and knowledgeable. Clearly an expert in the field.
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  • Review from NATE 2014 
  • The Literacy Leader’s Toolkit is a remarkable book by Graham Tyrer winner of the TES National Award for Outstanding Literacy Initiative. Their ‘initiative’, based on the aim to try to connect language and thinking, raised their school from good to outstanding – and they have the figures and awards to prove it.
  • The Toolkit can be used in different ways: as a two-year whole school programme designed to raise literacy standards, or dip into it and use the strategies to help teachers/yourself to ‘lead language learning’ with their/your students. It is absolutely jam packed full of information and ideas for all teachers.
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  • Feedback from Osiris London 2014 
  • Interesting, engaging. Lots of great ideas to try.
  • Extremely stimulating day.
    Great idea to give USB key with resources.
  • Well resourced.
  • Fabulous! Inspirational!
  • Fab! Engaging; enthusiastic and motivational.
  • I really enjoyed the way Graham works on a meta-level – thinking about how we implement and work as leaders as well as literacy ideas. Also his style is light, playful and enthusiastic (which all schools and people within them need!).
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  • Feedback from Leicester LA INSET, June 2012
  • From: Catchpole, S [scatchpole@svc-leicester.org.uk]
  • Graham’s input was inspirational, and the evaluations were fantastic.
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  • Feedback from Osiris Literacy training June/July 2012
  • Please could you send me copies of the slides from your excellent course last Friday in London and also the literacy plans. Sue
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  • Firstly, can I say a huge thank you for such a brilliant course yesterday, you really are an inspiration to the teaching profession! Louisa Pritchard
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  • I attended your Leading Literacy to Outstanding course last Friday. As someone who was only appointed as Literacy Coordinator on the Monday of that week, I found it invaluable. Having practical ideas that I can implement in school was extremely helpful, and I must admit I have used ‘Punctuation Party’ today with a class and it worked very well. Amy Bradley (Hurstmere School)
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  • I attended the Birmingham course yesterday, which was excellent. Please could I have the address for the Web Link when it is up and running? Sarah Weir
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  • Hi Graham, I would just like to say a huge “thank you” for the course yesterday. I was made Literacy Coordinator on Friday and as Head of Music I was a bit worried about my lack of knowledge but you have given me so many ideas I feel really excited about September!  Pippa.
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  • I attended the Outstanding in Literacy course last week – thank you for all your help and ideas, I found it to be really engaging and gave me many ideas that I can use in my school.  Leanne Greer
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  • Thank you for all the advice, tips, resources etc that you gave out on friday. Not overwhelming but realistic and challenging. Cath Mordue
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  • Firstly, thank you for Friday’s conference. As an NQT due to begin the school’s literacy coordinator role in September, I can’t tell you how valuable your expertise was. Rose Minto
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  • Thank you so much for your inspirational course/words!  Shirley Mullany
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  • Thank you for the excellent course yesterday – lots of wonderful ideas for
  • me to think about before next Sept.  Joanne Davies
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  • This is the email asking for all your golden resources/ ideas/ etc which you suggested we send you following on from the course yesterday. (I am the woman with the daughter who is going to a nunnery.)
  • Have to say, I thought you were groovy.
  • Regards and thanks for the inspiration yesterday. Justine Holman
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  • Thanks for a REALLY inspiring, useful, appropriate, transformational day’s training!!  Gabrielle
  • Feedback from Osiris Literacy training June/July 2012
  • I just wanted to write and thank you for a genuinely inspiring day yesterday. I was already excited about taking on the whole-school literacy role at my school but I now feel I have some really practical ideas that will engage both staff and students. Ewan Scott. Alexandra Park School
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  • Thank you very much for the training today!  Thank you! Iwona
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  • Thank you ever so much for your inspiring course on Friday. Thank you in advance.
  • Pauline Bruno.
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  • Thank you for a very interesting and thought provoking course on Friday
  • Thanks again
  • Gill Ashdown
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  • Hi Graham,
  • Firstly, I’d like to thank you for the workshop on Friday-I really got a lot from it.
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  • Dear Graham
  • Thank you for an excellent course on Friday.  I left feeling inspired and full of ideas which I am really looking forward to implementing here at Frome Community College, but I will start small.  Thanks a lot. Polly Parker
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  • Thank you so much for the inspirational and practical course. It is a precious gift which I will endeavour to share with all who will listen. Little by little we will change the world…  I am meeting with the Deputy Head tomorrow and we intend to put a lot of your ideas into practice next year.  If it is appropriate, please will you keep me informed about any other Training you are doing?  I hope your knee is much better and please know that you make a tremendous difference. I was looking for something to help our students and our School and I really believe I have found it.  Barbara-Ann Whiting
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  • Thanks for a very interesting and inspiring session last Friday.  Sarah O’Donnell
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  • Dear Graham,
  • I would like to ask if you are available to deliver some CPD training in Literacy for a conference being organised on the 26th October in Ripon North Yorkshire.  I have attended many of your training sessions and would be delighted if you are available to inspire others as you did me.
  • Regards Chris Rutter
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  • Thank you, Graham, for a very inspiring day.  Linda Hoole
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  • Many thanks for the excellent course you delivered on Friday. You certainly gave me plenty of ideas and resources to take back to my school.  Mark M Snow
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  • Firstly, thank you so much for the inspiring day last Friday in London. I left filled with ideas, enthusiasm and a sense of warmth about everyone’s dedication to our young people’s futures. I’ve also been reading your book on student leadership, which informs so much of what my school is aiming to achieve at the moment. As a Drama specialist, it is also pleasing to see so many Drama strategies and techniques being used in your activities.  Kirsty Elmer

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    Firstly, thanks for an inspirational session today. As an MFL teacher. I had been looking for ideas but more importantly a plan and idea of how I could implement these ideas in a feasible and manageable way.I came away with this and I’d like to thank you for your help.  Matt

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    Thank you for today and your inspiring wealth of wisdom about promoting literacy in so many innovative ways.I’m looking forward to accessing your additional materials so I can plan effectively and realistically which I think you really emphasised today. It was refreshing to hear that it can’t all be done at once. I’m also particularly interested in the student leadership angle as that would be building on existing strengths within school. Thank you. Belinda

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    Firstly, can I say thank you for last Friday’s course, I found it really useful, and spent the entire journey home making notes. Sam Raw

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    I firstly want to say a huge thank you for an inspirational and exceedingly useful day on Wednesday. I came away buzzing about what lies ahead for our school. Helen Can I say thank you for such an inspiring day on Wednesday in Solihull!  Many thanks. ElaineThank you for the course it was great to collect ideas and I found it very useful and inspirational.  Helen Riley

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    Many thanks for your input on Friday’s course in Manchester. I found it useful and inspiring. All fired up now!  Sue Parson

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    Many thanks for the Literacy training last Friday in Manchester.  There are many excellent ideas and suggestions that I am keen to implement at my school.  It was one of the most useful events that I have ever been on.  Fiona.

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    I also just wanted to thank you for running the course.  As an NQT I am a little daunted by the prospect of creating the literacy programme for our school, but the information, guidance and strategies your outlined and provided have helped calm my nerves a little

    Hopefully our paths may cross again in the future.  Adam D Metcalfe

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    Many thanks for the Leading Literacy to Outstanding course in Birminham

    last Wednesday.  It was interesting and helpful, and your enthusiasm infectious.   Margaret Britton

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    I would like to thank you for the course on Friday.  I found it extremely useful (and entertaining) and consequently,  it was certainly worth the journey.  Thank you so much. Angela Coshan

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    Firstly I would like to thank you for the fantastic course on Friday, I found it incredibly useful.  Joanne Baldwin

    I’d just like to say thank you for such an informative, useful and inspiring day on Friday. As a newly appointed Literacy Coordinator I certainly gained lots from it.  Sarah Cross           ***

    I was at the course you ran last week in Birmingham; it was fantastic – thank you.   Deborah Banks

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    Thanks for the sharing of all gold resources. Believe in it passionately myself, as don’t see the point in reinventing the wheel and/ or being precious about what we produce: it can only be for the good if we save others time, effort, etc. Justine Holman  I attended the ‘Leading Literacy to Outstanding’ course you delivered on the 29th June and found it really inspiring and useful. Haylee  I attended the Literacy course two weeks ago and really enjoyed it – which makes a change!  Joy Evans

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    Dear Graham, I would now like to proceed with this INSET training.  I have always been convinced that Literacy training delivered by you would be a superb and, as they say, where there’s a will, there’s a way.

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    I was at the course you ran last week in Birmingham; it was fantastic – thank you. Deborah

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  • This is very belated but nonetheless utterly genuine.
  • I was in the ‘audience’ at the Leicester WIT and was extremely inspired by your presentation (it was by far the most life-improving CPD I have ever listened to) and would like to try and echo your actions at a school I am being seconded to.
  • 1. If you were to address our staff what is your availability in Sept or Oct and what would the cost be?
  • 2. I would have thought that if as many staff were involved at the outset of the scheme then the impact would be higher…have you found this to be so, or is more about the ‘right’ audience?
  • Thank you very much for your comments, and I now look forward to reading your book which I have just received from Amazon!
  • With kind regards
  • Genevieve Lovegrove
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  • Feedback from Osiris 2012, London
  • Dear Graham,
  • I have woken up this morning as I have done all this week with three
  • things on my mind:
  • 1) Last Friday’s course on ‘Leading Literacy to Outstanding’ was first class
  • 2) the day was too short and there’s more I need to discover from you 3
  • and most importantly) I AM groovy!
  • However, it is with the second point in mind that I am sending you an
  • email. Simply put, I would like to visit Chenderit School and witness your
  • students as leaders and pick your brains some more on literacy. I am new
  • to the position of literacy coordinator and am from a school that has
  • struggled to progress both in terms of achievement and in attitude to
  • progressive ideas. Hoever, as of September we have a new head and,
  • resultantly, a new culture of positivity in the school; to say I am keen
  • to capitalise on this would be putting it mildly.
  • So far this term, I launched our new literacy campaign and I have entitled
  • it ‘Raising Literacy Through the Roof!’ pricipally for two reasons: 1) it
  • is asprirational and smacks of awesomeness
  • 2) our walls are chockablock with displays so I thought we could use
  • ceiling space in every room to promote and develop literacy skills.
  • Also, I have managed to embed reading for pleasure across the curriculum
  • as now every lesson and year group assemby starts with students reading
  • their own choice of text. I have led some INSET on the importance of
  • literacy, created a Staff Handbook, booked a trip to hear Andy McNab and
  • am due to host our first Literacy Parent’s Workshop at the end of the
  • month.
  • I am most interested in the parts of the course that were omitted due to
  • the time contraints and also in seeing your students leading their own
  • learning and seeing literacy teaching alive and well across the
  • curriculum. I appreciate you must be inundated with requests from teachers
  • but none from a woman who now feels groovy enough to keep on emailing
  • until she hears a ‘Yes!’
  • Hope you aren’t offended by the pushiness but sometimes you just have to
  • try your luck. I will fit in with any date you can accommodate me. To
  • finish, thank you for a great day’s training; it was probably the best I
  • have ever received: reassuring, encouraging and highly practical. Looking
  • forward to hearing from you.
  • Rachel Stevens
  • Literacy Coordinator
  • (Saint Augustine’s Catholic High School, Redditch, Worcs)
  • Feedback from Osiris 2012, Manchester
  • ‘Awesome.’
  • ‘The best INSET I have ever had.’
  • ‘I recently attended your Leading Literacy to Outdstanding in Manchester and found it to be an inspirational day.  I am currently Head of English at a rural comprehensive in Lincolnshire.  I have been asked to give our dormant literacy programme a kick start (we are expecting…!).  I would really appreciate the opportunity to come and visit your school and see some of the strategies you spoke about in action so that I can shamelessly steel them and use them in my role!  I wonder if this would be possible?  I look forward to hearing from you. Dave Vincent. Head of English De Aston School’
  • ‘I attended your Leading Literacy to Outstanding course on 6th July in Manchester and just wanted to say thank you for the array of useful strategies that have helped me to begin to embed literacy in our school. I also wondered if it would be possible for me to get hold of another link to the webpage where I can download the extra resources from the session. I realised that the last link was attached to my previous email address (we have just completed a merger) and I am no longer able to access this. I’m really sorry to trouble you and hope I’ll still be able to get hold of the resources. Many thanks,
  • Sarah Cross
  • Literacy Coordinator
  • Horizon Community College’
  • Barnsley
  • South Yorkshire
  • Feedback from Oldham, Hathershaw College 2012
  • Dear Graham
  • Thank you for your fantastic INSET training today!
  • Thanks again
  • Kind regards
  • Melody
  • Hathershaw School
  • Feedback from Osiris Manchester 2012
  • Hi Graham,
  • I attended your ‘Leading Literacy to Outstanding’ course on 12th Oct. It was the most informative, enlightening and important course I have ever attended. Thanks to your ideas, I have totally reshaped our way forward and I’m building up literacy using pupils and leadership … one step at a time. I’m also in the first stages of PhD study around literacy and its development and your ideas have really helped my understanding of how schools can plan for impact.
  • Thanks for your advice,
  • Mike Dore
  • Assistant Head
  • Parrs Wood High School
  • Manchester
  • Feedback from  Teachology 2012
  • Hi Graham
  • It’s Hywel- from the conference today. Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your session today- what a brilliant idea. Your style was perfect for that last session and I’m grateful for your grace in helping the day end well.
  • I’ll look up those resources.
  • Cheers.
  • Hywel
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  • Morning Graham,
  • I was at conference in Manchester this week. Enjoyed what you said and loved the passage about Lyra in the library.
  • Have scanned the early chapters of “Northern Lights” but can’t find it and sadly haven’t time to re-read.
  • I was hoping you could send the passage to me – we are re-opening our school library this half term and this would be excellent for the launch.
  • Thanks for your inspiration.
  • Kind Regards and Best Whishes,
  • Andy Griffin
  • Broadoak School, Trafford.
  • Feedback from Nottingham OSIRIS 2012
  • Dear Graham
  • Before I get back into school tomorrow and get caught up in the everyday stuff, I just wanted to say thank you for the training today. I’ve got a host of ideas, and feel inspired to make sure that I find the time to implement them!!
  • Thanks again
  • Katya
  • (Staunch supporter of the semi colon!)
  • Katya Harvey-Taylor
  • Head of English
  • Top Valley Academy
  • 0115 9539060
  • Feedback from Liverpool OSIRIS 2012
  • Hi Graham
  • Thank you for such an inspiring course last week in Liverpool. It was really stimulating and has inspired me to go back to school and try so many things which will have positive outcomes for both students and teachers.
  • I am just writing up my notes to do a presentation to the leadership team and wondered if you could possibly send me the PowerPoint with the maths lesson taxonomy slide on, I cannot read what it says from the course booklet and I really want to get the maths faculty to do more in terms of literacy.
  • Also, I would really appreciate it if you send me the FST and Literacy Leaders training information which you said we could email you for.
  • This would be much appreciated.
  • Regards
  • Debbie McGloin
  • Feedback from Nottingham OSIRIS 2012
  • Good morning Graham,
  • Many thanks again for all the fabulous ideas you provided us with on Tuesday. My colleague and I are already making plans for the new year and are definitely excited to get started on some new projects.
  • Sarah Copeland
  • Associate Assistant Head teacher
  • Carlton le Willows Academy
  • Wood Lane
  • Gedling
  • Nottinghamshire
  • NG4 4AA
  • 0115 9565008
  • scopeland@clwacademy.co.uk
  • ***
  • I thought it was fantastic.
  • Thanks do much. I have take lots back to school and am already implementing several things.
  • I really appreciate it.
  • Many thanks
  • Kate
  • HI Graham
I have been lucky enough to attend a couple of your presentations in the past, but my colleagues have told me how wonderful the punctuation party was, something which I have not had the pleasure of experiencing as yet!
  • ***
  • Hi Graham,
  • I just wanted to say thank you for the book that was delivered to me this week – “Learning to Lead.” I made the most of my snow day by having a look through it and have already taken inspiration.
  • Also, I wanted to say a belated thanks for the course that you delivered in Nottingham at the beginning of December. Already I have started my own little Literacy group who have been putting the Chinese symbols around the school and have come up with other ideas relevant to our school. Thanks again and I hope that you are enjoying the start of the New Year.
  • Lucy Neath
  • John Ferneley College
  • Melton Mowbray
  • Leicestershire
  • LE13 1LH
  • 01664 565901
  • Feedback from Staff OSIRIS 2013
  • Dear Mr Tyrer
  • I attended your ‘Leading Literacy to Outstanding’ workshop, on the 27th February, in Staffordshire.
  • I was the young lady who was seeking advice about where to start when rolling Literacy out across my school. Thanks for the tips you gave me, it provided me with direction.
  • At the workshop, you mentioned something about sharing resources, so I was wondering if you had any advice/guidance/training resources for the Literacy Leaders?
  • Thank you for being so inspiring. You are the headteacher I hope to one day be. 
  • Yasmin
  • Feedback from Leeds OSIRIS 2013
  • Hi Graham,
  • First of let me thank you for the very inspirational conference on Thursday, its left me really wanting to go back and put so many things into practice straight away.
  • Many Thanks
  • Atyia Ejaz
  • Director of E Learning
  • Levenshulme High School
  • Feedback from Inside Government Conference March 2013
  • Moreover, Graham’s session was singled out by several people as being exceptional, such as expressed by these chosen quotes:
  • Graham Tyrer’s presentation was inspirational and left me wanting to develop his ideas in the context of my own school
  • Found the final speaker to be totally inspiring
  • I felt that Graham Tyrer was outstanding
  • Graham for his passion to do with Literacy!
  • Graham Tyrer, v good speaker and subject v relevant to my role.
  • Graham Tyrer gave information specifically on issues that were looking to gain information on.
  • Grahan Tyrer as he was talking about the real world of education and not just the theory
  • Graham Tyrer because we have an issue around literacy in out school and I have taken a number of ideas which we could modify to suit our situation.22nd April 2005 National Literacy Trust National Conferences, Birmingham, York, London×    This was easily the best conference I have ever attended – not patronizing, rooted in realistic situations – excellent speakers. Thank you very much×    Very rare that an overall programme can sustain a positive perspective. A superb day×    An absolutely superb day. It has hugely enthused and energised me. Thank you very much×    Loads of wonderful ideas and inspiration×    Excellent ideas – good group work activities×    Superb! Valuable ideas and stimuli for training and development×    Brilliant! Informative and interesting. A real learning opportunity×       Enthusiastic and inspirational presentation. Very good use of resources and information pack -superb in every way, challenging and thought provoking22nd April 2008  SSAT National Literacy Conference, Birmingham‘That was a privilege to listen to.’With regards to one aspect that delegates found most useful:‘Graham Tyrer’s keynote was very inspirational and started the day excellently’‘Graham Tyrer’s keynote’‘First keynote speaker, he set the scene and enthused us all as well as giving us practical advice’‘First keynote speaker – inspirational and set a great tone for the day’23rd Feb 2008 A Passion for Teaching conferenceSenior Secondary Inspector said: “We have had many headteachers deliver at these conferences but yours was by far the best.” The Stoke Park interviewing inspector said some very positive things and wanted me to continue to apply to Coventry. She was delighted by Chenderit: “Heaven” she called it.Someone else said the talk was the best thing at the conference. Others were very complimentary. Someone asked if I would speak at their school.  And it is these things that makes the centre secure; these things build resilience because they cannot be taken away.20th Nov 2007 SSAT National Literacy ConferenceHello GrahamI hope you’re well.I’m organising literacy conferences for next year. Although the dates and locations have yet to be finalized, I’m writing to invite you to participate.The delegates appreciated your contribution when you spoke at London and Manchester: you scored highly in the evaluations and written feedback was very positive.Please don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.I look forward to hearing from.Best wishesSarahDear Graham,Thank you for such an inspiring, funny and informative talk today. I really enjoyed listening to you and I am now itching to try out your ideas in my classroom!Would you please e-mail me the powerpoint presentation which you used? I would like in particular to try out the class roles idea.Also – you put on the screen but ran out of time to explain the following:* Passport phrases* Register initial name trick* Look say coverI’m intrigued……. any chance of a quick explanation please?!?Many thanks once again for today,Best wishes,Gaynor LarkinHead of Creative ArtsCoundon Court SchoolNorthbrook RoadCoventryCV6 2AJGood morning Graham, 

    It was an absolute joy to be present at your session at Barrs Hill last Friday morning.  It was the most engaging and inspirational presentation I have seen for a long time and this view was shared by everyone I spoke to throughout the course of the day. I learnt a great deal from your session and I can’t wait to try out some of your strategies with my classes over the next few weeks and months and share them with colleagues.

     

    Would you be kind enough to share your powerpoint presentation?  It is difficult to take notes in such a fun and interesting presentation – I know all there is to know about rhinoceros’ though!

     

    Kindest regards,

     

    Adam Custance – Head of Music at Sidney Stringer Community Tech. College

     

    Dear Graham

     

    I wanted to get in touch with you following Thursday’s conference.

    As a fellow head (I think I was the only one on the course!), I found

    your session very inspiring (and it was during my half-term!).

     

    Hi Graham,

     

    I attended the Literacy Across The Curriculum training in Manchester yesterday and found your session quite inspirational. I am an Asst Head at a school in Durham and am about to embark upon developing an action plan re this area. I wondered if you would e mail me your presentation as the copy in the pack is completely jumbled up and there are definitely some slides missing. I hope this is ok, I would not copy the presentation but could certainly use elements of it in my development of this area.

     

    Thank you for the most inspiring session of  the day!

    Nick.

     

     

    Nick Cubley

    Assistant Headteacher

    Belmont School Community Arts College

     

    Heartland Evening News, 2008

    Transformation goes on and on

    by MORT BIRCH

     

    A SCHOOL on the outskirts of Bedworth that once languished in the doldrums is now one of the most improved in the country.

     

    Ash Green School and Arts College has been named in equal 14th place out 3,300 secondary schools in the ‘league table’ for sustained improvement.

     

    The transformation has been so dramatic that Jim Knight MP, the Minister for Schools, has sent a personal letter of congratulations.

     

    Graham Tyrer, head teacher at the school in Ash Green Lane, Ash Green, said: “This is a remarkable achievement and my thanks go to the staff, students, parents and carers who have made this possible.”

     

    He chronicled the catalogue of success at the school when he pointed out: “Since 2005, we have had the One Project transformation, a successful Ofsted report, rising SATs results, a successful specialist school project for the arts, a new TV studio, a new community theatre and we are recognised as being amongst the top performing schools in the country.”

     

    A former West Midlands Teacher of the Year, he was involved in another remarkable transformation with Lesley King at Nicholas Chamberlaine School and Technology College in Bedworth.

     

    He moved to Ash Green when it was ailing and was embraced by Nicholas Chamberlaine School as part of the Bedworth Federation to improve standards.

     

     

    But it went on to achieve arts college status and has gone from strength to strength: “I came here three years ago and I look back on that time as a miracle – a miracle of self belief,” he said.

     

    GCSE results from last year show that 29 per cent of students at the school and art college achieved five A* to C grades in subjects that included English and mathematics.

     

    In his message to Mr Tyrer, Schools Minister Jim Knight said: “I am delighted to congratulate you and your school on the excellent performance you have demonstrated.”

     

    He said that, not only has there been another impressive increase in the proportion of pupils achieving five or more GCSEs or equalivent at Grades A* to C, the school has already met the 2008 target of at least 60 per cent of pupils achieving that level.

     

    The minister added: “This continued progress is an excellent achievement and evidence of the effective efforts of all those involved in raising standards in our schools.

     

    “Please pass on my thanks and congratulations to your pupils, staff and governors for their hard work and success and I send my best wishes for sustained improvement in the year ahead.”

     

    But Graham Tyrer intends to ensure that the school does not rest on its laurels. He said: “We want to be doing even better next year.

     

    “To be in the top 14 in the country is a miracle, but we have a long way to go and we want this school to be even better.

     

     

    24th October 2008 RATL Literacy conference, Alexandra Palace

    A delegate: ‘I just wanted to say that was a privilege to listen to. It was the best INSET I have ever heard.’

     

    Good morning Mr Tyrer,

     

    Thank you for the exciting presentation on literacy at the SSAT conference.  I am going to try and convince the rest of  SLT this afternoon that this is the way to go with literacy across the curriculum and would like a copy of your presentation.

    Many thanks for your support

    Grace

     

     

    Grace Odutola

    Director of Specialism

    Woolwich Polytechnic School.

     

    Dear Graham,

     

    Just to say I really enjoyed your presentation at the SSAt conference – lots of useful practical tips. I wondered if it is possible for you to e-mail me your presentation as, although I scribbled as fast as I could, I didn’t quite manage to get all the info down and it all seemed so helpful.

     

    Look forward to hearing from you,

     

    Best wishes

     

    Anne Macaulay

     

    Associate Head Teacher

    Langdon School,

    Sussex Road,

    London E6 2 PS

     

     

    October 2008 West Midlands G and G conference

    Hi Graham

     

    At the West Midlands ‘Publishing House’ launch you did a session on ‘The Passion for Learning’.

    You did say you would be prepared to send some of the slides and ideas you had for starters etc.

     

    I would be grateful if you could send me some of the slides or info you were talking about as I am

    trying to put some of this into place in our school.

     

    Thank you for a very inspiring talk on the day and I hope you can help me re the above.

     

    Yours

    Trixy

     

     

    From the MW G and T conference

    Before Christmas I had the absolute pleasure of seeing your presentation at the West Midlands Gifted and Talented Partnership Conference.  You gave me some fantastic practical ideas – which I have shared with my department.  Thank you.

     

    If at all possible, could I have a copy of the resources you referred to – in particular the ‘class leader’ cards?

     

    Again, thank you for your inspiration and assistance.

     

    Liz Knight

     

    Dear Graham,

    I am Staffordshire Adviser for Primary Gifted and Talented

    My colleague Bernie Carroll and I are organizing our second Gifted and talented conference for Leading Teachers and Head Teachers on November 5th 2009. at The Kingston Centre Stafford. Ian Gilbert is our keynote speaker and after being really inspired and entertained by your input at the GTX conference in Wolverhampton we wondered if you would be available to present a closing speech and perhaps a workshop for us.

     

    The title of the Conference is “Thunking Good Learning “ (a play on Ian’s “Little Book Of Thunks” and focuses on practical ideas to embed critical thinking and deep learning  into  classroom practice

     

    I very much look forward to hearing from you

     

    Best wishes

    Annette

     

    Annette Fisher

    Adviser For Primary History and Gifted and Talented

    School Improvement Division

    Staffordshire LA

    01785 277751

    annette.fisher@staffordshire.gov.uk

     

    Dear Graham,

    I attended your inspirational session on literacy in your school at the SSATs conference in November 2007. I would like to use your idea of pupils and teachers in role at registration time to develop punctuation, but can’t remember exactly how it worked and would be very grateful if you could remind me what you did!

    Many thanks,

    Jane Taylor

     

    From the NLT’s website (July 09)

     

    Inspirational headteacher Graham Tyrer will lead this National Literacy Trust conference for the secondary school sector, which will feature students and parents from his school and Julia Strong, National Literacy Trust expert adviser.

     

    Graham Tyrer, now headteacher at Chenderit School near Banbury, was previously deputy head at a Warwickshire school which was subject to an Ofsted category of concern. He was invited by the local authority to become its headteacher and, under his leadership, it moved out of this category. Thanks to its results at key stage 3 and GCSE, the school was recognised by the Department for Children Schols and Families (DCSF) as one of the most improved in the country. Graham has taught English in a range of schools in different parts of the country and has provided training for the National College for School Leadership and the Specialist Schools Trust, winning their national award for literacy accross the curriculum. He has been a leading contributor to NLT conferences on literacy acctross the curriculum for many years. Evaluations of his contributions have been outstanding.

     

     

    This from Sarah Hughes, Sept 09:

    Many thanks for presenting at the conference on Tuesday – as I hope you will have picked up from the feeling in the room, your presentation was – as usual – really well received.

     

    From SSAT conf. Sept 09

    I was at the literacy conference on Tuesday. I really enjoyed your talk, I found it highly motivational and was particularly interested in your literacy box – I am particularly keen to implement this within my own school. You mentioned that you may have some resources that you could share. So that’s why I am emailing – I would be very grateful if you could forward anything, especially the plenary cards.

    Thanks in advance,

    Laura Close
    Literacy Co-ordinator
    St Bartholomews School
    Newbury

     

    “I was inspired by your presentation last week and have already implemented a good number of your systems – thank you!  My name is Craig Wilcox I am an Optometrist specialising in reading and our company has been using a fluency programme for a number of years which is much better suited to schools than clinics.”

     

    From Staffs G and T conference November 09

    Closing speech:

    Inspirational / awesome! Would love a job at his school!!

    ×   Inspirational

    ×   Excellent speaker and fantastic ideas for school. Inspirational!

    ×   Inspirational speaker

    ×   Inspirational

    ×   Very good

    ×   Good to hear about ideas which have been trialled and tested rather than just the theory

    ×   Great ideas! More ideas and thoughts.

    ×   So enthusiastic

    ×   Some very useful ideas

    ×   Utterly FAB!!! Lots of ideas -totally inspirational. He is “GROOVY!”

    ×   Amazing -what an inspiring person -great ideas to take away.

    ×   Some excellent tips eg Take 5, E1T1, involving children which could be adapted to primary schools. FANTASTIC! Could have listened all day!

    ×   Fascinating

    ×   What fabulous ideas -never have I filled in a whole pad before with ideas.

    ×   Much less rushed. Good ideas 0 more relevant to primary and secondary.

    ×   More relevant to KS1/2 (primary) than workshop. Some good ideas.

    ×   Very inspirational and motivational. Most certainly food for thought and super ideas.

    ×   Inspirational speaker. Motivational, given ideas to use in class with ease.

    ×   Very inspiring in how simple things can help the children think and learn more eg different activities and ideas.

    ×   Fantastic -lots of ideas.

    ×   So enthusiastic that you can’t help but be enthused -lots of ideas again. Thank you

     

     

    Workshop:

    Great ideas!

    ×   Lots of fantastic practical ideas to use in the classroom -thank you.

    ×   I really really enjoyed this session -very practical and immensely inspiring. Terminally groovy!!! Don’t know where to start! I want to cram everything into every lesson. The best training since Paul Black.

    ×   Very good -great practical ideas to take back and use! Love the enthusiasm and interest in taking more ideas particularly mime!

    ×   Lots of informative ideas. Superb presentation!

    ×   Found the mid-lesson plenary idea really interesting and will use in future. Will also pass on ideas to depts I am working with.

    ×   Some really useful ideas -will definitely be trying some out and will share with colleagues.

    ×   A lot of useful ideas, possibly more appropriate for secondary but in theory very useful. Would have been more helpful if a couple of ideas were chosen and focused on as many were rushed, to fit in with time constraints.

    ×   Very KS2 [should this say KS3??] based and lots of the ideas not able to be used in primary, however useful for KS2 / staff.

    ×   Very enthusiastic with some good but easily integrated tips for plenaries throughout the lesson.

    ×   Very enthusiastic. Lots of ideas that can be incorporated into all lessons with ease!

    ×   Very enthusiastic. Some very good and simple ideas on improving plenaries and how to make plenaries more valuable to children’s learning.

    ×   Excellent. I have loads of ideas and suggestions to apply in the classroom. It would have been better extending the sessions instead of listening to the choir.

    ×   What an enthusiastic head teacher -it was contagious. Some super ideas to try at school. Thank you.

     

     

    As you can see, your information and advice were very much appreciated by our Staffordshire colleagues. We are grateful for the time and commitment you dedicated to preparing for this event and look forward to working with you again in the future.

     

    National Literacy Trust: Literacy and Community Nov 09

     

    ***

    I would just like to thank you for today’s experience.  I feel it is the best training day I have been to in a long while, some truly inspirational literacy tales were told today!

     

    I have two requests, firstly I was wondering if I could take you up on you kind offer of an electronic version of the resources you used today.  Secondly, I would love the opportunity to be a part of the Google group you have set up.

     

    Many Thanks
 
Sarah Findlater
Key Stage Three Co-ordinator English
Stockwell Park High School

     

    ***

    Thank you for an inspiring view of literacy during today’s course in London.

     

    Thanks again for today

     

    Simon Newman

    Head of English

    The Folkestone Academy

     

    ***

    Please could I join your literacy Google network? My work email address is charlotte.meadows@thurstoncollege.suffolk.sch.uk

     

    I found your presentations absolutely inspirational today and what a credit your students were to your school. Fantastic!

     

    Best wishes,

    Charlotte

     

    ***

    I have just left the conference and wated to email to say how much I enjoyed it. It was very inspirational to hear your ideas!

     

    I also did not have my stick and would love to have a copy of you powerpoints and resources used in the session today. Is it possible for me to get hold of them? In particular the blooms starter with the pictures and using the words for each level of thinking. I am doing a training session on Tuesday and would live to use this, is it possible that you could email me the PowerPoint?

     

    Thanks so much for the session and sorry to bother you straight after!

     

    Jessica Coles

    The Lammas school and sports college

     

    ***

    Dear Graham,

     

    Thank you for a stunningly informative conference.

     

    Many thanks

     

    Evaluations from the National Literacy Trust Builidng Literacy Community Conference November 09

    100% evaluated the conference positively grading the day very useful/useful.

    91% of delegates (53) graded the conference “very useful”

     

    Feedback from the conferences was outstanding. Many people bothered to say how brilliant / inspirational the conference had been. Here are just some of the typical comments (there were no negative ones):

     

    • Not  only was the day extremely useful, it also had the ‘X’ factor – inspiration!
    • Very informative day expressed in a very inspiring way. Just want to get back and move on some of the strategies/plans we have heard about today.
    • A fantastic day – a brilliant venue and excellent resources and ideas. All presenters were first class.
    • Super. Thank you so much. An inspiration.
    • Excellent in presentation and content.
    • A really enjoyable, inspiring and practical day. With post-Ofsted fatigue, I expected to be nodding off at the back; instead I’m returning to school enthused and excited. Thank you!
    • Great to know you can get all the resources electronically.
    • Great day – very varied and extremely enthusiastic delivery – rekindled mine. Can’t wait to try some of the ideas. Thank you.
    • Inspirational speakers
    • Thank you for an inspirational day; fantastic! Absolutely fantastic! Practical, purposeful and passionate. Loved it! The students were inspiring.
    • As the person in charge of whole school literacy and just beginning my journey, I feel inspired by the day. It has been amazing! Thank you.
    • A great day!. I’m eager to get back and make a start in building a literacy community. It’ll be a challenge and a support network is a great idea.
    • This is probably the best course I have ever attended! Excellent!
    • Very thought provoking  –  included some good practical suggestions. Great venue and lunch.
    • Thank you! I feel re-energised to continue developing literacy. I’ve got the beginnings of a non-Stalinesque five-year plan and I feel great about the stuff we already do Hurray! Some excellent ideas. The course has given me the inspiration to develop some of the ideas in my own school. Great to hear from an actual practitioner.
    • Thank you for a really inspirational day!
    • An excellent day – thoroughly enjoyable and inspiring!
    • Excellent. What passion and inspiration! Got my mojo working as they say! And I’m very interested in the idea of a secondary Talk For Writing conference
    • I will use many of the brilliant ideas shared today. Thank you!
    • Wonderfully inspiring! Unfortunately not all headteachers are as motivational, and I feel this would be a key to overall success. Some schools are still in need of a while ethos change.

     

     

    Feedback after London NLT Conference, November 2009

    ×            This has been the most useful INSET I have attended in a long time

    ×            What a thoroughly inspiring day! Excellent presentation throughout. It is so refreshing to know the speakers understand our roles and potential challenges, and have ‘real life’ experiences & tips!

    ×            Avery inspiring day with loads of excellent take-away ideas and resources – thank you!

    ×            Very useful and inspiring! I didn’t really know where to start with the Literacy Coordinator job before today!

    ×            A thought provoking day with lots of ideas on how to get a whole school working together. Thank you!

    ×            Inspiring! Can’t wait to get back to school to get stuck in.

    ×            A highly inspirational day that provided a practical approach to developing approaches to literacy. Thank you.

    ×            I’m now nicely refreshed for getting going again. A thoroughly useful and enjoyable day. Many Thanks.

    ×            Wonderful to have copies of so many really usable resources. So much food for thought.

    ×            Ideas were realistic and inspiring. The speakers showed a really good awareness of teachers’ workloads etc

    ×            Great day – lots of v.practical ideas.

    ×            Enjoyable session. Excellent to have links set-up and resources to take away.

    ×            Thank you so much. You will see what we do!

    ×            I’m ashamed to say that only now am I getting around to dealing with the issues raised at the National Literacy Trust Conference in London back in November.  I’m very keen to join the Literacy Google Group you talked about as I could really benefit from seeing what other people are doing to get the ball rolling.You also mentioned on the day that we could have access to some of the resouces you showed. I’m working towards getting a Literacy E-box up and running on the school network and would love to have another look at the work from Chenderit. I thoroughly enjoyed the day in November and have rarely come away from a conference so enthused and excited about my work – thank you! I look forward to hearing from you,

    ×            Hi Graham. Attended the London conference and was inspired, but am still

    ×            unable to download the resources/join the group forum. Can you help? How

    do I go about it?

    I attended the Literacy conference in London in November, and found it  inspiring.

    ×            I attended the ‘Building a literacy community’ conference on 20th November 2009.  It was fantastic and I thoroughly enjoyed the conference.

    ×            I found the training course in York back in November inspirational and am busy implementing many of the strategies and ideas

     

    From Clifton School, March 10

    Many thanks for you input to our training day before half term. Staff have been really inspired and several teachers are already trialling some of your suggestions – I have been greeted by students several times on entering the classroom last week!

     

    Feedback after London SSAT Achievement Show at the Emirates  , June 2010

     

    I emailed you on Friday regarding your literacy toolkits. Fifteen minutes the head of my school asked me to speak with Geri Rowe (Vice Principal) regarding an experience she had at a conference on Tuesday.  She wanted to talk to me about how inspired she had been at your training session at the achievement conference. Quite a coincidence considering I had just emailed you.  I thought I would email back and explain that we are very keen for you (and some of your students) to come and do some work with us around developing a culture of literacy. We are currently discussing exactly what we would like our focus to be and will be in touch as soon as this has been decided.

     

    Personally, I am looking for examples of how Literacy can be embedded across the curriculum without staff seeing it as an extra thing to work with. I need staff and student to see the benefit of literacy and the difference it makes in every classroom.

     

    In the mean time I am very interested in coming to visit your school to experience this culture of literacy across the school, as well as see first hand how the literacy toolkits work. Please let me know if/when this would be convenient.

     

    I look forward to hearing from you

     

    Kim Asher

     

    Literacy Coordinator/SEN Teacher  Corby Business Academy

     

    Dear Graham

    Thank you for your inspirational talk in London on Tuesday. I really enjoyed it. You mentioned that you would share your Literacy pro-formas, such as the Literacy walk material etc that you have written.

    I would love a copy of these if possible.

    Many thanks

    Fiona

     

    Fiona Campbell

    Assistant Headteacher – Subject Leader for English

    Darlington Education Village

     

    Thank you very much for your presentation at the SSAT Achievement Show – I came away with lots of ideas!  You did, however, mention the possibility that you had some audit documents and work scrutiny documents – would it be possible to have copies?

     

    All help much appreciated.

     

    Many thanks.

     

    James

     

    James Harris

    Deputy Headteacher

    Walton-le-Dale Arts College and High School

     

    I’d just like to thank you for your wonderful presentation yesterday. You really inspired me and I have been able to come back to school with lots of innovative ideas as a result of this.

    Would it be possible for you to send me the resources you talked about yesterday please as I would like to share them with our literacy co-ordinator.

    Many thanks

     

    Jane Crotty

     

    J. Crotty Assistant Head

    Great Barr School

    Aldridge Road

    Birmingham

    B44 8NU

    Tel 0121 366 6611 (Ext 271)

     

    Feedback after Coventry LA Literacy Conference keynote, Elm Bank, June 2010

     

    Thank you so much for your input- we had such positive responses from the teachers and school librarians present- it was genuinely inspiring.

     

    Joy Court 
Learning Resources Manager: Learning & Achievement
Education and Learning Service
Children, Learning & Young People’s Directorate, Coventry City Council.
Central Library, Smithford Way
Coventry.CV1 1FY

     

    Feedback after Staffordshire LA Learning Conference keynote, July 2010

    Can I thank you for your outstanding contribution to today’s conference. Delegates will have left with renewed enthusiasm having enjoyed your work.

     

    Glynn Featherstone

     

    Feedback after Staffordshire LA Celebration of Reading Conference Learning Conference keynote, July 2010

    Hi

    See below – for someone to take the trouble to email rather than just fill in a form says it all! ( the Kim Mallon she was talking to was the head of English at her school)

     

    Thanks again for your superb input.

     

    Joy Court 
Learning Resources Manager: Learning & Achievement
Education and Learning Service
Children, Learning & Young People’s Directorate, Coventry City Council.
Central Library, Smithford Way
Coventry.CV1 1FY

Tel: 02476 832338 
Fax: 02476832358

    Past Chair:CILIP Youth Libraries Group

    www.coventry.gov.uk <http://www.coventry.gov.uk>

     

    Hello, Vicki and Joy!

     

    I just wanted to express my gratitude for the fantastic Reading Celebration Conference last week.  As happens every year, I leave with an abundance of ideas and even more enthusiasm for what I am privileged to be allowed to do every day – get students reading!

     

    Graham Tyrer’s presentation was particularly effective – I just can’t stop thinking about how I can try to implement his ideas in our school.  Kim Mallon and I are already talking about what we can do next year -and we’re so excited about it all.  Surely, that’s what a quality training session is all about.

     

    Many thanks,

    Bridget Hamlet

    Tile Hill Wood School Librarian

     

    Feedback from Sarah Hughes SSAT re York 10 conference.

    Hello Graham

    Many thanks for speaking at York, as usual your went down extremely well with many ‘inspirational’ comments. So thank you.

     

     

    Feedback after Manchester 10 SSAT conference

    I hope you don’t mind me contacting you. I saw you speak at the SSAT literacy conference in Manchester earlier this year talking about your school’s use of plenary roles. I thought this was a fantastic idea and have now put the implementation of these roles as one of my performance management targets.

     

    I was wondering if you had anything I could use to help train the students in the appropriate language needed to carry out these roles. We are starting off small and trialling it in the English department first, with the hope of making it a whole school initiative next year and any advice/resources would be greatly appreciated.

     

    Many thanks again – it was really inspiring to see a Headteacher so passionate about teaching and learning on a classroom level.

     

    Rebecca Field

     

     

    Feedback after ICC SSAT National Conference 10 SSAT

    Dear Graham;

    thank you for your inspiring talk on friday at conference…

    as promised i have come back and sorted out 4 members of staff to come and learn from you at your school how you have set up and organised the programme involving students leading the programme.

    Would either 7th or 9th of December be any good for them to visit chenderit?

     

    Please can we also ask if its possible for you to come and launch our Literacy week on January 4th at whole staff meeting so that you are able to tell the whole staff about your programme and its success..

    regards

    Sarah Graham

    Headteacher

    Mill Hill school

     

     

    Hello Graham

    Many thanks for presenting at the National Conference last Friday. I don’t know what the evaluation score is, but if the number of people coming up to me afterwards to say how brilliant the session was for the rest of the afternoon – then I’d say you and Tim were a great success! Many thanks.

    Apologies for the mix-up pre-event also.

     

    On another matter, and I hope you don’t mind my mentioning it in the same email that I’m thanking  you!

    An Academy in Stoke on Trent has contacted me asking for an inspirational speaker to talk for an 1 hour 20 mins on the morning of 20 December, followed by a more practical workshop session for  1 hour and 20 mins. They want to raise the profile of literacy and support teachers to feel enthused about engaging with literacy in their subjects. I thought of you.

     

    Would you be interested in delivering the inspirational keynote?

     

    Ideally, they would like the same speaker to then lead a workshop session with a more practical slant. If you’re interested and able, I thought you may be more interested in delivering the inspirational keynote only. The keynote delivered at our training events would be perfect. Of course you’d be paid for your time.

    What do you think?

    Best wishes

    Sarah

     

    Feedback after Park View, Stanmore INSET Jan 11

     

    Good morning Graham!

     

    I hope all went reasonably smoothly last night, we were thinking of you here.

     

    I just wanted to let you know that I’ve never had such positive feedback on a cpd session as yesterday’s!  The second session was very buzzy and people were keen to participate in a summarising plenary at the end, which, again, is not the norm.  I shall be copying all the feedback for you and you can get it out and read it when you’re having a bad day.

     

    Emlyn asked me to let staff know that our intention is to set up a solid working relationship with you and your school and I did just that.

     

    Thank you so much for helping us start this year off so positively.

     

    Kindest regards

    Gaye

     

    PS Is it OK if we nick your ‘class role’ cards and make copies for each member of staff?

     

     

    Hello Graham,

     

    The word groovy is being used with very high frequency today; tutees have been applauding their tutors and staff have been applauding their colleagues as they leave after break to teach their lessons.

     

    Well! It’s 1pm on the first Friday back in January and I have just left a staffroom full of staff clapping, high fiving and whooping into the afternoon.  Blooming marvelous.

     

    Feedback after SSAT INSET Feb 11

     

    Hi Graham

     

    I’ve just finished collating the feedback from last week’s event and have put together a little summary for you:

     

    • ·         The day as a whole scored 1.42 (with 1 as excellent and 5 as very poor) which is well above the SSAT’s target score so we were very pleased with that.

     

    • ·         Your personal score was 1.14, which is one of the highest speaker scores I’ve ever seen.

     

    You were mentioned personally a number of times on the forms, particularly under the question ‘What one aspect of the day did you find most useful and why?’ –

    • ·         “Inspirational speakers – Graham Tyrer; practical and thought-provoking in equal measure.”
    • ·         “Graham Tyrer, not just for the useful ideas but also for sheer charisma and enthusiasm”
    • ·         “A fantastic course that I would highly recommend, especially because of the keynotes, Graham and Geoff.”

     

    I hope that’s all ok – thank you very much for contributing to such a great day.

     

    Best wishes

     

    Feedback after SSAT INSET Mar 11

     

    Dear Mr Tyrer,

     

    Myself and a colleague were really inspired by your presentation at the SSAT conference this week. There are many things that you said that really struck a chord with us and our current stage of development as a school.

     

    Matt Renshaw

    Assistant Headteacher

    Pendle Vale College

    Oxford Road

    Nelson

    BB9 8LF

     

    Feedback after Chenderit National Literacy Conference and INSET Mar 11

    I wanted to write to thank you for a thought provoking and insightful day yesterday, it was truly inspiring.  We left with some great ideas and now just need to work out how to implement such a successful programme into our own  school.

     

    I also wanted to request a copy of the PowerPoint which you talked us through.  Whilst I took copious notes, I couldn’t get down everything!  It would be really useful if you could forward it alongside the student’s work, when you send that out.

     

    Thank you once again.

     

    Sarah Martin

    Dear Graham,

     

    Thank you once again for your hospitality and fantastic ideas at Chenderit School on Thursday 17th March. I have since come back to my school and started implementing some of your ideas.

     

    In particular, I was hoping that you may be able to provide me with some of the example resources created by pupils as a result of your Oxford Publishing Company project. I am hoping to do something very similar here to launch the literacy leaders initiative and in a recent meeting with my faculty, they asked if it was possible to see the resources I was recalling from your conference. Obviously, this would serve as a good example to staff as well as pupils.

     

    I hope this is possible and look forward to hearing from you.

     

    Kind regards,

     

    Andrew Coates

    Head of English and Literacy

    Cirencester Kingshill School

     

    Feedback after SSAT article March 11

    Hello Graham

    Your article is excellent: inspirational and aspirational. Many thanks. I’m going to send to Gareth Lyon to see whether it’s possible to feed into the consultation papers to the department – hope this is ok with you.

    Many thanks, once again. We’ll keep you informed as to where and when it will appear.

    Best wishes

    Sarah

     

    Feedback after North Wales INSET article May 11

     

    From: ja [ja@brynelian.conwy.sch.uk]

    Sent: 23 May 2011 11:20

    To: Graham Tyrer

    Subject: literacy project

     

     

    Hello there.

    My name is Jane Aldridge and after being inspired by a presentation you delivered at Ysgol Bryn Elian I embarked on an exciting and worthwhile literacy project I thought I would share with you.

    Looking closely at Yr 5 and 6 data at one of our biggest feeder primaries with their deputy head a picture emerged of low levels of literacy, especially with boys underperformance in comparison with the girls – a common gap in Wales.  I was fortunate to have a an afternoon a week of free periods, so with the head’s consent planned and delivered a gender literacy intervention programme at the primary school.  As part of the teaching/learning I embedded thinking/afl tools as they are proving extremely successful at KS3,4 AND 5.  I chose Superheroes as a topic – which the boys and girls really enjoyed.  We focused on reading but as a guide to improving their writing, as this is where their literacy is poorest.  We gave them a real audience – a display in our school library which proved to be highly motivating and made the outcome a slick and commercial looking ICT processed product.

    The project has been a huge success.  Pupils writing levels have gone up along with their self esteem.  Everyone has learnt from this experience.  I have learnt more about the learners we will get in September and the environment they are coming from.  The primary staff have learnt a little on how to teach writing processes from an English specialist.

    This partnership seems a genuine way forward.  Surely early intervention is key to enable the weaker learners to access and progress at Key Stage 3?  I am now observing initial teaching of literacy as age 7 seems critical?

    We are now planning a similar scheme on Cowboy genre.

     

    Thank you again for showing through your presentation the power of positive attitude, high expectations and continually trying to improve.

     

    Kindest regards

    Jane Aldridge

    Head of English.

     

     

     

    Request from Berkshire

    Dear Graham,

     

    We are currently looking for external training for our whole staff in embedding literacy across the curriculum, as well as the importance of literacy.

     

    I remembered you as being a particularly inspirational speaker and wondered if you are available for INSET days?

     

    Regards,

     

    Laura Close

    Literacy Co-ordinator

    St Bartholomews School

     

     

    From ME at TES award, Oct 11

     

    Dear Mr Tyrer,

    I read the recent article  in the TES about Chenderit School’s Literacy community and was extremely impressed. In fact , at my line manager meeting both my manager(Mrs S Jones -Deputy Head) and I had copies of the article as our inspiration.

    I am at the stage of wanting to take literacy forward and make it more central/ integral to school life and would relish the opportunity to see what you have achieved in action. We have recently implemented a teacher Learning Journey approach and the opportunity to come and see what you have done and see how it can be of use and  developed in our school  would be of great value.

    The day set aside for staff to visit other schools this year is November 9th 2011. I hope you don’t think it too presumptuous, but I would really like to come and see what you have done, experience it for myself and see if there is any possibility of implementing something similar at our school.

    Thank you for your attention,

    Melanie Epstein(Mrs)

     

    From e re TES award, Oct 11

     

    Dear Mr Tyrer,

    I have been seconded to the Senior Leadership Team this academic year have been given responsibility for improving literacy across the curriculum.  As your school is regarded as at the forefront of innovation in this area I would like to ask if I could come and visit your school to get advice on areas such as:

    where the best place to start is, e.g. whole school marking policy, student voice?

    a good pro-forma for getting student views on literacy

    What literacy based ideas you are using

    I would obviously work around your schedule, but would be most grateful for any advice you can give me.

     

    I look forward to hearing from you.

     

    Thank you

     

    Lucia Problemi

    Assistant Head Teacher (Seconded)

     

     

    Response from 8th December 11 Schools’ Network Literacy Conference, Manchester

    Mr Tyrer,

     

    I attended The Schools Network conference for leading and managing literacy across the curriculum, on the 8th December.

     

    I found your presentation motivational and inspiring and would like the staff at Joseph Swan School to experience the same.

     

    Are you available for a whole school CPD day in September 2012?  If so could you provide information about your charges and availability so I can inform the senior leadership team?

     

    With thanks

    Kathryn Jackson

    Joseph Swan School

     

    From HT @ Maiden Erlegh School

    Dear Graham and Neil

     

    I hope that it’s not too late to wish you both a very Happy New Year.

     

    I’ve had a look at the draft targets as you asked and have made a few notes which I hope will be helpful. I’ve also read your recent Ofsted report. What is abundantly clear is that Chenderit is a remarkable school which is flourishing under the leadership of an able and talented head and a most supportive governing body.

     

    I’m struck by the challenge  in the draft  targets  and Graham’s  restless ambition for the school.

    With all good wishes

     

    From NLT re webinar, February 12 

     

    Hello Graham

     

    Firstly, a Happy New Year to you. I hope you had a relaxing break.

     

    As the webinar is a month away and all the places have been snapped up (with a waiting list growing as well), I thought it a good idea to get the conversation going about the webinar again. Also, to let you know, we are planning for the whole month to be focussed on student leadership/involvement and literacy, with your webinar kicking off proceedings.

     

    Sarah De Zoysa
Schools Manager

     

    020 7820 6267

    sarah.dezoysa@literacytrust.org.uk

    www.literacytrust.org.uk

     

    From School’s Network re Leading and Managing Literacy across the curriculum’ national conference keynote, Dec 11, February 12 

     

    The majority of delegate rated your presentation as excellent and many commented specifically that were inspired by what you had to say.

     

    Eg: ‘Graham Tyrer has encouraged me to mke a real success of the literacy leaders course we have just begun’

    ‘engaging, honest and stimulating.’

    ‘A headteacher I would enjoy working with.’

     

    From Osiris Education Training re Leading and Managing Literacy across the Curriculum course 2012

    Could you give me a call if you have a moment – the course has filled on one of the dates and is over half full for the second date. We are hoping you can give us two further dates for June or July as there is definitely a market for it!

     

    Gemma

     

    From English and Media Centre Literacy across the Curriculum course 2012

    My name is Kate Oliver and I work at the English and Media Centre (www.englishandmedia.co.uk). We’re a not-for-profit trust that has been providing publications and professional development on all aspects of English teaching for teachers and students since 1975. The Centre is also renowned for its award winning, innovative publications.

     

    We’re in the speculative stage of planning a conference on literacy across the curriculum for the summer term, and immediately thought of you as our ideal keynote speaker and/or workshop leader due to your expertise in this area and your excellent reputation.

     

     

    Osiris Birmingham Literacy INSET. Whole day, March.

    One delegate: “That was by far, the best literacy training I have ever attended.”

     

    Osiris London Literacy INSET. Whole day, March.

    First of all, I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the course on Friday and to tell you that I found your approach really inspirational. I have been thinking about it all weekend!  Thank you for renewing my enthusiasm.

     

    Once again, thank you very much for a very worthwhile day.

     

    Kind regards

    Sally Springthorpe

     

    Firstly, just wanted to say a big thank you for an enthusiastic workshop, which opened lots of new ideas to take forward in school.

     

    Would it please be possible to advise me on how to get Speaking and Listening as part of the literacy tool.  We use Accelerated Reader and this is a fabulous tool, which the children appear to enjoy.  My concern is moving their vocabulary both spoken and written through English and then ultimately through the whole school.

     

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.  By the way, have already used the punctuation game.

     

    Thanks Karen

     

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    Dear Mr Tyrer

     

    Thank you for your fantastic training at The Schools Network literacy event in London last week.

     

    Samantha Palmer

    Leader of English

    Looe Community Academy

     

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    Schools’ Network Literacy Conference, 28th March 2012

     

    Feedback from Schools’ Network: Many of the delegates commented that the keynote presentations were one of the highlights of the day, and your presentation in particular was rated as “excellent”/ “very good”. A number of delegates said that they found your session very useful. Specific comments included:

    ‘Graham provided clarity on why writing is important.’

    ‘Graham Tyrer gave many useful tips for teaching. He was also was entertaining and gave interesting personal experiences.’

    ‘Graham Tyrer was inspirational.’

    ***

    I attended a course a month ago, where you delivered a wonderful presentation, all about how literacy is tackled in your school. I really loved the idea of the literacy leaders and would love to pilot this in our school. I have already sold the concept to the some of the SLT but they would like a bit more info, as to how it is run.

     

    Would you be kind enough, to drop me a line or PPT etc, to let me know about the workings of this idea? I am very excited about this and will be happy to let you know how we get on!

     

    Any other great schemes or resources would be welcomed!

     

    Jo Mulvey

     ***

     

    Feedback from School’s Network Achievement Show 2011.

    Dear Graham,

    Having been fortunate enough to attend the SSAT Achievement show in 2010 I was really touched by your inspirational words and passion for education.  I would therefore be incredibly grateful if you were able to impart some ideas and strategies you have utilised to reach “outstanding” as a school.  We are a good school with some outstanding features and we are eager to ensure that the education we offer or students is first class.  I appreciate that you are incredibly busy so any advice you can offer would be most appreciated.

    Kind regards,

    Helen Pannell

     

    Assistant Headteacher

    Avonbourne School

    Harewood Avenue

    Bournemouth

    BH7 6NY

    ***

     

    Schools Network review of December National Literacy INSET.

     

    For those who missed it, the 8th December ‘Leading and managing literacy across the curriculum’ conference provided practical ideas to help schools improve literacy across the curriculum.

     

    The event got off to a great start with Graham Tyrer’s inspirational keynote address. Research has shown that students learn best when explaining concepts to others, and Tyrer described how using student leaders to build ‘literacy communities’ can have a dramatic impact on literacy across the curriculum.

    ***

     

    Feedback from Teachology 2012.

    Dear Bev,

    Thanks so much for getting back to me. Disappointed that Graham can’t make it – he is a brilliant speaker, but completely understand that he must be very busy.

    ***

     

    Feedback from Curriculum Matters editor 2012.

    Dear Graham,

     

    Thank you for sending me the additional info earlier today, and for sending me your invoice. Please find attached page proofs of your article for you to check you are happy with the final version before it goes to press. The acronyms for the publication are collated altogether, so I have included these pages as well so you can be assured that yours are included.

     

    Please could you let me know of any final changes you would like making by next Wednesday 30 May.

     

    Thanks again for all your work on the article, and for your patience in seeing this into print. It makes for an excellent concluding piece for the publication.

     

    I look forward to hearing back from you.

     

    Kind regards

     

    Angela

    adewsbury@me.com

    ***

     

    Feedback from Leicester LA INSET, June 2012

    From: Catchpole, S [scatchpole@svc-leicester.org.uk]

     

    Graham’s input was inspirational, and the evaluations were fantastic.

     

    Feedback from Osiris Literacy training June/July 2012

    Please could you send me copies of the slides from your excellent course last Friday in London and also the literacy plans. Sue

    ***

    Firstly, can I say a huge thank you for such a brilliant course yesterday, you really are an inspiration to the teaching profession! Louisa Pritchard

    ***

    I attended your Leading Literacy to Outstanding course last Friday. As someone who was only appointed as Literacy Coordinator on the Monday of that week, I found it invaluable. Having practical ideas that I can implement in school was extremely helpful, and I must admit I have used ‘Punctuation Party’ today with a class and it worked very well. Amy Bradley (Hurstmere School)

    ***

    I attended the Birmingham course yesterday, which was excellent. Please could I have the address for the Web Link when it is up and running? Sarah Weir

    ***

    Hi Graham, I would just like to say a huge “thank you” for the course yesterday. I was made Literacy Coordinator on Friday and as Head of Music I was a bit worried about my lack of knowledge but you have given me so many ideas I feel really excited about September!  Pippa.

    ***

    I attended the Outstanding in Literacy course last week – thank you for all your help and ideas, I found it to be really engaging and gave me many ideas that I can use in my school.  Leanne Greer

    ***

    Thank you for all the advice, tips, resources etc that you gave out on friday. Not overwhelming but realistic and challenging. Cath Mordue

    ***

    Firstly, thank you for Friday’s conference. As an NQT due to begin the school’s literacy coordinator role in September, I can’t tell you how valuable your expertise was. Rose Minto

    ***

    Thank you so much for your inspirational course/words!  Shirley Mullany

    ***

    Thank you for the excellent course yesterday – lots of wonderful ideas for

    me to think about before next Sept.  Joanne Davies

    ***

    This is the email asking for all your golden resources/ ideas/ etc which you suggested we send you following on from the course yesterday. (I am the woman with the daughter who is going to a nunnery.)

     

    Have to say, I thought you were groovy.

     

    Regards and thanks for the inspiration yesterday. Justine Holman

    ***

    Thanks for a REALLY inspiring, useful, appropriate, transformational day’s training!!  Gabrielle

    Feedback from Osiris Literacy training June/July 2012

    I just wanted to write and thank you for a genuinely inspiring day yesterday. I was already excited about taking on the whole-school literacy role at my school but I now feel I have some really practical ideas that will engage both staff and students. Ewan Scott. Alexandra Park School

    ***

    Thank you very much for the training today!  Thank you! Iwona

     

    ***

    Thank you ever so much for your inspiring course on Friday. Thank you in advance.

    Pauline Bruno.

    ***

    Thank you for a very interesting and thought provoking course on Friday

    Thanks again

    Gill Ashdown

    ***

    Hi Graham,

    Firstly, I’d like to thank you for the workshop on Friday-I really got a lot from it.

     

    ***

    Dear Graham

    Thank you for an excellent course on Friday.  I left feeling inspired and full of ideas which I am really looking forward to implementing here at Frome Community College, but I will start small.  Thanks a lot. Polly Parker

     

    ***

    Thank you so much for the inspirational and practical course. It is a precious gift which I will endeavour to share with all who will listen. Little by little we will change the world…  I am meeting with the Deputy Head tomorrow and we intend to put a lot of your ideas into practice next year.  If it is appropriate, please will you keep me informed about any other Training you are doing?  I hope your knee is much better and please know that you make a tremendous difference. I was looking for something to help our students and our School and I really believe I have found it.  Barbara-Ann Whiting

    ***

    Thanks for a very interesting and inspiring session last Friday.  Sarah O’Donnell

    ***

    Dear Graham,

    I would like to ask if you are available to deliver some CPD training in Literacy for a conference being organised on the 26th October in Ripon North Yorkshire.  I have attended many of your training sessions and would be delighted if you are available to inspire others as you did me.

    Regards Chris Rutter

    ***

    Thank you, Graham, for a very inspiring day.  Linda Hoole

    ***

    Many thanks for the excellent course you delivered on Friday. You certainly gave me plenty of ideas and resources to take back to my school.  Mark M Snow

    ***

    Firstly, thank you so much for the inspiring day last Friday in London. I left filled with ideas, enthusiasm and a sense of warmth about everyone’s dedication to our young people’s futures. I’ve also been reading your book on student leadership, which informs so much of what my school is aiming to achieve at the moment. As a Drama specialist, it is also pleasing to see so many Drama strategies and techniques being used in your activities.  Kirsty Elmer

    ***

    Firstly, thanks for an inspirational session today. As an MFL teacher. I had been looking for ideas but more importantly a plan and idea of how I could implement these ideas in a feasible and manageable way.I came away with this and I’d like to thank you for your help.  Matt

    ***

    Thank you for today and your inspiring wealth of wisdom about promoting literacy in so many innovative ways.I’m looking forward to accessing your additional materials so I can plan effectively and realistically which I think you really emphasised today. It was refreshing to hear that it can’t all be done at once. I’m also particularly interested in the student leadership angle as that would be building on existing strengths within school. Thank you. Belinda

    ***

     

    Firstly, can I say thank you for last Friday’s course, I found it really useful, and spent the entire journey home making notes. Sam Raw

    ***

     

    I firstly want to say a huge thank you for an inspirational and exceedingly useful day on Wednesday. I came away buzzing about what lies ahead for our school. Helen Can I say thank you for such an inspiring day on Wednesday in Solihull!  Many thanks. ElaineThank you for the course it was great to collect ideas and I found it very useful and inspirational.  Helen Riley

    ***

     

    Many thanks for your input on Friday’s course in Manchester. I found it useful and inspiring. All fired up now!  Sue Parson

    ***

     

    Many thanks for the Literacy training last Friday in Manchester.  There are many excellent ideas and suggestions that I am keen to implement at my school.  It was one of the most useful events that I have ever been on.  Fiona.

    ***

     

    I also just wanted to thank you for running the course.  As an NQT I am a little daunted by the prospect of creating the literacy programme for our school, but the information, guidance and strategies your outlined and provided have helped calm my nerves a little

    Hopefully our paths may cross again in the future.  Adam D Metcalfe

    ***

     

    Many thanks for the Leading Literacy to Outstanding course in Birminham

    last Wednesday.  It was interesting and helpful, and your enthusiasm infectious.   Margaret Britton

    ***

    I would like to thank you for the course on Friday.  I found it extremely useful (and entertaining) and consequently,  it was certainly worth the journey.  Thank you so much. Angela Coshan

    ***

    Firstly I would like to thank you for the fantastic course on Friday, I found it incredibly useful.  Joanne Baldwin

    I’d just like to say thank you for such an informative, useful and inspiring day on Friday. As a newly appointed Literacy Coordinator I certainly gained lots from it.  Sarah Cross           ***

    I was at the course you ran last week in Birmingham; it was fantastic – thank you.   Deborah Banks

    ***

    Thanks for the sharing of all gold resources. Believe in it passionately myself, as don’t see the point in reinventing the wheel and/ or being precious about what we produce: it can only be for the good if we save others time, effort, etc. Justine Holman  I attended the ‘Leading Literacy to Outstanding’ course you delivered on the 29th June and found it really inspiring and useful. Haylee  I attended the Literacy course two weeks ago and really enjoyed it – which makes a change!  Joy Evans

    ***

    Dear Graham, I would now like to proceed with this INSET training.  I have always been convinced that Literacy training delivered by you would be a superb and, as they say, where there’s a will, there’s a way.

    ***

    I was at the course you ran last week in Birmingham; it was fantastic – thank you. Deborah

    ***

    This is very belated but nonetheless utterly genuine.

     

    I was in the ‘audience’ at the Leicester WIT and was extremely inspired by your presentation (it was by far the most life-improving CPD I have ever listened to) and would like to try and echo your actions at a school I am being seconded to.

     

    1. If you were to address our staff what is your availability in Sept or Oct and what would the cost be?

     

    2. I would have thought that if as many staff were involved at the outset of the scheme then the impact would be higher…have you found this to be so, or is more about the ‘right’ audience?

     

    Thank you very much for your comments, and I now look forward to reading your book which I have just received from Amazon!

     

    With kind regards

     

    Genevieve Lovegrove

    ***

     

     

    Feedback from Osiris 2012, London

     

    Dear Graham,

     

    I have woken up this morning as I have done all this week with three

    things on my mind:

    1) Last Friday’s course on ‘Leading Literacy to Outstanding’ was first class

    2) the day was too short and there’s more I need to discover from you 3

    and most importantly) I AM groovy!

     

    However, it is with the second point in mind that I am sending you an

    email. Simply put, I would like to visit Chenderit School and witness your

    students as leaders and pick your brains some more on literacy. I am new

    to the position of literacy coordinator and am from a school that has

    struggled to progress both in terms of achievement and in attitude to

    progressive ideas. Hoever, as of September we have a new head and,

    resultantly, a new culture of positivity in the school; to say I am keen

    to capitalise on this would be putting it mildly.

    So far this term, I launched our new literacy campaign and I have entitled

    it ‘Raising Literacy Through the Roof!’ pricipally for two reasons: 1) it

    is asprirational and smacks of awesomeness

    2) our walls are chockablock with displays so I thought we could use

    ceiling space in every room to promote and develop literacy skills.

     

    Also, I have managed to embed reading for pleasure across the curriculum

    as now every lesson and year group assemby starts with students reading

    their own choice of text. I have led some INSET on the importance of

    literacy, created a Staff Handbook, booked a trip to hear Andy McNab and

    am due to host our first Literacy Parent’s Workshop at the end of the

    month.

     

    I am most interested in the parts of the course that were omitted due to

    the time contraints and also in seeing your students leading their own

    learning and seeing literacy teaching alive and well across the

    curriculum. I appreciate you must be inundated with requests from teachers

    but none from a woman who now feels groovy enough to keep on emailing

    until she hears a ‘Yes!’

     

    Hope you aren’t offended by the pushiness but sometimes you just have to

    try your luck. I will fit in with any date you can accommodate me. To

    finish, thank you for a great day’s training; it was probably the best I

    have ever received: reassuring, encouraging and highly practical. Looking

    forward to hearing from you.

     

    Rachel Stevens

    Literacy Coordinator

    (Saint Augustine’s Catholic High School, Redditch, Worcs)

     

    Feedback from Osiris 2012, Manchester

    ×        ‘Awesome.’

    ×        ‘The best INSET I have ever had.’

    ×        ‘I recently attended your Leading Literacy to Outdstanding in Manchester and found it to be an inspirational day.  I am currently Head of English at a rural comprehensive in Lincolnshire.  I have been asked to give our dormant literacy programme a kick start (we are expecting…!).  I would really appreciate the opportunity to come and visit your school and see some of the strategies you spoke about in action so that I can shamelessly steel them and use them in my role!  I wonder if this would be possible?  I look forward to hearing from you. Dave Vincent. Head of English De Aston School’

     

    ×        ‘I attended your Leading Literacy to Outstanding course on 6th July in Manchester and just wanted to say thank you for the array of useful strategies that have helped me to begin to embed literacy in our school. I also wondered if it would be possible for me to get hold of another link to the webpage where I can download the extra resources from the session. I realised that the last link was attached to my previous email address (we have just completed a merger) and I am no longer able to access this. I’m really sorry to trouble you and hope I’ll still be able to get hold of the resources. Many thanks,

     

    Sarah Cross

    Literacy Coordinator

    Horizon Community College’

    Barnsley

    South Yorkshire

     

    Feedback from Oldham, Hathershaw College 2012

     

    Dear Graham

     

    Thank you for your fantastic INSET training today!

     

    Thanks again

     

    Kind regards

     

    Melody

    Hathershaw School

     

    Feedback from Osiris Manchester 2012

    Hi Graham,

    I attended your ‘Leading Literacy to Outstanding’ course on 12th Oct. It was the most informative, enlightening and important course I have ever attended. Thanks to your ideas, I have totally reshaped our way forward and I’m building up literacy using pupils and leadership … one step at a time. I’m also in the first stages of PhD study around literacy and its development and your ideas have really helped my understanding of how schools can plan for impact.

     

    Thanks for your advice,

    Mike Dore

    Assistant Head

    Parrs Wood High School

    Manchester

     

    Feedback from  Teachology 2012

    Hi Graham

     

    It’s Hywel- from the conference today. Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your session today- what a brilliant idea. Your style was perfect for that last session and I’m grateful for your grace in helping the day end well.

     

    I’ll look up those resources.

     

    Cheers.

     

    Hywel

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    Morning Graham,

     

    I was at conference in Manchester this week. Enjoyed what you said and loved the passage about Lyra in the library.

     

    Have scanned the early chapters of “Northern Lights” but can’t find it and sadly haven’t time to re-read.

     

    I was hoping you could send the passage to me – we are re-opening our school library this half term and this would be excellent for the launch.

     

    Thanks for your inspiration.

     

    Kind Regards and Best Whishes,

     

    Andy Griffin

     

    Broadoak School, Trafford.

     

    Feedback from PM 2012

    Graham

     

    I’m with the data team at the moment looking at KS2-4 3 levels’  progress measures and trends for our school.

    The national averages for 2012  KS2-4 3 levels’ progress measures are 68% for English and 69% for maths. Is this your understanding?

    Your impressive 93% for English exceeds the national average by 25%  which is a quite stunning result and your maths’ result of 75% exceeds the national average by 6%. Before I respond to Neil Hoose I need to check we’re using the same figures for our calculations.

    Your PM documentation states that your figure of 75% for maths exceeded the national average by at least 10%. Should this read 6%? I ask because

    ours is 76% for maths and I’m about to report to governors that we exceeded the national average by 7%. This is a minor detail, Graham as your overall results are stellar especially the English 3 levels’ progress. Should the commentary underneath  the maths outcome in bold in your documentation say “progress toward target” if it’s 6% rather than 10%? and target exceeded by English?

     

    Few schools in the country will have achieved your 93% for English and I’ll be saying so to Neil in my response.

     

    Please let me know what you think about the maths fig. / commentary before I start my response .

     

    Regards

     

    Peter

     

    Feedback from Nottingham OSIRIS 2012

     

    Dear Graham

     

    Before I get back into school tomorrow and get caught up in the everyday stuff, I just wanted to say thank you for the training today. I’ve got a host of ideas, and feel inspired to make sure that I find the time to implement them!!

     

    Thanks again

    Katya

    (Staunch supporter of the semi colon!)

     

    Katya Harvey-Taylor

    Head of English

    Top Valley Academy

    0115 9539060

     

    Feedback from Liverpool OSIRIS 2012

    Hi Graham

     

    Thank you for such an inspiring course last week in Liverpool. It was really stimulating and has inspired me to go back to school and try so many things which will have positive outcomes for both students and teachers.

     

    I am just writing up my notes to do a presentation to the leadership team and wondered if you could possibly send me the PowerPoint with the maths lesson taxonomy slide on, I cannot read what it says from the course booklet and I really want to get the maths faculty to do more in terms of literacy.

     

    Also, I would really appreciate it if you send me the FST and Literacy Leaders training information which you said we could email you for.

     

    This would be much appreciated.

     

    Regards

     

    Debbie McGloin

     

    Feedback from Nottingham OSIRIS 2012

    Good morning Graham,

     

    Many thanks again for all the fabulous ideas you provided us with on Tuesday. My colleague and I are already making plans for the new year and are definitely excited to get started on some new projects.

     

    Sarah Copeland

    Associate Assistant Head teacher

    Carlton le Willows Academy

    Wood Lane

    Gedling

    Nottinghamshire

    NG4 4AA

     

    0115 9565008

    scopeland@clwacademy.co.uk

     

    ***

    I thought it was fantastic.

    Thanks do much. I have take lots back to school and am already implementing several things.

    I really appreciate it.

    Many thanks

    Kate

     

    HI Graham
I have been lucky enough to attend a couple of your presentations in the past, but my colleagues have told me how wonderful the punctuation party was, something which I have not had the pleasure of experiencing as yet!

     

    ***

    Hi Graham,

     

    I just wanted to say thank you for the book that was delivered to me this week – “Learning to Lead.” I made the most of my snow day by having a look through it and have already taken inspiration.

     

    Also, I wanted to say a belated thanks for the course that you delivered in Nottingham at the beginning of December. Already I have started my own little Literacy group who have been putting the Chinese symbols around the school and have come up with other ideas relevant to our school. Thanks again and I hope that you are enjoying the start of the New Year.

     

    Lucy Neath

     

    John Ferneley College

    Melton Mowbray

    Leicestershire

    LE13 1LH

    01664 565901

     

    ***

    Feedback from Staff OSIRIS 2013

    Dear Mr Tyrer

     

    I attended your ‘Leading Literacy to Outstanding’ workshop, on the 27th February, in Staffordshire.

     

    I was the young lady who was seeking advice about where to start when rolling Literacy out across my school. Thanks for the tips you gave me, it provided me with direction.

     

    At the workshop, you mentioned something about sharing resources, so I was wondering if you had any advice/guidance/training resources for the Literacy Leaders?

     

    Thank you for being so inspiring. You are the headteacher I hope to one day be.

     

    Yasmin

     

    Feedback from Leeds OSIRIS 2013

    Hi Graham,

     

    First of let me thank you for the very inspirational conference on Thursday, its left me really wanting to go back and put so many things into practice straight away.

    Many Thanks

     

    Atyia Ejaz

    Director of E Learning

    Levenshulme High School

     

    ***

    Hi Graham,

     

    I’ve tried going through Osiris post course support, but it won’t acknowledge me.

     

    Your course was brilliant, and I’m due to deliver whole school INSET imminently.  Any chance you can send me your PowerPoint?  I especially would appreciate the slides / work achieved by the literacy learners, in the hope of inspiring some of my Year 7s to climb on the literacy wagon.

     

    Kind regards,

     

    Clare Mackley

     

    Literacy Coordinator / AST – Garforth

     

    ***

    Hi Graham

     

    I really enjoyed the course in Leeds, last week. That I am still thinking about it, must mean it was useful! I have been meaning to contact you but life and OFSTED have prevented me from doing so.

     

    I would really like all of the things you said you could email. The training for your functional skill tutors and the word version of your two year plan would be really helpful. Also, any resources that your pupils have made and are in your ‘e-box’ that they wouldn’t mind you sharing, so that I can illustrate my presentation to SLT with examples. And, anything you think would be impressive to SLT at all!

     

    I really liked the idea of the ‘pride’ piece of work from Year 6 and if I’m going to do that, now is the time really. Did you approach the primaries directly or send a letter naming particular children, ahead of visits? Who co-ordinated it so that every child was included, was it you or an admin person?

     

    Thank you for all the ideas!

     

    Vicki

    ***

    Feedback from London Inside Government 2013

     

    Hello Graham,

     

    I recently attended, and thoroughly enjoyed, your course on Leading Literacy to outstanding.  Many thanks for the inspiration from the day,

     

    Peter Clarke.

    ***

    Dear Graham

    Thank you for an inspirational presentation at today’s conference.  It was good to finish on a high.  I am currently working on improving our levels of literacy which are very weak across the school.  You have managed to capture the two things closest to my heart, i.e. curiosity and student leadership, and used them to powerful effect.  I would love to hear more about your journey or to perhaps visit your school to learn more.

    Thanks again

    Kind regards

     

    Evelyn Hicks

     

    Deputy Headteacher

    The Denes High School

    Lowestoft

    Suffolk

    NR32 4AH

     

     

    Feedback from Inside Government Conference March 2013

    Moreover, Graham’s session was singled out by several people as being exceptional, such as expressed by these chosen quotes:

    • ·         Graham Tyrer’s presentation was inspirational and left me wanting to develop his ideas in the context of my own school
    • ·         Found the final speaker to be totally inspiring
    • ·         I felt that Graham Tyrer was outstanding
    • ·         Graham for his passion to do with Literacy!
    • ·         Graham Tyrer, v good speaker and subject v relevant to my role.
    • ·         Graham Tyrer gave information specifically on issues that were looking to gain information on.
    • ·         Grahan Tyrer as he was talking about the real world of education and not just the theory
    • ·         Graham Tyrer because we have an issue around literacy in out school and I have taken a number of ideas which we could modify to suit our situation.

     

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    Feedback from Capita New Curriculum Conference March 2013

    I wanted to personally inform you of the good response your session elicited.  It was great having you speak on your approach to achieving outstanding literacy across the curriculum and to have you present all afternoon to contribute your thoughts on some more strategic aspects that the changes in the curriculum are presenting.

    Kind Regards,

     

    David

     

     

    David Owen

    Conference Producer

    020 7202 0587

    Capita Conferences

    4th Floor Barnard’s Inn

    86 Fetter Lane

    London

    EC4A 1 EN

     

     

    Feedback from Osiris Literacy courses, June/July 2013

    Hi Graham,

    Thank you for a very successful course on Friday; I have lots of ideas to put into practise not least to help prepare my next development plan.

    Thanks again and I hope this is of some use, especially as you have shared so generously with us!

    Enjoy the weekend,

    Mel

    Melanie Epstein

    KS3 English Coordinator

    Literacy Across The Curriculum Coordinator

    Queen Elizabeth’s Girls’ School

    High Street

    High Barnet

    Herts EN5 5RR

     

    ***

    Hi Graham,

     

    Once again, thanks very much for what was an incredibly enjoyable and thought provoking CPD session yesterday. I’m incorporating ideas into my lesson planning already…

     

    If you could please forward the PPT from the course that would be great, I’m hoping to use one of the Lit box slides with my Yr 9s Monday afternoon – (if you’ve picked this up in time!)

     

    Enjoy your weekend, and thanks once again.

     

    Mike  Michael Gilbert gilbertm@whitmore.harrow.sch.uk

     

    Hi Graham,

     

    Just wanted to thank you for the great course. I have come away inspired (and having some faith in what I am doing as we already have some good stuff on the VLE and literacy boxes in every classroom! J )

     

    Keeley Plaza  KPL kpl@washwoodheath.bham.sch.uk

     

    ***

    Dear Graham,

    I thoroughly enjoyed the course in Birmingham today

    Justin Dixon  Dixon Justin Justin.Dixon@kings.lincs.sch.uk

     

    ***

    Dear Graham,

     

    I was one of the attendees on the wonderful literacy course you ran at Lancaster School back in April. I tried to email you earlier this month using another email address, but our system was faulty, so I don’t know if you ever got it.

     

    Thanks again for all your great ideas!

     

    Andy Colman

    Curriculum Leader: English

    Ilkley Grammar School

     

    ***

     

    Hi Graham

    Thanks for all your gems of wisdom on Friday.

    Would you send me all those gifts you have on computer?

    Thanks

    Julie Keshavarzi

    The Barclay School

    J Keshavarzi <keshavarzij@barclay.herts.sch.uk>

     

    ***

    Hi Graham,

It’s Alex Venables, I attended your course last Friday in Liverpool and I thought that it was fantastic. You helped me to realise that whole school literacy CAN be fun with words rather than just RWC – so thank you.

I would most appreciate it if you would send me the resources that you mentioned at the course and I would be particularly grateful if you could provide any additional information on the training of students as literacy leaders. One of my other school remits is developing the more able and in September 2014 I hope to introduce student leadership roles in capacities other than just literacy, so once again thank you for providing me with this idea.

Enjoy the summer.

Kind regards,

Alex Venables, Director of Learning and Standards: English

Little Lever School

    ***

    Hi Graham. I recently attended the OSIRIS Literacy course that you ran last Friday and found it extremely inspiring. I was wondering whether you would be able to email me the ‘pack of goodies’ as you referred to it on Friday?!

     

    Many thanks

     

    Jordan

     

    ***

    Brilliant day yesterday, really firing ideas now. My husband is going to act on some of your ideas straight away, I may take longer being a lowly English teacher. 🙂

     

    Thanks again.

     

    Jennie

    ***

    Thank you so much for a truly inspirational course today. I found many ideas I will be trying and am excited about cascading ideas to colleagues on Monday.

     

    Can I please request the ‘gifts for colleagues’ pack to be sent to my home or work email address?

    I am running a whole school literacy day on Monday 22nd and I am sure I can find some ideas to help sharpen up the days events and activities amongst your pack too.

     

    Many thanks again.

     

    Emma Lloyd

     

    Hayesbrook School

     

    ***

    Dear Graham,

     

    Thank you, once again, for the course you delivered on Friday; it was incredibly informative and helpful.

     

    Many thanks again!

     

    Cheryl Oles

    ***

    Hello Graham. Thanks for your help. And for all of your great ideas on the day. You were very inspiring.

     

    Best wishes,

    Catherine.

    Good afternoon,

     

    Before I start begging for resources I thought I should tell you that the course on Friday was excellent; I went out for a quick pint afterwards with a friend who was also there and talked about nothing but punctuation parties!

     

    Thanks also for the bedtime reading that was provided, it made me march straight to the Deputy Head this morning and demand (or more accurately beg for) a literacy budget; the good news is that I got one!

     

    Thanks again,

     

    Mark Wedge

     

    ***

    Hello Graham,

     

    I was at the  OSIRI course you facilitated last July on ‘Leading Literacy to Great.’  It was superb and gave me the new way into whole school literacy that I had been looking for.

     

    Many thanks  and wishing you a great year ahead,

     

    Kalash Thakor

     

    Curriculum Manager for English

    Acting Assistant Head Teacher in charge of Literacy

    Plashet School

     

    ***

     

    Dear Graham,

     

    Thank you for a very useful session.

    Suzanne Hartley

    Alperton Community School

     

    ***

    Message from Cheltenham Literacy Festival October 2013

    The Jan Urban-Smith Debate

    Melvin Burgess, Anne Fine, Jamila Gavin and Graham Tyrer

    Do We Still Believe Books Matter to our Children?

    Do we still believe that books matter to our children? If so, why are libraries closing and literature reduced to extracts in school , as if solely for the purpose of jumping through hoops? Is the chance to read widely being squeezed between the pressure of regimented schooling and an increasingly pervasive digital ‘tablet culture’? And what can parents do? Join bestselling children’s writers Melvin Burgess, Anne Fine and Jamila Gavin and school literacy guru Graham Tyrer to debate these challenging questions  and find out the books that shaped them as they grew up.

    ***

     

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    Message from colleagues attending the Times Literary Festival 2013

    Dear Graham,

     

    Thank you so much for your inspiring seminar on literacy.  I have been in the role of literacy coordinator for a year now and your ideas have come at just the right time to motivate me to keep going with it.

     

    At my school, we have started innovation teams; one of which is literacy.  I would like to trial the idea of literacy leaders and the lit box, and was wondering if you could possibly send me the resources to go with these two ideas?  I did try and assess the online resources through the link in the book (I did buy it…promise!) but I couldn’t work out how to actually get the material.

     

    I appreciate you are a busy man so anything you could send over would be deeply appreciated.

     

    Thank you again for your time,

     

    Michelle Gargan

    Rednock School

     

    ***

    Dear Graham,

     

    Thankyou so much for taking part in our event “Do Books Matter?”

     

    I was very moved by your opening description of how you came to read and love books.

     

    So thank you again, for your excellent contribution.

     

    With all good wishes,

    Jamila

     

    Churchdown School Academy

    Engaging speaker, good balance of listening and activity, helpful slides on the PPT

    Fitted perfectly with my brief

    Plenty of practical ideas for in the classroom and whole school

     

    Rednock School

    I will be trialling lots of the ideas in the book, especially the idea of ‘Literacy Leaders’ and getting students to take ownership of literacy.

    I’ve set up an innovation group to start trialling the ‘Litbox’ and ‘Literacy Leaders.’   I will also be looking into getting senior members of staff to run literacy assemblies.

     

    Marlwood School

    I will adopt the literacy box idea and have already employed image related literacy using Worth1000

    I will liaise with SLT and introduce literacy boxes and trained ‘Literacy experts’ in the school, so that the delivery of Literacy has more pupil participation.

     

    Thomas Keble School

    I really liked the idea of having literacy leaders and literacy boxes in each class that I teach. I definitely feel that this is a strategy that I could adopt for our school.

    All of the strategies that were suggested are ones that I’m going to look into and develop further. I really like the idea of having literacy assemblies (so simple, I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before) and I’m going to aim to give our students ownership over some of the developments we now put in place.

     

     

    Brimsham Green School

    Lots of practical lesson suggestions.

    I was encouraged to get school to develop literacy leaders. Produce E literacy toolkits.

     

    John Masefield High School

    I will be applying the principal of extended writing entitlements and literacy boxes

     

    Wycliffe College

    I really liked the idea of having a literacy box in each class room full of connectives. I think this would be really useful when the pupils are starting to learn to write RS essays at GCSE level.

    I thought it was a really interesting idea to get the pupils to feedback to the teachers on what their literacy needs are and how this could be improved. I hope that throughout my teaching I continually gain feedback from my pupils to ensure they are receiving the best education possible from me.

     

     

     

    Feedback after SLF conference October 25th 2013

     

    Hi Graham,

     

    Hope you are well and if you’re on half term like myself, are having a good break.

    Firstly, I would like to thank you for the plethora of brilliant and practical ideas you delivered at the conference at Queen Katherine on Friday. You left me feeling motivated and keen to implement a number of your ideas. (I’m currently typing up the notes whilst it’s all still fresh!)

     

    I was wondering if you could please send me the Literacy in Geography mat? Or indeed, any other invaluable gem you may have?

     

    Again, thank you for all the ideas. I really appreciate the fact I can go to my Head with new ideas to help drive the results upwards.

     

    Kind regards,

     

    Lisa.

    Sent from my iPhone

     

    Reviews of Literacy Leaders Toolkit Oct 13

    ‘A must have guide for busy leaders! A great resource which provides at a glance, easy to apply strategies for improving standards of literacy for all learners to engage with.’ –Fiona Froment, Principal, Aylesbury Vale Academy

    ***

    ‘This book has three unusual dimensions which those working on school improvement often overlook; staff development; student involvement; and enlisting parents. It is worth reading for that alone…’ –Sir Tim Brighouse

    ***

    ‘Being a literacy coordinator can feel like the loneliest job in the school, and making whole-school literacy have real classroom impact can be hugely frustrating. That’s why this book is so welcome: it’s positive, practical and hugely uplifting.’ — Geoff Barton, Headteacher, King Edward VI School and author of Don’t Call it Literacy

    ***

    ‘This toolkit is full of practical, feasible steps that help staff across the curriculum reflect on how literacy is their business. It will be invaluable for anyone attempting to achieve that tricky thing: an effective whole-school approach to raising standards of literacy.’ –Julia Strong, former Deputy Director of the National Literacy Trust

    ***

    Hi both

     

    I hope you are well. Do you get Teach Secondary at your school? Just thought I would turn your attention to the brilliant review of The Literacy Leader’s Toolkit that is in there this month, an extract is below. Well done!

     

    Here, instead of presenting the notion as a troublesome necessity to be tackled bravely, the authors retain a sense of infectious enthusiasm throughout – yes, the idea is to enable students to express themselves effectively across the curriculum, but at the same time, there is a real sense of nurturing a love of language, too. This is as much an uplifting read as it is a useful manual and as such, a worthy addition to your reference shelves.

     

    Best

    Holly

    ***

    Feedback from Cardinal Wiseman training Nov 13

    Dear Graham,

    Hope you had a good, and swift, journey back to school.

    Many thanks for your presentation yesterday. There’s a great literacy buzz in school today! I’ve put your power point on our system and I’ve been asked lots of questions – you may well get some e mails too. Hopefully this is the start of great things! If it’s OK I will get in touch when we need advice as we try to get things moving at Wiseman.

    Best wishes,

    Liz

     

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