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A weekly blog about Teachers as Writers, a two-year research project offering teachers sustained opportunities to write and build co-mentoring relationships with professional writers in order to improve student outcomes.
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Time to dream

  By Jamila Gavin, novelist, Arvon tutor and Advisory Group member for the Teachers as Writers project   Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” How do today’s children discover themselves and the world when everything has to be calculated, tested and evaluated? Where is our next Isaac Newton, lying under a tree, seeing the … Continue reading “Time to dream”


A New Perspective

By Nick Stimson, playwright, theatre director and Writer Co-Mentor on the Teachers as Writers project  As someone who tutors at Arvon and often visits schools I suppose I thought I knew all I needed to know about how a writer works with young people. You go in there, you light the fireworks, and when that’s … Continue reading “A New Perspective”


Igniting the spark

By Louisa Adjoa Parker, poet and Writer Co-Mentor on the Teachers as Writers project  I often wonder how to identify the precise moment when a person’s interest in words begins – what sparks a passion for literature, be it for life, or just for a brief moment in time, a bright flare. I remember the … Continue reading “Igniting the spark”


A community of human beings

By Joe Bibby, Learning and Participation Coordinator, Arvon In a year doing this job, and several months administrating the Teachers as Writers programme and managing this project blog, I’ve had lots of opportunities to think about the teaching of writing and its effect on students. Last week I had the opportunity to visit one of … Continue reading “A community of human beings”


Through the Portal

By Alicia Stubbersfield, poet, Arvon Tutor and Writer Co-Mentor on the Teachers as Writers project Aaron Becker’s marvellous textless picture book ‘Journey’ formed the basis for the Teachers as Writers narrative project, devised by primary teachers Catherine Greenwell, Lucie Merson and me, for Elmhurst Junior School. The book shows the adventures of a small girl … Continue reading “Through the Portal”


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