Five ways to proofread – both for you and your students

We all know what it's like, you post something online, or send an all-staff e-mail, then notice the glaringly obvious mistake in the first line. That happens because when you read something you've just written, you read what you want it to say - not what's actually written. This is something that affects me, both as …

Do you read thrillers? I’m looking for beta readers for my first novel

Luke Richardson

As I’ve discussed before on the blog I’m currently writing my first novel and it’s nearly finished!

Read my post here about how I’ve done that alongside being a full time teacher.

I’d like it to be read by a few people who read thrillers frequently and have the time to give me a few comments about how the book flows, bits you liked and bits you didn’t. I’ll give you some questions to help you think about things to comment on, it will take a few minutes of your time – but it’ll be so helpful for me.


Do you read thrillers? I need your help I’m looking for beta readers for my upcoming novel, could you help?


If you’d like to do that, follow this link, leave me your e-mail address and I’ll send it over when it’s ready. 

Thank you again for your support.


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Helping young people visualise the future

How many times have you heard an assembly about working hard to benefit later, the metaphor of sowing seeds for your future, or an even less structured rant about "the future is what you make it, rah, rah, rah..." In fact, I am guilty of playing that same "stuck record" myself, telling students how important …

Protect the quality of your teaching by harnessing the power of NO

Saying no to something is never popular. People won't praise you for it, they won't thank you for it - however, it could be one of the most important words of your professional career. As teachers, we are great at doing lots of things, we've always got things on the go - but, I think …