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Richard Gent | Wednesday November 18, 2015

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I was wondering if you could put me in contact with any speakers / specialists who come into schools to do workshops with KS4 students on English skills such as writing skills etc. Thanks Emma

John Nield who was a senior examiner for AQA for many years does really good workshops. He lives in Appley Bridge near Wigan and is self-employed. j.nield466@btinternet.com Gill Wilkinson

We had a writer called Joe Craig in during Activities Week a couple of years ago.  Worked well with Y7s, but I’m not sure how useful it was – more fun really… And I’m pretty sure he came from London… It is worth contacting the exam boards and possibly NATE too. Naomi Strachan

Authors Abroad is an agency for authors and poets who go into schools and will deliver workshops. Different authors will deliver to different key stages so Emma would have to check with the agency. Karen Hatton

Our LEA (or what’s left of it) are very good at organising for writers and journalists to come into schools to work with us. We have had some excellent poets come in (as well as some dreadful ones - great material for what not to do with teenagers in a lesson). I would start by asking any parents of students in school who work in print media or who write for a living. If these are not forthcoming, contact NATE, who are very helpful. Sorry I can’t be more specific. I don’t know Shropshire well so wouldn’t know of local writers. Gareth Herring

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