A fantastic week at BETT

We had a fantastic week at BETT and it was great to talk to so many schools and teachers about using ebooks to raise attainment and encourage reading for pleasure.

We had a number of guests on our stand, including practitioners from our early adopting schools, Shireland Collegiate Academy, Victoria Park Academy and Manchester Academy, discussing their experiences using RM Books and the positive impact it has made to their teaching and their students’ learning. Find out how these schools have been using RM Books:

Shireland Collegiate Academy

Shireland Collegiate Academy has been using RM Books since May 2013 in a multitude of different ways to raise standards. From using them with a class to support a topic and tracking levels of engagement, to using it as part of a Family Literacy Project and with trainee teachers through the School Direct programme, Shireland has seen RM Books have a great impact in a relatively short period of use. Find out more here.

Victoria Park Primary Academy

Victoria Park Academy has been using RM Books across the whole school to encourage reading for pleasure, especially with reluctant readers. The academy supports topic-based learning, and through the introduction of RM Books, flipped learning has been a great success. They have even targeted their parents by introducing reading workshops and promoting the use of RM Books in the home, this is having a major impact. Physical books could be a thing of the past as they plan just to have an elibrary and empower students further. Find out more here.

Manchester Academy

Using RM Books, Manchester Academy has discovered that their students can now access content anywhere, any time – at home, at school, even on the bus. They have introduced RM Books to their White British, FSM students, a struggling demographic as per national priorities. They are already seeing evidence of improving standards including one student who was 3 years behind his chronological reading age; he has now not only caught up but has passed this due to repeated reading through RM Books. Find out more here.

For more information about how other schools have been using RM Books, click here.

Also joining us on the stand were guest authors Helena Pielichaty, Tim Collins and Barbara Catchpole.

Helena Pielichaty – HarperCollins Publishing
Helena began her career as a teacher and did not start writing until she was 32. Since then, Helena has written many books and joined us on the stand to talk about her latest book “Here Come the Girls”.

An incredible 29 million women and girls play football across the globe. But it wasn’t always this way…Helena, traces the development of women’s football from its ban by the FA in 1921 to its current status as the UK’s number one team participation sport for women and girls. Find out more here.

Tim Collins – Michael O’Mara Publishing
Tim has published over thirty books that have been translated into more than twenty languages. He is the author of Cosmic Colin, Monstrous Maud, Dorkius Maximus and the Wimpy Vampire series, and has won the Manchester Fiction City Award and the Lincolnshire Book Award. Tim joined us on the stand and read out some snippets from his new series releasing in March. View some of Tim’s titles here.

Barbara Catchpole – Ransom Publishing
Barbara Catchpole was a teacher for over thirty years. She taught English, Special Needs and still spends a lot of time working in schools. Her main interest is in writing books for young people that are set in the real world and presenting characters that could be real teenagers.

Barbara is the author of the hugely successful P.I.G series for reluctant readers, following the adventures of Peter Ian Green (Pig). Pig is 12 and is small for his age. He has sticky-out ears and bright red hair which is also sticky up. Barbara joined us on the stand and gave us a sneak preview of what Pig will be up to next in his brand new adventures. View the full range of titles in the PIG series here.

It was a great show and thank you to everyone who joined us:

Kirsty Tonks and Mo Yafai from Shireland Collegiate Academy
Andrew Morrish from Victoria Park Primary Academy
Caithy Martin and Rob Chisnall from Manchester Academy
Author Tim Collins
Author Helena Pielichaty
Author Barbara Catchpole

See you at BETT 2015!

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