Gordon has praised an inspirational literacy programme designed to improve children’s writing at St. Cuthbert’s Catholic Academy.
Pupils from the school, as well as Thames Academy and Christ the King Academy came to the school to take part in a special writing workshop organised by teachers from the literacy initiative Pobble.
“I was pleased to be able to come and see for myself the Pobble class in action – it was great to see the real enthusiasm of the children and the eagerness they had for writing.
“I sat down and chatted with many of the children and also read out a sample letter for them to make comments on. I was really impressed with their ideas and responses on how they could make their writing more engaging. It was impressive that they were being encouraged to use creative language but also think about sentence structures and the impact on the choice of words they use.
“Following the workshop I spoke with the headteacher Mr Kennedy, who told me how pleased he was with the progress they were making in this area.”
Work generally from these literary classes is then shared online thus expanding its reach.
Des Kennedy, Headteacher at St. Cuthbert’s Catholic Academy said: "We were delighted to host the Pobble workshop here at St Cuthbert’s and to welcome Gordon, to join us. It was also a pleasure to have children and staff from Thames and Christ the King Academies come to work with us.”
Pobble teacher Louise Robinson added: “All the children really enjoyed the experience and I am sure it will have had a positive impact on their enthusiasm for writing. The workshop was a great demonstration of how effective Pobble can be in helping children to share and critique their writing with both a local and a worldwide audience.”
Pobble connects and inspires the world’s educational community of children, teachers and parents and makes writing ridiculously exciting. It is now used in over 100 countries and has been backed by best-selling authors including Michael Morpurgo and Anthony Horowitz.