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  1.  “We need to live in a culture that values, respects, looks up to and idolizes women as much as men.” Emma Watson

    “We need to live in a culture that values, respects, looks up to and idolizes women as much as men.” Emma Watson

    Posted on: Feb 25, 2020
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    Happy International Women’s Day! March the 8th is a day for celebrating the many achievements of women across the globe. It is also a day to highlight issues that still need to be solved in order to accomplish equality. The #IWD2020 theme is #EachforEqual, calling for each of us to take control of our actions and be held accountable in a world where “we can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements.”

    2019 felt like a mixture of achievements and failures for women’s rights. Whilst Saudi Arabia granted women the right to drive without a male chaperone, Turkey announced the ‘marry-your-rapist’ law. In Finland women dominated the top political spots, including the youngest Prime Minister ever elected, yet the 2020 Sex and Power Index from the Fawcett Society shows that men still dominate every sector of politics, public life and business. Whilst Ireland brought in legislation so that women and girls can terminate a pregnancy without fear of being prosecuted, states across the U.S. are passing the most restrictive abortion laws in decades, potentially putting women’s lives at risk.

    6 Discussion Points for International Women's Day

    The following six topics are designed to promote awareness and discussion in the classroom.

    1. 1.       Women are 47% more likely to suffer severe injuries in car crashes because safety features are designed for men. It is true that we live in world designed for men as we consistently use data where test subjects are male. This is known as the gender data gap. What implications does this have on society? What other data is male biased? What could we do to change this?
    2. 2.       It is estimated that the gender pay gap will take around 202 years to close (World Economic Forum). In 2019, 78% of the UK’s biggest companies reported a gender
  2. Test Test Test

    Posted on: Sep 17, 2018
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  3. Big Top of Horrors Available Now!

    Big Top of Horrors Available Now!

    Posted on: Apr 30, 2018
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    Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, take your seats, the Big Top of Horrors series has arrived!

    These six, gruesome stories have been written by accomplished and well-respected authors who have been writing stories to capture and intrigue the minds of reluctant readers for many years. Every title has been overseen by the series consultant, Dee Reid, who has ensured that the vocabulary and sentence structure are accessible for very low level readers — without compromising the exciting plot lines and complex characters.

    With only 400–600 words and a reading age of 6–7, these gripping titles will appeal to your reluctant readers aged 12+ and leave them wanting more. 

    These six titles are terrifyingly good and the striking covers, illustrated by Mark Penman, will attract both reluctant and able readers alike, but don’t just take our word for it – the Ringmaster dares you and your students to read them!

    The Clown by Roy Apps

    What does the creepy clown want with Kelly’s face? Kelly and Jake are about to find out.

    The Wheel by Tim Collins

    The knife thrower flings long, sharp knives at the Ringmaster on the wheel. Then one lands in his chest. Anna screams.

    The Box by Alex Woolf

    Jack and Jill are creepy, and their act with the box is impossible according to Ash.

    The Prize by Ann Evans

    Who dares to join Zena on the trapeze and win the prize of a lifetime? Eve does. She loves gymnastics. This will be fun.

    The Tank by Tim Collins

    Shazia is fed up, she’s been watching the escape artist for over an hour. Little does she know, his last trick involves her.

    The Top Hat by Danny Pearson

    What will happen to Ryan and Mia when Ryan laughs at the man in the top hat? How will the Ringmaster react? What will he pull from his top hat?

     

    To celebrate the arrival of Big Top of Horrors, we, the Ringmaster and Badger Lear

  4. The Wheel by Tim Collins

    The Wheel by Tim Collins

    Posted on: Mar 06, 2018
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    Another knife landed just below his left arm.

     

    It’s all part of the show, thought Anna.

    No one will really get hurt.

  5. The Tank by Tim Collins

    The Tank by Tim Collins

    Posted on: Feb 26, 2018
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    “But this trick has a twist,” said the escape artist. “I will not be doing it.”


    He looked at Shazia. “You will,” he said.

  6. The Prize by Ann Evans

    The Prize by Ann Evans

    Posted on: Feb 19, 2018
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    “Who dares to join Zena?” asked the Ringmaster.
    “Who will win the prize of a lifetime?”

    Eve put her hand up.

  7. The Top Hat by Danny Pearson

    The Top Hat by Danny Pearson

    Posted on: Feb 12, 2018
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    The lights had gone out. The show was about to begin.

    A big man wearing a cloak and a top hat was in the centre of the ring.

  8. The Box by Alex Woolf

    The Box by Alex Woolf

    Posted on: Feb 05, 2018
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    “No, Ash, don’t!” cried Beth.

    But Ash wasn’t listening. He climbed
    inside the box, and was gone.

  9. The Clown by Roy Apps

    The Clown by Roy Apps

    Posted on: Jan 29, 2018
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    The clown’s voice had changed.
    He sounded evil. Then, he put his hand 
    to his face and pulled.

  10. Coming Soon - Big Top of Horrors

    Coming Soon - Big Top of Horrors

    Posted on: Jan 22, 2018
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    Roll up, roll up! Boys and girls… take your seats… come and see what the Big Top of Horrors has in store…

    This April we publish a new horror series specifically for struggling and reluctant readers of secondary school age. The six titles have been written by accomplished and well-respected authors, who, under the guidance of children’s literacy consultant, Dee Reid, have ensured that the vocabulary and sentence structure are accessible for very low level readers — without compromising the exciting plot lines and complex characters that classically appeal to teenagers.

    With an interest age of 12+ and a word count of 400–600, these gruesome quick reads are perfect to inject fresh, new titles into your resources for struggling teenage readers. Each 32-page title has eye-catching illustrations by talented illustrators Abby Ryder and Szabolcs Pal, helping to keep the attention of the reader.

    Here’s a sneaky peek at the titles and authors!

    The Box by Alex Woolf
    The Prize by Ann Evans
    The Top Hat by Danny Pearson
    The Clown by Roy Apps
    The Tank by Tim Collins
    The Wheel by Tim Collins

    The series is filled with evil clowns, mad magicians and a Ringmaster who may or may not be there to help. Do your students dare to enter the Big Top of Horrors?

    Come back next Monday when we will reveal the first cover and blurb!

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