"I’ve learned I love writing."
Lily, Year 5
"The most exciting thing ever."
Jordan, Year 5
"I’ve learned to think about which words I really need and to take out the ones I don’t."
Chloe, Year 6
"Karen visited my year 4 class for a week; from start to finish they were captivated by the sessions. They loved the fact that she was a ‘real’ journalist, who could tell them about interviewing many different famous people. They very quickly picked up the journalistic style of writing and even my SEN children were able to produce work that they were proud of! The professionally produced final articles were a huge hit with many parents making multiple copies for members of the family! The children enjoyed their experiences so much that we have asked Karen to come back to school to set up a school newspaper with us!"
Ailsa Foster, Year 4 teacher, Lowton St Mary's Primary School, Lowton, Warrington
"When one of our reluctant boy writers was heard saying “I wish we could have another week writing with Karen!”, I knew the week had been a complete success. The sessions were intense and demanding but the class engaged 100%. Consequently, they produced high quality writing at the end of the week that they were really proud of. Karen’s enthusiasm and skill will ensure this exciting, inspirational experience stays with the children and I for a long time to come."
Gillian Thomas, Year 6 teacher, Ince St Mary's CE Primary School, Wigan
"Karen Connolly came to our school for the week, to inspire the children to write. The fact that Karen is so passionate about writing meant the children were engaged in writing themselves and could see a real purpose. They produced a newspaper report at the end of the week, pulling together everything they had learnt. Weeks later, the children are still talking about it and applying techniques to their writing in class. Thank you!"
Caroline Hesketh, Year 5 teacher, The Oaks Primary School, Bolton
"Karen worked with our Year 3 class creating newspaper reports about Healthy Eating. From the first moment that Karen walked into the classroom and outlined the week’s activities, the children were hooked. Even the most reluctant writer was motivated and wanted to write. It was all brought to life when the children were able to interview a number of professionals that had been set up by Karen. The final newspaper reports are of a truly high standard. Without doubt I would recommend Karen to any school that wants to inspire its children to write. Thank you Karen for a wonderful experience."
Mark Johns, headteacher, St. Bartholomew's CE Primary, Westhoughton
"We chose to use this workshop as a way of enriching our Literacy curriculum and raising attitudes to writing. Throughout the project, the children were totally enthused, inspired and engaged. Without doubt, the rare opportunity to work with a real-life author/journalist has had a tremendous impact on our children. Thank you for a superb experience!"
Mrs Louise Close, Headteacher, Markland Hill Primary School, Bolton
"Karen worked with a group of Year 6 children on a newspaper report concerning graffiti. During the activities provided the children were inspired and enthusiastic. They learned a great deal about the genre of writing and produced some work which was of an excellent standard. I would certainly recommend Karen to any school that seeks to inspire its children to write."
Janet Coysh, Headteacher, Chorley New Road Primary School, Bolton
"Our Write Way workshop provided a real purpose for children to think, speak, write and refine. It was fantastic to watch the children engage with the whole writing process. It has to be said that Karen's enthusiasm, knowledge and love of writing was infectious and the children soon caught the bug!"
Mrs Jo Briggs, Headteacher, All Saints CE Primary School, Bolton
"My class are renowned 'reluctant writers' but they thoroughly enjoyed the sessions delivered by Karen. They were very proud of the work they produced and were delighted to see their finished articles."
Katherine Sibbit, Deputy Headteacher, St William's Primary School, Wigan
"A fantastic opportunity for our children to work alongside a real life journalist. By the end of the workshop they were calling themselves journalists! A great, fun experience that put the spark back into their enthusiasm for writing. Thank you very much!"
Hannah Musa, Year 5 teacher, St Saviour Primary School, Ringley, Bolton