Visitor inspires pupils to write and read more

Author Tom Palmer meets Morley Academy pupils
Author Tom Palmer meets Morley Academy pupils

Year seven pupils at Morley Academy were inspired to write and read more by a visit from a successful children’s author.

Tom Palmer, who has written more than 30 books, led workshops with the youngsters to encourage them to read and explore their creativity.

Tom’s stories cover themes such as spies, ghosts, detectives, war, rugby and football, and his Foul Play series has been shortlisted for a Blue Peter Book Award. He first began reading because of his love for football, before he developed an interest in writing for children who are struggling with literacy.

His sessions are delivered in over 200 schools each year, and involve reading games based around football and rugby, which encourage students to share their own experiences of reading and battle it out in a ‘penalty shoot-out’ activity.

Academy librarian Miss Brannan said the workshop had been successful in boosting reader development.

“The students - boys and girls - enjoyed meeting Tom and were able to relate to him. The workshops were fun and the students engaged in some good discussions about reading.”