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Teacher Testimonials

Here is a selection of testimonials we've received. If you'd like to send us your comments on our products and services, please complete our Feedback Form.

I have been amazed about how our students have engaged with the Busta-Rhyme competition. Many pupils now want to meet poet Hollie McNish and have been 'buzzing' about their poems!

Naomi Mitchell, Literacy Co-ordinator. Hemsworth Arts and Community Academy

Thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the competition with my class and teaching assistant. Our parents were so pleased that the children were excited about creative writing. So proud of all the children!

Louise Galloway, Pomphlett Primary

Competition linked well to literacy and made it fun for all the children.

Keira McCalean, St Patricks Primary School

Parents are proud to see their child's work published and from entering the Young Writers competitions we have started our own after school creative writing group!

Angela Roe

The competitions provide a focus for our themed writing projects with our partnership school in Kenya. Parents who saw their children collect their book on awards day felt very proud!

Fiona Casswell

Great! Really easy to follow, simple to deliver to children and the book was really glossy and easy to read!

Sharon Lomas

Your team were very helpful in regard to late entries and republishing.

Michelle Parker

It was an activity with a challenge, but supported and was appropriate for SEN pupils. Parents were delighted at having children's work published.

Vickie Joel

Giving the pupils the opportunity to get their work published is rewarding for the pupils, teachers and parents.

C. McKnight

The competition gives us a lot of pleasure teaching something so enjoyable. We love it! Thank you we have a collection!

Alex Bell-Fairclough

The book is lovely, a real inspiration for children. All the parents I have spoken to thought the competition was a great idea.

Stephanie Sims

Parents loved the idea of seeing their child's poem in print. The book encouraged the reading of poetry and it's a great asset to my class library. Pupils love reading the work of those they know.

Mary Dempsey

It is well organised and easy to take part in. Lovely recognition for children and parents and great to include nursery aged children!

Sarah Barry

Any child would be proud to have their work published in the book as it is a good challenge. It makes the children really think about word choices and impact.

Jo Norris

The pack is eye catching and fun, parents were so chuffed that their kids were involved, best idea ever!

Kim Granger

Engages pupils, promotes purpose for writing and a real audience.

Vashti Hildreth

We have been doing the competitions for many years. Parents have given us very positive feedback and said how memorable the books are.

Carey Swarbrick

The children involved thoroughly enjoyed seeing their work either on the display or in the book, and they enjoyed having it read back to them.

Mrs Shoebridge

The parents were delighted that the children took part and loved the finished product!

Ruth Wilson

Very good, it is a lovely resource for pre-school's to access again and again.

Lindsay Nelson

The children really enjoyed writing their poems and telling parents about it, it's a really good activity and it's also a good keepsake for the nursery.

Kim Stevens

Staff love taking part in these activities, we use them as a key group activity. It really encourages children to talk about their favourite things.

Pamela Harris-Whittle, Whizzkidds Playgroup

It was a great opportunity for the children to write for a purpose and audience! I loved the complimentary copy of the book, it was great to see what other schools did.

Beverley McCormick, Newbuildings Primary School, Londonderry

Parents really liked the whole concept and competition. Our complimentary copy of the book is a wonderful token for the school to keep.

Perran Gilbert, Oak Tree School

The competition promotes writing skills, improves confidence, praises children for their efforts and motivates children to work harder in the future.

A Qazi

'We enjoyed the experience very much - it adds a new dimension to English for all concerned and all keen to be involved again'

Sue Webb, Goole College

'This is brilliant! Thank you- just what I need to enthuse my Y6 SPLD group after SATS!' (Referring to our World Cup Activity Pack) Christianr, 7th June 2014

Christian R (TES)

A wonderful way to introduce our youngest children to poetry and the written word.

Janet Lloyd, Little Treasures Playgroup

Pupils loved the competition. I even started a creative writing club after taking part!

Nichola Corner, The Belfast Model School

Wonderful complimentary book, it acts as a great promotion to new students at the school.

Carol Cumberbatch, St Gregory's Catholic Middle School

We would defiantly enter again! We are very proud of what the children achieved and enjoyed the whole process.

Beth Clark, Gilbrook School

Great to get the children involved early!

Florence Walker

This competition gave the children the chance to express themselves. I loved it, it's something I could take lead on to do with the children.

Sharon Parker

Our school have took part in the Young Writers competitions for a few years now and find them really beneficial for the children. It's a lovely keepsake for them to have.

Kimberley Crossland

"They (the competitions) are well organised and provide students with excellent opportunities to see their work published"

Gary Lycett

"The design/illustrations are very eye-catching and the book is just the right size. It's beautiful. The inside text is just a bit bigger than a book I've seen before which is very helpful. Very well presented, thank you!"

H Slater, Lodge Farm School

"Parents were thrilled and very proud of the fact that their child's poem was going to be published. It (the competition) really motivated children that usually are not excited about creative writing"

P Maplehouse

"The girls loved it (Poetopia) and I have been incredibly proud of all they have achieved"

I Parker, Lady Margaret School

"We are trying to promote writing for enjoyment and create a sense of pride in creating something unique. Competitions help motivate pupils and are out of ordinary class routine."

Natasha Smith

"Parents were very pleased and proud of their children"

W Teasdale, Diamond Hall ASC

"We were thrilled when we found out that Sherfield was third in ‘The Power of Poetry’ competition from 2013. We plan on bringing in a writer to do a workshop with our students in the summer term but in the meantime we are looking at the next competition and seeing what sort of entries we will be able to submit for that!"

Jess Haney, Head of English Sherfield School

Thanks for sharing!Your activity pack is really well prepared and it has been very helpful! :) - referring to our free World Cup Activity Pack resource, Aug 2014

Marwst (TES username)

I was particularly impressed by the amount of peer-review that went on throughout the Superhero Stories project. Every time I went to observe the class working on their stories, they were comparing notes and ideas, and generally enthusing one-another with their creativity and imagination. You can envision what an accomplishment this is for a class in which the students are largely on the Autistic Spectrum.

K March, Milestone Academy

Very good comp, children enjoyed it and responded well

S Brine, Harmans Water Primary School

This is a fantastic resource. I had decided to make comic books with my class and this was a great starting point. It gave us lots to discuss and supported children who had difficulty getting started (Referring to our Superhero Stories Resources) Rangado, 3rd June 2014

Rangado (TES)

"We thought it was a great idea to help develop children's early writing, the pack was lovely and very age-appropriate" - (Referring to My Nursery Rhymes competition), January 2014

Ruth Wilson, Oakgrove Integrated Nursery

"We've received a lot of positive feedback as it was great for the children's literacy skills and their poems being published was fantastic!" - (Referring to My Nursery Rhymes competition), January 2014

Amie Dickson, Parkhead Community Nursery

“Thank you for this great resource. My Year 7 EAL students will really enjoy these activities” – (Referring to our Monster Poetry Resources on TES), 31st January 2014


“Excellent idea, thank you! Will follow on well from our work on adjectives too!” – (Referring to our KS1 My First Riddle Lesson Plan on TES), 16th February 2014


"Things like this make a massive difference to us in school and I can't begin to tell you about the general uplift and interest in creative writing this whole experience has generated here at St. Bede's. For the competition, the online resources and especially today's books - THANK YOU!" - (Referring to a pupil's poem idea featuring on our blog), 18th February 2014

Mr Sharp, St Bede

I enjoyed looking at this resource and thinking of the ways I could use it. Some resources have only one specific function, so it was good to have one with multiple uses. Thanks, Fletch (Referring to our Farm Storyboard on TES), 17th March 2014


Really helpful and so is the website!! (Referring to our Poetry Glossary of Poetry Types on TES), 20th March 2014


"I thought it appropriate to let you know how fantastic such competitions are for those of us 'on the ground'. Having entered the Power of Poetry in late 2013, I was able to utilise the ready-made resources and adapt them for various literacy groups. It certainly generated a buzz for poetry and for competition. For our purposes it was a great success. As soon as I received the email about The Poetry Games, I knew that it would have the potential to reach even more of our students. I have had teachers and students alike praising the competition and resources: given staff feedback from the last time I was able to ensure that they were differentiated on a higher level. I am thrilled to say I have been given a pack of 23 poems from a class made up of mostly boys - a clear indication to me that this is having a real impact on raising boys' interest in poetry and indeed literacy. The total entry number for this competition is 96, which is significantly greater than our last entry and represents nearly 20% of our cohort. That the poems have been delivered to me on pristine paper as opposed to slightly dog-eared copies shows a pride in their work. Please continue to devise such excellent competitions and opportunities." - 20th February 2014

Miss R Wood, Literacy Co-Ordinator, University of Chester Academy Northwich

Just what I was looking for! Thank you. (Referring to our Superhero Stories Extension Pack on TES), 2nd March 2014