There has been a fantastic response across the UK to Bob’s ‘Opening Doors’ series culminating in March, 2017 in the ‘Opening Doors to Quality Writing’ books winning a major award in the ‘educational book’ category at The Educational Resources Awards in Birmingham.
There are now thousands of schools using Bob’s ‘going deeper’ strategies! Bob and his team would like to work with you on an exciting journey using all kinds of quality reading – picture books, children’s fiction and literary classics – to stimulate quality writing. We want to help spread the use of quality texts, poetry and literature in primary schools and across the transition phase to KS3!
All support can be tailored to need and across the three books there are 50 units of work to signpost the way to mastery English and approaches where great writers provide the inspiration and great teachers provide the access.
There is now a fantastic team of presenters, consultants and writers working with Bob to open doors to exciting literature. A few of these include the following (click each name for more information):
They are facilitating the kinds of days described below.
Why not let Bob know if you think you are the right kind of person to be considered to be trained and approved as an ‘Opening Doors’ consultant?
‘Opening Doors’ Conference Days:
Bob already has many dates around the UK to visit schools, clusters and conferences. Why not consider booking Bob’s ‘Opening Doors’ day or series of visits?
For a day’s conference, Bob could:
– explore the principles of challenging English
– suggest fresh approaches to include all learners in more ambitious English work
– explore planning from the top strategies along with ways of ‘opening doors’ and accessing harder texts in an inclusive way
– supply the resources needed to signpost teachers in new, exciting directions
– track the journey from quality text to quality writing via case studies, modelling and
examples of pupils’ work
– give advice on wider reading continuity and progression and a richer ‘diet’ for English
– give tips through the day on how spelling, punctuation and grammar can be taught in the context of exciting writing journeys
– inspire confidence in teachers to use challenging texts and make it fun!
It would be a creative day with delegates contributing, applying and debating. Resources from Bob’s three books would provide examples.
Some schools are weaving in the price of a book for each delegate but, of course, that is optional.
‘Opening Doors’ Schools:
Bob and his team can also support you in an ongoing way helping you develop towards an ‘Opening Doors School’ which is a school where quality texts via picture books, children’s literature and literary texts have become a ‘norm’ through the curriculum with a richer, deeper English curriculum stimulating quality writing! Please click on the following 3 titles and browse the pupils’ work which has been written as a response to the texts and ideas in ‘Opening Doors’ and which has been sent in from around the UK:
Opening Doors to Famous Poetry and Prose
Opening Doors to Quality Writing (ages 6-9)
Opening Doors to Quality Writing (ages 10-13)
Some Response To Bob’s Book And To His Training On Challenging English:
“Bob’s passion for challenging, high quality literature, paired with his immense teaching experience, makes for a compelling combination. His workshops at our 2018 writing conference were a real hit. The teachers all enjoyed the opportunities provided to pore over engaging texts; to discuss and question; to tinker with the layers of language hidden withing them, and most importantly to consider how they would adopt his practices for use withing their own classrooms. Our audience left enthused, engaged and desperate to get back to their classrooms to start ‘Opening Doors’ to quality literature with their own pupils. Thank you for an inspiring session, Bob. We look forward to welcoming you back in 2019.” Penny Slater, Herts for Learning Conference, 2018
“Oh what a joy to see creative English retrieved from the avaricious maws of ‘literacy’!”
Barry J. Hymer, Professor of Psychology in Education, University of Cumbria in Lancaster
“The book offers a tantalising vision for the place of great books in the KS2/3 classroom… I cannot recommend it highly – or frequently – enough.”
Martin Galway, Teaching and Learning Advisor, Herts for Learning Primary English Team reviewing ‘Opening Doors to Quality Writing, ages 10-13
“Mr Cox has done it again! I think what busy teachers will particularly appreciate, though, are the clear, practical but inspiring activities suggested for each text.”
Claire Gadsby, teaching and learning consultant and author, reviewing ‘Opening Doors to Quality Writing, ages 6-9’
“I love the ‘Bob says…’ notes to me as a reader/teacher that offer practical tips, explaining the importance of text features and/or teaching strategies. The questions are fabulous – they really do challenge children to think and stimulate great discussions. Bob has used his expertise in good provision for the more able to set out ideas that support in depth, mastery learning e.g. interpreting symbolism, making links between poets, connecting to other texts to build on new ideas.”
Ann O’Hara, Head of School Improvement Services and Director of the Society of Education Consultants
“Bob Cox was brilliant at presenting challenging contexts in an exciting way. I loved getting the book – a fantastic resource which will support teachers hugely.”
Delegate to ‘Mastery English’ Epsom Partnership Conference, 2016
“The book is characterised by a thoughtful and principled approach to teaching English which has at its heart an inspiring philosophy and an associated set of classroom strategies ………. highly recommended reading for every teacher of English in both primary and secondary school.”
From ‘Teaching English’ the magazine of the National Association for the Teaching of English
“We are still continuing to get some fantastic writing from your inspirational ideas – this week from the Black Beauty excerpt, next week it’s H G Wells! But it’s not only the more able writers that are producing very high level work – our less able children are so excited and motivated that we can’t wait to teach the lessons.”
Sue Porter, St Francis C of E Primary, Winchester
“Thank you for such an amazing day – you never fail to inspire me. The whole school was buzzing with ideas for their next unit of work. It was lovely to see.”
Michaela Beetlestone, Deputy-Head, Alverstoke Junior School, Gosport on a 2015 Inset Day
“I am moving to year six and felt a bit daunted but now I feel genuinely excited!” “Lovely to be taking away such high quality resources to share with staff.”
Delegates to the ‘Opening Doors’ conference at a Surrey Partnership, May 2015
Teachers from across the UK and abroad are sending in examples of pupils’ work inspired by the ‘Opening Doors’ strategies! Why not join the ‘Opening Doors’ mailing list? Please email Bob on firstname.lastname@example.org