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“I really enjoyed the first copy – in education there are lots of ‘voices’ but this one is fresh and relevant to education now. It has a superb theme and genuine curriculum links but isn’t prescriptive – like lots of resources. The ideas are there and the inspiration is exciting - but I could spend an afternoon tweaking the ideas into a lovely week or term to use with my class."

Claire Finkell, Deputy Head, Birmingham.

Claire Finkel, primary school Deputy Headteacher and Literacy Co-ordinator talks about her subscription to Springboard Stories.

  • “A really wonderful resource for teachers who still believe that there is value in stories and in handling books. Thank you!”
    “A really wonderful resource for teachers who still believe that there is value in stories and in handling books. Thank you!” Hannah Fuller Bookhappy, Durham
  • “Just read the first issue of @SprngbrdStories what a fantastic resource...will be showing this to lots of teachers!!!"
    “Just read the first issue of @SprngbrdStories what a fantastic resource...will be showing this to lots of teachers!!! @Infeducation, In-finity Education Literacy Consultant, Somerset
  • “Very impressive! :-)”
    “Very impressive! :-)” Gill DeCosemo Year 4/5 teacher and SENCO @GillDeCosemo
  • "A BIG resource in a small book"
    lovetoreadtomyclass.wordpress.com blog Primary English Team, Coventry
  • “Your wonderful magazine arrived today... Will show staff tomorrow esp. the LIT coordinator :) It is a fabulous magazine!”
    “Your wonderful magazine arrived today... Will show staff tomorrow esp. the LIT coordinator :) It is a fabulous magazine!” Cherise Duxbury Year 6 in Bolton whose class won the ‘2012 Class Blog of the Year’ award
  • “@SprngbrdStories nailed it with their first edition. Full of great ideas for all ages. Ofsted recommending more time for response to stories? Check!”
    “@SprngbrdStories nailed it with their first edition. Full of great ideas for all ages. Ofsted recommending more time for response to stories? Check!” Jennifer Jenkins Literacy Coordinator, Nuneaton
  • I loved being introduced to a book that I hadn’t come across before. The resources are great because although as a teacher I think of related activities and curriculum links whenever I read a children’s book it is nice to have a starting point on which to develop ideas that would work within an individual setting.
    I loved being introduced to a book that I hadn’t come across before. The resources are great because although as a teacher I think of related activities and curriculum links whenever I read a children’s book it is nice to have a starting point on which to develop ideas that would work within an individual setting. Jill Manley Year 1/2 teacher, Warwickshire
  • “The magazine positions teachers as creative practitioners and scaffolds that creativity with constructive ideas, resources, and strategies. It is an enlightening antidote to the kind of prescriptive and restrictive curricular diktat emanating from the current Government. We need Springboard Stories to keep the spirit and ethos of English primary education alive. Brilliant.”
    “The magazine positions teachers as creative practitioners and scaffolds that creativity with constructive ideas, resources, and strategies. It is an enlightening antidote to the kind of prescriptive and restrictive curricular diktat emanating from the current Government. We need Springboard Stories to keep the spirit and ethos of English primary education alive. Brilliant.” Paul Gardner Senior Lecturer in Education, University of Bedfordshire
  • “Goodness – what a great magazine with so much in it for schools.”
    “Goodness – what a great magazine with so much in it for schools.” Julia Skinner @TheHeadsOffice – creator of The 100 Word Challenge
  • “It’s great to see a magazine that is crammed full of resources for once and not just advertising!”
    “It’s great to see a magazine that is crammed full of resources for once and not just advertising!” Sarah Williams Classroom teacher, Durham
  • “Lovely book and fantastic magazine. I will let my fellow NQT’s know how fab they are!”
    “Lovely book and fantastic magazine. I will let my fellow NQT’s know how fab they are!” Lucy Hartwright NQT
  • The magazine just goes from strength to strength. Lots of great ideas. I recommend it!
    The magazine just goes from strength to strength. Lots of great ideas. I recommend it! Alan Peat Educational Consultant, author and trainer
  • “Hi Springboard Stories. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your new 'Space Story' pack. We are doing space in Year1/2 at the moment so now I have a fab week planned. You have undoubtedly saved my Mother's Day from the planning day that I expected it to be. I have just done it all in a litte over an hour thanks to your fab resources. I can't wait to share them with my job share partner, she's going to love you too!”
    “Hi Springboard Stories. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your new 'Space Story' pack. We are doing space in Year1/2 at the moment so now I have a fab week planned. You have undoubtedly saved my Mother's Day from the planning day that I expected it to be. I have just done it all in a litte over an hour thanks to your fab resources. I can't wait to share them with my job share partner, she's going to love you too!” Jill Manley Year 1/2 teacher, Warwickshire
  • “I have every confidence that once the world of education discovers Springboard Stories it will have a huge impact as it is giving teachers the resources they need to teach in a motivating, inspiring way.”
    “I have every confidence that once the world of education discovers Springboard Stories it will have a huge impact as it is giving teachers the resources they need to teach in a motivating, inspiring way.” Clare Fulton Literacy consultant and trainer
  • “It is so heartening to find such a beautifully presented and published magazine that is so generous with practical, realistic ideas and projects that directs but doesn't dictate, presents but doesn't prescribe. Springboard Stories affords teaching professionals and parents the chance to acquire, adopt and adapt activities to suit their own teaching style and present children with a confidence-building, all-encompassing experience of stories and storytelling. With every issue there are just so many cross-curricular possibilities, links and multi-media resources and an overall 'can do', positive attitude that it makes you want to try them all immediately. Repeated reading will allow you to develop a broad-spectrum of activities to enliven any teaching session. I would recommend this to NQTs and Home-teachers for the endless ideas and classroom activities and to established teachers for the fresh approaches to many curriculum subjects. The fact that the articles are written by currently practising educators makes it all the more relevant and compelling.”
    “It is so heartening to find such a beautifully presented and published magazine that is so generous with practical, realistic ideas and projects that directs but doesn't dictate, presents but doesn't prescribe.
Springboard Stories affords teaching professionals and parents the chance to acquire, adopt and adapt activities to suit their own teaching style and present children with a confidence-building, all-encompassing experience of stories and storytelling. With every issue there are just so many cross-curricular possibilities, links and multi-media resources and an overall 'can do', positive attitude that it makes you want to try them all immediately. Repeated reading will allow you to develop a broad-spectrum of activities to enliven any teaching session.
I would recommend this to NQTs and Home-teachers for the endless ideas and classroom activities and to established teachers for the fresh approaches to many curriculum subjects. The fact that the articles are written by currently practising educators makes it all the more relevant and compelling.” Tony Wilson Storyteller, writer and educator
  • “If you haven’t made yourself aware of Springboard Stories yet (slapped wrists) you most definitely should!Would most definitely 100% recommend!"
    “If you haven’t made yourself aware of Springboard Stories yet (slapped wrists) you most definitely should!Would most definitely 100% recommend! Maria Holland Blogger and teacher
  • “All the magazines so far have been great. Issue two really captured my class's imagination. We shared the story and explored some of its beautiful language. From that we created some fabulous winter poems. Even those that struggle a little with describing words and adventurous vocab were contributing phrases such as shimmering cobwebs and icy walls, crashing waves and empty beaches. I really look forward to receiving the magazine – keep up the great work!”
    “All the magazines so far have been great. Issue two really captured my class's imagination. We shared the story and explored some of its beautiful language. From that we created some fabulous winter poems. Even those that struggle a little with describing words and adventurous vocab were contributing phrases such as shimmering cobwebs and icy walls, crashing waves and empty beaches. I really look forward to receiving the magazine – keep up the great work!” Tracey Dickinson Primary teacher, Devon
  • “Teachers like fresh ideas that they can adapt themselves and what Springboard Stories offers is ideal. My class enjoyed both of the stories I have used so far and even the reluctant boys were inspired to write. They absolutely loved watching the storytelling videos and incorporated many of the storytellers’ words into their own retellings. A fabulous resource – the best money I have spent in a long time."
    “Teachers like fresh ideas that they can adapt themselves and what Springboard Stories offers is ideal. My class enjoyed both of the stories I have used so far and even the reluctant boys were inspired to write. They absolutely loved watching the storytelling videos and incorporated many of the storytellers’ words into their own retellings. A fabulous resource – the best money I have spent in a long time. Gail Phillips Year 2 teacher
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