Welcome to Julia Edwards Books!
In a normal year, Julia speaks to between two thousand and four thousand children. At the height of the pandemic, she was approached by a school requesting a virtual visit, and has since visited schools all over the UK (plus one in Saudi Arabia and another in Dubai!) via Zoom, Teams and Google Classrooms. She prefers face to face visits, but she is happy to offer virtual visits for schools too small or too distant for her to visit in person from Salisbury.
Julia has worked as a Patron of Reading in a number of schools in the past. You can find out more about what this involves here. Julia loves working as a Patron of Reading and would be delighted to work with another school on this scheme in the future. Please do get in touch if you would like to discuss this with her.
Julia also had a visit from some home-schoolers in summer 2022, which worked extremely well. If you would like to do this, please get in touch.
Face to face workshops
Julia offers a wide range of in-school workshops, including:
a historical whistle-stop tour for any number of KS2 children;
class-sized historical workshops for KS2 based on The Scar Gatherer books;
workshops for any age to teach specific skills such as how to write dialogue, how to evoke setting, and how to edit; and
two inference workshops based on Unlucky for Some, one specifically targeted to the 'What Impression?' SATs question.
She is very happy to be flexible: in one week in March 2022, she taught workshops to children in Y1 and 2 as well as students in Y12 and 13, with lots of KS2 and a smattering of KS3 in between!
Download the latest workshop lists via the buttons. If you would like a workshop on a topic not covered on these lists, please contact Julia to ask. (Her Y12/13 session was devised around 'The Great Gatsby' since this was what the students were studying.)
There is no additional fee for this, and Julia is glad of the excuse to devise new sessions.
Julia has also created resources to help teachers wishing to teach their children about the Slave Trade. You can download Julia's lesson plan for Teach Primary (July 2021 issue) directly here. Julia was also invited to write a blog post on Books for Topics on the Slave Trade with plenty of tips for teachers.
Alternatively, if you are considering using The Leopard in the Golden Cage in the classroom to support topic work on Romans, there is a 7 week English teaching scheme available from Teaching from Text.
Books for Topics post
Pentathlon Writing Programme
Julia also offers a scheme to help children rebuild their writing confidence and stamina after the disruption to learning caused by Covid. Click here for more information about the Pentathlon Writing Programme.