There’s a million ways to get hold of people these days. Here’s two of them…


  • Hey Claire

    Hope you’re well 🙂

    My name is Holly and I’m getting in touch on behalf of Vosene. We’re looking to host an exciting event at a school and I wondered if you would be interested in getting involved.

    We’ve got a really fun event planned that would involve us visiting your school and handing out Vosene kid samples, balloons and leaflets. Not only that but we’re hoping to get one of the grownups (ie. one of the parents or teachers!) to make a real entrance by abseiling down the side of the school building! We’ve already had interest from Sky News and will hopefully get some more press to come down to cover the event.

    Do you think this is something the school would be up for getting involved in? If so let me know and I can give you a call to discuss in more detail/email over some slides explaining what we have planned.



  • Loved reading your blog, Claire.

    We’re launching the new version of our Wordwall software to schools. Normally we charge £879 for a site licence of the software, but we’re giving away free site licences to schools who register before Christmas.

    Partly because we’ve already got 26k resources on there contributed by teachers and we want to get lots more up there! It’s dead easy to use.

    If you think it’s any good, I was wondering if you could give a quick shout-out on your blog, twitter or to any school teachers you know and love. It’s a pretty cool freebie!

    I can get an invitation code issued that you can distribute.



  • Dear Claire,

    I am a student of the Teacher Training Institute in Krems, Austria and will start working as a primary school teacher in September. During our studies we have to do an interview with a foreign teacher about our school administration and the similarities or differences abroad. I hope that you will have some time for me to answer my questions via e-mail. It is anonymous and the data will be just discussed in our lessons.

    The questions would be:
    – How many years does the primary school take in your country?
    – How many yours do you have to teach in one week?
    – How long does it take to become a teacher?
    – How many pupils are in one class?
    – Do you have to teach all subjects, for example religion, crafts, …?
    – How do structures (like private schools and public schools) influence teacher’s motivation in your country?
    – Do you have an all-in contract or do you get paid per hours? Does this effect your teaching?
    – Would you believe another system of payment or administration would be more effective in your school?
    – Have you experienced different administration schools? (privat, semi-private, public, church…) – if yes, how did it effect your teaching, working in a team, grading, etc?
    – Can you experience any difference working at other schools that have different administration systems?

    It is very urgent and I hope you could help me. Thank you so much in advance!


  • I am a museum educator at the Manchester Museum and am conducting a very brief poll about why teachers take school groups to museums. The poll is for both teachers (any level, any stage in their career), museum educators, or anyone else who has an opinion, and can be accessed via the ‘Learning at the Manchester Museum’ blog:
    Many thanks!

  • I just wanted to give you a heads up for the launch of Stop Cyberbullying Day this Friday. The charity The CyberSmile Foundation has decided to launch this day to raise awareness of cyberbullying in the UK, especially the cyberbullying experienced by both pupils and teachers in schools.

    The day is being launched in the news on Friday with some research that will highlight the problems that teachers face in dealing with cyberbullying, with statistics including the fact that nine out of ten teachers are calling for national ‘anti-cyberbullying’ guidelines. N.B. this information is embargoed until 00:01am 21.06.13

    Cyberbullying is something that is experienced by a raft of different people from school children to celebrities. This is a modern, major problem in UK schools at the moment and unfortunately in some extreme cases it leads to tragic circumstances.

    It would be great to get your support in any way. Our main aim of the day is to get #StopCyberbullyingDay trending on Twitter and to ramp up followers of @CyberSmileHQ – but if you wanted to write anything on the blog about the day or the research do get in touch and I’ll be able to give you some more information.

    Look forward to hearing from you.

    Very best,

  • Hi there,

    Hope you are well?

    Not sure if you saw that today is Stop Cyberbullying Day, it would be great if you could support in any way you can. Our aim is to get #StopCyberbullyingDay trending in the UK!


  • Hi

    I am contacting you on behalf of one of my clients, Gilvar Linings. Please take a look at their site ( I would love to discuss advertising with you, as I feel that the services they offer would be of interest to your readers. I think that one of the best ways of engaging with your audience would be to write a guest post, for you to then post on your site with a follow link. Alternatively, you could write a sponsored post or we could go for an image advertisement or a text link within an existing, relevant article.

    I look forward to hearing some price estimations back from you shortly.

  • Hi Claire. I’m Charles 71 years old and still learning, now retired but I am helping my son, Duncan, introduce which helps teachers manage student behavior.

    He has over 16 years experience teaching in schools and started making software a few years ago. is award winning behaviour management software. Class Charts combines seating charts with behaviour management to provide world class behaviour analytics. It now links with SIMS. Improve your classroom management with Class Charts!

    Please try and find time to take a look – I am hoping to capture your interest for your work/blog & would like to hear what you think.

    Thank you



  • Hi Claire
    My name is John and I work in the marketing department for an education supplies company called Cost Cutters UK. We are a family run business based in Burntwood, Staffordshire.

    I have recently come across your site and I really liked your post on your training with the Raspberry Pi. I wondered if you would be interested in working with us in the future, perhaps in the form of a product review, a competition or an advert on your website.

    If this is of interest to you and you would like to know more about Cost Cutters UK and what we do then you can find our website at
    Thank you for your time, I hope to hear from you soon.

    Kind regards
    John Plows

  • Hi Claire,

    Was admiring your Pinterest account. You have some interesting stuff on leadership and coaching. Would you be interested in testing our coaching software which is based on GROW.

    I would be happy to do a demo for you if you are interested.

    Kind regards,


  • Hi Claire
    Hope all is well I was wondering if you had a chance to look at the Handy Book free down load and try it out with some of the kids at your school as you mentioned. Did they find it helpful?
    As the product is only a few weeks old we are offering a few free free licenses to some schools who have helped us trial the app. Would this be of interest to you?
    Any comments are much appreciated so I do hope to hear from you soon.

    Best regards
    Andy Martin

  • Dear Claire,

    I am writing to invite you to the Young People’s Puppet Theatre’s inaugural public performance, a production of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale presented in collaboration with The Purcell School. The performance will take place at Jacksons Lane Theatre in Highgate at 19:30 on Monday 20th April.

    The Young People’s Puppet Theatre brings large-scale year-long puppetry projects into schools, projects which include making marionettes, designing and making scenery and props and then putting together a technically demanding production. Performances are given on a purpose-built stage of professional standard, designed for us by Brilliant Stages, a company of international stature in the field of stage construction.

    We hope you will accept this invitation specifically because of your interest in education. Although Stravinsky surely did not have puppetry in mind when he wrote The Soldier’s Tale, it works exceptionally well, and the production will be compelling.

    Puppetry is a particularly good form of theatre for school students because it incorporates art, drama, performance and backstage skills, as well as a host of social skills, the most notable of which is the development of teamwork. The production of The Soldier’s Tale is one of two pilot projects we are running this year, and as the interest from schools in hosting such projects is already substantial, we expect to see a significant roll-out in the coming years, particularly in primary schools, where the interdisciplinary nature of our projects is proving attractive.

    The performance to which you are invited is the culmination of an eight-month collaboration with The Purcell School in which Year 7 students have built and will operate the marionettes, GCSE Art students have designed and painted the sets, GCSE and A-level drama students will take the spoken parts, and Sixth Form students will provide the music. The performance will be conducted by Patrick Bailey, a music educator of extensive experience. There will be an opportunity after the performance to chat backstage with people involved in the YPPT over a glass of wine.

    If you would like to attend the performance, please contact me by 1st April so that I can put aside a pair of comps for you. In the meantime you can find out more about the YPPT at

    Best wishes,

    Caitlin Duschenes

    Young People’s Puppet Theatre
    Tel: 07914 830 730

  • Hi Claire,

    I saw you just wrote an article about what cool stuff you’ll be looking for at the BETT 2016 show this week. If you are attending the show in London (January 20-23), would you be interested in meeting with WakingApp, a platform (“tinkering tool”) that enables anyone, no coding skills required, to create interactive virtual and augmented reality content?

    According to a YouGov survey on behalf of TES, “54% of school heads in the UK believe that their school could do more to utilize technology.” WakingApp addresses this problem by providing an easy, accessible content creation tool which will allow any school administrator, teacher, or parent – no programming skills necessary – to bring interactive content into the classroom.

    With more virtual reality technology available, school systems and educators can take advantage of these unique tools to better educate children.

    Would you like to meet with a member of the WakingApp team to discuss more about integrating VR into education?


  • Good afternoon,

    My name is Astrid Pons and I am working at SATS Companion – Nice to virtually meet you!

    The reason why I am contacting you is because I am starting a new project which aims to create stronger bonds between teacher and parents, while sharing some smart tips for the pupils taking their KS2 SATs tests in May.

    I have created a #TeacherTips interview template (with 2 formats: Facebook and Twitter) that you can send you by email, and I would like to share one each week on our social media pages until the end of the KS2 SATs Test (the 13th of May).

    To give you a further insight, SATS Companion is an e-learning system, designed by UK teachers and headteachers, for the new KS2 English & Mathematics National Curriculum (Year 6).
    For these reasons, we will be launching our platform mid-February so this project is marketing related, but our purpose is genuine. We would like to create an active community that could share and support one another in this significant responsibility that is Education.

    If you are interested and want to participate, could you please answer the 6 questions below?


    1 Which tips would you give to the pupils taking the 2016 KS2 SATs exam?
    2 What do you want the pupils to achieve?
    3 What is your favourite quote? (Related to education)
    4 Do you have a nice/funny teaching story, or a classroom anecdote (involving the funny things that pupils say), you would like to share?
    What are the things you like(d) the most in your job?

    I am looking forward to hearing from you,

    Have a great day,

    Kind regards,

  • Mohammad Mustafa

    Hi Claire

    I was just wondering if it would be possible for you to lead a staff INSEt at Foxfield? I think you met Rob Carpenter a few days ago and offered to lead some staff training here, would be great to have you here! please email me to confirm dates etc.

    Many thanks


  • Hi,

    We are helping kids learn to code real html,css and javascript websites using Emoji. Kids are even able to use some Apis and put cool content into their website in seconds. We are really trying to change the way students as young as first grade a learning to code. Learning to code is part of early education with an increased focus on STEM and Common Core throughout the nation. Learning new syntax for young students without a proficiency in typing makes many learn to code programs challenging. Typing alone is foreign. QWERTY is complex. Finding an easier way to create real HTML and CSS while minimizing the need for typing is paramount. Create real HTML and CSS using Emoji that represent , removing the need for typing proficiency. Simple drag and drop emoji interface to add new tags and edit real code. Toggle between emoji and code to learn the syntax, without the frustration. Codemoji – Coding for Kids! Codemoji is a fun platform that helps kids learn to code real HTML and CSS webpages. We would love if you shared out project with your page to help more kids learn to code. We have a pretty interesting story and a good mission and we would love to talk and see if this is something that you might be interested in writing about. Look forward to hearing from you or email me at
    We would love to connect because you seem like an awesome writer and we would love to give you a good story about how our platform came to be and how we are changing the way kids learn to code.


  • Hi Claire, I would like to invite you to lead the London ICT for Education conference on Friday 4 November at Charlton Athletic FC, The Valley, Floyd Road, London SE7 8B.
    The opening speaking slot runs from 8.35 to 9.00am and if you can join us it would be great if you could joing the panel for the conference debate whihc runs from 11.30 to 12.00am. We can cover a supply teacher for your school.
    Here is a little background on ICT for Education: ICT for Education includes online magazines, newsletters and a conference programme that will visit 11 regions this year. Conferences attract over 100 delegates, mostly headteachers, teachers, ICT coordinators and business managers. Delegates attend all our events at no cost, with a vendor exhibition alongside the conferences covering most of the costs. Events run from registration at 7.45 to close at 2.15pm. Speakers include teachers sharing their experience of using ICT for teaching and learning, regional education leaders, CPD experts, business leaders, union leaders, education specialists and sometimes consultants.
    I hope you can join us, so please let me know and we can take it from there.
    Best regards
    ICT for Education

  • Dear Claire,

    My name is Rhys, I am a programme manager for the Academies Show, and as a teacher i have followed your blog and twitter for a number of years.

    For your reference, The Academies Show, now into its 11th Show, will return as a free to attend event, attracting in excess of 4000 senior figures, many of whom will be CEOs, Executive Headteachers, Principals, School Business Managers, Governors and School Support Staff. Building on the success of our previous shows, I am pleased to let you know that the DfE, EFA, FASNA, NGA, NASBM, CCS, NCTL and STA are once again supporters of The Academies Show London.

    I am hoping to put together a seminar regarding the digital skills gap teachers face and bringing virtual reality to schools and thought you would be perfect to talk about it. Please get back to me via email if it is something you would be interested in talking about.

    Kind Regards,


  • Dear Claire,

    My name is Lucy, and I am from PDF Converter.

    Compliments on your amazing website. I especially like the variety of topics you cover, and how you help students with useful online resources.

    This is why I wanted to acquaint you with a neat presentation tool.

    It is a Free Online PDF to PPT converter that sends converted and editable PowerPoint presentations directly to your email.

    Some of its features include:

    – Safety – user privacy is always protected
    – Fast, accurate conversion
    – No need to buy or install anything on your computer
    – No limit on file size
    – Converts scanned PDFs as well

    I wouldn’t waste your time if I didn’t think it would be something useful to present on your website.

    If it sounds like something you would consider sharing, please check it out here:

    Thank you for taking the time to read my email, and If I can help with anything else, don’t hesitate to let me know.



  • Sarah Underwood

    Hi Claire

    Did you get my email inviting you to present at ICT for Education in Maidstone? It would be great to have you there, so please let me know.
    Best regards

    ICT for Education

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