Ex-head Mike’s new book of­fers ad­vice

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORING -

A FOR­MER head teacher turned writer is hop­ing his new book will give par­ents an in­sight into what goes on be­hind the gates of a pri­mary school.

Mike Cow­dray, 61, from Tyther­ing­ton, has just put the fin­ish­ing touches on ‘The Na­tional Cur­ricu­lum and be­yond’ – which of­fers par­ent’s ad­vice on how best to help young­sters with their homework, com­mu­ni­cat­ing with their chil­dren’s school and how to help them do even bet­ter in their lessons.

The book will be the sec­ond of Mike’s pub­lished works on the sub­ject, but he says that he be­lieves this book will be more ac­ces­si­ble for par­ents than his pre­vi­ous work, which is en­ti­tled ‘Chil­dren’s Learn­ing in Pri­mary Schools: A guide for Teach­ing As­sis­tants’, and was pub­lished back in 2012.

He said: “This one is writ­ten in a more easy-go­ing style than my pre­vi­ous work.

“My idea was that a par­ent who wants to find out what their kid is do­ing ev­ery­day should be able to.

“I hope that they will be able to do so by read­ing the new book.

“‘The Na­tional Cur­ricu­lum and be­yond’ is writ­ten so that if a busy par­ent just wants to sit down and read it while the tele­vi­sion is on, or while cooking tea, they can.”

As the fa­ther of grown-up chil­dren, Mike says that while writ­ing the book he also drew on lessons learned from his own ex­pe­ri­ences of child-rear­ing.

He said: “Get­ting to grips with this stuff has al­ways been dif­fi­cult, since time im­memo­rial.

“Ev­ery­one wants their own child to do well in their ed­u­ca­tion, and so this is about lev­el­ling the play­ing field.”

‘The Na­tional Cur­ricu­lum and be­yond’ is avail­able now in pa­per­back on Ama­zon for just £8.95, and in elec­tronic form on Kin­dle for just £5.95.

It will also be avail­able to buy from Macclesfield Wa­ter­stones store, on Mill Street, in the next month.

●● Ash House pupils from the school pre­sent­ing the cheque to Louisa Walm­s­ley

●● Mike Cow­dray

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