Ex-head Mike’s new book offers advice
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