Another busy school week

Well it's been another busy week with school visits and we continue to be delighted with the response that we get when we attend. On Tuesday we were in the midlands and a lovely trip to Villiers Primary School in Bilston. What a wonderful school this is and we had a fantastic welcome and were royally looked after all day.

We did three assemblies and the children asked some great questions about Monty mostly, but also some good ones about being an author. I'm not a Pandacow was read and it got a very good reception with lots of children wanting their own pawtagraphed and signed copies which kept us busy at lunchtime. It's lovely to be able to help inspire children to read and give them the opportunity to meet the star of the book.

Today we were back in Rochdale and a new experience for us when we visited the Brownhills Learning community which provides educational provision for pupils who are out of mainstream schools because of behavioural and emotional difficulties.

Their website says 'We believe in a Learning Community where everyone feels valued, included and achieves and we aim to create a nurturing environment', which I certainly found to be the case.

I was very happy to agree to visit the school as we really feel strongly that all children should have the same opportunities and our 'FREE' visits reflect our philosophy. Despite any difficulties these children may have they were really engaged with the visit and loved Monty. It seemed he continually had one or two children attached to him and the genuine affection they had for him was very evident.

I don't know why but Monty continues to surprise me with every school visit we make. Whatever the situation he deals with it calmly with a huge amount of affection for everyone he meets and nothing at all phases him. We continue to get great feedback about the impact Monty has when we visit and children who, for whatever reason don't enjoy reading are picking up the books. #weloveourwork

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