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Pat Thomson - Author

About the Author

Pat Thomson trained as a teacher and is now very active in promoting reading for pleasure. She visits schools, and is involved in many children's reading schemes, including the Federation of Children's Book Groups. She is the author of over 50 books, which have been published in many languages.

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Schooling the Rustbelt Kids Making the difference in changing times

Schooling the Rustbelt Kids Making the difference in changing times

Author: Pat Thomson Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/03/2021

'A truly exceptional book.' - Michael W. Apple, University of Wisconsin, Madison 'A gripping insight into the local struggles facing disadvantaged schools and a compelling account of the injustice of their place in the bigger picture.' - Professor Geoff Whitty, Director, Institute of Education, University of London Schools in disadvantaged areas are struggling in the current economic and political environment. Like schools everywhere they are being asked to do more with less, but they face more obstacles. In recent years education policy has shifted from a holistic approach to learning to a focus on narrow educational outcomes: spelling, reading and writing. Thomson shows that this approach penalises disadvantaged schools and argues that educational and social disadvantage are inextricably linked in children's everyday lives. Examining primary and secondary schools in disadvantaged areas in a post-industrial ('rustbelt') city, Schooling the Rustbelt Kids reopens the debate about inequality in schooling. It provides concrete evidence that typical government policies in the Western world are not working, and that they are helping to create a permanent underclass. Thomson outlines an alternative whole of government approach to policy, which builds on those school programs that do make a real difference to educational outcomes. Thomson also emphasises the influence of local geography. Schools are coloured by particular neighbourhoods, permeated by national and global events, and tangled in complex networks of social relations. Interventions which work in one school may not work in others.

Read with Oxford: Stage 6: Badcats

Read with Oxford: Stage 6: Badcats

Author: Pat Thomson Illustrator: Mike Phillips Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2018

The Badcat gang are the hairiest, scariest animals around! At least they think they are, until they meet a little hamster called Hattie Books with chapters are a great way for children who are reading independently to extend reading stamina and progress to the next step of their reading journey. This Read with Oxford Stage 6 book has short chapters, an engaging story and humorous illustrations. Tips for parents and fun after-reading activities help you to get the most out of the story. Featuring much-loved characters, great authors, engaging storylines and fun activities, Read with Oxford offers an exciting range of carefully levelled reading books to build your child's reading confidence. Find practical advice, free eBooks and fun activities to help your child progress on oxfordowl.co.uk. Let's get them flying!

Oxford Reading Tree All Stars: Oxford Level 9 An Adventure for Robo-dog Level 9

Oxford Reading Tree All Stars: Oxford Level 9 An Adventure for Robo-dog Level 9

Author: Pat Thomson, John Prater, Alison Sage Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/09/2016

Have you ever thought about what your toys do while you are asleep? Bens toys decide to explore life outside the toy box one night. But not everything goes to plan Oxford Reading Tree All Stars is an engaging chapter fiction series which combines age-appropriate content with imaginative stories, perfect for inspiring and stretching able infants. The series develops comprehension skills and provides a wide variety of fiction topics and styles, alongside illustrations that aid understanding.All the books in this series are carefully levelled, so its easy to match every child to the right book one which will develop their reading skills and fuel their love of reading. Help with childrens reading development is also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk.

Oxford Reading Tree All Stars: Oxford Level 10 Badcats Level 10

Oxford Reading Tree All Stars: Oxford Level 10 Badcats Level 10

Author: Pat Thomson, Mike Phillips, Alison Sage Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/09/2016

The Badcat gang and their leader, The Big Paw, have their plans to raid a midnight barbecue all worked out. But they havent counted on a hamster called Hattie Oxford Reading Tree All Stars is an engaging chapter fiction series which combines age-appropriate content with imaginative stories, perfect for inspiring and stretching able infants. The series develops comprehension skills and provides a wide variety of fiction topics and styles, alongside illustrations that aid understanding.All the books in this series are carefully levelled, so its easy to match every child to the right book one which will develop their reading skills and fuel their love of reading. Help with childrens reading development is also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk.

You Can't Bring That in Here!

You Can't Bring That in Here!

Author: Pat Thomson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2013

There's something for everyone in this collection of funny short stories. It's packed full of talking pigs, UFOs, gorillas, witches, mischievous house elves, flying postmen and lots more! Find out how Bozo the gorilla helps Jimmy deal with his lazy big brother, what Dinah Price does when she finds the three bears tucked up in her bed and what fate Agnethia Toadfax, trainee witch, has in store for Mr Smike the rude librarian . . .

Under Cover of Darkness

Under Cover of Darkness

Author: Pat Thomson Illustrator: Kevin Hopgood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2013

Thrilling WWII story. The Nazis have occupied France. Michel knows that there are Resistance fighters in his town and he's desperate to join them. Will his mother agree to it? After all with his father AWOL, she needs a man around the house. But when someone's injured, Michel gets his chance. Can he help without being shot by the Nazis? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers.

Oxford Reading Tree Traditional Tales: Level 6: Monkey's Magic Pipe

Oxford Reading Tree Traditional Tales: Level 6: Monkey's Magic Pipe

Author: Pat Thomson, Nikki Gamble, Pam Dowson Illustrator: Alessandra Cimatoribus Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/09/2011

In this traditional South American tale, Monkey triumphs over the Monster, who thinks he is the best at everything. Clever Monkey tricks the Monster into releasing her friends, and he goes back to his cave empty-handed. This imaginative story, written by Pat Thomson and charmingly illustrated by Alessandra Cimatoribus, will capture your child's imagination! It has been sensitively rewritten to enable your child to read it with confidence whilst capturing the magic of the original tale. There are useful tips for parents and an engaging story map inside the book to help you and your child retell the story together. The Oxford Reading Tree Traditional Tales series includes 40 of the best known stories from all over the world, which have been passed down for generations. They are a perfect introduction to different cultures, traditions and morals. All the stories are carefully levelled to Oxford Reading Tree levels and matched to the phonic progression in Letters and Sounds enabling your children to read the stories independently. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with childrens reading development is also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk.

Under Cover of Darkness

Under Cover of Darkness

Author: Pat Thomson Illustrator: Kevin Hopgood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2009

Thrilling WWII story. The Nazis have occupied France. Michel knows that there are Resistance fighters in his town and he's desperate to join them. Will his mother agree to it? After all with his father AWOL, she needs a man around the house. But when someone's injured, Michel gets his chance. Can he help without being shot by the Nazis? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers.

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