Many teachers around the country are using the Sainsbury's Christmas Truce advert as a learning resource for WW1 commemorations.
Help A Hamster is a reminder and a celebration of the human condition - that while attitudes and circumstances may change, kindness and respect towards others always seems to remain a constant in an ever changing pressured world.
My great excuse in all this is that my logic is perhaps more accurate than they are willing to accept. Given that technology changes so rapidly I consider it foolish to learn the ins and outs of one contraption only to find that the next model is around the corner effectively and immediately rendering defunct, the prequel.
At present two children from every state secondary school in England from spring until March 2019 will be given the opportunity to visit First World War battlefields. But it is our hope too that children of primary school age will be able, in their own way and suited to their needs, share in that witness as well.
For Julia Donaldson, the Children's Laureate, whose term of office ends this week, has hit out at the pitifully low level of review space granted by the media to children's books. And her powerful passing shot is a launch of a campaign to secure much needed prominence for children's literature in the UK media.
Martin Amis once famously declared that he would have to have "a serious brain injury" to write for children and that "he
Having gone to a comprehensive school in an area of considerable social depravation I can speak for talented teachers who were specially selected for their ability to maintain control and to enthuse their students with imaginative and inspired ideas.
I don't for one minute underestimate how lucky we are to have two fantastic daughters who have worked hard to secure places at university and who are well and happy. I write this simply to help all mothers, and fathers, who found, like me, the thought that the change in circumstances would be so overwhelmingly unbearable it would be difficult to look forward.
It was quite overwhelming to find the roots of our story were as the result of one incredible lady's inspiration and determination - and what a coincidence that Alfie Tate, one of the characters in the book had drawn a bird on his copper leaf, in memory of his teacher, because they had both "jumped for joy when they saw the first swallows of summer."
Whitney Houston said that fame "made you a personality instead of a person." Amy Winehouse's sudden rise to fame plunged the singer into a fatal cycle of substance abuse. Most recently Ollie Murs admitted he battled with drink and depression after the pressures of fame became too m