Experts and enthusiasts share their innovative ideas for use across the sector, giving you inspiring new ideas to try out in the classroom. In 2017, we consider innovative ways of teaching philosophical thinking to the youngest readers; find out how to enliven scientific literature; explore teen health and wellbeing; and think about how best to build on author events once back in the classroom. We also look at opportunities to inspire young writers and encourage pupils to get reading for pleasure.

Full list of 2017 CPL Events:

Building on Author Events
Thursday 17 August | 5.30pm-6.45pm
Want to make the most of your class visit to the Book Festival, author visits to your school or online author talks? Poet and literacy specialist Georgi Gill shares tips and ideas for activities to help you harness the enthusiasm of your pupils and maintain momentum when you’re back in the classroom. Whatever the age and stage of your pupils, Georgi has ideas to get their creativity flowing.

The Word Scientific
Monday 21 August | 7.00pm-8.00pm
*PLEASE NOTE: Ruth Jarman is no longer able to appear and this event will go ahead with Gill Arbuthnott and Jennie Hargreaves.*
As scientific advances become ever more sophisticated and impact on our everyday lives, how can complex ideas be made accessible to young readers? And how do young people learn to write about scientific concepts themselves? Using the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize shortlist as an example, science writer Gill Arbuthnott, teacher Jennie Hargreaves from Lockerbie Academy and education researcher Ruth Jarman discuss the importance of design, illustration, narrative voice and humour in helping children to engage with reading and writing about science.

Inspiring and Supporting Young Writers
Wednesday 23 August | 7.00pm-8.00pm
There are lots of interesting initiatives to get young people excited about writing, including opportunities like the Young Walter Scott Prize and the Pushkin Prizes. But what’s the best way for teachers to support young writers in the classroom? In a fun event, offering practical tips and advice, editor and award-winning novelist Keith Gray explores novel ways to engage pupils (and teachers) in creative writing.

Peer Pressure and the Power of Social Media
Thursday 24 August | 7.00pm-8.00pm
Friendships, peer pressure and group behaviour are huge drivers for adolescents. Social media allows enormous opportunities but also offers challenges, from cyber-bullying to competition, raised anxiety, distraction, over-sharing, addiction and false goals of perfection. International expert on adolescence, Nicola Morgan unpicks the fascinating and up-to-date science behind social media and offers strategies for teenagers (and the adults working or living with them) dealing with the challenges of being constantly connected.

Reading for Pleasure
Friday 25 August | 7.00pm-8.00pm
The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Shadowing scheme, led predominately by librarians in schools, was established to encourage reading for pleasure amongst children and young adults, with a focus on high quality fiction. Join Youth Librarian Yvonne Manning, School Librarian Lauren Thow and CILIP Carnegie Medal-winner David Almond as they discuss the unique qualities of the shadowing scheme, and consider how shadowing might develop in the future. Chaired by Joy Court, Chair of the Carnegie/Greenaway Working Party.

Picture Books as Philosophy Hooks
Monday 28 August | 5.30pm-6.30pm
(please note: this event will now begin 15 minutes earlier than advertised in the Schools brochure)
How do we support the deep thinking and questions of our youngest readers? Children’s authors Alison Murray and Vivian French join Dr Claire Cassidy from the University of Strathclyde to explore how picture books can be used to introduce philosophy to children and promote their questioning. They look at examples of picture books that can be used to stimulate curiosity and discuss what can be done to facilitate philosophical thinking at a young age.

How To Book

Tickets £8.00 (£6.00 concessions)
Book online at
Use the CPL event booking form on page 44 of the Baillie Gifford Schools Programme
Call our Box Office on 0845 373 5888 from Tuesday 20 June (credit/debit card only)