Judging a book

What’s that? You should never judge a… Well forget what you know. Requires Improvement just got a massive boost today as the cover design came back from amazing Ramsbottom artist Adam Rowlinson. The cover – which features Jim and two of his pupils has already gone...
SNEAKY PEEK – The ebacc

SNEAKY PEEK – The ebacc

With all the talk about the future of the arts and the ebacc this week, I thought I’d let everyone have a sly look at Chapter 7, which focuses on the debate.  Only 12 days left to back the book on Kickstarter – don’t forget!...
Almost there!

Almost there!

The Kickstarter campaign for getting ‘Requires Improvement’ is now well on the way. With just two weeks to go we have over £1000 of the £1700 needed to get the book to its first print run! Thanks to all that pledged so far and if you’ve been on Mars and don’t know...
So what’s new pussycat?

So what’s new pussycat?

Well. A lot. You’ll have noticed that things have been quiet around our Jim for a while now. Did he buckle under the pressure? Did OFSTED finally get him? Has Janet kidnapped him and locked him in a stationary cupboard? Well, in short…no. He’s just getting ready for...
SAMPLE CHAPTER – Practical exam week

SAMPLE CHAPTER – Practical exam week

The day has finally arrived for the Year 11 drama students at Lancashire Academy and the GCSE practical exam day is upon  them. This is make or break day. It’s worth more marks than any other section of the course. Jim knows that it HAS to go well. Biscuits. Biscuits....
Getting very busy now…

Getting very busy now…

After eight weeks of writing it is becoming increasingly evident that creating fiction based around an entire school is going to need some administration. In trawling back through my first series of posts, I realise I have already created over thirty characters, with...