The boys and staff are overwhelming me with positive feedback. Even the Classics teacher, who is not remotely interested in football was riveted by your presentation.
‘One of the best’, ‘Best Ever’, ‘Really interesting’, ‘Loved the way he just chatted to us’, ‘Wanted it to go on longer’, ‘Dan inspired me to want to be a better writer’…just some of the comments so far.
I hope we can arrange a return visit in the not too distant future. Best of luck with al the ventures on the horizon. We’ll be watching!
It was a pleasure meeting you. Shame it went so quickly.
Sue Smith,
Merchant Taylors’ Prep School

The children were very excited and discovered facts about Dan’s background and what inspired him to become an author. He shared his experiences of working with the England Team, travelling with them to two World Cups as well as personally interviewing people such as Beckham, Ronaldo and Messi and having the amazing opportunity to meet Nelson Mandela.  This visit was especially poignant as recently we started a Kindle Group, targeting boys in Year 5 who were initially reluctant readers. We chose The Jamie Johnson series, written by Dan to read on their kindles  which has been an inspirational success and the results have been astonishing. They are now very enthusiastic and committed to their Kindle Club, which is extremely encouraging as we continue with the programme.

The boys have shown responsibility, commitment and enthusiasm for reading which is by far their greatest achievement. We have now expanded our Kindle Club into Year 4 with 6 new members to follow the same programme which is very exciting. Both the children and staff were truly captivated by Dan’s visit and he has without a doubt left a permanent imprint on many of their minds on how reading can transport you to great places.

Thank you Dan and we look forward to working with you in the future!
Mrs R Chidgey,
St Stephen’s Junior School

I just wanted to say a huge thank you on behalf of the boys, for your really great visit. The pupils here thoroughly enjoyed the day, as indeed did the boys from Inchmarlo. As ever I am inundated with requests for your books, so you need to put pen to paper as soon as the CBBC programme is underway, because what on earth are the guys going to read next?
Mrs K Lindsay,
The Royal Belfast Academical Institution

Dan had all of our KS2 children captured and wanting to hear more from him. His books are now our most popular readers in the library.  We have children reading that were so reluctant before.  We cannot thank him enough for taking the time to visit us and we look forward to welcoming him back in the very near future.
Mrs K Presser,
Rosh Pinah Primary School

It was a huge pleasure welcoming Dan Freedman to The Gosforth Community Book Festival hosted by Newcastle School for Boys. Dan was an outstanding speaker who spoke to over 700 children in 2 fascinating sessions. His passion for football, reading and writing was appreciated by all the children who hung on his every word. Dan also very kindly gave up some of his free time to do an extra session with Y5 and 6 boys from Newcastle School for Boys which was so very much appreciated. Messi, Beckham, Mandela and much much more. “Dan Freedman rocks,” as one of our Y5 boys said. I could not agree more.
Simon Asker,
Newcastle School for Boys

The children are still buzzing about Dan’s visit,  and all of his books are now out of the library and there’s a waiting list!
Julie Baugh,
Wilbury Junior School

Dan was an inspiration to our boys – encouraging them to produce creative writing beyond their usual standards. His books have also inspired some of the students to reading both wider and more frequently.
Barbara Band,
Emmbook School

For mixed ability kids he was so appropriate. Very patient with their questions. He was brilliant. I would love to hear him again.
David Cummings,
Rainham Girls School

Seeing Tom and Sami with their noses glued to a book in quiet reading is a sight I never thought I would see.
Sue Hickman,
St Paul’s Cray Primary School

He really did inspire the children. The fact that he is so knowledgeable about football makes his books exciting and proves to the boys that they can be connected to football through words as well as actions.
Dawn Finch,
Wheatfields School

It has been a pleasure to see the children walking around the school carrying the books. This, I am sure, is due to them being able to associate a real-life author with an actual novel.
Victoria Nemeth,
Highgate Junior School

The teachers were extremely impressed with your visit and how you motivated the children to write – apparently they have never worked so hard on a piece of writing. So thank you because you really made an impact on our children.
Amanda Parker,
Raynehurst Primary School

The talk was very motivational for our students. It will be a day they will remember for ever.
Penny Didcock,
Icknield Community College

It was a pleasure to see that despite the bell signalling the end of the day, the students were still eager to stay and ask you more questions.
Mr G Sammons,
Headteacher, Crookhorn College of Technology

How rewarding it is to witness Dan in action! As teachers we found ourselves nodding along with everything Dan told the children. He told them that writing was cool. He told them it could be just as exciting as a heated football match. Of course, they believed him! They believed him because to every child in the audience, in particular our sport loving boys, Dan is cool! Dan was given the objective to inspire our boys to write and that was most certainly achieved during his writing workshops. Dan’s introductory talk hooked the children and left them thirsty for more. In group workshops the children were engaged and desperate to impress. Every hand was up to share completed writing tasks and ask questions. I know Dan has made a lasting impression on those who witnessed his workshops today. Many thanks Dan from all at Sheen Mount.
Mr Beatty,
Sheen Mount Primary School

We had a fantastic day … the big talk generated a lot of excitement, and plenty of questions, and the workshop was a joy!! There was 50 minutes of concentration from 28 boys to each write a short story, and they all wanted to read them out at the end!! Dan managed to get the best out every single one of them – a highly successful return visit!
Isabella Coles,
Chartered Librarian, Lord Grey School

Thank you for a fantastic day.  The students and staff enjoyed your visit so much. To see ALL 210 students (equating to 420 across the 2 year groups) utterly absorbed and engaged by you was amazing and makes all the hard work and preparation worthwhile. You were so inspiring.  I am sure there will be many students who have taken away that inspiration and will put it to good use in their own lives and plans for the future.
Michelle Frain,
Librarian, Hinchley Wood School

Thank you so much for an absolutely fantastic visit. The boys are buzzing and everyone is reading. Fantastic – mission accomplished (for now!)
Natasha Thompson,
Parkside School, Stoke D’Abernon

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