Ink Pellet’s book review section covers an eclectic selection of new fiction, teachers’ guides, audio books and classics.

Many of our reviews are written by teachers, so we have an expert eye on how texts will work in the classroom. We hope to create a useful archive of reviews so that you can use this as a reference. If you would like to join our panel of reviewers, please join in or email the editor We hope the section inspires you to share new fiction with your pupils or to revisit old favourites yourself

  1. Sir Lenny Henry has helped launch Let’s Play

    Sir Lenny Henry has helped launch Let’s Play  

    The National Theatre’s major new initiative supporting the development of drama and theatre in primary schools across the country. Developed by professional theatre artists alongside teachers and senior leaders from primary schools across the country, Let’s Play is an ambitious creative learning programme designed to transform creativity and theatre-making in schools.  Using a programme of Continued Professional Development […]

  2. Creative Producing

    Creative Producing  

    Kevin Wyatt-Lown, Head of Marketing at East 15, outlines their new degree course in Creative Producing, aiming to train individuals in theatre making from behind the scenes.

  3. Raising the Roof

    Raising the Roof  

    In 1988, the Square Chapel in Halifax was a shell of a building. Damaged and seemingly beyond repair, demolition seemed the only option. It was to be saved however by a passionate group of residents who believed strongly in the arts and its importance to the local area. Today the Square Chapel is a wonderful arts centre and as Mark Glover finds out, the spirit that brought the building back to life is evident in its staff, visitors and community

  4. Young Court and Cuttin’ It

    Young Court and Cuttin’ It  

    Part of the Royal Court’s outreach programme, Susan Elkin finds out about Young Court and the recent schools’ tour of challenging play Cuttin’ It

  5. EXHIBITION: Art for Schools

    EXHIBITION: Art for Schools  

    There’s art out there, just waiting for you, ready to inspire your pupils and instigate cross-curricular learning. Graham Hooper discoveres a treasure trove of resources – both old and new – and hopes you will take up this fabulous opportunity.

  6. Arts1, achievements too

    Arts1, achievements too  

    Susan Elkin visits a new performing arts school in Buckinghamshire enjoying considerable success with its first cohort of graduates.

  7. Pause for thought… Essential Reading

    Pause for thought… Essential Reading  

    When are we going to start developing children as readers rather then mechanically teaching them to read and seeing that as an end in itself? Susan Elkin poses the question.

  8. Training to Stand-up

    Training to Stand-up  

    Susan Elkin delves into the world of stand-up comedy to discover an MA course in Canterbury to help you refine your skills Stand-up comedy doesn’t, at first glance, seem the sort of thing you could train for in a university. Surely, if you have the innate talent you’ll just get up and do it? Then […]

  9. Having a knees-up

    Having a knees-up  

    From playing village halls to touring Los Angeles, Kneehigh has come a long way since it began as a schools’ theatre company in the early 80s, yet its Cornish origins run deep and continue to influence its productions. Mark Glover finds out more about this extraordinary touring company. Thirty-seven years ago, a primary school teacher […]

  10. Mystery men…and a dog

    Mystery men…and a dog  

    Susan Elkin meets up with two of the leading actors in the latest revival of The Woman in White… and a dog. Iam sitting in the bar at Charing Cross Theatre in the early afternoon. With me are two engaging men and a delightful dog named Peety. Tea is laid on for me along with […]