Gareth has been successfully working in primary schools since 2016, offering a wide range of workshops suitable for EYFS, KS1 and KS2. He lives in Nottingham but is happy to travel throughout the country. His workshops are often linked to his books, but also cover generating ideas, character creation, as well as storytelling and drama activities to inspire and enthuse. Details of the workshops he offers can be found at gareth-baker.com.
Gareth has worked with children his entire adult life (he was a primary teacher for 20 years - including English co-ordinator and Assistant Headteacher) and as such he can guarantee you a fun-packed day, delivered in ways that are appropriate for the children's age (and ability), with excellent communication skills. One of his author visits will leave lasting memories and impact.
He has an enhanced DBS check and his own PLI.
Gareth is a Patron of Reading in nine schools across the East Midlands and works with many others.
He supports the Newark Book Festival each year, in the past running workshops for children and being part of a panel interview. In 2019 he was a part of their schools Outreach Program.
In February 2019 he was the keynote speaker at TeachMeet East Midlands where he discussed the importance of Reading for Pleasure and how to build an R4P culture in your school. In 2020 he will be speaking at BrewEd Mansfield and at The Flying High Trust English Hub Conference.
He regularly appears on Notts TV where he discusses educational issues as well as writing.
Gareth also provides writing courses for adults through The Nottingham Writers' Studio, of which he is a member.
Details of his workshops and what he offers as a Patron of Reading can be found on his website - gareth-baker.com
Gareth charges £400 a day for a fun-packed day of workshops, with optional after-school masterclasses, CPD for your staff and book sale included. Discounts are available for small schools, repeat visits or multiple days. More details are available on his website.
Gareth and the illustrator he works with, Vicky Kuhn, are also available for joint visits. Please see Gareth's website for more details.
“The “Day in the Life of…” sessions he delivered to our Key Stage 1 classes were well prepared and resourced and even our hard to engage pupils were enthralled and asked some of the most interesting questions! Gareth’s relaxed approachable manner and dynamic interpersonal skills meant that we all had a fantastic day to remember!” P Hoare, Edgewood Primary School, Nottinghamshire
The session was well thought out with supported resources. His enthusiasm kept all the children engaged and interested. Whilst it was a standalone session, the work will be contributing to the end of unit assessment which is very helpful to me! - Mr Hampson, class teacher, Scotholme Primary, Nottingham City
‘Dynamic, entertaining and full of great writing ideas. [The] children really enjoyed the assembly and session’ – C. Gillett, teacher, All Hallows Primary, Nottinghamshire
“Gareth charmed and captivated our foundation stage with his interactive storytelling sessions. The children were thoroughly absorbed and really loved his style and delivery. It was a great catalyst for this term’s work on traditional stories. - P Hoare, Edgewood Primary School, Nottinghamshire
Our pupils love Gareth's visits to our school, especially the animated and inspiring way he engages them with stories and reading - Adam Newman KS2 Leader and Curriculum Coordinator, Farmilo Primary School
Gareth has written nine novels covering a range of genres suitable from KS1 and KS2. A picture book for EYFS is in the works. His books include Star Friend, Moggy on a Mission, and Timne Guardians.