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Is it time for a smartphone detox?

I recently did a smartphone detox. It was only for a week, but during that time, I only checked my phone once in the morning and once again in the evening. Doesn’t sound that difficult, does it? Well, what surprised me was just how difficult it was. It’s a habit, you might even say addiction, to ... READ the POST

Attainment Scores at Primary Level

Our Children are more than just a set of attainment scores. Other than SATS, state primary schools in England don’t have to assess children in the way they once did. In 2014, the government scrapped National Curriculum levels and schools now grade children as working ‘within’, ‘towards’ ... READ the POST

The Benefits of Travelling Solo

The number of people travelling solo has significantly increased over the last decade. Statistics show that internet searches for solo holidays have quadrupled since 2020, cumulating at a new high in 2022. It is not only the younger generation but travellers of all ages taking more trips alone ... READ the POST

English lessons for non-native English speakers

Hello there, My name is Nikki Young and I’m an English tutor and author. I run a writing club called Storymakers, and since 2017, I’ve been helping children aged 7 up to teens improve their English. Some lack confidence in English, others are studying for secondary school entrance exams, whilst ... READ the POST

What’s it like to give an author talk?

It’s early. Just gone 7 o’clock. Much earlier than we would normally leave for school. But I’m dropping my son off at a friend’s house. I have a journey to make, a major task to complete. It’s pouring with rain and I can barely see out of the car window. It’s like I’m in a car wash - one of my ... READ the POST

What would you tell your teenage self?

I’m raising my teenage daughters to be Much stronger than me. To know their strengths, hold themselves in esteem, To follow their dreams. To know that happiness comes in many guises, To get out and see the sunrises. To stand up for themselves and each other, To remember we’re stronger ... READ the POST

What Others Are Saying

"You're an amazing author. My daughter has read all your books 3 times. Thank you for inspriring her!!
Nikki Young
2020-02-28T13:14:40+00:00
"You're an amazing author. My daughter has read all your books 3 times. Thank you for inspriring her!!

"Nicola listened to and understood our wish to evolve our message along with our brand. Her copy was always succinct,...
Nikki Young
2020-02-28T13:13:38+00:00
"Nicola listened to and understood our wish to evolve our message along with our brand. Her copy was always succinct, accurate and grammatically correct and we were able to upload it to the new site without significant revision."

"Nicola is responsive and intuitive while delivering projects in a timely manner."
Nikki Young
2020-02-28T13:13:54+00:00
"Nicola is responsive and intuitive while delivering projects in a timely manner."

"You have really inspired her to write and create stories. She was very taken with your book the Time School."
Nikki Young
2020-02-28T13:14:06+00:00
"You have really inspired her to write and create stories. She was very taken with your book the Time School."

"Nicola encourages the children to think about things in different ways and to be more creative and descriptive in their...
Nikki Young
2020-02-28T13:14:19+00:00
"Nicola encourages the children to think about things in different ways and to be more creative and descriptive in their writing style."
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