How does Authorfy Club work?
Teachers all over the UK and in International British Schools are ordering Authorfy Club Boxes so they can run creative writing clubs in their schools. One box has enough resources for 20 students for an entire term and they arrive in the post with everything pre-prepared so there is no planning whatsoever for busy teachers.
Each Authorfy Club Box (for a school) includes:
- 1 Teacher Resource Pack
- 20 x Student Activity Booklets
- 20 x Certificates
- 20 x ‘Writer of the Week’ prizes
- 2 x Sticker Sheets
- 1 x ‘Writer of the Term’ Book Prize
- Postage & Packaging – tracked and signature required
- Exclusive Author Videos from our ‘Authors of the Term’
- Extra downloadable club content such as enrolment letters and register templates
How can I raise money for my School by running an authorfy club?
The cost of an Authorfy Club Box works out at approximately 75p per student, per session, so if you charge parents £1 per session for their children to attend, you’ll cover the cost of the box and have money leftover for library books, author events or other resources. Charging just £2 per session will cover the cost of three boxes in a year and raise over £1,000 for your school. Charging £3 per session will raise an extra £1,500 in a year… you get the idea!
Don’t charge for clubs? No problem! Lots of schools use their Pupil Premium funding to pay for a box, some hold cake sales or sponsored readathons, and we offer gifted boxes, too, if you know someone that might like to ‘gift’ a box to your school.
How do you choose your ‘Authors of the Term’?
We work with our publishing partners to handpick books that have wide appeal, will offer something new and exciting, and will introduce students to a variety of authors, genres and writing styles. From bestselling, household names to exciting debut writers, we create exclusive resources and lesson plans that can’t be found anywhere else.
Are the resources suitable for all ages?
The resources and lesson plans are aimed at students aged 7-11 (years 3-6 in England and Wales / P4-P7 in Scotland / years 4-7 in Northern Ireland). They could be adapted for slightly younger or older students, but this would require extra planning from the person running the club.
Can we adapt the resources to suit the needs of our students?
Absolutely! The beauty of Authorfy Club resources is that they’re completely flexible. You can run your club on a day and time that works best for you, you can pick and choose which activities to spend the most time on, and you can select students that would benefit from the club most, whether that’s your most reluctant or promising writers, a specific year group, EAL students, or you might want to offer spaces on a first-come, first-served basis.
What can we expect from the lesson plans?
Each lesson plan lasts an hour (although we recommend running sessions for 1 hour and 15 minutes if you can – the extra 15 minutes makes a world of difference!), and they are split into warm up activities, group discussions, planning worksheets, author videos, games and writing challenges. We include extra tips and guidance to ensure you and your students have as much fun as possible, and we include rough time guides, although these are completely flexible as no two classes are the same, and you’re free to adapt the lesson plans however you like.
When will I receive my box?
We send Authorfy Club Boxes three times a year so teachers receive them before the start of a new term. As a rough guideline, boxes are usually delivered at the start of September (for the September-December term), at the end of December (ready for the January-April term), and at the start of April (for the April-July term). We track all packages and require a signature on delivery, and we’ll keep you informed at all times via email.
Is there really zero planning required?
Yes! We’d always recommend reading the lesson plan in advance so you know what’s coming up, if you need to load an author video challenge on the computer or if you want to adapt part of the lesson, but we try to do as much as we can to make the club as enjoyable for you as it is for your students. If you’re having fun, your students will be having fun, so we even provide enrolment letter templates, register templates, a video to play in assembly to promote the club, and extra tips and advice, so your input (aside from running the actual club) is virtually non-existent.