FAqS

If you have any questions, please see our FAQ’s below. If your query has not been addressed then please contact us via info@authorfy.com or fill in our contact form

general:
How can I contact Authorfy?

As we are often out of office, working in schools or on video shoots, we are unable to provide a telephone number. However, if you have a query that is not covered in the below FAQ’s, you can contact Authorfy via email at info@authorfy.com and we will do our best to respond within 48 hours.

How much does Authorfy cost?

Authorfy is completely FREE! Every masterclass, every video, every scheme of work! Just create an account at authorfy.com/join and you’ll get instant, unlimited access to everything we have to offer. 

The only part of Authorfy we charge for is our Authorfy Club Boxes as these are physical boxes of resources that are sent to schools in the post. These cost £150+VAT per term (the equivalent of 69p per student, per session). More information and an order form can be found at authorfy.com/club.

I'm not based in the UK. Can I still subscribe to Authorfy?

Yes! The beauty of Authorfy is that it can be accessed anywhere in the world. Please be aware, however, that due to geographical constraints, certain competitions and prizes (for example, author visits) may only be available in the UK. 

What age range does Authorfy target?

We have a range of masterclasses and resources for children aged 5-7, 7-11 and 11+. We add new masterclasses every two or three weeks so as the library grows, we’ll have even more resources for more ages. 

How do you choose which authors to feature?

Each term we include a variety of authors, from debut writers to household names, and our publishing and educational experts endeavour to ensure they all have something unique to teach students through their storytelling. We do this by working alongside our Publishing Partners (see footer for full list), who propose authors throughout the year. We then select those who we think will work well alongside our existing author masterclasses and teaching techniques.

Is Authorfy linked to the National Curriculum?

With years of award-winning teaching experience, Authorfy in your Class/School has been developed to bolster the curriculum and allow teachers to have easy access to creative resources.

We have no official ties to the National Curriculum but our schemes of work can be used to adapt lessons to suit curriculum targets or the needs of individual students. Most importantly, we have been motivated by The Department of Education’s expectation for ‘teachers to do everything they can to foster a love of reading’, and with our work, we hope to create a love of literacy amongst children of all ages.

How much planning do Authorfy Masterclasses require?

One of the unique aspects of our Authorfy masterclasses is that they can be tailored to individual teacher’s requirements. As a result, they need as little or as much planning as desired. Teachers are able to download schemes of work and use them straight away, or access them in advance and adapt the activities / add your own teaching methods to suit your class.

Authorfy Club:
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.

What's included inside an Authorfy Club Box?

Each Authorfy Club Box 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 (usually signed by the author)
  • 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.

I can no longer use my Authorfy Club Box. Can I return it?

Unfortunately, once the order deadline as passed, we are unable to cancel orders or provide refunds / returns. Note: the order deadline is displayed on the order page here – authorfy.com/club-box. This is because we create the exact amount of resources to match the number of orders and we are unable to return the resources once they have been printed / produced.

I have more than 20 students signed up to my club. Can I order another box?

Of course! Lots of schools run a class for 30+ students or run more than one workshop a week to meet the demand from their students. If you’d like to order an extra box, just email info@authorfy.com and we’ll do our best to help. Please note, if you email us after the order deadline, we may not be able to send you an extra box for the current term as we have very few spare resources so please email us with as much notice as possible.

Can we access the Authorfy Club videos from a previous term?

Unfortunately, no. We update our password-protected members page every term and take previous videos down to make room for the new term’s resources. We are unable to give you access outside of the term you purchased a box for so please ensure you run your club within the window specified. For example, if you have purchased a box for the spring term, please ensure you run the club during the spring term only as you will not be able to access videos / other online resources once the password expires at the end of the spring term.

Troubleshooting:
I’ve tried to download the learning resources, but am unable to. Why is this?

If you are having trouble downloading any of our material, you may be experiencing problems with your computer’s storage or internet connection. However, if both are in working order and you are still experiencing unexpected problems, please contact us at info@authorfy.com

The video’s aren’t loading, why is this?

If you are having trouble loading a video, you may be experiencing a problem with your Internet connection or Flash Player. However, if both are up to date and in working order and you are still experiencing unexpected problems, you may be viewing Authorfy via an outdated browser (e.g. Internet Explorer). If this is the case we would recommend downloading Chrome (a free browser that’s compatible with both Mac and Windows) in order to utilise Authorfy to it’s full capacity. Additionally, both Safari and Firefox will support the site. If you’re having any further problems do email us via info@authorfy.com.

If you are viewing Authorfy on the latest version of Chrome, Safari or Firefox and you still can’t access the videos, your school Internet security walls may be blocking the content. The best way to ensure you can view Authorfy content is to ask your IT manager to ‘whitelist’ the following websites to ensure they don’t get blocked. Please note, once changes have been made to your Internet settings, it’s always a good idea to ‘clear browser history’ (also known as the ‘cache’) to ensure the changes propagate properly.

Try whitelisting Vimeo first:
*.vimeo.com

If that doesn’t work, you might need to whitelist the below sites, too:
*.vimeocdn.com
*.akamaihd.net
*.akamaized.net
*.appspot.com
*.googleapis.com
*.google-analytics.com
*.hopx.cedexis.com

I can't view the Authorfy website properly, why is this?

You may be trying to view Authorfy through Internet Explorer (or a similar browser that does not support the latest HTML updates). In this instance we would recommend you download Chrome (a free browser that’s compatible with both Mac and Windows), in order to utilise Authorfy to it’s full capacity. Additionally, both Safari and Firefox will support the site. If you’re having any further problems do email us at info@authorfy.com

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