Darren has been working in schools as a class teacher and literacy subject leader for 12 years. He is currently the assistant head teacher at a primary school in the London Borough of Havering. Throughout this, he has been a passionate endorser of the importance of teachers reading aloud to children, and the promotion of reading for pleasure. He also works closely with CLPE on their Power of Reading programme which aims to put quality children’s literature at the heart of children’s learning.
Why did you get involved in Oxford BookMatch? My experience teaching and leading literacy in primary schools has given me the opportunity to see the huge impact that a high quality piece of literature can have on children's engagement and excitement for reading, writing and learning. Teachers have a fantastic opportunity to introduce their children to new experiences, and hopefully Oxford BookMatch will point them in the direction of authors and books that they might have otherwise missed.