PHSE topics

Use these resources to help explore themes in my books linking to lots of PHSE topics :

Young Carers in Roy of the Rovers

Tom says “When I was young, my dad had the same condition as Roy’s dad. A brain tumour. An operation that paralysed him. A zip-like scar on his skull.  The next few months were tough. He was a big man. My mum needed me to help get him to the toilet, up and down the stairs and out to hospital appointments. He couldn’t speak, so it was difficult to know how to help him.  I wrote about Roy and his dad because I wanted to show how hard those months were. At the time I thought we were the only family going through this. Unfortunately young people being carers is common and I hoped writing this story would reach those families to let them know they are not alone.”

Powerpoint – Roy has to fit his school life and training around acting as young carer for his dad whilst his mum works to support the family.  This powerpoint explores the role of young carers. Suitable for literacy / phse here.

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Dementia in Armistice Runner

Tom says “Today’s grandparents are often portrayed in books as retired, cosy and very much hands-on with their grandchildren.  Sadly, many more families today are coping with the heartbreaking affect dementia has on their older loved ones. In Armistice Runner, I tried to capture the impact this has through Lily’s warm relationship with her ailing gran.” 

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Fair Trade in Off Side

Tom says “Off Side is about a sixteen year old son of a cocoa farmer who is trafficked from Ghana to England, thinking he is going to be a famous footballer.  

Having seen at first hand the difference it makes, I try to choose Fair Trade where I can.”

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Fair Play pack

Fair Play teaching pack about Fair trade, football and literacy, based on my research trip to Ghana to write Foul Play 3 : Offside, is available free to download by clicking here.

Read my diary from my trip to Ghana with Divine chocolate here.


Protecting the environment in White Fear

Tom says “White Fear was inspired by reports I read in newspapers about how quickly the Arctic ice is melting – and the numerous predicted catastrophes.”

The Squad have been summoned to the deadly and frozen land of the Arctic Circle by the British Prime Minister who has heard of their growing reputation as brilliant young spies.  An unknown criminal is trying to hijack a world conference about the precious and much fought-over fuels that lie below the arctic ice.   To prevent an international war breaking out, Lily, Lesh, Hatty, Adnan and Kester go undercover to find out who it is and stop them.

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Football Academy themes

Boys United – 
Striking Out –
The Real Thing –
Reading the Game – dyslexia
Free Kick – 
Captain Fantastic – 

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Rugby Academy themes

  • Parent in Forces
  • New school
  • Bereavement
  • Bullying

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