Welcome to Ian MacDonald's Author in Schools website!

Primary School Visits

Ian MacDonald provides an exciting whole day experience for primary schools.  Previously a deputy head in a
large primary school, Ian provides a day to inspire children of all abilities (especially boys!) across the whole
primary age range.

A ‘typical’ timetable in a primary school can include…
KS2 Presentation, KS1 Storytime, classroom workshops KS2

Book an author visit or make an enquiry

NB Ian is happy to work with combined classes where necessary to ensure everyone enjoys time with the author.


A specialist Year 6 teacher for nearly 20 years, Ian provides a day tailored to making a significant contribution to your portfolio of work for levelled writing.

  • fiction or non-fiction
  • inspires children to write
  • meets writing targets
  • perfects punctuation

Children who are normally reluctant to write produced some excellent work, at a significant level above their usual standard
Claire Harris – Head Kemsley Primary School

Writer in Residence

To really see results in writing, Ian is available for longer term ‘residency’ projects spread over two or more days.

Story Project
Using one of his own stories as a starting point, Ian shows children how to plan and write a complete story… including ‘publishing’ their own book.
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Non Fiction Writing
Ian uses one of his own stories as a basis for writing a range of non-fiction text types.
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School Development
Combine class based writing projects with INSET for teachers to really make writing development high profile in your school.
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