Searching for Excellence











          Read Bob's
           first book
              in the
      ‘Opening Doors’
              series:

 
 
       Searching for Excellence:  Bob's new book 'Opening Doors to Famous Poetry and Prose' will help you use quality texts for quality writing and give twenty units of work to support challenging English
 
  Bob's first book 'Opening
Doors to Famous Poetry and
    Prose' will help you use
    quality texts for quality
   writing and give twenty
   units of work to support
      challenging English.
  Click the book for details.





       To order Bob's
   award winning books
         in the series,
      click on a book:

 
 
     Searching for Excellence:  One of Bob's new books is 'Opening Doors to Quality Writing' - Ideas for writing inspired by great writers for ages six to nine



     Searching for Excellence:  Another of Bob's new books is 'Opening Doors to Quality Writing' - Ideas for writing inspired by great writers for ages ten to thirteen




















              Searching for Excellence:  Bob’s new book ‘Opening Doors to Famous Poetry and Prose’  is designed to support your journey from quality text to quality writing
























Searching for Excellence:  Bob Cox has won The Educational Resources Award for 2017










































 
    Bob has linked with or
  has been associated with
   organisations including:

Searching for Excellence
Searching for Excellence in Education
Searching for Excellence:  'Opening Doors to Famous Poetry and Prose' written by Bob Cox
Searching for Excellence in Education
Searching for Excellence:  Inspiring able learners in English at KS2
Searching for Excellence in Education
Searching for Excellence:  'Opening Doors to Quality Writing for ages 6 to 9' written by Bob Cox
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Searching for Excellence:  Bob holding book while teaching class of students
Searching for Excellence in Education
Searching for Excellence:  'Opening Doors to Quality Writing for ages 10 to 13' written by Bob Cox
Searching for Excellence in Education
Searching for Excellence:  Able, Gifted and Talented Learning in English
Searching for Excellence in Education
Searching for Excellence:  Excellence
Searching for Excellence in Education
Searching for Excellence:  Pupils enjoying an outdoors 'Searching for Excellence' session
Searching for Excellence in Education
Searching for Excellence

Searching for Excellence in Education with Bob Cox


Introduction to ‘Searching for Excellence’ with Bob Cox   

Key-Notes on ‘Pitching High’   

Strategies for Opening Doors to Challenging English for All  

Coaching for Impact   

Welcome to Bob Cox’s ‘Searching for Excellence’ website.  ‘Searching for Excellence’ offers experienced, professional support for the development of learning in schools.  Since becoming a freelance educational consultant in 2007, Bob has worked with a range of schools cross-phase and has delivered inset at national, international and county conferences, often in a leading capacity.  He has now supported over 450 schools in their "search for excellence".  Bob Cox is an advanced skills teacher with 23 years teaching experience and most of his ideas have been used in his own workshop sessions with pupils.

Bob’s most popular briefs recently have involved ‘Pitching High’ key-notes, support for mastery learning, inspiring more able learners and a whole range of strategies connected with his ‘Opening Doors’ books (click here for further information).

Award Winning Author:  ‘The Educational Resources Award’:


On March 17th, 2017, Bob became an award winning author!

Searching for Excellence:  Bob Cox with his Educational Resources Award


Bob’s ‘Opening Doors to Quality Writing’ books have won an award in the ‘educational book’ category at The Educational Resources Awards!  Here is
what the judges said:

“Described as two gems which provide innovative approaches to exploring quality texts as stimuli for children’s writing.  Judges described ‘The Opening Doors to Quality Writing’ series as an invaluable resource, particularly for non-specialist teachers.  Excellent literary choices contained within very attractively produced books.”

Bob accepted the award ‘for all the amazing teachers opening doors for their pupils to language, literature and life chances’.

Please click here to see the ‘Opening Doors’ page for more details, and click here to link through to Bob’s successful and incredibly supportive publishers, Crown House.  You can read testimonies to the impact in the classroom of Bob’s books by clicking here.  Comments include:

“Teachers that have used the books report enhanced confidence, a broader range of teaching strategies and a greater sense of enjoyment and achievement.”
Martin Galway, Teaching and Learning Adviser (English), Herts for Learning Ltd
 
“I have been fortunate enough to be able to engage with Bob Cox and his Opening Doors philosophy both as a class teacher and as a senior leader of education for Poole.  The impact of his training and the excellent books has been profound.”
Ross Browne, Assistant Head Teacher, Talbot Primary School
 
“The use of classic texts in literature has inspired children of all abilities to access high quality texts which have stimulated ideas, encouraged pupils and given them the confidence to read and explore literature they may not otherwise have chosen to read.  Once hooked, the children have generated their enthusiasm into producing written work of a high quality.”
Wendy Thomas, Head Teacher, Churchfields Junior School
 
“Bob has not only helped us open the door for children to discover, appreciate and explore poetry and prose, but he has opened the door for our teachers: showing us what is possible when we teach without limits.”
Warren Glew, Deputy Head at Overton CE Primary School, a National Teaching School and the lead school of the Aspire Teaching School Alliance
 
Reactions to the award include:
 
“Congratulations to Bob Cox, ERA award winner, for such a fine series of books on teaching writing.  Essential resources for raising our game.”
18th March 2017
“All Bob’s books should be in every school and used.”  16th April 2017
Pie Corbett – teacher, author, storyteller and developer of Talk4Writing
Comments placed on twitter
 
“Well deserved Bob!  I attended your training last year and this has had a huge impact on the expectations we have of our pupils and the quality and complexity of the texts we are using.  Rarely have I been on training that has had such an impact on my practice - having done the job for nearly 20 years and been a consultant for part of that time.”
Samantha Collier, Vice Principal, Hillcrest Academy For Gorse Academies Trust
 
There are now thousands of schools using Bob’s ‘going deeper’ strategies!  Bob and his team would like to work with you on an exciting journey using all kinds of quality reading – picture books, children’s fiction and literary classics – to stimulate quality writing.  We want to help spread the use of quality texts, poetry and literature in primary schools and across the transition phase to KS3!
 
Contact Bob:  bobcox@searchingforexcellence.co.uk
 
@BobCox_SFE               07810694569
 
Recent examples of conferences/courses include:
 
“I attended a session on how to pitch it high with Bob; I found this very useful.  The ideas Bob shared helped improve the challenge in my classrooms and I have shared the ideas with colleagues.  I would be happy to attend any session Bob may hold.”
Shenila Abbass SLE, delegate at Chiltern Teaching School Alliance, January, 2017

“Very engaging and inspiring - thoroughly enjoyable.”
Norfolk Children’s Book Centre Reading For Pleasure Conference, 2016

“Bob Cox gave a superb keynote at our annual teaching school conference.  It was lively and engaging throughout and crucially was based on classroom practice.  Bob gave the 300 delegates a broad range of examples looking at how teachers can structure lessons to encourage all students to aim high.”
Dominic Burke, Deputy-Head, Balcarras School, on behalf of cross-phase Teaching Alliance
November, 2015

Searching for Excellence:  Bob Cox at conference
 
“This has been a day which will be a turning point in my teaching – a complete mind-set shift”
Delegate at ‘Ensuring Able Learners Reach Their Full Potential’ run by Babcock 4S, February 2016
 
“I need a whole page to sum up how inspiring this training was.  You’ve made something so very daunting become something so very exciting – thank you. ”
Another delegate at ‘Ensuring Able Learners Reach Their Full Potential’ run by Babcock 4S, February 2016
 
“I could have listened to Bob all day!  He was one of the best speakers I have ever heard! Loved it!”
Delegate to Babcock International Able Learner Conference, October 2014
 
“Ego free, low on anecdote, high on gold dust!”
Osiris ‘Enrichment and Extension’ course in Birmingham, June 2013
 
“Refreshed my beliefs!  Touched a nerve with children at the centre.”
“We reviewed and re-worked our whole pupil progress system this afternoon!”

Teacher and Headteacher at a conference for many Hampshire schools on SLT role in leading whole school teaching and learning, May 2014
 
“Bob’s talk brought a new dimension to ways of presenting lessons to pupils and pitching planning from the top.”
Carmarthen Advisor on Bob leading a regional conference, 2014


Bob Cox  BA,  MA (Ed)

Director  “Searching for Excellence Ltd”

Award Winning Author

Email:  bobcox@searchingforexcellence.co.uk

Twitter:  @BobCox_SFE

Mobile:  0781 069 4569

Searching for Excellence:  Bob Cox

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