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News Release- Charity book supports Year 6 primary pupils moving onto secondary education

News Release- Charity book supports Year 6 primary pupils moving onto secondary education

Many Year 6 pupils across the UK are currently coping with the prospect of change and the transition of leaving primary school and moving onto secondary education. 

This can be a stressful time for many pupils  and the newly launched 'Curse of the Nomed' children's book sets out to help children think about healthy coping strategies.

A competition in May this year, run by specialist financial services mutual Wesleyan, in support of children's mental health charity, Partnership for Children, saw Year 8 pupils compete for the chance to draft Wesleyan's second fund-raising charity book.

The winning team, 'Whizz Writers', from Four Dwellings Academy in Birmingham pitched their story idea 'Curse of the Nomed' to a panel of judges. Birmingham based author B B Taylor then transformed the idea into a full adventure tale, illustrated by Holly Bushnell.

Curse of the Nomed' starts on the first day of high school where three unsuspecting pupils unearth a shocking secret about their new head master.

The adventure story tackles the problems and challenges pupils face when starting at secondary school, helping to promote positive mental health as students transition from primary to secondary school.

The story will now be sold in bookshops and online to raise money for Partnership for Children.

Wendy Tabuteau, Chief Executive at Partnership for Children said: "'Curse of the Nomed' will be a great starting point for conversations with children around anxieties about moving schools. Moving from primary to secondary education can be daunting for some children and many need extra support during this time.

"The profits from the book will enable us to continue our work, promoting positive mental health for children in the UK, and we want to thank Wesleyan for their tremendous fund-raising effort."

Jessica Wilkes-Reading, Wesleyan's Corporate Responsibility Officer said: "Partnership for Children is a wonderful organisation that we're proud to support as our charity of the year.

Wesleyan will cover the costs involved in publishing 'Curse of the Nomed', meaning all of the profits will go to the charity.

"Thanks to the imagination of pupils at Four Dwellings Academy, we've got an enthralling story that will help pupils with the tricky transition to high school and raise money to fund Partnership for Children."

The book is on sale at Foyles, Birmingham. To find our more and get a copy of 'Curse of the Nomed' visit Resources for parents and teachers are also available on the website.

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