Pie Corbett

Pie Corbett
Born Sedlescombe, East Sussex, England
Occupation Writer
Nationality English
Children Poppy Corbett

Pie Corbett is an English educational writer and a poet who has written well over two hundred books. He is well known for promoting creative approaches in the classroom and has had a great deal of experience as a teacher, head teacher and Ofsted inspector. He regularly lectures on education all around the United Kingdom.[1] Due to his efforts, the UK government consult him as an educational advisor.

His Name, Pie, originates from a Latin meaning which is translated as "Pie-lover", meaning to love eating pie. It is unclear whether the meaning is based from sweet or savoury pies. [1]


Early life

Corbett was born and raised in Sedlescombe, East Sussex, on a farm where he was one of five brothers.


He studied Education at East Sussex College of Higher Education.


Corbett has written a number of books, aimed specifically to benefit learning in grade school children.[2] With his daughter Poppy Corbett he is the co-author of The Enormous Book of Talk for Writing Games (London: Philip and Tacey, 2013).[3]

He has contributed regularly to the Times Educational Supplement.[4] He has also been the editor or co-editor of many collections of poems. Early in his writing career he published a popular collection of poetry with Brian Moses and John Rice entitled Rice Pie and Moses. He has been featured on various CDs and DVDs concerning education and/or poetry.


He was a primary school teacher with Brian Moses, where he taught maths and wrote poetry. He became a headmaster.[5]

He was heavily involved in the creation of the i-read[6] software at the Hitachi laboratory at Cambridge University. The purpose of the software is to help children learn how to read via "visual and auditory props".[7]

Corbett, while working at the University of Gloucestershire, created the Articled Teacher Scheme.[8] He also created a unique "storytelling approach" for children to remember stories with and results with improved literacy. This method was then taken up by the National Strategies 'Talk for writing' programme,[9] after he presented it to The National Strategies organization in 2008.[10][11] Corbett was also the creator of the Storymaking Schools Programme for the Story Museum, along with making the "poetry objectives for the National Literacy Strategy."[12]

In 2008, Corbett was asked by the English Ministers of Education to make a "classroom DVD on how to encourage pupils to write".[13]



  1. 1 2 Williams, Rachel, "Many parents failing to read to children, survey shows", The Guardian, 30 April 2010
  2. "Quick fire activities for primary and secondary level", Everybody Writes
  3. http://www.hope-education.co.uk/product/The-Enormous-Book-of-Talk-for-Writing-Games-for-KS2-by-Pie-and--Poppy-Corbett-NEW-HE1111144
  4. 1 2 Hofkins, Diane, "It's what you say and the way that you say it", Times Educational Supplement, 24 October 2003
  5. Paul Cookson, "Pie Corbett", The Works, 3
  6. "i-read", Cambridge-Hitachi
  7. Davitt, John, "Now for something completely different", The Guardian, 10 January 2006
  8. Building bridges in teacher education: proceedings of the 12th Annual International Seminar for Teacher Education, the University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales, Australia 24 to 30 April 1992 by William Patrick Driscoll, Warren Halloway and the International Society for Teacher Education, University of New England, 1994, Pg. 173
  9. "Pie Corbett’s storytelling approach", National Literacy Trust
  10. "Talk for Writing: Continuing professional development", The National Strategies
  11. "Demise in storytelling at home damaging children’s writing ability", Education Today, 22 June 2010
  12. "Storytellers", Story Museum
  13. 1 2 Garner, Richard and Cassidy, Sarah, "Poor SATs results in writing prompt teaching reforms", The Independent, 6 August 2008
  14. Agnew, Kate, "Critics' choice", The Guardian, 18 October 2005
  15. "Jumpstart! Storymaking: Games and Activities for Ages 7–12" by Pie Corbett, Taylor & Francis US, 2009
  16. "Jumpstart! Poetry: Games and Activities for Ages 7–12" by Pie Corbett, Taylor & Francis US, 2008
  17. "The works: poems for key stage 2 – every kind of poem you will ever need for the Literacy Hour" by Pie Corbett, Macmillan Children's Books, 2006
  18. "Cats, hats, and hippos" by Pie Corbett, Black Rabbit Books, 2004
  19. "Writing" by Pie Corbett, Nelson Thornes, 1997

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