The Team

The Literacy Company is a team of experienced and dedicated consultants who share a passion for English, working with a range of schools to enhance the curriculum and to improve standards. 

Catherine
Richardson

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  • MEd in Literacy from Chester University
  • 17 years teaching experience with years 1-6 in a variety of settings
  • Extensive school management experience
  • Lead literacy teacher for Cheshire
  • 8 years as a local authority literacy adviser, supporting schools and teachers.
  • Extensive experience supporting vulnerable schools
  • Many years of experience in providing bespoke support and training for networks of schools and EIPs
  • Led national projects within Cheshire: Every Child a Writer, Assessing Pupil Progress, Boys’ Writing Project and More Able Writer Project
  • Supported lead teachers in CLLD project for phonics and early reading
  • Extensive moderation experience for KS1 and KS2 with 12 years as moderator for Cheshire

Linda
Neill

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  • Many years of experience teaching Y1-6 in a variety of settings
  • Extensive experience of raising literacy standards through subject leadership
  • Worked as a leading literacy teacher in Cheshire
  • Became a literacy adviser for Cheshire, leading a wide range of projects: Lead teacher programmes, reciprocal reading, lesson study and text based learning
  • KS1 and 2 writing moderator throughout Cheshire
  • Supported schools in challenging circumstances

Nicole
Wright

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  • 20 years of experience as a buyer, within retail and local government
  • Wide range of commercial experience
  • Provides business support at the Literacy Company
  • Is available to answer any day to day enquiries, as well as managing course bookings, invoicing and general administrative support

Kelly
Jobber

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  • Experience teaching EYFS, KS1 and lower KS2 across a range of settings
  • Currently leading English and EYFS
  • Experience in leading the improvement of literacy standards across the school
  • Experience of supporting the planning and teaching of literacy in other schools
  • Lead practitioner for Phonics
  • Led school strategic planning as SLT member

Allison
Riley

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  • Many years of experience teaching Y2-Y6 in a variety of local authorities and schools
  • As subject leader, wide and rich experience of effectively driving and monitoring improvement in literacy standards across the school
  • Experience of school strategic planning as member of SLT
  • Moderator for Y6 for Cheshire West and Chester for several years

Donna
Whittington

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  • Many years of experience teaching Y1-Y6 in a variety of local authorities and schools
  • Several years of experience teaching BEd and PGCE students in Initial Teacher Training
  • Extensive experience of mentoring trainees and NQTs in school
  • Experience of supporting the planning and teaching of literacy in other schools
  • Experience of school strategic planning as SLT member
  • Has completed NPQH

Kate
Seager

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  • Many years of experience teaching Preschool, Reception and KS1 classes
  • Lead literacy teacher for Cheshire West and Chester
  • Advanced Skills Teacher for creativity in literacy
  • Lead practitioner for phonics
  • Has completed NPQSL
  • Moderator for KS1 for Cheshire West and Chester
  • Currently working in a school as a department head with responsibility for literacy, computing and the creative curriculum

Christine
Yalland

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  • Former Deputy Headteacher, responsible for implementing change across schools, monitoring and improving standards and supporting staff
  • Subject Leader for English and experienced member of SLT, leading the drive for consistency and improvement in standards in English
  • Experience in teaching EYFS and KS2 in a range of settings across different authorities
  • Experience of mentoring trainees and NQTs.
  • KS2 Writing Moderator for Cheshire West and Chester

Sian
Collinson

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  • MA in Education from Edge Hill University
  • Many years of teaching experience across the Primary age range (with a particular focus on KS1 and SEN).
  • Middle Leadership experience in CLLD, phonics, English interventions and literacy
  • Experience in supporting schools as an SLE for English and Phonics
  • LA moderator for Cheshire and Wirral
  • Edge Hill accredited trainer
  • Edge Hill accredited Readers Count teacher

Jo

Gaskell

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  • Former middle school Head of English and Drama
  • 17 years classroom experience across KS2 and KS3
  • Lead teacher for Maths in Cheshire
  • Literacy and Pupil Premium lead in Cheshire primary school
  • Delivered CPD to NQTs at courses organised by Primary Strategy Consultants
  • Responsible for running Gifted and Talented Literacy Workshops for year 6 pupils through NWGT

Sue

Hughes

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  • Extensive school management experience as Assistant Head and Deputy Headteacher
  • Teacher of EYFS and Years 3 to 6 in a variety of schools and local authorities
  • Experienced SENCO and dyslexia teacher, leading on inclusion and closing the gap for disadvantaged pupils
  • Worked for Cheshire as an SEN and Inclusion Consultant and for CWAC as a Literacy Consultant
  • Trained in Reading Recovery and Speech and Language Support for 5-11 year olds

Jan

Stockton

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