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

Consultant

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  • MEd in English
  • 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
  • Lead moderator for Cheshire; 18 years moderation experience for KS1 and KS2

Linda
Neill

Consultant

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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

Business Support

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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

Christine
Yalland

Consultant

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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

Allison
Riley

Consultant

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  • Extensive experience as a Literacy Consultant working across a variety of LAs
  • Many years of teaching and supporting EYFS-Y6 in a variety of local authorities and schools
  • Wide and rich experience of effectively driving and monitoring improvement in literacy standards across a range of schools
  • Knowledge of wider primary curriculum planning, with a particular interest in humanities
  • Has led a range of community and school cluster projects
  • Involvement in KS2/ KS3 transition projects
  • Experience of school strategic planning as member of SLT and English subject leader
  • Moderator for KS1 and lead moderator for KS2 for Cheshire West and Chester

Sian
Collinson

Consultant

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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
  • DfE accredited Letters and Sounds trainer

Jo

Gaskell

Consultant

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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

Consultant

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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

Louise

Stokes

Consultant

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  • Combined honours degree in Education Studies and Early Years
  • Former Deputy Headteacher and Acting Head of School
  • Many years of teaching experience across the Primary age range
  • 9 years experience as Subject leader for English leading the drive for consistency and improvements in English
  • Experience in supporting schools as an SLE for English and middle leadership development
  • Experience in supporting schools as an SLE with improving communication and language skills in Early Years
  • KS1 LA moderator for Warrington
  • Experience of mentoring NQT’s and trainee teachers

Jan

Stockton

Admin Support

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Georgia

Bellis

Social Media and Marketing

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  • 10+ Years in Customer Service and Sales environments
  • Level 2 & 3 in Customer Service along with various certificates in Marketing and Exhibitions.
  • Experience in branding, social media management and running marketing campaigns
  • Experience of running personal blogs and social media accounts
  • Former dental laboratory manager with a focus on improving sales and marketing tactics within the business
  • 2 Years’ Marketing Experience within the dental and beauty sectors

Jemma

Borsberry

Marketing and Admin Support

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  • BA (hons) Drama and Theatre Studies
  • MA 1st Class Performance Study
  • 10+ years community engagement
  • Professionally trained Storyteller and Children’s Storyteller
  • Training includes working with children with profound and terminal illness, deaf and hard of hearing children, blind and partially sighted children, children with English as a second language, neurodiverse children, and children from asylum seeking and refugee families
  • Pastoral care for children and young people in local arts groups
  • Writer, author and teller of children’s stories
  • Experience delivering bespoke arts- and literature-based sessions for children and young people of all ages and abilities
  • Community Connector for local arts organisations
  • Young People’s mental health advocate
  • Story Explorer Project lead
  • Community Planting Project founder and manager
  • EYFS Rhyme Time lead