Areas of expertise
English language and literature in the primary classroom.
Teaching and learning grammar in context.
School Based Curriculum support.
Membership of professional bodies
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Member of the United Kingdom Literacy Association.
Jane was a Literacy and English Consultant for a large Local Authority in London for a number of years. She supported schools with government initiatives such as the Intensifying Support Programme, The Primary National Strategy for English and developing Systematic Synthetic Phonics.
I started my career (many years ago) as a Secondary School English teacher, focussing GCSE to A-Level Language and Literature.
After this, I signed up to do 2 years with VSO - Voluntary Services Overseas in China, carrying out teacher training in a large college in Jiangxi Province. An unforgettable experience.
I have worked in middle schools as well as many primary schools, mainly as a Year 6 class teacher for many years. However, I have also taught from Reception to Year 6.
I have had a number of middle management and SLT roles, including English and Art Subject Co-ordinator.
I have also had the opportunity to be a trained Rounders Coach and Referee for local school tournaments.
In addition to this I was also a Literacy Consultant for a large Local Authority.
One of my favourite roles was as an Assistant Head teacher in a large primary school. I continued to teach Year 6 and supported my classes through their final year of primary, preparing them for their secondary schools.
I continued to do some Freelance Literacy consulting, supporting a London based literacy charity with their training programmes. I particularly focused on Phonics and supporting parents with their phonic knowledge, terminology and understanding.
B.A (Hons) English and History (2:1 Hons). 1992. B.I.H.E.
P.G.C.E (Distinction) Secondary Education - English and History. 1994. Jordanhill College.
P.G.C.E (Merit) Consultancy and Leadership. 2007. I.O.E.
P.C.T.H.E (Merit) Teaching in Higher Education. 2016. Oxford Brookes University.