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Literacy Consultant

Linda Neill

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

Literacy Consultant

Christine Yalland

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

Literacy Consultant

Cath Richardson

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

Literacy Consultant

Sue Hughes

Sue has extensive school management experience as Assistant Head and Deputy Headteacher. She is an experienced teacher of EYFS and Years 3 to 6 in a variety of schools and local authorities. As an experienced SENCO and dyslexia teacher, Sue has led on inclusion and closing the gap for disadvantaged pupils. She has also worked as both a SEND Consultant and Literacy Consultant for Cheshire West and Chester. As part of these roles, Sue trained in Reading Recovery and Speech and Language Support for 5-11 year old. As the EYFS specialist of the team, Sue is incredibly passionate about all aspects of the Early Years’ Curriculum.

Literacy Consultant

Sian Collinson

Sian has many years of teaching experience across the primary age range with a particular focus in KS1 and SEND. She has a vast range of leadership experience in CLLD, phonics, English interventions and literacy. Sian also has experience in supporting schools as an SLE for English and phonics. This passion for early reading skills has been developed in Sian’s current role as phonics specialist for The Literacy Company. This has also led to Sian’s current involvement with English Hubs where she supports schools with the development of phonics and has gained DfE accreditation as a Letters and Sounds trainer.

Literacy Consultant

Allison Riley

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


Literacy Consultant

Louise Stokes

Louise has many years teaching experience across the primary age range with a particular focus in KS1. Louise is a former Deputy Headteacher and Acting Head of School with much experience as the subject leader for Literacy. Louise has worked as an SLE for English in Warrington supporting English, middle leadership development and improving communication and language skills in Early Years. Louise is also an experienced KS1 moderator for Warrington Authority.

Literacy Consultant

Jo Gaskell

Jo’s journey into teaching began in a middle school, and she now has 18 years classroom experience ranging from Y1- Y8. She has much experience of leadership: Head of English and Drama, maths lead teacher, literacy lead and pupil premium lead. Jo also enjoyed the responsibly of running Gifted and Talented Literacy workshops for Year 6 pupils through NWGT. Now in her role as English consultant, Jo takes great pleasure in supporting schools with the development of both reading and writing; she enjoys sharing her creative ideas with all of the teachers she works with.