Thomas Tolkien is an English & literacy inset provider and the editor of Schoolreadinglist.co.uk. He is a highly skilled, qualified, experienced and innovative former teacher & senior manager with 20 years experience working in UK primary & secondary schools.
BA (Hons) PGCE, UPS3, Google Educator, NAACE certificated.
Education Website Editor
Editor of a leading UK children’s book recomendation website.
20 Years of Excellence
KS1, KS2 & KS3 in primary, prep and secondary settings.
Inset Courses, CPD training and Improvement Advice
Raising Literacy Attainment
1-5 day consultancy
Tailored and practical advice based on your exisiting curriculum provision; and delivered through presentations, seminar discussions and workshops with your leadership and teachers.
Creating a reading culture
Twilight, ½ day or 1 day
How to sell reading to the reluctant child, how to create an vibrant book-based culture in your classrooms and develop a love of reading amongst your pupils, parents and school staff.
Surveys and quizzes for evidence
Twilight, ½ day, and online
Surveys and self-marking assessment are great ways to improve engagement with pupils, staff, and parents. This course looks at a variety of ways to embed into the curriculum.
Why Hire Me As Your Consultant?
I’m based in North Yorkshire and
Remote curriculum improvement advice
A fresh pair of eyes. I can audit and advise on your POS and SOWs; subject development plan target ideas, and cross and Key Stage co-curricular links.
Innovative Use of Media and IT
As an experienced web designer, photographer and videographer I always look for opportunities to spice up literacy with effective and accessible IT ideas.
Evidence for staff performance management
All courses are designed with evidence for PM, CPD targets, and the DfE Standards for Teachers’ Professional Development in mind.
On-site advisory and course develiery
Audits, improvement advice, inset, CPD for staff development, demonstration lessons and workshops for pupils can be booked in bespoke packages.
Encouraging staff collaboration
Courses can be booked as collaborative seminars or practical workshops to promote long term staff engagement and wider professional discussion.
1-5 days inset and consultancy
Enlivening your English curriculum
Ideal for coordinators, HODs, SLT and MATs, this course is school based and provides opportunites to enliven English in KS1-3 in the long, medium and short term.
1-5 day consultancy, in school or online
Literacy cross-curricular linking
Book expert advice on choosing books for topics, sourcing resources, and linking together disparate curriculum strands to facilitate coherent and meaningful learning.
Why Book Thomas Tolkien?
20 years of teaching experience
I’ve taught primary KS2 and KS1 and secondary KS3.
Experience in independent and state sectors
I’ve worked as a
Located in North Yorkshire and Cornwall
I can also travel anywhere if accomodation and mileage is paid.
I’m the editor of schoolreadinglist.co.uk, a leading children’s book recommendation website.
Learn At School or at Home
Online Learning & VLEs
Do you need help setting up your new VLE? Do you need strategies to encourage your staff, parents and pupils to engage with online learning? I am an expert in designing and delivery home learning portals, with experience creating and maintaining bespoke VLEs, writing content for platforms and desigining self marking and auto tracking curriculum modules.
Thomas Tolkien’s experience encompasses 20 years in teaching, inset provision, course development, running a successful education website, online and print resource creation, textbook writing, commissioned audit and report writing and e-safety expertise.
Inset hours DeveLoped
What My Clients Say
Excellent standard of work and prompt delivery. (Commissioned writing of lesson content for e-safetysupport.com and policy documents covering the use of social media by staff .
Kodo Education (shortlisted for BETT award in 2014)
It was wonderful to observe a lesson that really pushed the children to think beyond the obvious … it was great to see
Flexible, Tailored & Personalised CPD & Consultancy
Bespoke off-site consultancy
Advice, ideas, audits, critiques, curriculum editing, improvement suggestions, engagement inspiration, assessment strategies and practical experience can be set up remotely – by Skype, phone, email; or a combination of off-site and on-site.
On-site CPD and training
All courses can be held and delivered on your site, during term time or during pre-term inset days. Fees are not dependent on the number of staff or schools attending. Schools can decide to ticket events to cover costs, with no surcharge.
Fees & day rates
Courses can be booked for twilight, 1/2 day, full or multiple days; for small or large groups of teachers; wider stakeholders; or as workshops for pupils. Prices range from £300 for a twlight session to £1000 for a complex bespoke training day.
Frequently Asked Questions
We're an international school. Do you travel?
Yes, subject to organisation of visas; agreed travel and accommodation, and provision of required resources on site.
Will you deliver inset to more than one school?
Yes. Courses can be delivered to small groups, whole school staff, or large audiences. Courses can also be tailored for conference keynotes breakout sessions and specific workshops.
Can't see the course you are looking for?
No problem! Let me know, and if there’s sufficient demand, or you would prefer a bespoke package, I will develop the course you are looking for.
Do you offer troubleshooting or off-site consultancy?
Yes. Remote consultancy, written audits, reports, critical appraisals of documents, development plans, curriculum materials, and policies are available as consultancy services. Let me know what you need and we can discuss further.