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Based in North Yorkshire and Cornwall. Can travel further if accommodation and travel costs are agreed in advance.

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All external bookings are subject to government & DFE Covid-19 regulations and guidance. Ongoing consultancy work and remote advisory services are unaffected.


Frequently Asked Queries

Do you teach demonstration lessons and work with classes?
Yes, appropriate courses can be delivered as practical sessions, workshops for children or demonstration lessons to observe.
What can I expect if I book a package or course?
Prompt and ongoing personal contact by phone, Skype or email. For bespoke packages we’ll always make sure we fully understand your training needs and desired outcomes, and ensure that we can deliver on this before agreeing a remit. We won’t promise anything that’s beyond our means to provide.
Are there any additional costs?
We’ll provide a quote on receipt of your enquiry. Travel (and accommodation costs) will be included in the quote, provided the quote is for a booking within 12 months. We will provide digital versions of required resources and course notes. We ask that schools arrange and cover printing and photocopying if this is something they require.
Will you work with PRUs or secure units?
Yes. I’m happy to deliver courses and workshops to all registered settings including PRUs and secure units, as well as primary and secondary schools, hospital education, tutoring centres and alternative education.
Can I download the resources used in your courses?
Yes, links will be provided when the course is delivered. Many course resources are also available to download on the ‘Resources’ page.
How much do you charge?
Course fees range from £300 for twilight sessions to £1500 for bespoke full-day consultancy. If outside Yorkshire or Cornwall, fees do not include travel and/or accommodation which would need to be agreed in advance.
Can I book many months in advance?
Yes, advance bookings are welcome. Please note, traditional UK inset day dates book up very quickly. There’s an availability calendar on the contact page.
Can I write for The School Reading List?
The School Reading List is always on the look-out for new book reviewers who can write pithy and engaging prose to appeal to primary and secondary educators. Contact the team on the School Reading List website if you are interested.
KS2 and KS3 literacy and English resources and downloads.

Resources and Downloads

Resources and digital downloads for courses and workshop content will be added to the resources page on this site. There is also a ‘Shop’ link to texts and children’s books referred to in presentations and training sessions.
Ongoing and evidence based CPD for teachers in primary schools and prep schools.

Follow Up Services

Bookings can be spread over weeks, months or terms. Follow-ups, audit results, improvement assessments, revisits, and evaluation sessions can be designed around your training and development outcome requirements.
Bespoke literacy and English training and CPD packages for primary and prep schools.

Quotes for Bespoke Packages

Don’t see exactly what you need? No problem – let us know your specific requirements and we’ll liaise further before getting back to you with a quote and ideas for a comprehensive package for your training needs.

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If you’re interested in finding out more, don’t hesitate to get in touch and we’ll email or phone back as soon as possible.
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