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Consultancy and School Based Training

English Consultancy and School-based training for schools and other agencies can be tailored to meet the needs of individual members of staff, groups of staff, or the whole school staff team.


These can be delivered by members of our English team on a full-day, half-day, staff meeting or an evening twilight basis.

Advice and support can be provided across a range of topics including:


·       Improving subject knowledge (eg Phonics, Spelling, Reading, Writing, Visual Literacy)

·       Support for the Literacy Subject Leader

·       Assessment for Learning

·       Use of Assessment and SATs analysis to support target setting

·       Developing monitoring and evaluation strategies

·       Cross-curricular literacy

·       Literacy Planning


Please email us using the form below if you are interested in accessing support of this kind.


Sue Dean - Senior Primary English and Literacy Consultant



Sue began work as a qualified teacher in Lancashire in 1991. She taught at Casterton Primary School in Burnley, initially working with pupils in Key Stage 1 but then working primarily with upper Key Stage 2. Through her work as a Leading Teacher, Sue was able to further develop her expertise in teaching English before joining the Literacy Team as a Consultant in May 2002.

Following a spell as acting Deputy Headteacher at Barrowford Primary School, Sue rejoined the Literacy Team to become Senior Consultant. 


In 2006, Sue gained NPQH and in 2010 became an accredited Local Consultant for Improvement in Stronger Management Systems and Support for Writing. Sue has a particular interest in improving writing, able, gifted and talented pupils and teaching children with English as an additional language.


Nicola Martin - Primary English and Literacy Consultant



Nicola has worked in Lancashire since 1997 as a primary teacher, Senior Manager and Consultant.  She joined the Literacy team in May 2004 after several years as a Leading Literacy teacher and Subject Leader, and has been involved in co-developing and presenting the very popular boys' writing projects in KS2 within Lancashire and beyond.

Nicola has a particular interest in the use of film to develop literacy and has gained Lead Practitioner status with the British Film Institute. In addition, she regularly consults on projects with the BBC.

In 2009, Nicola was awarded NPQH and in 2010 became an accredited Local Consultant for Improvement in Stronger Management Systems and Support for Writing. Nicola specialises in phonics, reading development, improving writing, boys' writing and is a Moderator for KS1 and KS2


Helen Atkinson - Primary English and Literacy Consultant

Helen Atkinson - Literacy Consultant Helen started her teaching career in Wigan, moving to Lancashire in 1985.  She has taught in a wide range of primary schools, coordinating a number of subjects and gaining teaching experience in every year group.


Before joining the Literacy team, she was a member of the senior management team in a Preston primary school, where she was initially KS1 leader, then Phase 3 Leader, with responsibility for Student mentoring and Literacy.  She further developed her skills in Literacy through working first as a Leading Literacy teacher, then as an Associate Consultant.


Helen also works with the Assessment team as a KS1 Moderator, and is a Literacy Consultant and a Teacher Advisor for Learning Excellence, supporting schools, running courses and providing consultancies.

Caroline Yabantu - Primary English and Literacy Consultant


Caroline started teaching at Ightenhill Primary School in Burnley in 2001. She has taught in both KS1 and KS2 as well being a Leading Literacy Subject Leader and Associate Literacy Consultant.

In 2007 she joined the Literacy Team, working as a full-time CLLD Literacy Consultant and delivering the county-wide rollout of the Letters and Sounds phonics training.

On returning to school she became Assistant Headteacher and then in 2014 returned to the Literacy Team full time as a Teaching and Learning Consultant.

Her strengths include phonics and creative strategies to improve writing.


Catherine Leyland - Primary English and Literacy Consultant


Catherine began her teaching career in 2002 in Liverpool. Since then she has worked for many authorities including Sefton, Knowsley and Greater Manchester. During this time she has taught in Early Years, KS1 and KS2. Her roles have varied from classteacher, Literacy subject leader,  Assistant Headteacher to Acting Headteacher.

English and creativity have always been her specialisms and besides being part of the KS2 moderation team in Sefton, she has also been involved in long-term projects with both Creative Partnerships and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, writing curriculums which include creative approaches to Learning Outside the Classroom. She joined the Lancashire team in June 2016 as a Teaching and Learning Consultant for Primary English.

She has a particular interest in reading and writing development and using creative ways to develop reluctant learners, using a variety of approaches including ICT.



Janet Gough - Primary English and Literacy Consultant


Janet started her teaching career in 1998 after a successful career in industry. She has been an Assistant Headteacher, a Leading Literacy Teacher for Lancashire and an Associate Literacy Consultant. She is also a consultant for the National Association for the Teaching of English and she occasionally lectures at the University of Cumbria.


Her strengths include grammar, punctuation and spelling, challenging the more able and teaching mixed age classes. She is also keen to promote visual literacy in classrooms. She has re-joined the team temporarily to cover a maternity leave.