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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, Grammar) for teachers and teaching  assistants

·       Support for the English Subject Leader to audit, monitor and implement action plans

·       Planning units of work with individual teachers

·       Assessing reading and writing for every year group; moderating reading and writing wiith individual teachers  and/or Subject Leaders 

·       Working with Subject Leadership teams to support action planning and monitoring


We can provide bespoke packages of suppot including the above, tailored to meet the needs of your



Contact Nicola Martin - Senior Consultant for English and Literacy 





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


Nicola Martin - Senior Consultant for Primary English and Literacy



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. 

Nicola was appointed to the Senior Consultant role in October 2017. 


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.


Sarah Atkinson - Primary English and Literacy Consultant


Sarah joined the English and Literacy team in September 2014, having successfully taught in Lancashire Primary Schools for twelve years. During her time in school across Key Stages 1 and 2, she worked closely with staff to develop creative and practical approaches to advance pupil progress in English.  Her specialisms include the use of drama to inspire writing, creative approaches to grammar and subject leadership.  Since joining the team, Sarah has contributed to the LPDS curriculum support materials and worked on the updating of Fast Forward Grammar (Fast Forward Grammar 2).   She is also a moderator for EYFS, KS1 and KS2 writing.  

Katie Giles - Primary English and Literacy Consultant


Katie started her teaching career in Blackpool 2010. During her time in school, she successfully taught in both KS1 and KS2 and lead English in challenging schools. Katie also completed a two year ‘Ambition School Leadership’ course which explored developing an English Curriculum to improve the attainment of pupils from all backgrounds.   

Her specialisms include creative approaches to teaching writing and the use of texts to develop interest and improve standards in English. She has done extensive work into the impact of Talk4Writing within the classroom and was nominated nationally for an Education Endowment Foundation award based on her research. Katie is also a moderator for Key Stages 1 and 2 and joined the Lancashire team in January 2018 as a Teaching and Learning Consultant for Primary English. 


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 - Associate Primary English and Literacy Consultant


Janet has over 20 years’ experience as an Assistant Headteacher, English Subject Lead and Leading Literacy teacher for Lancashire as part of the National Strategy. Janet has a proven track record for raising standards at Key Stage 2 and is keen to promote the use of images, film and drama to enhance children’s learning in English. Her strengths include grammar, punctuation and spelling, developing vocabulary, challenging the more able and teaching mixed age classes.



Sue Dean - Senior Primary English and Literacy Consultant


It is with the utmost sadness that the Primary English and Literacy team together with the consultants within the Lancashire Professional Development Service, announce the tragic loss of our dear friend and colleague Sue Dean – Senior English and Literacy Consultant.

The impact that Sue has had over the past 15 years, on thousands of children across Lancashire and beyond, has been immeasurable. Sue’s passion for her subject has inspired generations of teachers and colleagues, and has left behind a lasting legacy which will continue to influence the teaching and learning of English for years to come.

Sue’s sunny disposition can be summed up with her advice to teachers and colleagues alike with her wise words:

“You make the weather…”

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.