Alex has taught English (including a bit of Media Studies) for well over a decade. If it is tragic and gothic, laced with humour and bitter truths then he'll teach it! He's also the Director of Huntington Research School, author of 'The Confident Teacher' and 'Teach Now! English', and writes regularly for the TES and Teach Secondary magazine. He is also Project Lead of the RISE (Research-leads Improving Students' Education) Project: an EEF funded randomized controlled trial to evaluate if and how a Research-lead can help improve outcomes for students. He was a member of the DfE Teachers' Standard for Professional Development Expert Group.
Caroline is an exceptional trainer whose coaching has helped many along their route to outstanding. She is highly experienced as a teacher, middle leader, examiner, Local Authority adviser and accredited SIP. She is an active practitioner and teaches demonstration lessons in UK and international schools. As the best-selling author of 'How to be an Amazing Teacher', 'Literacy Across the Curriculum Pocketbook', and 'Outstanding Lessons Pocketbook' Caroline has helped thousands of teachers make a big difference to what they do every day.
As an experienced teacher, and course leader of the English PGCE and School Direct programme at Sheffield Hallam University, Martin excels in the teaching of outstanding English language and literacy. He is a member of the AQA consultation panel for the new English GCSE specifications, keen author ('Think Before You Teach' and 'There is Another Way'), and researcher which has culminated in books upon 'Teaching A Level Language' published by Routledge and 'Creative Approaches to Teaching Grammar'.
Bob's 'Opening Doors' strategies have been supporting schools across the UK for some time now! The book series was winner of Education Resources Award in 2017. Bob was an English teacher for 23 years and is passionate in advocating quality text to quality writing journeys. Bob has spoken at regional, national and international conferences about the need to include all learners in creative initiatives. Bob also coaches teachers and supports schools long term in building richer approaches to English. He has worked with over 450 schools with their search for excellence.
Leah has 15 years' experience as a Local Authority English Inspector/Adviser, working across the primary and secondary phases. In her school career, she held pastoral and subject leader roles. She is now Director of Thinktalk consultancy, is an Associate Tutor for 'Let's Think in English Cognitive Acceleration' programme at King's College, and is teaching and studying at Winchester University.
After 15 years' teaching English in UK state schools, David is now a freelance trainer, education consultant, conference speaker, provocateur, and writer. His award-winning blog, 'The Learning Spy', is (apparently) one of most influential education blogs in the world. He also authors the best-selling, 'The Perfect English Lesson', 'The Secret of Literacy', and 'What If Everything You Knew About Education Was Wrong?'.
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