Workshop Availability

I am experienced in speaking to groups of teachers, trainee teachers and students on various topics. Do get in touch if you might like me to deliver a session for you. Below are details of workshops I have conducted in the past/possible topics, but I am happy to discuss other ideas to suit your requirements.

To Students:

  • Eighteenth Century Changes in English
  • Language Diversity
  • Using Frameworks to Analyse a Range of Text Types
  • Grammar (big picture, or particular areas of concern can be agreed as a focus)
  • Language Change
  • Working in Non-Fiction Writing

To Teachers/PGCE Students:

  • Teaching A Level English Language
  • Teaching Language in KS3 and 4
  • Grammar: teaching students who’ve experienced the new KS2 syllabus
  • Showcasing Recent Reads in the Classroom to Promote Reading for Pleasure

Note that I am also delighted to be tutoring for Writing School East Midlands this academic year, and will be teaching a six-week evening class on Writing, Planning and Pitching Non-Fiction [not quite in that order!] in Leicester in the Spring term.

I’ve also had fun in the past few months delivering a bespoke grammar-focused session for my local SCBWI group (Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), of which I am a member. As is frequently mentioned in the press (e.g. alongside discussion of the dreaded KS2 tests), writers often aren’t formally trained in grammar – and may well be self-conscious about it!

About

I’m an English teacher and writer living in Leicester in the East Midlands of the UK. As of Sept 2018, I’m also a part-time research student at the University of Leicester, working towards a PhD in Education. I’m lucky enough to be looking at diversity in YA lit and classroom applications.

I’ve always loved reading and writing – in fact I planned to be an author as a child, until aged about 15 I decided I’d never have any good enough ideas, it had all already been done and decided to teach instead! Writing books about English teaching therefore seems a reasonable place to end up (although, by the way, the good ideas are not all taken, and it’s perfectly possible to still have a writing career today – check out my blog for people who are making it look easy!)

For my published teaching resources and textbooks, check out this page in the Writing section.

Teaching bio:

My BA is in Modern Language Studies (French, German and Italian – Language, Literature and Culture) from Leicester Uni.

My MA is in Gender, Literature and Modernity from Warwick Uni. This course was jointly managed by the English department and the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender (and was very cool!)

I have a PGCE in Continuing Education from Nottingham Uni and QTS by assessment achieved at Beauchamp College in Leicester.

I’ve been teaching since 1996, with the bulk of my experience being with A Level Language, although I have also taught various other subjects. As well as the obvious GCSE and other A Levels in English, these include conversational French and Italian, and Women’s History as part of an Access to HE course. I also have some experience of the IGCSE and IB syllabuses and examining experience for various bodies/papers.

Personal bio:

I’ve lived in Leicester since coming here for university (any students reading this might take this as a warning when looking at universities…). I’m married with two daughters and we have three dogs: two lurchers and a terrier cross, which take quite a bit of walking. I teach only part-time now to make time for writing and other interesting work which pops up from time to time, like teacher training. 

Writing bio:

As noted above, I’ve always loved writing. I’m one of the many teachers mourning the demise of the A Level in Creative Writing. However, I do write for my own pleasure as well as producing textbooks/resources. I’m usually working on some kind of children’s story, as that’s where the joy is for me – losing myself just as a did as a child. (Note also that I still read kids’ books and am a massive fan of YA fiction, even though I’m an educated woman in my 40s – never let anyone tell you a book is too young/easy for you!)

A lot of those books behind me are YA or children’s books, and that T-shirt is from YALC – the YA Lit Convention that’s been running since 2012, when Malorie Balckman set it up as part of London Film & Comic Con.

Want to book me for a workshop? See this page and get in touch to discuss your ideas. I’m happy to come up with bespoke training to suit your needs, if it’s within my specialisms.