to everyone with an interest in literacy, languages and basic maths.
I have put what I've learned from forty years' teaching, research and writing on this website. Most problems with reading, spelling and basic maths can be tackled quickly and easily by teaching that is closely matched to the individual's current knowledge and thinking, and designed to help the person adjust his or her thinking to achieve what they are trying to do.
I provide this teaching either at my home in Linton, Cambridgeshire, at your home or school by arrangement, by telephone or by Skype.
Books and reviews
I've written two books, Using Phonics to Teach Reading and Spelling (Sage) and The Literacy File (available from me). I have also written The Teaching Assistant's Edufax. This is no longer commercially available, and so may be downloaded free, here. Reviews represent my honest opinion only. I have no financial connection with any publisher, and there is no paid content. Publishers are invited to send materials for review. The site has between 50 and 100 visits on most days, and has had over 99,000 since its launch.
For local authorities, academy chains, schools...and lawyers!
I have extensive and highly successful experience of training teachers and assistants in literacy (including tackling dyslexia), languages and basic mathematics. All training is discussed in detail with you, as client, and closely matched to your needs. I offer specialist advice on staff appointments.
I was an expert witness in the leading libel case, Bookbinder v Oppenheim, with the late George Carman QC, and have recently acted as an expert witness in a schools admission appeal for a firm of solicitors in the North of England. I am a member of the UK Department for Education's Expert/Reference group on teacher training, and of its ministerial steering group for languages. I have recently joined an advisory training group, based at the French Embassy, and my notes on small-scale research have been circulated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.
My work was featured at the Sunday Times/Wellington College Festival of Education in 2012 and 2013.
2013 Presentation: Download Helping your child with spelling.
Sold out. I'll post shortly on assessing languages without using NC levels.