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Cuedda Proudfoot-Taylor

School: St Ives School
Job Title: Teacher of English

I have been teaching English for 31 years now and have loved every minute! Currently I work as a Teacher of English at St Ives School in West Cornwall. I have taught English and English Literature across all Key Stages and have led and managed an English Department and a Creative Arts Faculty. I am a passionate advocate of the power of creative writing to develop all students’ literacy skills and as a means of developing sound emotional resilience. We take part in most of the ‘Young Writers’ competitions and find them an excellent way for students to try out the writing skills from their lessons in a wider, more objective environment. There is always a palpable thrill running through the school when the names of writers invited to publish are announced and our students really value seeing their achievements immortalised in print. ‘One Day’ I will make enough time to continue writing my own creative stuff, but until that day arrives I shall continue to enjoy empowering others and finding new ways to challenge the comma splice.

Laura Tapper

School: Cromer Junior School
Job Title: Teaching Assistant

I was a teacher in Key Stage 2 for many years and was a senior leader in a complex needs school. I am a published fiction writer and am also studying for an MA in Creative Writing. I now teach and support creative writing across Key Stage 2 and work as a specialist TA in our SRB. Writing is my passion and I am thrilled to be able to share that with the pupils.

Heather Stanton

School: Buxlow Preparatory School
Job Title: Year 4 Teacher

I've been teaching since 2008 and have an undergraduate law degree as well as a Primary PGCE. We regularly enter all the Young Writers competitions for children our pupils' age, as it helps them to engage with the full writing process of planning, drafting, revising and then publishing. The variety of topics is engaging and we find it's helpful to encourage a love of reading as well as writing by exploring similar genres.

Ashley Mackrell

School: Aspire Alternative Provision
Job Title: KS4 English Leader

I work at an Alternative Provision in Buckinghamshire, which has its challenges everyday, but I wouldn't work in any other setting. The students come with their baggage from home, and from mainstream schools, so we spend a lot of time trying to make their school days better to increase their confidence. Our students love the prospect that they can become "published authors," especially when they can do it in 100 words! Our curriculum is always changing, but that's because our students change all the time. I design my English lessons to suit the needs of the students.

Collette Stevenson

School: Denton Community College
Job Title: HLTA

I'm a qualified secondary school teacher and currently teaching literacy intervention to Key Stage 3. I really enjoying teaching English intervention to students that need a boost with their literacy. It's hard work but really rewarding. We often enter writing competitions alongside our curriculum to further support students writing, reading and boost their confidence. I also love reading books with the students and we've corresponded with authors recently, which has been an amazing experience for students. I also oversee the testing of new year 7 students and identifying students that may need further literacy support.

Marieke Stewart

School: Edgbarrow School
Job Title: HAT Coordinator

I am a Secondary School English teacher and have been teaching for 4 years. I am the Highest Ability and Talented (HAT) Coordinator at Edgbarrow School and I focus on providing our students with enrichment opportunities as well as ensuring they are challenged in their lessons across the curriculum. Offering students opportunities to develop a love of learning, inside and outside of the classroom, and to reap the rewards is really important to me; I have coordinated Latin lessons, computing competitions, mathematics competitions and creative writing competitions. I am also the English KS3 Coordinator and work on developing schemes of work and coordinating writing opportunities for students. I have led our involvement in 5 Young Writers competitions and our students have loved the chance to have their work published and recognised. Submitting work to your competitions and the resulting happiness in Edgbarrow students has been a highlight of my teaching career and I am really excited about the possibility of working more closely with Young Writers.

Naomi Groves

School: Mab Lane Primary School
Job Title: Year 6 Class Teacher

Hello, my name is Naomi and I am currently teaching Year 6. I have taught in Key Stage 2 for four years and love my job. My passion for teaching continues to grow as I show children how great reading and writing is. I love entering competitions so my book collection is increasing quickly and the children's writing is often produced in books and around Liverpool.

Anita Auer

School: The Baird Primary Academy
Job Title: Assistant Principal

I am Assistant Principal in a two form entry school set in an area of high deprivation. I have responsibility for EYFS, KS1 and English.

Geraldine Cameron

School: Loreto Grammar School
Job Title: Head of Literacy

I am an English Teacher in a lovely girls school in N.I and our pupils regularly compete in the Young Writer's Competitions and they find them interesting, challenging and fun. There are a wide variety to choose from and they suit a variety of learning styles.

Gemma Carr

School: Bilbrook Middle School
Job Title: English Teacher

I Have taught English in secondary and KS2 for 14 years and I love encouraging a love of reading and writing. My recent students have loved completing poems and stories for the Wonderland and Spooky Saga competitions.

Sean Duffy

School: Clacton County High School
Job Title: Director of Learning

I am an English teacher at Clacton County High School, with the additional role of Directing the Cross-Curricular faculty. We have been running Young Writers' competitions here since I began teaching five years ago and we look forward to continuing this for years to come.

Sara Ann Hope

School: Gallions Mount Primary School
Job Title: Year 4 teacher and Humanities Co-Ordinator

I have been teaching for 4 years across both Primary key stages. I have loved reading from a very young age and I love that teaching allows me to share that love with my students. Before teaching I completed a degree in English Literature and Drama, but I am also passionate about History (I am a geek about the past) so I was ecstatic to take the role of Humanities lead three years ago. I have enjoyed running book clubs in school this year alongside being a judge of the BBC 500 Words competition which has meant I have had the chance to read even more wonderful stories than usual. The best thing about teaching is that every day is a new adventure.

Julie Paul

School: St.Ninian's High School, Kirkintilloch
Job Title: English Teacher

I teach English in a Scottish Secondary school and have classes from S1-S6. (S1 are about 11/12 years old). I cover a wide variety of skills and texts across those six years and try, as often as possible, to make the learning journey a fun experience that is also informative. For example, my S1 class read Coraline and we often have press conference-type hot seating which leads to newspaper reports. In preparation for their Higher exam, my S5 class had a mock trial of Jonathan Small from "The Sign of Four". We had prosecution and defence teams preparing for the trial and barristers to lead the questioning. We are also currently, introducing Talk For Writing to our BGE. I am always looking for new ways of delivering the curriculum, so this might be a great opportunity to discover some new ideas.

Jess Heaton

School: Rudheath Senior Academy
Job Title: Teacher of English

I am currently a Teacher of English at Rudheath Senior Academy. September will be the start of my third year at RSA, therefore third year of being the creative writing lead. Our Creative Writing club have entered many competitions through Young Writers and we even have a display wall dedicated to your competitions! My students have thoroughly enjoyed the resources we have received and thinking about themes and plots that may not usually have been drawn to. I feel like I owe a lot to you and your work so would love to give back where I can!

Anita Ark

School: Eastbury Community School
Job Title: Lead Practitoner/ English Teacher

As a Lead Practitioner I work across the school to support and improve innovative teaching and learning in a large inner London comprehensive school. I am an English specialist and currently teach Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. Working in one of the most economically deprived areas in the country our young leaners often arrive with below average literacy levels. Getting students to write and appreciate storytelling can be a huge challenge. I am consistently engaging with ways to develop my own practice and support this development across the school. I have previously worked as a Head of English and have experience in curriculum design and working with various specifications.

Sue Hemming

School: Castle Academy
Job Title: English Lead and Year 6 teacher

I am a Year 6 and English Lead teacher in a busy inner town school in Northamptonshire. Throughout my role I have the opportunity to work with many fabulous teachers and children that are interested in furthering their English skills and knowledge through author days, promotion of reading and creating a general buzz around writing through stimulating processes. I have a First Class English degree and have been teaching for 10 years and have taught in both KS1 & KS2, with the majority of my time spent in Year 6 where I enjoy seeing children's English knowledge maturing as they approach KS3.

Lara Williams

School: St James' Church of England Junior School
Job Title: Assistant Head Teacher

Hello, my name is Lara Williams and I am the Assistant Head Teacher and Subject Leader for English at St James’ CofE Junior School. I have been teaching for 7 years and have a real passion for making children excited and enthusiastic about their learning. What I love about my job is that I have been able to influence children’s attitudes towards reading and writing, meaning our children now approach these subjects with confidence, creativity and a critical eye. Their enthusiasm now mirrors their confidence, which means there is never a day where I don’t get a request for a new reading or writing competition!

Christine Townsend

School: St Augustine's Junior School
Job Title: Lower School English Co-ordinator

Currently teach Y3 - taught Y2-4 for 7 years and was Literacy Lead; taught secondary English to Y7-11 plus post 16 GCSE resits for 7 years before moving back to primary teaching last year.

Shabana Hussain

School: Various as I do supply
Job Title: English Teacher

I am a qualified secondary school English Teacher. I have been teaching since 2004 and I have a passion for poetry and making writing fun. I LOVE competitions and always make an effort to incorporate some within my teaching to inspire students to write for fun with an added bonus of prizes to win.

Ian Williams

School: St Serf's Primary School
Job Title: Primary Class Teacher

I have been teaching in primary schools across Central Scotland for over 16 years. I spent seven years specialising in Expressive Arts but returned to class teaching in 2014. I currently teach a P7 class (11-12 year olds) and love every bit of my job. While I am trained and experienced in teaching pupils of all ages, my preference is to work with the upper primary years.

Rosie Wybrow

School: The Beacon School
Job Title: Teacher of English and Key Stage 3 Co-ordinator

I have been a Secondary school English teacher for 6 years now after training in Key Stages 2 and 3, and I specialise in making learning accessible for students of all abilities. I especially focus on engaging demotivated or low ability writers with active learning strategies and creative challenges that don't require students to write more, but to improve the quality of their work, think more creatively and take more risks in their writing and express their ideas without fear of getting things 'wrong'.

Marcus Joseph

School: Granby Primary School
Job Title: Reading Coordinator / Peripateteic Music Teacher

Reading Coordinator, music teacher and creative arts mentor in a primary school and I have experience working in secondary schools. Regularly teach spoken word workshops and hold an annual spoken word sharing performance with the students.

Donna Lamb

School: St Luke's Nursery and Preschool
Job Title: Manager

My name is Donna and although I am a qualified Teacher of Music I am now the Manager of St Luke's Nursery and Preschool. This was never my intended career route but I LOVE it and could never imagine doing anything else. As well as managing the nursery I also have a passion for the local youth and I run a youth centre voluntarily in my spare time. I have around 200 children day to day then when I get home I have 2 of my own who I dote upon, they are my world! I love to read, mainly children's books, I have even written my own children's book, all in all I just love being with kids, I guess I just never grew up!

Rachael Redgate

School: Marr College
Job Title: English Teacher

I have been teaching English for four years and run the school's creative writing club, which meets every week. So far pupils have successfully written poems, short stories and flash fiction.

Poppy Ould

School: Longthorpe Primary School
Job Title: Year 6 Teacher

Hi, my name is Poppy Ould and I have been teaching for 4 years in Peterborough. For the last three years I have taught Year 6, but I have been involved with most year groups at some points, as I started out as a Teaching Assistant before completing my PGCE. I really enjoy teaching maths, literacy and PE, as I am also a dance teacher in the evenings. I love reading children's books; The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter and The Hobbit are my favourite!

Kim Granger

School: Heltwate Special School
Job Title: Assistant Head Teacher

Hello, my name is Kim and I'm a Special Educational Needs Teacher at Heltwate Special School in Bretton. I've been teaching for 5 years and currently lead on Literacy across the school, alongside a colleague. I work within Heltwate's Rainbow Rooms provision, which caters for students with ASC. I love reading, grammar, poetry and kitty cats!

Cuedda Proudfoot-Taylor

School: St Ives School
Job Title: Teacher of English

I have been teaching English for 31 years now and have loved every minute! Currently I work as a Teacher of English at St Ives School in West Cornwall. I have taught English and English Literature across all Key Stages and have led and managed an English Department and a Creative Arts Faculty. I am a passionate advocate of the power of creative writing to develop all students’ literacy skills and as a means of developing sound emotional resilience. We take part in most of the ‘Young Writers’ competitions and find them an excellent way for students to try out the writing skills from their lessons in a wider, more objective environment. There is always a palpable thrill running through the school when the names of writers invited to publish are announced and our students really value seeing their achievements immortalised in print. ‘One Day’ I will make enough time to continue writing my own creative stuff, but until that day arrives I shall continue to enjoy empowering others and finding new ways to challenge the comma splice.

Laura Tapper

School: Cromer Junior School
Job Title: Teaching Assistant

I was a teacher in Key Stage 2 for many years and was a senior leader in a complex needs school. I am a published fiction writer and am also studying for an MA in Creative Writing. I now teach and support creative writing across Key Stage 2 and work as a specialist TA in our SRB. Writing is my passion and I am thrilled to be able to share that with the pupils.

Heather Stanton

School: Buxlow Preparatory School
Job Title: Year 4 Teacher

I've been teaching since 2008 and have an undergraduate law degree as well as a Primary PGCE. We regularly enter all the Young Writers competitions for children our pupils' age, as it helps them to engage with the full writing process of planning, drafting, revising and then publishing. The variety of topics is engaging and we find it's helpful to encourage a love of reading as well as writing by exploring similar genres.

Ashley Mackrell

School: Aspire Alternative Provision
Job Title: KS4 English Leader

I work at an Alternative Provision in Buckinghamshire, which has its challenges everyday, but I wouldn't work in any other setting. The students come with their baggage from home, and from mainstream schools, so we spend a lot of time trying to make their school days better to increase their confidence. Our students love the prospect that they can become "published authors," especially when they can do it in 100 words! Our curriculum is always changing, but that's because our students change all the time. I design my English lessons to suit the needs of the students.

Collette Stevenson

School: Denton Community College
Job Title: HLTA

I'm a qualified secondary school teacher and currently teaching literacy intervention to Key Stage 3. I really enjoying teaching English intervention to students that need a boost with their literacy. It's hard work but really rewarding. We often enter writing competitions alongside our curriculum to further support students writing, reading and boost their confidence. I also love reading books with the students and we've corresponded with authors recently, which has been an amazing experience for students. I also oversee the testing of new year 7 students and identifying students that may need further literacy support.

Marieke Stewart

School: Edgbarrow School
Job Title: HAT Coordinator

I am a Secondary School English teacher and have been teaching for 4 years. I am the Highest Ability and Talented (HAT) Coordinator at Edgbarrow School and I focus on providing our students with enrichment opportunities as well as ensuring they are challenged in their lessons across the curriculum. Offering students opportunities to develop a love of learning, inside and outside of the classroom, and to reap the rewards is really important to me; I have coordinated Latin lessons, computing competitions, mathematics competitions and creative writing competitions. I am also the English KS3 Coordinator and work on developing schemes of work and coordinating writing opportunities for students. I have led our involvement in 5 Young Writers competitions and our students have loved the chance to have their work published and recognised. Submitting work to your competitions and the resulting happiness in Edgbarrow students has been a highlight of my teaching career and I am really excited about the possibility of working more closely with Young Writers.

Naomi Groves

School: Mab Lane Primary School
Job Title: Year 6 Class Teacher

Hello, my name is Naomi and I am currently teaching Year 6. I have taught in Key Stage 2 for four years and love my job. My passion for teaching continues to grow as I show children how great reading and writing is. I love entering competitions so my book collection is increasing quickly and the children's writing is often produced in books and around Liverpool.

Anita Auer

School: The Baird Primary Academy
Job Title: Assistant Principal

I am Assistant Principal in a two form entry school set in an area of high deprivation. I have responsibility for EYFS, KS1 and English.

Geraldine Cameron

School: Loreto Grammar School
Job Title: Head of Literacy

I am an English Teacher in a lovely girls school in N.I and our pupils regularly compete in the Young Writer's Competitions and they find them interesting, challenging and fun. There are a wide variety to choose from and they suit a variety of learning styles.

Gemma Carr

School: Bilbrook Middle School
Job Title: English Teacher

I Have taught English in secondary and KS2 for 14 years and I love encouraging a love of reading and writing. My recent students have loved completing poems and stories for the Wonderland and Spooky Saga competitions.

Sean Duffy

School: Clacton County High School
Job Title: Director of Learning

I am an English teacher at Clacton County High School, with the additional role of Directing the Cross-Curricular faculty. We have been running Young Writers' competitions here since I began teaching five years ago and we look forward to continuing this for years to come.

Sara Ann Hope

School: Gallions Mount Primary School
Job Title: Year 4 teacher and Humanities Co-Ordinator

I have been teaching for 4 years across both Primary key stages. I have loved reading from a very young age and I love that teaching allows me to share that love with my students. Before teaching I completed a degree in English Literature and Drama, but I am also passionate about History (I am a geek about the past) so I was ecstatic to take the role of Humanities lead three years ago. I have enjoyed running book clubs in school this year alongside being a judge of the BBC 500 Words competition which has meant I have had the chance to read even more wonderful stories than usual. The best thing about teaching is that every day is a new adventure.

Julie Paul

School: St.Ninian's High School, Kirkintilloch
Job Title: English Teacher

I teach English in a Scottish Secondary school and have classes from S1-S6. (S1 are about 11/12 years old). I cover a wide variety of skills and texts across those six years and try, as often as possible, to make the learning journey a fun experience that is also informative. For example, my S1 class read Coraline and we often have press conference-type hot seating which leads to newspaper reports. In preparation for their Higher exam, my S5 class had a mock trial of Jonathan Small from "The Sign of Four". We had prosecution and defence teams preparing for the trial and barristers to lead the questioning. We are also currently, introducing Talk For Writing to our BGE. I am always looking for new ways of delivering the curriculum, so this might be a great opportunity to discover some new ideas.

Jess Heaton

School: Rudheath Senior Academy
Job Title: Teacher of English

I am currently a Teacher of English at Rudheath Senior Academy. September will be the start of my third year at RSA, therefore third year of being the creative writing lead. Our Creative Writing club have entered many competitions through Young Writers and we even have a display wall dedicated to your competitions! My students have thoroughly enjoyed the resources we have received and thinking about themes and plots that may not usually have been drawn to. I feel like I owe a lot to you and your work so would love to give back where I can!

Anita Ark

School: Eastbury Community School
Job Title: Lead Practitoner/ English Teacher

As a Lead Practitioner I work across the school to support and improve innovative teaching and learning in a large inner London comprehensive school. I am an English specialist and currently teach Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. Working in one of the most economically deprived areas in the country our young leaners often arrive with below average literacy levels. Getting students to write and appreciate storytelling can be a huge challenge. I am consistently engaging with ways to develop my own practice and support this development across the school. I have previously worked as a Head of English and have experience in curriculum design and working with various specifications.

Sue Hemming

School: Castle Academy
Job Title: English Lead and Year 6 teacher

I am a Year 6 and English Lead teacher in a busy inner town school in Northamptonshire. Throughout my role I have the opportunity to work with many fabulous teachers and children that are interested in furthering their English skills and knowledge through author days, promotion of reading and creating a general buzz around writing through stimulating processes. I have a First Class English degree and have been teaching for 10 years and have taught in both KS1 & KS2, with the majority of my time spent in Year 6 where I enjoy seeing children's English knowledge maturing as they approach KS3.

Lara Williams

School: St James' Church of England Junior School
Job Title: Assistant Head Teacher

Hello, my name is Lara Williams and I am the Assistant Head Teacher and Subject Leader for English at St James’ CofE Junior School. I have been teaching for 7 years and have a real passion for making children excited and enthusiastic about their learning. What I love about my job is that I have been able to influence children’s attitudes towards reading and writing, meaning our children now approach these subjects with confidence, creativity and a critical eye. Their enthusiasm now mirrors their confidence, which means there is never a day where I don’t get a request for a new reading or writing competition!

Christine Townsend

School: St Augustine's Junior School
Job Title: Lower School English Co-ordinator

Currently teach Y3 - taught Y2-4 for 7 years and was Literacy Lead; taught secondary English to Y7-11 plus post 16 GCSE resits for 7 years before moving back to primary teaching last year.

Shabana Hussain

School: Various as I do supply
Job Title: English Teacher

I am a qualified secondary school English Teacher. I have been teaching since 2004 and I have a passion for poetry and making writing fun. I LOVE competitions and always make an effort to incorporate some within my teaching to inspire students to write for fun with an added bonus of prizes to win.

Ian Williams

School: St Serf's Primary School
Job Title: Primary Class Teacher

I have been teaching in primary schools across Central Scotland for over 16 years. I spent seven years specialising in Expressive Arts but returned to class teaching in 2014. I currently teach a P7 class (11-12 year olds) and love every bit of my job. While I am trained and experienced in teaching pupils of all ages, my preference is to work with the upper primary years.

Rosie Wybrow

School: The Beacon School
Job Title: Teacher of English and Key Stage 3 Co-ordinator

I have been a Secondary school English teacher for 6 years now after training in Key Stages 2 and 3, and I specialise in making learning accessible for students of all abilities. I especially focus on engaging demotivated or low ability writers with active learning strategies and creative challenges that don't require students to write more, but to improve the quality of their work, think more creatively and take more risks in their writing and express their ideas without fear of getting things 'wrong'.

Marcus Joseph

School: Granby Primary School
Job Title: Reading Coordinator / Peripateteic Music Teacher

Reading Coordinator, music teacher and creative arts mentor in a primary school and I have experience working in secondary schools. Regularly teach spoken word workshops and hold an annual spoken word sharing performance with the students.

Donna Lamb

School: St Luke's Nursery and Preschool
Job Title: Manager

My name is Donna and although I am a qualified Teacher of Music I am now the Manager of St Luke's Nursery and Preschool. This was never my intended career route but I LOVE it and could never imagine doing anything else. As well as managing the nursery I also have a passion for the local youth and I run a youth centre voluntarily in my spare time. I have around 200 children day to day then when I get home I have 2 of my own who I dote upon, they are my world! I love to read, mainly children's books, I have even written my own children's book, all in all I just love being with kids, I guess I just never grew up!

Rachael Redgate

School: Marr College
Job Title: English Teacher

I have been teaching English for four years and run the school's creative writing club, which meets every week. So far pupils have successfully written poems, short stories and flash fiction.

Poppy Ould

School: Longthorpe Primary School
Job Title: Year 6 Teacher

Hi, my name is Poppy Ould and I have been teaching for 4 years in Peterborough. For the last three years I have taught Year 6, but I have been involved with most year groups at some points, as I started out as a Teaching Assistant before completing my PGCE. I really enjoy teaching maths, literacy and PE, as I am also a dance teacher in the evenings. I love reading children's books; The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter and The Hobbit are my favourite!

Kim Granger

School: Heltwate Special School
Job Title: Assistant Head Teacher

Hello, my name is Kim and I'm a Special Educational Needs Teacher at Heltwate Special School in Bretton. I've been teaching for 5 years and currently lead on Literacy across the school, alongside a colleague. I work within Heltwate's Rainbow Rooms provision, which caters for students with ASC. I love reading, grammar, poetry and kitty cats!

Cuedda Proudfoot-Taylor

School: St Ives School
Job Title: Teacher of English

I have been teaching English for 31 years now and have loved every minute! Currently I work as a Teacher of English at St Ives School in West Cornwall. I have taught English and English Literature across all Key Stages and have led and managed an English Department and a Creative Arts Faculty. I am a passionate advocate of the power of creative writing to develop all students’ literacy skills and as a means of developing sound emotional resilience. We take part in most of the ‘Young Writers’ competitions and find them an excellent way for students to try out the writing skills from their lessons in a wider, more objective environment. There is always a palpable thrill running through the school when the names of writers invited to publish are announced and our students really value seeing their achievements immortalised in print. ‘One Day’ I will make enough time to continue writing my own creative stuff, but until that day arrives I shall continue to enjoy empowering others and finding new ways to challenge the comma splice.

Laura Tapper

School: Cromer Junior School
Job Title: Teaching Assistant

I was a teacher in Key Stage 2 for many years and was a senior leader in a complex needs school. I am a published fiction writer and am also studying for an MA in Creative Writing. I now teach and support creative writing across Key Stage 2 and work as a specialist TA in our SRB. Writing is my passion and I am thrilled to be able to share that with the pupils.

Heather Stanton

School: Buxlow Preparatory School
Job Title: Year 4 Teacher

I've been teaching since 2008 and have an undergraduate law degree as well as a Primary PGCE. We regularly enter all the Young Writers competitions for children our pupils' age, as it helps them to engage with the full writing process of planning, drafting, revising and then publishing. The variety of topics is engaging and we find it's helpful to encourage a love of reading as well as writing by exploring similar genres.

Ashley Mackrell

School: Aspire Alternative Provision
Job Title: KS4 English Leader

I work at an Alternative Provision in Buckinghamshire, which has its challenges everyday, but I wouldn't work in any other setting. The students come with their baggage from home, and from mainstream schools, so we spend a lot of time trying to make their school days better to increase their confidence. Our students love the prospect that they can become "published authors," especially when they can do it in 100 words! Our curriculum is always changing, but that's because our students change all the time. I design my English lessons to suit the needs of the students.

Collette Stevenson

School: Denton Community College
Job Title: HLTA

I'm a qualified secondary school teacher and currently teaching literacy intervention to Key Stage 3. I really enjoying teaching English intervention to students that need a boost with their literacy. It's hard work but really rewarding. We often enter writing competitions alongside our curriculum to further support students writing, reading and boost their confidence. I also love reading books with the students and we've corresponded with authors recently, which has been an amazing experience for students. I also oversee the testing of new year 7 students and identifying students that may need further literacy support.

Marieke Stewart

School: Edgbarrow School
Job Title: HAT Coordinator

I am a Secondary School English teacher and have been teaching for 4 years. I am the Highest Ability and Talented (HAT) Coordinator at Edgbarrow School and I focus on providing our students with enrichment opportunities as well as ensuring they are challenged in their lessons across the curriculum. Offering students opportunities to develop a love of learning, inside and outside of the classroom, and to reap the rewards is really important to me; I have coordinated Latin lessons, computing competitions, mathematics competitions and creative writing competitions. I am also the English KS3 Coordinator and work on developing schemes of work and coordinating writing opportunities for students. I have led our involvement in 5 Young Writers competitions and our students have loved the chance to have their work published and recognised. Submitting work to your competitions and the resulting happiness in Edgbarrow students has been a highlight of my teaching career and I am really excited about the possibility of working more closely with Young Writers.

Naomi Groves

School: Mab Lane Primary School
Job Title: Year 6 Class Teacher

Hello, my name is Naomi and I am currently teaching Year 6. I have taught in Key Stage 2 for four years and love my job. My passion for teaching continues to grow as I show children how great reading and writing is. I love entering competitions so my book collection is increasing quickly and the children's writing is often produced in books and around Liverpool.

Anita Auer

School: The Baird Primary Academy
Job Title: Assistant Principal

I am Assistant Principal in a two form entry school set in an area of high deprivation. I have responsibility for EYFS, KS1 and English.

Geraldine Cameron

School: Loreto Grammar School
Job Title: Head of Literacy

I am an English Teacher in a lovely girls school in N.I and our pupils regularly compete in the Young Writer's Competitions and they find them interesting, challenging and fun. There are a wide variety to choose from and they suit a variety of learning styles.

Gemma Carr

School: Bilbrook Middle School
Job Title: English Teacher

I Have taught English in secondary and KS2 for 14 years and I love encouraging a love of reading and writing. My recent students have loved completing poems and stories for the Wonderland and Spooky Saga competitions.

Sean Duffy

School: Clacton County High School
Job Title: Director of Learning

I am an English teacher at Clacton County High School, with the additional role of Directing the Cross-Curricular faculty. We have been running Young Writers' competitions here since I began teaching five years ago and we look forward to continuing this for years to come.

Sara Ann Hope

School: Gallions Mount Primary School
Job Title: Year 4 teacher and Humanities Co-Ordinator

I have been teaching for 4 years across both Primary key stages. I have loved reading from a very young age and I love that teaching allows me to share that love with my students. Before teaching I completed a degree in English Literature and Drama, but I am also passionate about History (I am a geek about the past) so I was ecstatic to take the role of Humanities lead three years ago. I have enjoyed running book clubs in school this year alongside being a judge of the BBC 500 Words competition which has meant I have had the chance to read even more wonderful stories than usual. The best thing about teaching is that every day is a new adventure.

Julie Paul

School: St.Ninian's High School, Kirkintilloch
Job Title: English Teacher

I teach English in a Scottish Secondary school and have classes from S1-S6. (S1 are about 11/12 years old). I cover a wide variety of skills and texts across those six years and try, as often as possible, to make the learning journey a fun experience that is also informative. For example, my S1 class read Coraline and we often have press conference-type hot seating which leads to newspaper reports. In preparation for their Higher exam, my S5 class had a mock trial of Jonathan Small from "The Sign of Four". We had prosecution and defence teams preparing for the trial and barristers to lead the questioning. We are also currently, introducing Talk For Writing to our BGE. I am always looking for new ways of delivering the curriculum, so this might be a great opportunity to discover some new ideas.

Jess Heaton

School: Rudheath Senior Academy
Job Title: Teacher of English

I am currently a Teacher of English at Rudheath Senior Academy. September will be the start of my third year at RSA, therefore third year of being the creative writing lead. Our Creative Writing club have entered many competitions through Young Writers and we even have a display wall dedicated to your competitions! My students have thoroughly enjoyed the resources we have received and thinking about themes and plots that may not usually have been drawn to. I feel like I owe a lot to you and your work so would love to give back where I can!

Anita Ark

School: Eastbury Community School
Job Title: Lead Practitoner/ English Teacher

As a Lead Practitioner I work across the school to support and improve innovative teaching and learning in a large inner London comprehensive school. I am an English specialist and currently teach Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. Working in one of the most economically deprived areas in the country our young leaners often arrive with below average literacy levels. Getting students to write and appreciate storytelling can be a huge challenge. I am consistently engaging with ways to develop my own practice and support this development across the school. I have previously worked as a Head of English and have experience in curriculum design and working with various specifications.

Sue Hemming

School: Castle Academy
Job Title: English Lead and Year 6 teacher

I am a Year 6 and English Lead teacher in a busy inner town school in Northamptonshire. Throughout my role I have the opportunity to work with many fabulous teachers and children that are interested in furthering their English skills and knowledge through author days, promotion of reading and creating a general buzz around writing through stimulating processes. I have a First Class English degree and have been teaching for 10 years and have taught in both KS1 & KS2, with the majority of my time spent in Year 6 where I enjoy seeing children's English knowledge maturing as they approach KS3.

Lara Williams

School: St James' Church of England Junior School
Job Title: Assistant Head Teacher

Hello, my name is Lara Williams and I am the Assistant Head Teacher and Subject Leader for English at St James’ CofE Junior School. I have been teaching for 7 years and have a real passion for making children excited and enthusiastic about their learning. What I love about my job is that I have been able to influence children’s attitudes towards reading and writing, meaning our children now approach these subjects with confidence, creativity and a critical eye. Their enthusiasm now mirrors their confidence, which means there is never a day where I don’t get a request for a new reading or writing competition!

Christine Townsend

School: St Augustine's Junior School
Job Title: Lower School English Co-ordinator

Currently teach Y3 - taught Y2-4 for 7 years and was Literacy Lead; taught secondary English to Y7-11 plus post 16 GCSE resits for 7 years before moving back to primary teaching last year.

Shabana Hussain

School: Various as I do supply
Job Title: English Teacher

I am a qualified secondary school English Teacher. I have been teaching since 2004 and I have a passion for poetry and making writing fun. I LOVE competitions and always make an effort to incorporate some within my teaching to inspire students to write for fun with an added bonus of prizes to win.

Ian Williams

School: St Serf's Primary School
Job Title: Primary Class Teacher

I have been teaching in primary schools across Central Scotland for over 16 years. I spent seven years specialising in Expressive Arts but returned to class teaching in 2014. I currently teach a P7 class (11-12 year olds) and love every bit of my job. While I am trained and experienced in teaching pupils of all ages, my preference is to work with the upper primary years.

Rosie Wybrow

School: The Beacon School
Job Title: Teacher of English and Key Stage 3 Co-ordinator

I have been a Secondary school English teacher for 6 years now after training in Key Stages 2 and 3, and I specialise in making learning accessible for students of all abilities. I especially focus on engaging demotivated or low ability writers with active learning strategies and creative challenges that don't require students to write more, but to improve the quality of their work, think more creatively and take more risks in their writing and express their ideas without fear of getting things 'wrong'.

Marcus Joseph

School: Granby Primary School
Job Title: Reading Coordinator / Peripateteic Music Teacher

Reading Coordinator, music teacher and creative arts mentor in a primary school and I have experience working in secondary schools. Regularly teach spoken word workshops and hold an annual spoken word sharing performance with the students.

Donna Lamb

School: St Luke's Nursery and Preschool
Job Title: Manager

My name is Donna and although I am a qualified Teacher of Music I am now the Manager of St Luke's Nursery and Preschool. This was never my intended career route but I LOVE it and could never imagine doing anything else. As well as managing the nursery I also have a passion for the local youth and I run a youth centre voluntarily in my spare time. I have around 200 children day to day then when I get home I have 2 of my own who I dote upon, they are my world! I love to read, mainly children's books, I have even written my own children's book, all in all I just love being with kids, I guess I just never grew up!

Rachael Redgate

School: Marr College
Job Title: English Teacher

I have been teaching English for four years and run the school's creative writing club, which meets every week. So far pupils have successfully written poems, short stories and flash fiction.

Poppy Ould

School: Longthorpe Primary School
Job Title: Year 6 Teacher

Hi, my name is Poppy Ould and I have been teaching for 4 years in Peterborough. For the last three years I have taught Year 6, but I have been involved with most year groups at some points, as I started out as a Teaching Assistant before completing my PGCE. I really enjoy teaching maths, literacy and PE, as I am also a dance teacher in the evenings. I love reading children's books; The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter and The Hobbit are my favourite!

Kim Granger

School: Heltwate Special School
Job Title: Assistant Head Teacher

Hello, my name is Kim and I'm a Special Educational Needs Teacher at Heltwate Special School in Bretton. I've been teaching for 5 years and currently lead on Literacy across the school, alongside a colleague. I work within Heltwate's Rainbow Rooms provision, which caters for students with ASC. I love reading, grammar, poetry and kitty cats!

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