Who are we?
Primary English is an education consultancy dedicated to raising standards in literacy. Run by experienced education consultants, Rachel Clarke and Charlotte Reed, the consultancy specialises in working with teachers and school leaders in the public and private sectors. Primary English provides high quality CPD for individuals; within organisations and networks; and conference settings. Through mentoring, coaching and facilitation, our consultants support school capacity building: improving outcomes for children.
Primary English grew from the Coventry Primary English team which in addition to Rachel and Charlotte was staffed by Julia Etheridge and Jo Upton. As gratitude to their work and efforts over the years Julia’s and Jo’s blog posts can still be found on this blog.
After working together for five years as Local Authority education consultants, Rachel Clarke and Charlotte Reed established the Primary English Education Consultancy. Built on a passion for lifelong learning the consultancy asserts a belief that everyday is a learning day for all. Primary Education is a contemporary consultancy which utilises Web 2.0 and social media in order to learn, share and build a professional community of learners.
Rachel has worked in primary schools since 1995 as a class teacher, SENCO, Deputy Headteacher and English consultant. She has a passion for collaborative approaches to education and is an advocate for lifelong learning. Rachel’s MEd included a research project on the use of Virtual Learning Environments for collaborative CPD for which she was awarded a distinction. She holds the TTA SENCO standards, has completed Ofsted Inspection Skills training from TRIBAL and is a member of the UKLA National Council as a representative for the West Midlands region. Rachel is a motivational trainer who facilitates the improved understanding, knowledge and skills of others.
Charlotte has worked in primary schools since 1996 as a class teacher, art specialist, and English subject leader in a Beacon School for Writing before moving into working as an English consultant. Charlotte is passionate about bringing learning alive through the use of visual stimulus particularly high quality texts. To this end she is one of the committee members of the successful Literally Coventry Book Festival and it’s flagship ‘The Inspiration Book Awards’. Charlotte has completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Reading Development which accredits her specialism in the teaching of early reading. She has completed Ofsted Inspection Skills training from TRIBAL and is a member of the UKLA National Council as a representative for the West Midlands region. Charlotte is an emotionally intelligent trainer who interacts smoothly building relationships which enhance her training.