Meet the team

Helen Crowther – Hub Strategic Lead

As Head of The Greetland Academy, I am incredibly proud that the school has been awarded English Hub status. I started my career at a large multicultural school in the centre of Halifax and remained there for 15 years. Two years after qualifying, I became the English Lead and ITT mentor be-fore becoming Assistant Head for Curriculum in 2008. Two years later, I was promoted to Deputy Head and soon after became a Specialist Leader in Education for Teaching and Learning. Over the past few years, I have successfully supported several schools on their journey of improvement alongside delivering training for both teachers and student teachers on behalf of our Teaching School and SCITT. I recently completed an MA in English and was part of our successful application to be a Research School. One of my Favourite children’s books is The Arrival by Shaun Tan.

Adam Harris – Hub Manager

As a teacher and SLE I have spent most of my career in EYFS and KS1 and so have seen first-hand the impact high quality Literacy and Phonics teaching can have on young children. My work delivering training for the EEF Research school’s network has been invaluable in developing an understanding of the research behind effective early Literacy development, as well as what this looks like in the classroom.

Through this work, I have been lucky enough to speak about English and EYFS at conferences for a range of national organisations and Teaching

Sarah Lawrence – Literacy Specialist

I have worked at West Vale Primary School, in Early Years, for the past nine years. I have a passion for English and developing a love of reading with children, this is one of my key priorities. Since joining The Greetland Academy Trust, I have been able to support and develop other teachers and support staff in this area and mentor them in developing their teaching and understanding of Phonics. I have also worked for the past five years as an Early Years Moderator for the Local Authority, validating the accuracy of practitioner assessments in line with the national exemplified standard. I am incredibly proud and excited to be supporting schools as a Literacy Specialist for the English Hub. One of my favourite children’s books is Odd dog Out by Rob Biddulph.

Lizzie Rothery – Literacy Specialist

I have a passion for teaching early reading and have experience of doing so across Early Years and Key Stage One using Letters and Sounds. I have used this SSP programme, alongside research in-formed strategies, to ensure that my phonics teaching continues to be effective and successful. In addition to this, I have recently completed the National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML) with a focus on the precise teaching of vocabulary and I have also been an accredited Key Stage One Moderator in Calderdale for a number of years. One of my favourite books to read to my class is Captain Sparklebeard by Timo-thy Knapman.

Holly Ashton – Literacy Specialist

I completed my four-year teaching degree and qualified as a Primary School Teacher in 2010. During my career, I have acquired a secure knowledge and understanding of children’s development and learning, ranging from Reception to Year 6. I have an infectious passion for teaching all elements of English, especially Reading. I am an experienced leader of English and phonics and have driven improvements in school. Recently I was awarded my National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML), my project focused on improving the teaching and delivery of phonics and spelling across KS1. My favourite children’s book is The Witches by Roald Dahl.

Faye Whatmough – Literacy Specialist

I have been teaching at Raynville for 12 years, with the majority of my experience being in EYFS and KS1. I am currently the EYFS leader and a Reception class teacher. As an avid reader myself, I am keen to develop a love of reading in children and I am yet to meet a child who doesn’t like listening to stories! One of my favourite children’s books is The Amazing Adventures of Chilly Billy by Peter Mayle.

Louise Robertshaw – English Hub Administrator

I am a dedicated and experienced administrator, based at The Greetland Academy English Hub site. I work closely with the English Hub leadership team and local schools. My job role consists of managing events run by the English Hub, ensuring that schools receive regular emails and updates about meetings, training and showcases. My favourite children’s book is Matilda by Roald Dahl.

Lianne De Villers – Literacy Specialist

I qualified a Primary School Teacher in September 2012 and have spent the majority of my teaching career in Early Years and Key Stage One. In 2018 I became a Specialist Leader of Education in Early Years and have coached and mentored staff in various schools. I recently moved to Carlinghow Academy as Assistant Principal and Reception class teacher and I am excited to support the school on its journey of improvement. I have the best job in the world being able to develop children’s love of reading and I love sharing children’s excitement of stories in the classroom. One of my favourite children’s books is The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson.

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