We pride ourselves on delivering high quality CPD and school support that has real impact for pupils. Here's what people say about our work...
Susie Spolander – English Consultant
"I have worked with Susie over many years. When I needed some staff training on key priorities, I asked Susie to support. Her knowledge of current developments were particularly useful, both supporting staff and challenging their thinking. The focus on grammar and whole class guided reading has certainly supported the staff in improving attainment for children. Our KS2 results clearly show the impact of the support."
Bryn Gibson, Headteacher, Harwell Primary School
"I have tried your method for writing for the first time over the last couple of weeks and I am overwhelmed by how well it has turned out. I am excited about feeding back to school and sharing the experience so that they can also move forward. I just wanted to say a massive thank you for your guidance and support. "
Louisa Colquhoun, Bure Park Primary School, Bicester
"The teachers across the school are now much more confident at teaching reading and lessons observed have been much stronger and really focused on delivering key reading skills. We feel that the work with Susie has strengthened the teaching of reading across the school."
Lisa Benniston, Hardwick School, Banbury
"As a group, the Didcot Area Partnership of Schools value the professional development of our staff to enable learners to grow and succeed. Susie has supported this across the year, both responding to schools' individual needs and partnership-wide issues, including supporting writing moderation. Staff have appreciated the level of support and expertise on offer. Due to the success of this professional development, we will be continuing this support in the coming year."
Bryn Gibson, Headteacher, Harwell Primary School (Didcot Area Partnership of Schools)
"Thank you so much Susie for yet another brilliant inset which, as always, gave me loads of confidence and ideas."
Zoe Duff, Burford Primary School
Feedback for the Developing English: Bringing it all together project
“The project has introduced lots of new activities and ways of teaching and planning that could be used across the school. Learning journey planning allowed children to become more independent learners and have more enthusiasm for tasks as they could see a reason for each step and how it would impact their final product. Thank you for putting together such a comprehensive course which had multiple activities which could be used with a variety of children and teachers.”
“We really appreciated the fact that our needs were pulled together at the start of the sessions which then guided the rest of the sessions. We felt that our needs were fully addressed with practical and applicable ideas to use in class – BIG IMPACT!”
“A really worthwhile sequence of sessions that
have helped me hugely to improve my own and my school’s practice.”
Virginia O'Connell, Hillview Primary School, Banbury
“Thank you so much for the course, I really enjoyed how collaborative and focused on current issues it was.”
Nicola Townsend, South Stoke Primary School
“The project has helped me re-evaluate my teaching across the English curriculum. It has given me lots of practical ideas and activities to use in the classroom. It has shown how to link all aspects of English together purposefully and has improved my subject knowledge.”
Dominic Evans, Long Wittenham Primary School
“Inspirational! Thank you.”
Kim Merrison, Charlton Primary School
"We have enjoyed working with Susie on the GPS project. The course materials have been inspiring and have helped to kick-start a more creative and fun way to teach GPS."
English Subject Leader, Southwold Primary School, Bicester