If you are looking for tailored CPD or expert consultancy in any area of English teaching, you have come to the right place.

Whether your requirements are related to primary, secondary or post-16, the National Association for the Teaching of English can provide one of the country’s leading practitioners to come and help you.  We cover all aspects of the curriculum.

See below for a sample of the professional expertise we can offer.  The list below is not exhaustive, either in terms of consultants or areas of expertise.  All practitioners have been validated by NATE and all are members of the Association.

Click on an individual’s name to access more information about their professional background and learn more about their specialist interests.

If you would like to book a consultant for any reason or simply discuss your individual training needs, please contact Paul Clayton on 0114 2823545 or at,uk 

Caroline Bentley-Davies

Currently an English adviser, Caroline is a former Head of English who has written and presented a wide range of English courses across the UK.

Caroline is an experienced examiner at GCSE and teaches occasional lessons to demonstrate good practice.

She has undertaken research on boys’ achievement and has led a wide variety of projects in her authority including gifted and talented, Assessment for Learning and teaching Shakespeare at Key Stage 3.

Moyra Beverton

Moyra Beverton has over 25 years’ experience of teaching English, coaching and mentoring teachers in English & English literature, improving leadership & management and embedding literacy across the curriculum in a variety of schools and authorities. She is an active member of NATE, NATE Council & NATE Post-16 committee.

Julie Blake

Julie Blake, author of the best selling teacher’s handbook, ‘The Full English’, has twenty years’ experience in a variety of educational roles and contexts including English teacher, Gifted and Talented course leader, teacher educator and consultant on a variety of projects to re-resource English for the digital age. This work has included projects with the British Library, Teachit, Oxford English Dictionary and BT (All Talk). She is currently Education Director of the Poetry Archive and co-founder, with Andrew Motion, of Poetry By Heart, the schools’ poetry recitation contest. She is also undertaking doctoral research on poetry education at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.

Jane Bluett

Jane is currently a teacher of A level English Language and English Literature.  She has worked in sixth form colleges for 15 years, teaching all three strands of A Level English, has been Head of English and held senior management positions as well as having cross curricular responsibility for Enrichment.

Jane has an MA in Creative Writing and is currently working towards a PhD. She is a member of the Association’s Post-16 and Management committees. Jane is also a prominent member of the National Association of Writers in Education.

An AQA examiner/moderator for A Level Language and Language and Literature for 12 years, Jane is co-author of Key Skills in A Level English and series editor for Living Language (3rd Edition).

Adrian Bower

Adrian Bower has taught English at key stages 4 and 5 for 18 years. He has previously worked as a literacy co-ordinator, a head of English and an assistant vice-principal with responsibility for the core subjects, humanities and MFL. Currently he works as a freelance consultant and education provider. He also works as an examiner for AQA and WJEC; and is a member of the National Literacy Trust.

Adrian’s key areas of expertise relate to running a successful subject area/English department, in particular:

  • implementing strategies for raising attainment;
  • curriculum planning and development;
  • and creating a sustainable improvement plan.

Gareth Calway

Gareth worked for 27 years in secondary schools, teaching English across the 11-18 age range.  A former Head of English, Media, Drama and Expressive Arts, Gareth is also an established, published writer of poetry, drama and prose.  He has performed his work in many settings, including NATE’s national conference and the Edinburgh Festival.

An A level Literature examiner for WJEC and AQA, Gareth is also the author of Perspectives on Linguistic and Literary Theory and KS3 resources for part of OUP’s Rollercoasters series.

Gareth is the official poet of Bristol City Football Club.

Mick Connell

Mick is currently a tutor on Sheffield University’s PGCE programme and is a former School Effectiveness Adviser for English and the Arts.  He has 13 years experience as an English and Drama teacher and HoD in secondary schools and a further 17 years experience as and English/Drama adviser.

Mick was a member of the OFSTED team for eight years and has experience as a School Improvement Partner.

QCA used Mick as an external assessor and principal scrutineer for English for more than a decade and he is also a learning adviser to the Royal Shakespeare Company.

A leading NATE member, Mick serves on the Association’s Management and Drama committees.

James Durran

James Durran is an Advanced Skills Teacher at the Parkside Federation Academies in Cambridge, where he was previously Head of English, Media and Drama. He is also a Teacher-Consultant for the Digital Arts Research in Education collaboration between the Institute of Education (London University) and the British Film Institute, for whom he also tutors on MA courses.

An experienced trainer, James has delivered seminars, lectures and training across the country and abroad on innovative approaches to the teaching of English, media and literacy, and has published a number of books for teachers and students, including (with Andrew Burn) Media Literacy in Schools, and (with Jim Stewart) the Student Handbook for English.

David Gibbons

David Gibbons is Headteacher of a primary school in Lincolnshire and has been a Headteacher of  a number of primary and junior schools since 1998. He is currently Vice-Chair of NATE’s Primary Committee.  He has worked with a range of primary schools on a consultancy basis to share best practice paricularly in literacy and to affirm all that is good in primary education.  He has a particular interest in the place of English and literacy in the primary curriculum.  He also has a very active interest in words, music and ICT both inside and outside school settings.

Marcello Giovanelli

Marcello Giovanelli is a Lecturer in English in Education at the University of Nottingham. He has previously worked in secondary schools as a head of English, an assistant headteacher and a deputy headteacher, and has taught English language and linguistics in higher education (University of Nottingham and Middlesex University). He has extensive experience of A level examinations and is currently an assistant principal moderator, advisor and senior examiner for English Language, and a specification advisor and moderator for English Literature at a leading awarding body. He is regularly asked to run workshops on A level English Language teaching across the country, and is a frequent presenter at national conferences to both student and teacher audiences. He has published both in academic journals and in publications for A level students and is the co-author of two A level English Language textbooks. His recent academic publications include Text World Theory and Keats’ Poetry (Bloomsbury, 2013) and Teaching Grammar, Structure and Meaning: Theory and Practice for Post 16 English Language Teachers (Routledge, 2014).

Janet Gough

After a successful career in industry, Janet has taught for 14 years in primary schools. She is currently Literacy Subject leader (and ICT subject leader) in her own school and a Leading Literacy Teacher for the Local Authority (Lancashire). Janet has been seconded as a Literacy Consultant for Lancashire, regularly publishes work on the Teacher-of-Literacy and the Teacher-of-English websites and marks the KS2 SPaG SAT. Janet has delivered workshops for NATE and lectures occasionally at the University of Cumbria. She has extensive experience in teaching mixed-age classes, in particular stretching higher achievers, and has achieved excellent end of Key Stage results year on year.

Andrew Green

Andrew Green has taught English within a range of 11-18 schools. He now teaches professional English at postgraduate level. He has published on a range of Advanced level texts from Shakespeare to Pat Barker and is particularly interested in post-16 English teaching. He has published AS/A2 teaching resources on Gothic Literature, the poetry of William Blake and Philip Larkin, as well as books on Frankenstein, Wuthering Heights, High Windows, The Whitsun Weddings and William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience. He is also the author of the following Higher Education Academy publications: Four Perspectives on Transition: English Literature from Sixth Form to University, Teaching the Teachers: Higher Education and Teachers’ Continuing Professional Development and Working with Secondary Schools: a guide for Higher Education. His latest books are Starting and English Literature Degree (Palgrave Macmillan 2009), Transition and Acculturation (Lambert, 2010), Becoming a Reflective English Teacher (Open University Press 2011) and A Practical Guide to Teaching English in the Secondary School (Routledge 2012). He is the author of one novel, The Dickens House (Createspace Books 2012). He is co-author, with Gary Snapper and Carol Atherton of Teaching English Literature 16-19 (Routldege).

John Hodgson

NATE is very fortunate to have John as both our Research Officer and Chair of our Post-16 committee.

A recently retired university lecturer, John has led English departments in large schools.

As well as holding an MEd, John recently completed his PhD which was a longitudinal study of the literacy practices of school students approaching university.

John has contributed to a number of magazines and journals on a variety of aspects of English and cultural studies and is an A level adviser and moderator for AQA.

Martin Illingworth

Martin Illingworth is Senior Lecturer in English Education at Sheffield Hallam University, having worked previously on the PGCE course at The University of Nottingham. He was Head of English and Director of the Languages Faculty in a large Secondary school in Derby for fifteen years.

Martin is an English specialist with twenty-two years of teaching experience. He has conducted research in Toronto, Canada (2011) into teacher training abroad. He collated his findings into a short book Education in the age of the information super highway.  Martin has also worked with schools and universities throughout the UK including recent appearances at the universities of Nottingham and Worcester, The Harris Academy in South London and at The National Grammar Conference in Oxford (with David Crystal and Ronald Carter).

Martin is co-author (with Nick Hall) of a book of ideas for teachers who wish to begin teaching A level Language, 16-19: Teaching A level English Language published by Routledge Books (2012).

Helen Lapping

Helen is an English teacher, former Head of English and now English Adviser who has taught, developed and advised on English, English Literature, English Language and Literacy across the curriculum from KS3 to KS5. Her areas of expertise and interest are in coaching English teachers towards ‘outstanding’ practice, effective assessment for learning in English, promoting dialogic, independent and creative teaching/learning in English, the teaching of reading,(including Shakespeare) progress and engagement of gifted and talented pupils in English, teaching creative writing and raising attainment and engagement in GCSE English.

Helen Lines

Helen worked for 22 years in secondary schools, teaching English and media across the 11-18 age range and managing a large department. She spent six years as a Secondary National Strategy English consultant for Devon, supporting developments in curriculum design, formative assessment, and literacy across the curriculum. During that time, she established training programmes for teaching assistants and initiated a number of action research projects in schools. She contributed to national training materials on Improving Writing and Teaching Speaking and Listening and resources for Key Stage 3 published by Heinemann and Longman.

As a part-time member of staff at the Graduate School of Education, Helen has taught on PGCE courses and mentored students on school placements.

Bethan Marshall

Bethan worked as an English teacher in London for nine years before taking up her post at King’s College. Currently a senior lecturer in education, she specialises in issues relating to the teaching of English and assessment.

She was part of the King’s Medway Formative Assessment Project team and, for two years, the director at King’s of the Learning How to Learn project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

She has written extensively on the subject of English and assessment including her book English Teachers: An unofficial Guide and as a co-author of Assessment for Learning: Putting it into practice.

She was the Chair of the Liberal Democrat commission into primary education.

Trevor Millum

Trevor is a widely published writer of poetry and short stories for younger readers.

He is also a nationally-renowned trainer specializing in ICT within English.

Trevor, who holds a doctorate in English, taught in five secondary schools (and was Head of English in three) in the UK and abroad before becoming an advisory teacher for English and ICT for Humberside LEA.

He worked as NATE’s Director of Development and Communications for five years and remains a member of NATE’s ICT committee.

Trevor has written lots of curriculum materials for many publishers, including NATE.

Tom Rank

Tom is an experienced secondary school teacher, former Head of Department and member of senior management. Having left teaching to edit a website for English teachers he is now an independent consultant. Currently Chair of the NATE ICT Committee, Tom writes a regular column for NATE’s Teaching English magazine and edits NATE’s monthly email newsletters.

Tom is a senior A Level examiner and was for ten years Principal Moderator for the largest A Level English Literature specification.

Tom’s most recent publication, written with Trevor Millum and Chris Warren, is Teaching English Using ICT (Continuum, 2011). His other writing includes volumes on The School for Scandal and Poetry of the First World War for York Notes Advanced series.

Michael Rosen

Michael should need no introduction to those who work in English education.

Michael says, “Because of the work I’ve done with children, teachers and teacher trainers, I can offer a variety of sessions in schools, professional development centres, INSET days and on courses both for children and teachers.

“Then, because of my work writing books for children and adults, I’m happy to be talk more personally about why I write, how I write, why I’ve written what I write, the writing and drafting process, making books and so on.

“As I also spend a great deal of time making radio programmes about language and literature, I’d be happy to contribute something in this area too.”

Michael has undertaken literally hundreds (perhaps thousands) of school visits and contributed to hundreds of workshops, especially on creative writing and creative reading.

Jan Sargeant

Jan is a highly experienced secondary English teacher and former Head of Faculty, who, until September 2012, was a senior LA adviser in North Yorkshire.  Jan is now working on a research project based at Sheffield Hallam University, as an external mentor to support newly and recently qualified secondary English teachers in schools.

Jan has extensive experience of offering support, advice and training in schools and colleges to teachers and senior leaders. She has published work around gender and education, developing classroom talk and embedding effective assessment to support learning in the classroom. Jan has provided workshops for the British Film Institute at their national conferences on media education, and has a Masters Diploma in Media Education. She is also very experienced in developing approaches to embedding literacy across the school, both as a teacher and as an adviser, and has a particular interest in supporting secondary schools to become “literacy rich”.

Stuart Scott

Stuart is London and Herts Regional Coordinator for NATE and on the LATE committee. After teaching in university in Europe and the USA, Stuart worked in London as an English and EAL teacher, advisory teacher, teachers’ centre manager, head and deputy head in schools for twenty years.

He has been an Ofsted inspector for English and EAL. He has taught Language and Reading development for the Open University.

He persuaded the ILEA to establish the Collaborative Learning Project ( in 1983, and ensured its survival when London education was broken up.  Collaborative Learning has now been identified as a very effective intervention for raising achievement by the Education Endowment Foundation.

He was involved in the development of the NFER Partnership Teaching Project, and subsequently disseminated it nationally for the Department of Education. Stuart helped found the Intercultural Education Partnership, which supported the sharing of good practice and research across the European community.

Tim Shortis

Tim Shortis is a consultant and Visiting Research Associate at the School of Education and Professional Studies at Kings College, London. Tim is a former Chief Examiner of AQA B English Language A level. He was previously a Research Fellow at the University of Bristol and is a member of the Committee for Linguistics in Education. Tim’s current projects include developmental work for the British Library and a PhD at London’s Institute of Education.

Gary Snapper

Gary is co-author of ‘Teaching English Literature 16-19’ (Routledge, 2013), and  an experienced teacher of both A Level and International Baccalaureate English, as well as 11-16 English. He is editor of NATE’s magazine ‘Teaching English’, and has been a member of NATE’s Post-16 Committee for many years.
Gary works regularly with English PGCE students and teachers, offering CPD workshops on a range of aspects of teaching literature.   He has also worked with exam boards, university English departments and government agencies.

Following fifteen years as an English teacher, the latter seven as Head of English in an 11-18 comprehensive with an international sixth form, Gary completed a PhD in the transition between A Level English and university English. Among his interests are the philosophy and practice of literature teaching and the ways in which different attitudes to literature and the teaching of literature are embodied in the curriculum and put into practice in the classroom, especially at the Post-16 level.

Raymond Soltysek

Raymond has spent the last nine years lecturing in Initial Teacher Education at the University of Strathclyde and before that spent 18 years in secondary teaching as a teacher, Principal Teacher of English and Assistant Head Teacher.

Holding both an MA and an MEd, Raymond is a widely published writer.  Short listed for the Saltire First Book Award, the film of Raymond’s first screenplay won two BAFTA New Talent awards, including Best TV Drama.  He has worked extensively with BBC Education, including scripting TV programmes for 16+ literature study and was the winner of  2006 Robert Louis Stevenson award.

Raymond is a trained Assertive Discipline leader, helping local authorities and school clusters from Shetland to Leeds develop behaviour management strategies.   He also coordinates an elective in Behaviour Management for the PGDE (Sec) course. Raymond delivers in-service training in creative writing development, responding to literature, mentoring and interpersonal skills.

A member of NATE’s ITE committee, Raymond is active in research into NEET provision, student teacher placement, probationer teacher development and CPD for teachers.

David Stevens

David is Course Director of the PGCE (Secondary) course at Durham University, and is also responsible as subject tutor for the secondary English course. Before joining the university in 1996, David taught English in four secondary comprehensive schools, in two as Head of English.

His research and teaching interests centre on the developing nature of English as taught and learned in schools. In this respect, he is interested in working towards a synthesis of different – sometimes apparently opposing – views of English, focusing on its radical Romantic roots and the implications of such a conception for the contemporary world.

A member of the Intercultural Research Group at the School of Education, David is concerned to promote a broad vision of English as an arts subject in an intercultural context.

David is Chair of NATE’s Committee for Initial Teacher Education and is increasingly active in its promotion of this sector’s interests, most recently as a member of the Steering Group of the Subject Resource Network for English (

David is also external examiner for the PGCE Secondary English course at Sheffield Hallam University.

Peter Thomas

From 1995 to 2008, Peter Thomas was a Lecturer in Education in the Institute for Learning at Hull University. Previously, he taught English in comprehensive schools in Leicester, Wiltshire, Somerset and Oxfordshire, where he was also an Advisory Teacher. At various times he has worked in local radio, adult education and the prison education service before his main involvement in curriculum and assessment as a Principal Examiner for and Assistant Principal Moderator for GCSE.

He has written for the national press and educational journals on various aspects of curriculum, assessment, gender and classroom practice. Publications include editions of Dickens novels, various GCSE support materials and Shakespeariences (NATE) and Shakespeare Page and Stage (Longman). He has long been a believer in active practical work with Shakespeare’s playscripts and is currently promoting this approach to GCSE Shakespeare coursework as part of Devon Curriculum Service’s Inset programme. NATE published his latest book, The Complete Shakespearience, in 2010.

Peter provides courses for students, teachers, schools and LA advisory services on practical Shakespeare, developing writing, raising performance at GCSE, as well and providing challenge for the Gifted and Talented. He has been an Associate Fellow of NAGTY, researching good practice in teaching the more able.

Caroline Woolfe

Until September 2013 Caroline was Deputy Headteacher of an outstanding 11-18 comprehensive school in the North of England where she taught English to students up to GCSE and A level.

An English specialist, she has undertaken post- graduate research into the teaching of literacy in schools. She has considerable experience of developing the curriculum and approaches to Teaching and Learning to secure students’ progress and engagement. A particular interest is in the promotion of young people’s independent reading through a commitment to whole school literacy. She has worked as an examiner and moderator for GCSE, and published a study guide for a GCSE Literature set text in the York Notes series.

Caroline has devised  and led training programmes  in recent years for teachers and middle leaders in the Greater Manchester area, and has been closely involved with recent developments in ITE to support and train new teachers in schools. She is very experienced at working with heads of department to improve curriculum quality and outcomes for students.