With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, now is an opportune time to reflect upon the importance of children’s literature in helping children to make sense of abstract concepts, such as the feeling of love: love for their families; love for themselves; love for their friends; and love for their world.
Primary Literacy Consultant and Literacy Team Leader
Jo Gray is a primary school literacy specialist who has experience of working in schools across Greater Manchester and the North West, including schools in Trafford, Warrington, Manchester City Centre, Oldham and Bradford.
Before joining the team at One Education, Jo was Literacy Leader and Deputy Head at a school in Trafford. She facilitated writing moderation meetings and hosted KS1 cluster groups within the local authority. Amongst many projects whilst working in schools, Jo developed and embedded the new primary curriculum and coordinated the whole school outdoor learning development plan. As Deputy Head she was praised by Ofsted for her leadership skills and development of the school improvement plan.
Jo now offers training, support and development to infant, junior and primary schools across the North West on all aspects of the primary English Curriculum. Jo develops bespoke packages for Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two staff, children, parents and other stakeholders. She runs English network meetings, Assessment within the new English curriculum, Literacy through ICT, One Education’s Reading Award along with direct teacher support within the classroom, school audits and bespoke packages to meet your needs.
Jo Gray has written 25 posts
Explore how Guided Reading can work in the early years and the beginning of key stage one to ensure that there is a whole school approach that works on the early building blocks of reading, secures understanding, and ultimately develops a love of reading that will last a lifetime.
I don’t remember learning to read, but I do remember where I read: curled up on the top of the bunk bed that I shared with my little sister; wedged between the large dining room table and the radiator; lying on my front on the lounge floor with the fire blazing...
Reading has been high on the list of priorities for many schools since the New Curriculum in 2014; if it wasn't on your school’s radar in 2014 with the increased curriculum standards, it certainly was after the KS2 SATs reading paper in 2016...
Monday, 8 May, will be the start of SATs week for thousands of 10 and 11 year old children across the country. The Guardian recently reported that a survey by ‘The Key’ of 1200 teachers found that 82% of staff reported an increase in children’s mental health issues around the time of exams.