My name is Lisa Sharman; proud and privileged to be growing curious minds for many years!
Truly Nomadic, I have moved around the globe, enjoying my formative years in Qatar, before settling in the South West of England. I came into teaching whilst raising my own children, gaining my Bachelor's Degree in Humanities before being awarded my PGCE from Bristol University.
I have worked with the most vulnerable children in Bristol and specialise in SEMH and 'reluctant readers'. I have an absolute passion to ignite the love of learning through resilience and self esteem.
I have taught in both special and mainstream settings, primary and secondary all as part of successful Senior Leadership teams and most recently, as a primary Head Teacher.
Unlocking potential and seeing each child progress in their reading journey is a challenge that I am honoured to accept and delight in. I have always believed in creating a community of readers - growing in a positive, fun environment with enjoyment of phonics being central to that growth. Learning to read should be fun, Rocket Phonics understands that more than any other program I have ever known.
Personally, I have been married to a very patient man for over 30 years and together we have two fantastic daughters- and our German Shepherd Bella!
My name is Nicola New and I have been teaching for nearly 20 years. Currently, I am Deputy Head at a small school in an economically deprived area. I have a wealth of experience teaching in both Key Stage One and Two and am currently phonics lead and SENCO. In my role, I have taken part in a number of deep dives and have taken part in training for CLPE who asked me to write a blog for them about my experiences of teaching phonics. I am passionate about phonics and early reading and love sharing my knowledge and skills with others. I am passionate about quality teaching for all with an emphasis on giving the best possible deal to the bottom 20% of readers. We have recently become a Rocket Phonics School and love the text based approach to the programme.
Career: Primary School Deputy, ITT Trainer, LA Consultant, Freelance Consultant
Extensive experience in phonics, both in schools and publishing.
Author ‘Write your own book’ (DK), ‘Spell Check’ (DK) and Reception phonics books (Monster Phonics)
Beverly Sace is a literacy consultant based in Hong Kong. She has been training teachers on phonics, reading, writing and grammar since 2010. Trained as a language teacher for early years with a masters in Teaching English to Young Learners from the University of York, she has delivered synthetic phonics training across Asia and has been described as probably Asia’s best synthetic phonics trainer. In addition to delivering phonics training, she is consulted by international and local schools to design and develop bespoke phonics curricula and materials. Beverly’s practice is based on the Science of Reading and makes use of literacy research to inform her work.
Beverly is the author of Vocabfonix — a practical English language teaching and learning reference that uses synthetic phonics to teach English learners how to read and spell A1-B1 vocabulary, rather than the traditional foreign language learning approaches. She has held Curriculum Director positions in various educational organizations. She is currently training to become an educational psychologist.
Angela provides specialist advice and support for the development of exceptional English curriculum, pedagogy and assessment both in primary and secondary settings. Angela is the KS1/KS2 Moderation Manager for two London local authorities, leads an Open University Teachers’ Reading Group in West London, creates and facilitates training for ITE students (based on the ITT Core Content Framework) and ECTs (based on the Early Career Framework) on behalf of a Berkshire SCITT and has been a research partner for the innovation agency Nesta’s funded project with No More Marking (2020).
Teaching for over 14 years, from Nursery to Y5, has provided Trish with a wealth of experience, commitment and passion, which has enabled her to enhance and promote creative ways to support learning. This has been achieved by creating lessons that are stimulating, fun and memorable. Oozing with energy and love for learning, Trish has lead parent workshops, staff CPD in her school and across her MAC and she is now training and supporting our future teachers.
Grace has been teaching in primary schools for 6 years. Becoming Phonics and Early Reading Leader and Key Stage One Coordinator after her second year in teaching, she quickly developed a true passion for early reading and Systematic Synthetic Phonics. As Phonics and Early Reading Leader, Grace has developed her reputation within the Birmingham local community as a Phonics expert. From this, she has connected with partner schools to deliver high-quality, interactive Phonics and Early Reading training and workshops, to develop Phonics provision within primary schools to support the reading needs of every child.
Recently, Grace has been working cooperatively with a secondary special school, providing effective and reliable support as a dedicated consultant, coaching, supporting and advising to create a customised Phonics programme for children with very specific needs. This is something that Grace is so passionate about; ensuring that every child receives an outstanding reading curriculum.
Accomplishing a Masters in Education degree, Grace’s in-depth research record and experience as a teacher and trainer, allows her to combine her thorough subject-knowledge with understanding the practicalities (and sometimes unpredictability!) of everyday school life, instilling confidence in everyone that she supports.
As a former local authority English advisor and headteacher, Ruth has extensive leadership experience as well as curriculum expertise. She works across the country supporting academy trusts, local authorities, schools and other organisations in improving teaching, strengthening leadership and developing curriculum. Ruth is currently the chair of the National Association of Advisors in English (NAAE) as well as working with organisations such as The National Literacy Trust (NLT) and the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) as an associate consultant/teacher and she is a member of the United Kingdom Literacy Association's (UKLA) Awards and Members Committee. Ruth is passionate about research-informed practice and in supporting teachers to understand how children learn to read and write.
Rob Randel has been a primary teacher for 15 years. Having promoted high quality and evidence-informed early reading instruction for several years, he has a wealth of experience in advising school leaders and teachers about the science of reading, and how they can best evaluate their current provision. Since 2021, he has been a committee member of the Reading Reform Foundation and an advisory group member to the International Foundation of Early Reading Instruction.
Jo Heffer has more than twenty years’ experience as a teacher and education consultant. After successfully leading literacy in primary schools in Walthamstow and St Helens, and being a team leader for the Hounslow Language Service, she became Literacy Consultant for Windsor and Maidenhead. As a consultant, she was fully involved with the implementation of Talk for Writing and was a lead consultant for the Every Child a Writer programme.
In 2012, she became a freelance consultant and since then has run training courses for AQA, OSIRIS, the Primary Writing Project as well as running her own bespoke training for schools across the country. These include training on the teaching of phonics, spelling, grammar, reading, writing and assessment. She offers a wide range of consultancy work for schools as well as working on the School Direct training in Windsor and Maidenhead. She is an accredited FFT Wave 3 trainer.
From September 2021, she will be leading on primary assessment in Ealing Local Authority.
In September 2020, her first book, ‘Grammar First Aid for Primary Teachers’ was published. She has also written a number of online resources for Teachit Primary.