An excellent course, full of ideas and delivered with humour. I don’t think I have enjoyed a course so much.

Caroline Appleby, Yr 6, Haslington Primary 2017

This training is just what we need to bridge gaps in writing, reading and language development

B Simpson, EYFS Lead, F1 Teacher, Sacred Heart Primary 2017

Excellent technical knowledge and a targeted session that once again gets to the heart of the matter and gives practical tips and advice.

Richard Clark, Vice Principal, Year 6, Oakview Academy 2017

Wonderful workshop – ideas can be transferred and adapted into any classroom – they will enhance children’s reading experience immediately

Charlotte O’Brien, English Subject Leader, Yr 6, Orretes Meadow Primary 2017

The most amazing and practical and engaging course I’ve attended in a long time. I have learnt so many new strategies that I can use in my classroom and teach other staff. Thank you.

Angela Jones, English Subject Leader, KS1 Lead, Haslington Primary 2017

Literacy Counts are inspirational and make everything exciting. They have lots of great ideas.

Laura Hulmston, Yr 1, Winnington Park Primary 2017

This course is a must for any Y1 & Y2 teachers. The ideas & resources are fantastic. Thank you once again. I would come to any other courses run by Literacy Counts.

Jo Rookes, Yr 2, Elworth CE Primary 2017

The range of activities was rooted in real classroom practice and research. I will
take away so many great ideas which can be easily implemented, to affect
changes without needing lots of additional resources.

Avril Ritchie, English Subject Leader, KS1 and Foundation Lead, Eastway Primary 2017

The trainer has an excellent understanding of the ideas and activities, coupled with genuine
enthusiasm. The resources were excellent.

Lisa Sheridan, English Subject Leader, Year 2, Cathcart Street Primary 2017

So engaging! Practical materials and advice will actually make my planning easier and much more focused. I have a much clearer view of what is needed to move children on.

Marie Higley, Deputy Headteacher, Farndon Primary 2017

The course was absolutely brilliant – it gave such a great balance to keeping the best of ‘the old’ and managing to change to ‘the new’. The trainer’s lovely tone and humour managed to keep stressful elements rational. Please pass on my sincere thanks – Literacy Counts really helped me find my way through the fog!

Helen Thorpe, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary 2017

Excellent, informative and very supportive towards helping us make informed, accurate judgements.

Neil Muskett, St John’s Catholic Infants 2017

Fantastic! The trainers’ enthusiasm is infectious. Their expertise and ideas for classroom practice make this CPD outstanding.

Deborah Marchant, Headteacher, Eastway Primary 2017

This course clearly showed what we have to do to be effective. I am able to make a clear plan of attack

Joanne Bennett, English Subject Leader, Halebank CE Primary 2017

Fabulous resources! A good chance to discuss ideas/issues with others with helpful ideas for shifts in formality.

Amy Sandles, English Subject Leader, Somerville Primary 2017

Fantastic insight into the roles and responsibilities of the English Subject Leader.
There were super ideas and lots of advice about how to evidence the impact
of the work that I have done.

Ruth Cadwallader, Deputy Headteacher, Tarvin Primary 2017

Accurate updates and subject knowledge – practical and fun.

Kim Cairns, Deputy Headteacher, The Acorns and Whitley Village Primary Schools 2017

Literacy Counts have provided inspirational training and support for our school in all areas of literacy. As an outstanding literacy practitioner, with a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience, he has modelled teaching and learning for staff and provided excellent and innovative CPD. They are extremely approachable and are empathetic to the challenges faced by classroom teachers. Their passion for making literacy exciting and relevant for children and staff of all abilities shines through – highly recommended!

Stephanie Raynor  Headteacher Childer Thornton Primary School September

Gareth was perfectly placed to deliver an intensive training programme for teachers on a new phonics- based reading intervention for children who have the greatest difficulties in learning to read.  Gareth inspired teachers’ interest in assessing and responding to individual children‘s needs by sharing a wealth of examples drawn from his own teaching.  His deep knowledge of literacy and early reading ensured teachers were well-informed about the latest policy and research in the field and his extensive experience in a range of leadership roles enabled him to offer advice about implementation in differing school contexts. His engaging delivery kept everyone actively involved and eager to return to subsequent sessions.

By the end of the 7 days training, teachers felt highly motivated and confident that they could achieve significant change in children’s reading and writing skills and, as the school’s leading teacher for phonics, help colleagues to raise reading and writing standards for all children.

Val Chamberlane Reading Support Lead  &  Nick Dowrick Director of Interventions Edge Hill University October

Gareth Davies is a highly motivated, passionate professional who shows a genuine interest in the development of early language, literacy and communication in children and young people.  His understanding of early language development is exceptional and the impact that this has on a child’s life long journey through into adulthood.  Gareth’s strong belief in recognising that this is an entitlement for all children, shows his determination to ensure pupil outcomes and the narrowing of attainment gaps are underpinned by securing this early development.  On a personal note Gareth is an infectious and highly enthusiastic professional.  His method of delivery is both interactive and informative but guaranteed you will be inspired and motivated to implement what he advocates.

Dave Williams Headteacher Dee Point Primary School, Blacon Chester & Chair of the Blacon Educational Village cluster of schools.