Another brilliant day! Very useful resources and the trainer’s knowledge, experience and ideas make the training invaluable.

Rob Golding, Headteacher, Neston Primary – July 2019

Some brilliant new ideas – despite how long I’ve been teaching this!

Deborah Watkin-Smith, English Lead, Hoole CE – July 2019

Absolutely brilliant! Completely engaging with many ideas to take back to my class!

Callum Bowness, Yr 1, Little Sutton – July 2019

Great activities delivered in an understandable and enthusiastic way – left me feeling inspired!

Kelly Bladen, Reading Lead, Boughton Heath – July 2019

Everything inspirational! Loads of ideas to take back to school.

Lyndsey Westron, Phonics and Reading Lead, Witton Church Walk – July 2019

Our Governors visited school on Friday and observed the writing units in action, they were thrilled at the difference and progress that they have made. The children were so enthused about the books they were focusing on!

Clare Higgins Headteacher Holy Cross Primary School – June 2019

The texts used are inviting and work produced by the children as a result of using such high quality texts is fantastic. The step by step planning has helped to build the children’s range of vocabulary, writing and reading skills and confidence.

Neil Verdin, Head Teacher, Pleasant Street Primary SchoolLiverpool – February 2019

I highly recommend Literacy Counts as an excellent provider of professional development to individual schools that are seeking to improve pupils’ phonics, reading and writing skills, and to clusters of schools who benefit from working together on agreed projects. Thank you Gareth for the wonderful impact you have had in our Dingle Granby and Toxteth collaborative.

Maureen Hints – February 2019

A great text and a fabulous unit or work that I’ll definitely be using again! Thank you so much!

Laura Cooke Year 2 Teacher – February 2019

The Read to Write units capture the soul of being an author.

Sue Mills Headteacher – February 2019

I can’t wait to see the whole school scheme. It’s just what we’re looking for!

Leona Lockett. Assistant Head, Beechwood Primary – February 2019

Really excited to teach this unit –given brilliant ideas for foundation subjects as a whole unit. Given advice for SEN children as well.

Lauren Millett, Literacy Lead, Little Bollington CE Primary – February 2019

Opened my eyes on how teaching writing – it needs to be immersive!

Lorraine Cartledge, Assistant Head, Bedford Drive Primary – February 2019

Everyone needs to come on one of these courses! Will be using this book (The River) next term.

Jo Rookes, KS1 Lead, Elworth CE Primary – February 2019

Thank you so much, I have picked up so many great ideas and will be doing them all back at school. I am excited to start!

Heather Darlington, Teacher and SENCO, Woodcocks’ Well CE Primary – February 2019

Amazing, helpful unit of work! Very informative and lots of exciting ideas to take away.

Lauren Wakefield, KS1 Lead, Hartford Manor Primary – February 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed the course today – full of exciting ideas which will enhance my pupils’ vocabulary and writing. Simple ideas with massive impact. Thank you so much. It is so useful to hear the impact it has had on an actual Y6 cohort.

Sophie Hancock, Yr 6, Eastway Primary – February 2019

A brilliant day, I am really inspired and can’t wait to use the unit and book in class.

Emma Keogh, Assistant Head, Pleasant Street Primary – February 2019

Literacy Counts are engaging, inspiring and add humour to the day.

Becky Sidebottom, SLT, Yr6, Cranberry Academy – February 2019

A rich variety of resources to a text that I can’t wait to read! Warm, personal and engaging presentation style.

Rachel McAlonan, English Lead, Nether Alderley Primary – February 2019

Brilliant – can’t wait to teach it!

Georgina Dalby, KS1 Lead, English Lead, Eastway Primary – February 2019

Really motivational, thanks. Great to have time to think and talk through ideas and possibilities with colleagues supported by Literacy Counts’ expertise.

Elinor Park, F2 teacher, Sacred Heart Primary – February 2019

Literacy Counts are very inspirational. I have learnt so much from them. Really enjoyable course.

Laura McGilloway, F2 teacher, Sacred Heart – February 2019

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

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 – 2017

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 – 2017

Another brilliant day! Very useful resources and the trainer’s knowledge, experience and ideas make the training invaluable.

Rob Golding, Headteacher, Neston Primary – July 2019

Some brilliant new ideas – despite how long I’ve been teaching this!

Deborah Watkin-Smith, English Lead, Hoole CE – July 2019

Absolutely brilliant! Completely engaging with many ideas to take back to my class!

Callum Bowness, Yr 1, Little Sutton – July 2019

Great activities delivered in an understandable and enthusiastic way – left me feeling inspired!

Kelly Bladen, Reading Lead, Boughton Heath – July 2019

Everything inspirational! Loads of ideas to take back to school.

Lyndsey Westron, Phonics and Reading Lead, Witton Church Walk – July 2019

Our Governors visited school on Friday and observed the writing units in action, they were thrilled at the difference and progress that they have made. The children were so enthused about the books they were focusing on!

Clare Higgins Headteacher Holy Cross Primary School – June 2019

The texts used are inviting and work produced by the children as a result of using such high quality texts is fantastic. The step by step planning has helped to build the children’s range of vocabulary, writing and reading skills and confidence.

Neil Verdin, Head Teacher, Pleasant Street Primary SchoolLiverpool – February 2019

I highly recommend Literacy Counts as an excellent provider of professional development to individual schools that are seeking to improve pupils’ phonics, reading and writing skills, and to clusters of schools who benefit from working together on agreed projects. Thank you Gareth for the wonderful impact you have had in our Dingle Granby and Toxteth collaborative.

Maureen Hints – February 2019

A great text and a fabulous unit or work that I’ll definitely be using again! Thank you so much!

Laura Cooke Year 2 Teacher – February 2019

The Read to Write units capture the soul of being an author.

Sue Mills Headteacher – February 2019

I can’t wait to see the whole school scheme. It’s just what we’re looking for!

Leona Lockett. Assistant Head, Beechwood Primary – February 2019

Really excited to teach this unit –given brilliant ideas for foundation subjects as a whole unit. Given advice for SEN children as well.

Lauren Millett, Literacy Lead, Little Bollington CE Primary – February 2019

Opened my eyes on how teaching writing – it needs to be immersive!

Lorraine Cartledge, Assistant Head, Bedford Drive Primary – February 2019

Everyone needs to come on one of these courses! Will be using this book (The River) next term.

Jo Rookes, KS1 Lead, Elworth CE Primary – February 2019

Thank you so much, I have picked up so many great ideas and will be doing them all back at school. I am excited to start!

Heather Darlington, Teacher and SENCO, Woodcocks’ Well CE Primary – February 2019

Amazing, helpful unit of work! Very informative and lots of exciting ideas to take away.

Lauren Wakefield, KS1 Lead, Hartford Manor Primary – February 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed the course today – full of exciting ideas which will enhance my pupils’ vocabulary and writing. Simple ideas with massive impact. Thank you so much. It is so useful to hear the impact it has had on an actual Y6 cohort.

Sophie Hancock, Yr 6, Eastway Primary – February 2019

A brilliant day, I am really inspired and can’t wait to use the unit and book in class.

Emma Keogh, Assistant Head, Pleasant Street Primary – February 2019

Literacy Counts are engaging, inspiring and add humour to the day.

Becky Sidebottom, SLT, Yr6, Cranberry Academy – February 2019

A rich variety of resources to a text that I can’t wait to read! Warm, personal and engaging presentation style.

Rachel McAlonan, English Lead, Nether Alderley Primary – February 2019

Brilliant – can’t wait to teach it!

Georgina Dalby, KS1 Lead, English Lead, Eastway Primary – February 2019

Really motivational, thanks. Great to have time to think and talk through ideas and possibilities with colleagues supported by Literacy Counts’ expertise.

Elinor Park, F2 teacher, Sacred Heart Primary – February 2019

Literacy Counts are very inspirational. I have learnt so much from them. Really enjoyable course.

Laura McGilloway, F2 teacher, Sacred Heart – February 2019

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

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 – 2017

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 – 2017