Jane Mellor – Literacy Specialist
I have just completed my 21st year as a primary school teacher and still have the same passion and enthusiasm as I did then – although maybe not as much energy! Most of my experience is teaching Year 6 although I have experience in teaching all year groups. I became a Specialist Leader in Education for English in 2016 and since then have supported schools in developing their English curriculum; basing teaching sequences on evidence-based approaches and raising standards in teaching and attainment. I have worked with SLT, subject leaders and whole staff delivering training and identifying areas for development in English. Before moving local authorities, I was lead KS2 writing moderator for the LA. This experience enables me to support teachers This year, I have delivered training to teachers and student teachers on behalf of the teaching school and the SCITT. I lead the Literacy Leaders Cluster group for Calderdale which enables me to share updated evidence, discuss different approaches to teaching within the cluster and share good practice with other English specialists.
Children are amazing in what they can achieve. Some of the ideas which come from their imagination are mind blowing and I see it as my job to help children to grow and communicate these ideas in the most engaging and interesting way whilst being able to access quality literature which feeds these ideas. One of my favourite books to read with my class is ‘The Nowhere Emporium’ by Ross Mackensie.