Director of Primary Education, The White Horse Federation – Spring 2019
Having first seen both Lindsay and Christine speak at the NACE conference in 2016,
our subject leads were so inspired that we were really keen to secure their guidance / expertise in MAT wide themes that had arisen.
They worked with us over the course of 4 sessions starting in 2017 and
at all times their advice / resources / responses were rooted in the most up to date research always coupled with practical ideas that teachers could take away and implement immediately but with strategies to implement for longer term, sustainable change back in their settings.
I could wax lyrical about all their training sessions but of particular note was the session on Vocabulary Acquisition which – by outlining a clear strategy- has had a significant impact in all our schools especially those with a higher proportion of EAL students.
In essence, what shines through is their ability to keep what young learners need to make the curriculum meaningful and give teachers the strategies to enable this.
Headteacher at Cleves Junior School, Weybridge- Spring 2019
I have turned to Lindsay and Chris to guide school improvement work and to support staff development time and time again and every time they have delivered. Having led schools that range from outstanding to requiring rapid improvement I can tell you that Chris and Lindsay always have something valuable to offer.
Chris and Lindsay bring a wealth of knowledge and great enthusiasm for literacy. They are almost obsessive in their interest in literacy and determination to share great practice.
Chris and Lindsay bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to schools. They are rigorous when evaluating school practice, identify next steps for improvement but best of all can work alongside staff to bring rapid improvement.
Time and time again staff have described their training sessions and support as inspirational. Chris and Lindsay have a way of getting teachers to reflect on their own practice, feel positive about their teaching but still find ways to improve.
Although we are a high achieving school with results we are proud of, Chris and Lindsay have helped us identify some important next steps and new ways to develop pupils writing further.
LTSA Teaching School LeadNQT/SLE/CPD/ITT Kingston – Spring 2019
Chris and Lindsay have delivered over the last three years and continue to deliver a programme of English CPD for Latchmere Teaching School Alliance.
The evaluations for their courses are overwhelmingly positive with a 100% success rate for impact on teachers’ practice in their own classrooms and on their schools as a whole.
In particular, courses on greater depth writing across KS2 and vocabulary acquisition have been requested with Chris and Lindsay using their expert knowledge to deliver this content effectively.
English Lead, St Mary Magdalene Richmond – Summer 2019
“I’ve had very positive feedback and used your modelling method the very next day with excellent results. Thank you so much for coming and as always, it was brilliant.”
Literacy Coordinator, The Russell School, Richmond – Spring 2018
“The response to your inset was overwhelmingly positive. So many teachers commented on how interesting, relevant and useful the training was.
It is always a good sign when teachers from nursery through to year 6 were able to take something away to use in the classroom, so thank you very much for motivating us.”
Headteacher of Thames Ditton Infant School, The Ember Learning Trust – Spring 2019
Chris and Lindsay have led key professional development INSETs for staff across the Ember Learning Trust, a co-operative trust of 5 and then 6 schools, over the last year.
The first ones focussed on KS2 grammar session and EYFS & KS1 writing which took a broad approach, looking at the key skills and aspects of writing and what contributes to eventual success by age 7. The most recent one focussed on phonic and spelling development from EYFS to year 6.
Chris and Lindsay are expert in their field and inspire through their delivery, engaging and challenging all staff. This has led to strong developments in these areas across the schools as a result.
We would certainly wish to provide further opportunity for our staff to further develop as a result of their training.
Headteacher of Burlington InfantSchool, Kingston – Spring 2019
As an outstanding school, we are always keen to continually develop our practice and offer high quality CPD for our staff.
Chris and Lindsay have been instrumental in ensuring the very best outcomes for our children in Literacy over the years. We learn something new and consolidate best practice with every visit. Their training is always focused, well researched, practical, and inspirational.
I cannot recommend Chris and Lindsay enough.
Headteacher of Thames Ditton Junior School, The Ember Learning Trust- Spring 2019
Christine led a two-hour twilight session on grammar earlier in the year with our group of schools within the Ember Learning Trust – a group of six primary schools in north-east Surrey.
It can be difficult to inspire a group of teachers after a full day’s work, especially on the subject of grammar, but it was very well received by all of those taking part with lots of practical ideas to implement in the classroom. Lindsay led a similar session later in the year focusing on the teaching of spelling, which again enthused our teachers. We will definitely invite them back to work with our staff again.
Headteacher of Burlington Junior School, Kingston – Spring 2019
Lindsay has led reading, spelling and writing training at Burlington Junior School over the years. His training is excellent, staff always look forward to his INSET sessions and enthusiastically implement Lindsay’s ideas once back in the classroom.Lindsay has also supported staff with English planning, the teaching of guided reading and managing independent tasks within those sessions, and carried out a reading audit within the school to assist with our school development plan. His advice and support is highly valued and appreciated and he is already booked to work with Burlington Juniors and other local schools in our cluster next term, which we know will be highly beneficial and developmental for all the staff.
Inspector for Literacy, Kingston-upon-Thames
Senior School Improvement Partner
Testimonial: Lindsay Pickton and Christine Chen – Spring 2019
As line manager and colleague to Lindsay and Christine for most of my twelve years as Inspector for Literacy in Kingston-upon-Thames, I am a strong advocate for their continuing work to raise standards of literacy in our schools.
During more than forty years in education as teacher, headteacher, inspector and advisor I found both Chris and Lindsay were the most able, committed and engaging advisors with whom I had the privilege to work.
Their high expectations were reflected in creative and challenging strategies for engaging the most able. Their use of active, participatory approaches to promote deeper understanding of text, sentence and word level for all pupils is consistently impressive. They recognise the key links between good writing and reading in developing pupils’ formal literacy skills and confidence in speaking.
No less important, the high quality of advice and support Chris and Lindsay give teachers is accessible, motivating and underpinned by sophisticated understanding of the assessment systems pupils and teachers are required to undertake in their day-to-day work.
Chris and Lindsay understand how to build capacity for literacy improvement at both whole school and individual level. Their creative thinking and organizational skills are exceptional and widely acknowledged by teachers and headteachers with whom they have worked over time.