Areas of Specialism in Primary Education:
- Excellence and enjoyment in English KS1 and KS2: planning, teaching and assessment of Reading Comprehension, Writing, Applied Grammar and Spelling
- Growing More Able Learners in English
- More Able Learners and Outstanding Learning
- Curriculum development (whole school, bespoke)
- Curriculum planning and content development
- Questioning and Thinking Skills
- Coaching and mentoring class teachers, phase, subject, middle and senior leaders
- Cross-school project development
- Learning-related research and application
Christine Chen is an experienced English, More Able and Curriculum Development specialist based in Kingston upon Thames. She has supported numerous primary schools, alliances and federations successfully across London, Surrey and Wiltshire.
Christine achieved a First Class degree in English Language and Literature and a PGCE Double Distinction. She is a NACE Associate supporting CPD for More Able Learners, as well as an Associate English Advisor for Babcock International.
As a highly regarded Teaching and Learning advisor for the Royal borough of Kingston, Christine led a More Able Learning network, created a Primary Outstanding Learning network, originated and grew Kingston’s popular Sharing Best Practice networks (Years 1 to 6). She enjoyed coordinating the work of Leading teachers and organised annual curriculum-based conferences.
As Literacy Consultant in Surrey, Christine facilitated effective cluster and cross-phase projects (Oracy, Boys’ Writing and Transition). She successfully project-led Raising the Achievement of Bilingual Learners alongside EMA colleagues.
Complementing her effective schools support, Christine writes for Oxford University Press, Pearson, Harper Collins, Discovery Education and Teach Primary, alongside Lindsay. She has co-authored Pearson’s Grammar and Spelling Bug, several OUP Project X Teaching Handbooks and OUP Guided Reading materials, Years 1-6. She and Lindsay are also series editing for Collins.
Christine has taught in both Kingston-upon-Hull (where she received an Ofsted certificate for excellence in teaching) and Kingston-upon-Thames (as Leading Teacher). She held senior leadership roles in both settings, and has coordinated English and the Creative Arts.
Christine supports whole-school learning reviews. She has very recently moderated Key Stage 1 and 2 and has led on assessment in both phases.