An English teacher, senior leader and advisor, Helen has led English, literacy and drama provision for over 20 years. In her advisory roles, she has worked intensively across a diverse range of academy trusts – including the UK’s largest. Her work benefits from time spent as an Ofsted Inspector, acting head in an all-through SEMH setting, author and examiner. To date, Helen has worked with over three hundred school leadership teams across the UK to improve focus on vocabulary, literacy, and English.
Attended by over 5,500 teachers, she has recently presented six vocabulary-focussed webinars for Oxford University Press and ASCL. Helen is the author of three vocabulary books, and her latest, Get it right: boost your vocabulary, is published by OUP in February 2021. Fuelled by her passion to address the word gap, Helen has also recently designed an app to secure rapid vocabulary acquisition ChatterStars.
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