Inset and In-Service Training
Reflective Reading In-Person Inset Training (In-Service Day) Face-to-face training is available for Reflective Reading with Helen MacKinven. Please get in touch to check availability and reserve your preferred date.
Phonics Forever DIY Inset Day (available now in the shop!) Access everything you need to run your own in-service training day or twilight sessions with our fully featured course platform. Join Anne for the full Phonics Forever training via pre-recorded videos. Individual schools can purchase a whole-school site licence with lifetime access and full email support. Bespoke support and live consultancy calls on Teams can also be arranged (at extra cost).
The Story Kitchen DIY Inset Day (available May 2024) Please get in touch to register your interest.
All training includes:
- the research and evidence to encourage teachers to reflect on their classroom practice and pedagogy
- practical ideas, activities and resources that teachers can implement immediately
- the inspiration to change practice and maximise impact to improve motivation and achievement for all
With an emphasis on the practicalities of teaching and learning in a primary classroom, delegates describe our training as ‘creative’, ‘fun’ and ‘inspirational’. All courses are based on current research and are designed specifically for Curriculum for Excellence and the Scottish context.
Meet the Trainers
Working as a literacy consultant for over ten years, Anne has trained over 11,000 teachers in all aspects of literacy across Scotland. She has presented at researchED, The Reading Reform Foundation Conference, various Head Teacher Conferences, and has provided practical workshops and training for SALT (The Scottish Association of Language Teachers), Storlann’s Gaelic Teachers’ Conference, SCIS (The Scottish Council of Independent Schools) and The School Library Association. She was the literacy consultant on 13 BBC Bitesize videos for Second Level Writing, aligned to Curriculum for Excellence.
Anne sits on the Reading Reform Foundation committee and is a founding committee member of IFERI—the International Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction. She is known for her thought-provoking education comment pieces and is the author of fifteen children’s reading books for the Rising Stars Rocket Phonics series and Reflective Reading.
Passionate about reading for pleasure, she is also a publisher of children’s and YA fiction with a Scottish flavour. Anne lives on the Isle of Lewis and shares her office with two guinea pigs called Wilbur and Melba.
Helen is a qualified Primary Teacher. She has concentrated on training and development during her career in education and has over thirty years of experience in the design and delivery of training to teachers at a local and national level.
She also writes contemporary Scottish fiction and graduated with merit from Stirling University with an MLitt in Creative Writing in 2012. Her short stories have appeared in several anthologies and literary journals. Helen is the author of two published novels and now delivers creative writing workshops for children and adults.
In 2016, she was a Scottish Book Trust writer-in-residence at Levenmouth Academy in Fife and currently works as a literacy consultant with The Learning Zoo delivering training to teachers in the Reflective Reading programme.
Online Self-Study Training
Can’t wait for inset or need training now? The following courses provide instant online access to self-study video training for schools or individuals.
- Phonics Training Online with Debbie Hepplewhite (Master’s credits/accreditation available)
- Online Training for Rocket Phonics with Abigail Steel (Suitable for Primary 1/YR-Primary 2/Y1)
- How to Teach Key Stage 3 Phonics with Abigail Steel(Suitable for intervention in secondary schools)