About Learning and Training Consultancy

LTC is able to call on a wide range of expertise to help deliver the best for our clients. This includes specialists in Early Years, Language and Literacy, Science, Computing, SEN and Leadership and Management. LTC was founded by Linda Tallent who was devoted to providing high-quality training for teachers and school leaders.

Lorna Davidson

Lorna boasts a breadth of quality teaching experience, having taught across all Primary Key Stages in the role of class teacher and Senior Manager. As a local authority Communication, Language and Literacy Development Consultant, she supported teachers in the development of early reading, writing and phonics through training, modelling of teaching, development of learning environment, and analysis of data. Her particular area of interest is working within Early Years, using her creativity and innovative approach to generate exciting indoor and outdoor learning experiences. Lorna has a Level 3 Forest School Leader qualification and provides stimulating sessions within a school’s natural environment and in Forest School settings.

Amy Keith

Amy Keith has significant experience teaching in early years. She has been a successful middle leader and driven improvements in early years in a range of schools and different local authorities. She became a Local Authority Adviser in 2010 - supporting schools with early years practice and provision. She has specific expertise in assessment, data analysis, action planning, leadership and management and coaching to make sustainable improvements. Recently she qualified as an Ofsted inspector for early years and now offers support and advice to schools and other early years settings.

Jean Thompson

Jean has taught for over twenty years in both Special Education and in mainstream Primary schools. For the past eight years she has worked as a consultant for SEN and Inclusion. She has supported schools and Early Years settings in all aspects of SEN, Disability and Inclusion. She has been involved in delivering a high quality CPD programme to teachers and practitioners, including newly Qualified Teachers and also to trainee teachers. Currently she is a tutor, mentor and marker for the National Award for SENCos.

Clara Glanville

Clara Glanville has held various positions within the primary education sector for 20 years, having been a teacher, Assistant Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher. As a local authority School Improvement Consultant for the 0-19 team at Leeds, she has supported teachers and senior leaders to improve outcomes in both Early Years and Key Stage 1. Clara has been working with KS1 colleagues across Leeds to support teachers to bridge the gap between EYFS and the National Curriculum through planning from children’s interests and data analyses. She is passionate about making learning challenging yet fun based on children’s starting points and their key motivators. She also runs various courses on phonics, supporting disadvantaged children and working with parents to diminish the difference. Clara also represents the standards and testing agency (STA) as a moderator at both EY and KS1 and also monitors the phonics screening check for the local authority.

Veena Soni

Veena Soni DL, BEM, BA Hons – English as an Additional Language and Equality and Diversity specialist Veena has worked in education for over 30 years as a teacher, subject lead and Head of Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service (EMTAS). She has extensive experience in equality and diversity, raising achievement of Gypsy Roma and traveller (GRT) pupils and teaching English as an additional language (EAL) pupils. She has worked in a large number of schools throughout the region and has extensive knowledge of strategies to use with young people who have English as an additional language. Veena has developed many resources for EAL and Traveller pupils which have been used in schools and other education institutions. Veena has worked with parents and ran workshops and training sessions for parents so that they can understand the school curriculum, policies, procedures and strategies used in schools. Veena’s expertise lies in a whole school approach to supporting ethnic minority pupils and believes that all teachers should have the knowledge and strategies to work with pupils who are at different stages of language acquisition. She has delivered workshops to senior education leaders, the school leadership team, teachers and teaching assistants.

Melanie Maitland

Melanie has taught for a number of years in a variety of Gateshead primary schools and has spent the last 8 years working as Deputy Headteacher and Headteacher of an outstanding primary school. In September 2013 she joined the educationGateshead team and now works as a Link Inspector for primary schools with a focus on school improvement and training. She is an assessor for the Basic Skills Quality Mark and is a Key Stage 2 SATs writing moderator. Her main areas of expertise are in teaching and learning, assessment,curriculum, leadership and management. Together with the educationGateshead team she is supporting NQTs, Headteachers in their first year of headship, middle leaders and curriculum leaders as they plan to implement the new Primary Curriculum.

Jane Sutton

Jane has taught for a number of years in schools across the region in all Key Stages from EYFS through to Key Stage 4. As a Primary Strategy Literacy Consultant, she supported many schools before returning to school as a Deputy then Headteacher of a primary school in Newcastle. In September 2013, she joined the educationGateshead team and now works as a Link Inspector for primary schools with a focus on school improvement and training. She is an assessor for the Basic Skills Quality Mark and is a Key Stage One Assessment

John Croft

John Croft has worked within early years for all of his career to date (16 years). This has ranged from working within out of school provision, day care settings to being an advisory teacher across day care provision and children’s centre to teaching within primary schools across the EYFS age phase. He has developed his leadership capacity over recent years in which he took up an Assistant Headteacher role within a large infant school until his most recent appointment as Headteacher of Sir James Knott Nursery School in North Tyneside. He has led the team through an Ofsted inspection and received strong results. He has specific expertise in planning, observation and assessment, analysing data, influencing change within provision and supporting schools and settings with creating enabling environments and on how to set up effective two year old provision. As well as his Headship, John works with a range of schools and providers regionally and nationally to ensure effective early years pedagogy is shared and is reflected within provision.

Kym Scott

Kym Scott works nationally and internationally, providing training, keynote speeches and consultancy support on a number of subjects related to early education. Kym has recently carried out work for the Department for Education in relation to the EYFS Profile and has sat on working parties related to this. She is also involved in two All Party Parliamentary Groups: those for Conception to Age Two, and for Parents and Families.

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