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, SEN and Leadership and Management. LTC was founded in 2011 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 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. She offers training, 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 ten years she has worked as a consultant for SEND & Inclusion and School Improvement. 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 a tutor for Nat Award for SENCOs. Currently Jean is a tutor, mentor and Virtual School Headteacher. She is also a published co-author of A Square Peg in a Round Hole and the Early Intervention Toolkit (ItKit).

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 many 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.

Ann Muxworthy

Ann is a SEND Inspector. She is a qualified teacher and has studied to post-graduate level with a focus on special educational needs. She recently was the headteacher of a Virtual school for looked after children, and is a local authority officer supporting primary, secondary and special schools. Ann has considerable leadership experience managing support services and currently leads on special educational needs and maintains her expertise through inspection work and consultancy. She has experience as a senior lecturer at a university for initial teacher education and has experience of supporting schools in challenging circumstances in three local authorities.

Cherry Adamson

After spending many years teaching in primary schools Cherry joined Gateshead’s SEN Services and began working with children who were experiencing difficulties in acquiring literacy skills. In 1995 Cherry was appointed to set up Gateshead’s first Mainstream Support Base for children experiencing severe dyslexia. In 2001 Cherry took up a post in Gateshead as a liaison teacher for specific learning difficulties. She visited schools across the key stages to assess pupils thought to present within the dyslexic spectrum, to report on their strengths and weaknesses and to make recommendations to further their progress. Where appropriate she provided teaching support and liaise with parents, schools and specialist agencies, attend review meetings, providing in-depth progress reports. Her work also included provision of training for individual schools, the Learning Support Service and other agencies (e.g. NHS). In 2008, Cherry was part of the team that delivered the government’s IDP for Dyslexia. She worked alongside Dyslexia Action’s principal trainer, facilitating training and providing ongoing reports and recommendations to Warwick University. She co-authored a “What Works Well” study on “Dyslexia and the Creative Curriculum.” Cherry has a wealth of experience and expertise in developing services and resources for pupils with dyslexia and other developmental disorders. Now working freelance, she has authored a comprehensive learning programme for primary children that is designed to accelerate learning in reading, spelling and writing.

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10 Preston Mews,
North Shields,
Tyne & Wear,
NE29 0NF

07738 294810