Literacy Specialists

Fahima Khankhara, English Hub Lead


Fahima is the New Vision English Hub Lead based at  Elmhurst Primary School. She has taught phonics for ten years and is experienced in preparing teachers and TAs so that their children can make rapid progress ahead of the Phonics Screening Check. Fahima regularly works with lower-attaining readers and is passionate about developing a love of reading in schools. Fahima is dedicated to ensure that every child becomes a reader regardless of their background, needs or abilities. 


Annette Clark, Lead Literacy Specialist


Annette Clark has been teaching in London schools for over 25 years, and has spent more than ten of these as a Reading Leader working in London schools. Annette became a Literacy Specialist with New Vision English Hub when it was established in 2018 and now leads the Literacy Specialist team. She works with the New Vision Literacy Specialist team and Partner Schools to promote the delivery of excellent teaching of early reading. She is passionate in her belief that every child is fully entitled to leave primary school as a confident, competent reader who is enthused about books and reading.




Jeymini Wright, Literacy Specialist


Jeymini Wright has been teaching for almost 16 years. She spent ten of those years working as the Reception Year Group Leader at Nelson Primary School and is currently working as the Phonics Manager at Nelson Primary School. She is extremely passionate about the pleasure for reading in young people and believes that every child can read if they are given the correct tools.


Rowan Southwell, Literacy Specialist


Rowan has been teaching at Gallions Primary School for the last 6 years. Prior to this she worked overseas leading the implementation of a new phonics programme for an education charity. At Gallions she has experience of teaching across EYFS and KS1 and also as the Reading Leader. Rowan is passionate about ensuring that all children become fluent and enthusiastic readers. 


Samantha O'Hara, Literacy Specialist

Sam O'Hara has been teaching in Barking and Dagenham for almost 15 years and currently works as a senior leader across a Federation.  She has led the implementation of early reading and phonics across two schools, with one school gaining Champion School status.  Sam works with teachers and support staff to ensure that all children are able to read, regardless of the barriers they face.  She believes that all children are entitled to a high quality phonics education that enables them to read fluently, alongside fostering a life long love of reading.


Jessica Ballard, Literacy Specialist

Jessica Ballard has led the development and implementation of early reading and phonics in Early Years and Key Stage One in her school, Lyons Hall, and across The Learning Pathways Trust. She is the KS1 and phonics lead, and a Specialist Leader of Education. Jessica is passionate in doing everything within her power to enable all children to read fluently, confidently and enthusiastically. She is committed to supporting schools in their mission to make every child a reader. 


Zeena Vadher, Literacy Specialist

Zeena Vadher has been teaching phonics for 12 years, most recently as the Head of Reception at Elmhurst Primary School. Supporting a large team of teachers and TAs to assess children's phonic knowledge within their groups, Zeena ensures that all pupils are given the opportunity to progress quickly with their reading. She believes that all classrooms can develop a reading for pleasure culture, where every child can enjoy books and engage in meaningful conversations about their favourite stories. ​


Vicky Wright, Literacy Specialist



Vicky Wright