Literacy Specialists

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. She is currently the Reading Lead at Globe Primary in Tower Hamlets and is the New Vision Lead Literacy Specialist. 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.

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. 


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. 


Tara Cowley, Literacy Specialist




Fahima Khankhara, Literacy Specialist

Fahima is the Head of Year 1 at Elmhurst Primary School. She has been teaching phonics for nearly 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. 


Zeena Vadher, Literacy Specialist

Zeena Vadher has been teaching phonics for ten 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. ​