About us

Meet the Team

Allow us to introduce ourselves…

The Literary Curriculum has been developed by The Literacy Tree, a Primary English consultancy started in January 2012, that works with schools to place high quality children’s literature at the core of teaching and learning. Co-creators Anthony Legon and Lynn Sear developed the concept and the 'Teach Through a Text' approach through extensive and intensive work with schools and a background of studying English Literature and Drama, combined with Local Authority experience, school leadership and underpinning this, a shared love of literature and a geekiness for grammar and words. All our consultants are children’s literature enthusiasts and experts in planning using text. They have all contributed to writing planning sequences, Literary Leaves and Spelling Seeds.

Lynn: Director and consultant

Lynn has taught from Nursery to Y6 and was a Literacy coordinator and an Advanced Skills Teacher in Southwark before becoming a Local Authority Consultant and a Deputy Head. Lynn has a background in drama-in-education and is always looking for ways to engage children within literature to use as a platform to inspire high quality writing. This inspired her focus for an MA in Achievement and Equity in Education from the Institute of Education which she completed in 2001 whilst teaching. Lynn is a KS1 and KS2 moderator for writing and runs training for moderators for Local Authorities. She’ll admit that she’s slightly obsessed with words and their origins, and is particularly geeky about homophones and portmanteau.

Get in touch lynn@theliteracytree.co.uk
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Anthony: Director and consultant

Anthony has taught children in Key Stages 1 and 2 in Primary Schools across London. He became an English Subject Leader and then, as an Advanced Skills Teacher, working with schools in Merton and Islington to develop their book-based provision. Anthony became a Local Authority Literacy Consultant and within this role led on the development of new training using engaging, high-quality texts to create equally high-quality written outcomes.  Anthony is also an experienced Key Stage 1 and 2 moderator, running training for KS2 moderators. When not reading or writing, he can found to be playing with idioms and creating puns to use in training.

Get in touch anthony@theliteracytree.co.uk

Pippa: Senior Consultant

After qualifying from Edinburgh University in Scotland with a BEd Honours in Primary Education and specialisms in English and Music, Pippa started her teaching career in London and taught across the primary age-range in several schools. Prior to joining the Literacy Tree, she managed a nursery, was a Deputy Head and a Local Authority Advisor in Merton. Pippa is an experienced Key Stage 1 and 2 moderator and adores seeking out the best in new children's literature to be included in The Literacy Tree's monthly Literature Reviews. 

Get in touch pippa@theliteracytree.co.uk

Donny: Consultant

Donny has taught in Scotland and England across KS1 and KS2 since qualifying from Glasgow with a PGCE and previously from Edinburgh with a degree in English and Philosophy. Donny has led English in schools as well as holding leadership and phase leader roles and most recently has been a lead practitioner of English teaching for a Local Authority. He is an experienced KS2 writing moderator and can often be found in bookshops finding new poetry books or graphic novels.

Get in touch donny@theliteracytree.co.uk

Katie: Resource Developer

Since qualifying from Roehampton University, Katie has gained extensive experience teaching in primary schools in the South East.  Katie has led English and Curriculum teams and held a lead practitioner role for English, as well as supporting teachers across Key Stages through working as a Specialist Leader of Education for a national academy trust.  Katie finds it difficult to pass a bookshop without stepping foot inside.

Get in touch katie@theliteracytree.co.uk

Nicola: Consultant

Nicola has taught across the primary age range as well as being a primary English lecturer and a Reading Recovery teacher.  She has an MA in Education (Applied Linguistics). Previous to joining The Literacy Tree, Nicola was a Deputy Head in Tower Hamlets. Nicola spends her time browsing picture books in bookshops, never being able to leave without a new addition for her collection.

Get in touch nicola@theliteracytree.co.uk

Alex: Associate Consultant

Alex is English Subject Leader at Gallions Primary School in Newham, East London (one of our flagship schools) as well as being one of our associate contulant. She enjoys exploring texts though the use of drama, giving children the creativity and freedom to investigate different characters, emotions and settings. As a class teacher, she can often be found in disguise wearing a hat, cloak or outrageous wig.

Get in touch info@theliteracytree.co.uk

Hannah: Associate Consultant

After graduating from Durham University, Hannah undertook an MEd at Cambridge.  Based on pedagogical research practices, this training had huge impact on her early teaching career where she taught in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and led literacy. In recent years, Hannah has led literacy at Highgate Primary Academy in South Yorkshire and has been Assistant Head, Deputy Head, Head of Academy and Headteacher.  She is an SLE, has moderated in two local authorities and now works as Primary Literacy Lead at Astrea Academy Trust. Hannah believes that if everybody read children's fiction the world would be a better place.

Get in touch info@theliteracytree.co.uk

Sarah: Office Manager

Sarah has a degree in graphic design from UAL and is our first port of call for all design-related questions! A stationery obsessive, Sarah has the ability to get hold of just about any shaped post-it note, sentence strip or tote-bag at a moment’s notice. She can often be found - rooibos in hand - fixing the photocopier.

Get in touch admin@theliteracytree.co.uk


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