Ruth Miskin

CEO and creator of Read Write Inc.


Ruth Miskin is one of the UK’s leading authorities on teaching children to read. She has many years' experience as a head teacher, teacher trainer and consultant in phonics and literacy, working with primary and secondary schools throughout the UK.

Her time as a Headteacher in Tower Hamlets convinced her that when Headteachers put reading at the heart of their schools they change everything. Their children learn to read quickly, get the reading habit early, learn to love reading and are successful at school.

Ruth has been an adviser to the government on many aspects of literacy teaching since 1997, from the early stages of the National Literacy Strategy to the Rose Review into the teaching of reading, the National Curriculum Review Committee and Lord Bew’s SATs Review Committee and the ITT Review.

Her work has been featured both by Newsnight on BBC2 and Dispatches on Channel 4.

Ruth was awarded an OBE for services to Education in 2011 and a CBE in 2019 for services to reading.

Mel Erwin

Director

Mel began her teaching career over twenty years ago as a Reception teacher in Tower Hamlets. She worked closely with Ruth during the development of Read Write Inc. Phonics and now runs the organisation from our office in London.

Together, Ruth and Mel drive the mission - teach every child to read. No excuses.

Her most memorable teaching moment? ‘Reading So Much by Trish Cooke to my first Reception class – a wonderful, lyrical story. They were spell-bound and all clapped loudly at the end. I knew I wanted every child to be able to read and love reading – to engage emotionally with stories’. 

Ceri Brinkworth

Content Lead

Ceri was an experienced and passionate Read Write Inc. teacher and reading leader. Her teaching was graded outstanding by Estyn. She taught Read Write Inc. throughout her career, modelling lessons and training staff. Having jointly led a school in Monmouthshire to model school status, she then led the implementation of the Read Write Inc. programme in a school in Caerphilly with great success, before becoming a full-time trainer. She now works on developing training and training trainers.

Nina Coglin

Head of Operations

Nina works in the London head office at 7 Sandy's Row as Head of Operations. She runs the organisation on a day-to-day basis, working with Ruth and the senior leadership team, and supporting all operational teams. With knowledge of all Ruth Miskin training, Nina helps LAs, school groups and academy chains arrange a joined up approach to RWI training and support.

Elly Taylor

Filming Lead

Elly began developing our film content in 2014 and now leads the Film Production team to create training and Virtual Classroom films for the Ruth Miskin Training Online Subscription. Elly is also a Filming Trainer, producing training and teaching content.

 

Elly was a secondary school English Teacher and Primary school teacher in East London before becoming a Ruth Miskin Consultant Trainer. Her Read Write Inc. Phonics training led her to receive Outstanding in her lesson observations.

Gaenor Kirkby

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Reading Leader and Year 2 Teacher

Most memorable teaching moment:

Watching children at my inner-city school as they saw their new library for the first time. One boy said 'It's like a dream!' Many of them didn't have any books at home and the school had never had a proper library.

Best piece of teaching advice:

Always believe in yourself and never give up. There is always a way.

Kelly Sallis

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Reading Leader and Literacy Coordinator

Most memorable teaching moment:

The first time my Reception class heard the story of 'The Snowman' – they were stunned into silence at the end and then burst into a spontaneous round of applause.

Best piece of teaching advice:

Enthusiasm is contagious.

Ashlin Crutchlow

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Reading Leader and EYFS Leader

Most memorable teaching moment:

A little girl in Reception had a fear of putting pencil to paper and would get upset. Each day I would invite her to the writing table and encourage her to have a go, and one day she did! There was no stopping her. I will never forget how happy she looked that day.

Best piece of teaching advice:

Always be reflective and part of the solution.

Paul Daglish

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Acting Headteacher

Most memorable teaching moment:

My most memorable teaching moment was when I received a National Teaching Award for Outstanding New Teacher during my NQT year.

Favourite part of the training:

I love the buzz and excitement at the end of training when delegates cannot wait to get back to school to practise before teaching Read Write Inc. to their children.

Anna Ellwood

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

English Teacher

Favourite part of the training:

Sharing my passion for literature and the power of words when we talk about the importance of daily storytime for all children.

Best piece of teaching advice:

Never underestimate the power of reading to children, regardless of their age. Everyone loves a story if it's told with feeling and enthusiasm. If we love reading, so will they.

Amanda Fawcett

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Headteacher

Most memorable teaching moment:

Colin, an enthusiastic Year 1 boy, had yet to learn Set 1 Sounds. The rest of the class were learning Set 2 and 3 and he was beginning to get disaffected. I introduced Read Write Inc. Phonics and Colin was taught to read at the appropriate level daily. He was reading Set 1 Sounds and blending within a few weeks. One happy Colin!

Best piece of teaching advice:

Persevere and find a solution. There is always a way of reaching every child.

Lynn Fox

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Leader of Core Learning and Year 5 Teacher

Most memorable teaching moment:

A wonderful little girl I was working with one-to-one to learn her initial sounds. She absolutely loved everything. 'I love flowers. I love towers. I love mountains - not as much as flowers. I love flowers. And towers.' What a star!

Best piece of teaching advice:

Practise, practise, practise!

Rosie Instone

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Reading Leader

Favourite part of the training:

The Development Days – I love working with the children, especially the 'oh, I get it' moments. Priceless.

Best piece of teaching advice:

Be a magpie! Some of my best lessons have been based around ideas I have 'borrowed' from other teachers' great practice.

Ann Marie Rutter

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Assistant Headteacher, Literacy Coordinator and Reading Leader

Favourite part of the training:

Showing delegates how we read our storybook for the third time and how we think out loud as we read.

Best piece of teaching advice:

Be prepared, be focused, listen to your children, and know you can help each one grow and learn. Stay passionate and never give up.

Cal Tobin

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Assistant Headteacher and Reading Leader

Most memorable teaching moment:

Teaching a Year 1 child, with no previous school experience, to read. Witnessing her become a fluent reader one year later was a joy.

Best piece of teaching advice:

Invest in developing relationships – with your knowledge, your colleagues, your community and above all your children. All will bring the biggest return.

Debbie Wilson

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

KS1 Leader, Deputy Headteacher, Reading Leader and SENCO

Most memorable teaching moment:

Seeing the transformation in a child from disengaged to motivated and inquisitive once they can read.

Best piece of teaching advice:

Be reflective, flexible, and responsive.

Ruth Broadhead

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Reading Leader and Year 1 and Reception Teacher

Favourite part of the training:

In role as class teacher with the delegates as my children – I love 'performing'.

Best piece of teaching advice:

We're all always learning – you won't always get it right first time.

Emma Chambers

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Reading Leader and Year 1 Teacher

Most memorable teaching moment:

Seeing a child in Year 6, who had previously lacked confidence in reading, excitedly running towards me with a book. I’ll never forget the pride on her face as she said ‘I CAN read’. 

Favourite part of the training:

Development Days  working with staff and children to get every child reading and loving it. Returning to a school to see the progress made is so rewarding.

Claire Finkel

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Deputy Headteacher

Favourite part of the training:

When teachers understand the importance of both accuracy and fluency when children are learning to read.

Best piece of teaching advice:

Narrate the positive.

Pauline Maher

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Reading Leader and EYFS Leader

Most memorable teaching moment:

A Year 2 pupil had written a thank you card at the end of the school year. He thanked me for being able to answer every question he had asked.

Best piece of teaching advice:

Never assume, explain everything.

Sarah Pennick

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Reading Leader and Year 1 Teacher

Favourite part of the training:

Building sentences orally with children – it's such a collaborative way of teaching writing at all stages.

Best piece of teaching advice:

Have fun – if you don't then the children won't either.

Angela Jukes

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Reading Leader

Favourite part of the training:

Building sentences before writing – I love the interaction with the delegates and some of the ideas they propose.

Best piece of teaching advice:

Build a relationship with every child.

Nick Cannon

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Acting Headteacher

Most memorable teaching moment:

When teaching poetry to a class in role, one child said that although my outer persona was a ferocious lion, inside was a calm and nurturing soul. The power of poetry and understanding character!

Favourite part of the training:

Igniting the excitement in teaching – showing teachers that they can be themselves and make a difference.

Gareth Carlson-James

Consultant Trainer and Team Leader

Previous role:

Deputy Headteacher and SENCO

Favourite part of the training:

Seeing the delegates' enthusiasm to stand up and practise teaching reading straight away.

Best piece of teaching advice:

Make storytime the best part of the school day to develop a real love of reading.

Natasha Cox

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Reading Leader

Favourite part of the training:

When people start to nod and really 'get it'. You see delegates start to get excited as they appreciate how much the programme will help their children learn to read and write.

Best piece of teaching advice:

Smile and engage with the children.

Sarabjit Kaur

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Assistant Headteacher

Favourite part of the training:

The precious moment when delegates leave the training room feeling empowered and able to get every child reading.

Best piece of teaching advice:

Engage children before you teach them so that they are listening to every word you say.

Nick Locke

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

KS2 Leader

Favourite part of the training:

When we discuss the power of teaching children individually for ten minutes a day to ensure no child slips through the net.

Best piece of teaching advice:

Be reflective and adaptable. Had a great lesson? What made it successful? Lesson not so great? Think about why and how you will adapt to improve it next time.

Rebecca Loza

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Reading Leader and SENCO

Favourite part of the training:

Empowering staff to teach children to read.

Best piece of teaching advice:

Never give up, there is always a way for a child to make progress regardless of perceived barriers to progress.

Rosie Manning

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Reading Leader and Assistant Headteacher

Most memorable teaching moment:

In my first year, I was a Reception teacher. A shy boy joined my class who found it hard to blend. I worked with him every day until he could blend independently and, by the end of the year, he was reading storybooks which matched the sounds he knew. He gained confidence and loved being part of our class. I learnt how I could make a positive impact on children's lives.

Favourite part of the training:

I love demonstrating activities in the training. It gives teachers a real sense of what it's like to be in the lessons and know how children in their classroom might feel.

Sara Rice-Oxley

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Teacher

Most memorable teaching moment:

When I was a teacher, every day during my lunch hour, I worked with a Year 2 boy in a desperate attempt to teach him to read. I didn't have a system. I was failing him and he felt like a failure. It was heartbreaking. Following Read Write Inc. training, I changed everything for him quickly and he learnt to read. If I bump into his mum now, she always tells me that he will never forget me.

Arlene Rodrigues-Naim

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Year 4 Teacher

Favourite part of the training:

I really enjoy working with children in the one-to-one coaching sessions. It is so wonderful to see the progress children can make in such a short space of time.

Best piece of teaching advice:

Constantly strive to do better, because every child deserves your best effort.

Rachel Houldsworth

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Reading Leader

Most memorable teaching moment:

Teaching one particular child to blend a word for the first time, I'll never forget the pride on the child's face.

Best piece of teaching advice:

Do your absolute best and have fun doing it.

Helen Harris

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Teacher

Most memorable teaching moment:

One child I worked with in Year 3 was unable to read. Thanks to Read Write Inc. Phonics, he started to learn and changed from being worried and anxious to confident and happy. On my last day at school he said goodbye and I thought he had gone home. Five minutes later he came running back with tears in his eyes and gave me the biggest hug.

Katie Lillis

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Reading Leader and Year 1 Teacher

Favourite part of the training:

Showing headteachers, teachers and teaching assistants HOW we teach our programme. I love demonstrating the lessons, then explaining the teaching steps before the delegates ‘have a go’ and practise the steps. The best way to learn is by doing!

Best piece of teaching advice:

Always be clear about the teaching purpose.

Kirsten Mackie

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Reading Leader and Teacher

Favourite part of the training:

When you see the delegates suddenly understanding what we are about – teaching every child to read.

Best piece of teaching advice:

Children take more notice if you lower the sound of your voice.

Sarah Jones

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Reading Leader

Favourite part of the training:

Exploring the complexities of the English alphabetic code and how we make it easy for children.

Best piece of teaching advice:

Whatever you are teaching – if you love it, the children will love it too.

Ruth Gyles-Brown

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Early Years Coordinator

Most memorable teaching moment:

Working with a family new to the country and seeing the journey their first-born child made during her Reception year.

Favourite part of the training:

On Day 1 of training, delegates teach a phonic lesson to their partners with confidence. It's great to see them smiling and teaching reading with knowledge and passion. When they get back to school even more children will get out of the reading gate early.

Jilly Crawford

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

EYFS Leader and Literacy Consultant

Favourite part of the training:

I love the quote by Jeanette Winterson – 'Teach a child to read and keep that child reading and we will change everything. And I mean everything.' It explains why we do what we do and won't ever give up. When delegates get that, it really makes a difference to their commitment.

Best piece of teaching advice:

There is enjoyment to be found in teaching children. If you can't find any then you are probably in the wrong career!

Shona Gleave

HR Manager

Prior to working for RMT, Shona worked with the Read Write Inc. programme at Oxford University Press. She then worked closely with Ruth as Business Manager as the company evolved and grew, and now manages our HR, keeping all staff happy and well supported in their roles.

Jo Chadwick

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Teacher

Favourite part of the training:

Teaching delegates the 'squiggles' we use to show what it's like for a child learning to read sounds. We then teach a speed sound lesson showing how to engage children learning sounds for the first time – so powerful.

Best piece of teaching advice:

Remember that every child is someone's world.

Leah Sanders

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Reading Leader and Deputy Headteacher

Favourite part of the training:

Working with schools to ensure that every child learns to read – no excuses.

Best piece of teaching advice:

Know your children and show them that you love teaching them.

Sarah Johnson

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Reading Leader and Literacy Coordinator

Most memorable teaching moment:

Recently, a Y7 pupil thanked me for teaching him to spell and explained how hard it used to be for him. Such a polite young person and a humbling experience.

Favourite part of the training:

I love training on the reading activities. It is powerful to discuss the importance of children developing reading fluency before they can focus on comprehending what they read. For many people this has been a real light bulb moment – they often say it will affect how they will teach reading in the future.

Keely Slocock

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Reading Leader and Year 1 Teacher

Favourite part of the training:

When I stand back to observe the practice in the room, everyone is up on their feet, engaged in teaching each other and I think to myself – the children in this school are in good hands, we're making a difference.

Best piece of teaching advice:

Don't take yourself too seriously.

Becky Hemsley

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

EYFS Teacher

Most memorable teaching moment:

Teaching a child who was selectively mute when joining my class in September and only spoke in a whisper to one key adult. He left my reception class not only feeling confident to speak in front of the entire cohort of 90 children, but also as a reader and writer.

Best piece of teaching advice:

Put children at the heart of everything you do.

Colleen Somich

Head of Training America

Colleen is committed to every child learning to read and loving it  despite background, language, or need.

With over a decade of teaching and leadership experience, Colleen began her career as a first grade teacher in Saint Louis, MO. Teach For America recognised her classroom’s significant academic progress as a national Sue Lehmann Award finalist. After, she continued serving in Brooklyn, NY as a teacher and Dean of School Culture.

In the United Kingdom, Colleen led as Assistant Principal at an Ofsted-Rated Outstanding charter school before joining Ruth Miskin Training as a Consultant Trainer. Now, in New York City, she is the Head of Training America at Ruth Miskin Literacy Inc.

Read more about Colleen and Ruth Miskin Literacy Inc.

Jennifer Rolnick

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Reading Leader

Favourite part of the training:

Roleplaying the teaching. Practising in role really helps teachers get to grips with the programme before they get back in their classrooms.

Best piece of teaching advice:

Model, model, model. Show children what is expected of them; set them up for success from the start.

Sarah Richards

Training Ops Manager

Sarah works in the London head office at 7 Sandy's Row as Training Ops Manager, leading the team of Training Coordinators. Sarah also books in-school training, and is the first port of call for any school that contacts the office. With knowledge of all Ruth Miskin trainings, she can advise schools and individuals on their training needs.

Sheena Siddiqui

Training Coordinator

Sheena works in the London head office at 7 Sandy's Row as a Training Coordinator. She arranges in-school training for international schools across the globe and is the first port of call for any school that contacts the office. With knowledge of all Ruth Miskin training, Sheena can advise schools and individuals on their training needs.

Tiffany Prime

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

KS1 Year Leader / Reading Leader for an international school in the UAE.

Favourite part of the training:

The in-depth detail of each area. Nothing is missed, every single step is important.

Best piece of teaching advice:

Never forget the difference you can make to your children’s lives every day.

Laura Mooney

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Teacher and Reading Leader

Favourite part of the training:

Speed Sounds. It’s so important that every child learns to blend as quickly as possible.

Best piece of teaching advice:

Pause, breathe, and smile!

Sally Lord

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Year One Teacher and Reading Leader

Favourite part of the training:

Demonstrating the storybook activities to the teachers. Delegates get to experience what it’s like for a child and teacher to delve deep into the book through drama and discussion.

Most memorable teaching moment:

In my first Reception class, a boy who had been struggling to blend had his ‘lightbulb moment’ when it all clicked and he was able to read the whole page! He was so proud of himself.

Rhian Phillips

Director

Previous role:

Consultant Trainer and Team Leader

Favourite part of the training:

Storytime: promoting emotional engagement and enthusiasm to ensure children learn to love books.

Best piece of teaching advice:

A simple, kind word, or a smile, means everything to a child.

Amy McElhatton

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Reading Leader and KS1 Leader

Favourite part of the training:

Teaching a whole Speed Sound lesson. It's the first time the delegates see a lesson all the way through. Teachers love seeing the teaching steps come to life. At break, people often say to me 'I can see what you were like as a teacher!' For me, it's a really important part of the training.

Best piece of teaching advice:

Believe in your children. Have high expectations of what they CAN do. Never believe they cannot do something. As soon as you think that, you've limited them.

Emma Griffiths

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Assistant Headteacher and Reading Leader

Most memorable teaching moment:

I taught a Year 1 child who was a selective mute and really lacked confidence, particularly in reading. After a week of teaching her Read Write Inc. Phonics every day she began to gain confidence and to join in. She soon began to read out loud with her partner and developed lovely friendships with her peers. The consistency and structure of the programme gave her the confidence that she needed to fly!  

Debbie Smitten

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Reading Leader and KS1 Leader

Best piece of teaching advice:

Be passionate and connect with the children. If you love teaching it, the children will love learning it.

Most memorable teaching moment:

Sharing my love for reading stories and seeing the joy on children’s faces as they become immersed in every word I read. Older children in the school often stopped me on corridor to talk about the books I’d shared with them during their younger years. If you make books memorable, they’ll stay with children for a lifetime.

Kelly Holdsworth

Consultant Trainer

Previous Role:

Reading Leader and EYFS Lead

Best piece of teaching advice:

Enthusiasm is catching. If you love it, the children will love it!

Most memorable teaching moment:

Reading conquers all. When one of the most hard to reach children I have ever taught took me by the hand and whispered in my ear “Can we read our favourite book?”

Heather Scarlett

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Year 1 Teacher and Pupil Premium Lead

Favourite part of the training:

Giving teachers real examples to show how a child feels if they’re not successful from the beginning and showing how Read Write Inc. Phonics ensures they are.

Best piece of teaching advice:

Let the children know how much you love teaching them and how much you value having them in your class.

Franseza Pardoe

Training Coordinator

Franseza works in the London head office as a Training Coordinator. She arranges in-school training and is the first port of call for any school that contacts the office. With knowledge of all Ruth Miskin trainings, Franseza can advise schools and individuals on their training and CPD needs.

Kelly Tye

Project Manager

Kelly works in the London head office as Project Manager. She works with Ruth and our Content Lead to develop all Read Write Inc. materials that you see on trainings and the School Portal. Kelly sends out our newsletters, manages content on the Ruth Miskin Training School Portal, social media and arranges resources for trainers.

Anthea Benjamin

Portal Coordinator

Anthea works in our London head office as the Portal Coordinator. She is responsible for the administration and user support of the Talk Through Stories website and English Hub portal.

Louise Patterson

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Reading Leader

Best piece of teaching advice:

Every child in your class can achieve great things. If you believe they can, they will.

Most memorable teaching moment:

I had selected a set of stories to be “Miss Patterson’s most special books”. All of the children were so determined to read them- I would walk out into the playground to see groups of children choosing to sit, engrossed in those books.

Hattie Daley

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Reading Leader, Key Stage 1 Lead, Acting Deputy.

Favourite part of the training:

Sharing the importance of the Reading Leader role with schools. It is a big responsibility but to see the progress all children make to become readers is the greatest reward possible.

Most memorable teaching moment:

My favourite part of being a teacher was story time. I loved to really take a look at my class mid-way through a story, to see their pure joy and engagement. It is a truly magical part of being a teacher and a real privilege.

Leah Forshaw

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

English Advisor for Dorset Local Authority

Favourite part of the training:

Bite-sizing the teaching activities to allow teachers to practise and coach each other. I love seeing them relate this to the children they will work with back at school. It has such a massive impact on teaching children to read.

Best piece of teaching advice:

Practice and preparation is key! Invest time in the preparation to make the learning purposeful and powerful.

Jo Jackson

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Reading Leader and Class Teacher in an inner-city primary school.

Best piece of teaching advice:

In my first year of teaching I was told by my mentor: ‘Remember that every child is someone’s precious baby’, something that has never left me. Every child deserves the very best that we can give them, so persevere and never give up on a single one.

Most memorable teaching moment:

The day both myself and a child I was working with one-to-one welled up with tears when she realised she could blend a word. I held her hands tightly as her lips trembled – she was so overcome by her own success. Unforgettable.

Louise Crowther

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

DfE English Hub Lead

Most memorable teaching moment:

Having a mum come to see me crying when her 5 year old son read a Ditty to her for the first time. This was so poignant for a me as the mum couldn’t read but it prompted her to start adult literacy classes.

Best piece of teaching advice:

Love what you do and love the children. Never stop believing in every child. To me, this is fundamental and powerful.

Vivian Meza

Operations Manager

Vivian works in the London head office at 7 Sandy's Row as Operations Manager. She works with all teams to support the organisation running on a day-to-day basis and keeps our beautiful building functioning. Vivian works on the planning and logistics of large-scale projects, and acts as Head of Products for all Ruth Miskin Training digital platforms.

Rosamund Hampshire

Training Coordinator

Rosamund works in the London head office as a Training Coordinator. She arranges in-school training and is the first port of call for any school that contacts the office. With knowledge of all Ruth Miskin trainings, Rosamund can advise schools on their training and CPD needs.

Amy Whale

Training Coordinator

Amy works in the London head office as a Training Coordinator. She arranges in-school training and is the first port of call for any school that contacts the office. With knowledge of all Ruth Miskin trainings, Amy can advise schools on their training and CPD needs.

Gabriele Fantini

Development Manager

Leading the Development team, Gabriele works closely with our leadership team to ensure that all our digital platforms are running smoothly. He is responsible for developing and maintaining our online and internal systems, websites and technologies.

Jadean Williamson

Training Coordinator

Jadean works in the London head office as a Training Coordinator. She arranges in-school training and is the first port of call for any school that contacts the office. With knowledge of all Ruth Miskin trainings, Jadean can advise schools on their training and CPD needs.

Tracy Foster

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

SLT, Phase 1 & EYFS Lead

Favourite part of the training:

I love Fred Talk and Black Hat Bob!

Best piece of teaching advice:

Be flexible, positive and love what you are doing!

Joaquín Rodríguez

IT Lead

Joaquin works in our head office as IT Lead. Joaquin keeps all of our IT systems up and running, resolving issues and requests internally as well as managing the technical support team for schools. Joaquin is also in charge of leading the company through a programme of changes and IT innovations to keep us on top of our technology needs.

Jenna Lean

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Reading Leader and MAT Core Literacy Team-RWI Lead

Most memorable teaching moment:

Being selected to teach Read Write Inc. Phonics as part of a National research project on reading. I was thrilled to read descriptions of my lesson in the National publication ‘Reading by six: How the best schools do it?’

Best piece of teaching advice:

Be passionate and enthusiastic and you’ll become one of ‘those’ teachers that the children never forget.

Reggie Tachie-Menson

Software Engineer

Reggie is a software engineer at Ruth Miskin Training. As an integral part of the Development team, Reggie is responsible for developing and maintaining our online and internal systems, websites and technologies.

Adam Bell

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Reading Leader

Most memorable teaching moment:

I made a promise to my headteacher that a disadvantaged child who would ‘never be able to read’ would pass the Phonics Screening Check. After 3 years of teaching and support, the child passed with confidence and is now thoroughly enjoying reading and has the best chance to succeed!

Favourite part of the training:

Seeing how the delegates react to learning letters for the first time. I love the realisation of ‘that’s how the children feel’!

Rose Carr

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Primary Teacher

Favourite part of the training:

The practice sections! I have always found that my learning style is ‘having a go’ so I like how the delegates get to practice so much throughout the day and grow in confidence.

Best piece of teaching advice:

Never underestimate what a child can achieve.

Krystal Clarke

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Reading Leader and Key Stage 1 teacher

Most memorable teaching moment:

After teaching a phonics lesson, a girl stopped at the door and said “I didn’t know how to read before you were my teacher, and now I do!” Her smile as she skipped out to break made me realise the impact we can have.

Favourite part of the training:

Showing delegates a section of a lesson and watching them practise. The energy in the room as they practise what they will bring to the classroom is exciting!

Simone Vourloumis

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Assistant Headteacher and Reading Leader.

Favourite part of the training:

Teaching a group of ‘Reception’ pupils letters for the first time!

Best piece of teaching advice:

Treat the school year as a marathon, not a sprint. Every pupil is different and unique and will take a different path to learning. Be there to guide them on their way.

Ian Bailey

Video Editor

Ian is a Video Editor in the Ruth Miskin Training Film Production Team. Having previously worked with media students in a university, Ian is an expert at Final Cut Pro X and Apple Motion. He now works closely with the Training Development team to produce online trainings, edit the Virtual Classroom films and create other learning material for our Online Subscription.

Abby Evans

Training Coordinator

Abby works as a Training Coordinator. She arranges in-school training and is the first port of call for any school that contacts the office. With knowledge of all Ruth Miskin trainings, Abby can advise schools and individuals on their training and CPD needs.

Ella Tukana

Training Coordinator

Ella works as a Training Coordinator. She arranges in-school training and is the first port of call for any school that contacts the office. With knowledge of all Ruth Miskin trainings, Ella can advise schools on their training and CPD needs.

Corrina Woodmansey

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Head of Early Years and Reading Leader

Most memorable teaching moment:

Gaining Model School Status for the school and children in June 2017.

Best piece of teaching advice:

Work hard, rest hard and and embrace the challenge.

Carrie Conway

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Reading Leader and English Hub Literacy Specialist

Most memorable teaching moment:

When a Year 4 pupil with ASD finished the RWI programme. I will never forget the impact it had on his self-esteem and how he could finally access the entire curriculum.

Best piece of teaching advice:

Teach with passion and enthusiasm. If you love what you are doing, the children will too.

Katie Whittaker

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Assistant Headteacher and Reading Leader

Most memorable teaching moment:

Teaching a little girl remotely during lockdown how to read. The girl was in Year 1 and refused to talk in school, but working with her and her mum each day gave her the confidence to read.

Favourite part of the training:

Having the opportunity to practise the teaching steps with a partner. As Ruth says, ‘practise makes permanent!’.

Ann-Marie Collins

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Head of School

Favourite part of the training:

I found the practice sessions invaluable. My learning style is very much ‘have a try’ and I found practicing alongside my trainer colleagues really enjoyable.

Best piece of teaching advice:

Put children at the centre of all that you do and never underestimate little minds.

Claire McWilliams

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Assistant Head Teacher

Favourite part of the training:

Momentarily, observing the adults ponder how difficult it is for children to learn to read and write. Then, seeing the how galvanised they become when they realise that through Read, Write, Inc, all children can achieve success.

Best piece of teaching advice:

Be the change that you want to see.

Charlie Rolfe

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Assistant Headteacher and Reading Leader

Most memorable teaching moment:

Working with a wonderful little girl on blending words with Special Friends and seeing that magic moment when she was able to do this independently. She excitedly said “there are 2 Special Friends in this one” and read ‘quick’ proudly.

Best piece of teaching advice:

Your influence on the children lasts a lifetime… make it count!

Lucy Greenhalgh

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Reception Teacher & Year Head

Most memorable teaching moment:

Bringing stories to life every week with my Reception class acting in role as different characters. I remember one child so sweetly comforting me as I was in role as ‘The Ladybird’ from ‘What the Ladybird heard’; she was completely engrossed in the story.

Best piece of teaching advice:

Always be prepared for every lesson. Love what you do and the children will love it too.

Alice Moir

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

English Hub Literacy Specialist Teacher

Favourite part of the training:

Sharing Maia’s progress in her one-to-one tutoring video – her film inspires me every time I watch it.

Best piece of teaching advice:

Model, model and if in doubt, model again!

Katie Kerr-Brown

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Acting Deputy Head

Favourite part of the training:

Being part of a team that is so passionate about making a difference to children’s lives.

Best piece of teaching advice:

Your pinny is your superhero utility belt.

Sara Isman

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

KS1 Teacher

Favourite part of the training:

Practising together until the steps became effortless.

Best piece of teaching advice:

Never forget that teachers have the power to set the mood in class for a whole day. Make it calm and happy and the children will feel safe and learn.

Helen Mather

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Class Teacher, Reading Leader, SLT and Pupil Premium Lead

Favourite part of the training:

The practical nature of the sessions, the coaching of each other in a non-judgemental way, so that you are continually learning and improving, becoming your best self.

Best piece of teaching advice:

If you love what you do, the children will love it too. This is especially so for reading stories. Nothing beats watching a child re-read a familiar story in the reading corner, using the storyteller voice you yourself use.

Beth Fowkes

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Specialist Literacy Teacher

Most memorable teaching moment:

After teaching Read Write Inc in Nursery for a half term, a little boy cried because he couldn’t take home the large speed sound cards. I gave him a set of the small cards to take home the next day, and he had learned nearly all of the sounds by the end of term!

Best piece of teaching advice:

My mentor in my first teaching role told me ‘Good teaching is good theft’. I still think that’s the best advice, and a reminder that we shouldn’t need to create everything from scratch, or work in isolation. We’re at our best when we help one another.

Abby Shaw-Giles

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Teacher, Early Years Lead and Reading leader

Most memorable teaching moment:

My most memorable teaching moment was when a boy with no speech learnt to read fluently and developed a love of books. Initially he was only able to communicate with hand gestures and became easily frustrated. However, after he realised the doors that reading opened for him he sped through the Read Write Inc. programme and became a book worm by the end of the year.

Best piece of teaching advice:

‘It is not what is poured into the children but what is planted that counts’

Rachael Pace

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Reading Leader

Most memorable teaching moment:

Seeing the delight on a Year 1 child’s face when he finally; after a great deal of tutoring and practise began to independently blend!

Best piece of teaching advice:

Enjoy what you do and search for the things to celebrate in each day.

Leanne Hodgson

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Reading Lead and Deputy Head

Most memorable teaching moment:

Seeing students’ eyes light up at the moment that they truly understand something for the first time.

Favourite part of the training:

Blending – seeing children master this skill is a privilege that gives immense job satisfaction.

Elizabeth Rogers

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Reading Leader and KS1 Leader

Most memorable teaching moment:

Storytime was always my favourite part of the day. There’s something magical about watching children as they escape into a story.

Best piece of teaching advice:

Keep your expectations high!

Nicola Pugh

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

KS1 Team leader, Reading leader and Teacher

Most memorable teaching moment:

Seeing the children teach their peers using the Speed Sound cards and the love for Fred frog – the children were desperate to help Fred read words!

Favourite part of the training:

When I put myself in the shoes of a child who was learning to read and had met the squiggles for the first time. It made me realise that it is true that we are all on our own journey but the destination is the same. It just takes some longer to get there than others and that is absolutely fine.

Suhena Begum

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

Year 1 Year Group Leader  

Most memorable teaching moment:

In Year 1, I had a new child start in my class who was completely new to English. By the end of the year, through the Read Write Inc. programme, this child was able to read and write even with lockdown and bubble closures. It’s truly remarkable the amount of progress children make in a short space of time.

Favourite part of the training:

Each time I walk into the training room I am inspired by the people around me. The buzz, passion and enthusiasm for teaching reading is felt and I truly want to get EVERY child reading.

Shing Chung

Film Project Coordinator

Shing coordinates the Film Production Team’s many projects. He makes sure the team’s systems are kept in order, supports trainers and schools with their filming needs and ensures that all our films meet Ruth Miskin Training’s high standards before publication. 

Charlotte Hurst

Videographer

Charlotte is a Videographer in the Ruth Miskin Training Film Production Team. They work closely with our Filming Trainers to plan filming shoots, then visits schools across the UK to film lessons in-action. They edit all of our in-school films, making sure schools have a consistent flow of high quality videos for their practice times.

Mohammed Ali

Consultant Trainer

Previous role:

EYFS Teacher

Most memorable teaching moment:

Reading the story 'No, David!' By David Shannon for the very first time to 45 Nursery children. I enjoyed it as much, if not more, than the children!

Best piece of teaching advice:

Children CAN do it. Say it until you love it!

Robyn Jeffery

HR Lead

Robyn works in the London Head Office as the HR Lead. She works closely with the HR Advisor and Directors to manage the HR function at RMT ensuring all staff are happy and well supported in their roles.

 

Ruth Miskin

CEO and creator of Read Write Inc.


Ruth Miskin is one of the UK’s leading authorities on teaching children to read. She has many years' experience as a head teacher, teacher trainer and consultant in phonics and literacy, working with primary and secondary schools throughout the UK.

Her time as a Headteacher in Tower Hamlets convinced her that when Headteachers put reading at the heart of their schools they change everything. Their children learn to read quickly, get the reading habit early, learn to love reading and are successful at school.

Ruth has been an adviser to the government on many aspects of literacy teaching since 1997, from the early stages of the National Literacy Strategy to the Rose Review into the teaching of reading, the National Curriculum Review Committee and Lord Bew’s SATs Review Committee and the ITT Review.

Her work has been featured both by Newsnight on BBC2 and Dispatches on Channel 4.

Ruth was awarded an OBE for services to Education in 2011 and a CBE in 2019 for services to reading.

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Mel Erwin

Ceri Brinkworth

Colleen Somich

Rhian Phillips

Consultant Trainers


Mohammed Ali

Suhena Begum

Adam Bell

Ruth Broadhead

Nick Cannon

Gareth Carlson-James

Rose Carr

Jo Chadwick

Emma Chambers

Krystal Clarke

Ann-Marie Collins

Carrie Conway

Natasha Cox

Jilly Crawford

Louise Crowther

Ashlin Crutchlow

Paul Daglish

Hattie Daley

Anna Ellwood

Amanda Fawcett

Claire Finkel

Leah Forshaw

Tracy Foster

Beth Fowkes

Lynn Fox

Lucy Greenhalgh

Emma Griffiths

Ruth Gyles-Brown

Helen Harris

Becky Hemsley

Leanne Hodgson

Kelly Holdsworth

Rachel Houldsworth

Rosie Instone

Sara Isman

Jo Jackson

Sarah Johnson

Sarah Jones

Angela Jukes

Sarabjit Kaur

Katie Kerr-Brown

Gaenor Kirkby

Jenna Lean

Katie Lillis

Nick Locke

Sally Lord

Rebecca Loza

Kirsten Mackie

Pauline Maher

Rosie Manning

Helen Mather

Amy McElhatton

Claire McWilliams

Alice Moir

Laura Mooney

Rachael Pace

Louise Patterson

Sarah Pennick

Tiffany Prime

Nicola Pugh

Sara Rice-Oxley

Arlene Rodrigues-Naim

Elizabeth Rogers

Charlie Rolfe

Jennifer Rolnick

Ann Marie Rutter

Kelly Sallis

Leah Sanders

Heather Scarlett

Abby Shaw-Giles

Keely Slocock

Debbie Smitten

Elly Taylor

Cal Tobin

Simone Vourloumis

Katie Whittaker

Debbie Wilson

Corrina Woodmansey

Office team


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Sarah Richards

Shona Gleave

Sheena Siddiqui

Robyn Jeffery

Charlotte Hurst

Shing Chung

Ella Tukana

Abby Evans

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Joaquín Rodríguez

Jadean Williamson

Gabriele Fantini

Amy Whale

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Kelly Tye

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