Our story

Litdrive was created with teachers in mind, to enable teachers to collaborate with others and develop one another as a way to aid workload and ultimately, stop brilliant teachers from leaving the profession.

 After securing a Literacy Coordinator role in her school in 2013, Kat Howard wanted to reach out to others to share and refine the way that they approached Literacy in the classroom. This quickly developed into branching out to English resources, and Kat developed a shared drive so that teachers could share extensive pieces of work such as curriculum maps across schools.

As a result of taking over the #TeamEnglish Dropbox in 2018, with almost 1000 members, Kat created a website to enable teachers to share knowledge, CPD and resources across the world, curating a guest blog, a resource bank and mentoring programme. Now, Litdrive has over 20,000 members regularly accessing and sharing ideas. 2019 saw the introduction of #LitdriveCPD, a series of regional and online events which provide subject knowledge-based sessions to support English teachers in their classrooms. With a team of over 50 Advocates, Litdrive’s plan is to now develop this provision further and welcome your support.

If you are a like-minded organisation that would like to support Litdrive, or are a teacher that would like to volunteer your services, please do get in touch via our contact form here.

Meet the team

KAT HOWARD

Founder

Kat Howard is an Assistant Principal at a school in Northamptonshire, responsible for internal CPD, staff coaching and strategic direction of English. Kat has worked with a number of training providers such as the National College of Teaching and Leadership, providing CPD for newly qualified teachers. 

CLAIRE HILL

Standards Officer

Claire Hill is Assistant Head: Teaching and Learning across a Trust. She is a Lead Examiner for Edexcel, examining for both the Language and Literature GCSEs and also works in a consultancy capacity with local schools, working with English Departments by implementing and overseeing improvement strategies.

DAVINA CANHAM

Comms Officer

Over the course of 17 years of teaching, Davina has worked in schools both in the UK and abroad in the roles of Head of English and Literacy Director.
She has since become very focused on teaching and learning in her current role as Lead Practitioner for English Across the Academy. 

Zena Chadwick

Networks Officer

Zena is Faculty Leader for English and Performing Arts at a school in Staffordshire, overseeing whole school Literacy as a part of her role. In addition, Zena is experienced Team Leader for AQA, examining GCSE Literature. 

Litdrive Strategic Team

Mary Hind-Portley

Resident Content Writer

Mary is an experienced teacher and leader, with a varied career in secondary schools and Local Authorities. Mary is also an experienced CPD presenter, presenting for Litdrive, ResearchEd, New Voices and Team English. She s also a freelance writer on aspects of literature and pedagogy. Mary’s specific interest in the influence of religion on English literature.

Laura Webb

Networks Associate: Professional Development Provision

Laura is an established Head of English in a comprehensive 11-18 secondary school in Gloucester. Her department teaches a knowledge-rich curriculum which enables students to navigate the world they live in and access a range of difficult literature.  

Holly Wimbush

Networks Associate: Regional Networks Provision

Holly is Head of KS4 Literature and Subject Leader of A Level Language and Literature at a secondary school in leafy Cheshire. She has been an examiner for a number of boards throughout her practice. Holly has led CPD sessions ranging from effective RM+F to BfL across the school as well as leading content based sessions for the faculty. 

Litdrive Annual Report

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or other queries, email support@litdrive.org.uk

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