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 and resources across the world, curating a guest blog, a resource bank and peer coaching programme. Now, as at 2020, Litdrive has almost 13,000 members on an international level, with members from almost every country in the world regularly accessing and sharing ideas. 2019 saw the introduction of #LitdriveCPD, a series of regional events that provide subject knowledge based sessions to support Enlgish teachers to teach texts in their classrooms. With a team of over 30 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
Litdrive Annual Report
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. This year she presented a seminar at the first, hugely successful, Educating Northants on ‘Getting Grades 7-9 with the poetry anthology’ and she continues to nurture and coach colleagues in her own school. She juggles teaching and learning alongside spending time with her son and booking many holidays to appease her serious travel addiction. Davina oversees all social media channels, our blog platform and is the human being at the end of our member updates. Find her on twitter: @DeeCanEnglish
Regional Networks 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 and delivering training for teachers, and masterclasses for students. Claire has written articles published by the Royal Society of Chemistry, Chartered College of Teaching’s Impact magazine and writes the blog https://aclassroomofonesownsite.wordpress.com . Claire is also co-organising the ResearchED Kent conference, and is on twitter @Claire_Hill_
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. She has written resource content and publications for a variety of providers including BBC Bitesize, Innovate my School, the CLiC Dickens Project at the University of Birmingham and TES. In addition, Kat is East Midlands Representative for the MTPTProject, an organisation that focuses on the impact of parental leave whilst teaching. Her book, Stop Talking About Wellbeing: a Pragmatic Approach to Teacher Workload, published by John Catt Educational Limited, is available to pre order now: Stop Talking About Wellbeing. She can be found on Twitter @saysmiss, and blogs about her experience at www.saysmiss.wordpress.com
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