Our story

Litdrive aims to provide English teachers with a sense of better balance, through high quality classroom materials, professional development opportunites and more. It was created with the intention to reduce workload and retain English teachers within the profession.

Litdrive is a CIO charitable organisation, developed and maintained solely by English teachers who volunteer their time to the charity. Established in 2013 as a shared space, before becoming a non-profit organisation and now a registered charity, Litdrive continues to run on the professional expertise, knowledge and generosity of English teachers across the United Kingdom.

Litdrive provides an extensive bank of classroom materials for teachers to upload, share and adapt for use in their classrooms; subject knowledge-driven professional development delivered by English teachers for English teachers, both remotely and regionally; a guest blog to share expertise and an annual mentoring programme, now supporting its fourth cohort. Serving over 20,000 members nationwide, Litdrive’s sole charitable aim is to provide professional development for English teachers and tutors in the United Kingdom.

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 is Founder of LitdriveUK. She is Head of Professional Learning for a large multi-academy Trust, with strategic oversight of professional learning across the North and North East Lincolnshire region. Previously, Kat has held a range of roles within schools in both senior and subject leadership, leading staff professional development, coaching, ITT and strategic lead of English teaching across a Trust. 

CLAIRE HILL

Standards Officer

Claire Hill is Trust Director of Secondary Improvement at Turner Schools in Kent. She is responsible for curriculum, teaching and learning, and professional development. Claire is Standards Officer for LitdriveUk and co-organiser of researchED Kent. Claire is an Expert Advisor for the Ambition Institute, developing their suite of NPQs with a particular focus on the NPQSL, NPQH and NPQEL. 

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

Writer in Residence

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.

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. 

Sherish Osman

Design Associate

Sherish is currently a Lead Teacher of English in West London. She has previously been second in charge of English, as well as a Head of Department. She has just returned to work after her second maternity leave. Her passion lies in teaching and learning; she loves to read all things education, be it subject speciifc, or general pedagogy, and put these into practice in her teaching. 

Litdrive Annual Report

To contact us regarding sponsorship, networking offers, collaborative projects
or other queries, email support@litdrive.org.uk

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