About Everything English
Christine has over twenty years of experience as an English teacher, school leader and consultant at primary and secondary level. She is a member of National Association of Teachers of English and is an experienced examiner at A level and GCSE. She has written for the National Literacy Trust and contributed towards the preparation and launch of the National Literacy Strategy. Christine has also led creative and successful initiatives resulting in outstanding student progress at a range of educational institutions, including: secondary schools in London and the North East, sixth form colleges, primary and special schools. Christine delivered a highly successful workshop at the 2015 NATE conference as well as the 2017 NATE Conference in Nottingham. Christine is delighted to have been elected onto the NATE council as the regional representative for the North East.
Christine’s most recent work has been in coaching teachers, creating schemes of work and supporting English Departments in the implementation of the new style GCSE and A Levels. Christine is also still passionate about working with students, and delivers tuition to small groups, as well as Super Learning Days as examination preparation for groups of students.
She regularly writes blogs about education and the well being of young people, and her publication on the 5th December 2016 ‘100% Examinations in English? Only for those Educated within the English State System!’ was described by Geoff Barton on twitter as ‘A powerful blog…’ Her article ‘IGCSE Versus GCSE, Guess who Wins?’ was published in the June 2017 edition of NATE’s ‘Teaching Matters’ magazine.
Macmillan Australia publishers regularly use Christine’s services where she reviews their products and maps their texts to the English National Curriculum at Key Stage 2, 3 and 4.
Her most recent success working in schools was at Norham High School as a consultant lead in English. Norham High School achieved excellent results in both English Literature and English Language GCSE and this contributed to a 19% increase in A*-C in Maths and English. In terms of progress in English, 80% made their ELP and 54% made greater than their ELP in English Language. In relation to Pupil Premium, 77% made their ELP, and 53% made greater than their expected levels of progress.
‘Christine Thomas has provided outstanding leadership in English. She has provided clear direction and supported staff to rise to the challenge. Her work has enabled pupils to secure attainment and progress above national averages and support our work to move this school rapidly out of an Ofsted category.
She is an excellent practitioner who really cares about pupils and always works with tenacity to ensure each and everyone achieves their very best. As a school we have benefited greatly from Christine’s work.’ David Baldwin – Executive Head Teacher, Norham High School
Peter has over 20 years teaching experience, beginning his career in Redbridge, East London, and going on to work at schools in Northumberland and North Tyneside. He has had a variety of managerial roles, and had been in Senior Leadership roles since 2006. He was most recently the Head of Teaching and Learning at Churchill Community College in Wallsend, Tyne and Wear. In May 2014, the college was graded by Ofsted as ‘Outstanding’ in all categories, and received National Teaching School status in 2015. Peter also led the ‘Teaching and Learning Team’ from Churchill Community College who achieved national recognition in the 2014 National Teaching Awards as Regional Award winner, Silver Award winner and London finalist for the National Secondary School Team of the Year. Peter is a Teacher Fellow of the Centre for Life in Newcastle upon Tyne and is also winner of the Passport Pride Award for Outstanding Achievement from Teesside University in recognition of his work in supporting the transition of students in to Higher Education. Peter has also worked in an accountancy firm, and for a PR company, and has a true understanding and appreciation of how to achieve effective communication in the workplace. Most recently Peter has started to deliver Child Protection Training to schools, college and private hire firms.
‘Peter’s enthusiasm and positive approach is extremely engaging. In addition to all of this, he has integrity – always an important quality in my judgement. I would recommend him to any school very highly and without any reservation whatsoever.’
Elaine Riley: Head of School: Churchill Community College
Everything English has a team of highly successful, experienced teachers ranging from senior managers, Heads of English, examiners for AQA, A level English Literature and English Language and GCSE and English teachers. They contribute to the company by acting as advisors, creating resources as well as supporting in the delivery of the range of courses that we offer. Our common goal is that we are all passionate about maintaining standards in education and in ensuring students have a creative and enriching environment where they can thrive both emotionally and academically. With the added pressure of 100% examinations in English, we also have a series of ideas and strategies for teachers and parents in how to support students facing these additional pressures.
In a business world where excellent communication is essential, we also support businesses in improving both oral and written communication in the workplace. We offer one to one sessions as well as group sessions as part of our communication services for business. Our coaching includes instilling the importance of understanding levels of formality, workplace etiquette, the importance of excellent communication skills, and most importantly how to achieve this in both written and spoken communication.
If you are interested in being part of our team and becoming an associate, you could contribute in a variety of ways:
- Contributing to Schemes of Learning by writing resources
- Write blogs
- Extend your CPD by supporting in the delivery of the teacher and/or student courses.
Additionally, if you are a PGCE student, or if you are hoping to be an English teacher, please get in touch and we can organise some relevant experience for you that will be certificated and will contribute to the required hours for your work experience.
Please take the time to read our regular blog posts, they will inform you of the most up to date information in both education and communication. We are in the process of writing a variety of resources to support Literacy in the classroom, and English at Key Stage 3 and 4. These will be published through the web page and will be available on our online shop.