Danni Cooke – South West

I am pleased to be a regional rep for the UKLA in the South west alongside Simon Pollard. I have the pleasure in working in many schools in the region since 2010 when I moved to the south west after teaching in Somerset for a few years.  I am currently the Hub Lead for Ilsham […]

Kevin Cobane – West Midlands

I have been a Teacher for 26 years in Primary Schools across the West Midlands and a reader for as long as I can remember. During my career I have held the positions of Literacy Co-ordinator, Assistant Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and Headteacher. I have also worked as a Senior Lecturer in Primary Education at Birmingham […]

Dr Nicola Smith 

Hello, I am Director of Primary ITE at University of Birmingham and teach on the Primary English course. I was a primary/early years school teacher for 10 years and have also worked in further and higher education on primary, early years and childhood studies courses. One of the best parts of all of these roles […]

Simon Pollard – South West

I have worked in Cornwall for all of my teaching career. Currently I am Head Teacher of Carclaze Primary School, a two-form entry school in St Austell. I am passionate about the importance of developing a lifelong love of reading and the importance of reading for pleasure in improving outcomes for pupils. I believe that […]

B Guerriero – North West

My name is B, my pronouns are they/them, and I am a Year 3 teacher.  My background is classical music and I completed my PGCE in Primary education at the University of Manchester in 2019. I joined the UKLA in my training days and have won the Student Shadower of the Year Award in 2019 […]

Hannah Baker – Yorkshire

I am the Primary Literacy Lead for Astrea Academy Trust, a trust made up of 27 academies and 2 nurseries. I work with the 18 Primary schools, which are all based in South Yorkshire. I am also an Associate Consultant for the Literacy Tree Primary English Consultancy and am hugely passionate about their text-based approach to teaching […]

Kerry Park – Yorkshire

I am a Key Stage Two Teacher, ITT & ECT Mentor at Beech Grove Primary School in Middlesbrough. I am passionate about children’s literature and using high-quality texts in the classroom. In our school, reading is at the heart of everything we do, and this motivates me to provide the best experiences and models for […]

Rebecca Meaker – South

Hello there!  I am a Year 4 class teacher and the English lead at a junior school in West Sussex. During my 10 years’ teaching experience, I have been a Key Stage leader and an English lead in two different schools. I have recently returned from a two-year sabbatical as a teacher in Bangkok, where […]