Primary English is a training company run by Rachel Clarke. The company works with Primary Schools to improve the teaching of English through training, INSET days, cluster meetings and teacher coaching. Primary English specialises in developing bespoke training based on the specific needs of our clients.
As the Director of Primary English, Rachel works with education professionals to improve all aspects of English teaching in the Primary Years. During her 20+ years in Primary Education she has taught in a Special Measures school, an Education Action Zone, held the positions of: SENCO, English Subject Leader and Deputy Headteacher. Before establishing Primary English, Rachel worked as an English Consultant for Coventry Local Authority. She holds the TTA SENCO standards, has completed Ofsted Inspection Skills training from TRIBAL and has been a member of the UKLA National Council as a representative for the West Midlands region. Rachel has a Masters Degree in Education and was awarded a distinction for her research.
Rachel is a knowledgeable and motivational trainer who carefully facilitates the improved understanding, knowledge and skills of others. Rachel specialises in creating bespoke support for schools based on the precise interpretation of their specific needs. Rachel believes in collaborative approaches to learning and so ensures that her training sessions include opportunities for discussion and practical activity. Whether coaching subject leaders, running workshops, courses or INSET days Rachel is a considerate trainer who aims to bring out the best in all the professionals with whom she works.
Rachel is an experienced writer and Series Editor. She is the Series Editor of the popular Reading Detectives series from Keen Kite Books and was part of the writing team that produced the KS2 Guided Reading Handbooks for Collins Big Cat. She writes for Teach Primary magazine and blogs here on the Primary English website. Rachel’s LinkedIn profile.
Charlotte and Rachel worked together for five years at Coventry Local Authority and founded Primary English together towards the end of 2013. Only a few months after forming the company, Charlotte became unwell; and in October 2014 died. Whilst she is no longer with us, Charlotte will always be at the heart of Primary English.
Clips from two guided reading sessions in John Shelton Primary School in Coventry. Rachel is using two of the titles from The Mini Tales Pack with a year 5 and year 6 group of children whilst addressing some key reading objectives.