Mighty oaks start from the smallest of seeds and The Literacy Tree Learning Consultancy started when Anthony Legon and Lynn Sear saw a gap for a different sort of Educational Consultancy specialising in helping schools, parents, publishers and other organisations access the same knowledge about how children can become critical readers, thinkers and writers for a 21st century.
At the heart of this enterprise was a passion for quality children’s literature and a belief that if children can engage with books early, they will take these skills on through life; blossoming with their knowledge about how to read and write for enjoyment.
We might be a small company, but that doesn’t stop our core beliefs and ethics being very big indeed. In fact, they are at the root of everything we do.
At the Literacy Tree, we believe…
• All children have the right to be critical readers, thinkers and writers.
• Children’s lives can be enriched through quality literature.
• Learning should be an exciting and engaging process.
After training as a teacher with a degree in Drama-in-Education, Lynn has worked as a Primary class teacher in Early Years, Key Stages 1 and 2 as well as an Advanced Skills Teacher, ICT subject leader, Literacy subject leader and deputy head in schools across London before becoming a Literacy consultant for a local authority and then independently. Lynn is always looking for ways to engage children in literature to not only support Reading for Pleasure, but as a platform to inspire high quality writing and actually used this as a focus for her MA in Achievement and Equity in Education which was completed at the Institute of Education. Lynn is a KS1 and KS2 moderator for writing and has led on training for moderators in Southwark Local Authority.
Lynn reads children’s books avidly (obsessively actually), so it is lucky she has two children to read to every night who have started recommending books for her! Outside of The Literacy Tree, Lynn is a board member of Theatre Centre, on the editorial board of Primary Update magazine and is a fellow of the RSA.
After graduating with a degree in English Literature from Durham University and qualifying as a teacher, Anthony taught children in Key Stages 1 and 2 in Primary Schools across London. He has always nurtured a particular passion for English, and has been a Leading Teacher and an English Subject Leader. As an Advanced Skills Teacher (AST), Anthony worked with local schools in both Merton and later Islington to help improve their English provision and develop book-based curricula. Moving to Southwark Local Authority to work as a Literacy Consultant further fuelled his interest in how engaging, high-quality texts can be used to create equally high-quality written outcomes. Anthony is also an experienced Key Stage 1 and 2 moderator.
As well as being a self-confessed grammar-geek, he also enjoys exploring ways of using film to teach Literacy, and developing different ways to use Book Making to publish children’s writing. Above everything else, he is passionate about children’s literature, particularly picture books; harbouring a dream of one day having his own published!
After qualifying from Edinburgh University in Scotland with a BEd Honours in Primary Education and specialisms in English and Music, Pippa began her teaching career in London. To date she has been a class teacher in years 1, 4 and 6, PSHE and music coordinator, English subject leader, deputy head teacher and a local authority consultant initially supporting general school improvement, before becoming an LA literacy adviser. After managing a nursery for 0-3s and helping to set up an independent pre-school, Pippa became an independent consultant. She is an experienced moderator and has led on a range of innovative learning projects, including one in conjunction with Roehampton University.Pippa works with teachers to unlock their own creativity and then demonstrates how this translates into learning and teaching, weaving in the necessary reading and writing skills to be taught along the way within an exciting and meaningful context.
Her daughter has had a love of books instilled from a very young age and much of Pippa's inspiration comes from the principles of supporting early childhood development and how these can and should translate further up the school, especially for children who have gaps in their experience. Dressing up and role play activities in year 6? Absolutely!
Outside of consultancy work, Pippa is a governor at her daughter's school.
Naughty Bus by Jan Oke
"I like this book because... it is a book that could be used throughout a school to produce photo stories, films and inspire sequels of 'naughty' deeds. Beautifully presented - the typography is as wonderful as the photos themselves."
The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan
"I like this book because... it appeals to my sense of the absurd. Shaun Tan’s abstract illustrations are sublime. The book is laugh-out-loud funny, but the underlying message is incredibly touching."
I Want my Hat Back by Jon Klassen
"I like this book because... it's quirky, amusing and ever so slightly dark, this beautifully illustrated book is perfect for dipping a toe in the water of imagery and inference."