Training evaluations

I love delivering my training days! I pride myself on creating innovative sessions that really make teachers think. My aim is to give them a resource bank to dip into and, hopefully, a huge smile on their face. Learning should be fun and meaningful.

Here is some of the feedback that I have received: 

Creating a reading school:

Working with Dawn has really made me think carefully about how to develop reading throughout my school. Her ideas are so achievable and her inspiration is infectious! I can’t wait to implement everything!” Assistant Head, Higher Openshaw Primary, Manchester.

My head is buzzing with ideas and I can’t wait to get my classroom and pass these opportunities of learning to my pupils and colleagues! Thank you so much!”  Literacy Subject Leader, Highfield Primary School.

Really engaging and enjoyable! You have inspired me to do a lot more with reading.” Class teacher, St Richard’s RC Primary, Manchester. 

Exceptional course delivery – exactly what I needed. Thank you”    Class teacher, Lostuck Primary, Bolton. 

Bringing Literacy to life in E.Y.F.S. (various training days): 

A great course. Gave our EYFS team real food for thought. Loved all the ideas to bring texts to life and how to really engage our boys. Come and work in Wales please!!!”   Deputy Head teacher, Ponty-clun Primary, Cardiff .

Exceptionally high quality! Delivery was fun and uplifting. Materials /resources – inspirational. Excellent!”    Nursery Teacher, St Marks Primary School, Manchester.

So much to think about! I loved the day because it was so full of new ideas.Reception Teacher, St Edmunds Primary, Manchester.

I am going to go away and look at all the texts that I was going to use with new eyes!”  Reception teacher, Blackpool Hub.

 “Delivery of the course and resources shared were exceptional, just what we needed. Extremely motivating and inspirational. Dawn has brilliant!”  Head teacher, Charles Saer Primary School, Blackpool.

Bringing Literacy to life in Year 1: 

Delivery of the course and resources shared were exceptionally. Extremely motivating and inspiring.”    Year 1 NQT teacher Whitefield Infant School, Nelson. 

Jam-packed full of ideas and inspiration. I’m really looking forward to planning my next literacy lessons. Everything was of excellent quality.Year 1 teacher, St Francis RC Primary, Manchester. 

Bringing Literacy to life in Year 2: 

I have been teaching for many years and am always looking for new ideas. This training gave me lots of food for thought and inspiration too. Great to be able to work with someone who is so knowledgeable and approachable Many thanks.” Class teacher, Willow Tree Primary School, Salford.

Inspirational ideas that can be used straight away. Loads of great resources provided on the disc. Brilliantly presented – Dawn oozed enthusiasm and I can’t wait to put some ideas into practice.” Year 2 teacher/Literacy Subject Leader, St Anne’s Primary School, Manchester.

An excellent course! The best one I have been on since starting teaching. Very engaging.’ Year 2 teacher, St Matthews CE Primary, Manchester.

Bringing Literacy to life in Year 3: 

Fantastic – loads of information and great that it’s all on a disc, so when I forget I can go back and remind myself. Great balance of listening and participation. Thank you.”  Year 3 teacher, William Hulme, Manchester.

Excellent course – tons of ideas, resources and information.”             Year 3 teacher, Holy Cross and All the Saints Primary School, Salford.

Dawn was inspiring and the fact that Dawn is still in the classroom helps to really inspires me.’  Year 3 teacher, St Matthews Primary, Manchester.

Bringing Literacy to life in Year 4: 

Delivery was very fast paced and interesting. As an NQT it was very accessible to me. Lots of physical examples/ ideas for teaching, which I will use from Monday!  I understand now why so many people have recommended your course to me – very inspirational, thank you!Year 4 NQT St Peters R.C. Primary School, Salford.

Dawn’s training is thought-provoking, but also really practical. I left with a huge smile on my face and lots of great ideas to inspire my class with. I now have a list of texts that I am eager to explore and a variety of techniques that will hopefully raise standards in my class. Fantastic!”  Year 4 teacher, St Pauls Primary, Manchester. 

One of the best training days ever. So many wonderful and inspiring ideas by someone who obviously lover books, teaching and children. Thank you.”  Year 4 teacher, Moorside Primary School, Salford. 

Bringing Literacy to life in Year 5: 

“My head is buzzing with ideas and I can’t wait to get back to my classroom and pass these opportunities of learning to my pupils and colleagues! Thank you so much!”  Year 5 teacher, St Matthews Primary School, Manchester.

A really good day. It was great to be given high quality texts that I can go away and use immediately. Some very innovative approaches too that my class will love. Thanks.’  Year 5 teacher, St Charles Primary School, Salford. 

Loads of content, loads of ideas, loads of material and resources – my head hurts because it’s full of things I really want to use.Year 5 teacher, St Mary’s RCPS Rochdale. 

Bringing Literacy to life in Year 6: 

Today was jam-packed and bursting with high quality resources and ideas to inject life into my current practice. Thank you.”  Year 6 teacher/ Deputy Head teacher St. Marys R.C. Primary School, Manchester. 

Dawn is such an inspirational and knowledgeable woman. Her courses are fantastic and I always come away from them with a million ideas, which I am dying to use back in the classroom. Thank you!!”  Year 6 teacher, Holy Cross Primary, Oldham.

Wonderfully presented by a trainer who shows enthusiasm and great interest in literacy. I would definitely recommend this course to other staff. Many thanks.”  Year 6 teacher/Deputy Head teacher Burnley Road Academy, Hebden Bridge. 

Bringing History to life: 

“This was the best in-service/training day I have ever been on! Brilliant. Lots of ideas for subject leaders to think about –  clarification of what we are doing was great, but there was also lots of ideas for the development. Great help with the New Curriculum. Thank you.”     History subject leader, Prospect Vale Primary, Cheadle. 

An excellent day. Makes me want to ‘fight’ for some creative teaching methods, which may have been lost .”  Class teacher, Crompton Primary. Oldham.  

Moderating writing in KS 1 / KS 2 at Madeleine Lindley with Maddy Barnes: 

Great to hear the most up-to-date information in a really informative and interesting way. Good to have a disc to take away full of resources and ideas to help get our children ready. Many thanks.Literacy subject leader, St Phillips R.C. Primary School, Salford.

A brilliant day – both presenters were inspirational – thanks very much.” Teacher, St Wilfred’s, Manchester 

 Fantastic day. Great range of strategies, ideas and resources. Thank you so much! Can’t wait to get back to school now and share ideas.Teacher, Moorside Primary School, Salford 


  1. Lauren Earnshaw


    Came on to nosy at the website after another fantastic training day today! 🙂 Inspirational and motivating….just what I needed with a HMI visit in a couple of weeks! Now feel very prepared to battle (talk) with them and fight our corner. Especially regarding implementing the new curriculum but keeping a love of books at the heart of our teaching. 🙂

    Thanks again!

    Lauren 🙂

    • Dawn

      Thanks for such a positive endorsement. I know you are passionate about books and feel they should be at the heart of what you do. If you can give children a real love of reading then writing will flow!
      Keep up the good work and have faith in what you believe in! I really do think that if you care and think about the learning then it will shine through. Good luck, Dawn.

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