Catharine is an independent consultant and trainer for English as an Additional Language and Academic Literacy. She has wide experience of working in multilingual schools and local authorities across the UK. She was Head of EAL in a London Secondary school for six years and has been a school improvement consultant and MA course tutor. Catharine recently worked as senior adviser for the British Council’s EAL Nexus project is now Secondary schools adviser at the National Literacy Trust. She also presents courses for the EAL Academy and Osiris Educational.


  • "Catharine provides expertly organised training sessions keeping an eye on the varied EAl experience of her audience. She strategically responding to additional numbers of people turning up to her session unannounced. Excellent feedback from EAL advisers, EMA coordinators and EAL teachers who attended. An excellent practical session. I recommend Catharine unreservedly."

    Lynne Hanningan, Director of Empowering Learning

  • "Catharine has a wide knowledge and expertise as a EMA/literacy trainer and in particular she has considerable expertise in supporting bilingual learners in science. For the National Strategies science programme, she used her considerable skills to develop and deliver excellent training for science consultants and teachers on how to improve literacy skills, particularly for bilingual pupils. Both the training and the materials were exceedingly well received and helped teachers understand how to imporve the achievement of pupils in science."

    Pauline Hoyle, Associate Director at STEM Learning

  • "Very informative yet practical. Good balance of activities. Lots of food for thought to take back and turn into practice!"

    SENCO, Nottinghamshire

  • "Excellent course which has reinforced many practice strategies and introduced new ideas."

    Maths teacher, Rotherham

  • "Very well organised and delivered. Good mix of input and activities and opportunities for discussion. Very practical as well as informative."

    SENCO, London

  • "Thank you for this course. It has been so useful. Full of ideas/resources we can implement. First training course I’ve been on and felt it has been worth every penny!"

    EAL teacher, Manchester

  • "This should be delivered as standard to all in education."

    English teacher - Salford

  • "Absolutely outstanding, interactive session, great resources and ideas."

    Science teacher, Newham

  • "You skillfully provided exactly what was needed on the Maths literacy and EAL session today – resources and ideas that everyone could access. Many thanks for another very enjoyable workshop."

    Federation Manager, Wokingham