Jayne Welsh

Lead Consultant for Secondary Reading Strategy, Birmingham Educational Partnership (BEP)
Learning and Development Lead for Literacy, Ark St. Albans Academy/Ark Regional Network, Birmingham

Jayne has over 20 years’ experience of working in education in Birmingham. She is a specialist for Reading Intervention and Literacy, constantly striving to further develop highly effective and dependable, rapid impact, evidence based programmes, replicable across schools, to raise the attainment of LPA, PP and SEND pupils entering Secondary School. Jayne has accumulated a wealth of experience, working as a practitioner, consultant and in leadership roles across all phases and educational establishments, including Primary, Secondary, SEND and Pupil Referral Units. She is a dedicated professional with a passion for inspiring disadvantaged youngsters to attain beyond expectations.

Jayne began her career as a Primary teacher, preparing students for end of KS2 examinations. A desire to support pupils with challenging behaviour led her into the Special Education sector, taking on a teaching role as Behaviour and Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD) Specialist for Yr. 2-11 with a literacy and numeracy focus. During her following stay in the USA, Jayne taught Yr. 6 students at risk of failing grade level tests in Maths and English in an Elementary School serving communities with high levels of social disadvantage. Jayne returned to England to work for Birmingham’s Behaviour Support Service as Centre Manager of one of six Secondary Pupil Referral Units. After eight years of working in this environment and witnessing repeatedly the correlation between exclusion and reading ages under 9 yrs., Jayne embarked upon a mission, moving into Secondary education. Initially leading on Reading Intervention, her role in a Birmingham Ark Secondary school rapidly expanded to a senior leadership position with responsibility for culture, ethos and whole school literacy. Following her reading programmes’ success, Jayne began consulting in other schools within the Ark Network to develop best practice in literacy and reading.

In her BEP role, Jayne leads on the Secondary Reading Pilot, developing and delivering CPD programmes for leaders in education and an intensive training and coaching programme for teachers of reading.
Besides her consultancy commitment to BEP and the Ark Regional Network, Jayne remains a classroom practitioner, which ensures securely grounded elements of best practice are embedded in her training programmes. Targeting strategic school improvement for reading and literacy, Jayne aims to transform outcomes for young people by placing reading and ‘language for learning’ at the heart of every school curriculum.


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