The Falkirk Children’s Services Literacy and English Team consists of the following people:

Carol Turnbull, Team Manager

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Susan Thomson, Team Manager – my role is to:

  • Support the literacy team with moderation and assessment
  • Link to numeracy across Falkirk

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Yvonne Manning, Principal Librarian – I manage the Learning Resource Service which provides resources, information and advice to all educational establishments and partner services in Falkirk Council. I am the Bookbug co-ordinator, the contact for the Read Write Count initiative and represent Falkirk Council on the Reading Schools Accreditation programme. I am passionate about reading for enjoyment and creating a reading culture. I enjoy visiting ELCCs, nurseries and primary schools to share stories and hopefully create excitement around books and reading.

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Yvonne McBlain, Education Support Officer – my role in this team is to liaise with others to create policy, gather good practice, analyse and present literacy data, support schools, centres and practitioners and source valuable professional learning. I represent our authority at regular Forth Valley and West Lothian Regional Collaborative Literacy meetings and National Literacy Network meetings with colleagues from other authorities and Education Scotland. I might also be the literacy-focus person who is part of quality improvement visits to schools and centres.

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Judith Davies, Specific Learning Differences Support Teacher

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Louise Amos, Specific Learning Differences Support Teacher

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Ursula Busch, English as an Additional Language Support Teacher – I work with pupils for whom English is a barrier to learning. I also help schools and colleagues to support pupils for whom English is an additional language. I also promote language awareness and the importance of home languages.

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Maggie Burns, Librarian, Learning Resource Service

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Secondary School Librarians: