About Sarah Green, The Literacy Coach

Sarah is an experienced teacher and senior leader working as Trust Director for Literacy across The Prospere Learning Trust.

Alongside this role, she provides independent consultancy services and is a Trustee for Greater Manchester Academies Trust (GMAT).

English Expert

Sarah is a qualified secondary English teacher with 20 years of experience teaching in varied contexts across Tameside, Stockport and Manchester.

She is an experienced English Curriculum Leader and AQA GCSE examiner. She has extensive experience of supporting trainees in the role of ITT Subject Mentor, and is currently working with Bright Futures as programme facilitator for their ECT Secondary English cohorts.

She is passionate about mixed-attainment teaching and the development of curriculum and assessment within English.

She also provides trust-wide English support for Ofsted inspections, quality assurance reviews and curriculum development.

Experienced Leader

Sarah has held a range of middle and senior leadership positions including Interventions Lead, English Curriculum Leader and Whole School Oracy Lead.

She became a Voice21 National Oracy Leader in 2017(first cohort) and holds the National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership (NPQSL).

She has worked as an Assistant Headteacher leading on literacy, oracy and quality of education, as well as Trust Assistant Headteacher across Prospere schools (mainstream and specialist provision).

She currently works as Trust Director of Literacy, providing Ofsted and school-to-school support. She is also a Trustee for Greater Manchester Academies Trust in North Manchester.

EEF Content Specialist

Sarah is a former national Literacy Content Specialist for The Education Endowment Foundation. She led their national literacy campaign on reading fluency between 2021-22, working alongside literacy expert Alex Quigley.

She developed literacy professional development programmes based on the EEF Literacy guidance reports and supported leaders within the Research School Network to deliver these at national scale.

She created a range of exemplification resources for school leaders, including podcasts, videos, blogs and downloadable resources. 

She worked with the DfE and EEF policy team, as well as developing national partnerships.

Evidence Lead in Education

Sarah became an ELE with Manchester Communication Research School in 2020.

Within this role, she is responsible for the exemplification of research evidence in education, and for delivering professional development programmes for schools, MATs and LEAs across the North-West.

She provides leadership coaching and wraparound support for school leaders, specialising in improving literacy and outcomes for disadvantaged pupils.

She continues to support the Research School in their development of regional partnerships, exemplification of research evidence and effective implementation in schools.

We have been delighted to collaborate with Sarah, who has delivered keynotes at our virtual and in-person secondary conferences. She is a brilliant communicator, expertly interleaving research and classroom practice to support school leaders and teachers in how to develop high-quality literacy provision for all students.

Nisha Tank, Programme Manager for School Improvement for The National Literacy Trust 

Effective professional development expert

Sarah holds the TDT Associate Qualification in CPD Leadership, meaning she is both a local and national Champion of professional development. She has applied her knowledge of effective professional development to the design and development of training programmes for the EEF, Research School Network and The Prospere Learning Trust.

She can help cultivate transformative CPD leadership in your school or trust through use of leading research, the DfE CPD Standards and best international practice around CPD.

She can support schools and trusts to:

  • Identify priorities for staff development - school leaders, teachers and teaching assistants.
  • Design a professional development curriculum which will lead to clear impact.
  • Develop senior and middle leadership teams through bespoke CPD and train-the-trainer sessions.
  • Create a framework for CPD evaluation.

The Education Endowment Foundation Content Specialist Team 2021-22

Sarah is incredibly proud to have worked with this dream team of Content Specialist Alumni, who have now become life-long colleagues and friends.

From left to right: Simon Cox, Director of Blackpool Research School; Julie Kettlewell, Assistant Director of Huntington Research School; Alex Quigley, EEF National Content and Engagement Manager; Sarah Green, Director of Literacy at Prospere Learning Trust (above); Dr Kirstin Mulholland, Associate Professor at Northumbria University; Bob Pritchard, Physics Teacher at Wirral Grammar School for Girls (above); Dr Nikki Kaiser, Director of Norwich Research School; Fliss James, Director of East London Research School; Kirsten Mould, EEF Senior Content Manager; Caroline Bilton, Deputy Head at Cragside Primary; and Gary Aubin, Director of SEND at Future Academies.



Pupil Premium Reviewer

Sarah has completed DfE accredited training via The Golden Thread Teaching School Hub, which enables her to be deployed by an NLE to review schools' use of the Pupil Premium. 

In her EEF Content Specialist role, she worked with the policy team and the DfE to develop the 'menu of approaches' as part of the Pupil Premium Conditions of Grant, and contributed to the EEF's Guide to the Pupil Premium.

She also works closely with Pupil Premium expert and advisor to the DfE, Marc Rowland, to disseminate the evidence on improving literacy and outcomes for disadvantaged pupils.

“I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful recording you put together for our staff at Phoenix. It was really well received; staff were engaged and took away lots of useful strategies and new knowledge from the session. It complemented all of the literacy initiatives we are pushing as a school and staff feedback has been very positive.”

Amrita Sangha, Senior Leader at Phoenix Collegiate