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Sue Palmer is on hand, together with co-author Michaela, to make sure that the grammar, punctuation and spelling teaching in Wordsmith is top notch. Sue, a former headteacher in Scotland, has written more than 250 books, educational TV programmes and software packages on aspects of literacy. She designed and wrote several literacy training packages for the Department for Education and Skills in England, including co-authorship of the National Literacy Strategy Grammar for Writing training on which UK primary teachers were retrained in the teaching of English grammar.
Michaela Morgan brings to Wordsmith her enormous creativity and understanding of what engages children. She has written many popular books for children - including some fantastic Bug Club titles. Her work includes junior fiction, picture books, poetry and non-fiction. Michaela has been nominated – and won – numerous children’s writing awards including making the International Reading Association Children's Choice List in 2008 with Bunny Wishes: A Winter’s Tale, and the United Kingdom Reading Association (now United Kingdom Literacy Association)'s 1995 Award. Most recently she was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2013 with Walter Tull’s Scrapbook.
Janet is working with us as a consultant on Wordsmith to ensure its rigour and effectiveness. She has a long and successful career in teaching and teacher education, including 14 years as one of Her Majesty's Inspectors (HMI). Her experience is drawn on frequently by government departments in terms of developments in English - and literacy more widely.
Professor Debra Myhill has worked with us on the Pearson Primary English Ladder – the progression matrix on which Wordsmith is built. Her research includes 'Grammar for Writing?' – a three year study of the effectiveness of contextualised grammar teaching. She was also consulted for expert advice on the writing and grammar elements of the draft Primary National Curriculum.