Sue Palmer, a former head teacher, has written more than 250 books, educational TV programmes and software packages on aspects of literacy. She was a contributor to several training packages for the Department for Education and Skills, including co-authorship of the National Literacy Strategy Grammar for Writing training on which all UK primary teachers were retrained in the teaching of English grammar.
Sue is also a frequent contributor to the educational press, TV and radio, a regular columnist in Times Educational Supplement and Child Education, and presents in-service courses in schools, universities and LEAs throughout the UK. She acts as an independent consultant to many organisations, including the Department for Education and Skills, the Basic Skills Agency, the National Literacy Trust and the BBC. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; Fellow of the English Association; Trustee of the English Association; Patron of the English Speaking Board; Patron of the Scottish Pre-school Play Association; Associate of the Basic Skills Agency. Her academic qualifications include Certificate in Primary Education (Moray House College, Edinburgh); Reading Diploma (Open University); Master in Education (Manchester University), all with distinction.
Recent educational publications include Literacy: What Works (co-written with Pie Corbett for Nelson Thornes); ; How to teach cross-curricular literacy and Speaking Frames (David Fulton); the hugely popular Skeleton poster books, OHTs and CDRoms (TTS), which are one of the best-selling UK educational resources, used in over 10,000 schools; and Foundations of Literacy (written with early years specialist Ros Bayley for Network Press).
Detoxing Childhood: What Parents Need to Know to Raise Happy, Successful Children (Orion, 2007)
Toxic Childhood: How The Modern World Is Damaging Our Children And What We Can Do About It (Orion, 2006)
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