Meet the creators of Shine

Shine Reading Skills 

Kate Ruttle

Kate Ruttle

Kate has spent over 30 years in primary classrooms, teaching from nursery to Year 6. She has worked as SENCO and Deputy Head for 10 years, establishing networking groups for local SENCOs to support and learn from each other. Kate has worked as an advisory teacher for literacy and inclusion in various local authorities and is a specialist teacher and assessor for dyslexia. Having been involved in educational publishing (in the UK and internationally) for over 25 years, Kate has written resources for all major UK educational publishers (including PiRA for RS Assessment from Hodder Education and On Track English: Reading Comprehension for Rising Stars). She has also been involved in setting reading papers for both the English and Welsh National Tests.

Dee Reid

Dee Reid

Dee started teaching way back in 1974, and her first teaching job was in an Upper School for Girls in Kent (which has since been demolished)! After having her own children, Dee realised that helping young learners become readers was extremely rewarding, so she retrained as a primary school teacher. Later, she taught English to undergraduates at Oxford Brookes University and has also worked as a tutor at the Centre for the Teaching of Reading at Reading University. Dee then broadened her horizons and became a primary literacy consultant running courses for teachers all over the world. More recently, she co-authored On Track English: Reading Comprehension for Rising Stars and has also been delivering webinar training

Shine Maths

Eleanor Hick

Until 2011, Eleanor was a Primary Adviser and Inclusion (SEN) Adviser for Lancashire County Council, involved in the development of a range of materials. She was also the lead adviser for the IDP (Inclusion Development Programme) in Lancashire, which produced the Key Resources series to support schools in accessing provision for pupils. Prior to joining LCC, Eleanor worked in several schools in Salford and was a Headteacher until 2000. In 2011 she established Inclusive Learning Lancashire Ltd and has been working independently with schools, teachers and SENCOs across Lancashire and Cumbria to improve the education and outcomes of primary aged children with special needs. Eleanor has also developed training related to memory and learning, refined systems for individual pupil planning and monitoring of progress. Eleanor has worked with a number of schools providing consultancy support and advice as well as running termly SENCO training days. She is Chair of Governors of a primary school and very recently joined the Governing Body of an EBD secondary special school in Lancashire. Eleanor authored On Track Maths with Katharine Rogerson and is thrilled to have been able to work with her again when developing Shine Maths.

Katharine Rogerson

Based in Lancashire, Katharine has taught KS1 and EYFS in large and small schools for over a decade. She has also helped nurseries to create successful transition routines, ensuring school readiness. Recently, Katharine supported the review of the Rising Stars Early Years Maths Curriculum and co-authored On Track Maths.

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