Jo Parkinson

I am excited to be the Reading Doctor for Cheshire (East), I have a PGCE in Primary Education which I studied for after having my own two children.  Having taught for a number of years in primary schools, predominantly in KS1, I was eager for a new challenge and when I saw the amazing impact the Reading Doctor is having on struggling readers, I decided that the time was right to start something new and bring the concept to the North West.


I have a personal passion for reading and firmly believe reading to be central to a child’s educational development. Books have always been at the core of my teaching and creating a community of readers is highly important to my ethos.


Throughout my teaching I have worked alongside children with special educational needs, tailoring my teaching to meet their individual needs and found this most rewarding, although as a class teacher to 30 children I found fitting in the whole curriculum frustrating!


Being a Reading Doctor enables me to work on an individual basis with children, to really nurture and develop their ability to read. Reading Doctors are able to support learners to build their resilience, encourage them to take risks with their learning and enable them to develop skills which will open up a lifelong reading journey enhancing each individual. Following an initial assessment, lessons are tailored to the individual needs of the child and feedback is precise to enable readers to practise skills learnt during the lesson at home.

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