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Steve Willshaw

English consultant, coach, and creator and distributor of Rooted in Reading

Steve has been an English teacher for 36 years, including ten as a head of department in two comprehensive schools and seven years as the Senior School Improvement Consultant responsible for English in Lincolnshire. One of his current roles is as the secondary English consultant for NASBTT (click the Facebook icon to visit the NASBTT secondary English group that Steve convenes). He is the chair of the National Baccalaureate Trust and a trustee of the National Association of Advisers in English. He is the creator and distributor of Rooted in Reading, the reading for pleasure programme he began in 2008. For more details, visit the Rooted in Reading page on this site.

Steve has spoken at a range of national conferences and international conferences on English, reading and literacy issues.

Steve offers consultancy on all aspects of English teaching, subject leadership, reading and literacy, with a clear focus on improving teaching and learning and curriculum development.

Contact Details

Steve is based in Reepham, near Lincoln, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom and is happy to connect in person or virtually. Email him to discuss consultancy or coaching work.


"Functional Fluency and TIFF have been very positive for my school, enabling me and my colleagues to grow as teachers, leaders and people. It has clarified what I feel, helped me to see the bigger picture and given me things to work on but it has also helped me to have belief and certainty in my “be yourself” approach. As a result, I am going to try and stop taking things too personally and, instead, provide good structure to help colleagues solve their own problems." 

Simon Evans, Headteacher, The Priory Pembroke Academy, Lincolnshire

Rooted in Reading


Read Steve's blog - it includes numerous pieces about how to implement Rooted in Reading in your school as well as general reflections on English teaching and literacy.

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