Kathy MacLean is a teacher and an educational consultant with over 30 years of experience of working in Education. She has an MA in English language and literacy in education and teaches at both Roehampton University and Goldsmiths’ University. She is also employed as an Advisory teacher at CLPE (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education).
Previously Kathy was the Head of Ethnic Minority Achievement Service at Wandsworth Council. Her work included a particular focus on ensuring access to the curriculum for pupils for whom English is an additional language (EAL) and raising the attainment of Black and Minority Ethnic pupils.
Kathy is passionate about exposing children and young people to quality literature and the use of storytelling in schools. She has led on innovative projects to raise standards of literacy and promote engagement and enjoyment of reading. Her strategies involved writers and storytellers in residence projects with particular emphasis on diversity. She has also worked on storytelling projects with children and parents from a range of cultures. She gives advice and support to senior leadership and teachers in schools and provides training, coaching and mentoring for teachers and school staff.
Kathy has contributed to a number of educational publications and is the co-author of an educational pack A Caribbean History Hillsborough: a plantation in Dominica. She is a school governor and a trustee at the Children’s Discovery Centre.