Mrs. Zara Muirhead, its founding director, has 13 years’ experience in education, at Robert Clack School, specialising in literacy intervention; at West Hatch School as a KS4-KS5 teacher; and at Mayfield School as an Inclusion Teacher. Love Literacy was birthed out of a desire to support parents in ensuring their children have the best opportunity to succeed.
Love Literacy is co-directed by qualified teacher Cal-I Jonel Muirhead. Cal-I has been in education and leadership for 13 years, with Media, Drama and English specialism. He has Pastoral and Curriculum leadership through middle management. As a musician, actor and playwright, he is passionate about supporting students in developing textual analysis skills, critical thinking and a love for the Arts. He recognises the important role Performance Art plays in developing rounded individuals.
Groups sizes are smaller than traditional schooling because at Love Literacy, we recognise the impact of small-group intervention on learners' progress. This is supported by the Education Endowment Foundation and extensive research.
Through her Master’s degree in Literacy Learning and Literacy Difficulties at the Institute of Education (UCL), together with experience teaching students from pre-school age to adulthood, Zara is fully equipped to lead Love Literacy and the results speak volumes.
Cal-I is a trained actor, qualified teacher and digital media specialist. He uses his degree in Media theory to support students' grasp of text and contextual analysis. Cal-I's musical gifts, intwined with his love of literature make him a dynamic leader of Love Create.
Love Literacy is a cycle of teaching and learning for both the staff and students, and we know we’re having a positive impact.
[Love Literacy] is an environment that is so encouraging and supportive to every staff member.
I love Love Literacy because we personalise the learning and we ensure that children are taught the ‘why’ and not just the ‘how’. […] We assess students so that we can start where they are and narrow the gap whilst also pushing them beyond their comfort zone.
Every student gets to focus on bespoke targets catered to their personal development. It is a real joy seeing them work through challenges, discuss ideas with their peers. [… They] return to their respective school classrooms with a greater sense of confidence in their own abilities.
Love Literacy online provides engaging 4 and 6-week courses* for a range of learners, developing specific areas of the curriculum, GCSEs and 11+ objectives.
Upon booking, students access the site using their unique log-in details and have access to weekly learning materials, live lessons and homework.
Adult literacy courses are seasonal 4-week programmes, aimed at developing oracy and written competence and confidence. Pre-enrol to be informed of the next course dates.
Student are taught by qualified teachers and supported by Intervention Assistants. Weekly homework is given with detailed feedback upon submission.
Differentiated homework assesses progress and students and parents are given both formative and summative feedback on their progress. Formal assessments are given each half-term.