I’m Catherine Millar and I’ve been a teacher and school leader since 2001. I have taught in inner-city schools in Glasgow, leafy-lane rural schools in North Yorkshire and on Europe’s largest army garrison. I’ve been a school governor (both as a parent and as an expert educator) and now help schools raise attainment the best way possible – through promoting a love of reading.
As a teacher, we'd had repeated 'Requires Improvement' judgements and were struggling to close the gap. We’d tried every intervention going and were all working incredibly hard getting nowhere. I did what good educators do – I turned to the research. What I found transformed my teaching, pupils’ outcomes and all of our stress levels, all for the better.
I've since gone on to help other schools motivate their pupils to read and seen similar transformations in their reading culture, attitudes to learning and pupil progress and attainment.
I'm a member of the Children's Laureate Advisory Steering Panel and support the six schools in Cressida Cowell's Life-Changing Libraries campaign.
As an expert in both reading for pleasure and primary school libraries, I've spoken at local conferences in the North East and nationally at the Guardian Education Centre, the Bookseller Conference and Herne Hill Kids' Litfest.
During the Covid pandemic I launched Lockdown Children's Litfest, a series of long-form interviews with inspirational children's authors and experts in the children's book industry.
I'm passionate about helping teachers, school staff and parents motivate children to read. I'd love to come and support your school!
Come & join my library where you will find a wealth of resources to help promote a love of reading in your school.