Jean Palmer joined the University of Huddersfield in January 2013 and is a Senior Lecturer on the BA Early Primary Course and the PGCE Primary Course where she is Partnership and Placements Co-ordinator and is a tutor for English, history, geography and PSED. Over the past 16 years Jean has worked in primary schools as a teacher, subject leader, Advanced Skills Teacher (English), governor and LA officer. She has taught across the Primary phases and acted as senior mentor for GTP students. Jean has also spent 15 years working as a professional director/writer for Theatre-in Education in mainstream and special schools. As the lead consultant in Kirklees for the Every Child a Reader programme she focused on narrowing the gap for children with literacy difficulties and is an accredited trainer for the Reading Recovery programme.