Luke McNamara – Primary, English, Literacy - Lead Teacher of English, Outwood Grange Academies Trust

Since April 2014, Luke has been working across the Outwood Primary academies as Lead teacher of English with a large majority of his daily timetable consisting of classroom based support for both teachers and children. This can range from team teaching with colleagues, sharing best practice and planning focused interventions. Luke’s role also provides strategic support for each of the three Outwood Primary academies which focus on raising standards through consistent approaches to both reading and writing. This is a massively diverse and exciting role that allows him to not only tap into the shared, cross phase knowledge of the Outwood academies but also gain invaluable local, national and international CPD.

A huge passion and research focus of his is harnessing the power of hand held technology in relation to children’s writing. During Luke’s career as a teacher, and now as a lead teacher, he has implemented such ideas that have been consistently rated outstanding and have provided excitement and inspiration for young writers. Luke has also delivered training on the impact of IPads, social media and a range of apps on a local and national level (Outwood Primary Conference – York 2014).