Order your copy of WORD POWER: Amplifying vocabulary instruction here.

To read an interview about my new book, Word Power, with Anna Whiteley for the Pobble blog, click here.

NEW! Download a free display copy of the Word Power League of superheroes for your classroom display here A4 Word Power League Characters for display.

To learn more about the Word Power League of vocabulary superheroes and how they can help your pupils Power-Up word learning, click here.


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With 20 years of experience in education, Kelly Ashley (@kashleyenglish) has worked both nationally and internationally in teaching, leadership and advisory roles. She currently works with schools and organisations across the UK, offering bespoke training and consultancy support on all aspects of the primary English curriculum. Kelly’s keen interest in vocabulary and language development has led to the publication of her first book, Word Power: Amplifying vocabulary instruction (available from August 2019).  Kelly serves as a member of the CollectivEd advisory board (Leeds Beckett University) and also as a UKLA rep (United Kingdom Literacy Association) with Nikki Gamble for North Yorkshire and Cleveland.

Recent feedback from training and school support:

‘Outstanding session. Kelly was extremely engaging and provided lots of very useable strategies and resources to support the teaching of vocabulary. I also loved the texts she read and cannot wait to go back into school and put them into teaching.’ (English lead, Cambridgeshire)

‘As a result of Kelly’s vocabulary training, we were able to come back to school and disseminate some of the key messages through our staff meetings. Since the training, we have noticed an increased emphasis on the importance of vocabulary within our school language and many quick actions have been implemented.’ (Headteacher, Warrington)

‘Thank you so much for the time you spent preparing and working with the teachers at Magellan. You were fabulous and the teachers really took a lot away from your sessions. They are already working on ways to implement new ideas using engaging texts.’ (Senior leader, Magellan Charter School, North Carolina, USA)

‘Kelly was very knowledgeable and provided clear leadership, delivery and support for the project.’ (Teacher, SSIF project, North Yorkshire)

‘Excellent ideas to make teaching more fun!’ (ITT student, Knaresborough)

To organise training or support for your school or organisation, contact kellyashleyconsultancy@outlook.com or via Twitter @kashleyenglish


Recent publications:

Word Power: Creating a Language-Rich Environment (Chartered College of Teaching, May 2018)

Use Word Power to Close the Word Gap (Teachwire, June 2018)

13 of the Best Vocabulary Teaching Ideas for KS1/2  (Teachwire, September 2018).

Working Together: Coaching as the compass in the journey of implementation (CollectivEd working papers, September 2018)

Real Writing: Writing across the curriculum in science SSIF report (North Star TSA, May 2019)
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