About Pip

pipstjohn thumbnailPip St John is an independent education consultant based in North West England. With over 30 years teaching and consultancy experience, Pip specialises in speech, language and communication and is passionate about vocabulary learning.

Pip’s aims:

  • To improve children’s communicative skills through cultivating a legacy of awareness and support to promote communication, speaking, listening and literacy skills.
  • To create the catalysts to improve children’s speaking and listening skills to underpin and promote effective understanding and comprehension.

Why word knowledge?

For Pip, the purpose of developing word knowledge and narrative skills is to use them to enhance listening and reading comprehension. Vocabulary knowledge is the visible top of the iceberg – it drives comprehension and underpins its success. Pip’s work is built upon a strong evidence base, constantly mindful of the clearest correlations between deprivation and the vital language development that leads to reading. Pip’s task is to support and develop children’s speaking and listening regardless of their starting point to support the critical route to knowledge, creativity and confidence and make learning fun!

Professional and academic work

Pip is a founder member of the North West Network Speech and Language Group and also the secretary of the National Association of Professionals concerned with Language Impairment in Children (NAPLIC). Pip holds an MSc in Language an Communication Impairment in Children from the University of Sheffield (link to academic publications).

In April 2014 her Pre-Teaching Vocabulary (PTV) resource (available to download here) was added to The Communications Trust What Works database at the ‘indicative’ level.

She has been fortunate to have worked in a number of different schools since the Language for Life Partnership was formed, ranging from sessional to service level agreement /contracted work.

Pip’s role as specialist speech and language consultant teacher is:

  • To ensure all children are supported to communicate to the very best of their ability, especially for those with speech, language and communication needs and /or Developmental Language disorders (SLCN DLD).
  • To improve children’s communicative skills through cultivating a legacy of professional awareness, knowledge to promote communication, speaking, listening and literacy skills.
  • To create the catalysts to improve children’s speaking and listening skills to underpin and promote effective understanding and comprehension.

Well developed and enhanced language skills are paramount in order for a child to understand what is said, to express themselves, their feelings and needs and are key to their mental health, well-being as well as academic attainment in our schools.

Pip has maintained a core of schools where she has worked on a fortnightly basis ranging from one year to over six years input. They include: –

  • Wensley Fold C of E Primary Academy, Blackburn (LfL hub school)
  • The Redeemer C of E Primary, Blackburn
  • St. Silas C of E Primary School, Blackburn,
  • Feniscowles County Primary School, Blackburn
  • St. Aidan’s Primary School, a C of E Academy, Blackburn
  • St. Thomas’ C of E Primary School, Blackburn
  • Shadsworth Infant School, Blackburn
  • Roe Lee Primary School, Blackburn
  • St Matthew’s C of E School, Blackburn
  • Holy Trinity C of E School, Blackburn
  • St Michael with St John’s C of E Primary School, Blackburn
  • St Stephens C of E Primary School, Tockholes, Darwen

She has had the pleasure to work on a sessional basis in the following schools:

  • St. Stephen’s C of E Primary, Blackburn
  • St. Luke and St. Philips C of E Primary School, Blackburn
  • St. Barnabas C of E Academy, Darwen
  • Walverden Primary School, Colne
  • Meadowhead Junior School, Blackburn

She has also trained a large number of School Direct and SCITT students across the North West of England who have taken on board the importance of language underpinning literacy and numeracy and the critical role of vocabulary teaching and learning in a child’s cognitive development and developing literacy skills.

Her work has been highlighted in the Special Children publication (September / October 2018) Supporting children to learn new words; Three programmes that are helping to develop children’s vocabulary and fluency” 

 

 

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