Just Imagine

About the authors

Wayne Tennent


Wayne Tennent worked for many years as a primary teacher in London and also spent a number of years teaching overseas. He is a Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of East London. He teaches on MA Education and doctoral programmes. His particular area of interest is literacy, and specifically, the reading comprehension process. He has worked for a number of years with schools – both primary and secondary – developing pedagogical practices to support the teaching of reading comprehension. His book, Understanding Reading Comprehension, was published in 2015.

David Reedy


David Reedy is General Secretary and Immediate Past President of the United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA) and Co-Director of the Cambridge Primary Review Trust (CPRT). Until 2014 he was Principal Adviser for primary schools in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Recent publications include contributions to Teaching English Creatively (2nd Edition, 2015, ed: Teresa Cremin), Teaching Grammar Effectively in Key Stage 1 (2016 UKLA) with Eve Bearne and Rebecca Kennedy, and Teaching Grammar Effectively in the Primary Classroom (2014 UKLA) with Eve Bearne.

Angela Hobsbaum

Angela Hobsbaum worked at the UCL/Institute of Education as a national director for Reading Recovery for 15 years, during which time she learned to appreciate the importance of giving children access to literacy and the effectiveness of scaffolded instruction.

Nikki Gamble


Nikki Gamble is Director of Just Imagine, a creative centre for teachers which puts children’s literature at the centre of learning. Formerly Head of English in the Faculty of Education at Anglia Ruskin University, Nikki has worked extensively with teachers in classrooms across the UK and internationally. Most recently she has managed the Developing Excellence in Reading project for the London Schools Excellence Fund. Recent publications include Exploring Children’s Literature (3rd edition 2013) and 4XR: A Five Step Framework for Teaching Reading 7 – 13 (2016).