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Adam Lancaster

Adam LancasterAdam Lancaster is first and foremost a school librarian. He is also an award winning Assistant Headteacher specialising in literacy, reading, and libraries. He has worked as a literacy consultant providing organisations in and out of education with literacy programmes. These include Civitas, The National Literacy Trust and The Reading Agency, Booktrust, Save the Children and others.   

Adam has previously worked as a school literacy and reading advisor for Hertfordshire County Council running numerous INSETs for school and library staff as well as tailored critical friend, pre and post Ofsted and literacy leadership training for schools and their libraries. In 2012 he was named the School Library Associations School Librarian of the Year.

He is the founder of National Non-Fiction Day and llustr8or, a visual literacy project working in areas of low literacy across the country as well as being past Chairman of national reading charity The Federation of Children’s Book Groups and sits on numerous panels discussion reading and literacy.

Adam is currently working with developers on a programme to show the impact of reading and reading for pleasure in schools as well as a number of dedicated interventions to improve reading. He is a Thought-Leader for education and technology company EAS as well as writing numerous newsletters for publishers such as OUP. He is published writer of both short stories and education books.

Adam currently provides a range of training for School Library Services, as well as individual training and consultancy for schools, school librarians, literacy coordinators and SEND departments. He works with schools in setting up new libraries or re-developing existing ones.

He has a wide range of INSET sessions but can also provide INSET to any required specification. If you would like to find out more visit his website www.adamlancaster.co.uk or contact aln[at]monkswalk.herts.sch.uk. You can also read his blog at www.readingeducator.wordpress.com.


Eveline van Eijsden - Hachette Children's Books

"Adam's knowledge and experience is second to none. His insets offer a great opportunity to learn more and gain a better understanding of the subject but the way he he delivers them really makes a difference. You know when he makes a comment it comes from a huge knowledge and experience base."

Peter Bone - Portsmouth SLS

"Adam has visited us on a couple of occasions recently to talk to groups of school library managers, one being  Primary School and the other Secondary School level. What was noticeable was the enthusiasm that Adam communicated and the expertise that lay behind what he said. It is clear that his own school library is exceptionally well managed and really making a difference to the pupils and their reading and learning. We felt that we were really hearing from someone who had things to teach us."

Julia Bateson - Managing Director Excite-Ed and Difference

"Adam is not only a great advocate of literacy but also of learning in general."

Nikki Marsh – Booktrust

"Adam has a wealth of experience in a number of different areas. Not only he is an exceptional librarian with a wide knowledge of libraries and books but his work through the Federation has given him a view of the wider issues surrounding books and reading and literacy."

Robert Whelan - CIVITAS

"I am immensely impressed by Adam's knowledge and the work he has done for us in our volumes. His input has really added to all our books."

Comments from INSET courses

"Adam really got me thinking about how I see my post in terms of the whole school. Really useful."

"Adam is so well informed, and a great communicator!”

"Adam's ideas for working across the curriculum were incredibly useful. I know what I'm going to try when I get back to school!"

"Excellent day and perfect for what we are as a school at the moment. Plenty of practical ideas to take back. Need Adam at a staff meeting!"

"A thoroughly enjoyable day. Really interesting. Adam is a good speaker and presenter with enough information with small activities as oppose to mind numbing brain storms. Thank you for a lovely day."