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Maria Richards
Maria Richards

All About Maria Richards

Maria Richards is a freelance Literacy Consultant specialising in specifically targeted in-school support for raising standards and achievement in literacy.

Maria is also part of the National Talk for Writing team. She is the only Somerset consultant to be a Pie Corbett accredited talk for writing trainer, training nationally across the UK and now internationally with English speaking schools.
Maria first became involved in Talk for Writing as part of the National Literacy Strategy South West pilot in 2007. Since then she has worked with schools to implement the techniques and strategies in order to raise standards in writing. She has delivered training for many different settings, including the secondary phase and continues to offer INSET days, planning days and one to one support to embed Talk for Writing into everyday practice. Additionally, she works regularly with groups of schools, successfully raising their writing standards through focussed, consistent use of Talk for Writing. Maria can offer bespoke support, to match a school’s priorities, contexts and development.

Reviews and Recommendations

“Maria has worked with our school for the last 18 months as we have implemented the T4W process. She is a great ambassador for the strategy. She is extremely enthusiastic, has brilliant ideas and is passionate about the improved outcomes for children, achieved through T4W. Maria has worked tirelessly to constantly support, enthuse and guide us. She has been totally invaluable to our school in improving writing opportunities for our children.” – Headteacher

“The Talk for Writing training in our school has allowed teaching staff to be re-energised and really enjoy teaching writing, whilst at the same time raising standards! Thank you for the high quality training which has inspired all staff, which in turn has inspired the pupils.” – Headteacher

“Maria provides outstanding INSET and support without fail! Her passion for Talk for Writing enthuses others and is always founded in reality, making every session a “gold mine of practical nuggets” that can be applied within any class room.” –Headteacher

“Maria’s INSET is inspirational. Our staff always ask for more! After our recent parents’ workshop led by Maria, they said that every mum and dad should get a chance to see Maria’s approach to writing!” – Headteacher

“When we need support to improve writing within our school Maria is ALWAYS our number one choice; we only use the best!!” – Headteacher

“Maria is a breath of fresh air – handing on the essential skills of literacy teaching in such an engaging way. She has a breadth of practical classroom experience and this, combined with her sense of humour and enthusiastic delivery, ensure that her training sessions are hugely informative and entertaining.” – Learning Partnership Co-ordinator and ex-Headteacher

Maria also offers a range of additional training and consultancy for primary schools, which includes:
– School improvement for literacy
– Subject leader support and development
– Teaching reading/Guided reading
– Teaching spelling
– Literacy and ICT
– Effective marking and feedback

To Make a Booking

To make an enquiry about Maria Richards, or any of the other authors, poets & illustrators listed on this website, please phone Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at