Who we are

The Directors

Pie Corbett and John Stannard CBE

Pie Corbett is the originator of Talk for Writing. He was a primary Head, ran a degree and post graduate course in teacher training and became English Inspector in Gloucestershire. He worked for the National Primary and Secondary strategies, developing materials, making films and delivering training across the country.

John Stannard CBE has worked in primary education for more than 50 years as a primary teacher, trainer, local authority adviser and inspector, and as HMI. His special interests have always been in language and literacy across the primary years. He was Ofsted’s specialist English adviser, from where he was appointed to design and direct the National Literacy Strategy from 1996 – 2001. He was awarded a CBE for services to literacy education in 2001.

John and Pie worked together on the development of Grammar for Writing in the National Literacy Strategy and, in 2012, they joined forces to create the Primary Writing Project. Talk for Writing has built a significant reputation among primary teachers here and abroad. The Primary Writing Project has been designed to develop and embed this pedagogy in a more strategic way through systematic support aimed at whole school improvement.