English Mastery’s mission is to transform the way the subject of English is taught at key stage three in UK classrooms.
We believe a rigorous, academically challenging and joyous education will close the attainment gap for all students.
Our vision is that an English Mastery student will graduate from key stage three English with the academic and cultural literacy required to be educationally mobile, whatever their background.
We want English Mastery students to love reading books into adulthood, and share their love of books with others.
Meet the team
Amy McJennett is the Director of English Mastery. She has more than a decade of experience as an English teacher, head of English and senior leader in London schools. She has also taught in Rambukkana, Sri Lanka. Amy is a Specialist Leader in Education. She is the co-founder and co-author of the English Mastery programme and led the pilot study across Ark schools. Amy grew up in Redcar, Teesside and studied English Literature at Middlesex University. Her favourite book of all time is The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. She considers it to be the ultimate adventure story packed full of revenge, intrigue, love and friendship.
Nick Wallace is the Director of Curriculum for English Mastery. He has worked with the team since the pilot launched in 2014. Before then, he was an English teacher in a London school, and is a Teach First alumnus. He graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English Language and Literature and specialised in Joseph Conrad and Modernist short stories. His favourite genre is noir detective fiction.
Matea Marcinko is a Curriculum and Development Lead at English Mastery. She joined the team in 2017, having taught the programme at one of the pilot schools for two and half years. Before that she taught in Barnet, Camden, Acton and further afield in India. Matea completed a PGCE at the Institute of Education and is now completing an MA in Education, Gender and International Development in her spare time. Matea read English Literature and Language at King’s College London. She has a penchant for postcolonial literature and her favourite novel is The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy.
Claudia Parkes is a Curriculum and Development Lead at English Mastery and has worked for the team since 2017. Before joining English Mastery, she worked as an English Teacher and Literacy Coordinator in a school in North London for two years, having completed the Teach First programme there in 2015. She studied English Literature at Cambridge University, where she also enjoyed lots of wonderful musical opportunities. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck has recently become her favourite book.
Poppy Nobes is the Network Lead Teacher for English Mastery. She also teaches English and leads on the initial teacher training programme at Ark Bolingbroke Academy. Before moving to London, Poppy trained in secondary English with Teach First in Sheffield. She studied a BA in English Literature at The University of Sheffield and her MA in Education at The University of Manchester. Poppy has a keen interest in 20th century American literature and particularly loves reading F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.