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Tom Burkard

Tom Burkard is a Visiting Professor of Education Policy at the University of Derby.


He is one of Britain’s leading authorities on synthetic phonics. After teaching remedial literacy skills at Costessey High School in Norwich, he wrote the Sound Foundations decoding and spelling programmes which proved highly effective in independent evaluations by local authority officials in Gloucestershire and Southampton. Sound Foundations books are now used in well over 1,000 primary and secondary schools in the UK.


He is the author of numerous articles and policy documents on education and was awarded a DPhil by Published Works by the University of Buckingham in 2016.


In April 2018 he was asked to join Ofsted's Maths Advisory Group, where he worked on the new Inspection Guidance for primary and secondary Maths. He is a member of the NASUWT. 

Contact: 01603 881158


Colin McKenzie

Colin McKenzie has achieved excellent results in Physics to GCSE and Chemistry to A Level for the last 16 years.


He has trained teachers in basic literacy skills and produced resourced packages for scientific literacy and numeracy. His science resources were shared throughout Cumbria, where they were credited by LEA officials as having played a major role in raising Science results across the county.


As well as being Head of Chemistry at Netherhall School, he played a leading role in improving results at West Lakes Academy with a coordinated programme of testing and intervention. More recently he was Head of Science at Pendle Vale College in Lancashire, where his department achieved outstanding results and his research included a morphemic approach to scientific literacy and the research into automatic recall of number bonds that led to the Fast Maths intervention programme.


He is now director of McKenzieTutor in Lancashire, working with parents, schools and community organisations to design and deliver innovative courses of instruction which are unconstrained by the bureaucracy that absorbs so much of teachers' time and energy.

Contact: 07521 178228



McKenzie Tutor Ltd. is located:

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