Sue Palmer

Sue Palmer Enable Conference 2016

Literacy in the Early Years – Sue Palmer, Upstart

Sue Palmer is a literacy specialist, writer, presenter and ‘childhood campaigner’. A former primary headteacher, she’s written over 250 books, software packages and TV programmes for schools on aspects of literacy, and worked for many organisations, including England’s National Literacy Strategy and the BBC.

More recently, her books on child development in the modern world – Toxic Childhood (updated edition, 2015), 21st Century Boys and 21st Century Girls – have led to many appearances in the media commenting on childhood issues. Her latest book is Upstart: the case for raising the school starting age and providing what the under-sevens really need and she is Chair of the Upstart Scotland campaign: www.upstart.scot.

Sue was also Chair of the Scottish Play Commission and served on the Scottish Government’s Early Years Task Force. As a freelancer for over thirty years, she’s thrilled to have been included in the reference books Who’s Who (since 2014) and Debrett’s People of Today (since 2015). She’s also twice been named by the Evening Standard as among the 1000 most influential people in London (which gives her particular pleasure, since she lives in Edinburgh).