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21 September 2020
By Zoe Enser

The Rise of Zoe Enser - Teacher, Mentor, Leader and Author

When Zoe Enser joined The Education People as Specialist Lead Adviser (English) for the School Improvement, Secondary, Special & PRU / Skills & Employability Service, we knew she already had an impressive background and was a keen writer, having written numerous pieces on a range of topics, including for the Times Educational Supplement (TES) and Teach Secondary Magazine.

What we didn’t realise at the time was that we had a budding author in our midst!

When not working for The Education People following her passion for the science of learning, teacher development and providing the best opportunities for all learners, Zoe spends a lot of her spare time on the blog she shares with her husband. 'Teaching it Real' covers a variety of issues pertinent to teachers and leaders.

She completed her Masters in English Literature to enrich her knowledge of the subject and is about to embark on her second MA, focusing on Victorian Gothic, spanning the discipline of both English and History. Subject knowledge and curriculum is something she is really passionate about.

Latest Contributions and Publications

The Education People is very proud to have such an influential leader and writer in the company. Zoe has just published her first book with her husband, Mark Enser, which looks at bridging the gap between academic research into the science of learning and day to day teaching practice. Generative Learning in Action is part of a series in collaboration with Tom Sherrington and ResearchEd. She has also contributed to Michael Chiles book CRAFT, Jamie Thom’s A Quiet Education, Mark Enser’s Teach Like Nobody’s Watching and Sarah Mulin’s new edition of What they didn’t teach me on my PGCE.

Commentating on what motivated her to write the book with her husband, Zoe says:

"I had been a long time follower of Tom Sherrington and had seen him discuss a range of topics at ResearchEd events as well as having read his books, so I was obviously intrigued when he approached me to see if we would be interested in writing a book for his ‘In Action’ series. I had been aware of Generative Learning for a few years and used some of the strategies in my own classroom, but it was only as I began to delve into the research behind the activities that I began to realise how powerful it could be. Of course, I was then keen to tell Tom we would be delighted to write the book."

Follow Zoe

As the Specialist Lead Adviser for English at The Education People, Zoe is working to support teams across Kent to develop their practice, build networks and share some of the best of what is taking place both within the county and beyond. Should you wish to work with Zoe on any aspects of English and Literacy or broader aspects of school development please contact the Secondary School Improvement Team.

You can find out more about Zoe's role at The Education People by visiting the Secondary School Improvement webpage.

You can also find out more about the book and the support Zoe provides to Kent schools in the videos below:

ResearchEd Durrington
Well Teacher
In Conversation with Tom Sherrington