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AE Logo Round largeSince opening its Australasian office in 2011, Andrell Education Australasia has worked closely with schools and teachers to provide training and resources that have proven to successfully enhance teaching standards.

With over 40 years experience between them, Andrell would like to introduce consultants and head of Andrell Education Australasia; Samantha Taylor and Wendy Allder. Sammy and Wendy are determined to share their excitement, passion and success of Big Write and VCOP. Having both adapted, then used the Big Write and VCOP program successfully in their classrooms, they can offer other teachers the most accurate and effective advice, feedback and support.

Sammy and Wendy have attended conferences and training in the UK with both Ros and her colleagues on all the Andrell programs. Initially, they spent the best part of a year working closely with Ros to adapt the Criterion Scale to be used directly in line with the Australian National Curriculum and have set up the first Australian pilot school, Pearcedale Primary School, in Melbourne’s outer South East. A database of VCOP schools is now being created all over Australasia.

Samantha Taylor

Samantha Taylor

Sammy began her teaching career at Pearcedale Primary School where she taught Grade 4 for two years before the drive to experience teaching on the other side of the world became too great. Sammy headed to London in 2010 to teach in a variety of new settings. She taught in more than 30 different schools across all year levels. An experience, she says, all graduates should have. It was in London that she discovered Big Write and VCOP. Upon her return to Australia, she became even more dedicated to raising standards. As writing was a concern for their cohort of students, Sammy suggested Big Write and VCOP to her team. The results were almost immediate! As all students became more, and more enthusiastic and dedicated to writing and improving, so too did Sammy. “Anything that has the kids begging for more and improving at the same time, has to be shared”. She believes that the best advice and support for teachers, should be delivered by teachers and she will do exactly that.

Wendy Allder

Wendy Allder

Born in country Victoria, Wendy dreamed of becoming a teacher. In 1976 she completed training at both Frankston Teachers College and Latrobe University. She began her teaching career at Pearcedale P.S. in 1977, and apart from 9 years when she had her three children, she has taught continuously ever since. She has taught all year levels, as well as a brief spell in the Library, and time as a shared Art specialist in 4 rural schools. For 2 years Wendy combined consulting for Andrell Education and teaching part time. With the demand for Big Write and VCOP rapidly increasing, she has retired to become a full time consultant where she can share her passion for the program that achieves such improved outcomes for so many. Wendy intends to remain active in spending hands on time in the classroom, developing activities and tracking the progress of children in their writing journey.

Annie Mackenzie

Annie Mackenzie

Annie grew up at Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula. She attended Frankston Teachers College and has taught in Primary Schools for 30 plus years.  As well as teaching all Grade levels and having positions in Art, ICT and Integration, Annie has spent the last 13 years as a Leading Teacher overseeing curriculum and assessment across a school of 600 plus students. She has always had a passion for curriculum and assessment and has worked with the whole staff to develop ‘Essential Curriculum’ in Writing, Reading and Number, as well as develop ‘Whole School Assessment Schedules’. Annie has taught VCOP in the classroom and also in ‘Writing Intervention’ sessions in Year 4. Having been involved in many curriculum programs and curriculum development, she is a great advocate for the VCOP and Big Write methodology, as well as the summative and formative assessment documents that the program provides for both students and teachers.

Steve Crowe

Steve Crowe

Combining roles in both Physical Education and the classroom, Steve has now been actively teaching for more than 6 years. He grew up passionate about writing, but it was an interest that wasn’t seen as being “cool” during his high school years and wasn’t pursued. As a means to pursue his dream of writing children’s books, in 2013 Steve completed his Master’s Degree in Writing & Literature at Deakin University. His mission now is to inspire young children, especially boys, to see how “cool” writing can be. Steve worked as an integral part of that first team to officially implement the Big Write and VCOP program in Australia, and has used the program across the whole school with some extraordinary results. He is excited to have the opportunity to share the program with other teachers around the country so that they will be able to inspire the students in their own classrooms.

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Testimonials

  • "One of the most informative and practical professional development programs I have ever attended. Can use it straight away and can see how it will directly benefit student writing and my teaching."

  • "This is definitely not a program just for primary students, our year 7-9 intervention students are going to benefit SOOO much from this!!"

  • "Looking forward to making a difference, seeing a difference and witnessing growth. Great program."

  • "I like how is was practical, interactive and had demonstrations on what it looks like in action, in a classroom!"

  • "Really Inspired by presenters, very impressed by program, engaging presentation."

  • "It just makes sense!! Looking forward to implementing the program."

  • "So many wonderful activities presented- can’t wait to try them with my deaf students!

  • "Fantastic, finally each child is assessed individually. Well done. All the children will love this."

  • "Has been an extremely worthwhile day for all our staff. Delivery was excellent- supportive balance of instruction and practice. Thanks- was great."

  • "Thank-you, I was WOWed and have LOTS of ideas to go back with. I am EXTREMELY excited to get started."

  • "I really enjoyed the day and have a lot to now consider. Both presenters were engaging and explained ideas and info very clearly. Thank you!"

  • "Fantastic presenters, material delivered in a very assessable way. I was never bored! Very excited to get started with the program!"