Tony Whatmuff worked as a class teacher and Deputy Head in schools in Merseyside, London and Leicester for 20 years. For the last 10 years he has been involved in school improvement and teacher training. Tony is the National Trainer for Inference Training –improving reading comprehension in Primary and Secondary schools, based on the work of Nicola Yuill, Jane Oakhill and Kate Cain. There are 75 accredited inference trainers across the country and Tony works with the Institute of Education to coordinate training and support.
Inference training was highly praised in Professor Brooks’ 2013 publications What works for children and young people with literacy difficulties? Inference training is also one of the seven “Closing the Gap” interventions currently being evaluated in a national study funded by the Education Endowment Fund and organised by the National College.