Katie has an excellent understanding of the information parents need to have to make an informed judgement about the ability of their children and how to move them forward and get the best education available.
Katie Krais has twenty years’ experience teaching in primary schools in London. She began her career as a class teacher, working in years 3, 4, 5 and 6. She has also been year group leader, assessment co-ordinator, teacher governor and a member of school senior management teams. Her last four years in school were spent as special educational needs (SENCO) and Inclusion Co-ordinator, managing teaching staff and resources and planning programmes for children with special needs.
Katie was heavily involved in working with secondary schools to help with the transition programme from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3 as well as working closely with infant schools to enable year 2 children to transfer smoothly to their junior school.
Katie has a degree in Psychology and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. She also has the OCR Level 5 Certificate for teachers of learners with Specific Learning Difficulties, including Dyslexia. As well as teaching, Katie is a keen writer and accomplished author. In 2006 she wrote two collections of plays for use in primary schools, published by Hopscotch.
In 2007, prior to forming JK Educate with Lorrae, Katie set up her own consultancy called Surviving School Transfer, advising parents on all aspects of secondary transfer. Katie went on to write her book Teach Yourself Getting Your Child into Secondary School which was published in 2009 by Hodder as part of their bestselling Teach Yourself range. This book provides help to parents, arming them with up to date knowledge, facts and rules about the transfer system as well as providing them with realistic expectations about future schools based on thorough assessments.
As Assessment Co-ordinator and special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO), Katie has delivered INSET for Local Authorities and is a frequent speaker and writer on key parenting issues with regular appearances and articles for the BBC, LBC Radio, The Times and The Daily Telegraph amongst others.
Katie lives in London and is married with two children.