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Abbie Thorn

As a member of the Marketing Team, Abbie helps promote Reading Plus, ensuring that schools seeking to enhance their students’ reading skills discover our programme. She also develops a range of initiatives and activities to support teachers and encourage students to enjoy their Reading Plus journey.

Can you briefly describe your life experience?

I went to Newcastle University to study English Literature and Creative Writing. It is impossible to study this course and not love reading and writing, which fits in well in my role!

My first job was as a PR and Communications Intern at Reading Solutions UK during my final year of uni, and I am very happy that they hired me after I graduated!

What attracted you to the education sector?

I’ve always loved school and have considered being a teacher since I was young. The older I got, the more I loved writing and being a teacher didn’t seem creative enough for me. However, the education sector is still something I really care about.

 How would you describe yourself in 3 words and why?

Hard-working, creative, dedicated.

Tell us more about your role at Reading Solutions UK.

As a PR and Communications Intern, I learned a lot from our fantastic team about marketing in general and the ethos of Reading Solutions UK. Now, as PR and Communications Executive, I get to put it all into practice!

One of my favourite roles is creating fun initiatives for our students to enjoy. I get involved with the Reading Plus Awards, the Festive Poetry Competition, and recently launched Reading Plus Champions.

Hearing from teachers and students themselves about how much they enjoy Reading Plus and how much it helps them is always lovely.

What do you enjoy most about working in the Marketing Team?

The environment – everyone is really kind, and you can tell they care about the work we’re doing. My job is very creative, and I really enjoy the collaborative teamwork.

When you are not working, what do you enjoy doing?

I love reading, watching films, and listening to music.

 What advice would you give to your younger self?

To relax and enjoy being young.

 What was your favourite childhood book?

I was obsessed with ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ by Lemony Snicket and dressed up as Violet Baudelaire for my school’s World Book Day.

What piece of tech can you not live without and why?

My phone. It is perfect for everything – watching TV and films, listening to music, taking pictures and videos, and so much more.

 If you had a superpower, what would it be and why?

Teleportation – I would love to visit places, friends, and family easily and quickly.


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