Meet Matt Smith, our Operations Manager at Reading Solutions UK.
What was your first-ever job?
I was an Administrative Assistant working for the Department for Work and Pensions. This is where I developed an understanding of the need to have rigid processes, as well as how to work both individually and as part of a team.
What attracted you to the education sector?
Education is a vital and constant requirement for the preparation of adult life. The work we carry out is both demanding but more importantly very rewarding.
It was the prospect of helping pupils’ children achieve better results in education that attracted me to the education sector.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Analytical, resilient, and optimistic.
Tell us more about your role at Reading Solutions UK?
I am the Operations Manager responsible for overseeing and reviewing company processes to ensure company goals are achieved.
What attracted you to working at Reading Solutions UK?
What Reading Plus has to offer. Reading Plus is the only programme on the market that teaches silent reading fluency and is backed by years of research with proven results.
The academics behind the programme and developers of software really care and understand the needs of educators and pupils and are passionate about the results it can provide.
The opportunity to be involved with a programme that can change the life chances of children was a massive draw to me.
Why is reading so important?
‘A child that reads is a child that succeeds’. Having the ability to read sufficiently is a life skill that everyone should have the opportunity to achieve.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Spending quality time with my wife, children, and friends.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Make the most of every opportunity you are given, work hard and strive for success.
What was your favourite childhood book?
Roald Dahl – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
What piece of tech can you not live without?
My mobile phone!