About Anne Harding

Anne is an independent trainer, specialising in children’s and young people’s reading, children’s and school libraries and museum provision for young people and families.

She set up her training business in 1996 after completing a master’s degree.

Anne worked in libraries for fifteen years prior to that, including as children’s librarian, library manager, area manager, outreach manager and manager of young people’s library services.

Anne's experience also includes eight years as a school governor, with three as literacy governor, over a decade as a family literacy tutor, many years teaching literature to adults in evening classes, and several as a facilitator with the Get into Reading project run by the Reader Organisation. She was a member of the advisory boards for the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Reading and Libraries Challenge Fund and the DCMS/Wolfson Public Libraries Challenge Fund and a judge for the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative.

Anne is an accredited assessor for Agored Cymru.

She is a book reviewer for The School Librarian and Armadillo Magazine.

Anne's training methods

The aim of all Anne's training is to improve provision and support for children and young people by building on and developing delegates' skills, knowledge, confidence and performance.

Each course, in-service training session and mentoring engagement is unique, as Anne works closely with clients to ensure that the training she provides for them matches their requirements and is appropriate to local circumstances and learner needs.

Anne is very experienced in working at every level from the practical to the strategic.

Her training sessions are packed with up-to-date information and successful strategies to improve provision for children and young people.

All her training is fully participative, with opportunities throughout to share ideas and good practice. She uses a variety of techniques to cater for all learning styles.

Every course, inset and mentoring session is accompanied by comprehensive handouts, including background information, effective strategies, policy ideas, weblinks and suggestions for further research and reading.

Anne's courses and training are under constant revision and development, to take account of new policies, latest research and national initiatives.

She is very happy to design new courses and training programmes.

What people say about Anne

I always try to attend Anne Harding's courses: always relevant, current. I come away buzzing.

Anne was so well prepared and presented in a very encouraging, relaxed manner - just what was needed.

Anne is a wonderful teacher and communicator and today has been a lot of fun.

Anne Harding - great at what she does. Keeps everyone engaged without putting them on the spot!

Refreshing and uplifting to have a trainer who has excellent teaching skills and very good interpersonal manner and makes everyone feel special.

Anne is a very clear tutor with a wealth of knowledge which is applicable and useful.

A very knowledgeable, experienced and encouraging trainer.

I found the way you led the group inspiring and your approach that of the consummate professional, especially with such a diverse set of abilities.

Excellent trainer, inclusive, friendly and informative.

However much I think I know about each topic, I come away from your courses with new confidence and enthusiasm. In particular, I like the way you adapt each course to the issues we have as a group.

I feel motivated to deliver based on the experiences and advice that Anne shared throughout the day.

Excellent on all levels. I wish all trainers were as engaging as Anne. She held my attention from start to finish.

I love your thoughtful enthusiasm!

Excellent course leader. Anne's enthusiasm has inspired me in so many ways. I have a very long list now of strategies and ideas to implement across my whole school.

Anne is a great motivator.

Great time organization and dividing of the day taking into consideration tiredness and concentration levels.

Anne was excellent, so inspiring. I was captivated the whole time.

She's funny - and great to listen to and learn from!

Very refreshing to have such an enthusiastic trainer - very motivating! Great interaction - very inspiring.

Anne has a very friendly approach. Informed and also a good listener.

Anne was an excellent facilitator, warm and interested. Good at drawing information out without making us feel silly!

Anne is very easy to work with, very positive, doesn’t make you feel nervous.