About us

How we got started

Caroline Scott, Author and Director at Across Cultures originally began writing an induction to English, funded by the Local Authority of Tower Hamlets in 2002.

This funding was awarded to accommodate for the distinct need for additional support for new-to-English learners in the mainstream. After writing her first draft, Caroline went on to develop this further, eventually providing training for many schools in Tower Hamlets and beyond. After some years, Caroline left Tower Hamlets to start an international School overseas. There, she was able to develop ideas further.Following significant additional research, she wrote her first book, 'Teaching Children as an Additional Language: A Programme for 7-11 year olds.' She later went on to write her second book, 'Teaching English as an Additional Language 5-11, A Whole School Resource', which encompassed many more facets of language learning, including language learning strategies, additional assessment and differentiating further for all levels of language across all curriculum subjects.

The Learning Village, an online English language learning programme for learners in schools (www.learningvillage.net), was a natural evolution of her work. It allows increased flexibility for learners and teachers, as well as providing significantly more content and assessment opportunities. Caroline also delivers a three-day training for senior teachers/leaders on supporting EAL learning across the curriculum (the EAL Framework course) as well as whole-school insets and one-day courses on how to achieve effective EAL teaching through the Learning Village.

Caroline Scott

Director, Author & Trainer

Caroline Scott BA, DipM, NPQH, MA has worked in schools across the world, developing English language skills for young learners. Catering for beginner through to fluent learners in culturally rich, internationally minded learning environments, she has also trained teachers in Europe, South East Asia and the Middle East. Caroline was the founding Head of Primary at CES, a British International School in Cairo, Egypt (3-18 IPC school) and the Primary Principal at the International School of Milan, Italy (3-18 IB PYP school). As the founder of Across Cultures and creator of the Learning Village programme, Caroline also delivers training on EAL in schools in the UK and overseas.

Caroline is the author of 'Teaching Children English as an Additional Language: A programme for 7-11 year olds', 'Teaching English as an Additional Language 5-11: A Whole School Resource' and 'An English as an Additional Language (EAL) Programme: Learning through images for 7-14 year olds'.

Isabelle Bridger-Eames

EAL Specialist

Isabelle is an EAL Specialist at Across Cultures, where she is responsible for demonstrations, training and memberships. She is an experienced teacher, having taught KS2 and KS3 for over 10 years. Isabelle has a Master's in Educational Leadership and Management and is a freelance author of educational books, with four KS2 English revision books published so far. She has also worked as a consultant teacher trainer for a large education company, training teachers on an online learning platform.

Gemma Ross

EAL Specialist

Gemma has worked in the education sector for the past 15 years, accumulating a wealth of experience and knowledge. Prior to joining Across Cultures, Gemma held numerous EAL leadership roles in the international sector, commencing at Dwight School, London, and culminating in her role as IB Diploma Coordinator at King's College, the British School of Madrid. During her career, Gemma has co-edited the IATEFL book 'Teaching Children English: From Research to Practice', as well as written articles for Across Cultures. Gemma is a graduate of the University of York, where she studied a Master's degree in Teaching Children English.

Jane Bryan

EAL Specialist

Jane Bryan is an EAL Specialist at Across Cultures, where she is responsible for demonstrations, training and memberships, as well as content development. Prior to joining Across Cultures, Jane held the position of Lead EAL Specialist, teaching across KS1 and KS2. She has over 14 years’ experience in English Language schools for Primary, Secondary and adult learners, both internationally and in the UK, where her roles have ranged from ESL teacher to Director Of Studies and Projects Director.

Mary Langford

EAL Specialist (Mother tongue & International Education)

Mary has over 40 years' experience in international school life, including as a teacher, Principal and Director. She served as Deputy Executive Director of the European Council of International Schools (ECIS), instructing in and addressing language issues, mobility and transition. Across the sector, she has worked in governance, admissions, alumni relations, examinations, and public relations and communications.

Mary was involved in the founding of the new Halcyon London International School in 2012 - the first not-for-profit international IB World School (MYP and DP) in central London - and managed its mother tongue language programme for the next two years as an independent consultant. She has worked as a consultant advising international families seeking school placements and as a Visiting Lecturer at University College Zealand, Denmark, advising on international teaching practice and placements. Mary has served on 17 multi-agency international school accreditation visiting teams and her work has taken her to over 90 international schools worldwide. With colleagues, she developed the International Language and Literature Teachers' Cooperative, providing mother tongue language support to IB students.

Her articles, authored works and peer book review have been published globally. She has spoken extensively before school staff, leaders and boards, parent associations, international schools associations and private-sector interests, and has been interviewed for numerous blogs, podcasts, articles and programmes.

Mary has a BA in Spanish/Portuguese and Latin American Humanities and an MA in International Education; she is currently undertaking doctoral studies in International Education at the University of Bath.

Jessica Gosling

EAL Specialist for Early Years

Jess has taught in five different countries in varied EAL roles, including as a classroom teacher, Head of Year and Director of her own Early Years business. She currently works in a Reception class in an international school in Taipei. Jess writes regularly for the Times Educational Supplement (TES) about her teaching practice and EAL in general. A highly passionate educator, she studied a Masters in Childhood Studies and Early Years.

Breda Matthews

EAL Specialist

Breda Matthews, MA, B.Ed., Dip TESSOL, is responsible for demonstrations and training in the Australasia region, as well as content development. She is a facilitator and teacher of English language learners and has wide experience and expertise in programme design, teaching and assessing English language learners, resource creation and professional development in New Zealand. Breda has designed and delivered face-to-face and online programmes to English language learners. She is the founder of the English Language Resources Centre in New Zealand.

Miranda Howell

EAL Specialist

Miranda, MEd BA Hons Trinity Dip TESOL, Mindlab, is responsible for demonstrations and training in the Australasia region, as well as content development. She is an EAL specialist who has taught in primary, secondary and tertiary organisations in the UK, New Zealand, Malaysia and Oman. Miranda has worked as an academic leader and as a teacher professional development coach. She also has experience across a range of international curricula, including NZCEL, NCEA, PYP, IMYC and Cambridge. Her specific area of interest is blended learning to meet individual student needs in a relevant context.

Christine Hanley

EAL Specialist

Christine, TTC, Dip.Tchg (Primary), BA (Linguistics), PGDip.ELT, is responsible for demonstrations and training in the Australasia region, as well as content development. She is a facilitator and teacher of English language learners who has taught in primary schools and the tertiary sector in New Zealand, where she specialised in EAP programmes. She has worked as an academic leader, professional development coach and project director in primary, secondary and tertiary contexts. Christine has developed and delivered face-to-face and online programmes to English language learners.

Simon Lobo-Morell

Developer, CDU Digital

Simon joined the Across Cultures team to work collaboratively in developing our online EAL learning environment, the Learning Village. Simon has over 20 years' experience as a programmer and has a keen interest in languages, having also taught English as a Foreign Language. Simon runs CDU Digital, a website development and digital marketing business.

Beverley Roby


Beverley is often the first person you'll speak to if you register on the Learning Village. She'll help with all your initial questions and set you up with your EAL Specialist, who can provide you with initial training and ongoing support. Beverley lives near Manchester with her dog, Poppy, and is the proud mother of Jasmine.

Heidi Niederkofler

Digital communication and content creation

Heidi is responsible for our social media channels, digital communication and marketing, as well as content creation and development of the Learning Village. She has a BA in Business and Management and is currently doing a degree in Primary Education. Heidi has worked as a primary English teacher and speaks three languages fluently. She spends most of her free time reading and playing with her dog, Pixie, and two cats, Haku and Miso.

Yzanne Mackay

Editor and Content Writer

Yzanne joined Across Cultures and the Learning Village in 2018. She has worked for over 20 years as a writer and editor and has a wealth of knowledge of the educational sector. Yzanne genuinely enjoys correcting grammar and spelling and loves working out the best ways of communicating: she gets to grips with the nuts and bolts of the Learning Village programmes, tidies everything up, writes articles for us and creates new resources.

Hannah Dymond


Hannah manages new and existing memberships for the Australasia region. Based in Auckland, New Zealand, Hannah has a BA in Psychology & Linguistics and has previously worked for several New Zealand universities, freelanced as a graphic designer and taught English in Spain and South Korea. In her free time, she enjoys painting and design.

Alex Turner

Admin assistant

Alex is responsible for admin support at the Learning Village and for creating the images and audio for the Learning Village lessons. Alex studied illustration at Falmouth University and works as a freelance illustrator in addition to her work at Across Cultures. She lives in the countryside near Bath (UK), and in her spare time enjoys knitting (badly) and growing her own vegetables.

Jessica Jeffrey


Jess, BA, WSET2, WSET3, UKAWP, manages the finances for Across Cultures and the Learning Village. She studied Spanish at Cardiff University and spent a year studying and working in Granada and Parma. She has experience in teaching English in Spain and now tutors Spanish, Italian and French. Jess also works as a Wine Educator with Clifton Wine School and, when not working with the team at Across Cultures, hosts vineyard tours and wine tastings. She is currently studying to be a Spanish Wine Scholar and enjoys spending time outdoors with her gentle giant, Arthur the Irish Wolfhound.

Sara Marchetto

Illustrator (Learning Village)

Sara does an incredible job of bringing the Learning Village to life! Sara lives in a beautiful, small village in the Italian Alps and loves walking in the mountains and practising yoga. She started her illustration career by creating an adventurous comic series about her and her primary school classmates in her first days of school. She started to publish in 2006 and, since then, she's been creating illustrations for textbooks, educational projects and fiction books, collaborating with publishers and public and private clients in Italy and worldwide. www.blog.saramarchetto.com, [email protected]

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