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Young Girl Reading

Bespoke Teaching and SENCo Support

"I wasn't a reader as a child."  I've used these words so many times and as a primary teacher, I was perhaps sharing a secret that shouldn't be promoted.  My own parents read to me, and I could immediately tell if my dad skipped a page of The Ugly Duckling when I was snoozing through the story.  So why didn't I enjoy reading as a teenager?  This I don't know, but with my own children, and the children I teach, I am determined to inspire a love of books and reading and learning that will last a lifetime.  This sounds perfect but the battle between books and screens in our house at the moment is a really tricky one! 

Introducing Wilbur and Flops Bespoke Teaching & SENCo Support.  

The names Wilbur and Flops came from my children.  We gave them two short names (being a teacher, I was keen that their names would be easy to spell) and we spend our days lengthening them!  Will, Wilbur, William, Wilberfoss, and Fern, Fernie, Fernie-Pie, and Flopsy (she was born with her ear a little crumpled and became Flopsy before we left hospital).  Wilbur and Flops came in the form of rag dolls which I used in preschool classes, the first venture in this little company.


With extensive experience as a teacher in the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage), Key Stages One and Two, and as a North Yorkshire Primary SENCo, the bespoke consultant support and tutoring I offer could be just right for your child, your family, your nursery or group.  

SENCo Support for Nurseries, Activity Groups and Families: As a qualified and experienced primary SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator), I support children in my school to access learning with their peers, in an inclusive environment, and I now offer support to families in and out of school for pupils with learning differences.  Bespoke training and consultation is also available for those running nurseries, pre-schools and other children's activities such as Brownies, Cubs or Karate!


Bespoke Online Tutoring: Available on Fridays and Saturdays for all abilities from EYFS to lower key stage two.  

Some children need support, repetition and over learning, and some benefit from further challenge.  

I can help their learning journey and support their progress at school or home.

Curriculum Support for Parents and Carers: Advice and explanation about the EYFS and primary curriculum, with ideas to support learning at home.  School report reading service to help to read between the lines and plan next steps.



Qualified. Experienced. Creative.

Rachel Mackay is a qualified teacher and SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) with a range of experience in nursery and school settings in state and private sectors, as well as a background in dance teaching for young children. 
BA QTS (Hons) English
EYPS (Early Years Professional Status)
Post-Graduate Diploma in Phonics Teaching
Post-Graduate Diploma in Educational Improvement, Development and Change
NASENCO (National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination)

Level 5 Diploma TISUK Trauma and Mental Health Informed Schools (Practitioner Status) 
Compass Buzz Mental Health Training Levels 1, 2 and 3
NSPCC Safer Recruitment Training
BATD (British Association of Teachers of Dancing) Associate (Stage)
Paediatric First Aid
Parent Governor (to October 2023)

Mental Health Champion training


Bespoke Teaching.  SENCo Support.

I work with children and their families, providing considerate consultation and carefully tailored lessons that are planned to specifically suit their individual needs. Take a look below at the services I offer and get in touch to help your child to make good progress.


Teachers are great at hiding information for you between the lines in your child's school reports.  In fact, there's often more information between the lines than on them!  

Share with me your school report and I will provide interpretation from the eyes of a teacher to help you to support your child in the best way possible.  

Bespoke consultation is individually priced - please get in touch for a quote.

Home School


Personalised phonics, reading and writing lessons via Zoom for children of primary age. Early maths support is also available. 


Thorough knowledge of the National Curriculum and the teaching of phonics supports creative approaches to build confidence and enthusiasm for learning.

One-to-one online lessons are held during the day on Fridays and Saturdays, in blocks of six weeks.

Holiday sessions are also available.

Missing Piece

Face to face in North Yorkshire
Remote with endless limits

Puzzled by phonics, reading, spelling or any aspect of the primary curriculum? Let me help you.

Bespoke explanation, guidance and advice for parents and carers of young children at any stage of their early schooling (EYFS to Year 6).

Learn how to support and extend your child’s learning at home, from their early babbling to them reading chapter books!

Wondering how to meet individual needs in your nursery, group or activity?  Get in touch about a bespoke training session for you and your team.

Nurturing Growth

Face to face in North Yorkshire
Remote with endless limits

Bespoke SENCo support for childminders, nursery staff and families.


Discover ways to support children in an inclusive environment at your setting or during your activity.  Ensure documentation is in place to demonstrate the assess-plan-do-review process.

Engage support in considering applying for an EHCP for a child in nursery, from first steps to submission and then annual reviews.

Proof-reading and advice for applications for EHCPs.


 Consultant SENCo services can help.

Interested in knowing how Wilbur and Flops' services can support your child, your nursery staff or yourself?  Contact me today.

School Supply
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Evie Bees Childminding

Rachel has worked with our children all term on fostering a love of reading, supporting learning through phonics and sounds, with the use of the early years curriculum, and through a lot of fun and activities surrounding carefully chosen stories each week.


The best way to contact Wilbur and Flops is by email to:


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