Teach First Program
Jessie and Isla began the 2 year Teach First Ambassador programme in Norwich in the UK, both inspired by the mission of building a fair education for all.
Huili Bilingual School Shanghai
Jessie and Isla moved to work in a bilingual school in Shanghai, China.
Stepping Stones Charity
Jessie and Isla volunteered to teach English for the charity Stepping Stones. During this time, See Say Write was developed.
With their time in Shanghai at an end, Isla moved back to the UK and Jessie to the UAE. Both were unsure how to move forward with See Say Write and lacked the time amid new adventures. That's when See Say Write received a boost from Elliot, Jessie's long-term partner, who formalised the project and worked to make it available to as many children as possible around the world.
Where did we start?
See Say Write was initially developed as a collaboration project with the charity Stepping Stones. Stepping Stones is a not-for-profit charitable organisation registered in Shanghai with a mission to improve the education and general welfare of disadvantaged children in China.
We identified the lack of phonics provision as one possible cause of the educational gap so started to develop a phonics programme which could be used in centres around Shanghai.
Hence, See Say Write was born.
After many hours of filming, editing, drawing (and singing!), we realised the huge potential See Say Write had to improve the English acquisition of children, not only in Shanghai, but around the world.
Where are we now?
Where would we like to go?
We have the vision to give as many children as possible the fundamental foundations they need to become fluent readers, whether this be in a school or home environment.
Having received a "certificate of appreciation" award from Stepping Stones for the creation of See Say Write we know we can collaborate with more educational charities over the world to help tackle educational inequality.