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Here, at Picture News, we are incredibly passionate about teaching. We want to provide our schools with resources to create engaging and exciting lessons, allowing opportunities for children to learn about our world, develop independence, resilience, respect and unlock their own drive and passion for learning. Teaching the news not only provides great content and stimulus and grips children's attention, it is also something that the children can impact. It is current, happening now and so their voice is given meaning and purpose. It is our world and we all matter.

We believe in giving children a voice and encouraging them to use it to impact things they are inspired by or feel passionately about.

Katie Harrison

Co-founder and Director of Picture News

Katie spent most of her childhood in the small city of Ripon. After secondary school, Katie spent 3-years at university training to be a primary school teacher. At 21, Katie moved back to North Yorkshire and started teaching her first class! As an R.E and PHSE specialist Katie enjoyed teaching philosophy and looking at global issues with the children she taught, producing lots of resources from scratch.

After a few years of teaching, Katie was given the opportunity to work as an education consultant, where she spent much of her time training and supporting teachers and completed a master's degree in Education. It was at this time when she was spending time with lots of teachers from many different schools that she realised that like her, many teachers were having to produce news-based resources, on their own, that were unlikely to be used again. Following this observation, Picture News was launched! Katie and Rob initially worked from the attic in their home, before moving into office premises in Ripon town centre.

At Picture News, Katie's roles include selecting and co-writing the weekly resources, planning and launching marketing campaigns and visiting schools for meetings and presentations. Katie has 3 young children who keep her busy when she's not in the office. When she can escape, Katie enjoys running and travelling!

Rob Harrison

Co-founder and Director of Picture News

Rob was raised on a farm in North Yorkshire where he's now living with his wife and three children. He is still a part-time farmer with around 100 sheep of his own – a very contrasting job to his role at Picture News! In his spare time, Rob is a keen runner, having completed several marathons, he also enjoys playing (and watching!) football whenever he can.

Rob is vital to the smooth running of Picture News, working relentlessly behind the scenes overseeing packing, finance, marketing and logistics. It's thanks to Rob, that everyone receives their poster on time each week via email and post!

Prior to Picture News' launch, Rob completed a Wildlife Biology degree at Newcastle University. After graduating, he then worked as a farm labourer moving into farm sales, where he spent 7 years in the agricultural sector, gaining experience in accounts, sales strategy and marketing. Rob is very passionate about the difference Picture News can make in schools, particularly coming from a small rural school himself, as he understands the importance and significance of challenging misconceptions, opening discussions and bringing world issues and events into the classroom and the powerful impact that this can have.

Jo Martin

Education Consultant

Jo started her 14-year teaching career in 2004. During her time in education, she worked in four very different schools. She soon developed a passion for creating real-life learning for the children she taught, seeing the benefits of giving children opportunities to manage their behaviour and emotions, step out of comfort zones and develop independence, resilience and respect; something she believes Picture News can do. Her role at Picture News includes writing resources, visiting schools, leading training and workshops and creating useful documents for schools. Jo loves spending time with her two children, working on the farm, where she lives, playing football for her local Ladies team and running.

Lisa Lodge

Early Years Consultant

Lisa gained her BSc (Hons) in Primary Education 3-7 years with QTS and began teaching in September 2007. She spent most of her teaching career in Early Years, with a brief spell in KS1. She has taught in four very different settings, giving her a wealth of experience and knowledge in the Early Years. Her role at Picture News is to write and develop the Early Years Picture News Resource, which, in the beginning, she did alongside her teaching role. The Early Years Picture News is the newest addition to our Picture News resource and Lisa is very excited to see it develop. Now Lisa's role also includes visiting schools to deliver Early Years Picture News workshops, visiting schools for meetings and gathering feedback to make our Early Years resource even better! In her spare time, Lisa enjoys spending time with her two boys and walking her dog, Bobbi.

Ruth Bosomworth

Admin and Marketing Manager

Ruth gained a BSc in Applied Biological Sciences leading to a career involving working in quality control, Forensics and in an NHS laboratory. She has coaching qualifications and has always been interested in helping people to develop and improve themselves and achieve their personal goals. She enjoys a challenge and trying new things, which her role at Picture News offers her! Ruth writes our mini newspaper, helps to proofread, print and pack Picture News, deals with enquiries and general office work. She enjoys showcasing Picture News around the country and discussing the resource with the teachers who use it. Ruth also enjoys spending time with her four-year-old daughter, who is often found to be completing the Picture News Early Years resource during their days together!

Emma Hawkridge

Finance and Logistics

Emma has been with Picture News since November 2017 and her role has grown rapidly. With a background in PA/Administration, PR and most recently motherhood, she brings a wide variety of skills to Picture News. Her Finance and Logistics role involves anything from invoicing and answering calls to proof reading, printing and packing weekly assembly resources ready to post out. Emma is one of your first points of contact should you have any queries or require any assistance and is always here and happy to help! She has two primary aged children and feels passionately about educating them on world issues and current affairs, to ensure that they understand how important it is for them to do all they can to make a positive impact in the world, whilst being caring, respectful and responsible. They both really look forward to their school's weekly Picture News assemblies!

Fran Bosomworth

Admin and Marketing Assistant

Having discovered a passion and talent for art at secondary school, Fran studied advanced art and design at Harrogate college. Alongside this, she also gained her British sign language levels 1 and 2. Shortly after, she pursued a career in hospitality. She quickly demonstrated the ability to manage a variety of pubs and cafes, gaining many qualifications such as a Diploma in Management. After recently having her two children, Fran decided to try something different and came to work for Picture News! Her role includes proof reading, printing and packaging.

Nicola Fryer

Admin and Marketing Assistant

Nicola spent her childhood years in a small, rural setting in North Yorkshire. She developed a love of art and music at school. She can still often be found listening and dancing to music in her home with children, Grace and Bobbie! Nicola is very much family orientated and, in her words ‘I live for my kids.' She is an incredibly caring, kind and compassionate person and alongside her role at Picture News, she continues to work with members of her community, who need help in their homes. Nicola's role at Picture News includes printing and packaging your Picture News resource.

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