Dr Gill Johnson is an independent researcher, published author and freelance writer. She has previously worked as an Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham and as a Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University. She has a particular interest in the role of teaching assistants, literacy and literacy support, children’s literature, and children’s wellbeing. Gill is a member of the National Executive of ASPE, reflecting her commitment to promoting and upholding the importance of primary education. Recent research, sponsored by ASPE, has involved exploring the COVID-19 pandemic from a range of perspectives within the primary school community.