Wildmoor Heath Primary School
Support phase: Key Stages 1 & 2
Since graduating from the University of Brighton in 2008, I have been fortunate enough to work in a variety of schools, each with its own very different profile, challenges, opportunities and priorities. In the last few years, my roles have included Literacy Co-ordinator, lead teacher for Rights Respecting Schools and Assistant Head Teacher. While I have enjoyed aspects of all of these roles, it is in my new position as Specialist Leader in Education for English where I feel I have found the right balance between leadership and classroom practice.
As teachers and school leaders, we are working in a time of some uncertainty and constant change, though I also believe we are in a very exciting phase where we, the teachers and educators, are leading the way and exploring the best methods to inspire our pupils to be life-long learners.
I have worked in my current school, Wildmoor Heath in Crowthorne, for three and a half years. I joined in January 2012 when the school had just been placed in Special Measures. It is through the hard work and positive attitude of every staff member and the appointment of a dedicated and inspirational Head Teacher that we have, in a relatively short space of time, become a ‘good’ school. Some of the key changes I have initiated in the school include the introduction of individual Reading Target Cards, a new approach to writing (which mainly draws upon the work of the fantastic Pie Corbett) and individualised Writing Target Cards. At this time, we are exploring these strategies and working as a team to find out what works, what requires adaptation and what needs a total re-think!
With the introduction of the new curriculum and the life after levels initiative, it is vital that we share best practice and support each other to improve the outcomes of the children in our schools.
I am extremely passionate about all aspects of English and am very excited about working with other schools and having professional conversations about teaching and learning. I look forward to meeting with you and hope our partnership can bring about a positive outcome for both parties.