Jennett's Park Primary School
Support Phase: Primary
Position: Assistant Headteacher
Someone asked me, “what is my 5 year plan for mathematics?” and I responded with, “I’m not sure, I don’t have 20:20 vision !! but, it will be exciting mapping it out together.”
Prior to becoming an SLE I have been lucky enough to be a lead teacher within Bracknell Forest. Through this role I have worked with a number of different schools in different circumstances, but all showed an increase year on year in their attainment in end of Year 6 SATs results with one school making improvements of 12%.
I have worked with subject leaders to empower them to drive mathematics in their school. We have looked on quick wins through number fitness and longer term foundations through setting calculation policies. “Dave was inspirational, challenging and provided thought provoking questions throughout our sessions.” “We learnt so much together!”
I worked for 9 years in a double outstanding school where the maths journey was vast, we started in a position where results flirted with the floor standard and when I left, the school was regarded as one of the top 150 schools in the country.
I currently work at a school in special measures and I can honestly say that I completely appreciate and understand the challenges and actions that are expected in these circumstances.
I am an affiliated numicon trainer and have a real passion for the models and images behind mathematics.
Finally, I am hugely excited by our new curriculum and hope that it will finally provide the vehicle for us to get the right balance of reasoning and problem solving within our lessons. I look forward to helping to bring mathematics alive.