I have been a primary school teacher for fifteen years and have worked in both infant and primary schools. I have taught in the Early Years Foundation Stage and in Key Stage One and have an in-depth understanding of the requirements of the curriculum and assessments in both of these age phases.
I am currently working as the Assistant Headteacher at Dovers Green School, which is a three form entry infant school. In my role, I work as part of the Senior Leadership Team and am responsible for driving whole school improvement, particularly in my position as the Mathematics Leader. I am dedicated to ensuring that all children are given the best possible learning opportunities and I constantly strive to inspire a love of learning within them.
I have been the Mathematics Leader at my school for six years and as part of this role, have carried out termly observations of staff, providing feedback on the best ways in which I think they could improve their practice. I have completed a two year course at Brighton University, where I earnt the qualification of Mathematics Specialist Teacher (MAST), which has given me a much deeper understanding of how children learn mathematics. I have lead several projects at my own school, including improving problem solving and developing the use of jottings to support the children’s understanding. I have used the process of lesson study, in order to fully involve other members of staff in the overall improvement of mathematics at our school.
I have mentored many students during my career, including PGCE and SCITT students, and gain much pleasure in observing their development and guiding them to become excellent, reflective practitioners. I have also mentored several NQTs through their first year of teaching, which I greatly enjoyed.
As an SLE, I feel I am well equipped to support teachers to develop their own skills and grow into more effective and competent practitioners. I am a warm and approachable person and I enjoy working alongside others and sharing my own school’s successes. I firmly believe that happy children learn the best and it is vital that we provide them with the highest possible standards of teaching and the greatest opportunities for high quality learning. Through sharing excellent practice, my hope is that I can help others to become more successful in their own school setting.