What We Do
I am an English specialist with a degree in English Language and Linguistics. I undertook my PGCE at Northumbria University. After working in a large junior school where I was Head of Literacy, I took up my current role of Year 6 teacher and Head of Literacy at Stakesby Primary Academy. I’ve worked extensively to improve the teaching and learning of literacy across my school, which has since resulted in higher than average standards for writing by the end of Key Stage 2.
Areas of Expertise
- Rapid improvement in writing standards at Key Stage 2
- Leading literacy across the school
- Creative grammar and punctuation lessons
- Trained KS2 writing moderator
Examples of Outreach work undertaken and Impact
I have worked with other Upper Key Stage 2 teachers to identify reasons for those children not achieving age-related expectations or making expected progress in writing, and planned strategies resulting in rapid improvement. I have also developed whole-key stage initiatives with literacy leaders to build skills so that all children are equipped to write for a range of purposes. As a result, pupils’ understanding has increased across Key Stage 2, leading to confidence and a love of writing.
I am a trained Key Stage 2 moderator and have advised many local schools regarding judgements, quality of evidence and next steps to ensure judgements are made accurately. I have also assisted numerous teachers in planning lessons to evidence the wide range of skills needed to meet age-related expectations.
I have modelled lessons and further advised on teaching key grammar and punctuation concepts in creative ways to ensure a sound understanding on which to lay the foundations for creative writing. Additionally, I have modelled lessons to show other teachers how to plan and execute the teaching of new skills, and to correct misconceptions. This has led to engaged and enthused pupils with a sound understanding of the key skills they need in order to write well.
I lead the KS2 network meetings alongside Katrina Dixon (maths specialist) and also help run the ITT writing moderation.