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At Barnwell we believe that outstanding and inspiring teaching is essential to ensure all our students reach the very best they are capable of. Our staff work tirelessly to continually improve and develop teaching practice to maximise the learning of our students. Our school’s strapline in ‘Achieving Excellence Together’ and this lies at the heart of everything we do.
We have a highly experienced and skilled team of Lead Practitioners who constantly lead the development of our learning community. On a weekly basis, they make a much valued contribution to the development of our teaching practice across the school, leading on a number of successful developmental strategies.
Please also visit our Why Barnwell? feature page to read of the opportunities and experiences enjoyed by a number of our current staff, at contrasting stages of their careers.
I am a language specialist with particular interests in raising student engagement and active learning. I support continued improvement of practice within my faculty through collaborative planning and coaching. My practice is characterised by a range of differentiation strategies and high student engagement. I am a facilitator for our in-house “Good to Outstanding” programme leading on areas of BFL within lessons.
Formerly an Advanced Skills Teacher for whole school teaching and learning and Geography. I am now a Lead Practitioner with responsibility for stretch and challenge and memory enhancing strategies. My first degree was in Physical Geography at Reading University. This was followed by a MSc in Transport Planning and Management. I studied for my PGCE at Reading University
Although I have been teaching for twenty-five years, I have and continue to relish the opportunity to research, embrace and deliver new methods and techniques to both students and staff. Former areas of responsibility include the successful GO coaching programme and the development of creative ICT across the curriculum.
I originally trained as a primary school teacher and made the transition to secondary teaching in 2017. I teach PE and Science but have also supported other departments in my time at Barnwell.
I've always sought out opportunities to develop my teaching practice and in my time at the school I have been Head of College (maternity cover), attended countless residential trips, and supported Emma Walsh with the trainee teachers and NQT (now ECT) programmes at the school.
Teacher development has now become a passion of mine and currently I'm one of the facilitators on the ELDP (Educator Led Development Programme) at Barnwell as well as being a Lead Practitioner for disadvantaged students, overseeing and delivering key strategies and training to Barnwell staff.
As an ex-Barnwell pupil I now teach Maths here and have a strong belief in promoting and creating confident, successful and passionate students. I studied for my Maths degree at the University of Hertfordshire and also completed my PGCE there.
I enjoy finding new ways of teaching and learning and sharing with my department and other members of staff. I like to trial new methods and continuously improve my practice. I have a keen focus on technology in the classroom and how we can utilise this to ensure students have the best possible experience. Making sure we can evolve with the changing world around us and help prepare young people for their futures.