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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.
Formerly an Advanced Skills Teacher for Drama, I am now the Lead Practitioner for Literacy. My first degree was in English at Southampton. This was followed by a PGCE in Drama/English from the Institute of Education.
For most of my career, my chief interest has been teaching-in-role. My dissertation RECONSIDERING ROLE: A reappraisal of the functions, skills and potential of teacher-in-role was published in 2012.
I have taught Drama, English, Media and Humanities in a variety of different contexts throughout London and Hertfordshire. Since 2002 I have written, devised and directed 20 productions for local and regional performance. I have also been a trainee teacher mentor and coach. In 2013, I devised, launched and embedded Barnwell’s 3 Step Literacy Policy.
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 then made the transition to secondary teaching in 2017. I teach PE and Science but have also supported the English and Maths department in my time at Barnwell.
I've always sought after opportunities to develop my practice with some of my key highlights being Head of College (maternity cover), attending countless residential trips, participating on the TLDW course, enrolling on the Penn Resilience Program and more recently, supporting Emma with the trainee teachers and NQT programmes at the school.
I've now been given the opportunity to use my passion for teacher development and become a facilitator on the TLDW programme at Barnwell, which will enable me to support the teaching and learning team and overall staff development at the school.
I am a teacher of English. This year I have taken on the joint role of Literacy Co-ordinator for the whole school.
It is my passion to support and develop literacy levels for all students at all key stages.
This year I will be working collaboratively with all staff members to develop a variety of literacy enriching strategies for all Barnwell students – with a particular focus on the development of reading.
As a reflective practitioner, my passion is to motivate and encourage students to always strive for excellence.
I have been teaching English for 15 years and this is my third full year as part of the English Department at Barnwell School. Over the course of my career I have held the position of KS3 coordinator, 2nd in department, Head of Department and Lead Practitioner. This year I will be working alongside Holly Emmett as Literacy Coordinator. I have a love for reading which I am passionate about sharing through our Whole School Reads, DEAR time every day the Accelerated Reader program as well as celebrating special events such as World Book Day. I am excited to work with the rest of the Teaching and Learning team to promote literacy across the whole school and develop a love of reading in our students, staff and parents.