Jo Matthews

Deputy Head Teacher

Leigh Beck Junior School, Canvey Island

About Me

I am teaching Deputy Head in a 3 form Junior school. This keeps me up to date with current initiatives whilst maintaining an active teaching profile within school.

I teach an English and Maths set daily and adapt planning and assessments to meet the new requirements of the new National Curriculum and Assessment Systems. I lead pupil progress meetings with class teachers and the SENCO to identify ‘focus pupils’ and develop strategies and interventions, to accelerate progress. I have developed assessment banding sheets to aid staff to assess within the new banding system which are being used effectively within school. The current changes, I believe, have given schools an opportunity to take the initiative and lead in this area.

I embrace new challenges and believe in self-development, to this end I’m currently trained to assess across the county and also as a Key Stage 2 marker for the externally marked SATs. I was also part of the Target Tracker group for writing for the development of working without levels. This not only ensures I am up to date with the latest initiatives but also that there is a consistency throughout school with regards to assessment.  Existing practice within school has been improved.  Using joint moderation sessions and bringing in expertise acquired as an external moderator I have been able to raise progress and attainment levels. This in turn has led to improved levels of confidence and competence with the teaching staff and enabled the school to increase its capacity for improvement and succession planning.  I lead training sessions on teaching and learning and constantly monitor and evaluate standards and impact, providing feedback and support as appropriate.

Specialist Areas of Expertise

  • Assessment
  • Behaviour and Discipline
  • Leadership of CPD
  • NQT Development
  • Leadership of Curriculum
  • Maths & English

Other Areas of Expertise

  • Parental Engagement
  • Data Analysis
  • Pastoral care and support of children
  • Effective behaviour systems
  • Coaching and Mentoring

Recent Training

  • Moderator Training for the Local Authority (Essex)
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • MA Ed (The Open University)