Literacy Subject Leader
Buttsbury Junior School, Billericay
Currently, I am Literacy Subject Leader and Year Group leader at Buttsbury Junior School in Billericay. I have been at this school since completing my Initial Teacher Training. My role has been to drive school improvements and initiatives in Literacy. Key areas I am passionate about have included the implementation of school library and promoting opportunities for writing across the curriculum. Through my role, I was also responsible for the design of the new curriculum for Literacy in light of the new National Curriculum, which has been positively received. This has also included improving in-school assessment systems for reading and writing. I enjoy the challenge of implementing new systems and initiatives and evaluating their effectiveness within school. I have supported other leaders in school to develop the teaching of literacy in classes, focusing on how more able pupils are appropriately challenged in mixed ability environments. I have also worked with other leaders to improve the teaching sequence in literacy.
As literacy subject leader, I was involved in the Creative Partnerships project and looked into sustainable projects for schools. I was also involved in the application process for the ArtsMark Gold award.
I have also mentored many Initial Teacher Training trainees both as a class based mentor and, more recently, as lead mentor. I enjoy the challenge of supporting new trainees to develop their classroom practices. I have also mentored a Newly Qualified Teacher.
Over the years, I have worked collaboratively with other schools in literacy based projects, and the Creative Partnerships project work. This has included working with both Key Stage 1 and 3 colleagues in moderation of writing specifically.
Specialist Areas of Expertise
- Closing the gap
- English/ Literacy
- Initial teacher training (ITT) development
- Year group Leadership
- Curriculum development
Other Areas of Expertise
- Creative Arts
- Masters in Education, focusing on Literacy
- Outstanding Teaching Toolkit - Led by Impetus