School Improvement Officer - Reading
Working in primary education is so rewarding and I am truly passionate about nurturing every child’s true potential. During my career, I have had vast experience as a Senior Leader in a variety of schools, each unique and diverse in their contexts, where I have worked strategically on all aspects of school improvement. As a skilled leader of English, I have been successful in raising attainment and always strive to achieve the very best outcomes for all children, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds. I am experienced in working alongside colleagues to improve teaching and learning, through effective coaching, mentoring and training; I believe strongly in a collaborative approach to sharing and developing best practice. For much of my career, I have also led on all aspects of Inclusion; it has been an honour and privilege to support so many children and their families through challenging circumstances. Children’s well-being is extremely important to me and much of my work has focused on implementing initiatives to positively promote this. Emotional resilience is a firm foundation from which children can learn and grow as individuals.
Training as a Reading Recovery teacher is what initially set me on my quest to improve the reading chances for all children. It helped me to understand what a complex process reading really is and the importance of developing readers of the future, where books unlock a world of possibilities. I have successfully supported many children to overcome barriers in reading, raising attainment to enrich their learning experiences across the wider curriculum. It goes without saying that I am incredibly excited to have joined the Waterton team and look forward to working closely with all our schools to create strong, capable and life-long readers, who are ready to move successfully into their next stage of education.