Leadership of Curriculum, English, Phonics
President Kennedy School
I am the Head of Literacy and Numeracy in Year 7 (“The Bridge”) at President Kennedy School and this is my third year in the post. My background is in primary education, and my experience in Year 6 has been invaluable in working to improve the quality of transition and build very strong relationships with our feeder primaries. I have established a phonics-based intervention programme and a guided reading initiative, to improve the progress of students who join us with low levels of literacy, and for the past two years I have also been developing a maths intervention programme for our underachieving Year 7s.
We were judged outstanding in all areas by OFSTED in July 2013, and the quality of the literacy provision was specifically mentioned. Another important aspect of my role is promoting the understanding of literacy across the curriculum via whole staff training and small group or individual support. Although my role is predominantly in Year 7, the impact of the training and increased confidence in using literacy across the curriculum has been felt across the school.
I worked at Moseley Primary School for five years where I was Literacy Co-ordinator and taught across KS2, with most of my experience being in Year 6. I was then seconded to St Osburg’s Primary School for a year as Literacy Co-ordinator. They had an OFSTED during this time which saw them improve to a good, and my impact was mentioned in the report.
I have also had considerable experience working with small groups of high achievers in both literacy and numeracy in our primary feeders.