Primary Advisor for Primary Education, Victoria Stapleton, has been on Island for the last three months.
Victoria’s role as a Primary Advisor on Island is to work closely with the three Primary School Head Teachers on raising attainment and ensuring children achieve the right amount of progress.
Victoria said about her role:
“What is quite specific about my role is that I am here improving practice in the classroom. As I have just come out of the classroom in my previous job working in an International school in Egypt, I am able to refer back to my experience, where I have led on curriculum reviews and research projects by modelling lessons and also teaching alongside class teachers.”
Over the past three months, Victoria has familiarised herself with practices within the classrooms, working closely with teachers and getting to know the children. Currently focusing on improving development in English and Maths, the Reading Champions scheme has been implemented across the primary schools. Children are encouraged to do reading at home and are praised and rewarded for their efforts in school. St Pauls and Pilling have also done reading day initiatives with Harford Primary School soon to follow.
Maths is also an area of focus and, in particular, problem solving skills. Pilling Primary recently conducted a Maths workshop where parents were invited to learn calculations and strategies to aid in children’s homework.
“I am pleased to witness how proactive teachers are in the classroom. During the school holidays they all were in working and are dedicated in doing everything to improve the children’s learning and experience. I have really enjoyed my time on the Island, getting to know the teachers and the children are great fun. I was lucky enough to teach in year groups 3/4 in St Pauls. I hope that during my time here I can fully support the schools, improving the confidence within classrooms so teachers can lead future development.”
Director of Education, & Employment Colin Moore said:
“Victoria has already rolled up her sleeves and taught in the classroom. It is very important that our Advisors lead by example and Victoria has brought lots of fresh insight and imagination to her work as well as restating the importance of some of the basic principles of good Primary School teaching. I have no doubt that her time on the Island will be both positive and beneficial for all concerned.”
8 October 2013