After working for Asda, Next and looking after my children before they started school, I enrolled in a degree course at Bradford College to start a career in teaching. I qualified in 2004 and started at Withinfields Primary School (see below for teaching career to date).
I teach in a caring and understanding way that ensures that children come to school knowing that they will enjoy what is being taught and that they are being taught with their particular learning style in mind. However, attainment of children within school is measured by how well the children do in literacy, numeracy and science. This is only part of the curriculum and I believe that the rest of the learning should be through an interactive and creative curriculum that covers all the other areas children would expect in an inclusive education. Some children and parents, however, need more from the school day and so need to be catered for in an extended school, such as through tuition.
2004 – 2007 Withinfields Primary School
During my time at this school I initially taught in a mixed Year 3/4 class where I gained my qualified teacher status. The following year I moved to Year 5/6 where I stayed for 2 years teaching the top group in maths, gaining the best results the school had seen for a number of years.
2007 – 2011 Shelf Junior and Infant School
After moving to Shelf I started in a Year 5/6 class before moving to a Year 4/5 class the following year. At this time I was also taking extra studies and completed my Leadership Pathways course. Following this course I was promoted to Assistant Headteacher in charge of Key Stage 1, where I stayed for two years, teaching both Years 1 and 2.
During my time at both schools I was responsible for planning and teaching all subjects making sure the curriculum was covered. I was also subject co-ordinator for Science, PSHE and Gifted and Talented making sure that the school was covering the areas to the levels OFSTeD demand.
2011 -2012 General Supply
Due to family illnesses I taught through supply in order to give me greater flexibility. I taught in a variety of schools in the Bradford and Halifax areas covering classes from Reception up to Year 6
2012 to February 2014 St Mary’s and St Peter’s Catholic Primary School, Bradford
Year 4 class covering a maternity leave
February 2014 to August 2016 St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
Specialist maths teaching role concentrating on improving the performance of maths throughout the school especially in Years 5 and 6. Maths co-ordinator. Successfully oversaw the transition of the school’s maths curriculum to the new standards. Excellent maths results both in June 2015 and 2016.
Nigel has been tutoring our daughter for a few weeks now and she is really enjoying the lesson's. He makes the lesson really interesting and fun.
My son lacks a lot of confidence with Maths and also suffers with generalised anxiety. He gets easily overwhelmed and often struggles to ask questions for fear of failure or looking foolish. Nige has only had a couple of lessons so far with my 10 year old but he is fully engaged, enjoying the lessons and asking questions when unsure. Nige is warm, encouraging and praises in all the right places. My son is showing growing confidence already - thank you