Early Years

Our current NDTSA SLE’s with this specialism:

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Lucy Couch

Head of Early Years, East The Water School
lucycouch@etwschool.com

After completing my degree in Educational Studies and Early Childhood Studies, I took a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) as a route into teaching. I am currently employed by East-the-Water Primary School and have been working here for the past 5 years gaining experience within early years and KS1. I currently lead Early Years and I am responsible for reception and nursery and lead a large team of teachers and teaching assistants within a foundation stage unit. I have been involved in and led training across the NDTSA for EYFS settings, trainee teachers across North Devon. I am also the PE leader for the whole school and have been responsible for  designing an exciting PE curriculum and developing a comprehensive programme of CPD where teachers work alongside experienced specialists. As part of my role I have also been deployed to support PE leadership in another school and regularly lead training for NQTs and trainee teachers across North Devon.

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Lucy Couch

Lucy Couch

Head of Early Years, East The Water School

Verity Lewin

Lead Teacher - Busy Bees Nursery
v.lewin@swsf.org

I joined Woolacombe in 2015 after 5 years as Lead Teacher and Assistant Head at a large nursery school in Bristol.  I have 17 years experience teaching across KS1 and the Foundation Stage in both large inner city schools and smaller village settings.  My passion is working within early years supporting pedagogy and practice and I am particularly interested in developing creativity, storytelling and outdoor learning in the early years and beyond.  I have been inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach of preschools in northern Italy and believe that a child has 3 educators – their family, their school and their environment. With this in mind I strive to ensure that the children, families and schools that I work with have the best possible experience and therefore achieve the best possible outcomes.

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Verity Lewin

Verity Lewin

Lead Teacher - Busy Bees Nursery

Laura Martin

SWSF - PE Teacher

<span style="font-family: Calibri"><span style="font-family: helvetica;font-size: 12pt">I have been teaching in Primary Schools for over 10 years.  Since I qualified as a Primary School Teacher I have always had a real passion for Physical Education.  Four Years ago I also gained a qualification as a Children’s Fitness Instructor.  I have worked in many Devon schools, reviewing their PE Provision and supporting teachers with their PE Planning both short and long term as well as assessing PE (including lesson observations and helping review children's progression overtime).<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span> Part of my role when I support schools’ is also to promote physical education and ensure that it is part of a child's daily life; from an early age to enjoy, have fun and participate in sport.  As part of my job I also help review Lunchtimes trying to make them as active as possible, including MTA training to implement adult and child led games in the playground. I have developed a Young Leaders Programme which has also been very successful in promoting games and activity at lunchtime as well as empowering children at lunchtime.</span></span>

 

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Laura Martin

Laura Martin

SWSF - PE Teacher

Ruth Cornish

Combe Martin Primary School — Senior Teacher

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I qualified as a teacher 20 years ago, after having had my family, and have taught in Plymouth, Surrey and North Devon. I spent the first 15 years as an Early Years and Key Stage One teacher, specialising in Literacy. After training as a Reading Recovery Teacher, and having 'Thrive' training I moved into Lower Key Stage Two, specialising in Special Needs. My Literacy specialism continued, becoming a Literacy Lead Teacher, and a National Trainer for Wave One Literacy Intervention with Fischer Family Trust. I am now part of the Senior Leadership Team at Combe Martin Primary School, where I am responsible for Interventions, Reading, RE and Behaviour. I have class responsibility for a SEN group known as Springboard (16 children, Y3-6).
My philosophy is that ALL children deserve the very best we can give them and my approach is practical, rigorous and fun!

 

<b>Specialisms:</b>

Early Years

English – especially writing

Phonics

SEN

RE

Behaviour & Discipline

Leadership of Curriculum

 

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Ruth  Cornish

Ruth Cornish

Combe Martin Primary School — Senior Teacher