Leadership of the Curriculum

Our Current NDTSA SLE’s with this specialism:

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Emily Pulleine

Beaford School Teacher

<span style="color: #04b292;font-family: helvetica">My passion for teaching and learning stems from the opportunity to get to know 30 new personalities every year, and this has not reduced over the 13 years I have been teaching. I have experience in bringing out the interests and enthusiasm in children from 0-10 years and love the teaching profession for the constant challenge and reward it provides. I started my career in West Sussex, teaching in Haywards Heath, before moving into East Sussex and then to North Devon after having my two daughters. I have held responsibility for progress and achievement in Science and Maths, as well as being Head of FS and KS1 and ensuring challenge for Gifted and Talented across the school. When not working, I can be found on the beach, in the garden, elbow-deep in flour in the kitchen, or camping with my family in the glorious Devon countryside. </span>

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Emily Pulleine

Emily Pulleine

Beaford School Teacher

Clare Jackson

East the Water Primary School — Curriculum Leader

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I studied German at Leeds University, graduating with a BA Honours degree in 2004.  Due to my interest in languages, I then worked in Germany teaching English.  Upon my return I completed my PCSE, and was based in schools across Devon.  I have been teaching for seven years and have taught in two different primary schools, mainly teaching key stage 2.  I am currently employed by East-the-Water Primary School and have been working here for the past 3 years, not only teaching but also leading the curriculum across the school.   When I teach there is never a dull minute when I’m teaching – the day is fast paced, fun and exciting.  I love being able to spark children’s imagination, give them interesting challenges and help them to discover their own personal passions.  I think the main reason why I teach is the thought that everyday I’m helping children learn and achieve their potential.

<strong>Specialism:</strong>

Leadership of Curriculum

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Clare  Jackson

Clare Jackson

East the Water Primary School — Curriculum Leader

Damian Railston

Combe Martin Primary School — Head of School

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Originally from the North East of England, I journeyed southward when I trained as a teacher in Nottingham and then taught there before moving to Manchester and then to Devon. I have worked in large, small, inner city and rural schools, moving from Teacher to Head of Department, Assistant Head and then Head of School.

I specialise in improving teaching and learning for children, analysing data and creating whole school improvement agendas. Through accurate and detailed triangulation of information.

I work with senior leaders to ensure quality teaching and learning and provide detailed feedback to improve pedagogy.

Specialisms:

Leadership of Continuing Professional Development

Teaching & Learning  Assessments

Lesson Observation & Feedback

ITT & NQT

 

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Damian  Railston

Damian Railston

Combe Martin Primary School — Head of School

Fiona Jeffery

The Clinton School — Assistant Head Teacher

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I am Senior Teacher at a small primary school in a two school federation. I manage the day to day running of the school in the absence of the head teacher.

I worked as part of the Devon Maths Team for over eight years. I teach the whole of KS 2. Maths and Literacy form the core of my planning to support the children's learning.

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<b>Specialisms:</b>

Maths

Leadership of Continuing Professional Development

Leadership of Curriculum

Support for Most Able Pupils

ITT & NQT

 

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Fiona  Jeffery

Fiona Jeffery

The Clinton School — Assistant Head Teacher

Gail Holmes

Woolacombe National Support School - Head of School

I grew up in Georgeham, North Devon and graduated from Plymouth University after studying a 4 year Bachelor of Education and I started my teaching career in Combe Martin Primary School where I also became the Deputy Head Teacher. I also taught in South Africa in a rural township and am a keen sportswoman with swimming as my primary sport alongside football. After having my first child I took up the position of Deputy Head of Woolacombe School and on Federation became Head of School at Woolacombe and a Senior Leader. I have many specialities ranging from Special Educational Needs to Science and Sport

Specialisms:

 

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Gail Holmes

Gail Holmes

Woolacombe National Support School - Head of School

John Townsend

Ilfracombe Academy — Head of Languages

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Born and bred in Plymouth I have always had a keen interest in languages. After completing my P.G.C.E in Secondary MFL teaching I took my first post teaching French in Barnstaple. After 4 years I moved to live and teach in South-Eastern Spain. On my return to the U.K in 2005 I became Second in Languages in a Plymouth Secondary School and rose to be Head of Department there after 18 months. 8 years later I moved to work as Head of Languages at Ilfracombe as I have always retained a very strong affection on North Devon. I love my job as a teacher, and drive to work with a smile on my face every day.

<b>Specialisms:</b>

Secondary /Primary

Modern Foreign Languages

Leadership of Curriculum

 

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John  Townsend

John Townsend

Ilfracombe Academy — Head of Languages

Liesa Down

Beaford School - Teacher

<span style="color: #04b094;font-family: helvetica">I trained to become a teacher at Exeter University where I graduated with a BA Honours degree in Education Studies. During my time at Exeter, I carried out research projects about creativity in writing and using talk and drama to support writing. I have always been very passionate about children’s literacy which led me to carry out a Primary PGCE with an English specialism, also at Exeter University.</span>

<span style="color: #04b094;font-family: helvetica">I am currently teaching at Beaford Primary School in a mixed Year 5 and 6 class. Before moving into KS2, I taught a mixed Year 1 and 2 class and held the responsibility for ICT coordinator. I am now part of the humanities team and I lead literacy across the school. Following the new primary English curriculum, I have raised the profile of grammar across the school. I have also introduced a new spelling curriculum which encourages children to take ownership and lead their own learning.  </span>

<span style="color: #04b094;font-family: helvetica">As literacy leader, I take an active interest in talking to pupils, looking at their work and feedback in order to facilitate change. I also take a genuine interest in the work of other staff so I can understand more closely the challenges they face, offer support and recognise good practice.</span>

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Liesa Down

Liesa Down

Beaford School - Teacher

Ossian Pleasance

Woolacombe National Support School - Teacher

Originally from London, I trained as a TEFL teacher after university, and taught adults from a wide variety of backgrounds and ethnicities.  After then teaching TEFL in different parts of the world, I  trained to be a primary teacher on the SCITT programme based at Southmead School.  I have  taught across KS2 at Woolacombe School for the past eleven years, and during that time have found more and more that I'm most passionate about the teaching of Literacy.  This has steered me towards a lead literacy role in 2011 for a year, and then onto completing my AMBDA (Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association) qualification this year.  So from my early beginnings as a TEFL teacher, I have endeavoured over my career to constantly improve, adapt and enjoy my involvement with all things Literacy!

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Ossian Pleasance

Ossian Pleasance

Woolacombe National Support School - 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