Subject Specialists

Current NDTSA SLE’s with subject specialisms:

Click on the SLE’s photograph to see their profile

Dan Polak

SLE - Maths
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Dan Polak

Dan Polak

SLE - Maths

Angela Fernyhough

Woolacombe Primary School — Senior Leadership Team Teacher

Pen Portrait:

I am a Senior Leader in the SWSF and I am an experienced KS1 teacher and currently working in Year 2.  As an experienced KS 1 practitioner and a former AST in Somerset I have strengths in all areas of KS 1, particularly phonics, assessment and literacy. I have completed two Masters modules in Behaviour Management and Improving Writing and both of these research based modules have given me evidence based methods of improving children’s attainment and behaviour for learning.  As an AST I worked in schools alongside colleagues to improve teaching and learning using a coaching approach.

Specialisms:

Leadership of Continuing Professional Development

English

Phonics

Behaviour & Discipline

ITT

 

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Angela  Fernyhough

Angela Fernyhough

Woolacombe Primary School — Senior Leadership Team Teacher

Angela Walsh

Ilfracombe Academy — Head of English

<b>Pen Portrait:</b>

I moved to Devon to take up my post as Head of English at The Ilfracombe Academy at Easter 2011. Prior to this, I had been a Head of English at a school in Tameside (near Manchester) since 2004. I have already been developing links with our feeder primary schools and look forward to being able to develop this further for the benefit of our communities.  Having worked in an urban area for most of my teaching career,  I am keen to ensure that  pupils and teachers in rural schools are afforded the same opportunities for success as those in cities and other urban areas.

<b>Specialism:</b>

English (Secondary)

 

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Angela  Walsh

Angela Walsh

Ilfracombe Academy — Head of English

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

Fiona Jeffery

The Clinton School — Assistant Head Teacher

<b>Pen Portrait:</b>

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

Gary Bladon

Bampton Primary School — Head of School

<b>Pen Portrait:</b>

After a successful career leading in industry, I studied a 3 year Bachelor of Arts degree in Primary Initial Teacher Education at Worcester University, graduating in 2003. I have worked in Worcester and North Devon over the past 10 years in 3 diverse schools, where I have taught all year groups across Key Stage 2, mainly Year 5 and 6. As well as previously leading PE and ICT, I have led Mathematics for the past 6 years across 2 schools. I now also lead Safeguarding in school as well as being a member of the schools Senior Management Team. My responsibilities have involved leading subjects and projects across all areas of school, including the Foundation Stage. I am also currently working with the National College, taking part in a national lesson Study Programme,  focusing on developing and improving teaching in schools.

 

<b>Specialism:</b>

Maths

 

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Gary  Bladon

Gary Bladon

Bampton Primary School — Head of School

Graham Hill

Ilfracombe Academy — Assistant Head Teacher

<b>Pen Portrait:</b>

I am currently an Assistant Head teacher at The Ilfracombe Academy, an 11 - 18 school in North Devon. My responsibilities include: behaviour, attendance, child Protection and Multi Agency collaboration. Since joining the school in January I have assisted in reducing the exclusion figures and helped to raise attendance to its highest levels. Prior to joining The Ilfracombe Academy, I was an Assistant Head teacher with the responsibility for Achievement at Oaks Park High School, an 'Outstanding' school in the London Borough of Redbridge. In my previous posts I have undertaken a variety of roles including, the Head of Physical Education, Student Voice, Narrowing the Gap and Equal Opportunities Coordinator. I have taught across the ability range, working with both mixed ability and streamed groups. I have worked with a range of staff and schools acting as a mentor, coach and an advisor. Outside of teaching I have coached and played basketball in the premier league and been involved in the England U23 and Junior programmes. These roles have allowed me to develop my personal skills and given me insight into working under pressure and getting the best out of people

<b>Specialisms:</b>

Behaviour & Discipline

PE/Sport

Art

 

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Graham  Hill

Graham Hill

Ilfracombe Academy — Assistant Head Teacher

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

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