Ever since I was a little girl I’ve had a desire to teach, and that’s what motivated my change in vocation from working in the NHS to training to be a teacher. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, leading to an extremely rewarding, stimulating and successful career spanning three authorities and three very different schools before joining The Swinton High School in 2004 and then being part of its transformation from a Specialist school for Performing Arts, to a Higher Performing Specialist School and then to becoming the first converter academy in Salford.
I have enjoyed a variety of roles ranging from Head of Year, Head of Maths, Advanced Skills Teacher of Maths, Assistant Headteacher and now in my current post as Deputy Headteacher I have responsibility for curriculum, assessment and pupil progress, tracking and intervention.
No aspect of education has changed so dramatically and at such a pace as pupil assessment and tracking – knowing the student is central to personalising learning. I strongly believe that all children can achieve if they feel safe, valued and supported in a learning environment that is fully inclusive and provides a curriculum that has enough variety to allow their abilities and talents to flourish.