Aquila ECF Facilitators
I have been teaching for 12 years across all year groups in primary schools in Kent and am the EYFS and KS1 Phase leader in Kingsnorth C of E Primary School, currently teaching Year 2. For many years, I have had the responsibility of Lead Mentor for students and NQTs (now ECTs). This aspect of my role is a real privilege; it is immensely rewarding to watch a student develop and grow with quality support and feedback, helping them on their pathway to QTS. Recently, I have become an ECF facilitator, supporting ECTs and their mentors on the induction journey, working with colleagues to offer training and support, enabling ECTs to have a successful start to their teaching career.
I have been a teacher for over 15 years and within this time I have been fortunate to teach within schools with diverse settings and across the country. Currently, I teach at St Nicholas CE Primary Academy in Year 6 and lead English (writing) across the school. Throughout my time as a teacher, I have lead core subjects and teams of teachers; as well as supporting and guiding student teachers and NQTs (ECTs). I have always been passionate about supporting other teachers which led to me becoming an Early Career Framework Facilitator for Early Career Teachers and their Mentors: providing support and guidance through an ECTs induction years.
I have been teaching since 2011 and have taught across KS2, in both Buckinghamshire and Kent. I became a Maths Specialist a number of years ago and have been a maths and assessment lead over a number of schools. Currently, I am the Deputy Headteacher at Archbishop Courtenay Primary School in Maidstone. Since September 2022, I have become an ECT facilitator and coach for teachers undertaking their NPQ’s. I thoroughly enjoy coaching others to support them in reaching their full potential.
I have been teaching for over 20 years now mainly around the Shepway area of Kent. Although I have taught across a range of ages, I have always had a soft spot for Year 6. I am currently deputy head teacher at St Nicholas CE Primary Academy and although I no-longer have a class-based responsibility, I love nothing more than popping in to support where I can. Throughout my time teaching, I have led a range of core subjects including maths, PE, Re and collective worship. I have always enjoyed supporting student teachers and other teachers including ECTs and mentoring them is a real highlight of my job. In addition to mentoring, I am now one of the facilitators for ECTs and their mentors for the Aquila Trust.
I am currently Inclusion Lead at Lyminge CE Primary school, with curriculum responsibility for English, which has always been a passion of mine. I joined the Lyminge team in 2016 as a class teacher before taking on my current role but have been teaching for over 20 years across both Key Stage 1 and 2. Having been lead mentor for student teachers and NQTs for several years, it is exciting to support ECTs at the beginning of their teaching careers, as a mentor and now as a facilitator for Aquila.