Hilary Thompson – Head Teacher - SLE
When I began teaching I worked in East London, where I taught in several large schools with upwards of 300 pupils. It was in this environment that I first became interested in the mentoring of newly qualified and aspiring teachers. Since moving to the North East, I have had the privilege to work in several smaller rural schools including Castleton CP School where I worked for 7 years as the Key stage 2 teacher. When Castleton and Glaisdale schools federated, I became the teacher in charge. In2015 I became the head teacher at St Heddas R.C. Primary School in Egton Bridge.
Areas of Expertise
- Outreach work supporting primary teachers
- Quality First Teaching
- Whole Key stage planning
Example(s) of outreach work undertaken and impact
I have supported several NQTs through their first year of teaching ensuring that all successfully completed the year with the necessary documentation in place assisting schools where other pressures were present. This was addressed through a combination of coaching and mentoring sessions and with the schools overall goals in mind.
Looking at the element of Quality Fist Teaching, has been a focus for several schools and how planning reflects this in classroom practice. Undertaking observations, joint moderation, book scrutiny and marking and feedback, are common themes running through much of the work I have undertaken. Systems that have been put into place have led to pupils, teachers and schools making good progress which is supported by their data.