Donna Woodcock

Donna Woodcock is an SLE working at Ling Moor Primary Academy.

Donna Woodcock

SLE Specialism(s):

•EYFS Teaching and Learning
•Teaching and learning in Phonics

Current school and job role:

Ling Moor Primary Academy  – EYFS Co-ordinator and Phonics Lead

Brief context of school:

The school is larger than the average primary school, with roughly 350 pupils.  We have mixed year groups in KS2, but are gradually making the transition to single year groups.  The large majority of pupils are White British and very few pupils speak English as an additional language.  The proportions of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action, school action plus, or a statement of special educational needs are all below average.   The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is below average

Background and experience:

My name is Donna Woodcock and I have been teaching for 16 years. I have been Foundation Stage Co-ordinator for 12 years, so my teaching has been mostly focused within the Foundation Stage and developing new ways to inspire young children to learn. I have a particular passion of learning through the environment, ensuring there is always challenge and progression. 

SLE deployments and impact of support:

I have worked as a mentor for the Graduate Teacher Program. This has involved visiting the students on a regular basis to monitor, evaluate and develop their teaching styles and skills. I have organised elements of their training plans to develop learning opportunities for them that involve observing others, targeting areas for development and celebrating their successes.

I have run a series of courses linked to EYFS development inked to teaching and learning and leadership and management. They were extremely well received with feedback noted ‘They will have a great impact on my teaching’.