My name is Emma Bradley and I have been teaching for almost twelve years. Now my family is complete (I have two small children), I have stepped back into a leadership position within my school. I began my career in a two-form entry primary school in Outer London and since moving to Lincoln have worked in two very different primary schools, working across KS1 and KS2.
Support and Qualifications:
I have been responsible for key school improvement projects over the past few years, including implementing Talk for Writing across school and working to achieve the Primary Science Quality Mark Silver Award. In May 2018, I began my NPQSL and am currently working towards completing this in November 2019.
As writing lead, lots of my CPD experiences link to developing the teaching and learning of writing and have included extensive moderation workshops. This year, I have been looking closely at developing GD writers, with a particular focus on Year 6, and also developing the teaching of spelling across school.
It makes me feels very proud to be able to reference my school’s last Ofsted inspection in 2016, where the teaching and behaviour of children in Year 5 and Year 6 were highlighted as outstanding (at the time I was teaching in Year 5). The report also details significant improvements in data with reference to the Year 2 cohort I taught in 2015/6.
Most current work/experience:
I currently work at St Peter at Gowts CE Primary school as Year 6 teacher, KS2 and writing lead (with computing, eSafety, social media and the school website development also within my remit). I have worked across KS1 and KS2 in my time here and led a variety of different subjects, areas and projects. This year, I have mentored two NQTs through their induction period and had previous experience of supporting student teachers. St Peter at Gowts has an above average proportion of EAL and PP children and in-school training has equipped me well to effectively enhance provision these groups of children.
Why you wanted to become an SLE:
I am lucky in my current school to hold a position that allows me to impact on teaching and learning through my leadership and support teachers and middle leaders in developing their own practise. Various teaching and CPD opportunities (some mentioned previously) have benefitted me with a wide range of knowledge and skills that I have been able to share with my school and that I know would be valuable to other schools.