James Durkan

James Durkan

 Year 6 Class Teacher


Computing, English, Teaching and Learning

Background Information:

I am a year 6 class teacher, having previously taught year 5, working at Welton St Marys Church of England Academy. I am also computing lead and have written a computer science scheme of work, which has been implemented as of January 2018, following a staff meeting to introduce this. I have had experience training ITT students in the creative curriculum. I regularly undertake my own research to further my own classroom practice, and then share this with colleagues to improve standards across the school – particularly in how we can improve writing for all children.

Support and Qualifications:

I am able to offer support to computing co-ordinators, who are looking to develop computing in their school, in particular the computer science part of the new National Curriculum. I can also offer support in setting up a student led Digital Leader’s group to help drive the profile of computing within a school. As well as this, I can offer support and guidance to teachers new to year 6 on statutory assessment and the new writing frameworks. I am passionate about developing children’s vocabulary and a love for reading therefore can support staff with the development of reading and writing across the school. I am also able to support trainee teachers, NQTs and RQTs, to work towards becoming outstanding classroom practitioners.

Most current work/experience:

I am currently working at Welton St Marys Church of English Academy which has been recently judged as a ‘Good’ school by OFSTED and as an ‘Outstanding’ church school. I am currently a year 6 teacher of 33 children and I am also the computing lead.

Why you wanted to become an SLE:

Supporting others in reaching their own potential is extremely rewarding. It’s what we aim for everyday with the children that we teach, so having the opportunity to develop and support adults is an exciting one. Throughout my own teaching career, I’ve been lucky to be inspired and supported by great mentors and coaches. I relish the opportunity to replicate this and inspire and support other leaders myself. When I see how well things are working with my own class and my own school, it makes me want the opportunity to share this with others. I understand how difficult teaching is, particularly the pressures of work load, so being able to support teachers to work smarter, to improve outcomes for their own children, is a great motivation for me. I am always spending time reflecting and researching and I love learning new ideas and have a desire to implement them to assess their impact. Now I am excited to have the opportunity to share my ideas and expertise with other colleagues outside of my own school.