PFT Associate Biographies
Charlotte Baker (Cuxton)
Charlotte Baker is an Assistant Head Teacher at The Academy of Cuxton Schools. She has worked at Cuxton Junior School since she graduated from Canterbury Christchurch University in 2009. Throughout her time at Cuxton, she has been lucky enough to have worked in all year groups across Key Stage 2, mainly specialising in teaching Years 3 and 4.
After her NQT year, she became Maths Subject Leader at Cuxton Junior School; a role that she has always been extremely passionate about. She has led maths across EYFS, KS1 and KS2 for many years now, with outcomes being in on an upward trajectory for the last three years. Her main aim as a Subject Leader is to engender a fascination with the subject and ensure that every child had access to high quality teaching through an enriched Curriculum. Her passion for leading maths was recognised by both colleagues and parents, when she won the Kent Teacher of the Year award in 2013. More recently, she has qualified as a NCETM Trainer and has become a SLE in this particular field.
As Assessment Lead at The Academy of Cuxton Schools, Charlotte drives this area with determination and rigour. She has a strong understanding of data analysis and how it can influence strategic planning, resulting in her being successful in her application to become an Assessment Associate. She has worked closely with schools across the PFT to support the embedding of a Trust wide assessment system with success. Assessment is also an area in which she is able to support other schools in her role as a SLE.
Charlotte is also very interested in developing coaching across the PFT; hence her successful application as an Associate. Currently she is completing her NPQH, where she is coached regularly. Charlotte believes that when coaching is undertaken well it can have a major influence in supporting colleagues to reach their personal goal, whilst also allowing time to reflect on current situation.
She is very much looking forward to working with her PFT colleagues this year in roles of Maths, Assessment and a Coaching Associate.
Hannah Bayley (Cuxton)
Hannah is the Chair of Governors at the Academy of Cuxton schools and has been for the past 6 years. Hannah joined the governing body as a parent governor in October 2011 to the then Cuxton Junior School, in November 2011 she was elected to Chair; at the same time, the Department of Education’s Academies team began working with the school. Hannah approached the neighbouring Infant school with the idea of amalgamating the Infant and Junior schools with the vision of creating an outstanding straight through primary school, to benefit the children and community. Following a poor Ofsted outcome in the Junior school in December 2011, it became apparent that an Academy sponsor was needed and the schools and Hannah began working with The Primary First Trust. Hannah proposed to both Governing Bodies, the idea of merging the two schools, following a unanimous vote, work began to merge into one leadership team and one governing body, Hannah was elected to co-Chair the single Governing Body. Hannah completed her NCTL Leadership and Development qualification during 2012 and used this experience to review and overhaul governance at Cuxton. The Partnership with the Primary First Trust has enabled Hannah to gain experience, CPD and knowledge of outstanding governance. Following the success and her involvement in the Academy transfer process, Hannah was asked to join another primary school’s governing body in September 2014 to strengthen their board and to assist them in their journey of conversion. Through the last 4 years Hannah has striven for high standards and excellent opportunities for all. This had proven successful with an Ofsted visit in May 2017 for the KS1 remaining Good and in July 2017 the KS2 becoming Good with Outstanding Leadership and Management and Personal Welfare and Behaviour, with an empowered leadership team and a dynamic ever evolving Governing Body, the future at Cuxton is looking exciting. Hannah also works with the Governing Boards of the schools within The Primary First Trust, assisting with complaints, sharing good practice, offering long term support and coaching.
Katherine is the Early Years Leader at Lessness Heath Primary School and a Specialist Leader of Education for the Medway Teaching School Alliance.
She has worked at Lessness Heath Primary School since graduating in 2014, and after her first year as an NQT in Reception, she became the schools Early Years Leader.
Since working for the Primary First Trust she has developed her skills as a teacher and leader year on year. She has successfully completed the Outstanding Teacher Pathway and the Senior leadership Pathway, which have enabled her to expand on her knowledge of successful school improvement and embed autonomous, independent learning for the children that she teaches. Katherine says the best outcome from this has been being able to be a part of growing new teachers coming into the career and having the opportunity to work with and mentor; TeachFirst, Early Years Practitioners and NQT’s.
Katherine has been part of the positive changes at Lessness Heath Primary School, through participating on a highly skilled ‘Raising Standards Team’ for over 2 years. She is very proud to say that she is part of the team that has created better learning opportunities, a school that fosters a love of learning and a setting that truly earned the best outcomes for children across the school and specifically within the Early Years for over 5 years!
Katherine says an Early Years Associate is an honour and she is looking forward to working with the other Early Years Leaders to enable success for all of our children at the Primary First Trust, as well as ‘Magpie’ ideas and practices to develop her leadership and teaching even further.
Ann-Marie Bolton (Lessness Heath)
Ann-Marie has been teaching for the past 15 years in schools across Bexley and Kent. She spent 8 of these years at Mayplace as Early Years Co-Ordinator and English Lead.
In September 2016 Ann-Marie joined the team at Lessness Primary as Assistant Headteacher in charge of KS2. This academic year Ann-Marie has also taken on the role of Maths Lead and is in charge of Attendance.
Ann-Marie has a keen thematic approach to learning and believes that classrooms should be inviting, allowing opportunities for all children to learn autonomously wherever possible.
During the last academic year Ann-Marie had the privilege of organising and delivering the Outstanding Progress Pathway to eleven teachers within the PFT. Ann-Marie worked closely with another associate, Melissa Cousins, creating high quality opportunities for these teachers, supporting them to progress further in their own professional development.
Ann-Marie is looking forward to developing the OPP even further this year.
Hayley Bond (Wayfield)
For over ten years, Hayley has relished creating the ever evolving classroom that inspires a love of learning. Having completed her training through the Graduate Teacher Training Programme, she is now proud to be a School Direct Mentor, investing in and helping others to be the best they can be. Hayley is passionate about lifelong learning and is very excited about collaborating with a colleague to lead Maths across all schools in the Primary First Trust.
Liz Boucher (Westcourt)
Liz completed her Undergraduate Degree in geography at Nipissing University in Canada followed by her Bachelors of Education (hons) at Lakehead University. Shortly after completing her bEd she decided to pursue new opportunities and moved to England. Liz’s first teaching position was as a long term supply in year 4 at Westcourt Primary where she immediately felt at home and, as a result, Liz was hired full time and is now in her fourth year of teaching there. Shortly after becoming a teacher at Westcourt Liz was made MFL co-ordinator, a position she still happily holds now. Throughout her years as MFL lead Liz has implemented a new scheme of work across Key Stage 2 and ensured that French is being taught across the key stage. Two wonderful years in year 4 led her to one year team teaching in year six with several other outstanding teachers. This year in year six was incredibly helpful for Liz’s development as a teacher as it really gave her a clear understanding of the “end game” that all students face by the end of primary school.
This year Liz is a full time class teacher in year five and has now taken on the role of Science lead. She believes that the best results come from children who are happy about and engaged in their learning and is looking forward to collaborating with other science leads across the trust to ensure this is happening at all of our schools!
Nicky Boushear (Wayfield)
Nicky has been a primary school teacher for the past 20 years, following a 4 year B.Ed(Hons) in Science & Environmental Studies. Initially teaching in Key stage 2, she found her true home working in Key stage 1 and Early Years.
She has held Year Group Leader positions in Years 1 and 2 and co-ordinated Science & ICT within large infant and primary school teams as well as a Leading ICT Teacher role within her local Education Action Zone.
After moving to Wayfield Primary School in 2015 Nicky was very pleased to become part of PFT the following year. She was honoured to be invited to take on an Associate position for ‘Wider Curriculum’ and move into a leadership role within the Trust in her first year with PFT.
This year she is excited to have a responsibility for Science the subject she has always had a passion for.
Ben Broughton (Barnehurst)
Ben Broughton currently holds the post of Deputy Head Teacher at Barnehurst with responsibilities for curriculum and assessment. Before joining Barnehurst Ben worked as a Deputy Head Teacher in a primary school where he worked with the senior leadership team to improve the quality of teaching and learning outcomes, enabling the school to move from inadequate to Good.
He began his teaching career as a Secondary Design and Technology teacher and has since had experience of working at Head of Department and Assistant Head Teacher level as well as experience of teaching primary through to Sixth Form. He is passionate about providing engaging and practical opportunities for children to excel in their learning.
FACES is a new and exciting associate role working alongside teachers to significantly improve teaching practices and pedagogies.
Simon Brown (Mayplace)
Simon Brown is Deputy Head Teacher at Mayplace Primary School in Bexley, as well as an Associate for Assessment, primarily for the ‘Bexley Hub’ of schools.
He has held a position within the Primary First Trust schools since the trust began in November 2013 and prior to that, at the Federation of Barnehurst Schools, the founding trust school.
He has a keen interest in assessment, holding a seat on two groups that steer assessment within the trust. These are the Assessment Steering Group and the Assessment Working Party. Over the last two years he has contributed to and helped steer a range of policies that both involve statutory assessment and PFT assessment systems across all Key Stages, with a view to its delivery and impact in schools.
Within his role, he also leads both internal and more ‘outward looking’ external moderations involving schools from other trusts and non-academised schools to ensure accuracy and quality of assessments. He has also undertaken a more hands-on approach, supporting other schools and individuals within schools through assessment. These have included looking at assessment systems and their impact on learning.
In addition, he has also worked directly with children and parents in various schools, involving them in pursuit of a further understanding and involvement in assessment with the ultimate aim of improving the quality of education for all.
Melissa Cousins (Mayplace)
Since completing her NQT year in 2014, Melissa has taught across KS2 and currently teaches in reception as well as leading the Early Years Team at Mayplace Primary School. She proudly led her EYFS team to secure an outstanding judgement from Ofsted in June 2017.
Melissa has worked as a PFT Associate for the past two years. During the 2015-2016 academic year, she led an associate project with a fellow colleague to embed British Values within the schools in the Trust. One of the great successes of the project was the Cross-Trust debate at the end of the school year where children across the schools in Years Five and Six debated current worldwide issues in the news.
During the 2016-2017 academic year she led the Outstanding Progress Pathway with another colleague working with good teachers to help them to develop outstanding practice in their everyday teaching to achieve the best possible outcomes for children in their class. Following the success of last year, she will be continuing the Outstanding Progress Pathway this year, building on the accomplishments and developing it even further for more teachers across the Primary First Trust.
Viv Hart (Westcourt)
Viv has worked at Westcourt Primary and Nursery School since 2006 joining as an NQT. She is currently Acting Deputy Head, Years 1, 2 and 3 Phase leader, English and Music lead. Viv also teaches Year 2 for two days a week. The majority of her teaching career has been spent in Upper KS2, particularly Year 6. Last year Viv taught Reception for a term and a half which she found very rewarding and insightful.
Being a county moderator for Year 6 for the past two years has allowed Viv to work with a range of different schools and experience different approaches to English teaching. Viv has also led French, Science and Computing. Responsibility for leading Online-Safety within the school has allowed her to engage with parents in events such as Safer Internet Day. Completing both the NPQML and NPQSL have been key to Viv's success as a leader within school because they gave her time to reflect on herself as a leader and gave her a range of different strategies and ideas to use when supporting others.
Viv has found leading music immensely rewarding. The school choir have taken part in many events such as the Thameside choral festival, singing at Bluewater shopping centre every Christmas and helping to raise money for local charities such as Demelza. Whole school productions are always a highlight of the year; Viv is very excited that the school will be taking part in their first PFT celebration this year.
Viv is looking forward to being one of the PFT Pledge associates and helping to provide the children with even more creative and life-changing opportunities.
Louisa Herbert (Barnehurst)
Louisa currently holds the position of Early Years Leader at The Federation of Barnehurst schools. She began her teaching career as a NQT in 2014 at the school in a KS2 role, in year 3. After completing a successful NQT year, Louisa become the SMSC/PSHE leader across the school and led a positive update of the PSHE curriculum which reflected a more current global climate. During this year, she undertook several developmental leadership programmes within the trust which included a Senior Leadership Pathway led by the Director of Education. During this time, she was able to conduct a research project, within her leadership scope, whereby she was able to measure outcomes of the children’s progress within the SMSC/PSHE curriculum.
After two years of teaching in KS2, Louisa had the privilege of becoming the Early Years Lead based in Reception. This had a huge impact on the professional development of Louisa, as she became part of the SLT team within her school and worked at Trust level to develop a new assessment system. This academic year Louisa remains as Early Years leader but takes on the role of NQT mentor and PFT Associate. She also continues her professional development through the Preparation for Deputy Headship Pathway. Louisa is the PFT Associate for Coaching for the Bexley Hub working closely with the coaching associate for the Medway hub, Charlotte Baker.
Claire Johnson (Mayplace)
Claire initially began her career in education through part-time work as a classroom assistant and lunchtime supervisor on a voluntary basis, but eventually as an employee at Belvedere Infant School. In time, Claire felt the need for personal development and enrolled to study for the Specialist Teaching Assistant Certificate at the Open University. In December 2001, she passed the STAC course whilst juggling a family and a job in a primary school. At this point Claire was working part-time on a 1:1 basis with a visually impaired child and went on to support a child with multiple special needs. Claire was also recommended for and achieved H.L.T.A. status and attended evening classes to attain level 2 BSL in sign language. She continued working for four days a week, at Pelham Primary School (both as a T.A. and a H.L.T.A, to cover PPA from nursery to year 6), whilst attending Christchurch Canterbury to study for a degree (with BA Hons) in child and youth studies, in order to gain my teaching certificate. One of Claire's personal highlights was completing one of her teaching practices at a street school in Ghana.
Currently, Claire is employed as Assistant Head Teacher and one of two Year Five class teachers at Mayplace Primary, having completed three years in Lower Key-stage Two and three years in Year Six, during which time she was successful in her application for Upper Key-stage Two phase leader. Claire also took on responsibility as Maths Lead.
Claire is proud to have been invited to become a Primary First Trust Associate, working in partnership as the Trust PFT Lead for SMSC/PSHE and Fundamental British Values, then as one of the Year Six Associates. This year Claire is delighted to be a PFT Associate for Pupil Voice, working with an amazing team across the PFT to organise key events for our children to be seen and heard.
Vicky Little (Lessness Heath)
Vicky has been working at Lessness Heath for over 5 years in which time she has covered all areas of the lunchtime operation. She has recently been appointed Senior Midday Leader and looks forward to using her experience and skills to bring an enjoyable, efficient and safe lunchtime provision to the children. She believes that across the schools within the Trust , we will be able to share the processes which work well, and identify areas in which we need to improve and how we as a group address any skills gaps that arise from this. She is looking forward to the challenges of this newly created MDL Associate role.
Her background before working as a MDL was working as a TA for a short time at Lessness, and prior to her raising her young family, worked in HR and Training and Development teams.
Philip Malsbury (Mayplace)
Phil has been a School Governor for four years and is currently the Vice-Chair at Mayplace Primary School. Phil has significant experience in governance from his day job as an IT architect and has three children who are all in primary school so he wanted to help contribute to their school to provide the best possible education for them and all other children as far as possible. In his time as a School Governor, he has been involved in a number of activities to improve Governance in Mayplace including leading the Governors’ approach on Policy Reviews, Governor Visits to the School and training for Governors (using gaps identified by the Governors’ annual skills audit. He also created the Annual Governors’ Handbook which is an invaluable bible of information for all Mayplace Governors.
The newly created Governor Associate role is an opportunity for Phil to share all his learnings and knowledge of various aspects of Governance with other Governors across the Trust in a proactive manner. He is also keen to influence Governor Training across the Trust and ensure that all Governors have access to the vast support network that is available across the Trust and beyond.
Natalie Mason (Wayfield)
Natalie has been teaching for 13 years, both in England and in Germany where she worked for the Ministry of Defence and taught the children of military personnel. She has worked mainly in Year 1 but her passion lies with the Early Years. Natalie holds the position of Early Years Lead at Wayfield Primary School, here she has led her team in embedding excellent Early Years practice and developed the learning environments to engage and enthuse the school’s youngest learners. Her drive for every child’s success has resulted in the best Early Years Outcomes ever at Wayfield Primary school last year.
Before training to be a teacher, Natalie studied at Wimbledon School of Art in London specialising in Fine Art: Sculpture. Natalie is looking forward to sharing her expertise across the Trust and work with other highly skilled professionals to further enrich the lives of all children within the Primary First Trust within her new role of Art Associate.
Lindsay Shipway (Cuxton)
Lindsay began her journey into teaching by volunteering as a parent helper when her children started school and from there she completed a specialist diploma in supporting teaching and learning in school. Lindsay has been a teaching assistant for six years and achieved her higher level teaching assistant status last year.
Lindsay is currently based at The Academy of Cuxton schools as a higher level teaching assistant. She has experience with teaching across both key stages and is very passionate about working to support and improve children’s outcomes. She is therefore delighted to be Associate for supporting teaching for the PFT and is excited to build new working relationships with support staff across the trust.
Kerry Smith (Barnehurst)
Since completing her NQT year in 2007, Kerry has held a wide range of leadership roles across all key stages. She has successfully led and taught in each key stage during her career and has lots of experience mentoring staff at all levels. She joined Barnehurst school as a year 6 teacher in September this year and is part of the raising standards team.
Kerry is an experienced English leader and likes to find innovative approaches to challenges faced in each key stage with regards to phonics, EGPS and progress in English across each key stage. In the past, Kerry has led successful Power of Reading CPD across a whole school as part of the Mayor's excellence funding project.
In partnership with the University of Greenwich, Kerry is working on the Reading for Pleasure project and is looking forward to developing children's wider reading experiences at Barnehurst.
Linsey Smith (Cuxton)
Linsey began her career in education as a playgroup leader in Tower Hamlets, London. After gaining her Diploma in Pre-school Practice (DPP), she was offered a position as a nursery assistant in a local school. It was there that she completed her Teaching Assistant course and began supporting the Reading Recovery programme as an Early Literacy Support (ELS) assistant.
After moving to Kent, Linsey decided to complete a Foundation Degree in Early Years and then continued to study with Greenwich University gaining a first class degree in Education Studies (with BA Hons) with a specialism in Additional Educational Needs.
Since completing her PGCE, Linsey has taught across years 4, 5 and 6, including mixed classes of year 5 and 6, holding teaching and learning responsibilities as Upper Key-stage Two phase leader, and subject leads for G&T, Science and most recently, English.
Linsey has continued to her professional development by completing the Middle Leadership Development Programme, the Outstanding Teacher’s Programme and supported with the Mastery Associate’s project which helped to develop approaches to mastery in the English curriculum (in conjunction with the University of Greenwich). Linsey is about to embark on her studies for the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership.
This academic year, Linsey will be continuing with her teaching post in Year Six and as English Lead, securing a place on her school’s Raising Standards Team. Linsey has also taken on a second year as Year 6 Associate for teachers across all schools in the Primary First Trust, a position that she enjoys immensely.
Emma Taylor (Cuxton)
Emma is a teacher and NQT mentor at The Academy of Cuxton Schools. She has worked at Cuxton Schools since graduating from Canterbury Christ Church University in 2012 teaching in Key Stage Two. Last year Emma taught in Key Stage One for the first time, teaching a class of Year One children.
Emma is Computing Subject Leader and Online Safety Leader at The Academy of Cuxton Schools. Her main aims as Computing and Online Safety Leader is to ensure every child is equipped with the necessary computing and online safety skills for life beyond the classroom. As Computing Subject Leader, Emma has written a bespoke skills based curriculum for colleagues to use at The Academy of Cuxton Schools ensuring online safety is embedded fully into regular computing lessons.
Emma is currently completing her National Professional Qualification in Middle Leadership (NPQML). Her project is based upon raising the profile of online safety within the school community. As part of this Emma has delivered parent workshops and written online safety newsletters to keep parents informed of current online safety issues.
Her passion for computing and online safety resulted in Emma applying for the role to become Computing Associate. Emma is looking forward to working with her colleagues across the PFT to support staff in sharing good practice, developing their own skills based Computing curriculum, developing a computing assessment system and raising the profile of Online Safety across the Trust’s schools.
Toni Wallis (Cuxton)
Toni began her teaching career, after graduating from Canterbury Christ Church, at the Academy of Cuxton Schools in 2013.
Since being at Cuxton, Toni has taught in both years 1 and 2. She is currently teaching in year 2 with the responsibility for PE, out of hours leader and a phase leader for years 2 and 3.
Toni is considered a valued role model for aspiring and developing teachers and she regularly models various strategies that are used in her daily practice.
Her vision as the Year 2 Associate is to work collaboratively across the PFT to ensure all children have the best opportunities to achieve their full potential.
Tim Williams is currently the Deputy Head Teacher at Wayfield Primary School. He has previously taught in both KS1 & 2 in Medway and Bradford. Tim has always been passionate about sport and runs a junior football team during his spare time. It is an exciting time to be involved in sport with the increased amount of money available for sports premium. Tim is driven to improve the number of children participating in sports and to develop a team spirit among schools in our trust.
Joan Woodham (Barnehurst)
Joan Woodham is the Associate for Inclusion in the Primary First Trust.
She currently holds the post of Deputy Head teacher at the Federation of Barnehurst Schools. Joan has worked at Barnehurst for the past five years where one of her responsibilities is Inclusion.
Prior to joining Barnehurst, she worked in a 2 form entry Primary School, a Day Nursery and a 1 form entry Infant School. She has experience of teaching children from EYFS to Year 6.
As a Trust Associate, she is looking forward to continuing her work with the Inclusion Leaders and Sencos. The focus remains on improving outcomes for children, developing systems and providing training and support for school staff as well as parents.