Sharing. Growing. Together.
The Primary First Trust identifies talented practitioners, known as Associates, to share best practice across the Trust. All have a proven track record of success in a specific area and are able to work in an emotionally intelligent way, adapting to those they are supporting, to get the best out of them.
Our Associates have the highest standards and expectations for children and staff and demonstrate excellent professional skills and behaviours, as well as a deep commitment to our values and ethos as a Trust. Naturally, they thrive on working together.
Viv has worked at Westcourt since 2006 when she was an NQT. During this time, she has taught across all year groups with Upper Key Stage 2 being her main specialism. Having been in Year 6 for the majority of her teaching career, Viv has been a county moderator for writing for the past 4 years. This is a role that Viv relishes; she is able to support others in different schools and identify good practice that develops her own teaching and thinking.
After being a Phase Leader for a couple of years, Viv became Deputy Head in March 2018. Along with this, she took on the role of English and Assessment. Viv has loved being able to introduce a reading rich curriculum to the school and raise the importance of reading and writing across the school.
Viv is very excited about her role as Assessment Associate this year. She is enthused by the new system and is looking forwards to working with colleagues both within and outside her school to ensure that the assessment system is robust, fit for purpose and a tool that can be used effectively to promote progress within schools.
Kay is a career changer. After many successful years as a training and development manager within the travel industry, she retrained to follow her interest in primary education. Kay joined the Primary First Trust as a class teacher at Lessness Heath in 2020 after many years in an outstanding school in Greenwich. Kay’s enthusiasm for the teaching of English grew after Talk 4 Writing training with Pie Corbett in 2015 as part of the primary writing project. Kay is passionate about the development of oracy skills for children and how this impacts overall outcomes for children.
In her previous school, Kay has led year groups, developing teaching and learning. She is an ECT mentor and has successfully coached early career teachers developing their pedagogy and practice. Kay’s passion for all things English means that her love for the subject bleeds through to the children she is teaching and leads by example by being an avid reader of children’s literature.
Kay is honored to be asked to be the English Associate for the Primary First Trust. She is looking forward to working with all schools within the Trust to share best practice and her passion for English to ensure the best possible outcomes for all children.
Jenny has worked within the Primary First Trust since she was an NQT and has had experience of teaching a variety of year groups, with her specialism lying in upper key stage two. Currently, she is working in Year Six at Lessness Heath and has been Maths lead for the school for two years. During her time at the school, she has worked with all staff to introduce new concepts such as developing a Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract approach to teaching. Introducing support for out of band children and ensuring the curriculum is manipulative heavy and staff are confident in using a variety of questioning techniques and resources to support the individual needs and overall outcomes of the school.
Jenny’s passion lies in the teaching and learning of Maths across all year groups. She believes in making Maths current, purposeful, exciting and relevant for all ages. During her time at Lessness Heath she has worked closely with all phase leaders from EYFS to UKS2 to ensure the approach to teaching Maths is reflective of the needs of each cohort and engaging for their age groups.
Jenny feels it is a real privilege to be Maths Associate for the Trust and is excited to work with the other leads in order to support one another in continuing to develop a creative and responsive approach to Maths within the Primary First Trust. Jenny knows that the Trust is built of unique and individualistic schools and believes working collaboratively together by sharing good practice can ensure quality first outcomes in Maths for all.
Charlotte is currently Inclusion Lead and Assistant Head at Wainscott Primary School. After gaining a Primary Education degree at Middlesex University, Charlotte began her career as a Year 1 teacher in a diverse and inclusive school setting. Here she developed skills around supporting multilingual pupils and pupils with a variety of special educational needs. Charlotte then moved to an alternative setting to teach Year 3, before moving to a special school for children with multiple, profound and complex learning difficulties. Her time in specialist provision acts as both an anchor and inspiration for Charlotte’s inclusive ethos. Keen to apply her experience, Charlotte made the move back to mainstream, taking the position of Inclusion Lead at Wainscott in September 2020. Since joining the Primary First Trust team, Charlotte has worked hard to develop her school and her experience, gaining Wainscott the IQM Centre of Excellence status before gaining her SENCo qualification!
Charlotte is looking forward to working collaboratively across the trust in the role of Inclusion Associate to ensure the best possible outcomes for all children in our care. She will ensure that all schools are the first choice for education of every child and that our inclusive ethos continues to flourish.
Michelle has been teaching for more than 20 years across several different schools in Medway. She moved to working in Early Years after many years teaching in Key Stage 2, so knows where the children need to get to. This is Michelle's fifth year working at Wainscott Primary School and she has been Early Years Lead for more than two years. Michelle is also Phonics Lead, a dDSL and an ECT mentor.
Michelle has now been working in Early Years for ten years and loves it! She believes it is a magical place to play, learn and work and that it is vital to get it right in the first few years of a child’s education. Michelle is really looking forward to working more closely with and sharing expertise across all of the schools in the PFT.
Digital Learning Associate
David joined Wainscott Primary School in September 2019 as a class teacher and joined the Governing Board in 2020. He grew up locally to the school and family members have even attended. He believes in providing children with opportunities to see themselves in the school curriculum. Before training as a teacher, he worked in construction management, the City of London Police Museum and information design, which he has continued to enjoy since joining Wainscott. He is looking forward to supporting teachers in developing their digital teaching and learning skills.