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Early Years Foundation Stage Advisory Team




Primary Teaching & Learning

Kerry Godsman


Kerry Godsman
Lead Teaching and Learning Adviser English (Primary)
Herts for Learning
Email: kerry.godsman@hertsforlearning.co.uk

 

An experienced teacher, adviser working across both key stages and school governor, Kerry leads the English team. She also led the Every Child a Writer initiative in Hertfordshire, as well as the Year 5/6 Lesson Study Project which focused on implementing a collaborative approach to developing teaching. She has presented at the NATE Annual Conference and is on the Booktrust Judging Panel for Read for My School. Kerry’s particular interests lie in the teaching of reading comprehension, visual literacy and the use of quality texts as a stimulus for writing.

 

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Kathy Roe

Kathy Roe
English Teaching and Learning Adviser
Herts for Learning
Email: kathy.roe@hertsforlearning.co.uk

 

Kathy has worked on the SLT of schools in London and Hertfordshire for 10 years and has a proven track record of raising standards for pupils in reading and writing. She takes pride in achieving results through motivating both children and staff. Passionate about high quality children’s literature, she puts books at the heart of all of her English practice. Through immersing children into the world of the text, she creates creative, confident writers and inspires life-long readers.

 

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Jane Andrews

Jane Andrews
English Teaching and Learning Adviser
Herts for Learning
Email: jane.andrews@hertsforlearning.co.uk

 

With experience supporting a range of roles from senior leadership to modelling and team teaching, Jane has a proven track record of improving outcomes for children.  Consistently praised for her ability to motivate and engage staff, her support has been seen to effect sustainable developments in practice.  Her keen interest in the development of writing, including a focus on grammar has contributed to acclaimed and consistently over-subscribed training.  Jane has also researched effective group and paired talk as part of her MA and has been a judge on the BBC Radio 2 500 words competition for the last two years.

 

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Theresa Clements

Theresa Clements
English Teaching and Learning Adviser
Herts for Learning
Email: theresa.clements@hertsforlearning.co.uk

 

A primary teacher of 18 years experience Theresa has worked across both key stages as a teacher, leading teacher, deputy head teacher, acting head teacher and as a primary consultant for Hertfordshire. She moved into her current role from a primary school where the intake of BME and EAL pupils rose dramatically over a relatively short period of time. Theresa is experienced at developing the literacy curriculum, taking account of local context, communities and wider school improvement priorities.

 

As an adviser Theresa is known for her commitment to inclusive practice achieved through good quality first teaching and her work with teachers and senior leaders centres on this key aspect of school improvement. Practitioners regularly comment that her coaching style is highly collaborative in supporting teachers to achieve greater autonomy in bringing about improvements in learning.


Theresa’s CPD sessions challenge practitioners to reflect upon what matters most to them within their context, identify existing good practice and to take control of developments. Her approach prompts creative thinking and enhances levels of teacher confidence.

 

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Ruth Goodman

Ruth Goodman
English Teaching and Learning Adviser
Herts for Learning
Email: ruth.goodman@hertsforlearning.co.uk

 

An experienced teacher, leading teacher and foundation stage leader, Ruth worked as a consultant teacher for QCDA before joining the advisory service to lead the Communication, Language and Literacy Development (CLLD) programme.  Ruth specialises in the delivery of early literacy skills with an emphasis on the teaching of early reading, phonological awareness and the assessment and tracking of pupils ensuring a whole school approach to the delivery of phonics and spelling.

 

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Penny Slater

Penny Slater
English Teaching and Learning Adviser
Herts for Learning
Email: penny.slater@hertsforlearning.co.uk

 

Penny has a decade of experience teaching and leading literacy provision in school.  At the heart of Penny's commitment is her conviction that a good teacher not only enables children to become confident and competent readers, writers and speakers, but more importantly inspires them to want to be so.  Her core belief is that to become literate is every child’s birthright; to enjoy becoming literate is a special gift that good teachers can give.

 

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Kirsten Snook

Kirsten Snook
English Teaching and Learning Adviser
Herts for Learning
Email: kirsten.snook@hertsforlearning.co.uk

 

Kirsten’s key interest is around closing achievement gaps; supporting teachers and leaders in monitoring and evaluating their literacy practices to ensure that no child is left behind. She tailors her approaches so that practitioners are supported with scaffolded team-teaching experiences often being the most effective approaches.

 

She has a wide range of experience of teaching in special and mainstream schools. She has taught across foundation to key stage 2, as well as providing outreach support as a leading teacher. Her extensive experience of working with class teachers, senior leaders, teaching assistants and families across the primary age range has supported the development of practice and pedagogy in Literacy and the Foundation Stage.


Drawing on her findings from the Hertfordshire ‘Every Child a Reader’ and Reading Recovery projects, she can provide a wealth of experience and practical tools. These enable schools to ensure that their literacy provision consistently provides the best start in life for all learners, including their higher attainers. Recent research interests which have underpinned Kirsten’s approaches to classroom change include:

  • the Writing Process (MA research)
  • transitions
  • self-regulation and the role of feedback
  • meta-cognition and learning to learn
  • active learning

 

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Martin Galway

Martin Galway
English Teaching and Learning Adviser
Herts for Learning
Email:martin.galway@hertsforlearning.co.uk

An experienced teacher, leading teacher and English subject leader, Martin draws upon over a decade of experience as a trainer and coach.  He has a proven track record in supporting teachers and subject leaders in developing their practice within their schools.    

He specialises in the following areas:

  • Using  high quality texts (print, image and film-based) to support writing composition;
  • Developing subject knowledge both in terms of the technical aspects of reading and writing and the pedagogical approaches that allow children to meet their full potential;
  • Creating classroom contexts that place a high value on literacy extending across the curriculum, providing tools for children of all abilities to speak with confidence and clarity about their own work and others’ and in turn supporting Assessment for Learning practices;
  • Planning exciting and rigorous units of work that build effectively on prior learning;
  • Promoting a love of literature, whilst enhancing comprehension skills and deeper learning through the use of dialogic teaching.

Contact Herts for Learning on 01438 845111

Sabrina Wright

Sabrina Wright
English Teaching and Learning Adviser
Herts for Learning
Email:sabrina.wright@hertsforlearning.co.uk

Sabrina is an English adviser with over a decade of experience in primary education. Prior to this she worked as a teacher, phase leader and advanced skills teacher providing outreach support in a range of schools. Her support work and ability to model excellence in her practice has lead to improved outcomes for pupils in both her own and other schools. Her passion about and commitment to enhancing the quality of teaching and learning is at the core of all she does.

She specialises in the following areas:

  • Using  high quality texts/stimulus to promote the active engagement of the learner and support writing composition;
  • Collaboratively planning stimulating and rigorous units of work that build effectively on prior learning and focus on Assessment for Learning practices;
  • Developing subject knowledge both in terms of the technical aspects of reading and writing and pedagogical approaches;
  • Promoting a love of literature, whilst enhancing comprehension skills and providing pupils with the tools to become active participants in discussions about texts;
  •  Meta-cognition and the development of learning dispositions;
  • Planning for accelerated progress.

Contact Herts for Learning on 01438 845111

Michelle Nicholson

Michelle Nicholson
English Teaching and Learning Adviser
Herts for Learning
Email:michelle.nicholson@hertsforlearning.co.uk

Michelle has over twenty years of primary teaching experience across a mixture of settings as a class-based teacher, leading teacher and coach. Her passion is English and she is dedicated to ensuring all children can enjoy success in reading and writing. She has a Masters Degree in Education and her research examined the psychology of learners and strategies to close the gap for our most vulnerable children. To this end, Michelle has worked with Hertfordshire on ‘Every Child a Writer’ and the Traveller Education Project. She also works for the national charity, Achievement for All. She believes in the power of a good book.

 

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Alison Dawkins

Alison Dawkins
English Teaching and Learning Adviser
Herts for Learning
Email:alison.dawkins@hertsforlearning.co.uk

An experienced member of the senior leadership team at an outstanding school, Alison has also worked for eight years as an Advanced Skills Teacher, supporting the development of teacher practice across Hertfordshire. Using Assessment for Learning and delivering teaching in a creative and inclusive way, lie at the heart of her beliefs about how to improve outcomes for pupils. Alison has a particular interest in developing writing through reading and talk, including how drama can be best used to enhance progress in writing

 

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Secondary Teaching & Learning

Liz Shapland

Liz Shapland
Lead Teaching and Learning Adviser English (Secondary)
Herts for Learning
Email: liz.Shapland@hertsforlearning.co.uk

 

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Tamsin Church

Tamsin Church
Teaching and Learning Advisers English
Herts for Learning
Email: tamsin.church@hertsforlearning.co.uk

 

Contact Herts for Learning on 01438 845111