Karen Partridge, Head of Teaching and Learning at East Allington Primary gives us an insight into her day to day life.
Head of Teaching and Learning at East Allington Primary
I qualified as a teacher through a BA/QTS (Hons) degree in 1994 and I gained a full-time permanent position within a large primary school, St Margaret’s in Torquay,. For the next fourteen years I mainly worked in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage One. Within this time I had two secondments: The first was to start up Thistledown Nursery and work as a teacher within the setting. The second was to be an Advisory Teacher for Early Years in Torbay.
By the time I left St Margaret’s I was the Head of the Foundation Stage. I went straight on to a position at East Allington, beginning by working in a mixed class of Reception, Year one and Year two children before supporting the integration of the Pre-School aged children and instigating the transition into a badged Foundation Stage Unit. Once the school became part of the Our School Federation I became the Foundation Stage Leader across the Federation. In 2014 I took on the role of Head of Teaching and Learning working alongside the Executive Heads.
7.50 – Arrive at School.
8.00 – Supervise the Breakfast Club.
8.45 – Morning Duty and/or check in with staff.
9.00 – Greet the children into the classroom and teach through until 3.15pm. The day will include a duty either at lunchtime or during the break time. Lunchtimes are spent talking to staff about individual children, first-aid needs, diary dates and following-up any incidents.
3.15-6.00 – Time in school. This might include taking a club, having a meeting with a parent, checking in with staff, following up any safe-guarding incidents, staff training or a staff meeting. It will also involve marking/assessments, answering e-mails and preparing for the next days sessions.
7.00-10.00 – Work continues at home- paperwork , planning, marking, assessments and e-mails!
Soup, half a pomelo, an orange and an enormous Chelsea Bun!
Art was always my favourite. My least favourite was physics.
Having a laugh with the children or staff and seeing each individual child/ member of staff progress.
Less of an emphasis on paperwork and assessments.