Jennifer Elliott has been teaching since 2008 and is currently Year 3 teacher at Stonelow Junior School in Dronfield. The school is one form entry and covers the key stage two curriculum.
Jennifer is the mathematics coordinator and has studied for two years to earn her Mathematics Specialist Teacher accreditation from Derby University. She is currently a member of the East Midlands Maths Hub and meets frequently with other schools in a mastery mathematics cluster, as well as leading the local coordinator cluster meetings. Her main responsibilities in school are driving whole school development, ensuring mastery mathematics is developed within her school and being a mentor for trainee teachers.
Jennifer’s passion is mathematics and ensuring that all children have a deep understanding of the subject as well as finding it fun and rewarding.
Erica Collins is the Co-Head of Stonelow Junior School which is in Dronfield. Stonelow Junior School is a medium sized junior school with 128 children currently on role; a single year 3 class, two classes for Y4, and one each for Y5 and Y6. The school has many awards including Arts Mark, Stop anti-bullying, International Schools Award, Healthy Schools and Derbyshire Quality Music award.
Erica began her teaching career at Birley Spa Community Primary School in 2002. During her time there she taught in all year groups in KS2 and had strong links with e-safety and leadership of KS2/assessment. In 2013, Erica moved to Stonelow where she worked in Y6 and as Deputy Headteacher for two and half years before moving to her current role as co-head in September 2016. Her areas of expertise include English, assessment/KS2 moderation, ITT and NQT support and pupil voice.
Erica works closely with other schools in the Dronfield Cluster on English planning (using coaching and modelling), teaching and assessing. Erica has supported other staff and leadership work in other schools such as developing the quality of teaching and learning through planning, delivery and marking and feedback of work and supporting teachers new to Y6. She has been a moderator for Derbyshire for the last 3 years and enjoys working with other schools on assessment in writing.
Debbie Maher teaches at Swanwick School and Sports College, where she runs The Hub. The Hub is an autism specific resource for students who have diagnoses of High Functioning Autism or Asperger Syndrome.
Debbie been teaching for over thirty years, all of it within SEN, and most of it within the autism field. She has set up and run three autism specific resources across two counties and was, for several years, the Senior Advisory Teacher for Autism in Secondary schools in a third county. The focus of all these roles has been to enable students on the autism spectrum to access an autism friendly educational environment, where they are able to feel safe, be happy, develop their communication, social and independence skills, and to learn.
A significant part of these roles has been to provide training on numerous aspects of autism for teaching staff, school staff, ITT students and other professionals, including providing training tailored to helping staff meet the needs of individual students. As well as providing ongoing advice and support to staff, Debbie has worked closely with parents and has run parent/carer workshops.
As an SLE, Debbie would be able to work closely with schools, helping them to develop simple, practical and cost effective strategies for creating and sustaining an autism friendly environment. She would be able to support staff in meeting the very individual needs of the young people in their care who are on the spectrum, hence, significantly improving the life experiences and chances for them and their families/ carers.