Liz Key began her career working in education as a TA. Inspired by good quality teachers, she gained her degree and qualified as a teacher, just over 9 years ago. Since then, she has worked at Sharley Park School. Liz’s roles include; year 3 classroom teacher (but has experience of years 3 to 6) member of SLT, maths coordinator, SLE-maths and lower key stage 2 lead. She also mentors teaching trainees and students. Liz strongly believes that all children should achieve and this is possible through high quality teaching.
Liz has a passion for maths. It is her belief that all children have ability but often not the confidence! She promotes a ‘can do’ approach, especially in the teaching and learning of Maths. Her motivation stems from her childhood where she often struggled to understand the concepts and so understands from first-hand experience that simply learning the ‘tricks’ without ever really knowing why hinders leaning and confidence. The invaluable skills of visualising, verbalising and reasoning alongside the use of concrete resources and pictorial representation are essential to a deep understanding.
Using lesson study research in her school gave her results and a reason to suggest a trial of mastery maths teaching in year 3 to the head and governing body. After a positive trial year, with successful results, KS1 and LKS2 quickly joined. They have been guided to follow the principles with UKS2 soon to follow. Sharley Park was recently graded as good and Ofsted commented that leadership of mathematics is particularly effective and the teaching in mathematics is strong, teachers have good subject knowledge and explain ideas carefully and provide a good range of resources to help pupils deepen their understanding of the concepts being taught.
Ellen Saville is Deputy Headteacher at Riddings Junior School taking the lead in developing teaching, learning and assessment. She has been a junior school teacher for 20 years and cannot imagine a better job.
During her career, she has led Maths, English, PE and History and has taught Y3 - Y6; the majority of her teaching has been with Year 6.
She is passionate about supporting teachers in ensuring that everything they do has maximum impact and uses coaching, mentoring and personalised CPD. She is committed to ensuring school staff are effective whilst managing their own and others' workload.
She has completed masters level study in SEN and Maths (she has a MaST qualification) and currently works for the local authority as a KS2 writing moderator.