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Dan George

Head of School - Gateway Primary Free School, Tilbury Pioneer Academy

Time at GLC

About Dan

16 Years

Qualifications and Awards

  • BA (Hons), English & Sport Studies, De Montfort University

  • NPQH

I am the Head of School at Tilbury Pioneer Academy and The Gateway Primary Free School, having worked within The Gateway Learning Community for 16 years. I started my career as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) at Herringham Primary Academy and have since acquired numerous leadership responsibilities with the Trust. I am driven every day to work with teachers to ensure pupils are inspired by their learning and work hard to achieve their potential. I completed my NPQH in 2019 which has further supported me to develop in my role and to have maximum impact across the two schools.

Areas of interest and expertise

  • Becoming a Head of School

  • Whole School Improvement

  • Leadership development

  • Subject leadership

  • Data and assessment informing teaching & learning

  • Inclusion & pastoral support

  • Physical Education

  • School systems

For more information on any of these, contact:

dan.george@theglc.org.uk

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Emma Pattison

Assistant Head - Gateway Primary Free School

Time at GLC

About Emma

2 Years

Qualifications and Awards

  • BSc Psychology University of Essex

  • NPQML

  • NPQH (currently undertaking)

  • Specialist Leader of Education

I have always taught in a primary setting and started off as a class teacher in Year 6 ; this continued for 3 years before I became an assistant headteacher within a different Trust. During my time teaching in Year 6, my subject knowledge around English developed and became a passion. I went on to lead English at another school, became an SLE and applied to the GLC. Now I am part of the English task group, get to work on developing English in two of the Trust's primary schools and regularly have opportunities to work more widely across teams.

Areas of interest and expertise

  • English Leadership

  • Literacy Development

  • NPQH/NPQML

  • Becoming an SLE

For more information on any of these, contact:

emma.pattison@theglc.org.uk

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Joe Kearns

Science Lead and Year 3 teacher – Gateway Primary Free School

Time at GLC

About Joe

5 Years

Qualifications and Awards

  • Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary) Christchurch Canterbury University, New Zealand.

  • NPQSL (currently undertaking)

  • Google Educator Level 2

After finishing my degree in New Zealand, I began my teaching career at the GLC. My initial plans of only teaching for 2 years before moving back home, has now turned into 5 years with no plans to leave. I am now a middle leader at the Gateway Primary Free School leading Science and Computing across the school as well as assisting in the Trust's journey with digital learning. I have a devotion to making sure that pupils receive the best education available and are given the skills they need to work in the jobs of the future.

Areas of interest and expertise

  • Digital Technologies

  • Curriculum design

  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)

  • Cognitive Science

  • Blended Learning

For more information on any of these, contact:

joseph.kearns@theglc.org.uk

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Nick Cleary

Year 5 newly qualified teacher - Gateway Primary Free School

Time at GLC

About Nick

1 Year

Qualifications and Awards

  • BA (Hons), History and Politics, The University of York

  • PGDE, Primary Education, University College London

I am a newly qualified primary school teacher, having completed a school-based trainee year through Teach First. I am currently teaching in Year 5, and I am enjoying working both within my team and collaboratively across the GLC to improve my teaching practice. I have been responsible for planning history and maths to be used across our four primary schools, and am currently exploring a Reading for Pleasure pedagogy as part of the Open University’s ‘Teachers as Readers’ network.

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Jo Court

Deputy Head of School - Gateway Primary Free School

Time at GLC

About Jo

13 Years

Qualifications and Awards

  • BSc Psychology

I am a Deputy Head of School with 13 years' teaching experience. I worked at Herringham Primary Academy for the first 5 years of my career, where I taught in Reception and Year 4 and was the Early Years and Year 1 Lead. At The Gateway Primary Free School I am the Early Years, KS1, Disadvantaged and More Able lead. I previously led Read, Write Inc, and have recently passed that over to one of our middle leaders, but still provide support for this area. I am passionate about ensuring that all children reach their full potential, no matter what background or barriers to learning they may possess.

Areas of interest and expertise

  • Early Years

  • KS1 Read, Write, Inc

  • Phonics

  • Mentoring

For more information on any of these, contact:

jo.court@theglc.org.uk

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Dan Burnett

Deputy Head of School - Lansdowne Primary Academy

Time at GLC

About Dan

3 Years

Qualifications and Awards

  • BA (Hons) Design and Technology with QTS, University of Greenwich

  • Designated Safeguarding Lead, Level 3

  • Making the Weather GLC award

I am a Deputy Head of School with over 17 years' experience in education. I started training to become a teacher as part of my degree at the tender young age of 18 and haven't looked back since! My career started as a secondary school design and technology teacher and I went on to stay in the same school for 12 years. Over those 12 years, I had a range of leadership roles such as Head of Department, Head of Year, Director of Learning, Assistant Principal leading in safeguarding, Pupil Premium and transition. I then decided to make the change to a Primary setting at Lansdowne within the GLC and thoroughly enjoy the change and challenge. My passion is the pastoral care of children and am committed to making sure that children have the best possible start in life through education.

Areas of interest and expertise

  • Behaviour strategies

  • Pastoral leadership

  • Design and technology

  • Leadership

For more information on any of these, contact:

dan.burnett@theglc.org.uk

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Taylor McGinley

Year 5 newly qualified teacher - Herringham Primary Academy

Time at GLC

About Taylor

2 Years

Qualifications and Awards

  • BA (Hons) Early Years Education, University of  Essex

  • QTS, UCL in partnership with Teach Thurrock

I am an NQT working in Year 5. I completed my training year at HPA with the Teach Thurrock training programme. I have a degree in Early Years Education from the University of Essex and spent 2 years during my time at university volunteering in a reception class to understanding the foundations of children's Early Years Education. I am fluent in Spanish, after living in Spain for 8 years and I gained my Baccalaureate qualifications in Spanish. I am passionate about providing inclusive practice that minimises barriers to children's learning and ensures all children have an equal opportunity to be successful.

Areas of interest and expertise

  • Teacher Training

  • Art curriculum

For more information on any of these, contact:

 

taylor.mcginley@theglc.org.uk

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Amanda Betts

Cover Supervisor - Lansdowne Primary Academy

Time at GLC

About Amanda

8 Years

Qualifications and Awards

  • BA (Hons), Early childhood studies, Anglia Ruskin University.

  • DipHE, Play work and youth studies, University of East London.

  • Level 2, Children's mental health, South East Essex College.

  • Level 2, Challenging behaviour, South East Essex College.

I am currently a cover supervisor and will be starting my teacher training in September. I have been at LPA for many years and have had many roles within that time but my main wish has always been to be a teacher. I started back in 2013 as a playleader and have also worked as a volunteer, 1:1 keyworker for different children with varying needs, classroom based LSA and also as an intervention based LSA. I have had experience class sharing and team teaching with an experienced teacher and have since had a class on my own up until the lockdown closure in January. This has made me even more determined to push forward to achieve my childhood dream of being a teacher and making a difference to the children's lives who I work with. I have always believed that my aim is to be the teacher that I would want my own children to have and as a parent we all want the very best for our children.

Areas of interest and expertise

  • Becoming a teacher

For more information on any of these, contact:

 

amanda.betts@theglc.org.uk

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Raj Shina

Assistant Head for Curriculum - Herringham Primary Academy

Time at GLC

About Raj

7 Years

Qualifications and Awards

  • PGCE in Primary at Goldsmith

  • BA Hons in History and Philosophy at North London University,

  • Leadership Pathways programme

  • Number Counts training

  • Mental Health Aid and Nurture Group training completed and implemented at HPA,

  • DSL training completed and implemented at HPA 

  • Qualified Hair and make up artist 

I am a senior leader with 20 years teaching experience. Over the years, I have sought out opportunities which would allow me to gain breadth and depth in different areas of school life. I have worked in a number of different schools and currently, I am Assistant Head of school for Curriculum, year 5 phase leader and a year 6 teacher. This role requires a great deal of balancing, resilience and drive and I enjoy every moment of it.

 

Being assistant head of Curriculum has given me the opportunity to make whole school changes and drive innovation within the trust. I have been able to work with other curriculum leads within the Trust to ensure that we are delivering and planning a broad, balanced and creative curriculum that meets the needs of all learners. I have delivered CPD sessions to empower staff to personalise the delivery of curriculum, making it engaging and reflective of our community.

 

I also have leadership experience in SEND. I wanted to further broaden my skillset and ensure that all learners have access to the curriculum regardless of their needs. This role has enabled me to explore provisions, look at personalised strategies, implement national reforms and lead on changes and development. I have worked very hard to raise the profile of SEND within the school, working alongside other stakeholders such as Educational psychologists, speech and language therapists and the local authority to ensure that the provisions for pupils with EHCPS is effective and that parents feel supported.

Areas of interest and expertise

  • Coaching and mentoring

  • Leading primary curriculum

  • SEND leadership

  • Pastoral leadership

For more information on any of these, contact:

 

raj.shina@theglc.org.uk

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Nicola Spindler

Deputy Head Teacher - Lansdowne Primary Academy

Time at GLC

About Nicola

13 Years

Qualifications and Awards

  • Bachelor of Education Degree with Theology

I am a senior leader with over twenty years of experience. During this time I have taught both in Key Stage One and Key Stage Two whilst having differing leadership roles. This has enabled me to see leadership from many viewpoints. During my teaching career I have developed a real passion for a creative curriculum and developing teaching and learning throughout the school. I believe that a creative curriculum enables all children to develop their skills and talents whilst also creating a thirst for learning. This enables them to have high aspirations for their future lives. Being part of this is an honour. Developing teaching practice is a further passion as within the teaching profession we are always striving to improve and ensure that the children have the best educators possible delivering lessons to them.

 

Areas of interest and expertise

  • Teaching and Learning

  • Curriculum Design, Coaching and Mentoring

  • Raising students aspirations

  • Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning

For more information on any of these, contact:

 

nicola.spindler@theglc-ict.co.uk