Stansfield Academy is an Alternative Provision Academy providing full time education for children from 4-16 years of age. We cover Central Devon including Exeter, East Devon and Mid Devon and work closely with Devon County Council to ensure a swift transition both into and out of the Academy to minimise the impact of any transition on the learning of those young people.
I have been working in schools for 27 years, most of which was spent in mainstream primary schools. My main interest while in mainstream was working with the children who had additional needs, particularly those with emotional and behavioural difficulties. After a period as a class teacher, I then worked as a SENCo for about 15 years before making the decision to move to CDPLS in ‘January 2012.
I taught Mathematics in secondary schools in the South West for eight years between 2000 and 2008, including four years as a Second in Department. I then worked as a Mathematics Teacher at the KS4 PRU in Exeter for two years before a promotion to a middle leadership post in the North Devon PRU. I also studied with the Open University areas such as ‘Inclusive Education’, ‘Researching Mathematics Education’ and ‘Managing Behaviour in Schools’. These courses led to an ‘Advanced Diploma in Equality and Diversity’ and a ‘Masters Degree in Education’. In the summer of 2014 I returned to the Exeter PRU service as a Teacher of Mathematics before a promotion to Key Stage 4 Learning and Standards Manager in January 2015. I see building positive relationships as the key to managing behaviour in schools and enjoy seeing how students develop both socially and academically in their time with us.
I have worked in mainstream primary schools for fifteen years teaching across all Key Stages including Early Years Foundation Stage. During this time I took the role of SENDCo and Key Stage One Leader. Alongside teaching, my main focus was working with individual children to support and develop their social, emotional and behavioural needs. I pride myself on building positive relationships with children to help them achieve their full potential. I am delighted to have joined CDA as the Learning and Standards Manager in Primary since September 2016.
I have been teaching for 29 years. I spent 15 years working in mainstream education, 12 of those as a head of department at an Exeter secondary school. I then moved into Alternative Provision, initially working at the key stage 3 PRU and then across all age ranges. My role over the past 14 years has changed considerably, but has mainly focused on working with partnership schools and other stakeholders. I have taught both in centre and as part of the out of centre team, covering all key stages. I became the SENCO 3 years ago and have attained the PGCert National Award for SENCOs. I am also a trained thrive practitioner and a grief support worker.
At Stansfield Academy, our curriculum is based around the National Curriculum. Our Learning Journeys ensure that all themes are cohesive, relevant and that children make progress, whilst enjoying their learning. The learning is presented through half termly themes which are created to form Learning Journeys for the children.
The themes of the Journeys have been selected to:
• Meet the needs of the children
• Cover the legal requirements of the National Curriculum
• Inspire and excite the children to promote independent learning
We believe that this gives us opportunities for flexibility and more individualised learning programmes. Through this design for learning, we aim to teach the children how to grow into positive, responsible and successful adults whilst developing knowledge and skills in order that they may achieve their full potential.