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Emma Flockton

I currently teach at St. George’s RC Primary School where I am team leader and take responsibility for the EYFS Foundation Stage and the ICT curriculum across the school.

I was appointed as an SLE by the SCARBOROUGH TEACHING ALLIANCE in Dec 2014. My designation centres around my expertise in Phonics, Talk for Writing, and Early Years.  I am very much looking forward to providing outreach work in primary schools throughout the East Coast using support and collaboration as a tool for progression.

I have been an active member of the Pedagogical Exchange Cluster for quite a number of years. In this context my work has included supporting schools and colleagues in all my current areas of expertise including evidence based assessment in the EYFS.  This includes the use of applications, tablet computers and other hand-held devices. In conjunction with this I have also delivered a number of taught sessions as part of the Primary PGCE Programme at the University of Hull. I have also provided staff INSET sessions in both my current and previous schools.  In the forth coming year I will also be undertaking the role of EYFS moderator with North Yorkshire County Council which I am sure will allow me to further develop my expertise in assessment.

I can also assist in all matters which are policy and planning based. The next year also looks to be a busy one as many schools are embarking on the new curriculum, including my own school.  Many schools have asked for advice and support in implanting and managing the new curriculum in particular.

This is an exciting time in education, and I am very much looking forward to the challenges this will bring.


Claire Jackson

Claire is currently working at Newby Scalby Primary School as a full time classroom teacher (Year 6), prior to this she worked at Braeburn Juniors.  Presently in her school Claire is the subject leader for English and carries out appraisals, observations and training for both teachers and teaching assistants.  She has experience of mentoring teacher training students and working alongside NQTs.  She is undertaking professional development to further her skills as a future school leader. 

Significant development work she has carried out in her own school includes sharing the leadership required to introduce Curriculum 2014 to over 20 teaching staff and raising the profile of reading across all key stages.   In the past she has undertaken the roles of teacher governor, Assistant Headteacher and PE coordinator. 

Claire has been a North Yorkshire KS2 writing moderator for three years and, as a result of this work, has established a writing moderation group that meets each term in the Scarborough area. It includes staff from a large number of Primary and Secondary schools.  She is currently the chair of the local KS2/KS3 transition group for the Scarborough area.  

Claire is committed to ensuring that the best possible outcomes for children are attained whilst retaining the Characteristics of Effective Learning as a key focus.  She looks forward to working collaboratively with colleagues in other schools.

Sharon Corden

I am currently phase leader and a teacher with mixed nursery and reception at Friarage Community Primary School. A medium size school in Castle Ward which is in the top 10% of deprivation in the country. I have set up a range of courses through family learning for hard to reach families which has up-skilled some of our parents to go on and support their child’s learning.  As part of my previous role as extended schools I have applied for funding to set up breakfast clubs and after school clubs to enrich the life in our school.

I have been teaching for 10 years and have experience of year 1 and effective transition from foundation into key stage 1. Prior to this I worked in a pre-school so know the difficulties that are faced in the private sector regarding space, funding and provision. I have supported staff with planning assessment and ensuring that early year’s pedagogy continues.  I have continued to share good practise as maths subject leader for Foundation and key stage 1 ensuring good teaching and firm understanding of early maths. The maths and particularly the calculation policy we use was highlighted in our recent Ofsted.

I have successfully mentored and coached students from the University and Newly qualified teachers. 

I have worked alongside County with HMI and Ofsted in a school in special measures.  Supporting staff to enable them to assess, plan and deliver good or outstanding teaching.

Linda Bull

School – Overdale CP School

Post Held –Literacy Subject Leader

Year 2 Class Teacher (Previously Y6) 

I began my teaching career in Bradford before moving to Scarborough in 2006. 

I have taught across the primary age range, initially in year 6 for several years where I raised attainment from below floor targets to almost National Expectations.  I developed our able children, teaching to Level 6.  I requested the move to year 2 to widen my teaching experience and then took on the role of acting deputy head teacher for 12 months which developed my senior leadership skills.  I have supported colleagues in all aspects of teaching and learning and I am currently completing the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership.

As English Subject Leader I have been responsible for whole school development plans: - Improving writing across school, developing and implementing the new curriculum and raising the profile of reading.  I have provided themed writing days, brought authors into school, delivered CPD, hosted moderation training and supported colleagues with all aspects of subject leadership. 

During my teaching career I have successfully tutored and mentored several student teachers and NQTs.  I enjoy developing skills in others and supporting them to become good to outstanding practitioners.   After several years teaching and having middle and senior leadership roles I would now like to support colleagues in other schools through my role as a designated SLE.

As all teachers will agree, we must be dedicated to improving teaching and learning that benefits all children.

David Somers

I am currently Deputy Headteacher at Childhaven Community Nursery School, prior to which I have taught in all three key stages in the primary phase.  

Across my career, I have worked in schools at all grades of the Ofsted school inspection framework and have supported the process of raising a school out special measures.

Through this, I have gained experience of leading a range of teams and developing multi-sensory, active learning across the primary phase.  

I have supported trainees on the University of Hull PGCE since 2011 and through my work with the Scarborough Teaching Alliance, I also have experience of working with pre-school settings and have led the Helping Early Language and Literacy Outcomes (HELLO) project across the Scarborough area.

Annika Flinton

Chris Richards

Katherine Firth


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