LEAD TEACHERS

Rachel Pirie

Rachel Pirie

St Pauls Nursery School & Children’s Centre, East/Central

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I work at St Paul’s Nursery School and Children’s Centre which is based in a diverse and vibrant community close to the city centre. I work predominantly with the birth to threes in our setting and am timetabled to work in the rooms every week. I also offer pedagogical leadership to the practitioners, our child-minders’ group and our family support team. St Paul’s reach area is vast and extends to St Werburghs, Cotham, Clifton and Redland therefore there are 2 lead teachers here. The settings comprise play groups, preschools, Steiner kindergartens and day nurseries. I also work closely with the reception class practitioners in the primary schools in our super output area. We offer moderation meetings and meetings where our settings work closely together to look at data and research and share successful strategies and ideas. CPD is also offered through the East central network.
Hugo Turvey

Hugo Turvey

Redcliffe Nursery School and Children’s Centre

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I work at Redcliffe Nursery School and Children’s Centre and became Lead Teacher in September 2016. I have been a teacher at Redcliffe for over 10 years, a role which encompasses a range of responsibilities, alongside a core teaching role. The urban context for Redcliffe in the heart of Bristol is reflected in the diversity of our children and families. As Lead Teacher, I also offer support to local schools and nursery settings, conducting support visits and advising on priorities. As with Redcliffe CC itself, these settings serve rich and diverse communities, with a high proportion of children coming from working families. I am a facilitator for the CPD network programme, working with colleagues in the South and East. Redcliffe CC’s position as the East Central Childminding Hub for Bristol, in addition to running our own childminding group, places us in the centre of expanding opportunities for childminders across the area.
Rosie McCallum-Faraday

Rosie McCallum-Faraday

Brentry & Henbury Children’s Centre, North Bristol

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Rosie’s adventures in early education began in Cornwall, where she had the good fortune to attend a playgroup set up by her Mum in an old fisherman’s Reading Room overlooking the sea. She hunted around for an equally amazing place to play until she found Brentry & Henbury Children’s Centre, in North Bristol, where she has spent the last 11 years as Lead Teacher, and now as Early Education Leader. Rosie also loves working with colleagues from across Bristol as a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) for Birth to Threes; providing intensive support for settings, CPD, research and being an advocate for the rights of children from their earliest years.
Joanne Morgan

Joanne Morgan

Lead Teacher, Rosemary Nursery School and Children’s Centre

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My name is Jo Morgan and I am a lead teacher based at Rosemary Nursery School and Children’s Centre in St Judes, Bristol. I have been a teacher for ten years – Nursery (three years), Reception (five years) and Year One (two years).

Being a lead teacher is a rewarding, reflective, enriching, exciting and challenging role in which I learn something new every day.

I grew up in Wales but Bristol has been my home for fourteen years. I love living in Bristol with my partner and our one year old son. In our home, we love the story ‘Dear Zoo’. We read it with interest again and again, always excited to see which animal is under the flap.

I am also a specialist leader of education for mathematics. I am passionate about mathematics and I would like to share with you some of my thinking. At Rosemary, we believe children learn maths through play. Play and mathematics have much in common; understanding connections, processes and possibilities. In play, children are encouraged to follow their interests; adults respond to play invitations by children and seek to stimulate the play by bringing new information, resources and by simply showing an interest. We strive to make maths ‘real’ and ‘meaningful’ by using ‘real life’ maths resources, for example clocks, tape measures and measuring spoons. We support children’s thinking when making marks either with chalk, paint or pen and refer to this as ‘children’s mathematical graphics’. This means ‘children’s thinking on paper.’ We believe that counting is the basis for addition and subtraction and we often count with the children to develop these skills. We have high expectations and believe there is no limit for learning!

Gill Mott

Gill Mott

Lead Teacher, Compass Point Children’s Centre, South Bristol

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Gill works at Compass Point Children’s Centre in South Bristol. She has a dual role and works as a part-time lead teacher for the children centre and as a part- time teacher for the school in the nursery class and key stage one. The Children Centre role includes supporting childminders and their children at a weekly group session. The meetings provide an excellent opportunity for new childminders to meet each other and share experiences with more experienced practitioners. Gill particularly enjoys being able to be able to run an on site forest school session monthly, this is always well attended.

Gill works alongside a colleague to offer targeted support for private, voluntary and independent settings as well as maintained settings within the centre reach area. Gill and her colleague work closely to facilitate CPD opportunities as well as network meetings for practitioners from all settings across the city.

Sarah Wardle

Sarah Wardle

Lead Teacher, Compass Point Children’s Centre, South Bristol

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Sarah is one of the Lead Teacher’s at Compass Point Children Centre in South Bristol and has held this position for the last 8 years. She also works part time in key stage 1. Sarah has worked predominantly with children in early years and has a passion for outdoor learning. This has been enhanced by her Forest School leader qualification, which has been a powerful experience and impacted hugely on her current practice. Sarah’s Lead Teacher role involves working with a range of settings; the children centre, PVI settings, maintained nurseries and schools. Sarah facilitates CPD for the network programme promoting a research approach and holds regular moderation meetings with colleagues across the city. She provides targeted support to settings when requested and signposts professionals and families to the various services available at the centre. Sarah is a Bristol Standard mentor and validator and is keen to encourage and support settings in the area.

Kate Hubble

Kate Hubble

Outreach Lead Teacher, Filton Avenue Nursery School and Children’s Centre

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Kate taught in both mainstream and special school settings for 15 years before working with the Local Authority Early Years Inclusion Team for 9 years. Since 2012 Kate has worked as the Outreach Lead Teacher at Filton Avenue Nursery School and Children’s Centre. She works closely with all Early Years settings in the area and the role has a quality improvement focus. Kate is the Network Lead Teacher for the North of Bristol and works with a group of inspirational Lead Teachers to plan and deliver free CPD opportunities for settings in the North area. She is currently also working with the Local Authority Early Years team as an Interim Foundation years Consultant. Kate has recently become a Specialist Leader of Education and will be working in the areas of SEND and Assessment and Transition. She is a regional Makaton tutor, an Early Years Moderator and a Bristol Standard Validator.

Matt Caldwell

Matt Caldwell

Deputy Head, Knowle West Children’s Centre

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I have been at Knowle West Children’s Centre since 2013 where I am Deputy Head, Network Lead Teacher, leader of a Childminder Hub, as well as an SLE for Under 3’s. KWCC comprises of a main setting and two smaller satellite settings and I have worked to link health, education and community groups in order to serve local families and young children in this part of South Bristol. Previously to working in Bristol, I taught in an international school in Bangkok, Thailand, and before that, at schools in Kings Cross and Tottenham in London.

I am passionate about research and enjoy sharing my findings on gender, emotional wellbeing and babies with others in Early Years education through cpd, working closely with the private, voluntary & independent sector and with Children’s Centres and Nursery schools across Bristol and beyond. I can often be seen with Jake, the therapy dog, with whom I work at KWCC, and who often steals my thunder!

Colin MacFarlane

Colin McFarlane

Lead teacher, St Philip’s Marsh Nursery School & Barton Hill Children’s Centre

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Colin has over 10 years’ experience in Early Years education working with children from aged 2 to 5 years old, in Daycare, Nursery School and the Reception Year, in the private and maintained sectors.  Recent work includes supporting staff development in: attachment; supporting the development of phonological awareness; child-centred planning and learning. Colin is a strong advocate for recognizing the importance of child-led learning and for valuing the adult role in acknowledging, supporting and enriching that learning.

Zoe Breen

Zoe Breen

Broomhill Primary School and Children’s Centre South Bristol 

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I am Zoe Breen the Children’s Centre Lead Teacher at Broomhill and St Anne’s Park, three days a week. I started here in September 2016, having been covering maternity leave at Southern Links Children’s Centre. I currently support Broomhill’s twenty-four place two-year-old provision, six local schools, five PVI settings and forty-two childminders, all within our reach area. Through support visits, quality improvement audits, CPD sessions and groups for childminders and parents, I support staff with many aspects of early years practice. I am not a local girl and commute in from Gloucestershire, so I have had to learn all about Bristol City Council and how to navigate through the traffic! I have had many different roles within my twenty-seven years of working within early years across three different Local Authorities including, nannying, day care management, Reception teaching and Children’s Centre Improvement Advisor.

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