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Physical Education Specialists

Joanne Mottram

Specialism: Physical Education, Initial Teacher Training and NQT Development

Jo is currently a senior teacher at Leeming and Londondery Primary School where she is subject leader for English and PE. She leads both subjects with passion and shares her experience and expertise with other leaders.  Jo also supports the delivery of PE CPD for the Local Authority where she works with PE leaders and class teachers to develop the teaching of PE and raise awareness of how this can have a positive impact on the wider curriculum.

Throughout her career, she has gained vast experience of teaching in Key Stage One and Two by teaching all of the age ranges and has an in-depth knowledge of teaching mixed age classes.  

Jo was a former AST in ITT working successfully with both graduate and undergraduate trainees.   Her SLE role in ITT encompasses supporting trainees and NQT’s to become outstanding practitioners by sharing outstanding practise.  Jo works closely with trainees, school staff and, most importantly the pupils, ensuring all children are taught an enriched fulfilling curriculum in which they can reach their potential by excellent practitioners.

Her belief is that being a Senior Leader in Education opens doors to inspire and enthuse others to have a significant impact on the children in our care.

Neil Saunders

Specialism: Physical Education and Literacy

Neil is currently Deputy Head Teacher at Michael Syddall CofE (Aided) Primary School in Catterick Village. Over the past 10 years, he has worked at two other local primary schools and has taught from year 2 to year 6 as well as leading key stage teams and core subject areas. Neil has been judged as ‘outstanding’ during in-house, authority and Ofsted observations, work scrutiny and data analysis. As an SLE, Neil has recruited the Alliance’s PE Curriculum Support Teachers and currently leads on this, working closely with them to support other schools in the development of subject leaders. He has also worked closely with the other English specialists to produce assessment materials linked to the National Curriculum which are easy to use. In the classroom, Neil provides all of his children with the opportunity to learn through engaging activities in an organised and supportive and stimulating environment. Neil Saunders