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Assessment Specialists

Claire Barnes

Specialism:  SSIF Metacognition, Assessment & Maths

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Claire is an experienced teacher, who specialises in teaching mathematics and writing. She is accredited with a Post Graduate Diploma in Primary Mathematics. As a Specialist Leader in Education (SLE), she has planned and delivered bespoke training courses on how to implement, lead and monitor mastery maths.

Prior to working for the Swaledale Alliance, Claire was responsible for leading maths and English and monitoring teaching and learning across KS2. Within this role, she enhanced the teaching of writing by introducing and leading ‘Talk for Writing’. Developing this initiative led to pupils making outstanding progress and she inspired her colleagues to maintain the new teaching strategies implemented. As maths lead, she supported colleagues in strengthening their subject knowledge and developing their approach to teaching mathematics. She successfully implemented a mastery approach to teaching and learning in maths, which led to an upward trend of results at the end of key stage 2 ensuring that pupils made excellent progress.

She is extremely passionate about teaching and driven by her aspiration to ensure that pupils achieve their maximum potential. Claire is a positive and enthusiastic leader, who enjoys working with colleagues to share her experiences and knowledge gained over her career. In the past year, she has lectured at Newcastle University, leading sessions on how to teach writing in KS1/2 and how to develop mastery maths within a school.