Joanne Kershaw – Primary, Maths - Teacher, Stanley Grove Primary and Nursery School

watched the school where she trained transform from a small, leafy primary with few issues, to an expanding and diverse primary school with a wide range of needs and demands.

After teaching in Years 1, 4/5 and 3/4, Joanne subsequently trained as a Numbers Count Teacher through the Every Child Counts programme which led to teaching more intervention programmes, boosters and ability sets within school, beyond the classroom role. The training also led naturally into Maths subject leadership. Further to this, she supports the Teaching Assistants in their delivery of many interventions, including 1stClass@Number, the wave two support programme designed to supplement the Numbers Count initiative.

Joanne developed an interest in data during that training and now supports the head teacher in the role of Data and Assessment leader, producing in year and in key stage APS tracking and monitoring, tracking of vulnerable groups and focusing on Pupil Premium and evidencing the impact of that funding. For the last two years she has been a Key Stage Two Writing Moderator for the Wakefield authority, giving insight into the best practice taking place across the authority.
Joanne’s passion for intervention and support across the range of abilities ensures that differentiation and planning for learning are lead priorities within her teaching and that of her colleagues.

Joanne has also recently taken on the role of Acting SENCo for a year, which is presenting its own challenges.