Karen started teaching 22 years ago as a middle school teacher, delivering the whole curriculum to year 6 pupils, and after the reorganisation of the authority moved to Kettlethorpe High school to work in the highly successful art department. The department has consistently high results and high uptake for the subject. In 2013 66% A/A* grades and 94% A*-C grades with 93% +3 and above levels of progress. The results reflect the detailed planning for the GCSE and BTEC portfolios of work and a well established Keystage3 art and design curriculum that creates a foundation on skills, techniques, self -evaluation and independent learning. Karen also established detailed tracking of pupils learning, using reports and individual target setting based on pupils art ability. The department’s intervention is designed to meet pupils’ individual learning needs, monitoring and communicating with parents about pupils’ progress and a regular basis.
For the past three years Karen has been the art coordinator employed by the LEA to give art training to Primary GTPs and NQTs, covering skills, techniques, AFL, teaching and learning strategy and classroom management. This has led to working with primary schools in developing their art curriculum, AFL, skills and techniques through workshops and leading inset and staff meetings.
As part of her responsibility she aids in QA within the school SLT, taking learning walks throughout school focusing on different areas linked to the whole school improvement plan. Staff and pupils are observed and feedback and advice given to established consistency in the school environment.
Karen has developed the school LSA policy providing and arranging appropriate CPD for the LSA and teaching staff and delivers the LSA policy to NQTs and ITTs within the school and with QA learning walks and observations, ensure that the LSAs are being used effectively within the classroom.