Sarah Astley is a classroom teacher at William Levick Primary School. With over 19 years of experience teaching the whole of the primary age range, Sarah is also a trained student mentor. Sarah's passion is maths and she has been the subject leader at William Levick for approximately 3 years. Prior to this, she was the ICT leader.
Problem solving and reasoning skills are aspects of the new mastery curriculum that Sarah is keen to develop with all children regardless of ability. She strongly believes this is achieved most successfully with the use of concrete apparatus and pictorial representation. This can be achieved even with limited resources - the aim being to use them with great effect. Sarah has led professional development meetings and parent workshops on this particular aspect of maths. She is currently supporting schools in her local cluster with teaching the new mastery curriculum to mixed age classes as well as delivering good quality cross-curricular lessons. Her main aim as maths leader is to establish an enthusiastic ‘can do’ attitude towards math; providing challenge in a fun and enjoyable way.
Sarah is passionate about teaching and enjoys working collaboratively with others to help increase confidence, improve learning and achieve high standards. As the maths leader she has developed effective coaching and mentoring strategies that have had very successful outcomes.
Joy was appointed as Assistant Head Teacher at Staveley Junior School in September 2016 having previously worked in various schools around Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. She has held many areas of responsibilities within senior management including Nursery Manager, Key Stage 1 / Key Stage 2 co-ordinator and Senior Teacher.
Throughout her career she has had various responsibilities - History, Geography, Art, Design Technology, I.C.T, Enterprise and Literacy. She has been a school based tutor for Sheffield Hallam University for the last three years; supporting new teachers into the profession. She also enjoys being the anti-bullying co-ordinator, working with the ambassadors to seek pupil voice. As the school SENCo she is passionate about inclusion for all children. She actively promotes boys' interests in Literacy and brings much experience to the Alliance such as mixed age teaching, whole key stage teaching, supporting pupils in a specialist behaviour unit and special needs school and working within a two school partnership collaboration.
Joy believes in school to school support, networking and sharing skills and expertise for the benefit of all children and looks forward to supporting schools as part of the Synergy Alliance.