Kristy Griffin has been Year 3 class teacher at Bolsover Church of England Junior School since July 2011. In June 2013 she became computing coordinator. Bolsover C of E Junior is part of a soft federation with St. Joseph’s Catholic and Church of England Primary School therefore Kristy has experience of working collaboratively across different school environments and age phases.
In July 2015 Kristy graduated as a CAS master teacher and has undergone training within the new computing curriculum and implementing ‘unplugged’ learning to enhance children’s understanding of the computing strands within the curriculum. More recently, in October 2015, she has also been awarded the status of a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, which will open up further development of the use of Microsoft Office 365 as a learning tool within schools.
Bolsover Church of England Junior School has a passion for technology and has one-to-one pupil iPads which are embedded within daily practice to enhance children’s learning. In October 2015 they became a Microsoft showcase school and use OneNote in their daily teaching and learning within school moving towards a paperless system and widening opportunities for independent learning as well as collaboration.
Lee Smith has been a class teacher at Bolsover Church of England Junior School since September 2004; he currently teaches in year five. He has led mathematics for the last seven years and chairs the local maths cluster. He has been on the senior leadership team for a similar period, having completed Leading From The Middle (2008) and Leadership Pathways (2010).
Bolsover C of E Junior is part of a soft federation with St. Joseph’s Catholic and Church of England Primary School. Therefore, Lee has experience of working collaboratively across different school environments and age phases. He has supported, and often mentored, a significant number of students and staff at both schools.
In October 2013, Lee graduated from the University of Derby as a Primary Mathematics Specialist Teacher (MaST). Throughout the two year course leading to the MaST qualification, Lee was fortunate to be part of a cohort that was actively encouraged to engage with the debate about the new mathematics curriculum. He was therefore able to lead school INSET on proposed changes and initiatives that were not within the wider, public domain at the time. He delivered a substantial number of ‘early INSET’ on, for example: subtle changes to the formal written methods of calculation and the mastery approach to teaching and learning.
Notwithstanding his passion for mathematics, Lee also has a penchant for imaginative writing and is able to create models that include all the necessary content - in respect of spelling, punctuation and grammar - but without losing the all-important creative element that is so essential if children are to be fully engaged.
Mark Backhouse has been a teacher at Bolsover Church of England Junior School (a large junior school in Derbyshire with over 300 pupils on roll) since September 2010. He originally began his teaching career in Year 5 and then, after a year, joined Year 6 gaining extensive experience in providing challenge for the gifted and talented pupils – in the 2014 SATs over half of his class achieved a level 6 in mathematics.
Mark is a consistent outstanding practitioner who often shares best practice with school staff and those from outside of school. Under his leadership responsibilities, he has coached NQTs and under-achieving staff to develop their classroom practice plus acted as a tutor to university students on final teaching practice. He has trained as an observer under Cambridge Education receiving a distinction for the qualification. Mark currently leads on the foundation subject curriculum within school which encompasses the school’s focus on maintaining its status as a gold Food for Life flagship school – he was one of the key players in helping the school to achieve the first ever Department for Education (DfE) School Food Achievement Award in July 2015.