Founder of ICT WAND
Vicky has over twenty years of teaching, leadership and consultancy experience in the education sector and understands the demands leaders face in running schools and forging ahead with a school improvement agenda. She provides training and support for individuals and groups, designs and delivers bespoke training courses, and offers facilitation services to senior leadership teams.
My mantra is about empowering colleagues and helping teachers and leaders to achieve professional growth. I believe this is achieved through:
encouraging colleagues to ask questions, look objectively at issues, be analytical and evaluative;
supporting colleagues with the acquisition of knowledge and achieving a deep understanding of educational issues and learning theory;
adding an extra dimension to colleague's thinking by unpicking educational research;
supporting colleagues to think through issues, look at problems from a variety of perspectives, action plan and problem solve;
ensuring the practicalities of theories and research are always considered (therefore increasing the likelihood of success);
challenging and supporting in equal measure - high expectations and a continued commitment to achieving excellence.
Those who gain the most from CPD and those who have an open mind, a desire for growth and a commitment of time and energy to achieving their personal / school goals.
Blended learning to support the development of leadership
Middle leaders play a pivotal role in shaping the curriculum and supporting teachers to deliver high quality lessons. This blended course of online learning, self-study and instructor-led tutorials equips leaders with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to drive forward developments in foundation subjects.
INTENT : IMPLEMENTATION : IMPACT
"I feel I have a clear vision and now know the steps I need to take next as a leader. I feel inspired. Thank you for all your support."
"The resources really solidified the information and helped to drive all points home. Vicky had some excellent advice and the examples really helped."
Progression in writing : Non-fiction focus
Online learning course
This course is for primary teachers and leaders who want to build their expertise in teaching non-fiction writing. The course unpicks each genre and ensures that teachers feel confident to pitch teaching at the right level for their year group and the needs of pupils in their class. The course considers the building blocks of progress within each genre and seeks to ensure that genre knowledge feeds into writing lessons. We want writing to be based on experiences, the wider curriculum and quality literature, but a good jumping off point and background knowledge is only part of the jigsaw. An understanding of genre, appropriate sentence construction and writing techniques that match the purpose of writing are all important. For some teachers, this course provides the missing link needed to bolster writing.
"Excellent course. Really useful and practical. Clear resources that will help with the sequencing of teaching. Great ideas for sentence level work and different build-up activities." "Exceeded expectations and excited to share with other staff."
Online learning with blended learning options
Turn theory into reality with this practical course that focuses on harnessing the advantages of metacognition. Support learners to be highly effective and increase their levels of independence.
“Useful resources and excellent activities that I have been able to use in twilight training sessions in school. Vicky is a very generous and engaging course leader.” “Really practical resources. Lots of activities to take back for immediate and long-term action.”
Participants will develop a deep and thorough understanding of metacognition which they will then be able to use every day in the classroom. They will be aware of how to create a metacognitive learning environment and have practical tools and resources to aid the explicit development of metacognitive skills.
Online learning course
This is an exhilarating course that has received excellent feedback from schools. Aimed at primary colleagues, this course helps colleagues to design and deliver effective whole-school reading. This course ensures participants have the necessary expertise to deliver effective lessons and increase pupil success rates.
It covers: running effective whole class reading sessions; selecting texts to inspire; the ‘big 10’ reading comprehension strategies; practical activities that can be used with any book; questioning and improving book talk; exploring barriers to comprehension; reading aloud; and addressing the demands of the National Curriculum and tests.
“Extremely useful. The course is already having an impact on reading.” “I feel totally inspired and determined to improve reading.” “Wow! Superb – brilliant ideas that I can use straight away in class.” “Hi Vicky, I am absolutely thrilled with our end of KS2 reading data. Overall 93% of our pupils attained the expected standard in reading with 38% of our pupils working at the higher standard. Over 20% increase on last year."
Promoting thinking in the classroom
Online learning coming soon
How can every teacher be equipped to be a teacher of thinking? How can lessons be designed that utilise and promote different types of thinking? What does thinking look like in different subjects? What tools, techniques and routines aid thinking?
These questions and many more are answered in this online course focusing on thinking in the primary classroom. Packed full of resources, explanations and guidance documents and with video clips to support teachers in using classroom tools, this course has everything you need to develop thinking classrooms.
Questioning in the classroom
Online learning coming soon
An excellent course for primary school teachers who wish to improve their questioning technique and support better quality dialogue in the classroom. Oracy is of critical importance for learning and later success in life. This course helps improve pupils' oracy levels and equips teachers with the tools they need to be experts in using questions in the classroom.
Courses are all delivered remotely via our online learning platform and can be supplemented with zoom sessions for individuals, groups or whole schools training sessions. Mentoring and coaching can be provided to aid senior leaders in maximising the impact of professional development.
Courses can be designed to suit your need across a range of teaching and leadership issues, from single events to year-long programmes.
“After the final session I cannot tell you how many staff burst through my door very inspired by the activities they had been part of. I am delighted by the way this programme has developed all my leaders and managers. I know it will have a lasting impact on everyone who has been a part of it which of course will translate to the continued success of our school. I cannot thank you enough for understanding what I needed to achieve and being able to inspire and engage at such a high level.” Headteacher in reference to a year-long leadership programme.
“Just a quick email to say a massive thank you for the training you did on Tuesday. I have had many positive comments about it and people have made a point of coming to tell me about some things they have tried or changed over the past few days...which is great so thanks very much.” Headteacher in reference to a full training day focusing on reading.
“Just to say a very big thank you for your work on Friday. I very much appreciated your direct approach and your hard work. I know the day will move the school on in our marking and feedback and increase the impact on pupil progress.” Headteacher in relation to a marking and feedback review day.
“A massive success and I thank you for your first class training and organisation.” Headteacher in relation to a multi school event for over 90 teaching assistants.
“I appreciate everything you've been doing with EYFS and transition. Staff have spoken extremely highly about everything. Both EYFS and KS1 have had successful moderations with the authority, and transition strategies that were worked out with you are going extremely well. You've really helped with helping to move both these key stages forward, and have a really successful year. A real credit to all involved.” Headteacher in relation to an EYFS / Year 1 writing project.