Celebration of Devon teachers’ new skills

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Posted on: 20 July 2011

21 DEDICATED teachers have been presented with their new qualifications to help children in Devon schools who have most difficulties with reading and maths.

7 teachers were presented with their accreditation for the Numbers Count programme and another 14 received their Reading Recovery qualifications after intensive training programmes.

The presentations were made by Chief Executive of Devon County Council, Phil Norrey at a special ceremony at the Tiverton Hotel.

There are already 16 Devon primary schools operating the Numbers Count programme, which is part of the national Every Child Counts initiative.

This year, the newly acredited teachers are;
Barbara de Noronha – Appledore Community Primary
Sally Ingham – Exeter Road Community Primary, Exmouth
Sam Gilronan – Exminster Community Primary
Mary Pritchard – Hayward’s Primary, Crediton
Avril Ashton – Great Torrington Bluecoat CE Infant & Nursery
Rachel Crabtree – St. Andrew’s Primary, Cullompton
Julie Garrett – Wolborough CE Nursery & Primary, Newton Abbot
Nicola Kelly – Westcliff School, Dawlish

Since September 2008, more than 700 children in Devon have benefited from taking part in the programme. These children made an average of 15 months progress after just 20 hours of Numbers Count teaching over 3 months.

This means that they made more than four times the normal rate of progress. Nearly 75% of Devon Numbers Count children achieved at least L2 at the end of Key Stage 1 compared with 70% nationally. None of these children were predicted to do so by their teachers before taking part in the programme.

Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning, Christine Channon says; “Congratulations to all our newly acredited teachers. I am really pleased to see that the children have made such good progress in these subjects. These are invaluable life skills which will be so important in whatever path they take so well done to all the youngsters.”

Reading Recovery is part of the national Every Child a Reader programme which children take at the end of the first year of school. In addition to their normal classroom instruction, they also have daily individual teaching

There are currently 40 reading recovery teachers in Devon and 336 children have received Reading Recovery lessons this year.

Evidence shows more than 90 per cent of children, who were unable to read even the simplest published books and able to write only a few letters or words, reach national expectations in around 20 weeks

This year, the newly acredited teachers are;

Alison Rose – Dartington Primary School
Anne Evans – Goodleigh/Bratton Fleming
Barbara Wearne – Great Torrington Bluecoats Infant and Nursery School
Beckie Oakshott – St John’s RC Primary School, Dartmouth
Clare Wallington – Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School, Barnstaple
Christine Meredith – Wynstream, Exeter
Christine Thorn – The Beacon School, Exmouth
Georgia Newman – Ilfracombe Infant and Nursery School
Jasmine Ayres – St Mary’s Primary School, ideford
Jo Cammack – Southmead, Braunton
Karen Bristowe – St Michaels, Kingsteignton
Katie McGarry – Yeo Valley Primary School, Barnstaple
Mandy King – Inverteign Primary School
Nicola Ruddick – Chittlehampon/Filleigh/South Molton Primary Schools

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