Meet the Primary Module Leaders.

Chris Gaffiney

Exceptional Teaching Module Leader

Chris is a Headteacher in one of our partner schools in Rugeley. He has held this role for 8 years and is proud to lead a team of professionals who are dedicated, motivated and committed to empowering limitless possibilities for every child. Understanding, supporting and inspiring learning is his moral drive, and he brings this to each of his sessions on the programme. Prior to this role, Chris has worked in a range of settings, from small, rural schools to large urban primaries. He also works as an improvement partner and professional learning strategic lead in a local multi-academy trust.

Chris brings energy to his training sessions, with interaction, critical thinking and informed discussion adding motivation and deep learning. He believes in the power of empowering every individual and is passionate about helping those new to our profession to excel so that every child, in every school, enjoys an inspiring learning adventure.

Rachel Mills

English Module Leader

After qualifying as a teacher with a BA (Hons) English, Education and QTS in 1999, Rachel has always had a passion for teaching of English. Whilst she continued to teach in a large primary school, in 2002 she became a Lead Literacy Teacher for Staffordshire Local Authority where she provided support and demonstration lessons for teachers across the County. In 2012, when KS2 Writing moderation was introduced, she became a lead moderator, ensuring that standards were met and consistent throughout the county. This continued alongside full-time class responsibility.

In 2015, Rachel joined the English Consultancy team at Entrust whereby she delivered high quality English training, planning support and subject leader support as well as continuing to be a KS1 and KS2 moderator. In 2018, she went back into the classroom and became a teaching Head in the TSSMAT where she continues to lead English across the schools in the MAT. Rachel’s passion and enthusiasm for English continues today and she is dedicated to supporting and nurturing the next generation of primary practitioners.

Tracy Moore

English Module Leader

After qualifying as a teacher at the University of Northampton Tracy has had a variety of roles in different schools. Having taught across the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, Tracy has mentored NQT’s and trainee teachers for several years, she also line manages the Teaching assistants in her school as part of her Deputy Headteacher role. 

Tracy has been the English lead in her current school for several years and was part of the pilot cohort for the Chartered Teacher qualification with the Chartered College of Teaching.  Tracy is a keen advocate for their research-based work and for her final research project with the College completed a research study into the effective use of metacognition to improve boys writing.  Tracy is passionate about promoting reading for pleasure and collaborating with colleagues to motivate children with the power of reading and the social change it can bring about.  Tracy will bring her experience and enthusiasm to your sessions and support you on your teaching journey, ensuring that you are kept up to date with current research and initiatives.

Susan Clamp

Maths Module Leader

Susan began her teaching career in 2004 in the Northwest where the quality teaching of maths quickly became a passion. After completing her MA MaST (Maths Specialist Teacher) qualification in 2010, Susan became an SLE (Specialist Leader in Education) for maths supporting maths leaders in a range of schools in the area. Through working in teacher research groups, Susan was at the forefront of the development of mastery in primary schools. In 2015 she became one of the first 140 Teaching for Mastery Specialist teachers in the country for the NCETM.

Relocating to the Midlands in 2016, Susan took up her current post of Assistant Headteacher at Outwoods Primary School where she also leads the maths subject leaders across the CCLT MAT. She continues to work as a Teaching for Mastery Specialist for the NCETM and North Mids Maths Hub which involves collaborating with teachers across the country and leading numerous local work groups to support schools in the development and sustaining of mastery in their schools. Through this work, she has also been involved in an exchange with teachers in Shanghai, spending two weeks observing and learning from how they teach maths in China before hosting the teachers at Outwoods for showcase lessons. Susan has led and developed the SCITT Primary Maths programme from its inception and through her experience she is able to ensure that new trainees are supported in every way to become the best practitioners possible.  

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