Meet the:

Primary Professional Mentors

Discover more about our talented team of Primary Professional Mentors below.

V Knight

Victoria Knight

After qualifying as a teacher in 2005, Victoria worked at a Church of England Primary School in Swadlincote for several years before moving schools to become Assistant Headteacher with the responsibility of assessment and English. Victoria has been a successful mentor with the John Taylor SCITT for three years as well as being a classroom teacher at Shobnall Primary School. In 2019, she led wellbeing across the John Taylor Multi-Academy Trust through a secondment. Victoria is passionate about initial teacher training and this year she has been a Professional Mentor which she has really enjoyed. She has also completed her NPQSL this year as she is always looking for ways to improve her practice!

Vicki has been a teacher for ten years, specialising initially in Early Years as an exceptional practitioner before moving into senior leadership and teaching within KS1 in addition to supporting various local schools in the development of their staff team and curriculum. She completed an English in Education Undergraduate Degree at the University of Birmingham before completing her PGDipEd at the same establishment. After four years of teaching, Vicki returned to UoB alongside her teaching role to complete her Masters in Education specialising in Speech and Language within the Early Years. Vicki is passionate about making learning exciting, relevant and accessible for every child and strives to support learners in understanding that there are no limits to what they can achieve with a little aspiration and hard work!

Victoria Williams

Sarah Gilman

Sarah Gilman

After qualifying as a teacher in 2011, Sarah has had a variety of roles. In the first few years of her career, Sarah held responsibility for Art and Design Technology and in her third year, she took on responsibility for leading English and Phonics across her school, which is currently Sarah’s subject specialism. Throughout her teaching career, Sarah has enjoyed mentoring student’s completing PGCE’s, teaching degrees and trainee teaching assistants, and she has also mentored several NQT’s throughout their first teaching year. At present, Sarah is part of the ‘Growing Great Teachers’ programme at her school, where she is responsible for the development of several ECT’s, some of who are new to teaching and some who are developing in their new roles as subject leaders.