As Assistant Head Teacher at Medlock Primary School I am responsible for English and Teaching and Learning, including the use of innovative research and CPD to improve Teaching and Learning throughout the school.

I have a successful track record of improving standards both in teaching and in attainment, particularly in writing where there have been year-on-year improvements in all year groups in the last 6 years.  I am a creative and innovative teacher, with a firm commitment to developing and sustaining outstanding teaching and learning in English across the school.

During my time in role, I have developed a number of intervention and tracking strategies to improve pupil performance.  I have significant experience of working with colleagues from other schools to improve English provision.

  • I can support schools with their Assessment for learning procedures, within the classroom, including making marking and feedback targets ‘smarter’, so that the dialogue with pupils has the greatest impact on learning.
  • I have a proven track record of leading on the use of gap analysis throughout the school to enable teachers to plan and deliver lessons and interventions targeted at the greatest areas of need.
  • I can lead training and support around the use of Talk for Writing approaches as well as ‘Book Talk’ and using print, film and music to develop inference skills. All of which have been successfully implemented across each age range at my current school which have led to significant improvements in the quality of writing and in inference of texts. .
  • I can lead on whole-school changes to the reading culture: particularly around creation of library; reading areas; e reading and reading blogs and book clubs.
  • I have successfully provided tailored support to NQTs, new staff and those on teaching practice and have led the University of Manchester School Direct Primary cluster for 3 years on behalf of Teach Manchester.


Ruth is a designated SLE in English, with additional expertise in developing Teaching and Learning with a focus on CPD/Research and is a Lead Practitioner in ITT (Initial Teacher Training) in both School Based and University based routes.

Current Scheduled CPD Opportunities

In addition to being available for deployment to support specific schools, Ruth is currently supporting the development of the English: The Transition From KS2 to KS3: Are you ready? Conference on the 12th July 2017.

Medlock Primary School

Medlock Primary School is a much larger than the average primary.  The proportion of pupils supported at school action is broadly average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is broadly average.

The proportion of pupils who are from ethnic minorities, and those for whom English is an additional language, is much higher than the national average. Currently 35 different languages are spoken in the school.  The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is much higher than average. A higher than average proportion of pupils join or leave the school during the academic year.

The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.  The school has an on-site two year old provision and an after school club which are all managed by the governing body.

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