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Galileo Cohort

We have been asking mentors, support tutors and schools to nominate trainees they feel have been Super Heroes.

Read on to find out about Galileo's Secret Super Heroes 

Stefi Rietti - Maybury Primary School

"Stefi used her music experience to lead a whole school staff meeting on music, to support the school's push on rhythm and notation. The meeting raised motivation through Stefi sharing examples of how concepts could be taught and increasing knowledge of technical vocabulary.

Not content with that, Stefi wanted to do more to support confidence of how to teach these concepts. She made posters for teachers explaining technical vocabulary in a simple, visual way. In addition she made a series of YouTube videos focused on the teaching of rhythm and notation. They are an excellent example of explicit modelling and demonstrating progression through informal to formal notation using physical resources."

To see Stefi's fabulous videos click here

L Eldred - Mentor


Chloe Boocock - Ongar Place Primary School

"As with many schools, we have had an increase of Covid cases within our school community. Our Headteacher had to self isolate at home following a positive Covid test. As Deputy Head, this has meant ensuring the school continues to operate on a day-to-day basis as well as dealing with Covid related issues. Chloe has stepped up to lead the bubble for part of the week, allowing me to distance myself from the bubble and avoid facing isolation. She has also ensured I am able to liaise with Public Health and concerned parents when I have needed to. All the while she has followed school policies and planning and even made sure the children continue to practise for the upcoming Nativity. She has been a huge asset."

A Pirie - Deputy Head


Rachel Hawkins - Onslow Infant School

"Rachel has made an exceptional start to her teacher training and it has been a pleasure to work alongside her this term. With minimal classroom experience, she is always keen to improve her practice, always willing to have a go and open to honest feedback as a means to improve her teaching.

Rachel has consistently made a positive contribution to the learning and teaching across our two Year 1 classes. She quickly developed relationships with colleagues and gained their respect with her professionalism. She helped us to plan improvements to the outside learning area and came in at weekends to help the team develop this space.

Since the start of the year, Rachel has led an intervention group to develop recognition of high frequency words. The aim of the intervention is to mitigate the impact of the school closures on reading for a small group of pupils. Initially, the group was under the direction of the class teacher but Rachel quickly took ownership and now uses her weekly tracking to move the children on. She seeks the advice of experienced colleagues and adapts delivery as needed to meet the individual needs of the children. The impact of the intervention has been good and the children are making better than expected progress."

G Dockett - Mentor


Jenny Beer - St Jude's Church of England Junior School

"Jenny has coped with the demands of training, not missing a single deadline, despite being really poorly at the end of September. She drove to Bath (103 miles) when she should have been tucked up in bed, because this was the nearest test centre available at the time. She did this because she wanted to ensure she could come back to school at the earliest opportunity. Jenny has had to isolate on two separate occasions but has stayed in contact via Teams. She stepped in when her class teacher was in hospital and helped to keep the class going. She always tries to help, seeing the bigger picture, whilst meeting her own course requirements."

P Ashplant - Deputy Head


Louise Harrison - The Echelford Primary School

"Louise has played an active role in The Echelford community not only within her trainee role, but as a solid member of the staff team. She took on wider responsibilities when I had to self-isolate, she is widely respected by the children who deem her to be their other teacher as opposed to a trainee. She has a really caring nature and takes it upon herself to support the children academically and emotionally.

Louise takes on feedback and uses it to fuel her drive for improvement. She understands that sometimes, things may not go as planned but that is part and parcel of teaching and she reflects on these moments to make relevant adjustments to provision.

As a full time working mum of two, Louise is putting everything into her training that she possibly can to be successful whilst also juggling the commitments of being 'mum' within a pandemic.  Maintaining that balance is a tricky challenge."

H Redman - Phase Leader and Mentor


Clare Radford - Eastwick Schools

"Clare has gone out of her way this term to monitor the progress of a selected group of children who did not return to school in June and therefore have fallen further behind in their learning. Clare works tirelessly to motivate them with her enthusiastic personality, making coming to school fun for them. She truly believes in them and wants them to succeed. She identifies a range of ways to support them with their learning, carries out interventions with them and teaches them games to play at break times which develop their social skills (without them even realising). She has transformed their approach to school and learning."

H Kahlon - Deputy Head