Michelle Heather

Hello, my name is Michelle Heather, I am the Deputy Headteacher at Buckden CE Primary School. I am married and have three grown up children, who I am very proud of.  In my spare time I enjoy the great outdoors, walking, gardening and crafts such as painting, knitting and sewing.

I have worked in education for 19 years, the last ten as a teacher. As a mature student with a young family I chose to study with the Open University for my BA (Hons) degree. While doing this I was employed as a Teaching Assistant at Brampton Junior School, where I gained a considerable amount of experience working with children with special educational needs.

My degree mainly consisted of components in literature, history and art, but I also did one component in information technology. I also have a Diploma in Literature and have great love of reading. I left Brampton to study for a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate un Education) at Bedford University.

When I finished my PGCE a teaching position became available at Brampton Junior school and I was successful in my application. I worked with a fantastic team of supportive people for three years. In this time I gained an acreditation from the General Teaching Council for my work on a project working with other teachers. I felt it was important that I move away from all the support and when the position became available at Buckden CE Primary School I applied and joined as Art Co-ordinator.

While working at Buckden I have become a Leading Literacy Teacher for Cambridgeshire, which has involved supporting other schools, helping to introduce new government innitiatives and training teachers. I then became the Literacy Co-ordinator at Buckden. In my time at the school I have worked in year groups 3 to 6 and became Key Stage 2 Leader three years ago. I enjoy working at Buckden with a great team of people who have the children of Buckden Primary School at the heart of everything they do.

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