St Stephens’s C of E Primary

Writing and SPAG


UzmahussainI have been teaching for the past 14 years and have been employed at St Stephen’s CE Primary for the past 4 years. I hold the position of Middle Leader, Upper Key Stage 2 Leader and also have responsibility for Writing and SPAG.

Prior to this I was Key Stage 2 Leader with responsibility for writing at Hoole Primary School in Lancashire.

I have always had a passion for Literacy and writing in particular. I have developed systems where writing can be both celebrated and ensure that all children leave with a passion for learning, such as “Star Writer” and “Sentence of the week” competitions.

I have developed moderation sessions within school, ensuring that writing remains a high profile subject and consistency is maintained throughout school.  I have attended moderation sessions across the LA and through cluster groups, ensuring that assessments are accurate and consistent with National Standards. I work very closely with the Reading Leader so that through collaboration we can make changes and improve outcomes for all pupils. My greatest belief is that collaboration is the key to raising standards and by empowering others, positive change can occur.

As writing leader I have regularly monitored teaching and learning. I have led book scrutinies, pupil conferencing sessions, and analysed data and provided reports for Governor meetings. I have held workshops for support staff and parents. I have been able to develop writing through continuous professional development for all staff.  I have invited Authors/Poets in to school to enrich the children’s experience of writing.

I joined St Stephen’s when the school was in Special Measures. Although the journey has been  difficult it has made me very understanding of the challenges faced in working in such vulnerable schools. I have the utmost empathy for colleagues and I feel that I can offer great support; I have built up great resilience and determination to succeed and look forward to supporting others who are experiencing difficulties.