Gail Matter

Gail Matter

SLE

Gail is Deputy Headteacher at Milton Park Primary School with the main responsibility of leading teaching and learning within the school. With an extensive and varied 25+ year career in primary education Gail has held many different roles such Inclusion Leader, Curriculum Leader and Achievement for All Champion. She has supported leaders in rigorously and regularly analysing assessment data in order to identify progress and to implement interventions and strategies to close the gap for a number of disadvantaged groups, including pupil premium.

As an outstanding classroom practitioner herself, she is passionate about making learning accessible to all pupils. She has successfully implemented the Developing Teacher Programme within her current setting, focusing particularly on classroom strategies and developing whole school approaches to teaching and learning, building individual capacity to teach outstanding lessons. Gail has mentored numerous practitioners at all levels of their careers who have gone on to be successful in various specialisms at different levels. She is a certified Instructor for MAPA (Managing Actual and Potential Aggression) and has a wealth of experience at delivering training to both individuals and whole staff teams.

With over 20 years’ experience of SEND, Gail has worked with staff at all levels to support and engage pupils with complex learning difficulties and disabilities.Over this time, she has developed and maintained provision within schools to support pupils’ social, emotional, behavioural and mental health needs and put in place effective strategies and resources for children with complex needs. This has enabled these pupils to fully engage in learning and school life. Gail has introduced costed provision mapping in her current school enabling staff to evaluate the impact of interventions. She has designed and led CPD for teachers and support staff to improve their understanding of the requirements of the revised SEN Code of Practice and the effective deployment of teaching assistants.

Gail has a wealth of experience in supporting Children and families with English as an Additional Language. At first teaching English to those for whom it is an additional language can be challenging and she is able to support staff with the transition into school and to make them feel welcome. Gail was integral in the writing and publication of the toolkit “We All Smile in the Same Language,” a successful resource for all settings within North Somerset.