My name is Katie Gear and I am the EAL Teacher at Manor Green School. My role is to support both the children and parents who have English as an additional language in the home.
I started my teaching career as a mainstream primary class teacher which became more specialised when I moved to RBWM and joined the Ethnic Minority Achievement Team (EMA). Through this team, the language needs of the students were supported across the Borough. As a teacher, a statement I have always held dear is ‘it is not what we teach but how we teach it’. This statement has been the drive and passion which has directed my teaching.
Here at Manor Green School, my key responsibility is to raise the standards of teaching, learning and attainment for students with English as an additional language. Once a student has been identified, in collaboration with the class teacher, an individual learning programme is developed. Specific targets are established and are linked to our ACE model to ensure that there is a holistic approach taking place. To develop life skills and a life-long passion for learning in children is one of the most precious gifts a teacher can give.
Another responsibility I have is to engage and develop partnerships with parents, particularly the most economically disadvantaged groups in British society. We are also very keen to celebrate the equality and cultural diversity of the school population. Hopefully you will have noticed our ‘language of the month’ board in the main foyer of the school. It is important that our staff our recognised for the many different skills and talents they have.
As you can imagine my day is varied and interesting and I am totally committed to the students at Manor Green School.