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Marie Hirst

Marie Hirst

School Improvement Partner

  • Experienced Primary Leader
  • Specialises in Maths, having led and developed the teaching and learning of
    Maths at previous Schools
Key Stage,Curriculum

What is your educational experience?

I have worked in teaching for the last 15 years; first as a classroom teacher, then as a Key Stage One Leader and most recently as a Deputy Head. I have had the opportunity to lead different subject areas including
Maths and phonics as well as being responsible for developing whole-school approaches to growth mindset and supporting the development of teaching and learning. Throughout my entire career, I have acted as a mentor to many different teachers in different situations and enjoy supporting others and helping them to develop their skills and confidence.

What are your key qualifications?

I have a degree in Music, a Primary PGCE and a postgraduate qualification as a Maths Specialist (MAST).

Can you tell me a bit about yourself and what motivates you?

I love to be creative and to inspire others whether it be children or other colleagues. I am a very reflective practitioner and always look for ways to improve my own and others’ practices. I want to inspire people to be the best versions of themselves, to try something new and to improve outcomes for all learners.

What are your educational specialisms?

I specialise in maths, having led and developed the teaching and learning of maths at my previous two schools. I am also passionate about using growth mindset approaches within schools both in the classroom and in the wider school context. I have also been responsible for the development and assessment of phonics.

What do you like doing outside of work?

I am a mum to one little boy and love spending time with him out in our garden. We also recently moved to a new house and have taken on major renovations, so we are always on with some form of DIY! When I get time to myself, I love to create scrapbooks. As part of this, I design for several scrapbooking companies, showcasing their products.