Collette Higgins has had many years’ experience in the education sector, as teacher, head teacher and school improvement adviser. She is passionate about promoting quality in teaching and learning and supporting teachers in developing the knowledge and skills needed to be excellent practitioners and to enjoy teaching.
Collette actively supports schools and networks in developing their curriculum with a focus on creative learning, where children have the opportunity to apply their learning in meaningful and engaging contexts. She has undertaken extensive research in the field and has presented her work nationally and internationally, occasionally writing articles in popular education journals. Collette has been a Building Learning Power trainer and is committed to equipping young people with skills that build confidence, resilience and adaptability. She has a MA in Educational Leadership and Management and a PGCE in Enquiry Based Learning. She is also an Arts Award assessor, a philosophy for children (P4C) facilitator and a trained Ofsted inspector.
teachingToolkits exists to provide busy teachers and school leaders with simple tools, materials and guidance that can be used immediately to support teaching and leadership, and easily adapted to meet particular needs.
The new National Curriculum, about to be launched in September, 2014, brings new opportunities and challenges for teachers. The new Primary English units of work produced by teachingToolkits bring the new programmes of study to life through imaginative and creative approaches, whilst maintaining a focus on the essential standards that pupils need to achieve. The teaching units (six per year group) will save teachers hours of planning time, enabling them to focus their energy on meeting the specific needs of their class.