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Teaching to mixed-age classes

In this open webinar offered in conjunction with the Rural Teaching Partnership, we will hear from practitioners working in small, rural schools.  Our speakers will be sharing the joys and challenges of working in these settings, as well as providing some practical advice on teaching mixed-age classes.

The presentation will cover:-

  • EYFS/KS1 approaches
  • KS2 approaches
  • Headship/senior leadership of a small school
  • Rural Teaching Partnership: opportunities to participate


Our Presenters

Aimée Tinkler FCCT – Head of School and KS1 teacher (Carsington and Hopton CofE Primary School) 

Aimée has been a teacher for almost 20 years and currently teaches in a mixed KS1 class in a small village primary school in rural Derbyshire where she is also Head of School. She is an active Specialist Leader in Education and Evidence Leader in Education and enjoys working with colleagues and student teachers on their path through the profession.  Aimée has wide-ranging experience of working within all primary ages and has held leadership positions in a range of schools in both urban and rural locations.  Aimée is a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College and currently chairs the Membership Committee and sits on the Council.

Liz Woolliscroft – Teacher/SENCO (Carsington and Hopton CofE Primary School) 

During her nine years of teaching, Liz has taught at three contrasting schools in the West Midlands and Derbyshire. She began her career in a large inner city primary school, where she developed a passion for supporting children with special educational needs. She then moved onto leading a team in a special educational needs school, before moving to her current role as a junior teacher in a small village school.

Adam Hill – Principal and Strategic Maths Lead (Primary) (Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust – Principal of Bridestowe and Lydford Primary schools)

Qualified in 2008, Adam Hill has taught and led in a number of small rural schools within Devon. A passion for family centred approaches have created ‘hub of the community’ schools, similar to the one Adam attended as a child. Now leading two small Primaries and strategic lead for Primary Maths within the Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust, 9 of whose academies are small schools.

Tim Mobbs – Network Connector (Teach First)

Tim taught and led in primary schools before moving into initial teacher training to work with fantastic early career teachers on the Teach First programme.  Tim has written and spoken regularly about education, culminating in his book – The things I wish I knew before becoming a teacher. He is passionate about wellbeing within education, teamwork, leadership, personal development and networking.  He now works with networks throughout the sector bringing teachers together for collaboration, conversation and CPD.

Cat Scutt MBE – Director for Education and Research, Chartered College of Teaching  

Cat Scutt, a former English teacher, has since focused on supporting teacher development both online and in person, with a particular emphasis on development through collaboration and engagement with research and evidence. She has experience working as a teacher and advisor in the public and private sectors, as well as in corporate learning and development.


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