Our Teachers

Chris Paul - Head of Education

My name is Chris Paul and I’m the Head of Education at Play and Learn.

I truly believe that we can make a difference to your child/children’s education and I very much look forward to working alongside you.

About me
I have 17 years teaching experience across all age ranges in Primary School and have tutored children all the way through to GCSE in maths and English.

I hold three degrees: a BA Hons in History, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and a Masters Degree in Education which specialised in accelerated learning techniques for children.

My philosophy of education
In my opinion, children learn best when they feel relaxed and learn in a fun and inspirational way which is all underpinned by a comprehensive pastoral care system. Therefore, I’ve spent many years finding new and exciting ways to teach children and have developed pastoral care programmes for schools which enable children of all ages to grow in confidence, to believe in themselves and to achieve their best.

I also have great experience in supporting parents to find effective ways to help their children at home, both academically and pastorally as I feel that, when parents and teachers work effectively together, their children benefit in every way imaginable.

Our Nursery Age Teachers

Kathy
I started my career as a Nursery Nurse working in day nurseries with children under the age of 5 years old. For the last 25 years, I’ve worked in Primary Schools in Hertfordshire working with children from 3-7 years old. I’ve taught phonics, reading, writing and early maths skills for many years in the schools that I’ve worked in and I greatly enjoy seeing my youngest children growing up and achieving their potential.

Alison
I really enjoy working in Early Years education and have done so for the last 10 years. I have considerable experience in teaching all areas of the Foundation Stage curriculum and find working with children energising, enjoyable and very rewarding. I like teaching in a fun and interactive way and often incorporate songs, rhymes and alliterations into what the children are learning to make it memorable for them. I enjoy helping children to grow in their confidence and progress towards their own individual goals.

Chris also teaches our nursery age children and we have Amy and Karen who have recently joined us.  

Our Primary Age Teachers (Reception to Year 6)

Alexis
I have been a local Primary School teacher for the past 13 years. Prior to that I taught at a local FE College.

I have a particular interest in 'inclusion' as I really enjoy teaching literacy and numeracy to children who need different strategies to learn. To help with this I am currently studying for a Masters in Specific Learning Difficulties and I’m the SENCO of my school.

Julie
I’ve been a Primary School teacher for the last 18 years and have taught across Key Stages 1 & 2. My particular specialism is in Early Years education (Nursery and Reception) where I have spent most of my teaching career. I also had my own ballet school for 25 years where I taught children from 3-18 years old.

I love teaching younger children and helping them to take their first steps in school.

Chris, Kathy, Alison also teach our primary age children and Karen has joined us recently. 

Our Secondary Age Teachers

Debra
I’ve been a Secondary School teacher for the last 19 years and have taught English across all year groups from Year 7 up to and including A-Level. I have an extensive knowledge of the iGCSE, Edexcel and AQA courses for English GCSE and I’m currently the Deputy SENCO with responsibility for improving Literacy skills across Key Stage 3. I’ve also developed and implemented a phonics programme to enable students who are struggling to make progress.

I have previously held management positions within the English Department, been Head of Media and spent a number of years as Head of Year. I also hold a Masters Degree in Renaissance Literature and Critical Theory.

Pooja
I've been a secondary science teacher for 12 years, teaching physics, chemistry and biology from year 7 through to GCSE, specialising in Biology and Psychology for A Level.

I have previously been Head of the Science faculty leading and managing a dynamic and successful team. I enjoy teaching in an innovative and interactive way with pupils, combining student and teacher led activities which allows students to develop confidence in my classroom.

I also hold a Masters Degree in Education and Management.

Chris also teaches our secondary age children. 

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