Meet the GMCA EOF project team: Margaret Gun

I think many of you already know Margaret from her work in Salford as their School Readiness Adviser. Please read on to hear more about Margaret’s background and her support for the EOF project….

Margaret is Salford’s School Readiness Adviser and has been involved with the EOF GM Pathways to Talking project right from its conception (which was on the back of an envelope at a meeting in Costa Coffee with Michelle Morris back in December 2018) and believes that working together in GM and learning from each other we can really achieve great things.

I qualified as a teacher from Newcastle polytechnic (now University of Northumbria) in 1991. I specialised in Early Years and Language and Literacy and these have remained my areas of interest ever since so I’m finding this project very exciting.

I taught in primary schools in Rochdale and Trafford before working for the Excellence in Cities initiative for Manchester City Council as a Quality Development Teacher. This role was very varied and took me out of my comfort zone as part of my role was to develop quality literacy teaching in Key Stage 3. It was a steep learning curve for me and very valuable experience but i was soon yearning to get back to early years so in 2008 i moved to Salford to take on the role of Education Lead Teacher in one of the new Sure-start Centres. I loved being back in early years and relished the new challenge of supporting settings with children under the age of 3.

I am still working in Salford, 11 years later and now in a more strategic role of School Readiness Adviser. I am privileged to work with a range of colleagues from many different disciples with one aim in mind – to improve school readiness for the children in Salford. An example of this, is the rollout of WellComm – our joint SLT/LA project has ensured we have trained over 300 EY practitioners from all schools and PVI settings in the city and the data is showing a marked improvement in early language levels which we hope will impact on School Readiness.

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