Welcome from Kate Burton
I have been successfully leading and advising schools in mathematics from EYFS to year 6 for nearly twenty years. My interventions and support have resulted in schools improving their Ofsted outcomes. I research, write and deliver bespoke mathematics training which focuses on deepening subject knowledge and enhancing pedagogical practice. I work closely with senior and middle leaders with the analysis of data, pupils’ work, and evaluation of the quality of teaching and learning. I also provide subject leaders with regular updates on national and local priorities as well as current trends in mathematical development. I am a strategic partner in Click4Teaching working collaboratively with Chris Ogden (English) to offer creative curriculm projects, innovative learning continuous professional development and events for pupils.
I write and deliver the mathematical programme for PGCE on behalf of The Severn Teaching School Alliance and The West Midlands Consortium.
Grange Park Primary School
“An extremely productive day working with Kate to develop a whole school approach to the progression of reasoning. We were also able to look at developing child-friendly steps towards becoming an ‘Expert Reasoner’. Kate always goes above and beyond in the support she provides and it is greatly appreciated..”
– Joe Foley, Grange Park Primary School
Hadley Learning Community
“Using the Stylish Solutions CPD, the ‘Why, why not, what if’ approach I have been implementing in Year 5 is going well and pupils are strengthening their problem solving.
From the Clear Expectations for Number course, the whole EYFS team are now improving their maths curriculum – thank you for such great resources and ideas!”
– Sarah Parkin, Subject Leader for Maths, Hadley Learning Community (Primary phase)
Randlay Primary School
“Kate always makes everything so straightforward and fun that I often wonder why I didn’t think of it myself. However, I am certain that the success of Kate’s training is due to the exceptional ability she has to share her incredible depth of knowledge with others in such an inclusive and accessible way. Brilliant as ever. “
– Kirsty Parkingson – Randlay Primary School
Newdale Primary School
“Kate has worked alongside our teachers for many years now and we can say with confidence that her input and support contributes significantly to fantastic outcomes for all our pupils.
‘Pupils of all abilities make excellent and sustained progress across the school standards in reading , writing and mathematics are well above national figures at the end of key stages 1 and 2.’ Outstanding Ofsted report 2017
The CPD provided by Kate is outstanding – she understands the demands of being a classroom teacher and allows teachers to use her ideas in such a way that brings the best out of not just them, but of all the learners in our school. As a school, we always look forward to the sessions that we know Kate will be delivering. They are personal and unique to our setting and Kate really takes the time to understand what we as a school need.
‘The curriculum is packed full of exciting activities that fire pupils’ imaginations and lead to success.’ Outstanding Ofsted report 2017
Our recent Outstanding Ofsted and our statutory data highlights the high standards in Maths demonstrated across all phases of our school and there is no doubt that the CPD and support that Kate has offered to us was instrumental in firing the imaginations and confidence of our teaching teams in Maths.”
– Rachel Cook – Head Teacher, Newdale Primary School
Woodlands Primary School
“Kate’s training sessions are interactive and accessible to all staff. Her passion for mathematics is truly infectious and spreads across the whole school team. Training is always tailored to meet school needs and reflects current national priorities.
Kate’s subject knowledge is second to none and staff, who have attended her training, are motivated and inspired to take their new learning back to class to share with their children.
Alongside delivering CPD, Kate has worked individually with staff using lesson study to develop problem solving and reasoning. Staff have always welcomed the opportunity to work with Kate; she is hands on, supportive and successfully develops pedagogy across the whole school team. As a result of working with Kate, impact has been significant, with improved outcomes in mathematics evident in every year group.”
– Joanne Shepard Subject leader for maths, Woodlands Primary School
Newport Junior School
“I have found the support and guidance offered by Kate to be nothing short of outstanding; her approachable manner along with in depth subject and curriculum knowledge has enabled me to greatly develop my own teaching, as well as sharing new practices with colleagues.
Kate has provided continued support in my step up to mathematical leadership and has fully equipped me with the knowledge, confidence and desire to succeed in this role.
I have always found CPD led by Kate to be informative and rich in ideas and resources which can be used to drive progress within school. It has been a privilege to have worked with Kate on so many occasions and I look forward to continuing my working relationship with her in the near future.”
– Max Jones Newport Junior School
Newport CE Junior School
“I would not hesitate to recommend the support Kate can offer for Mathematics. She is extremely professional, approachable and highly knowledgeable about the curriculum and best practise in teaching and learning. The support she has given to us has been invaluable in raising standards and ensuring high quality learning provision for our children.
Kate has supported teachers with planning and the subject leader with driving forward the curriculum offer; her skills have enabled us to ensure we offer a rich Mathematics curriculum.”
– Nicola Moody Head teacher, Newport CE Junior School