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Anita Burgess


Year 2 Leader/Teacher

From a young age I was interested in education and always knew I wanted to be a teacher. After college, I went straight into a three year Bachelor of Arts in Primary Education at Roehampton University. I graduated in 2011 and since then have worked in a number of schools in the UK as well as in Australia and now Qatar. 

Now, six years into my career, I am proud to be the Year 5 Leader and the Leader of Learning for Numeracy at NAISAK. I am always trying to improve as a teacher and leader and so last year, I took part in the Nord Anglia Middle Leadership Programme. This year I will also be completing my Masters in International Educational Leadership through Nord Anglia, in partnership with King’s College London.

Although I currently live abroad, family is very important to me. I love returning home to visit everyone, but in particular my younger sister. I've always looked after her and so am sad that I am not there to see her grow up - although she is a young adult now and doesn't really need my help that much anymore. I look forward to going back to the UK each holiday but don't miss the weather!

I am a keen baker and have even brought my mixer to Qatar! I love rustling up a batch of cupcakes and after going on a cake decorating course, am able to make sugar flowers and cake decorations. I don't eat much of what I actually make as I like making cakes for others, but it does make my kitchen smell delicious and sometimes it is hard to resist!

I knew from the moment I spoke to the management at NAISAK that it was somewhere I wanted to work. They were so friendly and spoke so fondly of their school. I have been at NAISAK since January 2015, and feel very much part of the NAISAK family. I have been supported as a teacher and an individual working in a foreign place. The students are thoughtful, young global citizens and make the school a stimulating place to work.

Through leading Numeracy this year, I hope to pass on my enthusiasm for the subject and continue to raise the Numeracy standards within the school. Mathletics and online Numeracy learning will be a focus for me in particular.

I promote an inclusive classroom where all children in my class should feel confident to take part, achieve and sometimes make mistakes, as that is how we learn. I also provide engaging and fully differentiated activities to ensure all students are working at a level suitable for them, whilst also stretching them to achieve their full potential. Students in my class make good or exceptional progress academically, socially and personally.

This year, parents of the students in my class will be regularly informed of their child's progress in a number of ways. The reading record will be completed weekly and will form a dialogue between the parent, child and myself. Parents are also able to schedule an appointment to meet with me throughout the term, alongside and separate to parent consultation evenings, if they need to. Finally, the communication book is an important tool to ensure clear communication between parents and myself.