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Miriam Jarvis

Miriam Jarvis


  • A trained KS2 Class Teacher and Teach First Ambassador with a Masters in Leadership. Also with experience of being a Subject Co-ordinator, Phase Leader and then Assistant Head in two different Outstanding inner-city Primary Schools
  • Specialises in upper KS2, particularly teaching in preparation for the Year 6 SATS
Subject,Key Stage,Curriculum

Could you tell me a bit about yourself and what motivates you?

Working with children is the most rewarding job.  During the ten plus years of teaching and leading in disadvantaged schools in London, I have loved seeing children grow into inquisitive, bright young learners.  Seeing their eyes widen when they have those precious 'lightbulb moments' makes you want to work even harder to help them achieve their absolute best.   

What is your educational experience and key qualifications?

Once I gained my teaching qualification through Teach First, I completed a Master’s in Leadership and worked in two different Outstanding primary schools in Hackney.  During this time, as well as being a KS2 Class Teacher, I co-ordinated parts of the curriculum, led both Key Stages and acted as Assistant Head.  I developed a passion for training teachers as a School Mentor and when working as an Associate Tutor for Teach First graduates.  

What is your educational specialism?

I have a passion for teaching KS2 and specialise in SATS preparation in Year 6. Supporting colleagues both inside and outside school, I have been a KS2 Writing Moderator for The Hackney Learning Trust.  I collate tangible examples of best practice and use these to support Writing, Reading, Spelling and Grammar courses for TT Education.  

What do you enjoy most about working in education?

I loved my own school experience and still remember the teachers who instilled in me a love of learning.  I endeavour to always do the same in my own classrooms.  I have been fortunate to teach in a range of diverse settings, including a school in Special Measures, and enjoy seeing groups of learners, teachers and management teams grow together to improve outcomes and prospects for children.  Sharing best practice and creative ideas amongst staff is inspiring and adapting curriculums to suit individual schools creates incredibly rich learning environments for young, inquisitive minds.  

What do you like doing outside of work?

I enjoy fresh air, long walks, daily yoga, strength training and family time with my husband and our newest little recruit (our baby boy).