Ella Martin – Thinking Teaching Learning hub lead for Chatham

Ella Martin is a KS2 teacher at New Horizons Children’s Academy and is TTL hub lead for Chatham.

“My experiences growing up in Medway and then attending Cambridge University ignited a passion for tackling educational inequality. Therefore, when I graduated from studying Politics, Psychology and Sociology, I joined Teach First as I fully align with their vision to make a fair education for all.

For the last 6 years, I have worked in various schools across Chatham and Gillingham in Upper Key Stage 2 and have held various middle leadership positions. In the summer holidays, I have worked with The Brilliant Club, The Girl’s Network, written a home-schooling curriculum on meta-cognition and supported schools with Oxbridge applications and interviews.

As my career has developed, I’ve become particularly interested in curriculum design and educational research. I joined TSAT three years ago because I believe in the importance of research-informed pedagogy and a cognitive education. The focus on reflection, meta-cognition and proving the skills and opportunities for pupils to be their best self was fully aligned with my own views towards education.

One of the fantastic benefits of working in a multi-academy trust is being able to work with colleagues with a range of experiences and I am looking forward to bringing a primary perspective to the hub, as well as working with and learning from colleagues across the secondary schools. I am excited to be working across both primary and secondary as I believe transition between Year 6 and 7 is so important and more communication across our schools will be beneficial for all.”