Wandle Leading Teachers

Sharif Anderson

English (Writing)

I have been a teacher since 2013 after completing the Graduate Teacher Program for Kent County Council. I chose this route into teaching as I believed it would allow me to fully integrate with the school community I had been placed in. This choice proved to be the right one. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment and was pushed to become an adaptable and resilient teacher, often teaching for a higher percentage than I was intended to. After qualifying a month earlier than intended, I began my teaching career at a challenging school.

My NQT year was full of many challenges as I became the class teacher for a particularly difficult class, with a wide range of emotional and educational needs. Without this difficult year, I do not believe I would be the teacher I am today.

As my NQT year came to a close, I was moved away from Year 5 and started teaching Year 3. This opportunity allowed me to see the starting point of Key Stage 2 and also develop my teaching styles in order to suit all learners. The following year I was promoted to Year 3 leader and my roles included monitoring data and assessment in the year, day to day housekeeping and behavioural issues. This role allowed me to take responsibility over a small area and further develop as a professional. With this under my belt, I made the decision to move to London and join Albemarle. Over the last two years I have taught in Year 5 and 6 and have lead writing.

After 5 years as a teacher, I am still incredibly motivated and enthusiastic about the role I can play in a young person’s life. I still believe that a fantastic teacher can be the catalyst for social movement and aspiration and this is at the core of everything I do. Teachers and schools can change lives; inspiring those in their care to fully achieve their dreams and reach their potential. It is this drive for excellence that inspires me every day.

I teach phonics to children in Key Stage 2, still significantly behind and have received extensive Read Write Inc. training to facilitate this.