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Rich Wilkins, Academic Tutor

Rich has worked in primary schools across East Sussex for the past nine years, specialising in Key Stage 2 and the development of Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar provision in his schools. He has been the Head of School in a small, village primary school and now works as a Year 8/9 SEND teacher and Maths subject lead at a Generic Special Educational Needs college in Crawley. 

Rich’s teaching career started when he was studying English Language at University. He was selected to teach in a Language Summer Camp in Poland, developing conversational English skills with students from 6 to 18 years old. Such was the success of this placement that he then led the camp the following year, employing five other teachers to run the course, to high acclaim from students and their families alike. 

After completing his PGCE at the University of Brighton, Rich developed his classroom practice across the breadth of Key Stage 2, culminating in him accepting a position as Head of School at a federation of village schools in East Sussex. In this role, he saw the school through a very successful OFSTED inspection which recognised an improvement from ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Good’ in less than a year. He simultaneously worked as the Year 5/6 teacher and, in that 2016-17 academic year, secured the highest progress rate of any primary school in the county from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2 based on SATs results. This put the school in the top 2% in terms of progress nationwide.

Rich is passionate about ensuring all students make progress, regardless of their starting points, and has been instrumental in developing and implementing assessment systems to track and monitor pupils’ progress. These systems have since been picked up by a number of other schools in the area, helping to pin-point strengths and areas for development in all pupils. 

Rich’s proudest moment in teaching was seeing his Year 5/6 class perform Bugsy Malone to a packed theatre of friends and family as their end of year show.

Seeing the pupils develop in confidence and overcome their fears was one of the most rewarding experiences of my career so far, and I know that those students will never forget the feeling of being on stage for the first time, receiving that standing ovation. It made the months of preparation and sleepless nights all worthwhile!

Outside of education, Rich is a keen squash player, representing Crawley Squash Club at matches across Sussex. He also coaches Junior level squash and enjoys seeing the junior players’ skills develop in his sessions. He can often be found out running on the South Downs and has completed over 30 marathons and half marathons. His goal is to run an ultra-marathon in the near future, but his wife and new-born daughter may have something to say about that…

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