Helen writes for the Teacher Toolkit site from a primary perspective. She is a primary school teacher and a new headteacher who, after 27 years is still learning about learning. She says “it has been a challenge to swim and not drown during many of these years. However by keeping the focus on the children, providing educational experiences that engage and promote progress in all areas of development, I have survived by side stepping political agendas and sticking to my beliefs.” Helen started teaching before the national curriculum or Ofsted existed and is now a headteacher of a brand new school. She has a wealth of experience on which to draw, from reception to year 6, expanding her subject expertise from the creative arts to an English and maths subject leader.