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Meet the LEYMN Apprentices

 

Jean Shipton

Jean Shipton

Jean’s current role is focussed on leading and teaching Palace Explorers, a twice weekly 1 hour session for 2-4 year olds and their carers. She also develops and teaches school sessions. The explorer sessions teach the history of Fulham Palace through activities such as music, art and object handling.

In the previous 30 years Jean was a KS2 teacher and then Head teacher in London schools, with the vast majority of time spent in Hammersmith and Fulham.

 

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Jaz Sharma

Jaz Sharma

Jaz Sharma is a highly skilled Early Years Practitioner with over 21 years of experience in Early Years.

On qualifying as a NNEB Nursery Nurse in 1997 at West Thames College, Jaz has been successfully committed to providing her knowledge and expertise in the same Primary School setting, Isleworth Town School, since completion. Her experience of working with children has ranged from Foundation stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

Having lead classes of PE music and movement, she has incorporated her own cultural aspects of her Sikh heritage, introducing bhangra, Bollywood dance and bilingual songs into lessons and circle time, giving invaluable first hand experiences to staff, children and volunteered to choreograph in local communities.

Having a passion for inspiring creativity in circle time by the use of props, music, instruments and movement, she can spontaneously improvise imagination to get the best out of children, building this smartly into story times. Her creativity has been commended by her vibrant and dynamic transformations of many unused areas, to create imaginative book corners and home corners leading her to win competitions.

Currently, she has completed her first year of her Early Years Foundation Degree at Kingston University and is striving to complete her second year, alongside her LEYMN apprenticeship.

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Anne Pearman

Anne Pearman

Anne is a primary teacher by trade but has always specialised in music, studying in Winchester alongside World Music students. She has primarily been a class teacher in KS2 but more recently in KS1 and also regular cover work in FS. She now describes herself as a “complete convert to the work of Early Years”. She has recently started working for Kingston Music Service as an Early Years teacher. Anne is technically a pianist and flautist but loves to sing and play guitars and ukuleles. 

“I am delighted to have been awarded an apprenticeship with LEYMN. I am looking forward to immersing myself in all things EY – it has been a very long time since I have had the opportunity to “study” and I am really excited about it.”

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Ben Griffiths

Ben has had a varied career in music, both as a flautist and teacher.  He grew up in Stockport and began learning the violin with the local music service, before taking up the flute at secondary school.  He was lucky enough to go to schools where singing and musical performances were part of everyday school life, as well as being a member of the local youth orchestra and wind band.  He went on to study as an undergraduate in London, and as a Post Graduate in Manchester.

As a performer he has toured Europe and North America playing for opera companies, orchestras, and chamber ensembles; as well as recording sessions for film, TV and adverts.  

Having previously worked for music services and hubs, teaching woodwind and whole class instrument lessons, he now runs the music at a large South London primary school.  This has sparked an interest in early years and how music – especially singing – can help child development.

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Renee Kennedy

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