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About the Authors

Deborah Setters is the Special Needs Co-ordinator at Vauvert Primary School in Guernsey. She has 27 years of experience of primary school teaching and working with children with additional needs. She is an accredited Reading Recovery teacher, and is passionate about teaching children to read in order to open up their life opportunities. Recently, Deborah gained the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders (NPQSL) with her chosen focus being the implementation of a Growth Mindset across the school. Deborah is the lead teacher for Inclusion and Equality in her school and this compassion for social inclusion follows through in her life out of school. Deborah volunteers for the local Women’s Refuge, is an Independent Custody Visitor and leads a team of Street Pastors.

Tim Walters is headteacher of Vauvert Primary School in Guernsey. He has 25 years experience of leading and managing in and with schools. After his first headship he worked for Somerset Education Authority as a Lead School Development Adviser, leading on new headteacher training, curriculum development and latterly developing successful bespoke programmes for schools in challenging circumstances. Vauvert Primary School is his third headship. He is an appointed dinghy sailing Coach / Assessor for the Royal Yachting Association, and can be seen most weekends volunteering at his local sailing club, or enjoying the beautiful outdoors of Guernsey.

Deborah and Tim, along with Vauvert Primary School staff, were featured in a film documenting the successful development of a Growth Mindset in Guernsey. 

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