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Joanne Woodward

Head of Early Years


  • Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Mathematics, Westminster College, Oxford, UK
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Management, Oxford Brookes University, UK

Relevant Experience

Joanne graduated from Westminster College Oxford in 1991 and took up her first teaching post as a Class Teacher and Maths Co-ordinator at a combined school in Buckinghamshire. During her time there she was one of the first teachers in the county to be awarded Advanced Skills Teacher status.

In 2001 Joanne was appointed as a County Numeracy Consultant and spent three years working in schools across Buckinghamshire to raise standards in mathematics through teacher training sessions and classroom observations and paired teaching. As part of her role she worked with the National Numeracy Strategy to write plans for teachers to use to teach maths in Reception to Year 6. She was also one of a small group of authors who wrote a maths scheme for Cambridge University Press.

In 2004 Joanne and her husband Andrew moved to China and Joanne joined Dulwich College Shanghai as it opened its doors, initially as a Year 2 Teacher. After one year Joanne became Head of DUCKS and has been instrumental in building it into one of the leading Early Years programmes in China. Joanne oversaw the implementation of the dual language approach in English and Chinese at Dulwich College Shanghai, and brought her considerable experience of this approach to Singapore in August 2014.

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