Merton Special Teaching Association

Fran Baxter

Assistant Headteacher, Poplar Primary School

Specialist Leader of Education: 

Fran has 27 years of teaching experience across the primary age range. She has been Assistant Headteacher at Poplar Primary School since 2010, with specific responsibility for overseeing KS1 and EYFS. She also works within the Inclusion Team as the Pupil Premium Lead.

Fran is a trained facilitator for the Olevii ITP (Improving Teacher Programme) and has delivered this programme many times over the past 8 years for teachers in Merton and the surrounding boroughs. She has also trained as a facilitator for ‘Creating Tomorrow, Change’ and has worked with colleagues at Poplar, and other schools, to implement sustainable change at work. These projects have included: developing the use of teaching assistants, developing the school computing infrastructure/curriculum and implementing the mastery approach to mathematics.

Fran has delivered whole school INSET on many aspects of teaching and learning, curriculum development and school development and has more recently focused on working with parents to enable them to support their children with their learning. She has written and devised a ‘Maths Family Learning Programme’ – a series of workshops where parents come in and participate in maths lessons with their children and receive guidance on curriculum content and pedagogy.

Fran has devised and delivered the NQT+ programme with 2 other colleagues. This is currently being offered to teachers in Merton and neighbouring boroughs.


 Any questions please email or phone 02086489737 (Upper School option)