Having worked in special education for 8 years, I moved to Oakdale Junior School as the Access and Inclusion manager in 2015. I have recently undertaken the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordinator and completed my action research project on the impact of learning difficulties on pupil mental health and emotional well-being. I began working in special education in 2007, with a focus on pupils who had complex social, emotional and mental health needs. I spent 4 years as a senior leader supporting our school through academisation and moving into a large multi academy trust. During this time, I became a facilitator for the OLEVI teacher development programmes; the Outstanding and Improving Teacher Programmes. I have mentored staff as part of ITT and the NQT programme and have coached staff and worked with middle leaders to build capacity. As a member of the Behaviour Support Service, I worked across schools in Bournemouth advising on whole school behaviour policies, as well as supporting individual staff and pupils. I have recently completed the Mental Health First Aid course and am a designated MHFA lead, supporting schools across Poole to develop and embed good practice supporting pupil mental health and well-being.
Since joining the teaching profession I have had the privilege to work across the entire primary phase developing my specialism in English. I have worked at Talbot as English leader for the past two years. Before working in Poole I enjoyed ten years in a Weymouth school leading ICT and running in-house phonics training. After completing certified training in “SoundsWrite”, I have lead whole school training on phonics and reading: improving the quality of provision, especially across Key Stage Two, resulting in raised attainment for pupils. I have also been deployed as a Key Stage Two moderator for writing across Bournemouth and Poole. As co-chairperson for the English Leaders Network I currently respond to the developing needs of English leaders across Poole, facilitating the collaboration of best practices and new initiatives. Alongside other members of the network we developed a consistent approach to assessment of English in light of the changes to the National Curriculum and assessment without levels. Through this role as co-chair, I have also presented to secondary colleagues and head teachers about the raised expectations of the new curriculum and our work as an English network.
Area of Expertise: I am currently a senior leader focusing on whole school outcomes and supporting the journey of the schools vision. My particular area of focus is assessment, I ensure rigour and robust systems and procedures are followed to ensure accurate outcomes of data. I am accountable for all moderation events, both internal and external and I am developing the teams understanding of analysing data effectively for purposeful and outstanding results in classrooms. I have trained middle leaders to develop their own capacity to quality assure their year/subject teams.
I have previously worked as a Head of Year, in this role I was accountable for year group data, closing the gap and ensuring expectations and standards were consistently high. I supported NQT’s, PGCE students and HLTA’s to teach and progress a challenging and diverse cohort.
Details of CPD I have delivered: LSA training – understand school assessment, purposeful practice and engaging as a team Whole school data app – understanding inputting accurate data Quality Assurance training – Middle Leaders, teaching staff and governors Effectiveness of marking and feedback Moderation – Internal and external Impact of purposeful comprehension at KS2 Understanding whole school assessment (governors and staff)
· Teaching and learning
· Disadvantaged pupils and the Pupil Premium
· Accredited Pupil Premium Reviewer
I have been involved in school to school support for the last 11 years, beginning with a role in Lambeth which focussed on raising standards in a partner school across Key stage 1 and 2 in Literacy. Since moving to Poole I have worked as a senior leader in a junior school and as a Deputy Headteacher of an infant school, taking on a variety of roles including assessment and subject leadership, being a mentor for subject and middle leaders and raising standards. I have also taken on a seconded role, with a focus on developing leadership capacity and raising standards in a local primary. I have a wide range of experience driving assessment (and assessment for learning strategies) across different school settings and working with teachers to improve teaching and learning. Throughout my career, I have worked to mentor, develop and performance manage school staff from teaching assistants to senior leaders.
More recently, I have worked with the Borough of Poole as the Lead Practitioner for Vulnerable Pupils, focussing on helping schools, Pupil Premium leads and Governors to improve outcomes for disadvantaged leaners across KS1-K4. I have led Pupil Premium Reviews and am an accredited NCTL reviewer. I now work for the Harbourside Learning Partnership as the Lead Practitioner for Assessment and Achievement.
Recent examples of work and experience
· Lead practitioner for vulnerable pupils for the Borough of Poole, leading the Pupil Premium Best Practice Networks for Primary / Secondary Schools and Governors
· Seconded role to develop leadership capacity and improve teaching and learning
· 11 years experience as a Literacy leader
· 9 years as a senior leader
Within my current role, my main areas of specialism include Assessment, Teaching & Learning, and Induction & Development work for the Poole Teaching School Alliance. I am passionate about developing NQTs and supporting their mentors to develop the skills which enable them to thrive during their early years of teaching. I facilitate development programmes for both NQT and mentor programmes, in addition to validating assessments and quality assuring the induction process in surrounding schools. I am also an OLEVI trained facilitator, leading highly effective programmes for improving and outstanding teachers. Hence, I am experienced in developing highly effective teaching and learning approaches and a skilled coach and mentor who has helped failing teachers at different stages of their training and early career make improvements to their practice.
Over the last seven years, I have taught in both Key Stage 1 and 2 and been an Assistant Head Teacher for the last three years at Broadstone First School. I have extremely high expectations and my role involves leading middle leaders and teachers to enable them to implement and develop innovative and new pedagogy, and effective assessment strategies. This is reflected in our positive, high results at Broadstone and innovative approach to topic based learning.
I strongly believe creativity and resilience should be at the heart of what we do in education. Outstanding teaching should encourage all children to think beyond the obvious, to embrace challenge and guide them to adopt a reflective approach. Children should learn how to learn, through active, dynamic and purposeful experiences.
I am the Assistant Headteacher for KS1, Assessment & Moderation leader, Creative Curriculum subject leader & Class teacher at Heatherlands Primary School.
I have taught in a range of settings throughout my 21 years of teaching and during my 9 years at Heatherlands I have developed a curriculum which inspires and engages learners whilst developing key skills and knowledge in a creative way. In collaboration with the core and foundation subject leaders I have been able to produce a primary creative curriculum (with an underpinning ICT focus) which challenges learners and provides them with the resources they will need as lifelong learners. I regularly organise curriculum days to promote specific areas of the curriculum and enable all staff to develop their skills whilst challenging them to try something new with support. This year I am planning to ‘rehash’ my Grinch hook assembly for our staff Christmas extravaganza and engage the children in preparation for Christmas.
I have produced presentations which I have delivered to local leaders promoting and discussing the creative curriculum and the new National Curriculum and was also involved in the development and delivery of the PTSA new National curriculum conference. I went on to be deployed to 4 schools within the borough, working with staff on the computing curriculum, the use of the outdoor environment and assessment, marking and feedback.
I enjoy working for Poole Teaching School Alliance where I am a qualified OLEVI facilitator, leading programmes for improving and outstanding teachers. Other roles include facilitating training for those on the School Direct Programme and NQT courses. As cochair of the Primary Maths Leaders Network, we are currently responding to the needs of schools across the Local Authority, working on key priorities and developing leadership capacity within Poole. With nine years of teaching experience, I have been Deputy Principal since 2013. My roles in school have covered a range of areas and responsibilities including assessment, subject leadership and self-evaluation, teaching and learning. As a qualified Maths Specialist Teacher (MaST) I have led Maths across the school for a number of years and been part of the LA Moderation team. My role as staff governor enables me to view school practice from a variety of perspectives. My passion for teaching and learning is rooted in EYFS practice where independent and creative minds are developed. As an experienced EYFS leader I have developed the practice of middle leaders, EYFS trainee teachers and NQTs. I have been a member of the leadership team during our transition to being the first academy in Poole and our expanding pupil admission number.
Offering future life chances to the most disengaged learners and enhancing community perception of aspiration to foster positive opportunities within education has been the passion that has sculpted my career to date. I have a no blame/no excuse mindset in the journey of supporting schools in the most demanding of situations. I have worked within leadership capacities on the journey through ‘special measures’ to ‘good’ not only in mainstream schools but in specialist BSED, experiencing both the federation & academisation process. I am currently working as, a Deputy Head of School. I can provide support in helping to build a school’s capacity to enhance progress and attainment through developing behaviour strategies and approaches. In addition to this I have recently completed the Mental Health First Aid course and am a designated MHFA lead, supporting schools across Poole to develop & embed good practice supporting pupil mental health & wellbeing.
I am currently the Early Years Leader and a member of the Senior Leadership Team at Heatherlands Primary School in Poole and facilitate training for School Direct specialising in EYFS practice. During my 18 years of professional experience in education I have been an established leading teacher in Numeracy, Literacy and Early Years. Through this role I have been able to share my good classroom practice through modelling, mentoring and facilitating other teachers in the development of their own practice and provision. I have gained considerable experience at Senior Leadership level that has included roles as Head of Early Years in a Garrison school in Germany, Key Stage One/EYFS Leader and Acting Deputy Headship position in Wiltshire. As an established Early Years leading teacher in Wiltshire, I then became an Early Years Advisor with Wiltshire Local Education Authority. My role concentrated on raising standards and ensuring measurable outcomes for all children throughout Wiltshire. Within this role I had a specific focus in developing Moderation, designing and delivering training and supporting and mentoring teachers. I have lead the implementation of the key principles and high quality practices of the EYFS within schools requiring improvements as well as Pre-Schools and Maintained Nurseries.
I am Deputy Head teacher at Heatherlands Primary school where I lead on behaviour and discipline across the school. I have been teaching since 1996 in schools in South Wales, Bournemouth and Poole and have been a Deputy Head since 2002 having previously held posts in both senior and middle leaderships. I have had the opportunity to work in very diverse and challenging settings which has strengthened my opportunities to gain a deeper understanding of pedagogy, cognition and how young people think and behave. The key focus for my work has been on developing, monitoring and evaluating rewards and sanctions to support the foundations for effective behaviour management in schools, by providing systems to reduce internal exclusions. My work has also centred on developing the conditions for learning with children encouraged to take responsibility for their actions through choice and personal reflection. This has been designed to keep children in classrooms learning. An additional key part of my behaviour approach has centred around parental engagement and effective communication to ensure any home school partnerships are robust enough to support the resolution of conflict in order to reduce school barriers to behaviour.
I am an SLE with specialism for Special Educational Needs. I started my teaching career in mainstream working in both Key Stage One and Two where I was a keen advocate for inclusive practice. My special interest in SEND developed from here and I soon moved my career into teaching in a special school. Alongside my class teacher role, I began to develop links between special and mainstream schools so that the pupils had the mutual benefit of working, socialising and communicating with each other. I have worked with colleagues to establish the Montacute Outreach team and lead this to excellence, enabling me to coach SENCos and teaching staff to support youngsters with SEND in mainstream school effectively. I also have much experience of working with secondary pupils with SEND in a variety of mainstream settings. My absolute aim is to focus on positive outcomes for these pupils which sometimes requires leadership teams to be open to altering provision, curriculum access and career pathways in ways which do not disadvantage the many whilst having a huge positive impact on pupils with SEND. I deliver training on a wide range of SEND topics including assessment, differentiation, autism, visual support, emotional literacy and social skills. I am also a member of the Senior Leadership team at Montacute school with responsibilities for leading Equality, AGT, Inclusion, and middle leaders. I am currently leading an Inclusion Network supporting SENCos and school leaders to share practice and develop provision for pupils with SEN. I have recently completed the Mental Health First Aid course and use Relevant experience these practices throughout my work.
During fifteen years in education, within Bournemouth and Poole, I have gained experience in diverse areas, including developing effective models of leadership within schools, appraisal, behaviour and most importantly improving standards of teaching and learning. I have played an integral part in taking two separate schools from requiring improvement to good, in challenging circumstances. Over the last four years at Talbot Primary I have led the creation of the school’s vision, aims and purpose, re-structuring the deployment of Teaching Assistants to maximise impact on pupil learning; behaviour management strategies and a new creative curriculum. I have developed two key strengths; coaching and mentoring and improving the quality of teaching and learning. This has enabled me to support colleagues to reflect on and improve their teaching and their leadership; I have worked with trainees, NQTS, experienced teachers, middle leaders and senior leaders. I am leading Teaching and Learning across the school and am developing the use of educational research to improve practice. Increasingly I have been able to assist colleagues across Poole, for example through the facilitation of school improvement workshops with Head teachers and their senior leaders. Most recently, I have been the lead for the ‘Achievement for All’ program, helping the school to receive the Quality Mark award, in recognition of work undertaken to improve outcomes for vulnerable children. Colleagues from other schools in Dorset have visited to discuss our achievements in this area.
As an experienced teacher with extensive knowledge of assessment in Key Stage One, I have supported colleagues with moderation, both within school and across the boroughs of Poole and Bournemouth. I have delivered professional development focused on how children learn, leading colleagues to reflect on and improve their pedagogy. Utilising data in order to identify trends, gaps and assess children’s progress over time has become a key strength. Recently I have tracked pupil progress from Early Years to Year Six to provide diagnostic support for the Head Teacher. In over eight years of teaching in Poole, Dorset and Wiltshire, I have gained a comprehensive knowledge of the English Curriculum across Key Stage One, particularly the more demanding elements within grammar and punctuation and I have worked with the Local Authority to support moderation. I have a thorough understanding of the journey that children undertake across Key Stage One, including the End of Key Stage One outcomes and SATs, and where the children need to be in order to make a smooth transition into Key Stage Two.
As an experienced and skilled subject leader for PSHEC and RE I was involved in writing schemes of work for PSHEC (Jigsaw) and RE (Discovery). These schemes are now being used widely across the Borough of Poole and beyond. I also undertook the HE3 PSHEC qualification which means I have an excellent understanding of how to lead PSHEC and the positive impact that this subject can have on the wellbeing and behaviour of children. I have supported subject leaders from other schools with the leadership of these subjects which involved policy writing as well as lesson and event planning. Previously, our school improvement plan was led through development teams with a cross section of the school community. I was responsible for leading the Teaching and Learning Development team. As well as this, I was the NQT mentor for many years. I took responsibility for introducing the Rights Respecting Program to my own school which led to significant improvements in children’s self-esteem and wellbeing. This had a positive impact on behaviour and there is evidence that individuals’ confidence developed across the school. I have also had very positive feedback from leaders in other schools I have supported to achieve Rights Respecting status, all of which saw significant improvements in behaviour and attitudes since adopting a Rights Respecting approach. The positive impact I made was exemplified by our RRS beacon school status, my invitation to lead RRS across Poole as well as become a UNICEF partner involving the delivery of training, supporting and assessing other schools. My successful completion of fast track means that I am well equipped in these roles.
I am an experienced practitioner with a proven track record of success at the end of Key Stage One and Two. I have had seven years of Headship Team experience in two schools. My current role of Deputy Head Teacher at Bishop Aldhelm’s C.E. V.A. Primary School, alongside a secondment to a neighbouring Primary School as Associate Deputy Head Teacher, has provided me with invaluable knowledge and expertise in both departmental and whole school leadership. I am able to demonstrate impact in implementing and developing systems and procedures that are now fully embedded in schools. I strive hard to promote the aims of schools through the implementation of the policies of their Governing Bodies’. I pride myself in my visibility round the schools that I work in and I am very much involved in the day to day running of the school – working in partnership with all stakeholders to develop a rich and creative curriculum which meets the learning needs of all the children.
Over the past 4 years I have worked with a variety of different schools (both in Poole and in neighbouring authorities) on a range of projects developed to enrich the delivery of the National Curriculum. In 2013 I worked with a selection of Head teachers and Senior Leaders on the Isle of Wight, on ways to make the Curriculum more ‘hands on’, creative and skill based for the children – ultimately improving standards across the board. These lecture and workshop based sessions were met with great feedback. In addition to this, I have also worked with several teachers on improving their own practice. I provide both ‘parrot on the shoulder’ and team teach approaches to enable colleagues to build confidence and be the very best that they can – ultimately having a positive impact on children’s learning. Having successfully led Early Years for 5 years, I still enjoy supporting schools in this area. I continue to be an EYFS moderator for the Local Authority and have recently been observed in this role by the Standards and Testing Agency. I have supported a number of local schools on a variety of different areas that link to the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, some of these projects have included: