Specialist Leaders in Education


Clare HillCHI

SLE Specialism: Secondary Mathematics

School and Role: Director of Maths at Twynham School, Christchurch. She has worked in secondary education since 1998 as a Subject Leader in schools judged as outstanding, in both London and Dorset.
 
Areas of expertise:

  • Subject Leadership
  • Improving progress at Key Stage 5
  • Data management and progress from KS2 to KS4 - particularly with C/D borderline students
  • Use of Lesson Study as an integral part of departmental CPD
  • Developing teaching for conceptual understanding in mathematics.

Recent Examples of work with other schools:

  • Supporting new faculty leaders in creating a successful department
  • Developing understanding of multiplicative reasoning with primary school colleagues
  • Leading a Lesson Study project with primary school colleagues
  • Developing use of concrete materials (Numicon and Cuisenaire) in Key Stages 2 and 3
  • Supporting first teaching of A Level Mathematics in a new Sixth Form

DenDavid Ennion

SLE Specialism: Closing the Gap

School and Role: Head of Pupil Premium and Intervention at Twynham School, and teacher of Business and Economics.

Areas of expertise:

  • Reviewing whole school approaches to closing the gap for disadvantaged students
  • Using data effectively to understand Pupil Premium performance
  • Planning intervention strategies aimed at closing the gap and monitoring their impact.
  • Tracking and improving progress and attainment for disadvantaged students at KS4
  • Planning and delivering CPD for teachers and teaching assistants about disadvantaged students.
  • Reporting on closing the gap to parents and governors.
  • Raising the profile of disadvantaged students within a school.

Recent examples of work with other schools:

  • Conducted a joint Pupil Premium Review of a Middle School deemed 'requiring improvement' by OFSTED to look at how effective their Pupil Premium strategy is and what improvements could still be made.
  • Tracking Pupil Premium expenditure and analysing the impact based on GCSE performance.
  • Working alongside Senior Leadership to track the progress of disadvantaged students and then planning interventions to close the gap in attainment.

DJADiana James

SLE Specialism: Literacy, Special Educational Needs and Assessment

School and Role: Twynham School literacy co-ordinator, specialist literacy teacher, assessor, SSAT Lead Practitioner

Areas of Expertise:

  • Raising attainment and standards in literacy across the curriculum, including introduction of literacy conventions
  • Whole school assessment procedures and targeted intervention
  • Implementation of Reading Plus programme, key word Spelling Bee challenge and Word of the Week competitions
  • Training of staff to support development of literacy
  • Collaboration with English subject teachers to specifically target literacy
  • Identification of SEN students
  • Creation of schemes of work and resources to support SEN students
  • Training of staff to support SEN students
  • Progress tracking with targeted intervention
  • Creation of designated literacy specialists to work with individual year groups at KS3
  • Identification and intervention of support for students with weak working memory

Recent examples of work with other schools:

  • Training and support of literacy teacher at federation school
  • Sharing of resources with federation school
  • Support of staff undertaking assessment qualifications
  • Inset training for local schools
  • Collaboration with local PhD student to trial Lumosity to boost working memory
  • Regular visits from local schools to observe teaching and to discuss intervention

KBAKate Ball

SLE Specialism: Teaching and Learning
 
School and Role: Developing whole school approaches to teaching and learning at Twynham School, with a focus on pedagogy and student learning. Kate leads Lesson Study as a vehicle for school-based research. She is a Science and A Level Biology teacher.
 
Areas of Expertise:
  • Planning and delivering CPD
  • Evaluation of teaching and learning
  • Lesson Study
  • Leading Teaching and Learning dialogue group
  • Effective marking and feedback
  • Effective questioning
  • Positive climate for learning
  • Effective differentiation
  • Team teaching / planning
  • Coaching and mentoring teachers ( 1:1 support)
  • Lesson observations
  • Supporting trainee teachers
Recent examples of work with other schools:
  • Collaborative work with senior/middle leadership to plan CPD opportunities at partner school.
  • Supported leadership in raising attainment at KS5 Biology.
  • Supported mentoring/coaching of trainee teachers in 11 different training schools.
  • Planning and supporting training program for newly appointed SLEs
  • Planning and supporting training program for NQTs

LLOLaura Lombard

SLE Specialism:Primary Mathematics

School and Role: Deputy Headteacher at St Andrew’s CEVA Primary School

Areas of Expertise:

  • Developing whole school approaches for the teaching and learning of maths
  • Implementing policies in line with National Curriculum expectations
  • Coaching staff on the planning and assessment of primary maths
  • Tracking and improving progress and attainment in maths at KS1 and KS2
  • Planning and delivering CPD for teachers and teaching assistants
  • Monitoring and evaluating teaching and learning
  • Managing change
  • Implementing and reviewing effective feedback
  • Supporting and developing skills of effective differentiation and maximising progress, both within individual lessons and across units of work
  • Coaching and mentoring teachers (1:1 support)

Recent examples of work with other schools:

  • Working alongside senior/middle leadership to review data and implement improvements
  • Working alongside middle leadership to monitor and evaluate practice within their own setting
  • Mentoring a middle leader to develop their professional skills using a personalised work plan
  • Training leaders on planning and assessment for the new National Curriculum expectations

J ShaleJoanna Shale

SLE Specialism: KS1 English

Role: Assistant Headteacher, English Subject Leader, Year Two Class Teacher.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Teaching across key stage to ensure achievement is high in the core subjects
  • Use of Talk for Writing to improve writing outcomes for children
  • Evaluating school processes and approaches to identify strengths and areas to develop to improve outcomes for children
  • Developing effective, creative and consistent whole school strategies to deliver the National Curriculum and all staff have clarity of purpose
  • Developing effective assessment processes to ensure accuracy and consistency against National Curriculum expectations including moderation practices so clarity in what good progress looks like is achieved
  • Identifying and developing opportunities for teachers and teaching assistants to undertake appropriate areas of responsibility to drive improvements in practice and provision.
  • Coaching and/or mentoring individual members of staff to build confidence and expertise to perform roles effectively leading to professional growth
  • Working with subject leaders to develop an Action Plan for literacy, design effective monitoring processes/procedures and develop role to help raise standards
  • Developing short and medium term plans that ensure curriculum coverage and facilitate delivery of lessons and units of work to children at all levels supporting them to make good progress
  • Facilitating opportunities to share examples of best practice leading to improvements in practice
  • Developing systems based on lesson study, coaching & collaborative enquiry as a tool for continuous CPD

Recent examples of work with other schools:

  • Training leaders and teachers on KS1 assessment to ensure clarity of purpose and consistency
  • Leading cluster moderation activities to gain consistency in judgements at a local level
  • Leading developments in assessment within our cluster of schools to ensure effective, efficient and consistent practice
  • Moderation for the Local Authority
  • Inviting teachers and leaders from other schools to observe and discuss new approaches to teaching and learning
  • Working with ITT provider to develop talk for learning programme
  • Collaborating on a cross key stage research project to develop the teaching of fractions

 L IrwinLiz Irwin

SLE Specialism: Key Stage One, Early Years Assessment

School and Role: Somerford Primary School - Deputy Headteacher, Early Years Lead, Assessment Lead

Areas of Expertise:

  • Monitoring and evaluating teaching and learning across Early Years and Key Stage One.
  • Developing effective approaches for the teaching and learning of English and Maths in Key Stage One.
  • Developing the Early Years Setting to raise outcomes for all learners, irrespective of ability.
  • Supporting and developing skills of effective lesson organisation to maximise progress, both within individual lessons and across units of work.
  • Coaching staff on planning and assessment in both Early Years and Key Stage One.
  • Strategic analysis of data, including RAISE.
  • Planning and delivering CPD for teachers and teaching assistants.
  • Coaching and mentoring staff, including Newly Qualified Teachers.

Recent examples of work with other schools:

  • Working alongside middle leadership to monitor and evaluate practice within their own setting.
  • Participating in joint learning reviews with middle leadership and conducting joint lesson observations.
  • Supporting middle leaders in understanding and using data
  • Creating action plans with middle leaders to raise attainment and standards.
  • Creating bespoke training for teachers and teaching assistants to raise standards in English and Key Stage One.

Georgina Bidde

SLE Specialism: Primary English

School and Role: English Leader at Christchurch Junior and previously in a Hampshire junior school. Teaching primary for over 10 years; working in Year 6 for the last 6 years.

Areas of expertise:

  • Subject Leadership
  •  Action planning
  • Whole class reading
  • Engagement and enjoyment with English – developing teachers’ planning.
  • Effective marking and feedback
  • Coaching and mentoring teachers

Recent examples of work with other schools:

New to the SLE role 2017

  • Collaborative work with Year 6 colleagues across Christchurch schools.  
  • Collaborative teaching and planning.
  • Supported modelled writing with colleagues in school.
  • Delivering training to English leaders at Dorset LA subject leaders’ forum