Alliance SLEs

Specialist leaders of education (SLEs) are outstanding middle and senior leaders who have the skills to support individuals or teams in similar positions in other schools. They understand what outstanding leadership practice in their area of expertise looks like and are skilled in helping other leaders to achieve it in their own context.

The objective of the Jurassic Coast Teaching Schools Alliance is to identify potential SLEs and prepare them for designation together with training and deploying SLEs to offer a comprehensive package of leadership support.

The Alliance are pleased to confirm that it has 26 trained SLEs (three Primary and 23 Secondary). Please see their specialisms below:

Primary

Kate Batorska
Current school and post held:  Deputy Head and SENCO, St Mary’s Primary School, Bridport

Areas in which you would be willing to consider offering school to school support:
SEND – any aspect of this role –  including intervention planning and evaluation, applying for EHCP’s, behaviour support, provision mapping and setting outcomes, supporting colleagues, providing interventions for SEMH and pupil premium.
Leadership of Curriculum and pupil achievement Maths
Leadership of CPD:
– developing metacognitive approaches in teaching
– Using professional learning conversations as an alternative form of classroom observation that supports staff to reflect on children’s learning.
– Using lesson study

Nikola Croft
Current school and post held:  Littletown Primary Academy, Reception Class Teacher

Areas in which you would be willing to consider offering school to school support:
Supporting NQT’s and new teachers in the Foundation Stage.
– Making accurate and effective assessments to inform planning.
– Using Tapestry as an online Learning Journey and assessment tool.
– Moderating against the Foundation Stage descriptors.
– Using data to inform next steps for children.
– Upleveling Continuous Provision to ensure quality learning through play.

Jane Delany
Current school and post held: Bridport Primary School, Deputy Headteacher

Areas in which you would be willing to consider offering school to school support:
Assessment – formative and summative, tracking, gap analysis, responding to gap analysis, using pupil feedback and marking to improve ongoing assessment, getting results
Using School Pupil Tracker to deliver what you want (SPTO)
Action Planning – what do you know? What do you not know? What do you need to know? What are the priorities? What are the next steps? How will you know when you have the right information? What are you going to do? When? How? With whom? How often?
Data analysis – spotting patterns, responding to need, prioritising, effective action planning, monitoring and responding to change, getting results
Test frameworks, assessing expected standards and understanding depth of learning
Building capacity – students, teachers, team members

Secondary

Pete Alborough
Current school and post held: Gillingham School – Head of MFL

Areas in which you would be willing to consider offering school to school support:
• Using data to identify underperforming groups and developing effective intervention to narrow the gap
• Support with SoW writing
• Support with new GCSE and A Level exam syllabuses
• Effective marking and feedback
• NQT support/individual teacher support

Melissa Bourne
Current school and post held: KS3 Science Co-ordinator, Teacher in charge of KS5 Biology, The King’s School

Areas in which you would be willing to consider offering school to school support:
• Supporting the teaching of NQTs and other teachers
• Differentiation and working with SEN students in Science
• Classroom management techniques
• Ensuring students make rapid progress in lessons
• Developing working memory using activities that are implicit or explicit in lessons to increase attainment
• Action Research support
• Learning Walks and Lesson Obs looking for progress
• Tutor activities to develop well being and resilience

Deborah Capon
Current school and post held: The King’s School, Ottery T Mary, Lead in Food and Catering studies

Areas in which you would be willing to consider offering school to school support:
• Food
• Textiles
• Technology

Felicity Challis
Current school and post held: Joint Head of History, Holyrood Academy, Chard

Areas in which you would be willing to consider offering school to school support:
• Supporting the development of schemes of work, primarily in History.
• Building in effective revision resources.
• Long-term planning with differentiation.
• Devising assessments to challenge all students.
• Developing teaching and learning across a department, supporting NQTs, non-specialist teachers, teaching assistants and experienced teaching staff.
• Using data to identify underperforming groups and developing effective intervention to narrow the gap, primarily in History.
• Developing enrichment opportunities for students and staff.
• Effective teaching and learning at A Level.

Shelley Coombs
Current school and post held: Shaftesbury School.  Assistant Headteacher (Professional Learning)

Areas in which you would be willing to consider offering school to school support:
• Supporting NQTs and less confident  teachers
• Supporting with developing schemes of work
• Developing AfL across the curriculum
• KS3 assessment models

Matt Doble
Current school and post held: Head of Digital Learning

Areas in which you would be willing to consider offering school to school support:
Over the last three years I have specialised in the leadership of Computer Science at a department level, as well as the use of e-learning as a teaching and learning tool to improve attainment across the school. Areas of support might include:
• The transition from ICT to Computer Science
• Developing a KS3 Computer Science curriculum for all
• The new 1-9 GCSE/A-Level in Computer Science
• Leading E-Learning across the curriculum
• Embedding a BYOD Culture

Jo Elliott
Current school and post held: The King’s School, Ottery St Mary. Head of PSHE and Character Education Lead.

Areas in which you would be willing to consider offering school to school support:
• Supporting personnel in charge of PSHE to develop a meaningful and worthwhile curriculum to suit their school and community.
• Supporting staff to construct an age appropriate Sex and Relationships Education programme which reflects the lives of young people living in 21st Century
• Exploring how to teach challenging and controversial subject matter for non-specialists delivering topics such as alcohol and drugs.
• Support to develop ideas with Character Education and how to integrate whole school topics such as resilience, leadership and community
• How to implement a whole school approach to emotional health and well being and developing a leadership programme and school council which looks at physical and mental health.

Susana Fernandez-Gomez
Current school and post held: Shaftesbury School – Head of MFL

Areas in which you would be willing to consider offering school to school support:
Supporting subject leaders in MFL to identify departmental priorities and plan strategic actions in order to improve areas for development. For example, this might include:
•  Developing teaching and learning
•  Showing progress in lessons and making it evident in written work
•  Supporting staff to develop as successful and key people in the department
•  Supporting with developing schemes of work, marking schemes and progress charts
•  Using data to identify underperforming students and developing effective intervention at all levels

Naomi Gribler
Current school and post held: Axe valley Community College Head of English and PP Lead

Areas in which you would be willing to consider offering school to school support:
• Supporting English HOD in all aspects of leading the department
• Supporting schools implementation and allocation of PP budgets
• Supporting PP :whole school Literacy focus, T&L and Enhanced Feedback
• Teaching and Learning focus for any colleague(s)
• Subject leader support with observations, delivering difficult decisions, department review, teaching and learning advice and curriculum management

Rebecca Higginson
Current school and post held: The King’s School, KS4 Science Coordinator, Year 9 Options Coordinator

Areas in which you would be willing to consider offering school to school support:
Supporting subject leaders in Science and senior leaders to identify priorities and plan strategic actions to address them. For example, this might include:
• Developing teaching for mastery e.g. differentiation and active learning
• Supporting NQTs, less confident and non-specialist teachers of Science (particularly Biology)
• Supporting with developing schemes of work at KS3 and for new specifications at KS4
• Supporting with developing forms of assessment (both summative and formative) and tracking student progress
• Using data to identify underperforming groups and developing effective intervention strategies to narrow the gap
• Conducting lesson observations and giving developmental feedback

Ben Hillier
Current school and post held: Shaftesbury School – Assistant Headteacher (Curriculum standards)

Areas in which you would be willing to consider offering school to school support:
• Raising attainment
• Use of data within a department
• Supporting HODS who are new in role
• Science specific interventions
• Department reviews to bring about raising standards

Chris Humphreys
Current school and post held: Shaftesbury Academy Trust – Assistant Headteacher

Areas in which you would be willing to consider offering school to school support:
• Pastoral Support
• Behaviour and Attendance
• Post 16 – Curriculum, systems and Funding
• Teaching and Learning

Sharron Hutchings
Current school and post held: The Woodroffe School, Head of Year

Areas in which you would be willing to consider offering school to school support:
• Head of Year support / mentoring for colleagues new to the post
• Changing role of the Head of Year.
• Help Head of Year prioritise – collaborative work to help set new & innovative working practice

Joanne James
Current school and post held: Head of History at Holyrood Academy (shared role)

Areas in which you would be willing to consider offering school to school support:
• General History curriculum planning and resourcing
• KS3 curriculum planning to maximise student performance at GCSE
• Planning for knowledge retention and recall
• Marking and feedback (efficient for teachers, effective for students)

Angela Lucas
Current school and post held: Head of English, Sidmouth College

Previously Associate Principal with responsibility for CPD & particularly developing a course to support aspiring middle leaders. This year developing a course of sessions to support outstanding practice.

Areas in which you would be willing to consider offering school to school support:
• English
• NQT support
• Quality assurance – lesson observations, learning walks, marking scrutiny (quality marking & feedback), student voice
• CPD planning & provision – including training for middle leaders & outstanding practice

Lee Philips
Current school and post held: Sturminster Newton High School – Head of Computer Science

Areas in which you would be willing to consider offering school to school support:
Offering school to school support in the design, implementation and evaluation of an up to date and relevant computing curriculum. This involves strategic planning at KS3 – KS5 that involves multiple pathways for A Level, GCSE and more vocational options.
I also can support the use of technology in education that includes…
• The use of technology across curriculum areas (blogging for English assessment etc.).
• The safe use of technology by both staff and students.
• Management, positive and safe use of Social Media.

Tim Ovenden
Current school and post held: Deputy Head Teaching & Learning, The Gryphon School

Areas in which you would be willing to consider offering school to school support:
• Assessment for learning
• Leadership of continuing professional development (CPD)
• Initial teacher training (ITT) and newly qualified teacher (NQT) development
• Middle Leadership
• Preparation for senior leadership

Viv Oldfield
Current school and post held: Clyst Vale Community College – Head of English

Areas in which you would be willing to consider offering school to school support:
• Marking strategies to ease teacher workload and focus learning (including integrating DIRT activities into formative and summative assessments).
• Strategies to support struggling colleagues.
• Preparing departmental data for Ofsted.
• Data tracking of key groups to inform appropriate interventions.
• Book scrutiny (departmental and whole school) and feedback post scrutiny/ implementing improvement.

Richard Perring
Current school and post held: South Dartmoor Community College

Areas in which you would be willing to consider offering school to school support:
Supporting subject leaders in maths and senior leaders to identify priorities and plan strategic actions to address them. For example, this might include
•  Developing teaching for mastery
•  Supporting NQTs, less confident and non-specialist teachers
•  Supporting with developing schemes of work
•  Using data to identify underperforming groups and developing effective intervention to narrow the gap

James See
Current school and post held: Beaminster School, Head of Geography and Associate SLT

Areas in which you would be willing to consider offering school to school support:
• Geography
– Curriculum development / Programmes of study
– High order thinking skill tasks

• Whole School Teaching and Learning
– Trainee teacher training on T&L
– T&L research projects – setting up and reviewing
– High order thinking skills / taxonomies etc.
– Lesson planning

Neil Vincent
Current school and post held: The Woodroffe School, Director of Mathematics

Areas in which you would be willing to consider offering school to school support:
Supporting subject leaders in maths and senior leaders to identify priorities and plan strategic actions to address them. For example, this might include
•  Leadership of a department
• Developing effective teaching
• Supporting NQTs, less confident and non-specialist teachers
• Effective assessment and use of data
• Supporting with developing schemes of work
• Developing subject knowledge

Working with other subject leaders as above.

Lisa Whitworth
Current school and post held: Assistant Vice Principal, Sidmouth College

Areas in which you would be willing to consider offering school to school support:
• Developing Character Education and SMSC
• Teaching and Learning
• Developing student’s emotional health and wellbeing
• Behaviour Management
• Building Learning Power/ learning habits
• Raising achievement in specific subjects for disadvantaged learners

Joshua Wright
Current school and post held: Director of Computing, Honiton Community College

Areas in which you would be willing to consider offering school to school support:
• Computing/ICT – Successful Teaching – Leading an outstanding department
• Assessment Strategies for students success and teacher well being
• Visible Thinking – Teaching student independence and exam success

If you would like any information or assistance from any of our current Alliance SLEs or are interested in becoming an SLE within the Alliance please contact Nicola Payne, or Laura Webb,  on 01297 442232.