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Specialist support from experienced SLEs

Forward Together’s cohort of SLEs is deployed to schools across the North West and West Yorkshire, delivering specialist support, training and one-to-one guidance.

We supply SLEs across all phases, from EYFS and primary to Further Education, with expertise in all areas including English, reading, phonics, maths, EYFS, Behaviour & Discipline, Teaching & Learning, SEN, ITT, ICT, music, science and Leadership of Curriculum.

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Knowledge and expertise

Many SLEs are deployed with the specific aim of overseeing turnaround or helping a school reach the next level, whether that be an Ofsted rating or other target.

All SLEs designated and deployed by Forward Together have outstanding knowledge in their fields of expertise, with at least two years’ leadership experience and a proven track record of high performance. SLEs support our Continuing Professional Development programme and deliver consistently impactful results for the schools they work with.

All support packages are bespoke and we will carefully match SLEs with requests to ensure schools receive the support most suited to their needs.

National Leaders of Education

NLEs with Forward Together benefit from exceptional experience and expertise in school improvement across both primary and secondary phases, with both local authority and individually-requested deployments that have made real and lasting impact in schools.

Leading outstanding schools and active Trusts, our NLEs’ excellent knowledge and close, supportive guidance delivers impressive outcomes.

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Mel Chadwick

School: Winstanley College
Phase: Further Education
Specialises in: Leadership of CPD, School business management and financial management, Leadership of Curriculum, Support for most able pupils, ITT and NQT development

Mel has experience as an English teacher, subject curriculum leader and A level programme leader and has been a senior manager in an Ofsted ‘outstanding’ institution for 12 years.

During her time at Winstanley, Mel has established a Peer Review and Development Group with three other sixth form colleges and has organised joint CPD, teaching and learning conferences, joint lesson observations, quality validation of each other’s self-assessment reports and a candid sharing of outcomes for students which has helped each institution achieve ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted gradings. She has coached a number of senior and middle managers and has delivered the College’s Aspiring Managers programme, together with establishing an Associate Student Programme enabling Y10 and Y11 students to complete Higher Project Qualifications to provide opportunities to more able students.

Mel is motivated by individuals surprising themselves by how much they can achieve, whether they’re students or staff. She believes students have the right to know what outstanding achievement looks like and to receive clear and careful feedback on their performance. Similarly, a member of staff should understand what outstanding performance looks like and how their work compares with this. Mel believes that this clarity can often be easier to achieve with the support of an external expert who can bring experience of other institutions’ practice and expectations.
Further Education
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Diane Jarmesty

School: Garrett Hall Primary School
Phase: Primary
Specialises in: Early Years, Letters and Sounds

Diane, who is Early Years Lead, KS1 Lead and KS1 Literacy Lead within school, prides herself on her commitment to teaching excellence, noted by Ofsted when the school achieved its Outstanding rating.

Diane has worked with a range of teachers and Early Years practitioners, including NQTs and headteachers, to develop and refine Early Years practice and prepare for inspections. Diane also leads moderation within the local authority and is motivated by new initiatives including the development of communication friendly spaces introduced within the nursery and reception settings to develop speech and language through adapting practices and the environment.

Through Diane’s leadership and introduction of initiatives, practitioners new to Early Years became confident to plan for learning. Provision was focused and challenging, with a focus on developing the prime areas of learning. She developed assessment and tracking documents to work alongside those already used within school and ensured practitioners were all confident in their judgements and moderation. In Reception, she has supported practitioners in creating an environment which provides maximum opportunities to extend learning through play.
Early Years
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Paul Davies

School: Fred Longworth High School
Phase: Secondary
Specialises in: Leadership and Management, CPD

Paul is Deputy Headteacher at Fred Longworth High School, Tyldesley. He has over 16 years’ experience in education as a teacher, subject leader and senior leader. Paul leads on Teaching and Learning, CPD and the use of data in school to support classroom practice. Fred Longworth is an outstanding secondary school known for its innovation and best practice.

Paul is also an experienced facilitator. He has developed cluster training in conjunction with the National College and runs programmes in Middle Leader development. He also runs training sessions in his own school and others on the use of data, Teaching and Learning and on ensuring effective quality assurance and self-evaluation. Paul's main focus is on establishing leadership cultures that lead to high performance. Paul has established coaching models within school to promote the highest standards of learning for teachers and students alike. He has also created and established models of effective self-evaluation, supported by the use of data.

In 2014, Paul was asked to work with international schools in the Middle East on establishing new assessment models without levels and in curriculum design for the 21st Century. He continues to support international schools in these areas.
Leadership and Management
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Ian Brannagan

School: Fred Longworth High School
Phase: Secondary
Specialises in: Maths

Ian has been a classroom teacher for 22 years and has seen many changes in both the content taught and the way it is taught. Ian has used this knowledge and experience to not only help improve results at FLHS but also to help other schools identify areas which will allow them to improve their results.

The increase in GCSE results over the past 15years has been a notable highlight of Ian’s career. As a department, FLHS has seen results rise from the mid-30% to just over 80%. Ian’s challenge is to maintain this.
Maths
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Martin Ainscough

School: Fred Longworth High School
Phase: Secondary
Specialises in: Music

Martin is Head of Applied Learning at Fred Longworth High School where he has responsibility for vocational learning. Martin is also an Associate and Non-Executive Director of Musical Futures, through which he has led over 30 training courses and conference sessions in order to develop pedagogy and promote 'hands-on' learning in music.

He has worked with a number of schools as an advisor in order to improve teaching and learning across the arts subjects, and at Key Stage 4, Martin has delivered GCSE Music, BTEC First Award, NCFE Music Technology, RSL Music Practitioners; Martin has also taught AS-level music. As part of wider responsibilities, Martin enjoys a particular interest in engagement and use project-based learning as an approach to engage students who are 'hard to reach'. Currently leading training with the Greater Manchester Music Hub and Musical Futures on assessment without levels, Martin completed an MSc in Educational Leadership and Management in 2012.
Music
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Emma Gibbons

School: Fred Longworth High School
Phase: Secondary
Specialises in: Maths

Emma joined Fred Longworth High school 10 years ago and has seen the GCSE results improve during that time. She has worked with other schools to offer support and resources, and is also the professional mentor for Maths PGCE trainees.

Emma enjoys her role as Lead Practitioner in Maths, working with other colleagues and offering training and support to others.
Maths
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Gill Dobson

School: Fred Longworth High School
Phase: Secondary
Specialises in: Science, Teaching & Learning

Following appointment as an SLE in 2012, Gill has gained a wealth of experience supporting the development of leadership in a variety of schools. Gill has always received overwhelmingly positive reports about the impact she has had on staff, ranging from support with planning first teaching, observations, supporting leaders to develop their leadership capacity including strategic planning, leading new courses or curriculum, tracking, monitoring and appropriately intervening with their pupils, having challenging conversations with members of their team, developing coaching and giving appropriate and purposeful feedback.

Gill’s role within school has included a wealth of varied experience. She has supported colleagues in improving their own teaching and learning and has acted as Professional Mentor for both PGCE and School Direct trainees as well as facilitating OTP programmes.

Gill prides herself on maintaining and continually developing her own teaching practices to remain at the forefront of the profession, consistently maintaining outstanding results.
Science, Teaching & Learning
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Katherine Goodstadt

School: St Philip’s CE Primary School
Phase: Primary
Specialises in: Phonics, Key Stage 1, including Behaviour Management

As a leader, Katherine has supported NQTs and School Direct trainees in completing their first years. She has supported KS1 & KS2 teachers in teaching, planning and assessment of phonics, guided reading, art and music, and has also given support with Year 2 teaching and behaviour management through SLE deployment, developing phonics teaching across Y1 and Y2 as well as working with a ‘Satisfactory’ teacher to raise their performance to ‘Good’.

Katherine’s work has seen improved teaching and assessment within her own school and others, and consistent improvement with teachers she has supported.
Phonics, Key Stage 1, including Behaviour Management
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Jonathan Hancock

School: St Philip’s CE Primary School
Phase: Primary
Specialises in: Early Years, Phonics

Within school, Jonathan holds roles of Early Years Manager, PSHE Co-Ordinator and Languages Co-ordinator.

Jonathan moderates Early Years judgements and team teaching across year groups, and has also mentored trainees and NQTs. Introduction of an electronic assessment APP has increased parent partnerships and, during Jonathan’s subject leadership of Computing the school’s subject knowledge has been considerably strengthened within Computer Science. Jonathan supports the SLT with Early Years assessment and tracking procedures, implementation of British Values and has recently updated the school’s PSHE Programme of Study and delivered staff training.

Passionate about the early development of children, Jonathan’s work has consistently updated the school’s knowledge and understanding of new concepts within Early Years and increased its ‘Good Level of Development’ percentage. Through continued evaluation of teaching of Phonics the school has also maintained a high pass rate percentage on its Phonics screening check.
Early Years, Phonics
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Leanne Mitchell

School: St Ambrose Barlow RC Primary School
Phase: Primary
Specialises in: English, Curriculum Leadership

In school, Leanne, who has worked actively with Forward Together for a number of years delivering support and training, is a member of SLT, English Lead and Library Lead.

Her introduction of new curriculum, delivery of reading training for staff and workshops for parents and improvements to SPAG have all made great impact, with improved reading across the school, and parents feeling more confident in reading with their children.

Leanne’s work has had a significant impact on punctuation and grammar across school. Targeting spelling, Leanne is developing a scheme to suit the needs of school and links to resources. She has also set up a newspaper club to produce a termly school newspaper and improved library usage and efficiency by creating a Community Librarian Team.

Introducing real-life writing opportunities, developing writing assessment and moderation and mentoring School Direct students, Leanne has contributed to raising standards of reading, writing and SPAG through clear action planning and reviews, monitoring exercises, book looks and providing high quality staff training.
Early Years, Letters and Sounds
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Clair Gornall

School: Christ Church CE Primary School
Phase: Primary
Specialises in: Early Years, Computing, Phonics, Leadership & Management, Assessment & Tracking

As Assistant Headteacher in school, as well as holding a number of other positions, Clair is an Early Years Advanced Skills Teacher, supporting many schools throughout the local and neighbouring authorities in recent years.

Clair delivers training to staff within her own school in letters and sounds, the Computing curriculum, ongoing assessment and tracking, electronic assessment and the use of technology in the classroom. In other schools, she has supported practitioners who have recently had an RI Ofsted inspection with improvements to Early Years practice across all areas, environment both inside and out, planning, observation and assessment. She also supports practitioners who may be struggling in a certain area of Early Years or who may be facing capability. Clair has been involved in the preparation and delivery of many training courses for the LA and the local consortia.

The impact on all the schools Clair has worked with has been significant and feedback reflects this. Many of the schools Clair has supported have also gone on to have visits from HMI and their reports demonstrate positive impact.
Early Years, Computing, Phonics, Leadership & Management, Assessment & Tracking
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Phil Duckworth

School: Winstanley College
Phase: Further Education
Specialises in: Leadership of Curriculum, Geography, History, Support for most able pupils, ITT and NQT development

As an experienced Head of Department in History and Earth Science (M.Ed and NPQSL), Phil considers his main areas of expertise to be running a successful History department, recently achieving the Historical Association's prestigious Gold Award, coaching and mentoring staff, running large cross curricular teams, establishing and running the extended project qualification and A-level curriculum design.

As a former primary teacher, Phil has a wealth of experience in helping local primary schools with Geography and History schemes of work and in improving their primary humanities teaching.
Leadership of Curriculum, Geography, History, ITT and NQT development
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Michael Fletcher

School: Leigh St Peter's Primary School
Phase: Primary
Specialises in: Leadership of CPD, Closing the gap, English, Maths

Michael is currently Assistant Headteacher within school, with responsibilities for teaching and learning. In his previous two years of teaching in Y6, results have been of an outstanding standard and in more recent times were ranked within the top 200 schools in the country (30% above national average RWM – Y6 SATs).

Michael is Lead Practitioner for Teaching and Learning and also Upper Key Stage 2 Leader. Leading on various aspects of teaching and learning, he has a whole school impact by promoting and implementing effective strategies including differentiated input to develop a pupil led provision, prior learning and catch up interventions to address misconceptions and problem based learning to encourage active progress in all lessons.

Michael’s areas of expertise include teaching and learning in numeracy and literacy, humanities and the delivery of effective and personalised CPD programmes and training. As well as this, Michael is a teacher governor and humanities subject leader in which he further demonstrates his impact by raising attainment across the curriculum.
Leadership of CPD, Closing the gap, English, Maths
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Ross Aldridge

School: Marus Bridge Primary School
Phase: Primary
Specialises in: Assessment, Leadership of CPD, Closing the gap, Primary Mathematics

Ross became Deputy Headteacher in 2016, having previously spent five years as a member of the Senior Leadership Team with responsibility for Upper Key Stage Two, assessment, teaching and learning and mathematics.

Ross has a passion for mathematics, reflected in his accreditation as Maths Specialist Teacher (MaST) and delivery of training for student teachers and governors across Wigan. Additionally, during his tenure as Y6 teacher and UKS2 leader, he can be credited for improvements in attainment and progress that ensured his school ranked highly amongst the elite primary schools across the country.

Overseeing teaching and learning, Ross works with staff across school to ensure monitoring and CPD provision is worthwhile and impactful, as well as promoting and nurturing future leaders.
Assessment, Leadership of CPD, Closing the gap, Primary Mathematics
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Alan Willis

School: Winstanley College
Phase: Further Education
Specialises in: Assessment, Leadership of CPD, School business management and financial management, Leadership of Curriculum, Closing the gap, Science, Support for most able pupils

Alan has experience of more than 30 years in the secondary and sixth form sector and is currently Assistant Principal at Winstanley with responsibility for Curriculum and quality, a role he has undertaken for 10 years.

Initially working in Science as a Head of a grade 1 department, Alan moved into senior management over 10 years ago, and has assisted Heads of Department in improving provision many times over, stimulating improvement across a wide range of subjects and with many Middle Leaders.

Alan is a trained coach, believing and trusting in the professionalism of those he is working with and supporting and utilising coaching and mentoring approaches that lead to improved outcomes for students. Alan is particularly motivated by supporting others to achieve through their own endeavours.
Assessment, Leadership of CPD, School business management and financial management, Leadership of Curriculum, Closing the gap, Science, Support for most able pupils
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Gary Wane

School: The Keys Federation Multi Academy Trust
Phase: KS1 and KS2
Specialises in: Maths

Gary is currently an Assistant Principal working across four schools within the The Keys Federation Multi Academy Trust. Gary enjoys over 10 years’ experience in schools within Greater Manchester, including Kearsley, Bury and Wigan, as a teacher, subject leader and senior leader. His role involves mentoring staff, leading on Teaching and Learning initiatives, delivering CPD and developing staff subject knowledge, pedagogy and confidence when teaching Maths.

Gary has worked with Maths leads across Greater Manchester, sharing expertise and good practice to be used within class. Previously, though links created with other schools, he has delivered lectures to trainee teachers at Manchester Metropolitan University in subjects such as techniques to teach calculations, leading Maths across a school, teaching cross curricular topics and calculations in the National Curriculum.
Maths
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Phil Rimmer

School: Hawkley Hall High School
Phase: Secondary
Specialises in: Assessment, Leadership of curriculum, Closing the gap

Phil is Executive Headteacher for the Trust. He has co-ordinated, and led, the support for more than twenty schools; the impact of which has been as great as a 23% increase in 5A*-C including English and mathematics.

Phil co-ordinates aspects of school improvement areas across the Trust which includes: senior and middle leadership support and development, student progress, SLE deployment for school-to-school support, curriculum planning, quality assurance, ARR, SEFs/SDPs and pastoral. He also co-ordinates leadership and subject networks within the Trust and is the line manager of the teaching & learning, English, maths and safeguarding/SEN members of the RLT school improvement team.
Assessment, Leadership of curriculum
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Rochelle Conefrey

School: Kirkby High School
Phase: Secondary
Specialises in: Assessment, English

Rochelle was appointed as Head of English of Hawkley Hall High School in 2007 and then assistant headteacher in 2013. She initially oversaw an improvement in English results from 57% in 2007 to 82% in 2013. She is a member of the senior leadership team of the Rowan learning Trust (RLT) with responsibility for cross-trust teaching and learning.

In addition, she is a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) and a trained facilitator of both the Outstanding Teacher Programme (OTP) and the Improving Teacher Programme (ITP). She has a breadth of experience in supporting colleagues in other schools, using her developed coaching skills in many ways. In total, and to varying degrees, she has supported nine schools in her work as SLE. The focus of this work is to develop leadership skills, working closely with newly appointed heads of faculty and ultimately to help schools to improve student progress and consequently to raise attainment.

She was also an original member of the Hawkley Hall Teaching and Learning Programme writing team and has taken part in senior leadership development which focuses on encouraging people to take on group goals as opposed to individual goals.
Assessment, English
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Matt Klinck

School: Hawkley Hall High School
Phase: Secondary
Specialises in: Leadership of continuing professional development (CPD), History, Initial teacher training (ITT) and newly qualified teacher (NQT) development, Behaviour and discipline

Matt is currently a senior deputy headteacher at Hawkley Hall High School with core responsibility for both teaching and learning and continued professional development (CPD). He has experience of course design for different facets of teaching and learning, middle leadership, trainee and NQT programmes.

He has delivered units on lesson observation and effective feedback to middle leaders in two local schools and one in Greater Manchester. He has also developed a package to support the implementation of collaborative learning for CPD in a local secondary school. Matt has facilitated the Outstanding Teacher Programme (OTP), contributing to the delivery for two cohorts. Between 2011 and 2013, he facilitated three cohorts for the Middle Leaders’ Development Programme (MLDP), made up of middle leaders from primary, secondary and further education settings.

He is an online facilitator (OFAT) currently facilitating online modules for the National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML) on behalf of the Outstanding Leaders’ Partnership (OLP). Matt was awarded SLE in 2015.
Leadership of CPD, History, ITT and NQT Development
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John Fiddler

School: Hawkley Hall High School
Phase: Secondary
Specialises in: Assessment, Closing the gap, Maths, Support for most able pupils

John, who is an assistant headteacher, has been teaching GCSE mathematics for nineteen years. He became Head of Mathematics at Hawkley Hall High School in 2006. He is also the Executive Head of Mathematics for the Rowan Learning Trust (RLT).

In 2011 he was appointed as Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) within mathematics. In his current role he is responsible for student progress. As a National Support School (NSS), Hawkley Hall High School has provided specialist mathematics support over the past four years. John has focused on developing leadership within mathematics faculties, improving teaching and learning within mathematics, implementing effective strategies in raising student attainment and implementing and developing data analysis systems.

John has supported over ten mathematics faculties during this period. The outcomes have resulted in significant improvements in the mathematics A*-C figures which therefore have contributed significantly to the individual school’s 5 A*-C including English and mathematics measure along with 3 and 4 levels of progress within mathematics.
Assessment, Maths
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Jeanette Rigby

School: Hawkley Hall High School
Phase: Secondary
Specialises in: Safeguarding and SEND

Jeanette has worked in education for twenty years. She started at Hawkley Hall High School in 2005 as a pastoral leader. Teaching PSHE, Jeanette went on to become Head of Inclusion and Executive Head for SEND and safeguarding across the Trust and is Special Leader in Education (SLE), supporting other schools in developing SEND provision. She has a wealth of experience working with children, young people and their families; in particular, those with special educational needs and looked after children (LAC).

Since 2008, Jeanette has been the designated safeguarding lead. She also facilitates level 1 safeguarding training, designated safeguarding lead training and safer recruitment training across schools in Wigan and surrounding areas. Jeanette facilitates training of the designated person for child protection for Wigan Safeguarding Children Board (WSCB).

Jeanette is a keen ambassador of continued professional development for staff (CPD). She has been the lead professional in developing the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Programme (OTAP), designed to improve knowledge and understanding of how children learn. Jeanette’s relevant qualifications are a foundation degree (FDA) in teaching and learning in secondary education and BA (Hons) in teaching, learning and mentoring. She is currently completing an MA in special educational needs (SEN) and inclusion.
Safeguarding and SEND
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Natalie Robinson

School: Hawkley Hall High School
Phase: Secondary
Specialises in: Maths

Natalie has been a teacher of mathematics at Hawkley Hall High since 2008. In 2013 she became a lead practitioner of mathematics, before taking up her current role of Assistant Headteacher & Executive Head of Maths for the Rowan Learning Trust.

Natalie has a passion for teaching and learning, and is a trained facilitator for the Olevi ITP and OTP courses. She has also developed and delivered a training programme for recently qualified teachers, aiding their induction into the school community. Natalie has extensive experience supporting colleagues, both at Hawkley Hall and through school-to-school support at other schools, and has developed processes to embed change and improve the quality of teaching.

Natalie has also coordinated support work with local primary schools, developing staff confidence and knowledge of teaching at level 6, and worked to review and develop the whole-school feedback and marking policy, bringing it into line with current Ofsted guidelines. Natalie was awarded SLE in 2015.
Maths
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Pete Smith

School: Hawkley Hall High School
Phase: Secondary
Specialises in: Physical Education (PE)

Pete has been at Hawkley Hall since 2001 and has held numerous positions in school. He has been a Head of Year and Head of Key Stage, ensuring students achieve their potential across all subjects through tracking, behaviour management and intervention. In 2011, he was appointed Head of Physical Education, consistently achieving GCSE results over 75% A*-C.

Along with the excellent GCSE results, he has also developed provision within local primary schools in order to deliver quality lessons at KS2. Pete is also a team leader for Edexcel GCSE Physical Education and has delivered CPD to other schools, resulting in increased theory grades within the schools he has worked with. Pete is now an associate leader and forms part of the senior leadership team at Hawkley Hall; his main responsibility is to ensure quality assessment takes place at KS3 and to explore life after levels.

He has helped deliver staff CPD and teaching and learning as part of the team that developed the Hawkley Hall Teaching and Learning Programme. Pete is also a trained facilitator for the Outstanding Teacher Programme (OTP) and the Improving Teacher Programme (ITP). Pete was awarded SLE in 2015.
Physical Education (PE)
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Andy Walker

School: Hawkley Hall High School
Phase: Secondary
Specialises in: Drama

Andy Walker started working at Hawkley Hall High School in 2010 as a teacher of drama. In 2013 Andy was appointed as Head of Drama at Kirkby High School and has contributed to raising the profile of the Creative Arts Faculty in Kirkby High School.

Andy is a trained facilitator of The Rowan Learning Trust Teaching and Learning Programme promoting challenge and engagement and improving the quality of written and spoken feedback across school.

Andy is also a member of the working parties responsible for reviewing and developing whole school marking and homework policies at Kirkby High School, designed to enable staff and students to make progress together whilst meeting OFSTED guidance. He was appointed as Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) in 2015.
Drama
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Michelle White

School: Hawkley Hall High School
Phase: Secondary
Specialises in: Leadership of continuing professional development (CPD), Drama, Initial teacher training (ITT) and newly qualified teacher (NQT) development

Michelle has been a teacher of drama at Hawkley Hall High since 2009. In 2011 she became acting Head of Drama for one year. In 2015 she became a lead practitioner of teaching and learning, which is her passion.

She is a trained facilitator for the Olevi Improving Teacher Programme (ITP), Outstanding Teacher Programme (OTP), Outstanding Teaching Assistant Programme (OTAP) and Power of Coaching courses. She has responsibility for the training programme for recently qualified teachers (RQTs), aiding their induction into the school community. Michelle is very interested in whole staff development and facilitates training in action groups, supporting teaching and learning, throughout the year.

She is currently facilitating a teaching innovation group that will create action research with potential impact on whole school practices. Michelle has also worked to review and develop the whole school feedback and marking policy, bringing it in line with current Ofsted guidelines. Michelle was appointed as Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) in 2015.
Leadership of continuing professional development (CPD), Drama, Initial teacher training (ITT) and newly qualified teacher (NQT) development
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Vicky Crawford

School: Hawkley Hall High School
Phase: Secondary
Specialises in: English

Vicky has been an English teacher at Hawkley Hall High School since 2007. In 2011, she became English KS3 Co-ordinator before taking up her current role as Assistant Head of the English Faculty. She is also a Specialist Leader of Education.

Vicky has supported other schools to develop the new KS3 and KS4 curriculums. In 2012 and 2015, she successfully led the school to achieve the Basic Skills Quality Mark. She has also led a whole school initiative as a facilitator of the Hawkley Hall Teaching and Learning Programme.
English
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Emma Jones

School: Hawkley Hall High School
Phase: Secondary
Specialises in: English

Emma has been teaching English at Hawkley Hall High School since 2006. During this time she has been Head of KS3 and KS4 English and she is currently Head of English leading an outstanding faculty.

She has been part of the leadership team that has directly contributed to a rise in English GCSE results, which have been above 80% since 2011. Part of her responsibility has been to develop leadership skills within the faculty, to improve teaching and learning, to develop new KS3 and KS4 curricula and to mentor School’s Direct trainee teachers and NQTs.

During her time at Hawkley Hall High School, she has led whole school initiatives on developing collaborative learning and literacy across the curriculum and is a facilitator of the Hawkley Hall Teaching and Learning Programme. She is also a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) and supports other schools using her developed coaching skills and her knowledge as a GCSE examiner.
English
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Mandy Turner

School: Kirkby High School
Phase: Secondary
Specialises in: Maths

Mandy is currently a senior leader at Kirkby High School (KHS) with responsibility for student voice, teaching and learning and pupil premium. As part of her current role, she has implemented a whole school electronic student voice system. This is proving to be a valuable tool for driving whole school improvements. Mandy has led the introduction of the KHS Teaching and Learning Programme and is working with heads of year as a route into closing the gap on pupil premium.

Mandy has been teaching mathematics since 2005 and was appointed as an Advanced Skills Teacher in 2009. As part of this role, Mandy led initiatives that have significantly improved teaching and learning across the school. She has supported local primary schools with diagnostic testing and APP.

Mandy has always had a passion for teaching and learning and mathematics. She has recently introduced an innovative new curriculum for KS3 mathematics and has provided CPD for teaching the new concepts. She has facilitated sessions for heads of department across the borough on the topical Shanghai mathematics programme, aimed at driving forward excellence in practice. Mandy completed her NPQSL in Jan 2015 and became an SLE in June 2015.
Maths
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Darby Pell

School: Hawkley Hall High School
Phase: Secondary
Specialises in: Music

Darby has been Head of Expressive Arts at Hawkley Hall High School since 2009. He has recently qualified as a Specialist Leader of Education (Music) and has taken great pride in helping to develop the Expressive Arts team into an outstanding faculty.

Darby has a passion for music education, drawing upon 18 years of classroom teaching experience, and many years in the music industry. He has developed stimulating, engaging and challenging schemes of work, developed the use of music ICT within the classroom, and achieved outstanding results at both KS3 and KS4; GCSE music results are consistently above national average, and have hit 100% A* to C grades on several occasions.

Darby, alongside the expressive arts team, has helped raise the profile of art, drama and music within the school, and established a tremendous reputation for the arts, within the local community.
Music


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