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School to School Support

The Chelmsford Teaching Schools Alliance (CTSA) is committed to school improvement which is achieved by mutual support within the alliance and by the work of our National Leaders of Education (NLEs), Local Leaders of Education (LLEs) and Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) in both primary and secondary schools.

What are NLEs?

“Outstanding headteachers or principals who, together with the staff in their schools (designated National Support Schools (NSS), use their skills and experience to support schools in challenging circumstances. In addition to leading their own schools, NLEs work to increase the leadership capacity of other schools to help raise standards.” The National College for Teaching and Leadership NLEs within our alliance are: Primary – Susannah Edom-Baker,  CEO, Attain Academy Partnership

What are LLEs?

“Improve pupil outcomes through partnership working between schools and academies. LLEs are successful headteachers who work alongside other heads to drive forward improvements and build capacity to ensure that improvements can be sustained.” The National College for Teaching and Leadership LLEs within our alliance are: Secondary – Nicole Chapman Headteacher at Chelmsford County High School for Girls, Chelmsford. We are also currently building a portfolio of expertise within the alliance, so that any schools that have a clear strength can use their expertise to support their colleagues.

What are 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 National College for Teaching and Leadership Our Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) SLEs will have a proven track record in their area of expertise and undertake Core training to ensure that the support they give is of the highest possible quality. They must have the capacity and skills to carry out support for middle and/or senior leaders in other schools. Individual deployments are based on need and demand; deployment types will vary and there is no pre-defined time commitment. CTSA has seven SLEs working for our alliance; they are fully trained in leadership support and can be deployed to support your school. Schools seeking support in any area should contact Tracy Goodway  – cpdctsa@newlandsspring.essex.sch.uk or telephone 01245 442031

  • Christina Bury Open Close

    Science Specialist Gifted and Talented Leader

    Christina has been a teacher for over 20 years, both in the state school sector and, more recently, as a member of the Leadership Team at Felsted Preparatory School, in the private school sector. She has held a number of different roles and responsibilities, including working for the Inspection and Advisory Team in Havering. In 2011 Christina achieved the NACE Challenge Award for her school, in recognition of excellence in provision for Gifted and Talented pupils. This is a quality standard by which to asses and evaluate provision, and to enable the school to make changes to their day-to-day practice. Achieving the NACE Award enabled Christina to help other local schools develop their provision for able children. She has run CPD and INSET sessions, as well as supporting Gifted and Talented Coordinators in a number of schools to raise their standards of provision especially those who are working towards the NACE Challenge Award. Christina is a full time Science teacher supporting students in both the National Curriculum and Common Entrance syllabuses. Her pupils have gone on to win many regional prizes for their science work as well as winning the National Science and Engineering Competition. She has worked e ectively with colleagues from partner schools to develop Science outreach and mentoring programmes and she has recently been tasked with setting up a Science networking group for CTSA.

    Specialist Area of Expertise

    • Science
    • Gifted and Talented

    Other Areas of Expertise

    • Curriculum Development
    • Assessment for Learning
    • Teaching and Learning
  • Gemma Woolley Open Close

    Head of RE Humanities Cluster Leader

    Gemma Woolley is currently Leading the Humanities cluster at Chelmer Valley High School which is part of the Chelmsford Teaching Schools Alliance. She has worked as Head of RE for the last 5 years and has worked with outside agencies developing exemplar curriculum plans within RE. In addition to her Humanities skills Gemma is a trained Olevi Improving Teacher Programme and Outstanding Teacher Programme facilitator. This entails facilitating the development of teaching and learning in the classroom, focusing on developing skills of differentiation, questioning, progress and assessment. Gemma has run Teacher Learning Communities and is part of a Teaching and Learning focus group which develops T&L policies and Inset training tailor-made to staff requirements and their areas for development. When working for the Chelmsford Teaching Schools Alliance Gemma has developed an ‘Aiming Higher’ course for teachers from various schools to attend. The course was hugely successful and received 100% positive feedback. The course focuses around contemporary educational research into classroom practice and how to improve T&L. As SMSC Co-ordinator Gemma has worked on whole school training, auditing and monitoring in order to improve delivery and evaluate impact in line with Ofsted requirements. Gemma has a Masters in Educational Research which focused upon developing Critical Thinking and the impact this has on progress, learning and results. Earlier this year Gemma was invited to address the NCTL BERA conference to evaluate the impact of her research.

    Specialist Area of Expertise

    • RE and Humanities Leadership
    • Teaching and Learning
    • SMSC

    Other Areas of Expertise

    • Curriculum Development
    • Mentoring NQTs
    • Olevi ITP and OTP
  • Laura Wigglesworth Open Close

    Religious Education, Philosophy & Ethics

    Laura is currently a Teacher of Religious Studies and a Residential Tutor at Felsted Preparatory school. She has worked in a range of schools undertaking both academic and whole school responsibilities. In her previous post at The Boswells School, Laura took an ‘underperforming’ RE department to ‘outstanding’ within two years. At a whole school level Laura has been a Teaching and Learning Ambassador with a focus on Assessment for Learning leading the CPD on such subjects as, Ofsted expectations, Questioning for Learning, improving marking techniques, using data effectively and AfL. Laura has also supported colleagues with marking initiatives, literacy development, behaviour management strategies and raising the interest and achievement of More Able Students. As a PGCE mentor Laura has supported a number of Initial Teacher Trainees and delivered lectures at York St. John University who have described her as “one of our strongest school mentors …..and as a result the trainees who have been placed with her have made excellent progress…”

    Specialist Area of Expertise

    • RE and Humanities Leadership
    • Religious Studies and Philosophy & Ethics
    • Assessment for Learning
    • Behaviour for Learning
    • Initial Teacher Training
    • Literacy Development

    Other Areas of Expertise

    • Coaching and Mentoring
    • Questioning for Learning
    • Effective Marking
  • Marie-Ann Perry Open Close

    Foreign Languages, MFL

    Marie-Ann Perry is currently a teacher at Newlands Spring Primary School, which leads the Chelmsford Teaching Schools Alliance. She has been working in education for 18 years as a classroom teacher, deputy head teacher and Modern Foreign Languages consultant. During her two year secondment to Essex as an MFL consultant, she helped many schools to begin or develop their MFL provision. She delivered training in language learning for teachers and in methodology for teaching a subject which they were not always familiar with. Marie-Ann believes that relationships are key to fostering confidence, raising motivation and achieving sustainable progress. She works with colleagues in whatever stage of development their school’s is at, to raise the standard of teaching and the achievement of learners. She seeks to empower staff, so that they can take full control of MFL in their school.

    Specialist Area of Expertise

    • MFL curriculum design and planning
    • MFL teaching strategies
    • Training adults in languages
    • French & Spanish

    Other Areas of Expertise

    • Developing Inter-cultural understanding
  • Natalie Hawkes Open Close

    Literacy Specialist, Gifted and Talented Leader

    Natalie Hawkes is currently Head of School at Newlands Spring Primary School which leads the CTSA. She has been working in education for 18 years as a classroom teacher, Literacy Consultant and deputy head. Her expertise lies in literacy, assessment and curriculum design. As a Literacy Consultant she helped to plan programmes of support to raise attainment in literacy, develop subject leaders and train teachers. More recently, she has worked in local schools to support writing moderation and develop the role of the deputy head. She leads the local deputy head cluster group which meets twice a term and has developed a programme of support for those new to the role to enable them to lead change in their schools. As the assessment leader at her school, Natalie has designed rigorous systems and processes to ensure a clear focus on every child’s achievement and attainment. Judicious use of data supports leaders across the school to identify children at risk of not making progress and enables intervention programmes to be initiated. She can train colleagues on the use of Target Tracker to input data, create reports, track vulnerable groups and identify children for focused intervention groups and 1:1 tuition. She is also an expert on Assessment for Learning (AFL). She has extensive experience of curriculum design and has led subject leaders to create exciting, creative curricula which reflect the unique nature of their schools. She has led CPD on a ‘toolkit’ of teaching and learning strategies including visual literacy, drama techniques and philosophy for children. Natalie is currently leading on the “Closing the Gap: Test and Learn” research from the NCTL.

    Specialist Area of Expertise

    • Assessment – Use of data and AfL
    • Curriculum Development
    • Literacy
    • Teaching and Learning

    Other Areas of Expertise

    • Mentoring NQTs and SCITT students
    • Developing middle leaders
  • Samantha Hutchings Open Close

    Senior Teacher and English Leader

    Samantha Hutchings is currently the English Leader and Year Six teacher at Rayne Primary and Nursery School. She has been working in education for 8 years as support staff, a class teacher and subject leader after studying English Language and Literature which is where her subject specialism lies.

    In each school Samantha has worked in, she has been involved in the development of the English curriculum as either the subject leader or a team member. She has been involved in many writing moderations and has led CPD sessions for clusters of schools as well as at her own setting.

    Previously, Samantha has supported NQTs to provide the best opportunities for children and develop their practice. She is keen to continue her own professional development by taking part in research projects linked to curriculum areas, engagement and resilience of pupils.

    More recently, Samantha has supported colleagues in developing their subject knowledge and teaching practice as well as raising the profile of English within her school.

     

    Specialist Area of Expertise

    • English
    • Writing Moderation
    • KS2

    Other Areas of Expertise

    • Mentoring NQTs
  • Hannah Rigby Open Close

    Teaching & Learning, Assessment, Year 6 & Teaching of Science

    Hannah is currently a full time KS2 at Gosfield Community Primary School . She has worked in a range of schools undertaking both academic and whole school responsibilities.
    At a whole school level, Hannah has been leading the rapid improvements within the science curriculum, supporting the development of teaching and learning and ensuring effective CPD for the school staff. Her efforts were recognised with a PSQM award and a more engaging science experience for the pupils at her school. Her work in this curriculum area has also supported the development of science teaching within other schools. Hannah’s experience within year 6 has greatly supported her work as assessment lead at the school for the last 2 years; she has used her expertise to support and moderate teacher judgements across Gosfield CP and other schools in Essex, ensuring that judgements are made fairly end accurately. Hannah also supports KS2 in their delivery of outstanding teaching and learning.  Hannah’s unwavering belief that all can achieve is a key aspect of her effective support of both the staff and the pupils in the schools she supports.

    Specialist Area of Expertise
    * Teaching and Learning
    * Assessment
    * Year 6
    * Teaching of science

    Other Areas of Expertise
    * Mentoring NQTs

     

  • Alex Steele Open Close

    Teacher of French & German

    Alex has been a teacher of French and German at King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford for 9 years. He currently co-ordinates the curriculum and assessment programmes for the beginner and GCSE classes in these languages as part of the school’s accelerated language-learning programme.

    In 2015 he was awarded the Peter Boaks prize for outstanding achievements in teaching German by the Goethe Institut. He has regularly delivered CPD INSET to language teachers across Essex, focusing on language-teaching methodologies and curriculum planning, in particular in shifting to the new GCSE course and teaching towards a terminal exam. He has a particular interest in the methodologies advocated by Dr. Gianfranco Conti.

    At a whole-school level he has been involved in the support of trainee teachers and NQTs, whether as a mentor or through the provision of CPD on formative assessment. He has also been involved in the review and development of an adapted behaviour framework for the school in his capacity as Head of Year.

    Over the years he has contributed to the school’s in-house research journal Learning Lessons. As a member of the Chartered College of Teaching, he is especially interested in the research into assessment by Dylan Wiliam and Daisy Christodoulou and into curriculum design by Mary Myatt.

  • Rachel Dunn Open Close

    Rachel is currently in her tenth year of teaching and has spent eight of those in middle management.  Previous roles include School Sports Coordinator (SSCO) and Head of Girls’ PE. She is currently a Head of Year (HOY) at SJP Catholic School. She has been a HOY for four years now, three of those spent as the HOY 7.  During this time, she has become increasingly responsible for the organisation and delivery of the Year 6-7 Transition Process and there has been a significant increase in the year groups attendance figures and a dramatic decrease in behaviour points.  She believes that a strong transition process and relationship between secondary and feeder school can have a hugely positive impact on student behaviour, parental trust and support, and student attainment and attendance.

    Rachel also has a strong proven track record of mentoring and coaching NQT and trainee teachers both within PE and as an effective form tutor. She has experience in leading whole school CPD and as an SSCO, delivering government initiatives and successfully embedding them in her secondary hub school and primary feeder schools.

    Specialist Area of Expertise
    Year 6-7 Transition

    Other Areas of Expertise
    PE

    Mentoring and coaching

    Mentoring Trainees & NQTs

    HOY

    Behaviour & Discipline

     

  • Jessica Lucking Open Close

    Head of Design and Technology

    Jessica is the Head of Design Technology and Engineering at Chelmer Valley High School. Having almost 15 years’ experience, she has led her department  through the many reforms and changing curriculum demands faced by her subject. She has worked with a number of exam boards including Edexcel, AQA and NCFE; she adapted KS4 provision to ensure that courses are accessible to all abilities and as a result, student achievement is consistently well above the national average.

    She has worked as a  Lead Subject Mentor for the Mid Essex Initial Training Programme and delivers NQT training on the use of data and raising achievement. At a whole school level, Jessica is currently on the Senior Leadership Team and support colleagues in developing their use  of Questioning for Learning and strategies for challenge and independence in the classroom.

    Jessica has also successfully implemented a variety of marking strategies to improve feedback for students and reduce workload for teachers. In addition to her responsibilities at school, she also works as a moderator for the AQA exam board, a post she has held for the past five years and is appointed for the moderation of the new NEA examination series 2019.

     

     

New SLE Applications

Applications for SLE designation are due to reopen on 6th May 2019 until 24th May 2019. Assesments will take place in June 2019.  To prepare an application form please click here. You can also download application guidance and a second reference form. Further support and information is available from Tracy Goodway on cpdctsa@newlandsspring.essex.sch.uk or phone 01245 442031 ext. 118.

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