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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 sta 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.
Secondary – Jo Wincott Headteacher at The Sandon School, 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 five 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  – or telephone 07739 971901

  • 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

    Religious Education, Philosophy & Ethics

    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

    Science 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

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 or phone 07739 971901 / 01245 442031 ext. 118.

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