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Surrey Primary NLE's

 Sarah Beasley 

Name:   Sarah Beasley

School :Holmesdale Community Infant School

Age range: 3-7

Quadrant: South East

What led you to becoming an NLE

During my time at Holmesdale I have been both a FS Moderator, KS1 moderator, Professional Partner to 4 Head teachers, an LLE and a support tutor for the Surrey South Farnham SCITT. Holmesdale became a Teaching School in 2014 and is one of the founding schools of SESTA (South East Surrey Teaching Alliance).

I very much enjoy coaching and mentoring and developing colleague’s leadership skills. As a school we have supported 3 other schools and the experience   has been very fulfilling and we have learnt a great deal as a team. It has also provided great professional development opportunities for my staff. Becoming an NLE seems to be a natural progression for me and the school and a way of formalising the work we are already doing.

Career path to date

I have been Head teacher at Holmesdale since September 2007. I was previously the Deputy Head and before that KS1 Manager at St. Paul’s Primary school in Dorking.

 

What support we can offer

·          All aspects of work in the Foundation stage e.g. assessment, learning                             environment

·         Transition from Reception to Year1

·         Restorative approaches

·         Provision review

·         Coaching for leaders

Contact details: head@holmesdale.surrey.sch.uk

01737243678

Helen Andrews 

Name: Helen Andrews

School: St Ignatius Catholic Primary School

Age range: 4-11

Quadrant: South East

What led you to become an NLE

During my previous headship I led a Teaching School and enjoyed developing others within my team, providing school to school support and working closely with the LA and Diocese of Westminster. Becoming an NLE and NSS means we can support and develop partner schools, the school led system empowers others and build future leaders providing opportunities to expand beyond our own school.

Career path to date

·         My early career was as a Nursery Nurse working within a number of Early Year            settings in Hounslow and I also have experience of Paediatric nursing at Ealing            Hospital where I provided nursing duties on the Paediatric wards. This ea                      background has stayed with me throughout my teaching career as I have a                  passion for Early Years and childhood health.

·         Teacher training at St Marys University

·         While teaching I studied for the MA in Catholic School Leadership.

·         The knowledge gained from completing the MA has given me a better                           understanding of leadership, the demands and conflicts that can arise; this                   enhanced my ability to support other leaders.

·         Became a Primary Advisor for The Diocese of Westminster, working between 36           school in Hounslow, Hillingdon, Islington, Haringey and Hackney, coaching,                 mentoring and developing leaders within these very diverse LA’s across London.

·         Headship at St Swithun Wells Catholic Primary, Ruislip. I lead the school from               ‘satisfactory’ to ‘outstanding’ in less than 3 years.

·         As an LLE working with RI schools in Hillingdon to get to good.

·         Lead school for School Direct Teacher Training

·         St Swithun Wells became a Teaching school in 2013 and I was involved in                      numerous school improvement initiatives throughout Hillingdon LA.

·         As a Teaching School, supported schools within the Diocese of Westminster                getting from RI to good.

 

Key aspects of education you have led on within your own or supported schools.

·         Track record of developing emergent leaders and existing leadership teams

·         Restructuring of staff – provision reviews

·         Developing Early Years environments and team building

·         Governing Body restructuring

·         Provided CCRS training for developing future leaders

·         School to school support

·         Post Ofsted Action Planning for RI schools to get to good

·         Parental engagement

·         Coaching, mentoring of staff at all levels

·         School Direct lead for teacher training

Key aspects of education you have improved in other schools

·         School vision and leading a change in culture

·         Supporting prayer and ethos within a school

·         School to school collaboration

·         Staffing structure and reviews

·         Coaching and mentoring of new Head teachers to establish themselves

·         School development planning

·         Working with governors

 

What support can you offer?

·         My team are very experienced with Inclusion and SEND

·         We can provide support to new headteachers and Senior Leadership

·         Strategic direction and school reviews

·         Structuring and developing middle leaders

·         Mentoring at all levels

·         Early Years support and development

 

Contact email and phone number:

handrews@st-ignatius.surrey.sch.uk

01932 785396

 

Marie Cahill

Name:     Marie Cahill

School/Trust: New Haw Community School

Age range:  7 – 11 years

Quadrant: North West

What led you to become an NLE?

My work in supporting other schools pre-dates the creation of the NLE role.  I have always passionately believed that successful school leaders have a professional duty to contribute to raising standards for all pupils, through generously sharing their time, vision and expertise.  When the NLE role was announced, I felt it was a natural development of the work I was already undertaking.  I was delighted to be appointed as the first primary NLE in Surrey and have now had the pleasure of working extensively with a wide variety of schools. 

Career path to date

·         National Leader of Education (NLE – appointed 2010)

·         First headship: large primary school in the London Borough of Croydon

·         Second headship: 3-form-entry outstanding junior school in Surrey

·         School improvement advisor for the London Borough of Hounslow

·         Babcock – Associate Consultant for Leadership

·         Babcock – Member of Partnership Board

·         Ofsted lead and team inspector

·         Surrey’s Primary Schools Phase Council – elected representative NW Surrey

·         NCSL Fellowship Programme (Oxford University)

·         Educational Advisor (EA) for the Regional Schools Commissioner (south-east                 England)

Key aspects of education you have led on within your own or supported schools

·         Helping leaders to establish and embed a clear and purposeful vision for their             schools

·         Coaching headteachers to become effective leaders of learning

·         Restructuring staffing to maximise impact on pupil outcomes

·         Empowering senior leaders to confidently challenge underperformance

·         Advising leaders on how to effectively use assessment data to inform the                    decision-making processes of the school

·         Enabling school leaders to develop and embed cohesive school systems and                 processes to underpin and drive outstanding outcomes for pupils

What support can you offer

·         Coaching and mentoring for heads and leaders at all levels

·         School development and financial resource planning

·         Advising leaders how to achieve outstanding outcomes for all pupil groups

·         Reviews of leadership, teaching and learning, behaviour, Pupil Premium etc

·         Curriculum development

·         Designing and implementing a rigorous and effective assessment system

·         Managing difficult conversations

·         Preparation for Ofsted

·         Targeted training (on request), eg how to be an effective curriculum                               coordinator, developing the skills of support staff

Contact email and telephone number

head@new-haw.surrey.sch.uk

01932 336571

Andrew Carter 

Name:                    SIR ANDREW CARTER OBE

School:                   SOUTH FARNHAM EDUCATIONAL TRUST

Age range:             4-11 years

Quadrant:             South West

What led you to become an NLE? 

As a firm believer in the self-improving school system I was keen to play a part in the establishment of that framework.

I was, and still am, heavily involved in school-to-school improvement work and consider that the value of this work to the system when done well is a key element in spreading excellence of provision and eliminating the variance of outcomes in schools.

Career path to date

·         Currently CEO of the South Farnham Multi-Academy Trust with 1500 pupils                   aged from 4 – 11 years.

·         Whilst Headteacher of South Farnham School  achieved many awards and                     accolades; named as Sunday Times Primary School of the Year twice

·         Achieved success in both the National Training and National Business Awards.

·         Featured in the DfE publication ‘Making Great Progress’ as one of the 20 highest            achieving schools nationally.

·         South Farnham selected as one of the first ‘Teaching Schools’;  also a National             Support School.

·         Have lectured to a wide range of groups on strategic planning for success,                   linked with a vision for schools of the future.

·         Contributed articles and features in educational journals and my publication               ‘Financial Management in Schools’ has been widely used by Headteachers and               Governors to support them in school improvement.

·         Sat on a range of national strategic policy groups including the Teaching                      Agency’s for ITT, NCETM for Mathematics and the Academies Group with the                National College.

·         Have written ‘School to Academy’ a detailed publication to guide schools going               through the conversion process.

·         Member of the Primary Council

·         In 2014 I led the Independent Review of Initial Teacher Training.

·         South Farnham Educational Trust has a SCITT rated ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED               which trains 120 trainees each year.

·         Member of the Queen Street Group of Academy Leaders

·         Sit on the Regional Commissioner’s Headteacher Board and am a peer member          of the Teaching School’s Council.

Key aspects of education you have improved / led on within your school

·         Developed strategic financial planning systems that have generated revenue               streams allowing the development of capacity both human and structural                     necessary to establish and maintain excellence of educational provision over             many years

·         Increased the number of pupils at South Farnham School from 200 to 788

·         Developed planning and assessment systems the outcomes of which for pupils          are shown, amongst other measures, in our progress and attainment scores                over the past 23 years.

·         Developed and established the concept of ‘Focus Group’ teaching to ensure                 that every child that has the ability achieves or exceeds national standards

·         Developed the Teaching School in all of the six key areas

·         Grown the SCITT from a starting point of 2 to 120.

Key aspects of education you have improved in other schools

·         Delivered NPQML NPQSL NPQH leadership courses as part of Surrey Teaching            School Network

·         Provided Middle Leader Training to Surrey Schools

·         Provided Return to Teaching Courses

·         Teaching and Learning and Leadership in School-to-School Improvement                       contracts leading to ‘Good’ Ofsted gradings from Requires Improvement and               Special Measures

·         Pupil Premium reviews

·         Trained and developed governors

·         Delivered at numerous national conferences on Assessment, Recruitment and             Retention, Financial Management, Inspirational Leadership

What support can you offer?

·         Mentoring/Coaching/Leadership support for Headteachers

·         Becoming an Academy or Multi-Academy Trust

·         Whole school teaching and learning reviews

·         Policies’ development

·         Development of Middle and Senior leadership

·         Curriculum Planning and Assessment Development

·         Inspection readiness

·         School restructuring reviews

·         Pupil Premium Reviews

·         Strategic Financial Planning Development

·         Developing a SCITT or involvement in Initial Teacher Training as part of                         recruitment and retention strategy

·         The development of primary pedagogy

·         Becoming a Teaching School

Contact email and phone number: 01252 716155  

Claire Donnachie

Name:                  CLAIRE DONNACHIE

School:                 SOUTH FARNHAM SCHOOL

Age range:           4-11 years

Quadrant:            South West

What led you to become an NLE? 

I have been fortunate to work in three Teaching Schools throughout my career and passionately believe in the self-improving school system and the concept of schools working in collaboration to improve outcomes for children. In each of these schools I have been involved in school-to-school support and staff training and development which I consider as fundamental to improving teaching and learning.

Career path to date

·         I have worked as Director of Teaching Schoo in both the Secondary and Primary           phase.

·         I have been involved in school-to-school support and staff training and                        development in both the Secondary and Primary phase.

·         Previously Director of School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) at a large             secondary school.

·         Worked with Ofsted and the Department for Education on development of                   SCITT programmes and Teachers’ Standards.

·         Currently Headteacher and Director of Teaching School at South Farnham                     with 814 pupils aged from 4 – 11 years.

·         South Farnham selected as one of the first Teaching Schools and National                    Support schools

·         Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) for 8 years

·         Facilitator for the National College for Teaching and Leadership’s Licensed                   programmes: NPQML and NPQSL.

·         Development of training programmes for teachers and support staff including the              recent development of ‘Returning To Teaching’ and an innovative secondary to                    primary leadership course recently discussed in the TES

·         South Farnham Educational Trust has a primary Initial Teacher Training                           partnership graded by Ofsted as an ‘Outstanding’ provider in all areas and named            by the Good Teacher Training Guide 2015 as one of the top 10 teacher trainer                providers in the country. We train 120 new entrants to the profession each year.

Key aspects of education you have improved / led on within your school

·         Developed planning and assessment systems to meet the demands of the new           National Curriculum Tests, resulting in 98% of pupils achieving the expected                 standard at the end of KS2.

·         Developed the Teaching School in all of the ‘Big Six’ areas.

·         Delivery of a Teaching Assistant CPD programme and QCF Level 3 qualification            and facilitators and assessors.

·         Development of training programmes for teachers and support staff including the              recent development of ‘Returning To Teaching’ and an innovative secondary to                    primary leadership course recently discussed in the TES.

Key aspects of education you have improved in other schools

·         Delivered NPQML NPQSL NPQH leadership courses as part of Surrey Teaching             School Network

·         Delivered Improving Teacher Programme (ITP) and Outstanding Teacher                        Programmes (OTP) for Primary and Secondary colleagues

·         Provided Middle Leader Training to Surrey Schools

·         Provided Return to Teaching Courses for candidates who hold QTS and have                 taken a career break.

·         Teaching and Learning and Leadership in School-to-School Improvement                       contracts leading to ‘Good’ Ofsted gradings from Requires Improvement and               Special Measures.

·         Delivery of a Teaching Assistant CPD programme and QCF Level 3 qualification             and facilitators and assessors.

  •             Training and development for Final Assessors, Support Tutors and Mentors                   for ITT and NQT.

  •             Delivering training for NQTs across a Confederation of schools.

What support can you offer?

·         Mentoring/Coaching/Leadership support for Middle and Senior Leaders

·         Whole school teaching and learning reviews

·         Policies’ development

·         Curriculum Planning and Assessment Development

·         Developing a SCITT or involvement in Initial Teacher Training as part of                         recruitment and retention strategy

·         The development of primary pedagogy

·         Becoming a Teaching School

·         Cross phase support

Contact email and phone number                       

cdonnachie@sfet.org.uk

01252 716155

Louise Druce 

 

Name: Louise Druce

School: Stamford Green Primary School

Age Range: 2-11

Quadrant: North East

What led you to become an NLE?

Throughout my career I have learnt and seen first-hand, that collaboration and positivity are key factors in making a difference to the lives of children.  So when an opportunity arose, to become part of the self-improving school led system, it was embraced not only by me but also by the school I lead. This is because when working in partnership with others, everyone learns as ideas are shared and developed, which in turn leads to better outcomes for the children.

Career path to date:

·         After completing my NQT year I was appointed as year group leader.

·         Over the next three year period, I was a phase leader and led English and                     science but always wanted to lead on music!

·         In 2006 I moved schools to take up the position of Deputy Headteacher and                 SENDCo with responsibility for assessment.

·         Acting Headteacher in 2008/2009

·         At 34 weeks pregnant, in December 2009, after a rigorous interview process, I            was  appointed as substantive Headteacher. After my maternity leave, I took up         the position full time and am passionate about inspiring people so that their               leadership and their family can thrive.

·         Actively involved in our local partnership of schools and lead on opportunities             for children throughout the borough.

·         From 2013 to 2015 I was an Associate working with a MAT to improve subject               leadership in core subjects.

·         Appointed as an NLE in 2015.

·         Designated as a Teaching School in 2017.

Key aspects of education you have improved/led on within your school:

·         Ensuring that our values based ethos is embedded in all areas of school life                and developing a positive, ‘can-do’ and confident staffing team.

·         Empowering teachers so that they meet the needs of the children in their                     classes.

·         Generating revenue streams which allow the school to achieve its priorities.

·         Restructuring staffing teams so they meet the needs of the school and deficit               budgets are avoided.

·         Building an outstanding school community that includes positive engagement             with the school’s PTA and positive challenge from Governors.

·         Developing a curriculum and set of thrive experiences, alongside an                               assessment system to ensure that every individual child matters and can shine.

·         Ensuring that staff and pupil well-being is always on the agenda. Happiness is            one of our key commitments and when planning I try to remember what is it                like to be a child!

·         Using school expansion and ‘bulge’ classes as an opportunity to improve the                 whole school so that learning environments are inspiring. Our number on roll            has grown from 420 pupils in 2014 to 580 in 2017.

·         Opening a nursery to ensure that it serves our local community, which includes           FEET funded families.

·         Ensuring that communication, systems and processes are fit for purpose.

Key aspects of education you have improved in other schools:

·         Subject leadership

·         Leadership including governance

·         Teaching and Learning

·         Training for NQTs

·         Monitoring over time and self-evaluation processes

·         School development planning

·         Strategic planning including vision, values and ethos

What support can you offer?

·         Building and developing teams and communities that positively collaborate.

·         Working with people to develop strategic plans and a school’s vision, values                 and ethos.

·         Coaching/mentoring/leadership support for individual members of staff and                  governing bodies.

·         Growing strategies that promote well-being for both staff and children.

·         Using monitoring over time and self-evaluation to inform school development            and financial planning.

·         Curriculum development including experiences that ensure children thrive                  outside the classroom.

·         Developing school systems and processes which achieve excellent outcomes               for all children.

·         Whole school reviews involving a team of people to develop leadership skills.

·         Managing difficult conversations with confidence and compassion to achieve               what is right for the children.

·         Using school expansion/increase in pupil numbers as an opportunity to change           and improve.

·         Improving school learning environments, which in turn set high expectations              for the whole school community.

·         Preparing for Ofsted and this includes thinking about food!

Contact email and telephone number:

head@stamford-green.surrey.sch.uk

01372 725383

 

Elizabeth Felsing 

Name: Liz Felsing

School: St Nicholas C of E Primary

Age range: 4-11 years

Quadrant: North East

What led you to become an NLE?  

I have been Headteacher of three schools, each requiring different approaches to stabilise on-going improvement.  Trusting partnerships with other school has provided a valuable educational resource and practical experience for new and aspiring leaders and raised standards in each school.  Becoming a National Support School will expand the school to school support network that we are already part of.

Career path to date:  

  • Teacher across London Boroughs of Dagenham, Ealing and Hounslow       1983 ~ 1997  

 

  • Headteacher - Ashley Church of England Primary, Surrey                            1997 ~ 2001

        (Ofsted Satisfactory to Very Good with Leadership Outstanding)

 

  • Head of Primary – Independent Sector, Canary Islands                                2001 ~ 2006   

 

  • Headteacher – St Johns Church of England School, Stanmore, Harrow       2006 ~ 2012

        (Ofsted Good to Outstanding)

 

  • Headteacher – St Nicholas Church of England School, Shepperton             2012 ~ Current

 

Key aspects of education you have improved / led within your schools:

  • Professional behaviour and relationships
  • Implementation of purposeful policy and practice to ensure consistently good practice
  • Teaching and learning standards from EYFS to KS2
  • Governing Body Development
  • Staffing structure and appraisal to nurture the growth of new leaders
  • Managing change of school status and school amalgamation
  • Implementation of effective self-evaluation and tailored CPD
  • Creative Curriculum design & Forest School provision
  • Tackling culture of under-achievement to ensure improved pupil progress
  • Implementation of data tracking systems which drive school improvement
  • Inclusion for all
  • Role of teaching support staff in facilitating learning
  • The Learning Environment ~ using indoor and outdoor space to maximise learning
  • Mathematics Mastery Specialism – EYFS/KS1/KS2
  • Phonics and Writing standards
  • SEND and Pupil Premium provision

                                                                                   

Key aspects of education you have improved in other schools:

  • Professional behaviour and relationships
  • Implementation of purposeful policy and practice to ensure consistently good practice
  • Teaching and learning - EYFS/KS1/KS2
  • Governing Body Development
  • Staffing structure and appraisal to nurture the growth of new leaders
  • Implementation of effective self-evaluation and  tailored CPD programmes
  • Tackling culture of under-achievement
  • Inclusion for all
  • The role of teaching support staff in facilitating learning
  • Mathematics Mastery Specialism – EYFS/KS1/KS2
  • Phonics and Writing standards
  • SEND and Pupil Premium provision

 

What support can you offer?

We are able to provide Headteacher and Senior Leadership support and have a number of teachers who are keen to share their specialist experience and learn from working within a different school context.  

 

Contact email and phone number:                                                                 

head@stnicholas-shepperton.surrey.sch.uk

 01932 227744

 

Ann Gunn 

Name:                        Ann Gunn

School:                      St Polycarp’s Catholic Primary School

Age range:             4-11 years

Quadrant:             South West

What led you to become an NLE? 

Following a successful Ofsted inspection we were keen to extend our work with other schools. I was already an LLE and we had some SLE’s. We applied to become Teaching School and this led to my NLE designation in 2016.

In my view a school-led system is the ideal as leaders and schools are developed by people who are best placed to support and challenge them. I am keen to work with leaders to give them the skills and confidence to develop as leaders in order to improve outcomes for their pupils. As an NLE I have been fortunate to work with a variety of leaders to improve effectiveness and raise standards, resulting in raised Ofsted ratings.

Career path to date

·         I have been a headteacher for 13 years and have 19 years senior management            experience

·         St Polycarp’s School is my second headship and was graded as ‘outstanding’ in             2015

·         My first school was ‘good’ when I took over and remains ‘outstanding’

·         I have experience conducting Pupil Premium Reviews

·         I have led training for governors, headteachers and middle leaders

·         I have experience in coaching headteachers and deputy headteachers.

Key aspects of education you have improved / led on within your school

·         Restructured the leadership team

·         Restructured the governing body

·         Restructured EYFS and transition to KS1

·         Developed systems of accountability and robust assessment systems

·         Coached teachers

·         Developed highly skilled middle leaders

·         Developed highly skilled SLE’s.

Key aspects of education you have improved in other schools

·         Coached headteachers

·         Teaching and learning reviews

·         Supported headteachers in developing governor roles

·         Trained, coached and developed governors

·         Supported leaders with ‘difficult conversations’

·         SEF development work

·         Supported a number of schools to improve their inspection rating.

What support can you offer?

·         Coaching for heads and deputies

·         Governor training

·         Teaching and Learning reviews

·         Middle leadership support

·         Curriculum development

·         School restructuring reviews

·         Lead learning walks with various stakeholders

·         Pupil Premium Reviews

 

Contact email and phone number                                

01252 716307

David Harris

 

Name:                        DAVID HARRIS

School:                      RAVENSCOTE JUNIOR SCHOOL

Age range:             7-11 years

Quadrant:             South West

What led you to become an NLE? 

Following a successful Ofsted inspection we wanted to be able to work with schools on a wider scale. We applied to become and National Support School and this led to my NLE designation in 2013.

I am passionate about working with leaders and helping to develop and empower them to improve outcomes for their pupils. it is a privilege to work with schools across the country and provide honest and constructive advice. I believe it is vital that school leaders establish clear ways of working to ensure stability in their organisations. Too many schools receive inconsistent advice, which impacts on their effectiveness. As an NLE I have helped schools to build on their systems and develop their curriculum for their communities.

Career path to date

·         I have been a headteacher for 16 years and have over 20 years senior                           management experience

·         Ravenscote Junior School is my second headship

·         My first school was in special measures when I took over and it is now currently            graded outstanding

·         I am a lead inspector

·         I produce working documents for leadership training

·         I have led training for governors, headteachers and middle leaders.

·         Experience at coaching headteachers

·         My working mantra is ‘no excuse, no compromise’. We only have one chance to           foster the hopes and dreams of our children

Key aspects of education you have improved / led on within your school

·         Restructured the leadership team

·         Restructured the governing body

·         Developed systems of accountability and robust assessment systems

·         Developed a house style of teaching

·         Coached teachers

·         Revised policy and developed highly structured appraisal documents

·         Established a Talent Management system

·         Developed highly skilled middle leaders

·         Empowered a workforce of 9 SLE’s

·         Provide training for other schools

Key aspects of education you have improved in other schools

·         Empowered middle leaders

·         Coached headteachers

·         Teaching and learning reviews

·         Supported leaders with ‘difficult conversations’

·         Trained, coached and developed governors

·         SEF development work

·         Worked with over 10 schools locally and nationally in the past 2 years

·         100% success rate at improving their inspection rating

What support can you offer?

·         Coaching for heads

·         Governors training

·         Whole school reviews

·         Policy development

·         Middle leadership support

·         Curriculum development

·         SEF analysis

·         Inspection readiness

·         School restructuring reviews

·         Lead learning walks with various stakeholders

·         Website compliance reviews – does you website reflect your ethos?

 

Contact email and phone number                                

01276 709007

Donna Harwood - Duffy

 

School:                      Dorking Nursery School and Children’s Centre

Age range:             2-5 years

Quadrant:             South East

What led you to become an NLE? 

I became an NLE by default!  Following an outstanding Ofsted inspection we wanted to be able to extend the work we were already doing to support other settings and practitioners. We have been working with other schools, delivering training, sharing practice and school-to-school support for many years.  The opportunity to be recognised as a National Support School and myself as an NLE was the icing on the cake for us. 

I am passionate about early years education. I believe if we can make the Foundation Stage of a child’s education count, then it will most certainly lay the foundations for them for the rest of their lives.  True understanding of child development and how young children learn can sometimes get forgotten under the demands and pressures in a school, therefore developing strong early years leaders who can influence from the bottom up is vital if we want to narrow attainment gaps and focus on early intervention. It is a real privilege to spend time working with other practitioners across the county in a variety of schools and settings to make sure the foundation stage really is the ‘foundation’ of learning.  

Career path to date

·         1998 – 2002 – Court Lodge Nursery and Infant School, teaching as both                         maintained Nursery class teacher and in KS1

·         2002 – 2008 – Felbridge Primary School, Early Years Leader and Assistant                      Headteacher.  Recognised as an outstanding EY practitioner within Surrey,                     joined EY  Moderation Team.

·         2009-2009 – Kings Dubai School, UAE, early years lead teacher.

·         2009-2010 – Babcock 4S Associate Consultant, working in the EY Moderation                team and providing school to school support

·         2010-2011 – Scott-Broadwood Infant School, interim Headteacher

·         2011 -2013 – Early Years Teaching and Learning Consultant, Babcock 4S.                      Supporting settings across Surrey in EY improvement, EY Moderator and                      delivering EY training.

·         2013 – date – Dorking Nursery School and Children’s Centre, Headteacher.                   Lead the School and Children’s Centre through a total of 3 Ofsted Inspections               during this time. Maintained the school outstanding grade throughout each                inspection. Currently Maintained Nursery School representative on the Schools            Forum and member of EY Reference Group.

Key aspects of education you have improved / led on within your school

·         Restructured the leadership team

·         Developed conference, and training programme for the School and Children’s             Centre

·         Created package of school to school support

·         Lead on the EY Network for local schools

·         Improved data tracking and attainment systems

·         Consistently outstanding outcomes for all children

·         Developing offer of training for local PVI settings

·         Creating a cycle on ongoing improvement

·         Developing assessment systems

·         Enhancing parental engagement

Key aspects of education you have improved in other schools

·         Coaching, developing and training middle and senior leaders

·         Teaching and learning reviews

·         Preparation for Ofsted

·         Developing the entire EYFS team

·         Advising leaders (including Governors) on how to effectively develop a and                   improve their EYFS to impact on outcomes

 

 

What support can you offer?

 

·         Coaching for EY Leaders

·         Governor and senior leader training in EYFS

·         EY reviews and audits  

·         Support and development for EY practitioners (leaders, practitioners, support             staff)

·         Preparation for EY ofsted

·         EY provision and curriculum development

·         Sharing practice and provision

Contact email and phone number                                

01306 882397

Kate Keane 

                                                                           

School/Trust:          Ewell Grove Primary & Nursery School

Age range:               3-11 years

Quadrant:                 North East

What led you to become an NLE? 

In 1997 I was appointed as Deputy to a school in Hillingdon whose demographic was challenging on a number of levels. I joined as the junior and infant Schools merged to become a Primary and quickly learned the first lesson of good leadership - you cannot expect to ‘pick-up’ leadership from one context and place it wholesale, effectively, in another!

I believe having had opportunities to observe various leadership models, across my career, that did not resonate clarified the approaches that I personally will never use as a leader. However it was watching skilled and effective leaders do what I term ‘the swan’ (where on the surface they are the personification of grace and gentility, but underneath their feet are working tirelessly) that gave me the inspiration to continue my journey as a school leader.

As a Local Leader of Education I established my coaching skills. The role of National Leader of Education (NLE) however, has provided me with a privileged platform to work alongside colleague school leaders to build and encourage their own leadership skills and potential. Being an NLE means you support, challenge, coach and direct, leaving a partner organisation stronger, more vibrant and but importantly sustainable.

As an NLE in the current context I also find it is opening doors to be part of transformational discussion about the future of education and the wider partnerships within it. In my role as Chair of Primary Phase Council we give our educational phase a stage to ask questions, challenge and ensure that our voices heard and listened to in order to facilitate the metamorphosis of  the educational landscape into a truly School Led System.

Career path to date

·      1989-1995 teaching in a primary school in London Borough of Hillingdon

·      1995-1997 LEA Consultant (Training and Development) London Borough of                        Hillingdon

·      1997 – 2000 Deputy Head/Acting Head of Primary School London Borough of                      Hillingdon (700 pupils)

·      2000 – 2003 Deputy Head/Acting Head of Primary School Surrey CC (500 pupils)

·      2003 to date Headteacher of Infant & Nursery School

·      2011-2013 Local Leader of Education (LLE)

·      2013 National Leader of Education (NLE)

·      2014 to 2016 Ofsted Inspector

·      2015 to date  Chair Surrey’s Primary Schools Phase Council

What support can you offer?

·      Coaching & mentoring for heads and leaders at all levels

·      Curriculum development

·      School development planning

·      Subject leader support

·      Implementation of monitoring systems

·      Coaching individual staff members

·      Provision reviews e.g. EYFS/ year group specific/ subject specific

·      Whole school reviews

·      Leadership interim cover (subject to availability)

Contact email          head@ewell-grove.surrey.sch.uk

Phone number       0208 393 4393

 

Theresa Kinefa 

School: St Joseph’s Catholic Primary Epsom 

Age range: 4-11 years 

Quadrant: North East

What led you to become an NLE

June 2017 witnessed the launch of our teaching school, Paradigm@St Joseph’s and alongside that, my appointment as an NLE. Both of these events, truly energise me and I very much look forward to working more widely with colleagues in those roles.

I believe that two key forces drive me: one is a passionate commitment to ensuring that all children, particularly those with extra challenges in their lives, experience success and their sense of self-worth is strengthened by their journey through our schools. Secondly, a deep-rooted commitment to collaboration across partner schools and it will be through the teaching school and as an NLE that I hope to be able to contribute to improvement in many schools.

The opportunity to work alongside other NLEs will fulfil my belief that by working together the profession is stronger.

Career path to date 

·         Headteacher since 2001 at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary Epsom

·         Prior to that interim headteacher at a primary school in East Sussex 

·         Associate tutor to BA programme at Roehampton University

·         Diocesan Section 48 inspector 

·         Mentor for new headteachers

·         Strong track record for developing talent and empowering and growing our own               leaders 

Key aspects of education you have improved/led within your own school 

·         Embedding strong phonics teaching with outstanding outcomes 

·         Significant and sustained rise in standards in writing and in mathematics 

·         Developing skilled middle leadership roles 

·         Restructured middle leadership team and developing skilled leaders

·         Outstanding work on children’s spirituality

·         Pupil premium achievement and progress

·         Developing a broad and creative primary curriculum

·         External accreditations: ICTmark, EcoSchools, Artmark Gold, Fairtrade,                               International Schools

Key aspects of education you have improved in other schools 

·         School development planning 

·         Empowering new headteachers to establish themselves into role 

·         People management skills

·         Supporting difficult conversations 

What support can you offer 

·         Mentoring and developing leaders at all levels 

·         Structuring and developing middle leadership  

·         Developing a broad primary curriculum programme 

·         Tracking and targeting support for disadvantaged children. 

·         Support with developing prayer and liturgy  

·         Support with developing PSHE

·         Support with external accreditations as above

Contact

email: head@stjosephs-epsom.surrey.sch.uk

Telephone: 01372 727850

Kathryn Krynicki 

School:                    PYRFORD C OF E PRIMARY SCHOOL

Age range:             2-11 years

Quadrant:             North West

What led you to become an NLE? 

Having dipped our toe in the water working with other schools both within and beyond our geographical locality and within Guildford Diocese, following a very successful Ofsted inspection, we decide to formalise the work we were doing across schools.  Having had discussion and support with senior advisors in the LA and the diocese, we applied to become a National Support School and I applied for NLE status.

I am lucky enough to have been able to work across a number of schools and undertaken executive headships in some of those schools.  Each time we are asked to support schools, a new challenge begins.  Every school that I have been privileged to work with has taught me something new and made me consider how I need to change my leadership style to adapt to very different communities.  My staff have grown in confidence and ability as they too have been keen to join the transforming schools experience.  We have a number of badged SLE’s as well as experienced staff who offer expertise in many areas including; Leadership, SEN, Behaviour Management, mathematics, Early Years and Business Management

Career path to date

·         I have been a head teacher for 8 years and have over 17 years senior                             leadership experience within the primary phase

·         I have extensive governance experience working across all sectors

·         I am a National Pupil Premium reviewer

·         I have presented for the National College at national conferences on the role of           the NLE

·         I have led training for governors, headteachers and middle leaders

·         I have extensive experience working within the Church of England and the                   differing governing models

·         Experience at coaching headteachers and senior leaders in all phases and                     sectors

Key aspects of education you have improved / led on within your school

·         Continuous staffing restructure to meet the needs of the school

·         Upskilling the workforce through national accreditation i.e. NPQML, NPQSL and            NPQH

·         Empowered a workforce of  SLE’s

·         Provide training for other schools  and within the Teaching School framework

·         Process, policy and structures

·         Continuous improved outcomes for pupils though teacher support and                         distributed leadership

Key aspects of education you have improved in other schools

·         From Special Measures to Good

·         Coached headteachers

·         Teaching and learning reviews

·         Supported leaders with ‘difficult conversations’

·         Trained, coached and developed governors

·         Pupil premium effectiveness

·         Curriculum development

·         Structures

·         Financial accountability

·         Working with governors

·         NQT induction and support

·         Working with IEBs to build governance

What support can you offer?

·         Coaching for heads

·         Governors training/COG coaching

·         Long term strategic planning

·         Teaching and learning reviews

·         Policy development

·         Curriculum planning leading to improved outcomes for pupils

·         Pupil premium reviews

·         Inspection readiness

·         School restructuring reviews

·         Working in the mixed economy of LA/Academy to get the best outcomes for                 pupils

·         A listening ear from like-minded colleagues

 

Contact email and phone number                    

head@pyrford.surrey.sch.uk

01932 342693

 

Sarah Lewis

School: St Mary’s C of E Junior School

Age range: 7-11

Quadrant: South East

What led you to become an NLE?

Seeing children, regardless of their abilities or prior experiences, making the best possible progress and loving their learning lights up my life. Working with colleagues to help this happen is my passion.

I have been lucky enough to have had the experience of leading Downs Way Infant school, alongside St Mary’s since March 2014. Working in this way has helped enrich my own thinking and experience, and created opportunities for other members of staff to develop their own leadership. We are also very active members of the Tandridge Education Partnership and make opportunities to work with colleagues in other schools and share practice. Following our Ofsted inspection in 2015 when were we rated Outstanding, we started to explore Teaching School Status, and our track record of working with other schools and investing in CPD for all staff made taking on an NLE role a natural next step.

In my schools everyone knows we have a ‘no excuses’ culture – rather we all work together to overcome barriers to ensure that every child gets the best possible chance to succeed.

Career path to date:

·         Trained as a Secondary Music and French specialist

·         1989 – 2000 Newman School in Hove, then part time The Ashcombe, and                       Howard of Effingham.

·         2001: Moved into primary teaching at St Joseph’s in Redhill, as yr 6 teacher and          Music leader, and leading literacy teacher

·         2008: Deputy head  (leading first on Literacy and then on Maths) and then                    Acting Head teacher at Manorfield in Horley

·         2011: Headteacher at St Mary’s in Oxted

·         I am also vice-Chair of the Tandridge Education Partnership and lead on our                NQT programme

Key aspects of education you have improved / led on within your school

·         Curriculum development

·         Data analysis

·         Training of middle and senior leaders

·         Outcomes for Pupil Premium children

Key aspects of education you have improved in other schools

·         Monitoring and evaluation cycles

·         Use of peer observation to improve quality of teaching

·         Assessment informed planning

·         Tightly focussed SEF

What support can you offer?

·         Data analysis

·         Raising standards in writing

·         Assessment informed planning – ensuring progress in the new curriculum

·         Use of Target Tracker to accelerate progress and attainment

·         Progress for SEN and Pupil Premium

Contact email and phone number:

head@st-marys-oxted.surrey.sch.uk

01883 712 817

Nicky Mann 

School: Wallace Fields Infant and Nursery School

Age range: 2-7

Quadrant: North East

What led you to become an NLE? 

Throughout my career I have always gained a huge sense of satisfaction, enjoyment and pride when working informally and formally alongside other head teacher colleagues who inevitably have children, achievement and success at the heart of everything they do. Being a very experienced head I believe that I have a lot to offer in a more formal capacity as an NLE. I know only too well how demanding school leadership can be and enjoy working with, coaching and inspiring other school leaders in terms of what they can achieve, as well as providing the necessary support and encouragement with the current educational challenges they may be facing.

Career path to date: 

I have been a headteacher for 18 years but have enjoyed other consultancy roles alongside headship - these include working as an associate consultant and trainer for Surrey Local authority, new to headship trainer and mentor and professional partner. I have worked as an NLE for the last two years and prior to that I was an LLE. Our school converted to a multi academy trust in July 2016 and I am currently the headteacher of Wallace Fields Infant and Nursery School (Ofsted grading “outstanding”) and the CEO of Inspiration Academy Trust.

Key aspects of education you have improved / led within your school: 

Some key aspects for our school improvement have been:

ü  outstanding progress for all pupils

ü  developing leadership at all levels

ü  developing effective and  outstanding teaching assistants

ü  raising attainment in Maths and English

ü  accelerated progress

ü  early years foundation stage

Key aspects of education you have improved in other schools: 

ü  developing and embedding good and outstanding teaching and learning

ü  early years

ü  getting ready for OFSTED

ü  developing senior leadership team

ü  raising standards

ü  developing Outstanding TAs

ü  Pupil tracking to secure rapid progress

ü  Closing the gap for vulnerable groups of children

ü  Developing and embedding good and outstanding teaching and learning

What support can you offer?

I believe the support I provide as an NLE should be unique and “tailor made” for each school I work with, as schools have their own set of circumstances and contexts at any one given time. I believe education is one long cycle of improvement through self-evaluation and reflection.

Specific support I can offer is:

ü  Raising standards

ü  Getting ready for OFSTED

ü  Managing change

ü  Developing senior leadership team

ü  Outstanding teaching and learning

ü  Early Years

ü  Coaching and mentoring

Contact email and phone number:

nicky.mann@wallace-fields-infant.surrey.sch.uk

Tel: 02083940647

                                                                        

Mary Ellen McCarthy 

School/Trust:       Lumen Learning Trust: Saxon Primary, The Echelford Primary,

                               Riverbridge Primary

Age range:             2-11 years

Quadrant:              North East

What led you to become an NLE? 

In 2007 I was appointed as Headteacher to a school in Special Measures whose demographic is not typical “leafy” Surrey.  I was supported by an experienced colleague Headteacher in one of Surrey’s first school-to-school support arrangements. Her skill and insight strengthened and built my confidence in my own leadership capacity and enabled me to do the same for others in my school team.  Consequently the school quickly moved to Good and we as a school team began to support other schools, following the model from which we had benefited so significantly.  The application to become a National Support School and my consequent designation as NLE in 2013 was natural development to the school-to-school support system we were already part of.

Career path to date

·         1987-2005 teaching in primary schools in London Borough of Westminster, and           London Borough of Merton

·         1994-2007 SENCo (two different schools)

·         2005-2007 Headteacher of a small village infant school

·         2007-2016 Headteacher, interim Headteacher, interim Executive Headteacher            of four schools over the nine year period – all of which were initially either                    Inadequate or RI

·         2011-2013 Local Leader of Education (LLE)

·         2013 Executive Principal of the Lumen Learning Trust (at that point Saxon &                 The Echelford Primary Schools)

·         2013 National Leader of Education (NLE)

·         2014 to date Ofsted inspector

·         2015 to date Vice Chair Surrey’s Primary Schools Phase Council

Key aspects of education you have led on within your own or supported schools

·         Identifying capacity at all levels – Support Staff, Middle Leaders, Senior Leaders,           Governors, community members and other resources

·         Restructuring at all levels

·         Coaching Headteachers, Senior Leaders, Middle Leaders

·         Developing role of Middle Leader

·         Coaching teachers

·         Developing and enhancing planning and differentiation processes

·         Developing Behaviour Management systems and processes

·         Subject-specific support including Inclusion

What support can you offer?

·         Coaching & mentoring for heads and leaders at all levels

·         Curriculum development

·         School development planning

·         Subject leader support

·         New to role subject leader, Inclusion leader, senior leader

·         Implementation of monitoring systems

·         Preparation for Ofsted 

·         Governance reviews

·         Coaching individual staff members

·         Provision reviews e.g. EYFS/ year group specific/ subject specific

·         Whole school reviews

·         Behaviour management development

·         Provision mapping development

·         Leadership interim cover (subject to availability)

Contact email and phone number                  

execprincipal@lumenlearningtrust.co.uk 

01932 571217 opt 1

www.lumenlearningtrust.co.uk