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Wickford Teaching School Alliance is dedicated to improving standards through school-to-school partnership working and support, with the aim of improving opportunities for all children and young people; raising their achievement and aspirations by being able to access outstanding education.

The purpose of the support is to narrow the gaps between schools in our area; developing partnership working with and between schools to raise aspiration, ambition, expectation and standards in all schools. The Alliance will broker and oversee the deployment of National Leaders of Education (NLEs), Local Leaders of Education (LLEs) and Specialist Leaders of Education(SLEs) in order to support all schools on their journey of improvement.

School-to-school support in Doddinghurst Junior

HEARTS Academy recently completed its support of Doddinghurst Junior School. Essex School Effectiveness Team carried out a review of the school in 2017. English & Maths SLEs, Bradley Saunders & Danny Wagstaff, supported the subject leaders to establish an infrastructure to support a “progressive and consistent curriculum”. These leaders now have a “clear vision of how to proceed embedding improvements”. Essex County Council noted that “teachers are planning well together and that there is a consistency of approach”. They also reported that “ Maths is taught well across the school” and that “lessons are pitched appropriately”. The “teaching of writing is improving and “skills are beginning to be taught in depth.” The approach to reading as a whole class has shown “evidence that….it is helping to raise standards in writing”.

The review of the school after the HEARTS Academy support stated that there was “ a good buzz of enthusiasm” and that “pupils collaborate well and are supportive of each other”.

The June 2017 SIAMs inspection judged provision as good.

Ofsted trained-Debbie Rogan, Terry Flitman, Pauline MacMillan.

Areas of support provided: Primary & Secondary Teaching & Learning, Governance, Early Years & Leadership & Management.

 

 

 Isabel Butler

Senior Teacher and History Subject Leader

Beauchamps High School

I have taught History at Beauchamps High School for 8 years, and currently work as a Senior Teacher leading on assessment and reporting, alongside my role as Subject Leader for History. I am responsible for the development of assessment without levels and for raising standards of assessment and reporting in the school. I have also worked as a Senior Peer Mentor, coaching and mentoring other members of staff to improve their teaching practice, as well as leading staff CPD within the school on a range of different areas.

In my subject leader position I have significantly increased the attainment of students in History at both GCSE and A Level through improvements in the quality of teaching and learning, and the introduction of rigorous tracking and intervention strategies. The numbers of students choosing to take History has risen dramatically, and we have made particular improvements in the achievement of higher ability learners. I also undertake examiner marking for OCR.

Areas of expertise:

  • Raising attainment in History
  • Teaching and Learning Strategies in History
  • Department leadership
  • Assessment and Feedback

Abi Cansdale

  • Coaching and mentoring, supporting trainees and teachers across KS1 & KS2 in all curriculum areas.Back to top
  • Network meetings for subject leaders, coordinating projects between schools, providing CPD for teachers and managing ASTs and SLEs.
  • ITT for History, Geography, Drama, Gifted and talented and EAL as well as supporting class mentors and trainees to improve practice.

Dan Chapman

Dan-ChapmanEducation has always been my passion and providing the best learning opportunities for all children is always my ultimate goal. I am consistently focused on striving to ensure all children can access the learning opportunities provided to them. This can require effective behaviour management which must be based on a well-grounded understanding of children's psychology and development. As an SLE for Behaviour Management I am always excited to meet new classes, groups of children and individual pupils whom I can develop a relationship and support in making positive choices. This also leads me on to working with staff to develop their knowledge and skills in managing behaviour effectively.

The promotion of English is always a high focus within my academic work and I am driven to ensure that staff engage with this high expectation for themselves and the children they teach at all times. Starting from the simple and on-going expectation that basic skills will always be maintained and upheld to a high level is an essential element to the practical and effective teaching of English. Giving children the opportunity to learn to read and to delve into the wonders that literature can provide is an ambition I will continue to chase until all children and adults can enjoy the amazing writings of Mary Shelley to the fun adventures shared by Roald Dahl.

I am also an avid historian who is keen to share my love of the past with all children and staff through a wide range of strategies but focusing mostly on those which bring history to life through fun and engaging techniques including the use of computing technology, physical activities and genuine artefacts to fully immerse us all in the events from days gone by.

Rosie Chittenden

I have a strong passion for teaching and learning, and I am a firm believer that sharing outstanding practice and developing outstanding communication builds a stronger educating community. The sense of responsibility to improve children’s progress drives me to succeed and due to this, I have a proven record of achieving accelerated progress in all areas.

I have been teaching for the past four years and in this time I have led computing across the key stages, mentored teacher trainees and provided support for other teachers to use the arts within the curriculum. I am responsible for ensuring that children reach the attainment and progress targets set, making sure the curriculum is fit for purpose (in computing and dance), the quality of teaching is of a high standard and that outcomes from the children are evidenced.

Prior to completing my PGCE, I had a successful career in the performing arts sector and this has allowed me to implement the arts in an effective way in Primary schools to improve progress and engagement. I am confident that I can support others, communicate my passion and improve outcomes. This drives me forward and this is what motivates me to participate in the system of leadership.

 

Areas of Expertise

  • Performing arts
  • PE- dance
  • Computing
  • Leading subjects
  • Mentoring
  • Achieving accelerated progress

Louise Lawton

Louise LawtonSenior Teacher/Lead Practitioner

Throughout my teaching career I have held a number of different roles in both primary schools and a secondary school.  In these roles I have been an AST, Head of Year, Deputy head, Subject Leader and an Associate Teaching and Learning Facilitator.  I have experience of schools in very different contexts; schools in special measures and schools rated as outstanding and good.

I have implemented a Primary Liaison Strategy to help improve pupil intake and improve relations with local primary schools and delivered outreach and induction days and ‘Friendship’ afternoons to prospective students.  As Head of Year Seven, I worked hard to establish a strong team where I organized team building activities and initiated projects to improve pupil attendance successfully.   I work effectively to raise the achievement of pupils who attract the pupil premium grant.

In my role as Subject Leader, I have led a number of CPD training sessions for staff on a variety of topics such as assessment for learning, marking, effective planning in literacy and tracking data.  I have also put into practice creative curriculums that promote independent, higher order thinking skills.

I have developed and trained staff on Essex Target Tracker under the new assessment guidelines and monitored the use of Target Tracker across the whole school, leading to key stakeholders developing a much greater understanding of using data tracking as an effective teaching aid.

I have mentored many NQTs successfully and coached fellow colleagues to improve practices particularly, with behaviour management.

Specialist Areas of Expertise

  • Closing the gap
  • Literacy
  • KS2-KS3 transition
  • NQT Development

Other Areas of Expertise

  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Behaviour Management

Training Recently Attended

NPQSL—Eastern Leadership Centre
 

Laura Howell

I have been a Senior Peer Mentor at Beauchamps High School for the last three years. In this role I have mentored members of staff to deliver consistently outstanding lessons and championed 'spotlighting' (observing ten minutes of a lesson to share outstanding practice). I have helped colleagues, from trainees to experienced staff, develop their behaviour management techniques, strengthen their questioning and use assessment for learning effectively.

I have led whole school CPD sessions on; 'Ensuring progress for low ability learners', 'The deployment of co educators in the classroom' and 'Encouraging a Growth Mindset'. I appreciate how regular CPD is vital to improve the quality of Teaching and Learning within our schools. I have a whole school role looking at assessment and feedback, so also offer training focusing on effective marking and student follow up action.

 In the Maths department I am in charge of KS3. I am a strong believer of diagnosis, therapy and testing so have implemented pre and post tests throughout the schemes of work. This has been extremely effective for informing planning as well as showing progress without levels.

 I believe that through working collaboratively as professionals we can continue to give more children the best Upopportunity to enjoy a successful education and in turn fulfil their potential.

Rhian Matthews

I have taught at Runwell Primary School for the past 7 years and my teaching has been consistently judged as outstanding across the curriculum. I am a senior leader at the school, taking responsibility for both Key Stage 2 and Maths.

I have led maths for the past 4 years. During this time, maths attainment has been at or significantly above national expectations and progress was which was previously judged as unsatisfactory is now consistently good.

Throughout my role, I have supported and improved teaching from Early Years to Key Stage 2. I have mentored students and experienced teachers to become reflective practitioners and to employ AfL strategies to improve their practice when teaching maths.

Following the introduction of the national curriculum in 2014, I have developed and embedded a mastery approach for teaching maths. As part of this development, I have led whole school CPD sessions on: ‘Teaching maths through a mastery approach’, ‘Differentiation in a master context using a CPA approach’and ‘Singapore maths, including bar modelling’.  I believe that good quality CPD is essential to developing good practice and a consistent approach to teaching.

I am a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher with a love of maths. I am particularly passionate about raising standards in the teaching of maths and look forward to the opportunity to work with other schools to share good practice.
 

Katherine Mills

I have been teaching English and Media Studies for over fifteen years and have taken responsibility for curriculum development at Key Stages Three, Four and Five in those subjects over several specifications. As Head of Department, I have supported staff as they progressed; working with teachers as they became Second in English and Key Stage Coordinators, providing weekly meetings and mentoring sessions as they got to grips with the different responsibilities and the vagaries of various specifications in English.  I offered practical support and examples to develop varied teaching styles and to improve progression and assessment strategies. I have worked with many NQTs and GTPs, encouraging them to devise their own resources and to become reflective practitioners over several different specifications in both English and Media Studies.  With a non-judgemental and positive perspective, a teacher will gain confidence and will be willing to try new ideas and to enhance and enjoy their teaching. Up

 As Head of Media Studies, I have introduced blogging to the students to present research, planning and production coursework as well as the development of Wix websites to present evaluations.   I also introduced all staff to the WIX presentation and offered support with its development into subject specific sites with tailor-made resources for each class.

As Senior Peer Mentor, I have delivered Twilight Whole School Teaching sessions on Outstanding Sixth Form Teaching, Assessment for Learning and Effective Questioning as well as coordinating and assisting in the delivery of conference material for new teachers and teachers on our mentoring programme.  I have worked with teachers across several departments to develop outstanding Teaching and Learning, offering advice, resources and practical support at each Key Stage.

As a Teaching and Learning Hub leader, I regularly chair meetings with my hub of teachers in the school where we share good practice and recent developments.  This forum has resulted in real progression and has helped to establish an enviable collegiate mentality; this was the rationale behind establishing the Senior Peer Mentoring initiative at our school and it has been very successful, most notably with the award of Outstanding in our most recent Ofsted report in 2014.  My department consistently attains ALPS 1 and 2 at both GCSE and A Level with one student gaining 100% in both units at A2 last year;  I am passionate about the right of each student to achieve their true potential.

Specialist Areas of Expertise

  • English Literature and Language
  • Media Studies
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Raising Attainment in English

Other Areas of Expertise

  • Curriculum Development
  • Lesson ObservationUp

 

Penny Partridge

PPI have worked in education for over 20 years, and enjoyed the challenges and changes that have affected the Business Management of schools.  I am qualified to DSBM level.

I have experience in HR systems, including the single central record and safer recruitment.  At the Trust I have introduced a system of HR audit that ensures Ofsted compliance and gives a clear direction for next steps.

In the last year I have overseen the design and build of 5 school websites, ensuring Ofsted and statutory compliance.  Current specialisms are senior level data systems, data protection and freedom of information requests.

Being IOSH qualified, I have developed systems that ensure schools are health and safety compliant, with experience in writing COSHH and premises risk assessments.

I have a proven track record in improving school attendance and was the keynote speaker at an Essex-wide workshop for professionals.

Jane Robinson

Jane RobinsonI am currently Wickford Teaching School Director, having been a Director in Hackney & Newham previously.

I taught English & Drama in secondary schools in South London for 18 years. I then became Newham's G&T Advisor. This role included supporting Newham's 15 secondaries & 65 primaries to stretch their most able pupils. I also began a vibrant Newham Debate League, coordinated the drama part of the Newham Arts Festival and championed the teaching of Latin with Cambridge University. I was seconded to work with London Gifted & Talented and taught English at The University of Canterbury Christ Church for 2 years.

I taught in a Primary school in East London for 5 years and am currently teaching in two Infant schools.

I have a wide experience of teaching at all age ranges.

Teaching Schools Council Regional Representative & North East London Local Lead

Bradley Saunders

Bradley-SaundersAs an SLE for English, I have supported schools to ensure the New National Curriculum 2014 and increased expectations are being met by schools. While working at an outstanding school as an English lead, I developed a programme for teaching writing throughout a primary school, that develops children's skills and understanding of spelling, punctuation and grammar.

As a Director of Learning I have researched and developed a successful whole class teaching model for teaching reading across KS2, which increased attainment by over 20%. Through my time with HEARTS Academy Trust, I have developed vocabulary focused approached to writing and improved the outcomes for boys and pupil premium children. Moreover, I have coached and mentored SCITT students, NQTs and experienced teachers, improving the quality of teaching in a variety of schools based in a areas receiving high amounts of pupil premium. In addition, I have experience in assessing and tracking children and designing and implementing effective interventions for English.

Sarah Tener

I have been employed in Beauchamps High School for four years primarily as the Head of Religious Education. Beauchamps High School is a comprehensive school which caters for students 11-18 .In December 2015 Beauchamps High School was graded as Outstanding by Ofsted.  My other role is as a ‘Senior Peer Mentor’, coaching staff with a specific focus on SMSC. This role allows me to coach other members of staff, provide bespoke feedback and support staff in self-reflective practice.

As a teacher my key priority is enabling every young person to fulfil their potential at each stage of their development. To ensure each pupil is enabled to do so, all teaching and learning should be of the highest standard.  In 2012 I was nominated and received Special Recognition at the Essex Teaching Awards for ‘Outstanding Newly Qualified Teacher of the Year’, and was ‘Highly Commended’ in the Pearson National Teaching Awards.

As Head of Religious Education I have written schemes of work for subject specialists and non-specialist alike. I have incorporated innovative learning tasks to engage all students, and assessment for learning strategies to ensure that staff are confident delivering the Religious Education course.

Within my current role as a Senior Peer Mentor, I have ran CPD training sessions for staff on SMSC, Assessment for learning, Questioning and How to incorporate SMSC into everyday teaching. I co-ordinate frequent Hub meetings, sharing best practice and encouraging whole school collaboration.

In my own school I am committed to continually raising standards of teaching and learning and I relish the opportunity to work with colleagues from other establishments.Up

Ruth Thomas

Ruth ThomasI am currently Assistant Headteacher of the Wickford C of E School with responsibilities in Senior leadership, leadership of Mathematics and  RE and  mentoring students and NQTs. I also have thirteen years of experience teaching and leading in other schools in Essex and Kent with a focus on Key Stage 1 and Early Years.

I previously worked as a Primary Mathematics Consultant, working to support schools and teachers across Essex in developing teaching and learning and assessment, particularly in mathematics. Since joining the HEARTS Academy, I have provided support to teachers from a range of other schools in developing teaching, learning and assessment.

I have an LCI  accreditation in coaching. This has led me to appreciate the power of collaborative CPD  and lesson study. I have found that working with teachers collaboratively to improve aspects of their practice they have identified, is an effective and  positive experience for all involved .

I am passionately committed to the importance of supporting every child to achieve their potential in every aspect and helping them to become confident and enthusiastic learners.  I also have a tremendous respect for the profession of teaching and for the many creative and expert skills teachers use every day.
 

Michelle Turner

I have been teaching at Beauchamp's High School as an Outstanding Maths teacher for four years. I have implemented assessment for learning strategies which have raised the standards of teaching across the department from good to outstanding. Strategies that I have introduced are now used across the wider school. I am responsible for year nine and ten in both Maths and Statistics within the department and have a whole school role as a Senior Peer Mentor.

Within the Senior Peer Mentoring role I have had a whole school CPD focus on ensuring challenge for our higher ability learners. This includes the delivery of CPD through sharing good practice at staff briefings, chairing hub meetings and delivering twilight training sessions. I have delivered training sessions on 'Ensuring a Growth Mindset', 'Assessment for Learning', and 'Differentiation'. I have worked with a range of staff from ITTs and NQTs to experienced members of staff supporting them with their assessment for learning, student feedback, and in developing their questioning.

Danny Wagstaff

Danny-WagstaffI am currently a Director of Learning with responsibility for teaching and learning across key stage 2. My specialism lies within the maths curriculum; developing teaching and learning to match the higher expectations; new assessment and feedback policies; implementing mastery teaching and use of high quality resources. I am passionate about whole class maths teaching and the belief that all children can achieve, this is built around my desire to improve subject knowledge and teachers confidence in teaching maths. Within my current role I have ran CPD sessions for teachers on all aspects of maths teaching, redesigned marking and feedback policies to reduce workload and support progress and implemented new assessment systems. I take pride in empowering and developing middle leaders and see them as the key to continued school development.  I am currently a Subject Matter Expert supporting the facilitation and design of the NPQSL and ML.


Kayleigh Young

I have worked at the Hearts Academy Trust for 6 years and have taught at an outstanding and a special measures school. I have taught Year 1, Reception and a mixed reception/KS1 class. I currently lead early years across two schools in the Hearts Academy Trust and teach a nursery and reception class at Stambridge Primary School. Since leading Early Years I have supported with teaching and learning and have helped achieve a 30% increase in children attaining GLD at the end of reception. I have also taught a class that has achieved well above national average for GLD over 2 years. I have developed a structure for moderation that supports professional discussion and an evidence bank, making moderation a more positive experience. I have coached and mentored teachers varying from trainee teachers to experienced teachers throughout a number of schools, sharing good practice in EYFS. I have supported developing the Hearts Academy Trusts Early Years curriculum over the past 2 years and baseline assessments to ensure children reach their full potential and become inquisitive and enthusiastic learners.


National Leaders of Governance

David Faulkner

David FaulknerDavid Faulkner is both the Chair of the Board of Directors at Hearts Multi-academy Trust as well as the Chair of the local governing body of two of the schools in the Trust, namely Waterman and Stambridge Primary Schools in Rochford. He has been a governor at various schools in Essex over the past 10 years and is often appointed by the local authority to assist poor performing schools as an additional governor or member of an interim executive board.

David worked in the financial services industry for 35 years and worked all over the world, during which time he gained lots of experience with human resources, budgeting, financial management, strategic planning, risk management and many other skills that help in his governor duties.

David has just obtained his National Leader of Governance (NLG) status from the Department for Education which will allow him to assist other schools in building and maintaining effective governance. David is particularly experienced in Safeguarding and Finances in schools and has sat on various appeals and complaints panels at a variety of schools.Up

National Leaders of Governance – East of England

Specialist Leaders of Education

 

National Leaders of Education

Debbie Rogan OBE

Debbie has been a teacher for over 30 years. She was appointed as Headteacher of The Wickford Church of England school in 2003 after working as a teacher and deputy in a range of schools in Essex.  She also worked as a Local Authority advisor and Expert unattached teacher for 4 years.

In June 2016 she was an awarded an OBE in the queen's 90th birthday honours' list.

Debbie is the Executive head and CEO of HEARTS Trust. She has been a NLE since 2009.  This Trust  is currently made up of 4 schools, two alternative provision groups, a large early years provision for 2 and 3 year olds and the Teaching school.   She is an OFSTED inspector, pupil premium reviewer and SIAMS inspector. The founding school in the Trust, The Wickford C of E school jointly leads the TSA with Hilltop infant  school and is a National support school.

She is currently an elected member of the Eastern and North East London RSC Academy Headteacher board.

 

Karen Mackenzie

 After a period of time as a Local Leader of Education, I became a National Leader of Education in July 2013. I have supported a range of schools throughout the primary phase and the other staff at Hilltop Infant School have also been actively involved in this school to school work. Although we have mainly worked with schools in the south of Essex, I have also supported a school in Waltham Forest and a school in Southwark.

The schools I have worked with as an NLE have faced a range of challenges and the support offered has been tailored to meet their needs. I have been involved in recruitment, reviews of learning and teaching, intensive support in EYFS, governor development and providing mentoring support for newly-appointed headteachers. During Summer 2014, I worked for  two days a week providing leadership at a school where the headteacher was on maternity leave.

In October 2015, I was asked to speak at the induction conference for newly- designated NLEs in Nottingham.

I currently job-share the role of Teaching School lead headteacher and am the partnership lead for schools in theBack to top Wickford area. I have recently trained as a Pupil Premium Reviewer.

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