Local Leaders of Education

Janice Allen

  • Local Leader of Education
  • Assessment, Leadership of continuing professional development (CPLPD), Leadership of curriculum, Safeguarding, Special educational needs (SEND)
  • Comprehensive schools, academies and free schools, secondary Schools

Summary

Leadership is strong across our own school and the TDT report and Ofsted report highlight this. The way we develop staff is careful and considered and this has permeated through the school from leaders at all levels.

We are very open to visitors and have had a number of visitors from across the country to look at our curriculum and assessment at the recommendation of other.

I have also supported indirectly colleagues from other schools in leadership development and curriculum expertise. More recently, I have supported Deputy’s stepping up to Headship and undertaken intensive support for a school in Special Measures.

I have delivered intensive support of schools and leaders in difficult circumstances and also provided a more light touch for colleagues where it has required coaching and/or mentoring.

Strengths

School organisation, support to new Head teachers, systems and structures, Key Stage 1 challenge curriculum, Social Emotional and Mental Health expertise

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Chris Ashley

  • Local Leader of Education
  • Assessment, Attendance, Behaviour and discipline, Closing the gap, Leadership of continuing professional development (CPLPD), Leadership of curriculum

Summary

Teaching and management experience in a variety of settings from east London to Salford and Bury; Issue analysis; Action Planning for RI to Good; SEMH and inclusion; Developing high expectations within teams; use of strong team within my own school to support other schools. Communication skills ( published children's author and have written for Granada TV series)

Strengths

  • Developing a team which communicates positively, thoughtfully and shows impact
  • Leading change
  • Professional learning and development
  • Curriculum development and assessment – contributed to online programmes developed by the Assessment Academy
  • Community cohesion
  • Incremental coaching
  • Safeguarding
  • Evaluating pastoral and SEN systems
  • Self-evaluation and school improvement planning

Deployments

Newly Designated as LLE

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Helen Atkinson-Smith

  • Local Leader of Education
  • Assessment, Attendance, Initial teacher training (ITT), Leadership of continuing professional development (CPLPD), Leadership of curriculum, Newly qualified teacher (NQT) development, Safeguarding

Strengths

Support for schools, mentor and coach

Deployments

Newly designated (March 2019).

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Sally Burston

  • Local Leader of Education
  • Special educational needs (SEND)
  • State school Comprehensive schools, Faith schools, Grammar schools, Academies and free schools, Independent school, Nurseries, Primary schools, Secondary Schools, High schools, Special Schools

Summary

Conducted SEND Reviews in 2 large mainstream primary schools in 2018.

Quote from Alison Chard @ Spring field Primary : "The impact of our SEND Review, led by Sally Burston in September 2018 has been extremely significant in all of the areas identified."

Delivered all the SEND CPD training for Trafford Teaching Schools Alliance from 2017 - present.

Commissioned to deliver SEND awareness training to primary mainstream Governors through Trust GS.

Supported the training of new SENCOs in Trafford LA.

Participated in School 2 School support projects in SEN schools across the North West.

Been Headteacher @ Delamere School since 2012 - led the school to Outstanding Ofsted judgement in all areas June 2017.

Strengths

All aspects of Special Educational Needs & Disability, Conducting SEND Reviews, SEND CPD, Creating Inclusive Classrooms, Managing Change, Headteacher of Autism Accredited school, Headteacher of Inclusion Quality Mark Centre of Excellence School.

Deployments

No official deployments as LLE / only recently designated.

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Joy Clark

  • Local Leader of Education

Strengths

Supporting Heads, Leadership Teams and Governors in schools in Ofsted categories. School Governance - ensuring rigour and challenge. Since Autumn 2018 the Oak Trust has grown with 2 Primaries and a High School. Joy has implemented robust School Improvement strategies across the Trust to align good practice.

Deployments

I've not been deployed as an LLE, however, I have been asked by my Local Authority to lead School to School Support with others schools within the Authority.

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Gillian Evans

  • Local Leader of Education
  • Assessment, English, Leadership of continuing professional development (CPLPD), Leadership of curriculum, Safeguarding
  • State schools, Faith schools, Independent schools, Primary schools

Summary

I have achieved LLE designation in 2018 after many years employment as a teacher and leader within the LA. In addition to the teaching roles I have always worked for the LA in an advisory role, mainly in KS1 and within assessment but also with literacy based professional development.

Strengths

KS1 Assessment (Moderation Manager for LA), Whole School Curriculum Development, Teaching and Learning, Staff CPD, deployment, restructuring, whole school reading training, mental health and wellbeing, LA liaison, Improvement Planning

Deployments

Deployed with Bury Teaching School to support the SSIF bid, organised a Reading Fluency project and worked with schools involved to assess their Y6 pupils pre and post intervention - 80% of pupils at borderline of Y6 EXS in KS2 SATS achieved EXS post intervention.

Worked with Wayne Tennent (Brunel University) to organise and lead a reading comprehension project across a year with 13 schools from Bury and Bolton. Extremely positive feedback from all schools. 12 of 13 schools completed the full year project and took part in a sharing session with the other schools in the project.

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Ann Flannery

  • Local Leader of Education
  • Assessment, Closing the gap, Leadership of curriculum
  • State schools

Summary

Headteacher 12 years. Previous member of the Local Authority School Improvement Team. Associate for an independent school improvement company

Strengths

  • Curriculum development and innovation (incl. Learning Outside The Classroom)
  • Senior and Middle leadership development
  • Quality of Teaching
  • Pupil Outcomes (high focus on the progress of disadvantaged pupils, boys and more able)

Deployments

Deployed in a school improvement role in a number of state schools:

  • Reviewed and revised SES and SIDP
  • Supported Curriculum development and innovation (LOTC)
  • Reviewed and revised school assessment and tracking systems
  • Provided training and STSS for teachers, Middle leadership to raise the Quality of Teaching
  • Devised a cohesive Leadership Strategic Monitoring Programme
  • Provided STSS for teachers in all cohorts with a focus on ensuring high quality outcomes

Impact:

  • SIDP, SES and action planning more evaluative and succinct
  • A more balanced, broad and impactful curriculum that is bespoke to the school context
  • CPD programme closely aligned to SIDP priorities
  • Senior and Middle Leaders have a more secure understanding of the school’s current position and judgements are clearly aligned with pupil outcomes and data
  • Developed a cohesive and rigorous strategic monitoring programme which is focussed on the SIDP priorities
  • The school’s assessment systems are more efficient in tracking progress and supporting target setting
  • Middle Leaders feel more confident and effective in their role
  • SLT and HT more confident in presenting data and reporting to governors
  • Increased consistency in the Quality of Teaching and expectations for pupil outcomes
  • Staff morale improved and partnership between the schools has strengthened

Leadership and Management (Previously RI) received a judgement of GOOD from Ofsted (March 2018)
School judged GOOD in all areas in Local Authority review (Nov 2018)

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Anita Harrop

  • Local Leader of Education
  • Assessment, Attendance, Behaviour and discipline, Citizenship, Early years, English, EYFS, Geography, History, Leadership of curriculum
  • Faith schools, Independent schools, Primary schools

Summary

I am an experienced primary headteacher. My experience as a leader of education includes working in and supporting schools in different settings including small and large schools. I have worked with schools with different Ofsted ratings and at different places on their journey to outstanding. I have worked across different LAs and dioceses and I am in my second headship. I have worked as an associate school improvement adviser and LLE and I am currently studying for the NPQ in executive leadership.

Strengths

Strategic vision, distributed leadership, effective teaching and learning, accelerating achievement, effective assessment systems, effective governance, positive relationships, outstanding school.

Deployments

  • St Hilda's CE Primary School
  • St Hugh’s RC Primary, Timperley
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Christopher Hunt

  • Local Leader of Education
  • Attendance, Behaviour and discipline, Closing the gap, Leadership of continuing professional development (CPLPD), Safeguarding
  • Comprehensive school, Faith school, Academies and free schools, Secondary Schools, High schools

Summary

I have had a number of short-term deployments in local secondary schools supporting newly appointed headteachers and in a range of peer reviews as well as supporting school improvement through local authority support work.

Strengths

Coach, Mentor, LA School Improvement Partner and Governor

Deployments

St Gregory's High School, Cardinal Newman Catholic High School, Lymm High School, Turton High School

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Rebecca Howarth

  • Local Leader of Education
  • Assessment, Attendance, Behaviour and discipline, Closing the gap, Leadership of continuing professional development (CPLPD), Leadership of curriculum, Maths, Newly qualified teacher (NQT) development, Safeguarding
  • Academies and free schools, Primary schools

Summary

Newly designated May 2019

Strengths

Developing strong leadership, Planning for school improvement, Effective in leading and deploying a team, Committed and passionate, Consistency of systems and processes, Development and work of Lead Practitioners, Outward facing and forward thinking, Leading change, Quality of teaching and learning, Curriculum, Innovative feedback approach

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Rachel Jacques

  • Local Leader of Education
  • Behaviour and discipline, Closing the gap, EYFS, Initial Teacher Training (ITT), Leadership of Continuing Professional Development (CPLPD), Leadership of curriculum, Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) development
  • Primary schools

Summary

It's always a privilege to be asked to support another school. Along with my team of excellent teachers, including some SLEs, we have supported a local school to move from RI to Good. We have a Specialist Resource Provision for SEMH attached to our mainstream and have supported many schools, teachers and pupils with our way of working to include these children. Our challenge curriculum in Key Stage 1 has also been shared with over 100 teachers now from the local area and further afield.

Strengths

School organisation, support to new Head teachers, systems and structures, Key Stage 1 challenge curriculum, Social Emotional and Mental Health expertise

Deployments

  • Local Primary School in Moston - support around developing middle leaders with their roles and responsibilities - moved from RI to Good
  • Local Primary School in Moston - currently supporting around developing their teaching and learning style around Key Stage 1 and developing a challenge curriculum
  • Local Head teacher in Blackley - support around school organisation and HR matters
  • New Headteacher in Trafford - mentor and advice around school organisation and action planning
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Angela Leach

  • Local Leader of Education
  • Academies and academy transition, Closing the gap, EYFS, Newly qualified teacher (NQT) development, Phonics
  • Academies and free schools, Primary schools

Summary

I have not been deployed in my capacity as an LLE, however, I have supported schools across my Local Authority as a SIP and adviser to governing bodies to support Headteacher Appraisal. I have also supported the development of teaching and learning in academies across a number of LAs.

Strengths

Supporting the development of leadership teams, staff teams and NQTs, Supporting governing bodies to ensure rigour, EYFS development, Registered Pupil Premium Reviewer, Accredited member of the Association of Education Advisors

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Karen Leyland

  • Local Leader of Education
  • Assessment, Behaviour and discipline, Leadership of continuing professional development (CPLPD) Leadership of curriculum
  • Primary schools

Summary

Most recently I have worked as a School Improvement Partner in schools. Both of which have been judged 'good' in their last Ofsted inspections. These were schools who have progressed from RI and are seeking to be outstanding.

Strengths

Ensuring quality teaching and learning, triangulating data to judge the quality of teaching and learning and linking professional development needs to school improvement plans.

Deployments

River View Primary School where I worked on school development planning. This was commented on in their subsequent Ofsted 'The school now focusses on the right school improvement priorities'. Moorside Primary School where I am currently working on diminishing the gap between PP and NPP. Work is on-going.

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Jo Lindon

  • Local Leader of Education
  • Attendance, Citizenship Closing the gap, Leadership of continuing professional development (CPLPD), Leadership of curriculum
  • State schools, Faith schools, Academies and free schools, Primary schools

Summary

I became an LLE in 2016 and have supported a number of different schools across Greater Manchester on bespoke projects. Some around development of core subject areas; writing and maths, and others about development of classroom practice as well as developing leadership capacity.

I have also delivered training courses on middle leadership, subject leadership and coaching. I Chair a group of curriculum leads in a network collaborative looking at strategic planning for building an outstanding curriculum.

I am passionate about the role of school to school support and the role leaders have in building capacity and growing new talent in schools.

Strengths

Developing leadership capacity, building a coaching culture, embedding growth mindset to raise attainment, wellbeing and nurture, curriculum leadership

Deployments

Collaborative of 4 schools in Tameside - developing Maths and EYFS, project resulted in improved EYFS attainment of ELG in maths and maths GD % across schools.

Worked with a Blackpool school on supporting their year 3 teachers with writing and maths, both teachers improved in their teaching and learning and progress for cohort increased.

Supported 2 schools in Oldham to develop middle leadership capacity to lead English. Both schools improved ARE and GD attainment and progress in writing.

Supported a Bolton school with developing leadership capacity and conducted several school reviews to support school development planning.

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Sarah Rudd

  • Local Leader of Education
  • Assessment, Attendance, Behaviour and discipline, Closing the gap, Early years, EYFS, Initial teacher training (ITT), Leadership of continuing professional development (CPLPD), Leadership of curriculum, Newly qualified teacher (NQT) development, Personal, social and health education (PSHE), Safeguarding, School business management and financial management
  • State school, Faith school, Academies and free schools, Primary schools

Summary

I became a Local Leader of Education to support colleagues to enable the best outcomes and opportunities for all children. As a serving Head teacher who has worked in a variety of contexts I understand the pressures, challenges and opportunities that headship brings. I am good at connecting with head teachers and members of the leadership team, working with people I can use my experiences to develop individuals and identify areas for development in a caring and supportive way.

Strengths

Supporting new head teachers and acting head teachers, Self-evaluation and school improvement, identifying key priorities, Parental engagement, Behaviour management, Safeguarding, Cluster Working

Deployments

I have not had any formal deployments yet as I qualified in March. I have had informal deployments in addition to my own first hand experience working in a school that was initially on its way to RI and then moving it to Good.

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Georgina Ryding

  • Local Leader of Education
  • Attendance, Leadership of continuing professional development (CPLPD), Newly qualified teacher (NQT) development, Safeguarding, Special educational needs (SEND)
  • State schools, Faith schools, Primary schools

Summary

I have been Headteacher of St. Matthew's (Little Lever) for 12 years.

I have had the privilege of working on two secondments as an Executive Headteacher, alongside a colleague, in schools that required an interim full time Headteacher.

In addition to teaching and learning I had a specific focus on the review and development of safeguarding and SEND, focusing on both system and cultural change, as well as finance, budgeting, health and safety and building maintenance.

My real passion, though, is engaging staff in creating and living a positive school ethos. The ethos at St Matthew's is at the heart of everything we do and is reflected in the very positive relationships between all members of the school community.

Strengths

Support for new Headteachers, school structures and organisations, development of NQT’s and support staff, SEND and developing whole school ethos.

Deployments

I have supported two schools in Bolton Local Authority as Executive Headteacher.

I am newly designated LLE.

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Rebecca Smith

  • Local Leader of Education
  • Attendance, Behaviour and discipline, Closing the gap, Leadership of continuing professional development (CPLPD), Newly qualified teacher (NQT) development, Safeguarding
  • State schools, Comprehensive schools, Grammar schools, Academies and free schools, Independent schools, Secondary Schools

Summary

Rebecca has been Principal of Co-op Academy North Manchester, an 11-16 OFSTED-rated Good school in the North of Manchester. Rebecca started her career teaching Biology at two leading Independent Schools before being appointed Head of Biology at another local outstanding school. She was later appointed to the senior leadership team of that school with responsibility for teaching, learning and achievement. As part of this role, she also completed extensive school to school support and facilitated on a number of national courses for the teaching school. In 2014, she was made a Co-Principal within the academy Trust and seconded to the school where she is now Principal which was inadequate at the time.

In 2015, she was appointed the substantive Principal of Manchester Creative and Media Academy, which shortly afterwards joined the Co-op Academies Trust. Rebecca has been a coach for Women in Education, and has supported in different schools at different levels. She is also a Pupil premium reviewer. In addition, she has spoken at a national and regional level on a number of issues relating to education.

Strengths

Leadership Development, Support to other Leadership team members, Coaching, School improvement across all areas, developing positive cultures in schools.

Deployments

Although Rebecca has not yet been deployed through her LLE role, she has completed a number of school to school support roles throughout her career, and has taken her own school from inadequate to good. In addition to this, she is also a pupil premium reviewer and has carried out reviews in both the Greater Manchester area and also in Leeds.

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David Waites

  • Local Leader of Education
  • Academies and academy transition, Assessment, Behaviour and discipline, Closing the gap, Newly qualified teacher (NQT) development, Safeguarding
  • Academies and free schools, Primary schools

Summary

I am an enthusiastic Headteacher of a two form entry Primary school which is situated in a challenging area with high levels of disadvantage, SEND and EAL. I am passionate about giving children the best start in education in order to enable them to develop a love of learning and overcome barriers within their lives. This philosophy has driven our school improvement over the past five years and seen our results rise to above national average in all key areas. This has been achieved whilst not losing sight of our belief that all children deserve a well-rounded education that values sport, arts, and music. This has also been used as a model of good practice across our Multi-Academy Trust where I am one of the strategic Leads.

Strengths

The first three years of Headship, Developing an effective behaviour management strategy across a school, Using data effectively through consistent tracking and monitoring, Leadership development, Creating an effective curriculum, Safeguarding, Building relationships within a school.

Deployments

A primary school in Bury - Helped implement a model of focussed intervention (PiXL) which helped drive standards across the school and raise aspiration. The school now have a targeted approach with clear targets aimed at key marginals in Maths, Reading and Writing. The impact has been significant in raising KS1 and KS2 data.

A primary school in Bury - Developed a method of engaging all staff in a consistent approach to dealing with challenging behaviour. The impact has been that the model has been fully rolled out across the school, this has led to a marked reduction in the numbers of incidents that require adult intervention.

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Gwyn Williams

  • Local Leader of Education
  • Behaviour and discipline, Closing the gap, Leadership of curriculum, School business management and financial management, Support for most able pupils
  • State school Comprehensive school, Academies and free schools, Secondary Schools High schools

Summary

I have worked as a senior leader in schools with very different contexts, including those with very challenging demographics. Since becoming head at Lymm High School, outcomes have risen significantly – from below average in terms of progress to somewhere around the top 10% nationally in 2019. This has come about at least partly, I like to think, because of the clarity of focus and ‘common sense’ approach I have brought to analysing issues and identifying those actions that are most likely to have a positive impact.

Strengths

Raising achievement, strategic planning, financial planning, coaching/mentoring of senior and middle leaders, provision for most able, quality assurance of teaching and learning.

Deployments

Only recently designated as an LLE, but have provided school improvement support for various schools in different areas of the country over the past few years (e.g. Tytherington School in Macclesfield, Wallingford and Langtree schools in Oxfordshire, Culcheth High School in Warrington). In particular, I have supported schools in developing strategies for raising achievement, developing the quality of middle leadership and monitoring the quality of teaching and learning.

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