I am Principal at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, a first cohort Teaching School, with a SCITT and Maths Hub. I have been an NLE since 2016 and have experience of providing a range of support to schools within our alliance and beyond. As a higher level coach, I have worked with newly appointed head teachers and have supported senior leaders who are looking to develop their leadership skills. I have considerable experience in carrying out school reviews and supporting schools to identify their improvement needs. I have been deployed as part of the DfE’s school improvement offer, supporting school to quality assure their self-evaluation and development plan and identify appropriate external support. I am Senior Leadership Link for the North West One Maths Hub and continue to teach mathematics on a weekly basis. I am also a governor at a local pupil referral unit.
As the Principal of a national support school, I benefit from the support and expertise of our teaching school alliance. The Alliance for Learning Teaching School is a large partnership of primary and secondary schools, colleges, universities and organisations from across the North-West, who share their knowledge, skills, expertise and experience to achieve the common goal of continuous educational improvement. The teaching school has a high profile and an outstanding reputation nationally for quality. We have led a number of successful initiatives in recent years, including the GM Mentally Healthy Schools and Colleges programme; we are the regional lead for teacher subject specialist training and a Sport England regional PE hub. In order to carry out work of the highest calibre, we work closely with a range of nationally recognised organisations. These include Ambition School Leadership, Challenge Partners, Mental Health First Aid England, The Prince’s Teaching Institute and the National Centre for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching (NCETM).
School reviews, school improvement, leadership development, coaching senior leaders and head teachers, mathematics.
I have provided long term support to the head teachers of two schools, who have been able to secure improved Ofsted grades.
I have worked with a newly opened school to develop leadership and implement an appropriate curriculum. We were able to put a range of support in place for leaders at all levels. The school went on to secure a good judgement in its first Ofsted inspection.
I have provided support to a number of schools where mathematics outcomes were low, and enabled leaders to identify appropriate strategies to improve their work in this area.
As part of the 2018/19 school improvement offer, I worked with a tier 1 and a tier 2 school to identify key areas for improvement and plan appropriate interventions. I was able to support the tier 2 school to secure funding to develop their leadership capacity and improve their curriculum offer. My successful deployment in the tier 1 school has led to an ongoing relationship, through which we have provided further support and challenge to the school's leaders.
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