Specialist Leaders of Education

Or book National Leader of Education

Deb Hastings

SLE

Maths

Currently at Merton Park Primary School. | Year 3 Class Teacher | SLT | Maths Lead

I have been a teacher for 17 years, mostly in a small school in Wimbledon. I have seen many changes to teaching in the years and have often had to develop my practice and learn new skills, especially in Maths. I have led Maths in my school for 14 years and I have worked as an Advanced Skills Teacher within Merton.

This meant I worked with the Maths consultants and in schools giving support and guidance to both teachers and leaders of Maths. I have also completed research for the NCETM and used this to further train teachers and leaders in Merton, Wimbledon and Richmond. I love teaching Maths in Primary school and trying new ideas to bring the subject alive.

I can help with both teaching and learning and middle leadership. I have taught in all KS1 and KS2 classes and have extensive knowledge of KS2. I can help with planning, teaching and learning and am currently developing a mastery style of teaching within my school. I have done lots of work on CPA and how to engage all learners in the classroom. I can also support new subject leaders with starting their new role, getting to grips with the data and how they can move their school forward.

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James Berry

SLE

Maths

I am in my 7th year of work at Chesterton Primary School where I have moved from NQT starting my career to now being Deputy Head responsible for Assessment and Lead for the London South West Maths hub.

I am very passionate about recent developments in teaching and learning in Maths with a focus on teaching for mastery. Having been involved in the DfE's Shanghai exchange in 2014/15 I feel I have a good understanding of the principles behind teaching for mastery.

As well as leading assessment and Maths at Chesterton, I also lead the London South West Maths Hub. As part of this programme I regularly lead training and deliver gallery lessons to a wide range of professionals.

I can offer support to school leaders in implementing effective assessment systems under the new curriculum expectations. I can also provide bespoke support in terms of Maths leadership development for new subject leaders and middle leaders.

I can also provide whole school training/INSET based on teaching for mastery.

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Stewart Murdoch

SLE

Maths

I have taught for 13 years in London (Boroughs of Ealing, Bexley and Lewisham) and most recently in Kent. My introduction to mastery began in 2015, attending CPD sessions from the Elmhurst Teaching School Alliance, this lead to my appointment as NCETM Professional Development Lead in 2016. The introduction and embedding of the mastery approach in my current school gave me the opportunity to represent the school at a KCC Mathematics Conference showcasing good examples in Mathematics Mastery. In September 2016, I was appointed Specialist Leader of Education for Primary Mathematics by the WTSA.

  • Primary Mathematics (specifically KS2)
  • Mathematics mastery
  • Micro progression steps
  • Singapore Bar method
  • Using and applying sessions
  • Planning sequences
  • Reasoning
  • Years 5 & 6
  • Support for new coordinators
  • Support NQTs/RQTs
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Priya Rawal

SLE

Maths

Throughout the past eight years, I have taught in some capacity throughout both key stages however my expertise lies with Key Stage 2.

Starting in a two-form entry school in Surrey, I moved to inner London two years into my career. Within this school, I first took on the role of Maths Lead and was instrumental in changing the entire teaching programme, assessment systems and teaching and learning practises. It was during this time that I also took on the role as a Leading Teaching for Wandsworth borough. Teachers from within the borough would come to visit and observe my practise.

Most recently I have moved to Chesterton Primary (a teaching school and base of the South West London Maths Hub) where I lead Maths and also lead a Maths Hub project. Throughout my career, I have had experience of working in different school environments. Within my previous school, they were going through an extremely difficult transition period.

The entire Maths curriculum, assessments and practices had to be updated and improved rapidly in a very short period. It was my responsibility to do this in a manner which engaged, encouraged and motivated the staff- a skill which I feel I can now bring to other schools. Most recently I have had an immense amount of experience of building up the 'mastery' system of teaching within my current school and creating resources through the Maths Hub to support other schools

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Susan Dunn

SLE

Drama

I was trained at St Mary's University and specialised in directing for the theatre and subsequently completed my PGCE course at the Institute of Education. I have taught for 24 years and have been a Deputy Head of Year, a Head of Department and now a Head of Faculty/Cluster. I have worked at Goldsmiths University for 12 years as a mentor on the Drama PGCE course and have trained many teachers over the years.

I specialise in producing large scale productions, musicals, dance evenings and showcases at Burntwood. As well as my teaching position, I also work part-time as an Associate Producer of Tooting Arts Club, an award winning theatre company which I set up with ex-Burntwood student Rachel Edwards. I have many professional links with the Performing Arts business and have found a variety of ways of integrating this knowledge into my own teaching and in the running of my cluster.

I would love to give any interested teacher support in developing any aspect of the Performing Arts. Our system of assessing students, monitoring progress and target setting is a real strength of our department. If your assessment systems need an overhaul or fresh ideas why not spend a day here at Burntwood looking at our systems or I can spend a day helping you to update and refresh your own? Recently I have been working alongside colleagues looking at teachers' mindsets and how working with teachers outside of our specialism can bring a fresh perspective on our own teaching pedagogy.

I worked alongside a D&T teacher wanting to find more interactive ways of approaching evaluation and I was able to bring some standard systems used in the Performing Arts to help her to plan a more exciting and risk taking strategy. It would be great to work alongside teachers from all disciplines to explore dynamic ways into a topic or subject.

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Lesley Brenton

SLE

Science

During my teaching career I have worked in both mixed and single sexed multicultural schools in Canada, New Zealand and recently London for the past 10 years. Currently I am at Burntwood School as Head of Science teacher with multiple responsibilities. They include overseeing 20 teachers across the 3 Science specialism, 4 technicians as well as overseeing the vocational curriculum and working with local Primaries in the community liaison role. My community liaison role involves supporting non-specialist Primary teachers and delivering the National Science Curriculum to enthuse students. I also work with the Primary students to stretch the more able as well as deliver lessons to Key Stage 2 classes.

I am able to provide support for

  • Separtment leaders
  • NQTs
  • Non-specialist teachers
  • Moderation of coursework
  • Schemes of learning
  • Organisation and structure of assessments
  • Tracking and monitoring of progress

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Danine Smith

SLE

Maths, Science, EYFS

The majority of my experience is in Inner London Primary schools. I have also taught in an International school in Thailand. I have mainly taught Pre-Nursery, Early Years and Key Stage One. I have led numerous subjects, including Maths, Science and PSHE. I have also been a SENCO. I have supported the professional development of key leaders in a variety of schools. I run the Beyond Early Years course and have carried out NQT training.

I have been a member of the senior leadership team for a number of years and I am currently the Head of School at Chesterton Primary School but retain a passion for the Early Years.

What I can bring

  • Support the development of Early Years practice through supporting leaders, teachers and support staff.
  • Analyse data to identify strengths and areas of development.
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Sorcha Long

SLE

History

During my teaching career I have worked in both mixed and single sexed multicultural schools in Canada, New Zealand and recently London for the past 10 years. Currently I am at Burntwood School as Head of Science teacher with multiple responsibilities. They include overseeing 20 teachers across the 3 Science specialism, 4 technicians as well as overseeing the vocational curriculum and working with local Primaries in the community liaison role. My community liaison role involves supporting non-specialist Primary teachers and delivering the National Science Curriculum to enthuse students. I also work with the Primary students to stretch the more able as well as deliver lessons to Key Stage 2 classes.

I am able to provide support for

  • Separtment leaders
  • NQTs
  • Non-specialist teachers
  • Moderation of coursework
  • Schemes of learning
  • Organisation and structure of assessments
  • Tracking and monitoring of progress

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Vicky Linke

SLE

English

Deputy Head at Chesterton Primary School.

For the last 10 years I have worked in inner London Primary schools. I have taught across KS1 and KS2 and have led reading and writing in different schools supporting the development of key leaders in different settings. I have been a deputy head for the past 3 years and lead on curriculum with a particular focus on reading/writing and NQT provision.

What support can I bring?

  • Support the development of teaching and learning in KS1 and KS2
  • Support for embedding grammar through the curriculum
  • Support with planning, marking and assessment
  • INSET training
  • Support for leaders, teachers and support staff
  • Supporting NQTs
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Ed Ming

SLE

Maths

Currently at Hunton Church of England Primary School. Mathematics Leader | Assistant Headteacher | Year 5/6 Class Teacher

Having worked as a Year 4 teacher in a school in Mitcham, London, I moved to a rural school in Kent and taught Year 3/4. My introduction to teaching for mastery started in early 2015, whereby I attended a number of mastery courses. This included training and being appointed as a Professional Development Lead through the National Teaching College for Excellence in Mathematics.

I subsequently ensured that a mastery approach to teaching and learning was introduced and embedded across my whole school, before aiding neighbouring schools in a collaboration to improve the standards of Mathematics. I was also invited to demonstrate the mastery practise of our school at a Kent County Council Mathematics conference. Currently, I am teaching a Year 1/ 2 class and have recently been appointed SLE by the WTSA.

I can provide support with

  • Planning for mastery in Primary Mathematics (Years 1-6)
  • Microscopic progression steps
  • Planning sequential lesson steps
  • Support for coordinators
  • Support for NQTs/RQTs
  • Medium term planning
  • Mathematical reasoning
  • Singapore Bar Model
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Alex Green

SLE

Phonics, EYFS

Deputy Head at Chesterton Primary School.

The majority of my experience is in Inner London Primary schools. I have mainly taught Early Years and Key Stage One. I have led subject areas and phase groups as well as being a lead teacher for phonics and Early Years. I have been a Deputy Head for 4 years and in this role I have led on assessment, inclusion, performance management, teaching & learning in the lower school, the curriculum, behaviour and safeguarding. I have delivered NQT training, offered school to school support and have also run the Beyond Early Years course.

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Helen Shaw

SLE

Maths

Areas of Expertise

  • Teaching and Learning support
  • Teaching using Maths-No Problem!
  • Implementing a mastery approach using M-NP! across a number of schools
  • Monitoring and evaluating outcomes and T&L

Biography

  • I have taught in KS2 in 4 schools (mainly KS2)
  • Became a Year Leader and Maths Lead in one school
  • Then became Maths lead across 2 schools before being made responsible for maths across the trust. I deliver training and CPD, support teachers in the classroom and with regular updates

What Support Can I Bring?

  • Teaching and Learning support especially involving the use of Maths-No Problem!
  • Implementing a mastery approach using M-NP!
  • Monitoring and evaluating outcomes and T&L
  • Supporting teachers and leaders
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