SCHOOL TO SCHOOL SUPPORT

IMPROVING OUTCOMES FOR CHILDREN

Kent & Medway Teaching Schools Network (KMTSN) have devised a protocol to support National Leaders of Education, Local Leaders of Education and Specialist Leaders of Education who have been commissioned to work with schools “requiring improvement” and schools causing concern during 2015-16.

Professional Conduct
The KMTSN School to School support teams will seek at all times to work in a professional manner, with a clear focus on improving outcomes for children so that supported schools are able to move from requiring improvement as judged by Ofsted towards good at their next inspection. Support will be brokered by local Teaching Schools Alliances and delivered in a spirit of mutual respect designed to build capacity in the supported schools so that they can move rapidly to good through receiving high quality peer challenge and support. Confidentiality will be fully observed by all parties.

NLEs

National Leaders of Education NLEs are outstanding head teachers or principals who, together with the staff in their schools (designated national support schools (NSS), use their skills and experience to support schools in challenging circumstances. In addition to leading their own schools, NLEs work to increase the leadership capacity of other schools to help raise standards.

National leaders of education are headteachers, executive heads and CEOs, who have experience of effectively supporting schools in challenging circumstances.

NLEs work alongside teaching schools and other system leaders to support schools in delivering educational excellence everywhere to help raise standards.

There are currently over 1,100 NLEs. Our goal is to increase this by up to 700 more NLEs by 2020, targeting recruitment in areas of greatest need.

NLEs in our local area are:

Helen Tait

Folkestone Primary Academy

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Neil Birch

The Beacon Folkestone

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Tracey Luke

The Folkestone School for Girls

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Jane Garrett

St Eanswythe’s CE Primary School

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Liz Carter

Seabrook CE Primary School

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Annie Wiles

Canterbury Diocese Multi Academy Trust

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To locate a NLE in your area:
www.kmtsn.co.uk

For more information about becoming an NLE:
http://gov.uk/guidance/national-leaders-of-education-a-guide-for-potential-applicants

LLEs

Local Leaders in Education (LLEs) are successful head teachers who work alongside other heads to drive forward improvements and build capacity to ensure that improvements can be sustained. The role of the LLE is to work outside their own school, providing support and coaching to another head teacher and their school with the aim of school improvement.

If you are a headteacher and want to work with other schools to improve pupil outcomes, you might want to apply to be a local leader of education. In addition to leading your own school, you would have a coaching and mentoring role with a headteacher whose school is in challenging circumstances. The goal of the local leaders of education is to increase the leadership capacity of other schools to help raise standards. This is one part of the government’s plan to give schools a central role in developing a self-improving and sustainable school-led system. There are currently over 1,800 local leaders of education.

LLEs in our local area are:

Aly Ward

Hawkinge Primary School

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Angela Maxted

Cheriton Primary School

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Claire Egglestone

River Primary School

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Jo Highgate

Kingsdown & Ringwould Primary School

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Temple Ewell CE Primary School

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Tim Halling

Eastry Primary School

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To locate a LLE in your area:
www.kmtsn.co.uk

For more information about becoming an LLE:
http://gov.uk/guidance/national-leaders-of-education-a-guide-for-potential-applicants

SLEs

Senior Leaders in Eduction (SLEs) are outstanding middle and senior leaders such as assistant head teachers, key stage leaders or subject leaders with at least two years’ leadership experience.

SLEs in our local area are:

Nicholas Brinkley – All Souls’CE Primary School
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SLE Details
All Souls’ CE Primary School
Stanley Road
Folkestone
Kent
CT19 4LG

Key Area
Computing

Area of Expertise

  • Coding
  • Open source operating systems and software
  • Technical support
  • Cloud computing

Current Position
Computing coordinator

Bio
I have 12 years experience in the role of Computing coordinator. During this time I have developed and enhanced the use of computing across the curriculum within my school. I have also worked with a number of other schools on a variety of projects ranging from setting up iPad solutions to training on coding and robotics.

I can offer support with meeting the requirements of the new Computing curriculum. This may be through help with the management of subject budgets, installation of appropriate technology, developing long-term planning or providing staff training.

Nicky Brown – Folkestone School for Girls
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SLE Details
Folkestone School for Girls
Coolinge Lane
Folkestone
Kent
CT20 3RB

Key Area
English

Area of Expertise

  • English GCSE and A-level

Current Position
Assistant Headteacher and Leader/Teacher of EYFS

Bio
I started teaching in 2000 at Chatham Grammar School for Boys where I taught English, Media Studies and was Head of Department for Sociology. Following that I moved to Africa where I taught in an international school where the pupils were from a variety of social background, including children from the attached orphanage. On my return in 2003, I joined Folkestone School for Girls where to teach English and Media Studies. I became Director of Learning in 2007. My primary focus is GCSE English Language and Literature and A-level. I have taught and overseen A-level Literature, A-level Language and Literature as well as A-level Language.

During my time at the school I have been subject mentor for the PGCE students and I am responsible for Literacy across the curriculum.

Michelle Charlton-Taylor – St Peters CE Primary School
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SLE Details
St Peters CE Primary School
The Durlocks
Folkestone
Kent
CT19 6AL

Key Area
Arts

Area of Expertise

  • Delivering Arts Award
  • Applying for Artsmark
  • Using locality as a stimulus for curriculum;
  • Existing art works in local Folkestone community

Current Position
Assistant Headteacher

Bio
With funding through Artswork for the Shepway Teaching Alliance I have project managed arts based work between schools in the area. In total 12 schools in Shepway have taken part in ‘A Sense of Place’ and ‘A Sense of Self’ over the past two years (refer to www.asenseofplace.education for outlines of our work). These schools have all become Arts Award Centres and now deliver the Arts Award to their pupils, which are accredited by Trinity College London. They have also applied for Artsmark and made the arts part of their school development plan. As schools we looked at how to use our locality, particularly the existing art works around the town, to enhance curriculum and ‘hooks’ for pupils. We worked alongside Canterbury Christ Church University as part of an evaluation on the impact of arts in education for pupils and our work has been shared at national and international arts conferences within the last year.

Becky Dawe – Hawkinge Primary School
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SLE Details
Hawkinge Primary School
Canterbury Road
Hawkinge, Folkestone
CT18 7BN

Key Area
Primary Languages

Area of Expertise

  • French

Current Position
Year 5/6 teacher
SLT

Bio
I am in my fourteenth year of teaching having trained to teach at KS2 and KS3 as a language specialist. I introduced language teaching to my school as an NQT and after a few years successfully applied for the role of lead language teacher for Shepway. Within this role, I worked in a number of schools in the area supporting schools and staff with planning, teaching, assessment etc. As part of the Shepway Teaching School I worked as part of the primary languages project for CfBT which included running twilight course for teachers new to teaching French as well as leading a workshop at the NQT conference. Both of these were well received and I have been repeated annually. As an SLE I am available to work with schools, senior leaders and class teachers to support in all areas of language teaching including developing schemes of work, supporting teachers with planning and teaching, assessment etc. Working with other language specialists, I also lead language meetings at Sandgate Primary School which offer CPD opportunities as well as latest updates.

Matt Day – All Souls’CE Primary School
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SLE Details
All Souls’ CE Primary School
Stanley Rd
Folkestone
Kent
CT19 4LG

Key Area
Maths

Area of Expertise

  • Maths

Current Position
Year 5/6 teacher
MaST
Senior Leadership Team

Bio
I started teaching in 1997 and have worked in four different counties in a wide variety of schools in different contexts.

I love teaching maths and am passionate about promoting pupil enjoyment, confidence and attainment in mathematics.

My first experience of maths leadership was in 2001 and I have, more recently, qualified as a MaST (cohort 1). I have a great deal of experience as a coach/mentor and am involved in delivering training for the School Direct programme.

Rob Easton – Folkestone School for Girls
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SLE Details
Folkestone School for Girls
Coolinge Lane
Folkestone
Kent
CT20 3RB

Key Area
Computing & ICT

Area of Expertise

  • Improving attainment at all levels
  • Student motivation and behaviour
  • Programming (HTML, Scratch, VB.net & Python)
  • Enrichment ideas and bringing “fun” back into the curriculum

Current Position
Head of Computing/ICT Department, Folkestone School for Girls
Also a CAS Master Teacher

Bio
23 years teaching (6 Comprehensive, 9 High School and 8 Grammar), 17 years as a Head of Department; 8 years in Berkshire and 15 years in Kent.

Experience and significant success with courses including GCSE, Cambridge Nationals and A-level, both ICT and Computing. Department was ranked 1st in Kent for value added, in all of our courses (level 2, AS and A2) when we had a subject inspection a few years ago. Department currently achieving 100% with 3 levels of progress and 90%+ with 4 levels of progress.

Worked with Primary and Secondary schools for 8 years through specialist schools work.

Nationally known for ideas and tutorials for scratch programming.

Jamie Evans – Sandgate Primary School
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SLE Details

Sandgate Primary School
Coolinge Lane
Folkestone
Kent

Key Area
English

Area of Expertise

Teaching , learning and assessment of specific comprehension skills in order to improve children’s reading comprehension; writing and the impact of spoken language on the written word; strategies for teaching and supporting spelling; raising standards of punctuation and grammar through an integrated curriculum.

Current Position

English and Year 6 Leader
Full time Year 6 teacher

Bio
Jamie Evans has been the English leader at Sandgate since 2014. He currently teaches in Year 6, a position he has held at the school since 2013. In this time, he has led on the introduction of the new primary curriculum for English, and subsequently on teaching, learning and assessment of Reading, Writing and SPaG.

As part of Jamie’s role as the English leader at Sandgate, he will be continuing to build on the success of the Accelerated Reader programme, which has seen Sandgate nominated as one of the top three schools in England for their implementation. Sandgate will also be bidding to become a Talk 4 Writing Training Centre, building on the success of the two-year Talk 4 Writing project led by Pie Corbett from 2013-15.

Jamie will be further working with local schools on their teaching of reading comprehension, building from the bespoke model that he has developed and will also further build links with local schools who have been part of the Talk 4 Writing project.

Alison Grimmett – Folkestone Aged Academy
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SLE Details
Folkestone Aged Academy
Academy Lane
Folkestone Kent
CT19 5FP

Key Area
Early Years Foundation Stage

Area of Expertise

  • Early Years assessment
  • Observations of children’s learning
  • Early mark making and Write Dance
  • Early Years SENCo

Current Position
Senior Leader/Kindergarten Leader/School Direct mentor

Bio
I have led preschool settings for many years prior to starting my teaching career in 2004. Most recently I have established a kindergarten facility as part of a new school build within the Folkestone Academy; supporting children’s development through the Early Years curriculum prior to them starting school.

Two years after opening the kindergarten Ofsted graded the Early Years Foundation Stage ‘outstanding’ in my school. My knowledge of Early Years assessment is comprehensive and I support practitioners’ understanding of how to use assessment to scaffold the children’s learning ‘in the moment’ as well as planning learning opportunities for all children. I have been involved in a year long project to narrow the gap between disadvantaged children and their peers in the Shepway area.

Through this project I have led and facilitated training across eight local pre-school providers. I lead training in mark making and emergent writing, phonics and WriteDance as well as supporting the moderation of assessment judgements across the EYFS.

I have been teaching for twelve years: at Folkestone Primary Academy since 2009 and previously when the school was Park Farm Primary.

Christopher Higgins – Folkestone School for Girls
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SLE Details
Folkestone School for Girls
Coolinge Lane
Folkestone Kent
CT20 3RD

Key Area
History & Politics

Area of Expertise

  • History & Politics, with particular interest in the use of ICT and the promotion of engagement & enrichment in learning

Current Position
Head of History at Folkestone School for Girls and Lead Teacher as well as being a Partnership Tutor for Canterbury Christ Church University

Bio
Christopher is Head of History at Folkestone School for Girls and in 2014 was awarded Kent History Teacher of the Year. He previously set up and ran his own private language school in Italy before returning to teach History in mainstream education in the UK. Earlier in his career he was a class teacher at Christ Church Secondary School, Ashford and a Deputy Director of E-Learning at Invicta Grammar School Maidstone. He is an enthusiastic proponent of the use of engagement and enrichment activities in lessons and learning and in its last Ofsted inspection (2012) his department was rated as Outstanding.

Susanne James – Seabrook Primary School
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SLE Details
Seabrook Primary School
Seabrook Road
Hythe, Kent
CT21 5RL

Key Area
Early Years Foundation Stage

Area of Expertise

  • Developing and accelerating early writing
  • Positive relationships with Parents/Carers
  • EYFS Curriculum (observation, assessment and planning)

Current Position
Assistant Headteacher and Leader/Teacher of EYFS

Bio
With 14 years’ experience of teaching in the Foundation Stage I am currently working as Assistant Headteacher and leader of the EYFS in a National Support School. I am extremely passionate about Early Years education and the importance of children being encouraged to be independent and resilient learners from an early age.

I am a full time Early Years teacher alongside my role of Assistant Head, which means that I have a strong understanding of current practice in the classroom and the challenges that Early Years practitioners face.

Lianne Jones – Sandgate Primary School
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SLE Details
Sandgate Primary School
Coolinge Lane
Folkestone, Kent
CT20 3QU

Key Area
Early Years

Area of Expertise

  • Raising standards in boys writing
  • closing the gap in attainment between boys and girls in reading, writing, number and shape, space and measure
  • links with pre-schools
  • accelerating progress in writing
  • provision for SEN in the Early Years
  • the indoor and outdoor learning environments

Current Position
Deputy Headteacher, Sandgate Primary School

Bio
Lianne Jones has been teaching at Sandgate Primary School for 12 years and has progress from an NQT to deputy head in that time. Her area of expertise has been developed through a deep interest in the Early Years. Lianne attained her Masters Degree in the Early Years five years ago and has led a number of research projects into raising the standards of boys writing in the Early Years, accelerating the progress of high ability children in the Early Years, and the provision for SEN children in the Early Years. The most recent research project studied the role of child initiated learning in Year One and how this impacts on attainment and progress particularly through early intervention, the role of the adult and observation and assessment.

Lianne is now deputy head at Sandgate Primary School and has previously written and facilitated a training package for teaching assistants focussing on the role of questioning, intervention, engagement and challenge within the classroom. The course has provided training for over 150 teaching assistants within the local area. Additional training opportunities for class teachers, written and facilitated by Lianne, has included Outstanding Practice in the Early Years. Lianne has recently co-led a project called the Folkestone Town Project which has focused on raising the attainment of disadvantaged children across Shepway. This project, which focused on supporting settings via training opportunities, had a significant impact. Lianne has also worked with groups of schools, focusing on improving practice and learning in child initiated time.

Sue Kelly – The Norton Knatchbull School
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SLE Details
The Norton Knatchbull School
Hythe Road
Ashford, Kent
TN24 0QJ

Key Area
CPD and Teaching and Learning across the whole school

Area of Expertise

  • Developing whole school CPD programmes to improve and secure outstanding teaching and learning
  • Leading on teaching and learning across the school
  • Identifying training needs of individuals
  • Developing and running CPD sessions to improve Teaching and Learning in both secondary and primary schools
  • Coaching staff
  • Delivery of OLEVI OTP and Power of Coaching programmes
  • Lead facilitator of the NPQML and NPQSL programmes.

Current Position
Deputy Headteacher

Bio
I worked in Investment Banking and Estate Agency before becoming a Post-Compulsory Teacher of Psychology and Sociology in 2003.

I joined the Folkestone School for Girls in September 2004 as Teacher in Charge of Psychology. Because my initial PGCE was in Post-Compulsory education I had to undertake a GTP in Secondary teaching in Citizenship to gain my QTS. At about the same time I also took on the role of Director of Learning for Psychology, Sociology and Health and Social Care. In 2009 I took on the additional role of AQA Baccalaureate Coordinator and introduced the Extended Project Qualification, Critical Thinking and General Studies into the curriculum. Also at this time I introduced GCSEs in Psychology and Health and Social Care to our Year 11 students.

In April 2010 I became an Assistant Headteacher responsible for a range of areas, including Post-16 Teaching and Learning, Pupil Premium, Primary Liaison, Internships, Student Voice, Parent Form and Extra-Curricular Activities.

In May 2015 I moved to The Norton Knatchbull School to take up the post of Deputy Head with responsibility for the curriculum, inclusion, behaviour and extra-curricular provision across the school. From September 2016 I now have responsibility for teaching, learning and assessment across the school, CPD and staff wellbeing.

I really enjoy working with people and helping them grow and develop in confidence and am looking forward to working with different schools.

Chris Luckhurst – Palmarsh Primary School
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SLE Details
Palmarsh Primary School
St George’s Place
Hythe, Kent
CT21 6NE

Key Area
Computing

Area of Expertise

  • Improving teacher knowledge and engagement with the computing curriculum
  • Supporting the development of sustainable delivery of computing learning

Current Position
Class teacher / Subject leader for computing

Bio
I have been teaching for five years at Primary level, with additional experience in both the Learning Outside the Classroom sector and the business use of computing. During this time I have worked to provide teachers and support staff within our alliance the skills they need to successfully teach the new curriculum.

I am a Computing at School Master Teacher (DfE funded) with a remit to help disseminate the knowledge and skills needed to teach computing successfully.

Children I have taught have entered a number of national competitions using the Kodu programming resource.

Bob McKay – Dover Grammar School for Boys
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Dover Grammar School for Boys
Astor Avenue
Dover, Kent
CT17 0DQ

Key Area
MFL, Whole School

Area of Expertise

  • Engagement
  • AfL
  • Feedback
  • CPD
  • Collaborative Networking
  • Teaching & Learning

Current Position
Assistant Headteacher

Bio

  • Born in Dover, Kent, 1986.
  • Secondary education at Dover Grammar School for Boys, 1997-2004.
  • BA (Hons) French, First Class, University of Kent, 2004-2008.
  • Master 1 FLE (Maîtrise), Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale, 2008-2009.
  • PGCE MFL, Canterbury Christ Church University, 2008-2009.
  • Teacher of French & German, Homewood School & Sixth Form Centre, Kent, 2009-2012.
  • Teacher of MFL/Teaching & Learning Coach, The Folkestone School for Girls, Kent, 2012-2013.
  • Lead Teacher/Director of Learning for MFL, The Folkestone School for Girls, Kent, 2013-2014>
  • Assistant Principal, The Folkestone School for Girls, 2014-2015.
  • Assistant Headteacher, Dover Grammar School for Boys, 2015-present.
Andrew Newport – The Churchill School
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SLE Details
The Churchill School
Haven Drive
Hawkinge, Folkestone
CT18 7RH

Key Area
ICT/Programming

Area of Expertise

  • Programming
  • The 2014 Curriculum
  • iPads

Current Position
ICT Coordinator

Bio
I have been in and around ICT since I was seven and have taught ICT to children from EYFS to year six. I have a broad technical knowledge and a large amount of experience with programming, graphic design and photo/video editing.

Glenn Sharp – Sandgate Primary School
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SLE Details
Sandgate Primary School
Coolinge Lane
Folkestone, Kent
CT20 3QU

Key Area
Primary Languages

Area of Expertise

  • Spanish

Current Position
Year 4 teacher at Sandgate Primary School
PL, SMSC, RE Leader and Senior Leader

Bio
I am an experienced Primary practitioner, having trained as a Primary school teacher as a postgraduate after teaching English as a Foreign language for 3 years in Spain and Greece. I introduced language teaching to my school almost 10 years ago now and after a few years successfully applied for the role of Lead language teacher for Shepway. Within this role, I worked in a number of schools in the area supporting schools and staff with planning, teaching and assessment. I have led staff meetings in other schools, as well as having extensively modelled Language teaching and team taught with many colleagues in the Shepway area.

As part of the Shepway Teaching School I worked as part of the Primary Languages project for CfBT, which included running twilight courses for teachers new to teaching Spanish, as well as leading a research project; investigating the impact of a whole-school language improvement programme on class teacher confidence and use of target language.

I have continued to run twilight courses this year, which always receive very positive feedback and results.

As an SLE, I am available to work with schools, senior leaders and class teachers to support in all areas of Language teaching, including developing schemes of work, supporting teachers with planning and teaching, how to make the most of Cross-curricular links and develop Cultural Understanding, as well as assessment.

I can also advise on how to develop the International Dimension within a Primary school, having had first-hand experience of coordinating a successful application for the prestigious (Full standard) International School Award for our school, from the British Council.

Sarah Uden – Folkestone All Age Academy
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SLE Details
Folkestone All Age Academy
Academy Lane
Folkestone
CT19 5FP

Key Area
Literacy

Area of Expertise

  • Literacy

Current Position
Vice Principal

Bio
Sarah Uden has been engaged in primary education for the past sixteen years. She is passionate about eradicating educational inequality and enhancing children’s life chances through education.

In 2009 Sarah joined the newly established Folkestone Primary Academy – formally Park Farm School. In 2010 she was appointed as a member of the Senior Leadership Team and became responsible for the leadership of Literacy – an area that needed radical change and significant improvement. Sarah has been fortunate enough to work closely with Pie Corbett, initially in the two year community writing project entitled ‘Enhancing the lives of children across a community’ here in Folkestone and more latterly in secondary schools in Wiltshire.

Sarah, who is now the Vice Principal of the Primary Academy, advises on all aspects of Literacy improvement and has delivered training ranging from the teaching of Phonics in the Early Years to how to ensure that Year 6 pupil’s acquire a sound knowledge of Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar.

Craig Ward – Castle Hill Community Primary School
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Castle Hill Community Primary School
Sidney Street
Folkestone, Kent
CT19 6HG

Key Area
Literacy

Area of Expertise

  • Writing

Current Position
Literacy Leader

Bio
Having taught for ten years in all KS2 year groups across two different, but challenging schools, I am currently a year 6 teacher and literacy leader, responsible for driving improvement and raising standards across the school, especially in writing. My aim has always been to be supportive and develop the practice of colleagues to bring about improvement in standards. I’ve achieved this (and continue to do so) through an infectious passion for literacy, coaching, mentoring and rigorous monitoring, which has brought about real and sustained impact for our children.

While there are always ‘quick wins’ and opportunities to quickly impact standards in literacy along the way, I am a firm believer of the ‘long game’ and embedding effective change to improve the outcomes for children in the longer term. This was highlighted as a positive during a conversation with an Ofsted inspector during our last inspection.

Lauren Wharmby – The Churchill School
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Mundella Primary School
Black Bull Road
Folkestone
CT19 5QX

Key Area
Special Educational Needs (Inclusion)

Area of Expertise

  • Special Educational Needs (Inclusion)

Current Position
Assistant Headteacher

Bio
My areas of strength are SEN/ inclusive practises and management of support staff. I champion each and every child to succeed through ensuring quality provisions are in place. Working in partnerships with parents is vital to a child learning.

I am happy to provide advice/ guidance and school to school support.

My own teaching practises have been across Shepway in both secondary and primary settings.

To locate a SLE in your area:
www.kmtsn.co.uk

For more information about becoming an SLE:
http://gov.uk/guidance/national-leaders-of-education-a-guide-for-potential-applicants

NLGs

NLGs are highly effective chairs of governors who use their skills and experience to support chairs of governors in other schools and academies. They work to increase leadership capacity to help raise standards so that improvements can be sustained.

If you’re an experienced chair of governors who is interested in supporting chairs of governors in other schools, you can apply to be a NLG.

This is part of the government’s plan to give schools a central role in developing a self-improving and sustainable school-led system.

NLGs in our local area are:

Brian Sullivan

Greatstone Primary School

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To locate a NLG in your area:
www.kmtsn.co.uk

For more information about becoming an NLG:
http://gov.uk/guidance/national-leaders-of-education-a-guide-for-potential-applicants