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Teaching and Learning - Secondary

  • Catherine Gray

    Catherine Gray

    Key strengths
    - Leading departments through curriculum changes
    - Department planning, organisation, effective monitoring and evaluation
    - Staff coaching
    - Student engagement
    - Use of questioning to develop understanding and critical thinking

    Catherine is an experienced middle leader in secondary education. She has worked for 13 years as a subject co-ordinator for Religious Education, with a primary focus on Philosophy and Ethics. She has also had responsibility for leading the History department. During this time she has supported individuals and teams of specialists and non/specialists though several changes to the curriculum and timetable allowance. She has also co-ordinated meetings for Heads of Department and across local schools and helped to facilitate a support network.

    Managing different departments within the Humanities has given her a clear understanding of the different demands on the different leaders. She has shown effective moderation and monitoring as a middle leader while remaining sensitive to those who need additional support. She prides herself on being able to recognise potential within individuals and uses their strengths to raise standards within her own departments. She also been involved in Initial Teacher Training.

  • Dawn Cox

    Dawn Cox

    Specialist areas of interest:
    • Learning (Memory and strategies to promote long term learning)
    • Research in Education
    • Assessment & progress
    • Classroom teaching
    • Coaching
    • Religious Education

    Dawn is an experienced teacher and leader at secondary level. She has worked on senior leadership teams, been an AST, Lead Practitioner and an SLE. She is currently a subject leader for Religious Education.

    Dawn has presented at national conferences on teaching and learning including assessment and strategies for promoting long term learning.

    She is interested in using research in education to ensure that teaching and school leadership is evidence based.

  • Dr Suzanne Parrott

    Dr Suzanne Parrott

    Specialist areas of interest:
    • Sixth Form Leadership
    • Curriculum
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Timetable
    • Chemistry
    • UCAS process and Oxbridge

    Suzanne is an Assistant Headteacher and Head of Sixth Form. Her areas of interest include UCAS application processes/ University entrance examinations, data tracking using the Alps software and in-house monitoring in order to support students as they progress through the Sixth Form. Suzanne recognises that the changing landscape of Post-16 qualifications requires students to quickly adapt to demands of their A Levels and therefore the KS5 PSHCE programme is a key opportunity to assist students in developing further key skills. Additional responsibilities include strategic responsibility of the whole school Careers programme and submission of the Quality in Careers Standard. Suzanne has taught across key stages 3-5 for the last 18 years. She is also an experienced mentor for PGCE students and has undertaken the role of Professional Tutor.

  • Elisabeth Batt

    Elisabeth Batt

    Specialist Areas:
    • Leading whole school learning and teaching development
    • Developing and leading whole school CPD strategy
    • Monitoring and evaluation of the quality of learning and teaching
    • Coaching staff and developing teams
    • Leadership development
    • Induction programmes and mentoring NQTs

    Elisabeth has been a teacher of English and Drama for 20 years in Essex including roles as Expressive Arts Co-ordinator, Head of Sixth Form and Head of Drama. She is currently Assistant Head Teacher – Learning and Teaching/CPD at Thurstable School. In this role she has worked extensively developing innovative whole school CPD strategy and programmes to bring about sustainable improvement, whilst implementing robust systems for the monitoring and evaluation of learning and teaching. Elisabeth uses current research and educational writing to guide her planning and in turn encourages staff to embrace risk and innovation in their classrooms. She holds a Masters in Teaching from UCL Institute of Education.
    Elisabeth’s core value is the importance of working with and developing others. She is experienced in developing staff potential and initiating collective improvement in teams and across whole school. She is also skilled in leadership development at all levels and highly values the importance of succession planning. Elisabeth is also an experienced NQT Induction Tutor and SCITT Professional Tutor.

  • John Knights

    John Knights

    Strengths in Teaching and Learning:
    - Effective lesson planning.
    - Developing student engagement.
    - Use of on-line resources for teaching and student involvement. - Subject data analysis for department, student and parent use. -
    - Department planning, organisation, effective monitoring and evaluation.
    - NQT coaching, review and assessment

    John’s role is currently subject leader for Science at Manningtree High School, which is also a Specialist Science School. He was involved in the specialism bidding process in 2006 and subsequently led the school’s emphasis on primary liaison in Science, progressing to Head of Science along with the coordinator of specialism role in 2008.
    John has been a Teacher Governor for 7 years and this has given him a valuable insight and input into school wide priorities and strategic planning. His involvement with a Governor monitoring working group has highlighted the importance of effective monitoring within departments and across the school.
    John is interested in continually developing the use of on-line teaching and student resources for engagement and this is an important part of his continual learning experience as an effective teacher. Engagement is key for student progress and this requires good lesson planning and will help to develop effective teaching.
    Working with a very effective department team at Manningtree, John believes that building successful staff working relationships involves mutual collaboration of ideas is essential for a successful department.

  • Kate Hoddy

    Kate Hoddy

    Key strengths
    - Leading departments through curriculum changes
    - Department planning, organisation, effective monitoring and evaluation
    - Staff coaching – including mentoring NQT’s and SCITT
    - Student engagement
    - Use of marking codes to assist marking effectively
    - Use of assessment strategies
    - Design and technology – all areas, runs subject network meetings.
    - Effective lesson planning
    - Integrating new technologies within lesson planning

    Kate Hoddy is an experienced, creative and highly innovative teacher. Is also an experienced GCSE Textiles Moderator. She has successfully led other skilled professionals in the expectations of the assessment process in DT. Her teaching and leadership have been identified as ‘outstanding’. Kate is an experienced trip leader, has planned, and conducted numerous inspirational educational visits to galleries, trips abroad, and extracurricular enrichment activities, augmenting student experiences.
    Kate is an experienced middle leader in secondary education. She has worked for 14 years as a subject leader of textiles, moving on to become Head of Design and Technology Faculty. During this time she has supported individuals and teams of specialists and non/specialists though several changes to the curriculum and timetable allowance. She has also co-ordinated meetings for Heads of Department and across local schools and helped to facilitate a support network. This has also included regular SCITT trainees as well as NQT’s.
    Managing different departments within Design and Technology has given her a clear understanding of the different demands on the different leaders. She has shown effective moderation and monitoring as a middle leader while remaining sensitive to those who need additional support. She prides herself on being able to recognise potential within individuals and uses their strengths to raise standards within her own departments.

  • Maxine Saunders

    Maxine Saunders

    . Specialist areas of interest:-
    . Art and Design, Ceramics/Sculpture
    . Creativity and cross curricular planning
    . Curriculum Enrichment and Events

    Maxine Saunders is an experienced, creative and highly innovative teacher, artist and educator. She has held several successful roles in both middle and senior leadership at two leading girls grammar schools including Head of Art and Design and Faculty Coordinator. In July 2010 she was appointed and qualified as an Advanced Skills Teacher and spent several years supporting schools in Essex. She has worked with both the Billericay Teaching School Alliance and North Essex Teaching School Alliance. She is an experienced mentor for PGCE students and has been a successful professional teaching and learning mentor for staff. Her work as an Advanced Skills Teacher has enabled her to gain much experience across all Key Stages and work in very different schools and environments. She has supported many colleagues within the teaching profession, enabling them to develop their approaches to best practice support those they lead. She has run sessions on Creativity through focused INSET and outreach work.

    Maxine is also an experienced GCSE and A’level Art Moderator. She has successfully led other skilled professionals in the expectations of the assessment process in Art. She has trained and coordinated the work of other Moderators nationally. Her teaching and leadership have been identified as ‘visionary’ and ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED. Under her direction as Head of Art, standards have shown a marked improvement well above national averages, gifted and talented students are identified and challenged through, building enrichment activities into teaching and learning time. Maxine is an experienced trip leader and has planned and conducted numerous inspirational educational visits to galleries, trips abroad, and extracurricular enrichment activities, augmenting student experiences.

  • Sarah Steadman

    Sarah Steadman

    Subjects:
    . Post 16
    . CPD
    . English
    . ITE

    Alongside Sarah's work as an SLE, she is a PhD student at Kings College London. Sarah's research is in the area of Initial Teacher Education. Before undertaking her postgraduate studies, she was an Assistant Headteacher at a local 11 to 19 school, where her main responsibility was Co-Director of Sixth Form. Sarah has taught English in a variety of schools in Essex and has extensive experience of middle and senior leadership. She studied English as an undergraduate prior to taking a PGCE in English and also hold an MA in English in Education. She believes CPD is essential in developing reflective practitioners and enjoys working with staff at all stages of their careers and in a range of subjects. Sarah is particularly interested in working with post 16 students and raising achievement in 11 to 19 by development of outstanding practice Sarah enjoys the perennial challenge of stretching the most able whilst ensuring that all can access an enriching curriculum.

  • Susan Crafer

    Susan Crafer

    Sue's experience includes leading a successful Science department, her role as a Lead Practitioner with a T&L responsibility across the whole school as well as delivering both internal and external CPD.

    Of late Sue's focus has led to the development of a rigorous New Starter programme at the Academy along with the mentoring of new teachers ranging from NQT's, GTP's,SCITT and PGCE's. Her forte is in the development of teaching staff with a particular focus on new staff, many of which have gone on to leadership positions.

    Sue is a practitioner who can help develop an effective induction programme that incorporates practical guidance, presents and practices genuinely effective classroom strategies as well as building in the support that new starters require. Her experience and effectiveness as an NQT trainer and coordinator has been validated by Essex County Council as exceptional.

  • William Searl

    William Searl

    Will has taught in Essex for the last 2 years, previously having worked in London schools. For the past 9 years, he has worked as a subject leader in Performing Arts.
    Will has taken a leading role developing numerous whole-school policies and runs training sessions on assessment, feedback and data. As a Teaching Leaders fellow, Will is acutely aware of the importance of strong middle leadership in any school looking to embed reform and currently works to support middle leaders in improving practice and leadership.
    Will also holds the NPQML qualification, which enables him to demonstrate excellent leadership and management. Under his leadership, attainment in Music and Drama has improved significantly, with results for the last two years being the highest in the school's history. This is due to a focus on excellent teaching throughout his faculty, along with developing a curriculum that engages and challenges all students. Take-up at KS4 for Performing Arts at his current school has more than doubled, and more students are participating in extra-curricular activities than ever before.
    He is a member of Cultural Learning and Education Partnership, which has been established in partnership with Royal Opera House Bridge. He has supported many colleagues throughout the profession, particularly regarding the development of systems for ensuring meaningful assessment across practical subjects. He has taught GCSE, A-Level, Rockschool and BTEC qualifications, and has been a Lead Internal Verifier in a previous role.
    Will likes to develop professional networks between his school and external organisations. To facilitate this, he is currently leading his school through the Artsmark process, with the aim of becoming an Artsmark Gold School by 2018.

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