Specialist Leaders in Education (SLEs)

Specialist leaders of education (SLEs) are outstanding middle and senior leaders who have the skills to support individuals or teams in similar positions in other schools. They understand what outstanding leadership practice in their area of expertise looks like and are skilledin helping other leaders to achieve it in their own context.

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Surname

Designated specialism(s)

Main phase

Matthew Atkins

Maths, Strategic analysis and diagnostics

Secondary

Deborah Bunn

Science, Initial Teacher Training (ITT) and Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) development

Secondary

David Cooke

Support for the most able pupils, Teaching and Learning

Secondary

Sarahn Deane

English, Literacy, Teaching and Learning

Secondary

Helen Griffiths

Leadership of curriculum and Mathematic

Secondary

 

Deborah Bunn - Science, Initial Teacher Training & Newly Qualified Teacher development

Deborah Bunn

Deborah Bunn

Deborah Bunn is Deputy Headteacher at Fairfax Academy in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham. She has worked with a number of secondary schools, helping to improve standards of teaching and learning, particularly in science faculties.

Debbie’s current role is focussed on Teaching and Learning Standards, including staff appraisal and personal CPD. In her previous role, she provided personalised CPD for staff through rigorous coaching.

Debbie’s work is based around her understanding of outstanding teaching. During her two most recent Ofsted Inspections, the following comments referring to Debbie’s teaching were noted in the Ofsted Reports:

"There is some outstanding teaching for example in Science" (March 2009)

"In a particularly successful Year 10 lesson, students made rapid progress and enjoyed learning as they explored the merits of alternative sources of energy. Students enthusiastically took up opportunities to work independently, think carefully about their answers and reflect on their learning". (January 2012)

Deborah works closely with NQTs in order to develop them as excellent practitioners. She also delivers teaching and learning training for a range of ITT providers. Feedback from these sessions includes:

"Her delivery was excellent and all participants were given opportunities to experience learning and teaching approaches. Debbie provided plenty of relevant wisdom and educational background in the guidance she gave to her audience."

Deborah’s other experience includes being Head of a Science Faculty for five years, an AST for Staffordshire County Council and an NCSL accredited facilitator for the middle leaders development programme which she delivered throughout both Stafford District and Sutton Coldfield Consortium.

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Deborah BunnDeborah Bunn is Deputy Headteacher at Fairfax Academy in Sutton   Coldfield, Birmingham. She has worked with a number of secondary schools,  helping to improve standards of teaching and learning, particularly in science faculties. Read more...

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David Cooke - Support for the most able pupils, Teaching and Learning

David Cooke
 

David Cooke

David Cooke


Since beginning his teaching career at The High Arcal School, David Cooke has held positions of responsibility which include Pastoral Leader, Learning Coach, Subject Leader, Head of Faculty, Director of Specialism and Senior Teacher. As a Specialist Leader of Education David's focus is Teaching and Learning and for the provision for Gifted and Talented students.

David has been the driving force behind the schools specialist areas of Applied Learning and the lead Gifted and Talented strand of the specialism for the past three years and has managed a school budget of over £50,000. David has successfully begun to implement the schools vision of creating independent, articulate team workers and leaders through the creation of a clear framework, staff development sessions and his own passion for teaching and learning.

David is recognised by colleagues as a character who leads from the front. His line management of large faculties including Science and Mathematics offered him the challenge to drive forward middle leaders with a clear vision for improvement. His team building skills are exceptional.

David has a strong commitment to the profession and has been identified as an outstanding teacher and leader. David has been recognised by Ofsted as an outstanding teacher and as a subject leader of Physical Education was asked to work as part of a local authority steering group to deliver CPD to subject leaders in the Dudley authority. David was also invited to present at the national Applied Learning conference run by the SSAT in June 2009 and has written materials featured the Applied Learning national newsletter and has delivered sessions at regional development meetings. David is also the current chair of the Dudley Schools G&T lead teacher network meetings where he has begun to lead staff in the authority regarding a range of issues surrounding the provision for the most able.

David is also a strong believer and advocate of the philosophy of Building Learning Power (BLP) and is an associate trainer of BLP in conjunction with TLO limited. This year David has successfully implemented a World Class Teaching and learning programme at The High Arcal School resulting in a showcase conference attended by over 20 schools from England and Sweden.

Since beginning his teaching career at The High Arcal School, David Cooke has held positions of responsibility which include Pastoral Leader, Learning Coach, Subject Leader, Head of Faculty, Director of Specialism and Senior Teacher. As a Specialist Leader of Education David's focus is Teaching and Learning and for the provision for Gifted and Talented students. David has been the driving force behind the schools specialist areas of Applied Learning for the past three years. Read more...

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Sarahn Deane - English, Literacy, Teaching and Learning

Sarahn Deanen
 

Sarahn Deane

Sarahn Deanen


Sarahn Deane has been a teacher of English for 18 years. For 13 years she led a successful English Faculty and has since moved on from this position to being an experienced Leadership coach and Advanced Skills Teacher. Sarahn Deane's AST report described her as "an exceptional teacher" and noted that, "In her role as curriculum and leadership coach, Mrs Deane is playing a key strategic role in both leadership and pedagogical developments at the school… she is seen as an excellent role model. Her positivity and her ability to model best practice have justifiably given her a high level of credibility and influence."

As a key member of staff in a National Support School, Sarahn Deane has worked successfully with colleagues outside of her own school, both in primary and secondary schools. She is a Lead Teacher in English for Dudley LEA and has experience of working with a range of colleagues outside of her own school and her own teaching subject. Sarahn is an accredited mentor with both The West Midlands Consortium GTP Teacher Training Programme and the University of Wolverhampton's Initial Teacher Training programme. As an Advanced Skill Teacher in English, her lessons are often observed by both newly qualified and experienced staff who recognise her ability to promote successful and enjoyable learning in the classroom.

Sarahn Deane is a leading member of a World Class Learning group, headed by educationalist Graham Powell. The aim of the group is to 'turbo charge' teaching within the classroom so that students are challenged in their thinking and become world class learners rather than just successful exam takers. The group have been trialling innovative practices within their classrooms, have observed lessons and been observed and has become part of a coaching process, leading and coaching others on how to be creative and innovative within their own classrooms.

The key to Sarahn's continued success has been her ability to promote the leadership capacity of both individuals and teams of practitioners. Lively and engaging, she displays the personal skills and qualities which help facilitate successful team building in schools.

Sarahn Deane has been a teacher of English for 18 years. For 13 years she led a successful English Faculty and has since moved on from this position to being an experienced Leadership coach and Advanced Skills Teacher. Sarahn Deane's AST report described her as "an exceptional teacher" and noted that, "In her role as curriculum and leadership coach, Mrs Deane is playing a key strategic role in both leadership and pedagogical developments at the school… she is seen as an excellent role model. Read more...

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Helen Griffiths - Leadership of curriculum and Mathematics

Helen Griffiths
 

Helen Griffiths

Helen Griffiths


Since beginning her teaching career 20 years ago Helen has held positions of responsibility within a number of schools, undertaking posts including Assistant Headteacher, Head of Mathematics and Assistant Head of House. In all of her roles the main focus has been to improve pupil achievement, often in challenging circumstances and with challenging or deprived pupils. Helen has also made a significant contribution in the development of LA initiatives and working groups, driving improvement across the LA, delivering key presentations and leading key CPD sessions. Examples include sharing good practice in the use of the DGFL Portal and the migration to a new MIS as well as being an active member of the Deputy Head Forum steering group.
Helen is currently AHT at The Wordsley School where her main focus is to improve achievement in Mathematics at a strategic level. As well as raising achievement in Mathematics, Helen’s role of AHT includes responsibilities for leading CPD, strategic data analysis - use and planning, and parent / staff information systems.

Helen has a first class reputation and has a proven track record demonstrating excellent leadership capacity.

A 2010 Ofsted report recognised that performance in Mathematics was improving significantly due to Helen’s leadership, vision and intervention, and stated that: “..after being in post for less than 3 years ..attainment….is rising fast because of the consistent attention to tracking students' attainment and the good use of timely interventions." It also said that the school had “robust tracking systems “, and noted that "Good assessment procedures accurately track and monitor students' progress. "

Under Helen’s leadership Mathematics results have now risen from 24.8% A* - C in 2007 to 72% A* - C in 2012 and Mathematics achievement is now above the school 5 A*- C (including En and Ma) of 51%. This year has seen another rise in the 3 levels of progress to 73%. Ofsted commented in 2010 that "Outcomes of the 2010 GCSE modular, already secured, point to the continued improvement, notably in … maths."

Through leading CPD Helen has successfully embedded succession planning into school practice, with Ofsted comments about CPD supporting this, noting "Middle leaders are well supported and have benefited from a range of professional development." The report also stated that "It [Wordsley] ensures that staff have good opportunities for their professional development and keenly supports them to seek extra responsibilities in the school”. The support for staff enables the school to fill vacancies for posts of responsibility from within itself with a high calibre of candidate. CPD has driven the improvement of teaching and learning throughout the school and facilitating sharing good practice has been a key element. The school has recently completed a 3 year Kirland Rowell survey that highlights a significant rise in staff perceptions of CPD.

Helen has the ability to work sensitively and respectfully within another school environment to empower and support improvements. She has excellent leadership, management and personal qualities and, leading by example, has vast experience of successfully coaching and mentoring staff. She is passionate in supporting others to achieve to their potential and has a strong belief in the vision of distributed leadership and supporting others to embrace new challenges, growing and developing to meet them.
 

Helen is currently Griffiths is an Assistant Headteacher whose main focus is to improve achievement in Mathematics at a strategic level. As well as raising achievement in Mathematics, Helen’s role of AHT includes responsibilities for leading CPD, strategic data analysis - use and planning, and parent / staff information systems. Helen has a first class reputation and has a proven track record demonstrating excellent leadership capacity. Read more...

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