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.
Science, Initial Teacher Training & Newly Qualified Teacher Development
English, Literacy, Teaching and Learning
Leadership of Curriculum and Mathematics
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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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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 schoolâ€¦ 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.
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.