Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE)

Specialist Leaders of Education 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 skilled in helping other leaders to achieve it in their own context.

 

The Schools White Paper (2010) introduced the concept of the SLE role, which helps to improve the quality of school leadership through school-to-school support and peer-to-peer learning, ultimately raising standards and improving outcomes for children.

Denis Oliver - National Leader of Education (NLE) - Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School

Denis Oliver is a National Leader of Education and Executive Head at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School and Sixth Form College, an outstandingly successful Academy. He is an Outstanding Teacher and has been a Senior Leader in schools in a range of contexts for 20 years which involved extensive school support. After taking over as Head Teacher at a failing school for a period of eight months, he managed to turn it around by putting in place a sustainable leadership and management structure. Denis is the Senior Leader of the Chimney House Alliance, an extensive, successful Teaching School partnership dedicated to raising achievement through collaboration. Denis is also an elected member of the National Teaching School Council, is a member of the National School Direct Reference Group and is a Registered Additional Inspector. His achievements as an experienced NLE and a successful SIP have been widespread, including delivering numerous master-classes to Head Teachers and aspiring Head Teachers, school-to-school support as an NLE, and transforming a partnership of primary Heads from an SEN cluster to a strong holistic partnership delivering a wide range of events and professional learning pathways.

Richard Middlebrook - National Leader of Education (NLE) - Alsager School

Richard Middlebrook is a National Leader of Education and Headteacher at Alsager School. The school was graded as outstanding for the first time by Ofsted in 2016 and in the same year Richard was a finalist in ‘The Secondary School Headteacher of the Year’ category in The Teaching Awards. Alsager was his first headship in 2011 and since then the school has gone from strength to strength under his leadership. This school improvement is based upon his beliefs in building leadership capacity at all levels through role modelling, distributed leadership and succession planning. Richard is currently Chair of the Chimney House Alliance and is a huge believer in system leadership and improving outcomes for all children.

Prior to Alsager, Richard worked in The West Trafford Learning Partnership, was heavily involved in school to school support through the Manchester Challenge, helped drive the first cohort of Teaching Schools, was designated as an SLE in the first pilot and helped design the national SLE training programme.

He has 25 years teaching experience across the north west of England.

Sarah Burns - Local Leader of Education for Lead & Learn - Sandbach School

Sarah Burns has been the Headteacher of Sandbach School since 2008.  Sandbach School is a large boys’ comprehensive school that has a co-educational sixth form provision.  It serves a largely advantaged catchment but with some pockets of significant deprivation.​

At KS4 Sandbach School’s achievement indicators are well above the national average with significant strength in maths.  Results have seen a steady increase over time.  Compared to some schools we have smaller cohorts of disadvantaged students; over time the gaps are narrowing in attainment as the attendance has been reduced significantly.

Our co-educational Sixth Form has increased in size significantly over the last few years.  Attainment matches the national average with a significant proportion of the cohort going to Russell group universities.

Sarah is leading on the Building Diversity Programme and has provided support for a number of schools in the area resulting in greater clarity of direction for the school or department leading to impact upon outcomes and improved Ofsted outcomes.

Sarah can offer support in a number of aspects of school leadership including; developing strong governance, developing robust self-evaluation, curriculum design, reviewing teaching & learning.

David Hermitt - Local Leader of Education - Congleton High School

David Hermitt was appointed as Head Teacher of Congleton High school in 2005. He has developed expertise in coaching and mentoring. In January 2010 Ofsted described him as a “highly effective Head Teacher” as a result of the strong track record of school improvement. He provides a range of support to Head Teachers and governing bodies including Head Teacher recruitment as well as support schools in Ofsted categories. Senior and Middle Leaders have been deployed into several schools to provide mentoring and support over the last three years.

Keith Simpson - Specialist Leader of Education - Middlewich High School

Keith Simpson is a Specialist Leader of Education and Headteacher at Middlewich High School. The school is a mixed comprehensive that builds its success upon inclusive values and a belief that every child is able to achieve their potential.

Keith is the Strategic Leader of the Emotionally Healthy Schools project. This nationally recognised award winning programme has already had significant impact in uniting education, health and the voluntary sectors in strategically working together to support young people, families and communities to thrive whilst managing emotional and mental health issues.

He has 27 years teaching experience across 5 schools in the North West of England leading and coaching on teaching and learning, pastoral inclusion structures and SEND. Keith is a member of the Chimney House Alliance.

Andrea O’Neill - MFL & NQT Development - Alsager School

Andrea has been teaching French and German for twenty years and has held responsibilities as head of year and head of department, as well as being part of a senior leadership team in two schools. As head of department she has developed excellence amongst her staff and results have consistently been higher than national average both at GCSE and A level. Andrea is Deputy Headteacher with responsibility for CPD and whole staff appraisal. As MFL line manager at her current school, Andrea has supported the head of department in implementing key changes and results for the past three years in MFL have increased significantly, surpassing national and local averages and consistently achieving results of 85-90% A*-C at GCSE. Andrea has been a senior leader for 8 years. In the past three years she has written & delivered a training programme for NQTs across Cheshire East and Staffordshire, is an SLE trainer for the National College; is a facilitator for the OTP and has led whole school training on teaching and learning strategies at a high achieving school in Cheshire West. Andrea is currently aiming to work with primary schools to develop languages provision and support staff in delivery of MFL lessons, which in turn will underpin the work taking place in secondary schools.

Carolynne Delves - Physics - Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School

Carolynne Delves is Science Operational Manager at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School, as well as Lead Teacher of Physics. She has taught for 20 years in three different schools, as well as delivering sessions for the science knowledge enhancement courses as Keele University. Physics GCSE and A-level results at HCCS have been consistently high over recent years with over 95% of students gaining A*- C at GCSE and over one third gaining A* and A at A-level. Carolynne is also an examiner for OCR science and physics and an Assistant Principal Examiner for Edexcel AS and A2 physics. She has recently been invited to join the awarding body for A-level physics.

Laura Warren - Social Science - Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School

Laura has worked at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School for over 10 years and is a highly experienced and successful Social Sciences teacher. As the Learning Intervention Manager for Year 11 she has the whole school responsibility to review the intervention in place for Year 11 students and targets resources to tackle under performance. GCSE results demonstrate outstanding progress. Through this role, she has been directly involved in leading significant change across the school in order to deliver consistent improvement at GCSE level within the context of a high performing school.


In her current role as the Lead Learning Intervention Manager she has gained significant experience in leading intervention provision at each key stage in order to narrow the gaps in pupil performance. This is a whole school brief that allows direct involvement in learning and has an impact on progress at each Key Stage. Laura strategically leads the KS3 and KS4 intervention managers analysing performance data to identify and target appropriate intervention, ensuring all students are appropriately supported and challenged so that they can maximise their potential and make excellent progress, achieving the highest grades possible. Through this role, she analyses and interpret data in order to tackle under performance and to narrow gaps in attainment across the curriculum between different groups of students. 

Mike Thomas - PE - Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School

Mike has over 20 years of teaching experience, 16 of those years as Head of Faculty. Mike is head of one of the highest performing faculties at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School. He has taught across all ages and stages including GCSE, A Level and BTEC Level 3 Diploma. Mike has worked with schools on diagnostics, developing best practice, schemes of work has improved GCSE results, completely transformed one academy in south Cheshire, Lancashire and the Wirral. Mike has worked with Edge Hill University to develop a bespoke recruitment model for PGCE students.

Eddie Fu - History - Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School

In 12 years of history teaching across KS3-5, Eddie has been a successful Head of Department for 7 years and a dynamic head of faculty for 4 years in Cheshire East. Most notably he has transformed an under-achieving department from 48% A*-C (GCSE) to 85% in three years and modernised an already successful faculty into one that now consistently achieves results of 85-95% A*-C at GCSE. In the past 4 years, his department boasts an A Level record that averages 50% A*-A, and two Oxbridge scholars. Eddie was appointed to the role of SLE in 2012 and has helped numerous schools across Cheshire, Crewe and Merseyside to raise results in the Humanities subjects. Since 2010, he has chaired a network of Heads of History to improve teaching and learning in Cheshire and this year embarks on an ambitious vision with local primary schools which may revolutionize the way history is taught at KS1 & 2. Collaboration and cooperation have been at the core of all of Eddie’s efforts in education and he has a track record of developing success in humanities subjects and advanced AFL practices in the departments that he has worked with.

Martine Clewes - SEN, Maths and English - Oaklands Day Special School

Martine has 14 years of teaching experience, ten in a primary setting where she taught across all age ranges and was part of the Senior Leadership Team. Currently she works as a Director of Learning in a school for pupils with Moderate Learning Difficulties. Her role is focused on raising standards across the curriculum, with a main priority of supporting and enhancing teaching and learning. Martine supports colleagues in delivering outstanding lessons, particularly in English and Maths and explores how data can be used efficiently to raise standards. Martine has supported schools in raising attainment in Maths and also supports the delivery of Read, Write, Inc. within various settings.

Jason Jones - Science / Curriculum - Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School

Jason is an Assistant Headteacher at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School, where he has overall responsibility for Science, and is also a Curriculum Planner & Timetabler. During his 20 years of teaching Jason has led improvements in a number of schools, and Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School regularly achieves 85% - 90% A*-C at GCSE level, with over half of students studying triple Science. Jason has been an examiner for OCR, is a facilitator for ITP and OTP courses, and works closely with the Science Learning Centres as a designated Science Learning Partnership School. Jason has been an SLE since 2012 and has worked locally alongside Science teachers, looking at the fundamentals of assessment and how to maximise the progress of learners, as well as curriculum planning.

Jacqui Schurer Lewis - School Business Management - Goostrey Community Primary School

Jacqui has worked in the education sector for 12 years at Goostrey Community Primary School. She has developed the role through on-going CPD,  gaining a BA (hons) in School Business Management in 2013   Her role provides a whole school strategic leadership view, linking budgeting to School Development planning, attainment targets, premises development, staffing needs and Governor development. Jacqui also has past experience in office management in both the legal and retail sectors, and brings experience in Safeguarding, including Safer Recruitment process to the role. She is also a Designated Safeguarding Lead within her school, and has trained with the SCiES team to support the delivery of Basic Safeguarding training.  She aims to provide support in developing whole school vision, supporting teaching and learning to provide pupils with the resources, support and environment they need to enjoy and achieve.

Karen Fuller - Design & Technology and ITT- Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School

Karen has over 20 years teaching experience and has taught Food Technology and Food and Nutrition in five very different secondary schools and has held responsibility as head of department, curriculum leader, head of year and head of key stage.  She has been a senior leader in three schools and is currently Director of the Teaching School, SCITT Director and school direct lead on behalf of the Chimney House Alliance.  As a former head of faculty her results were the highest performing in the school and as former head of subject her results are higher than the national average.  Karen has been both an examiner, moderator, team leader and principal examiner for OCR and has delivered training to Food Technology teachers across the country.  Karen has been head of training school, NQT induction mentor, and professional mentor in two schools and has led on a range of ITT developments in the North West in collaboration with both schools and universities.  She was involved in the planning and writing of the future teachers programme in partnership with a University and is currently an active member of the North West ITT strategic group.  Karen has led ITT training with a range of providers.  She has organised and delivered training to trainees, mentors, aspiring professional mentors both internally and externally throughout the North West. Karen has been a SLE since 2013 and currently, chairs the ITT leads meeting, steering group meeting within the Chimney House Alliance and her work on ITT has been recognised nationally as best practise.

Helen Carruthers - Geography and Initial Teacher Training

Helen Carruthers has been rated by Ofsted as an outstanding practitioner.  She has 19 years of teaching experiences within very different schools across the UK including 15 years as a Curriculum Leader for Geography, Travel & Tourism and Environmental Studies and has lead Departments to increase in size, subject popularity and also results at all key stages.  Helen was the Training School Leader for the school for 4 years and this role evolved into being Head of the CLT.  Within this role she is responsible for the Induction of new staff into school, and the successful placements of ITT colleagues.  She has also run and organised workshops to support ITT colleagues and also the training of staff into the role of Mentoring.  She delivers whole school INSET focusing on Teaching and Learning and is a coach on whole school Middle Leader programmes.  Helen has been an SLE since 2012 and has worked with North West school’s to train and support staff in Mentoring skills.  She is now a SCITT lead for Geography and works for the TES as a Pathway Tutor for their SKE courses.

Sarah Bromley - Computer Studies - Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School

Sarah has been in education for 13 Years covering many different aspects. In her role as Cheshire East County Consultant she handled many situations regarding the forever changing nature of Computing and Information Communication technology! She was involved in raising the awareness and important of ICT in students education and raising standards across the county for two years. Sarah was also part of a team developing individual packages for underachieving schools to enable them to raise motivation, standards and outcomes as well supporting those schools through a variety of initiatives including lesson delivery to impact overall school results, working with departmental heads to improve their self-evaluations and participated in lesson observations in order to support development within the department and aid teaching and learning. As a Curriculum Leader of Computing Sarah strives to support and develop the staff within her department by delegating responsibilities where appropriate within the team and giving support and direction when needed. In her 7 years as Head of Faculty her department has achieved consistently outstanding KS4 results, culminating in 100% A-C grades over the past 4 years. Her department has achieved this through clear setting of expectations, coaching and intervention strategies where necessary and by developing and monitoring quality planning, teaching and assessment, all of this underpinned by robust Quality Assurance.

Ellen Walton - Behaviour & English - Alsager School

Ellen Walton is a Deputy Headteacher at Alsager school with responsibility for whole school Behaviour, Attendance, Year 7 Achievement, Transition and, as an English teacher, is SLT link for English and whole school Literacy. Ellen has significantly improved whole school attendance over the last 3 years so that the school’s figures are significantly above national average. She has also eliminated attendance differentials with vulnerable groups. Days lost to exclusions have seen a 48% decrease over the last 3 years. Under the school’s approach to Behaviour for learning, low level disruption has decreased and rewards have been embedded. She has supported a number of other schools in establishing their own systems for Behaviour For Learning. Further to this, Ellen has increased GCSE English results at the school to English Language being 85.6% 3 LOP and English Literature 86%.  Ellen has worked to support a number of other English departments across a range of schools in a number of Local Authorities. Ellen is an AQA examiner for A2 English Language and has a wealth of knowledge linked to Key Stage 3, 4 and 5. As an experienced SLE Ellen has supported a range of Heads of English in raising standards and achievement.

Reno Chell - Modern Foreign Languages - Shavington Academy

Reno has been teaching French, German and Spanish for twelve years across all key stages, within four very different secondary school settings. Reno has been consistently praised by Ofsted Inspectors for his dynamic leadership and outstanding practice in the MFL classroom and has had an exceptional impact in terms of raising achievement, attainment and standards across the two MFL departments which he has led. He has done this by leading transformational yet sustainable change. This has yielded consistently outstanding outcomes, at GCSE level, with 100% of students making three or more levels of progress annually. Reno is known for ensuring fast-paced progression and this is demonstrated through supporting and challenging all colleagues that he works with.  Reno has supported a number of secondary schools in Cheshire East and beyond to effect the development of MFL Departments and teams and continually receives excellent feedback from Headteachers. Reno has led whole-school training both internally and externally, related to teaching and learning and co-facilitates the MLDP course offered through the Chimney House Teaching School Alliance.  Reno is currently Assistant Headteacher at Shavington Academy and leads on teaching and learning, including ITT, NQT’s and Induction. In previous posts, Reno  assumed the role of Induction Tutor for NQT’s and led all ITT training with a variety of providers and has extensive pastoral experience in terms of leading a Key Stage 4 cohort.   Recently, Reno has worked on supporting Primary School MFL provision with a number of Cheshire East schools and this has developed collaborative working amongst colleagues and schools

Helena Collison - English - Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School

Helena Collison has worked as an English, Film and Media Studies teacher since 2002, running the operational management of Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School’s thriving English Faculty for the past two years. She has been the Director of this outstanding Faculty since April 2013. Alongside her work on embedding best next practice through the English Faculty KS3, GCSE and A-Level programmes of study, Helena has created and managed a three day workshop for trainee teachers at Edge Hill University on outstanding AFL practices. Her key role in the Cheshire East Pilot of the Lesson Study Programme three years ago led her to develop and manage the growth of this Programme to include a wider range of schools within our Teaching School consortium. Her deployments as a Specialist Leader of Education to date have been to introduce schools to the Lesson Study Programme. Her recent work has taken the Lesson Study Programme to Derby, Newcastle, London and Singapore and she continues to grow the Lesson Study Programme as a tool for effective intervention and professional development

Phil Redford - Arts and Middle Leadership - Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School

Phil has been teaching for 12 years in a variety of subjects and has held responsibilities as head of year, head of department, head of faculty and as an SLT member. As subject leader he has developed excellence amongst his staff and results have been consistently above 96% A*-C, higher than the national average and the highest in East Cheshire. He has worked in schools where key changes have been implemented in order to completely change the ethos, preception and attainment in his subject areas. In the past three years he has co-delivered a training programme for NQTs, RQTs and has led a Middle Leaders Development Programme for Cheshire East, having been trained as a facilitator for the National College. Phil is currently working with a school that is planning and developing a Performing Arts course at GCSE level.

Janine Edwards - Attendance and Transition - Malbank High School

Janine is an Assistant Headteacher at Malbank School and Sixth Form College, where she is responsible for Inclusion. Janine teaches Science and has overall responsibility for attendance and the work of the pastoral teams. Janine has also been the member of SLT responsible for transition arrangements between Primary and Secondary education, securing the future success of the school. Janine has worked with a team of staff to significantly improve attendance over the last 3 years which have had a positive impact on the progress and attainment of pupils. Janine has successfully developed effective working relationships with a number of partner primary schools, leading to a comprehensive programme of cross curricular transition activities. The impact of this has been a significant improvement in the performance of year 7 pupils and recruitment of a higher number of pupils into this year group, despite falling demographics.

Mark Edwards - Learning & Teaching, and Middle leadership - Middlewich High School

Mark Edwards has enjoyed working in 5 schools since starting his teaching career in 1994. Most recently he has successfully completed the roles of Head of Science, Assistant Headteacher/Director of Specialism and is now The Deputy Headteacher at Middlewich High School responsible for Learning, Teaching and Curriculum. Mark's work as an SLE and LEA consultant has been with school's leadership teams within 4 LEAs and has focused on supporting the rapid development of standards and student outcomes. Senior and Middle Leaders have benefitted from Mark's professional approach as an honest critical friend and impact within the learning environment has been immediate.

Adele Snape - MFL - Alsager School

Adele Snape is an Assistant Headteacher at Alsager School where she leads on Teaching and Learning and CPD. She is a facilitator for OTP, ITP and OTAP and delivers the CHA CPD Programmes for NQTs in Cheshire East. She leads and delivers whole school training and is the ITT lead working with a number of institutions, leading on ITT training as well as NQT induction. Prior to her role on SLT, Adele was a subject leader for German for 6 years and Curriculum Leader for MFL for 3 years in a department which regularly achieves above national and local averages, over 85% A*-C at GCSE. Whilst leading the MFL department she increased uptake at GCSE and A-level with 3 languages running at all Key Stages. She has worked with MFL departments in Staffordshire and Cheshire East to boost results and improve uptake at GCSE.

Julie Machin - English - Malbank School

‘Julie Machin has been Head of the English and Media Studies Department and an Associate Member of the Senior Leadership team at Malbank School and Sixth Form College for the last three years. As head of department she has developed excellence amongst her staff and results have consistently been higher than national average both at GCSE. As a Curriculum Leader of English Julie strives to support and develop the staff within her department by delegating responsibilities where appropriate within the team and giving support and direction when needed. Julie also jointly chairs a  working party across Cheshire East  with other Heads of English to support a number of other English departments across a range of school. Julie has recently started supporting schools in curriculum planning in at Key stage 4 and in preparation for the new programmes of study and the new GCSE/A Level specifications.’

Liane Young - Maths - Alsager School

Liane has worked in three schools and two Senior Leadership teams and has had significant impact in raising the achievement of pupils in mathematics and driving whole school improvements in assessment practice. As a Head of Mathematics in Staffordshire, Liane successfully implemented strategies which Ofsted noted as being “robust” and which resulted in significant and sustained improvements in the % of students making 3 and 4 levels progress, the faculty and whole school value added and % of students choosing Maths and Further Maths at AS Level. Liane is now an Assistant Headteacher and SLT link for Maths at Alsager School where Maths results are in the top 17% of schools nationally. Liane also has responsibility for Curriculum and Assessment, has devised and implemented a system for assessing without levels at KS3 and has worked with Curriculum Leaders to develop their assessment practices.

David Meller - Data - Alsager School

David is the SIMS and Data Manager at Alsager School and sits on their Senior Leadership Team as an associate member.

 

Since starting at Alsager in October 2012, David has transformed how data is analysed and used to a point where it is now a key strength of the school. As part of a Pupil Premium review, Cheshire East advisors stated how “The school’s excellent use of data is a major strength… staff at all levels welcome the information that they use to identify and address the needs of individual pupils”.

 

In February 2016, Alsager was judged to be Outstanding by Ofsted. As part of their feedback, inspectors said that teachers’ working practice “Takes place in a context of robust monitoring systems and procedures to ensure consistently high expectations” – systems which David has developed and led on within Alsager, particularly in relation to robust target setting.

 

David has worked as a consultant for a number of schools and academy trusts throughout the country by developing their SIMS.net knowledge and building bespoke assessment and analysis tools within SIMS.net and Microsoft Excel. He has recently finished a secondment at SISRA as a Data Consultant and has presented at national conferences. In 2015, he founded the Chimney House Alliance School Data Network

Loretta Couper - Business - Shavington Academy

Loretta Couper has been the Business Manager at Shavington Academy since 2001 and previously worked supporting the education sector within the Local Authority from 1991.

She has been part of significant school improvement during her time at Shavington, as a member of its Leadership team, and is confident in assisting Head teachers and Leadership teams in areas of finance and human resources.  She has experience of staffing restructures in the context of providing a broad and balanced curriculum within a constrained budget.

Loretta has supported the Headteacher of Shavington Academy in its journey to Ofsted ‘Good’, for the first time in its history and feels proud to have contributed to the school’s journey. She has managed the process of conversion to Academy status, including the complicated task of ensuring the transfer of land and assets within the confines of a Local Authority Joint Use Agreement.

Loretta is a member of the Institute of Administrative Management (IAM) and the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM).

Sarah Longshaw - Science - Eaton Bank Academy

As the former Head of Science at Eaton Bank Academy (2013-2017) Sarah oversaw the improvement of the School's science results to a consistently high level.  She was also responsible for CPD within the School.  Sarah is passionate about improving science education and is an active member of the Association for Science Education, acting on the North West Regional committee, the 11-19 Education Committee and the Futures Committee.  Sarah takes her own professional development seriously and holds ASE Chartered Science teacher status.  In addition her experience teaching secondary science, Sarah has delivered science to primary pupils and led training for primary science colleagues. Sarah has been an examiner for OCR and has taught on ITT programmes.  She is now responsible for leading the Cheshire and Stockport SLP.

Clare Holmes - Emotional & Mental Health Education - Middlewich High School

Clare Holmes is an Assistant Headteacher at Middlewich High School, with strategic responsibility for character education, wellbeing, behaviour, safeguarding and inclusion. Clare has over 24 years teaching experience and was a SENCO for 15 years, prior to becoming an Assistant Headteacher. Clare has worked with a team of staff to develop and deliver an in-house support programme for students, to develop and enhance resilience and wellbeing. This has had a significantly positive impact on the attendance and achievement of students, as well as raising awareness and understanding of emotional health and wellbeing amongst both staff and students.  Clare is currently the Coordinator for the Cheshire East Emotionally Healthy Schools Programme, working with schools, the LA, Public Health and other partner agencies across Cheshire East and the UK to develop best practice for emotional and mental health education and support. Clare has organised and led both whole school and LA training, covering a wide range of topics relating to the wellbeing and inclusion of vulnerable students.

Jane Booth - Emotional, Mental Health and Character Education - Cledford Primary School

I am a primary school headteacher and currently executive headteacher of Cledford Primary School in Middlewich and Gainsborough Primary and Nursery in Crewe, both larger than average schools.   I began my teaching career in Wythenshawe, Manchester and have worked in 7 very different primary settings.  

Cledford is the lead primary school for the ‘emotional healthy schools project’ in Cheshire.   The ‘3Rs’ at Cledford are ‘Respect, Responsibility and Resilience’ and the school has developed a strong ethos of education for emotional well – being and character over the last 3 years – including for staff.  ‘SUMO’ is well-established in the school as a tool for emotional literacy and there is a successful ‘Forest Schools’ approach in operation.  Staff in the school are very experienced in provision for vulnerable pupils, including those affected by attachment disorder.  There are a range of successful interventions operating in the school to address issues arising from emotional health.  
 

Carol White - LLE - Headteacher at Shavington High

Carol White has been Headteacher of Shavington Academy since 2010. Shavington is an over- subscribed smaller than average secondary mixed comprehensive school serving Crewe and its surrounding villages.


Pupils’ achievement on entry is broadly average. Over the last few years, pupils have moved on to post 16 institutions with above average progress, against national comparator. The school has had particular impact in raising the achievement and progress of disadvantaged groups, in particular, more able disadvantaged leaners. As a consequence of the impact seen in her school, Carol has been commissioned to support school leaders in reducing the gap in achievement and progress across groups of pupils. She is trained to undertake Pupil Premium reviews.


Shavington has been recognised for excellence in pastoral care and personal development through the AcSEED award for mental health provision, RE Gold, Arts Mark, and the ACCORD award for inclusion and social cohesion.
Carol has contributed to several ‘Building Diversity’ programmes, coaching and mentoring teachers from under- represented groups to fulfil their leadership goals.  She has also worked with a number of Headteachers on getting their schools inspection ready. Carol has experience of chairing Fair Access panels and through this work has become conversant with admissions and exclusions procedures. 


Carol can offer support in a number of aspects of leadership including: achievement, curriculum, behaviour and personal development, self- evaluation, marketing for schools.

Clare Hogg - LLE - Headteacher of St Thomas More Catholic High School

Clare is headteacher of St Thomas More Catholic High School joining the team in 2014. The school is a successful oversubscribed 11-16 school working in partnership with the parishes of Crewe, Alsager, Sandbach and Nantwich. The school annually celebrates outstanding achievement and progress as well as a welcoming and inclusive ethos. Recently the school has been awarded the Leading Parent Partnership Award in recognition of its work with parents and carers as well as the AcSEED award for mental health provision. The culture of St Thomas More is one of lifelong learning investing in a high quality continued professional development and formation programme. The school has worked with both local and diocesan schools to create and embed a robust peer on peer review and S2SS.


Working in five schools across the country for over 20 years Clare specialises in Religious Education, SMSC and leadership in Catholic schools.


Clare is a mentor for the North West Catholic Leadership Programme and an advocate for EducareM exploring how schools can implement a highly creative and innovative curriculum while supporting leaders as they develop their schools into transformational centres for learning. Clare is passionate about all pupils having aspirations while accessing outstanding education and out of the classroom opportunities.

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Primary School SLE's

Helen Sehné SLE – Pikemere Primary School

Helen Sehné is the Acting Assistant Headteacher and Key Stage 2 lead at Pikemere School in Alsager.  She has taught in Cheshire Primary schools for 30 years with vast experience in EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

She is a Professional Development Lead teacher, accredited by the NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics) and is maths curriculum lead at Pikemere.  She is professional mentor to her school's trainee teachers and is KiVA lead.  She relishes all opportunities to train and support colleagues in her school and within the Alsager Community Trust, to deliver high quality and engaging maths lessons, which enable children of all abilities, to master the demands of the national curriculum.

Juliet Tomkinson - Excalibur Primary School

Juliet has 9 years of teaching experience and is the Year 6 teacher at Excalibur Primary School in Alsager.  She has coached colleagues within school with a range of learning and teaching techniques and pedagogies; leading training, liaising with colleagues from other schools and providing a model of outstanding practice for others, including moderating writing on behalf of the local authority as an STA accredited moderator.  Within the Alsager cluster, she has worked with other senior leaders to drive forward initiatives and improvements in learning and teaching. She has been part of her school’s Senior Leadership Team for two years and has been acting Deputy Head. She has also completed the Middle Leadership training with the national college and is the Literacy lead in school.

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