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SLE Deployment

Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) enable schools to provide high-quality support to other schools. SLEs are experienced and passionate about offering to support other individuals or teams within their field(s) of expertise. SLEs aim to provide others with firstly, the desired knowledge/skills and secondly, the confidence to disseminate said knowledge/skills across the wider-teaching body.

If your school have identified an area for improvement, an SLE deployment may be able to provide the necessary support you require. The WCTSP SLE team, comprises of teachers and leaders across the partnership schools, each having their own field(s) of expertise.

SLE deployments by Teaching Schools, incur a cost. However, as of the commencement of the current Academic Year, all SLE deployments within the WCTSP will be fully funded by the Teaching School at Wellington College. Monies will be paid to the school deploying the SLE, minus the administrative fee previously charged by the Teaching School.  Please contact us for further details.

SLE Deployment Benefits

Summary of

SLE Deployment Benefits

  • Our SLEs are all existing educationalists, working in one of our WCTSP schools.
  • SLEs offer credible, peer support which is rooted in best practice and draws on their experience(s) and expertise.
  • An opportunity to engage in innovative and outstanding practice.
  • Our SLEs are trained Coaches and believe in a collaborative approach to creating long-term, sustainable improvement.
  • An opportunity to develop leadership skills for both existing and aspiring leaders.
  • Learn about systems and methods deployed in other schools.
  • Face to face, one to one professional development opportunity improving knowledge and skills within desired areas.

Meet Our

Specialist Leaders in Education

Each of our SLEs have a specific area(s) of expertise. Should you wish to request an SLE deployment for your school, it is the Head of the Teaching Schools responsibility to manage that process on behalf of you. This support will begin once the most appropriate SLE has been identified for you, through to the end of the deployment and then your evaluation of the deployment.    A chance now to meet our SLE team…

Cressida Henderson

(SLE designation December 2013)

Second Master

Wellington College, Crowthorne.

MFL, Academies and Academy Transition, Leadership of Curriculum, Behaviour & Discipline, Attendance.

Cressida joined Wellington College in 1993 and has worked part-time at The Wellington Academy since 2010, representing the sponsor, Wellington College, on SLT in this state-independent school partnership.  She has set up teachers at each school with a teaching partner to share good practice, resources and knowledge.  Joint CPD, teacher exchanges, teacher training placements have all been organised to further develop teaching and learning.  She has also set up a number of student events and activities with a range of objectives including raising attainment, service learning, and artistic and sporting collaboration.  She has developed the school’s strategy for Forces children in receipt of Pupil Premium (some 40% of the school population).

She is part of the project team for the new Wellington Academy Primary school which opens in September 2014.

Cressida has previously been a Head of Modern Languages, leading that department to significantly improved results: an average 15% increase in A*-A at GCSE, A*-B at A level and 6-7 at IB as well as overseeing the department’s first cohort of MYP through to some of the highest scores worldwide in a variety of languages.  She has also been Head of Key Stage 4 in charge of pupil achievement for these year groups.  She is a trained coach and a trainer of coaches.

Iain Henderson

(SLE designation June 2019)

Deputy Head (Educational Developments and Partners)

Wellington College, Crowthorne.

Coaching.  Leadership.

Iain has taught in both state and independent sectors in the UK.  He has been a Biology teacher; a Head of Year; a Boarding Housemaster; Assistant Head, and Deputy Head.  He works with all of the schools in the Wellington Family to embed the essential Wellington DNA, ethos or culture, sensitively in each new context.  He is also co-director with Shane Mann of the Festival of Education.  He is a trained and expert coach and has introduced and grown a coaching culture at Wellington.  He has now trained over 300 teachers there and at other schools to become coaches.

Paul Jennings

(SLE designation November 2019)

Head of the Teaching School

Wellington College, Crowthorne.

Computer Science, Teaching and Learning.

Paul began his teaching career at Carwarden House School working as a Learning Support Assistant in 2008 to both a class of children and as a one-to-one support. Following an 18-month period, he enrolled on the Graduate Teacher Programme with Collingwood College.

Paul taught at Collingwood College for 7 years and during that time worked as a teacher of Computer Science, the Subject Lead for Computer Science, a Leader of Teaching and Learning across a Faculty and Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator. Paul also completed the NPQML course whilst at Collingwood College before moving to Wellington College in the Summer of 2017.

Since joining Wellington College, Paul has trained as an Advanced Coach and in September 2019 was appointed the Head of the Teaching School. Paul is also an approved IB examiner for the subject of Computer Science and enjoys working with other local schools to support their coursework moderation and share teaching and learning practices.

Paul is also a FA Certified Football Coach who has been coaching football for over 8 years.

Sophie Jobson

(SLE designation December 2013)

Head of a Boarding House

Wellington College, Crowthorne.

Modern Foreign Languages.

Sophie is a French national and graduate of University of Rouen and IFI Business School, France.

Following her PGCE in French, at the University of Surrey in 1995-6, she spent 12 years teaching in the maintained sector, latterly as Head of Modern Language at Reading Girls School. Later Sophie became the MFL lead teacher for the Secondary National Strategy in 2006 for the Reading LEA.

Sophie joined Wellington College in 2008 as Head of French with responsibilities for the introduction of the IB and the Middle Years Programme with the MFL department. In her role at Wellington College she was engaged in 2013 to co-author Hodder Education’s first IB French textbook for the UK, US and international markets.

Some of Sophie’s skills include being OFSTED trained and an accredited Coach. She has demonstrated and shared best practice across the spectrum of the maintained sector schools, including ‘failing’ schools in special measures and two of the UK’s top performing grammar schools. In addition she has supported graduate trainees and NQT development within her department and those of other network schools. Some of this support has included off-site meetings at Oxford Brooke’s and Reading universities.

Rachelle Kirkham

(SLE designation June 2018)

Director of Teaching and Learning, Head of MFL

Wellington College, Crowthorne.

Modern Foreign Languages.

I started my teaching career in Higher Education lecturing and running seminars in French and Spanish at the University of Nottingham but I quickly realised that my real passion was for classroom teaching much more than academic research. Moving into secondary education was a natural choice and I’m happy to say I haven’t looked back.

I joined Wellington College from Nottingham High School in 2008 as Head of Spanish and since then I have become Head of ITT and then Head of MFL. I currently lead a team of 4 Heads of Subject and 25 language teachers and assistants in French, Spanish, German, Mandarin and Russian. I have mentored a number of new Heads of Department, worked closely with MFL colleagues at the Wellington Academy and I am very keen to build links with language departments at local schools.

I am passionate about my subject and the ways in which languages can enhance young people’s lives, not least through the development of intercultural understanding. I firmly believe that MFL should be a key part of primary and secondary curricula so that all young people have the opportunity to learn a foreign language with teachers who are skilled, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Having worked hard to bring direction and coherence to my team at Wellington, I hope that as an SLE I can draw on my experience to help MFL teams in other schools too.

Jane O’Sullivan Dale

(SLE designation June 2018)

Subject Leader for English

Blessed Hugh Faringdon.

English and Leading a Department.

I fully believe that through a more philosophical approach to questioning (P4C) we facilitate a growth mind-set and in terms of exam preparation, it allows students (in the words of one of mine, ‘I smashed A03’) to develop a more conceptual approach; crucial for the construct of English Literature. This was noted and praised by Ofsted; my observed lesson is on our website.

In terms of assessment (AfL) it is rooted initially in a dialogic approach between staff and students. Thus, updating and developing of marking policies in my department involves a strong student voice. After this, formative assessments (per half term) monitor skill acquisition and summative look for trends. Tracking – centrally in the department – is monitored and analysed at regular points. Performance of all students is forensically monitored. The foundations to all of this, a zero-tolerance approach to behaviour. This imbues a strong culture of learning.

I have been a Head of English for over 5 years and during that time my outreach work includes training as an English PiXL Associate and piloting, in conjunction with primary and secondary school colleagues, the P4C approach for Reading schools. I run a strong team-focused department and I monitor the progress and development of all my staff from PGCE status to middle leadership.

Miranda Patterson

(SLE designation June 2018)

Director of Science, Technology and Engineering

Wellington College, Crowthorne.

Biology

I have worked as Head of Department and Head of Science for over 10 years. Prior to that I trained and worked as a science teacher in the maintained sector in Bristol. As Head of Biology I took an underperforming department and transformed it into one of the leading ones within the school, raising attainment in exams whilst supporting staff with their own development. During my tenure biology became one of the most taken sixth form subjects with over half going on to study it in further education.

As Head of Science I have been involved in the integration of up to 5 different subjects under one umbrella and developed teams united in their commitment to providing the very best education to their students. I believe in a combination of leading by example, relevant consultation, challenge where necessary and praise and encouragement as appropriate. I have completed both the foundation and advanced coaching course and this approach is at the heart of my practice both with students but also with teachers.

I passionately believe that teaching and learning are at the very heart of what a school does and in sharing best practise between schools in the most practical and effective way. I hope that in my role as an SLE I can work with colleagues to support them in their goals for their departments.

John Parsons

(SLE designation June 2018)

Assistant Head Teacher

Winston Churchill School.

Maths.
Leadership and Management.
Leadership of Curriculum, ITT and NQT.

I have 24 years of teaching experience which includes leading a department, being an AST and more recently a senior leader with responsibility for teaching and learning. My strong belief is that relationships are at the route of successful learning; I believe that students should be engaged, not passive and that there is merit in every type of pedagogy. I regularly work on innovative pedagogy with teachers, as part of this I have led the creation of a skills dimension to our curriculum, which focuses on Values, Identity and Belonging.

My specialism is Maths, but I have worked with many subjects: I have helped colleagues develop literacy strategies, robust assessment frameworks, understanding of data and hitting the balance between a love of the subject and exam preparation. I have overseen restructuring of working practices in several departments.

I work in a school that is part of a four-school learning partnership and so I have undertaken whole school and departmental reviews in our partnership schools; highlighting good practice and collaboratively identifying areas for development. I completed a coaching qualification as part of my role as an AST and believe that progress can only be made if those who need to progress are listened to and complicit in developing the pathway forward.

I am very enthusiastic about the use of new technology alongside traditional teaching. I bring experience and ideas, but I see every challenge as a learning opportunity and believe collaboration enables the development of more sustainable strategies for change.

Maria Ramsay

(SLE designation June 2019)

Lead in Professional Effectiveness

Carwarden House School, Surrey.

Inclusion, Behaviour for Learning, deployment of staff in the classroom, targeted interventions, SEND and delivering bespoke personalised curriculums.

After working in banking and finance for a number of years, I decided to have a career change and moved into education. I have held a variety of job roles at Carwarden House Community School, a LAN school in Camberley which have included TA, HLTA and teacher. I currently Lead in Professional Effectiveness for Carwarden. I was actively involved in developing Carwarden House’s Curriculum for Life, a bespoke personalised curriculum offer that enables our students an opportunity to learn through a variety of teaching and learning settings. I am also a staff governor at Carwarden House.

More recently, I have worked with an external consultant on developing our school’s deployment and effective use of the TAs in the classroom. The work has resulted in a handbook for non-teaching staff, clear guidelines and expectations as well as a comprehensive skills audit and PMR process to measure the impact of non-teaching staff with the classroom setting.

My specialism is inclusion for all in the classroom. I work with staff to develop and adapt learning environments for access for all learners, especially for students with SEND and behavioural challenges within a mainstream setting. I have worked with mainstream partner schools on developing more bespoke curriculum offers, and have helped colleagues identify personalised and targeted interventions which result in promoting students to becoming active participants within their classroom settings. I encourage equal rights and equal chances for all to succeed. Another key area I feel is paramount is increased opportunities for feedback and the impact of all staff (Teachers and TAs) so that suitable adjustments can be made for more positive student outcomes.

I am also passionate about my work with Wellington College, Crowthorne. As a result of the successful and unique partnership the two establishments have, the link won a TES Independent Award. The award shows the commitment and drive of the staff and students from both schools. The partnership continues to flourish and the schools have been developing an extended programme with Frimley Park Hospital.

I am Founding Fellow for the Chartered College of Teaching and I achieved my Chartered Teacher status with the Chartered College. I also took my DofE National Coaching Pledge for Women Leading in Education (WLE) in 2016, the pledge is aimed at supporting women into leadership roles and those returning to a career back into teaching, the coaching offers development opportunities, sharing of good practice and access to a range of helpful resources. I also sit on the APPG (All Party Parliamentary Group) for teaching which looks at national government initiatives for the teaching profession in the House of Commons.

Emma Seymour

(SLE designation June 2018)

Subject Leader for History & Sociology

Waingels.

History.

I have worked in my current role as Head of History at Waingels College, in Reading, since 2012 and have been teaching for eleven years. I lead a diverse and successful team, where colleagues feel motivated and supported. Under my leadership, the History department have performed consistently well at both A Level and GCSE. In 2017, we gained 37% A*-A at GCSE, achieving an ALPS grade of 3. In our recent Ofsted report of March 2018, our GCSE results were mentioned favourably; “They performed particularly well in humanities, their rates of progress being in the top 20% of schools.” The uptake at both GCSE and A Level continues to be strong.

I am passionate about being a good middle leader and the opportunity to support and encourage other schools is something I am very excited about. I have a wealth of experience in curriculum planning and have managed the introduction of new schemes of work and assessments at all key stages. I have recent experience of working with other History departments in the area, through a middle leader peer review project, and have mentored other heads of subject at my own school. I have led training on many issues that departments face, from developing a vision, utilising data to maximise outcomes, holding difficult conversations and managing a team. I am an open and approachable person and thrive when sharing ideas and learning from others. I look forward to meeting fellow History colleagues and supporting departments in many different capacities.

Yvonne Smith

(SLE designation December 2013)

Assistant Head Teacher

The Holt School.

Leadership and Management of CPD.
ITT.
NQT Development.

Yvonne is an experienced Teacher of Geography, Head of Department and senior leader. She joined The Holt School as Head of Geography in September 2006 being promoted to Head of Humanities in January 2007. She was appointed to the role of Director of Professional Development and Training in September 2010. In January 2018, she took on her current role as Assistant Headteacher, Professional Development and Training.

As CPD lead Yvonne organises, implements and facilitates the CPD programme. She regularly attends CPD Lead meetings and has worked very closely with the Wokingham Federation of schools, helping to plan and coordinate events including Federation INSET days. She has planned numerous CPD programmes in school, she introduced a series of Teaching and Learning Groups which encourage staff to take a more proactive role in their own development (CPsD) and most recently planned the school CPD programme based on the Responsive Professional Learning Cycle.

Yvonne is an experienced NQT Induction coordinator and ITT Coordinator. An active member of the School Direct Steering Group, working as part of the team to plan and implement the current extremely successful application and selection process. She has worked with ITT HE providers including Reading University and Oxford University. She has used her coaching skills to support and guide mentors, trainee teachers and new teachers as they move through their ITT and NQT years.  Yvonne is passionate about the development of all teachers and aspirant teachers and can provide bespoke advice and guidance.

Richard Staton

(SLE designation December 2014)

Assistant Head Teacher

Bulmershe School.

Science.
Closing the gap.
Behaviour Management.

Richard has served on the leadership team at Bulmershe School for the past six years during which he has been highly engaged in the transformational change that has taken place. All areas of Bulmershe School have been restructured and developed and Richard has played a leading role in this. Improvements have helped secure successive good Ofsted reports in this hugely diverse school and he is rightly proud of this.

Richard has previously worked in three other outstanding schools in a variety of contexts. He has experience of State boarding, Academies and Local authority schools. In each of these sectors he has held Pastoral leadership roles and taught Science. He has a wealth of experience and has a passion for sharing the very best practise. Richard is comfortable working in the economically challenged environment of a local authority school and is creative and thoughtful when looking to help.

Janice Storch

(SLE designation June 2018)

Subject Leader for Maths

Blessed Hugh Faringdon.

Maths.
Leadership and Management.
Leadership of Curriculum.

I have held various roles in education, including teaching Maths in Newbury for 4 years, as a second in department in Wokingham for 5 years, and I have been in my current school in Reading for 6 years, initially part-time and now full-time in my role as Subject Leader for Mathematics. I was also Chair of Governors of a large primary school in central Reading for 6 years. As a Subject Leader I have dealt with the challenges of recruitment to build a stable and effective team, and have considerable experience in promoting consistency across the department through learning walks and observations, giving constructive feedback, and encouraging staff to develop their skills further through agreed targets. Tracking pupil progress, diagnosing gaps in pupil knowledge, and implementing impactful interventions to address these is now routine in the department. Our focus next year will be the development of an even more dynamic KS3 curriculum, with further enrichment activities both in and out of school.

In our department I have encouraged input from external agencies, and, as well as the development of our own staff, we mentor PGCE students, university volunteers and students as part of the STEM education project. We have recently hosted an enrichment day with PGCE students trialling mixed ability resources with years 8, 9 and 10. For me, the opportunity to share good practice and develop school to school support is a natural extension of this outward looking approach.

At present time, I am also undertaking the NPQSL, which will involve leading an improvement project across my school to reduce variation in pupil progress and attainment, and to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of teaching.

Simon Williamson

(SLE designation June 2018)

Director of Music and Arts

Wellington College, Crowthorne.

Music.
Art. Drama.
Support for the most able pupils.

Simon joined Wellington College in 1996, becoming Director of Music in 2004 and then Director of Arts 5 years ago. He is also President of the “MMA, Music Teaching Professionals”, a national organisation for music teachers who are actively involved in joining schools together to create partnerships and develop an understanding about what is excellent in music provision.

Within the Arts, he wishes to support students in Music, Drama and Art (as well as dance) and is keen to map ways for them to realise their potential. With a published work on Gifted and Talented by Pearson Publishing, he is also keen to support the most able but is as much motivated by nurturing interest in all students and wants to facilitate discussion in our subject areas. He feels that there is real benefit in sharing ideas, resources and strategies, so as to support the arts curriculum and co-curriculum within our school environments, therefore creating larger pools of ideas across the teaching partnership.

Simon has been a mentor for PGCE and NQT, runs a large department of visiting teachers, has experience in a wide range of disciplines and secretly would love to support a large cross-arts festival with all the schools within the partnership.

Dr Caroline Evans

(SLE designation February 2020)

Head of Chemistry

Wellington College, Crowthorne.

Chemistry, Examination and Assessment, ITT.

Dr Caroline Evans is currently the Head of Chemistry at Wellington College which she joined in September 2015. A passionate chemistry teacher, Caroline received her PhD in Organic Synthesis from the University of Bath in 2012 and then subsequently spent three years teaching at Canford School in Dorset where she successfully completed her PGCE.

Caroline has been an A Level examiner for AQA for 5 years and is also a Team Leader for Pearson Edexcel GCSE for both Paper 1 and 2. She has also completed an exam writing course for AQA to gain a greater understanding of how high quality assessments are produced by exam boards. Always striving to personally improve she has reviewed several A Level and IB books for a variety of publishers and recently spent her summer holiday carrying out a research project in the CRL at Oxford University.

Since her undergraduate degree, Caroline has regularly volunteered in the state sector spending her time working with schools in Dorset, Berkshire and South Wales. She closely works with her old secondary school, The John Frost School (formally Duffryn High School) in Newport, because she wants to ensure others have opportunities, provisions and links that didn’t previously exist. The main reason she chooses to work at Wellington College is due to the excellent partnership programmes that she is excited to contribute towards.

Becoming an SLE is an exciting opportunity for Caroline which will allow her to further expand her collaborative work with other schools. She is hopeful that her expertise in teaching chemistry, producing assessments (both internal and external) and mentoring staff could prove beneficial to others.

Contact

Details

For queries relating to the WCTSP or to contact the Head of the Teaching School, please use the following:

The Teaching School
Wellington College
Dukes Ride
Crowthorne
Berkshire
RG45 7PU

Email: wctsp@wellingtoncollege.org.uk