I was motivated to become an SLE as I believe that true collaboration not only benefits teachers that I work with but develops my own expertise. After gaining Lead English Teacher status (2002) I trained as an AFL coach with Barnet LEA. Subsequently, I gained Advanced Skills Teacher status (2003) and worked alongside teachers to support them on their journey to becoming outstanding practitioners.
In 2007 I moved from London to Manchester, joining Trinity as Head of English and Assistant Headteacher. I have had the pleasure of leading my staff through a time of rapid change and in 2016 we achieved our best ever GCSE results (80% A*-C). We have devised schemes of work to meet the demands of the new syllabi and adapted our teaching accordingly. I have marked for AQA Examination Board for the last few years and this has informed much of our planning.
As Assistant Headteacher, one of my whole school responsibilities is Literacy. I have introduced various policies and procedures to ensure that Literacy is built into all subject areas.