Specialist Leaders of Education
Our 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.
Specialism: ITT and English - Claire Scott
A Specialist Leader in Education at Corby Business Academy. Claire joined the partnership as a teacher of English and Media in 2008. Throughout her career she has also held responsibilities as both Gifted and Talented Coordinator and Head of Media. Claire currently holds the post of ITT Coordinator and her SLE designation is in the Leadership and Development of Initial teacher training (ITT) and newly qualified teachers (NQT). Claire's passion for the training and development of staff comes from her drive to encourage sharing successful and effective classroom practice within and beyond her own school.
Specialism: English - Antonina Fletton
A Lead Practitioner in Education at Bishop Stopford School, having joined as an Advanced Skills Teacher in English in 2008. Her SLE designation is in the Leadership of Literacy across the Curriculum and she has collaborated with colleagues from both the Primary and Secondary phase. Her current responsibilities include the leadership of English and Literacy and leading intervention strategies. Antonina has an especial interest in narrowing the attainment and aspiration gap for vulnerable students. Antonina has presented to the SSAT Literacy Conference and regularly supports colleagues, both within Bishop Stopford and the wider region.
Specialism: Modern Foreign Languages and Leadership Development - Melanie Navarro-Marin
Melanie is Director of Modern Foreign Languages for Brooke Weston Trust. She has worked collaboratively with other colleagues in Academies within the Brooke Weston Trust. Her SLE designation is in Modern Foreign Languages and she was previously a Consultant for MFL with the SSAT for 6 years. Melanie is a published author and has a particular interest in making languages accessible for all students.
Specialism: Science - Jack Maclaren
A Lead Practitioner at Bishop Stopford School, with SLE designation in Science. Jack has a background as a Fast Track Teacher and an AST. He has a PhD in biochemical toxicology and, prior to his teaching career, held various positions including a Royal Society fellowship at the University of Würzburg, Germany; molecular biologist at the University of Cambridge and as a non-clinical lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Leicester. His SLE deployments have included the development of middle leadership capacity within the Science department of two secondary schools and the support of maths intervention in a local primary school. Jack is currently Head of Chemistry.
Specialism: Primary - Gemma Barber
Based at Thomas Clarkson Academy, Wisbech, Gemma is a Specialist Leader in Education (Primary), specialising in CPD, Teaching and Learning and behaviour. Previously a Headteacher at Wisbech St. Mary, Gemma joined the Brooke Weston Teaching School Alliance in 2015. Working closely with the Director of the Teaching School, Gemma currently leads the development our Teaching School Activities in Wisbech, ensuring that CPD and Leadership provision meets local needs.
Specialism: Computer Science - Ray Chambers
Ray Chambers is a Lead Teacher for Computer science. He has been teaching ICT and Computer Science for 10 years and has experience in using technology to enhance learning. Ray delivers training regularly and has delivered content at national conferences including the BETT show in London. Ray is a keen blogger and likes to share expertise. In 2015-2016 Ray won the UK National Teaching award for his effective use of technology and a BAFTA for mentoring students into coding. His philosophy for education is to make his lessons energetic so that students are engaged in their learning. He has expertise in both behaviour management and the transition from ICT to Computer Science.
Specialism: Science - Karen Hearne
Director of Science for Brooke Weston Trust. She has led an outstanding Science department at Brooke Weston for three years and as Assistant Principal her work involved overseeing the smooth running of the examinations. Karen now works with Heads of Science across the Trust by providing strategic support and capacity for developing teachers. She has facilitated both NQT and staff training appreciating the invaluable opportunity to collaborate and work with colleagues from different contexts.
Karen’s SLE designation is in Science curriculum development in addition to leadership and coaching. Karen’s understanding of the strategic use of assessment and monitoring data to accurately track student progress ensures that students have the potential for an exceptional outcome.
Her core purpose is to improve outcomes for all students by ensuring that they have access to an engaging science curriculum with a particular focus on practical work.
Specialism: SEN - Angeline Annable
The SENCo and Senior Assistant Principal at Brooke Weston Academy, having joined as Head of Biology in 2004. Since this time Angeline has worked within the Teaching School Alliance as CPD Lead and facilitates numerous courses with a particular focus on Middle Leadership and the development of a creative curriculum for students with additional needs. Angeline is currently the SLE trainer for the Northamptonshire region and delivers the designation training across the county.
Angeline’s SLE designation is in SEN provision and the utilisation of data to drive the delivery of quality first teaching for children with additional needs.
Angeline’s philosophy is based on the desire that ‘nobody gets left behind’ and ensuring that all children, regardless of their starting point, have the belief that they can achieve, belong and are seen.
Specialism: Closing the Gap and Accredited Pupil Premium Reviewer, English as a Foreign Language, Attachment Awareness, Secondary English - Becky Knight
Having taught in a variety of schools, two previously being in ‘Special Measures’, Becky’s belief as Inclusion Specialist Leader of Education is that all students should have access to the curriculum and are given every opportunity to succeed.
Becky’s previous school roles range from Head of English and Creative Arts to Director of Sixth form, KS4 and Year 7. Recently, as part of the Extended Leadership Team in her most recent school, she led on whole school Pupil Premium, whole school Attendance and whole school EAL, whilst mentoring TeachDirect students.
As an Accredited Pupil Premium Reviewer (Loughborough Teaching Alliance), Becky has carried out Reviews in schools, as well as supporting two Secondary Schools with Closing the Gap.
In 2016 Becky was involved in the Northampton planning and organisation of the Attachment Awareness Training with Kate Cairns Association which led to her current involvement and planning of the Reconnect Initiative programme across Northamptonshire and eventually nationwide.
Specialism: History - robert McNally
Rob is currently the Head of Department for History at Brooke Weston Academy (BWA) and from September 2018 will become Trust Director for History. His SLE designation is in History.
In 2017 History was one of the most improved departments at BWA (3rd) in a year of outstanding GCSE results for the Academy. Additionally, he has managed a series of whole school initiatives such as: leading UCAS applications, EPQ oversight, organising Oxbridge speakers, coaching colleagues in the use of PiXL strategies and mentoring ITT students/prospective trainees. At his previous school, Montsaye Academy in Kettering, Rob was Assistant Head of Sixth Form. Before that he was Head of History and Head of Innovative Learning at Northampton School for Girls, where he also trained to be an AST and had responsibility for aspects of CPD.
In both of Rob’s previous roles he has managed pastoral, curriculum and whole school teaching and learning initiatives with great success and impact. For instance, leading county wide training days on the use of E-Learning and school wide CPD on topics such as Sixth Form classroom practice and Active Learning. Rob spent his earlier career learning the profession in a series of challenging inner city schools in the South East of England, where amongst other things he acquired finely honed behaviour management and differentiation skills. He gained his PGCE from Sussex University in 1994 after first completing a degree in Historical Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University. Finally, Rob is committed to continual professional development and the power of collaborative practice, having recently attained a NPQSL and an externally verified coaching qualification.
Specialism: Early Years - Emma Alexander
Emma is currently the Early Year Leader at Gretton Primary Academy and her SLE designation is specialising in Early Years.
She qualified from University of Northampton with a BA (Hons) Degree in Early Years Education with QTS in 2009 and since then has taken up a variety of posts within the Early Years field. These include teaching assistant, nursery practitioner, nursery manager, SENCo. and Reception class teacher, which she has been for four years and joined her current school in September 2016.
Having over 10 years of Early Years experience and a sound knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and principles, Emma has reached a stage in her career where she wants to support and empower others to make a difference in their practice within their own settings. Having a range of experiences in the Early Years field has given her a great network of support and she regularly attends Early Years Network Cluster meetings, which are extremely useful within her role as an Early Years teacher but also as an SLE.
Specialism: Primary Mathematics - Emma Manley
Emma has been a Primary School teacher at Church Langton Primary School for seven years. Her SLE designation is Primary Mathematics.
She completed a degree in accountancy and management at Cardiff University and then a Masters in property finance and law at CASS Business School. From here Emma worked as an Asset Manager in London managing property portfolio's for pension companies. After starting a family she decided to retrain and did a PGCE with Leicester University and started teaching at Church Langton Primary ranked by its academic success in the top 200 primary schools by The Sunday Times for the past two years.
After qualifying as the Mathematics Specialist Teacher course and leading Mathematics within her local cluster group of schools, Emma then began teaching the maths strand of the school direct PGCE course for the University of Leicester. She strives for excellent teacher training that combines current research findings with a practical understanding of how this can work within a classroom and believes every child deserves high quality teaching, with teachers that have high expectations of all of their students.
Specialism: History, Teaching & Learning Leadership - Rebecca Waterson
Rebecca is currently the Senior Assistant Principal at Brooke Weston Academy responsible for the leadership of whole school Teaching and Learning and staff development. She has recently been appointed to Vice Principal with an official start of August 2018. Her SLE designation is in History, Teaching & Learning and Leadership.
Becky has been teaching for 13 years, having completed her PGCE at Leicester University in Secondary history. She taught at an inner city Leicester School for most of her career as Head of Humanities and Senior Standards Leader, leaving to teach abroad in an international school in Singapore for two years.
Becky has led on numerous professional development programmes including Lesson Study programmes - a powerful, professional learning approach that dramatically improves learning and teaching and the development of the schools oracy and enrichment programmes as well as the student leadership programme PiXL Edge.
Last year as Head of Humanities she led on the increase in progress and attainment in Humanities in line with the schools outstanding results, where Humanities ranked in the 7th percentile nationally for its 2016/17 GCSE results.
As Senior Assistant Principal in charge of Teaching and Learning, coaching and mentoring and developing others is the most enjoyable yet integral part of her role and strongly believes that we should always look to our fellow teachers for development through coaching, mentoring and collaboration
Specialism: Primary Literacy - Sarah Sanders
Sarah is currently Assistant Principal at Gretton Primary School, where she leads in Literacy, including reading, phonics, writing and SPAG, ITT and the support staff. Her SLE designation is in Primary Literacy.
Having studied at Oxford Brooks University, she taught at Oakley Vale Primary before moving to Gretton where she has been teaching for the last four years. She has led Year 2 moderation sessions for the Brooke Weston Trust and other local small schools and Gretton was selected to be part of the Northampton Collaborative Reading Project due to high standards of results in reading.
Sarah enjoys school to school support and networking and believes in a creative and engaging curriculum which captures and adapts to the student's interests.
Specialism: Secondary Teaching and Learning - Louise Martin
Louise has been teaching PE and Health and Social Care at Bishop Stopford School for 11 years. Her SLE designation is in Secondary Teaching and Learning.
She trained as a physiotherapist at the University of Hertfordshire and went on to gain her QTS in 2006. Having qualified Louise worked at Montagu school as head of girls PE for a year.
She has had a variety of roles such as YG&T, head of girls PE, mentor, staff CPD enhancement and ITT/NQT mentor. More recently she has worked with staff to develop and work towards their continuing professional development. She believes that sharing strategies can inspire, motivate and ignite passion into the classroom, enhancing students’ experience while promoting confidence with colleagues.
Specialism: Curriculum Leadership & the Development of teaching, learning & Assessment - Simon Smith
Simon currently leads an outstanding English department at Bishop Stopford School having been both Head of English and an Assistant Principal at Brooke Weston Academy. Simon's SLE designation is in leadership of the curriculum, and the development of teaching, learning and assessment. He has been involved in a number of support projects and facilitated professional development and is especially interested in how data can be used to lead and structure progress for all.
Specialism: Year 6 and Primary Maths – Sarah Phillips
Sarah is in her sixth year of teaching Year 6 at Gretton Primary School. Her SLE designation is in Year 6 and Primary Maths.
After finishing her A Levels, Sarah worked at a Day Nursery, working with children under two. She completed her degree at Kingston Upon Thames University receiving a BA (Hons) in Primary Teaching with Mathematics Specialism. Sarah began her NQT year at Gretton Primary teaching Year 5 and has since studied for a post graduate degree in mathematics: MaST (Mathematics Specialist Teacher) and is now part of the East Midlands Hub research group for mastery.
Sarah is looking forward to developing her skills as a coach and mentor and working with a variety of colleagues from different backgrounds.