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 Annabele
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.