‎Midlands/Central England‎


Clarissa Norrington-Owens

posted Oct 8, 2015, 1:53 AM by Richard Sparks   [ updated Oct 8, 2015, 1:53 AM ]

SLE Specialism: Attendance & Behaviour & Discipline

Clarissa is Assistant Headteacher at The Rawlett School in Tamworth. She has taught in different parts of the country including Cardiff, Bristol and Walsall, giving her a breadth of experience in a variety of contexts. Prior to her appointment to senior leadership, she was a successful Head of English.

She has overall responsibility for Inclusion; leading on Behaviour and Safety, Attendance, Pupil Premium and SEND. Thus her role is about ensuring that vulnerable students achieve their potential. As part of this, she leads the pastoral and SEND teams, as well as teachers, and works collaboratively with other leaders and agencies in Tamworth to secure provision and outcomes for all.

Chris Collis

posted Oct 8, 2015, 1:50 AM by Richard Sparks   [ updated Oct 8, 2015, 1:50 AM ]



Chris is currently Head of English at The Rawlett School, An AET Academy. There are 10 members of staff in his team and the department received an 'Outstanding' judgement from Ofsted in November 2013, in all areas. The English team’s progress and attainment were both highlighted, with all of their learners completing AQA English Language and Literature and achieving 82% and 81% A* to C at GCSE level respectively.

Chris has been in teaching for 8 years. He has held a leadership role within his subject area for the past 7 years, across two schools, initially in charge of A2 English, then as Key Stage 3 Co-Ordinator and Second in English, with finally Key Stage 4 Co-Ordinator leading into become Head of Department. The recent Ofsted report noted, 'The head of department brings to his role energy, enterprise, breadth of subject knowledge and a readiness to exploit opportunities.'

Having created links with a number of schools, Chris continually works collaboratively in all areas to help develop effective approaches to teaching and learning.

Joy Carlyle

posted Oct 8, 2015, 1:48 AM by Richard Sparks   [ updated Oct 8, 2015, 1:49 AM ]

SLE Specialism: English

Being recognized as an SLE has opened up many opportunities for Joy to share her experience as a leader and advisor in the effective running of an English department and how to lead whole school literacy in simplistic manageable steps.

Joy’s particular strength is leading whole staff training in cross curricular Literacy.

In addition to this, Joy has a key interest in sharing creative ideas on how AFL can promote pupil progress.

Paul Jenkins

posted Oct 8, 2015, 1:47 AM by Richard Sparks   [ updated Oct 8, 2015, 1:47 AM ]

SLE Specialism: Geography

Paul Jenkins has been teaching for 20 years at the Rawlett School. He is an outstanding subject leader of Geography, developing and leading a very successful department for 15 years. He has been involved with numerous national and county level Geography initiatives such as creativity and better writing/literacy.

Paul has also developed his leadership and management skills within different subject areas in his role as Assistant Director of Learning for the School of Culture.

Judith Scott

posted Oct 8, 2015, 1:45 AM by Richard Sparks   [ updated Oct 8, 2015, 1:46 AM ]

SLE Specialism: History

Judith Scott is a Director of Learning for Culture at the Rawlett School in Tamworth ( Humanities, Performing Arts). She is currently responsible for leading a diverse team and is passionate about developing teaching and learning across the curriculum.

Previously, she has introduced a successful innovative approach to citizenship and has worked with several schools internationally on curriculum projects and sharing teaching methodologies.

Charlie Furniss

posted Oct 8, 2015, 1:43 AM by Richard Sparks   [ updated Oct 8, 2015, 1:44 AM ]

SLE Specialism: Initial Teacher Training

Charlie is an Assistant principal at The Duston School in Northampton. She has 10 years teaching experience and has developed from Lead Teacher of Drama, Sport and Performing Arts Faculty Head to her current role of strategic lead of ITT/NQT programmes.

This role involves providing high quality, bespoke training for both mentors and trainee teachers, ensuring effective quality assurance across the school. Charlie has been leading these programmes for 4 years and they have a 100% good or better record with 80% Outstanding trainees.

Charlie is always seeking new challenges and relish the chance to support others in my current school and working with others to develop their systems on their journey to Outstanding.

Sharon Jones

posted Oct 8, 2015, 1:40 AM by Richard Sparks   [ updated Oct 8, 2015, 1:41 AM ]

SLE Specialism: ITT & NQT Decelopment

Sharon has been a teacher of PE for 31 years having taught in 5 different schools in the West Midlands region. She has been a Head of Department (3 yrs), a Head of Faculty (10 yrs) and am now a Senior Leader (9 yrs).

She is passionate about the subject she teaches and has led the successful specialist bid that allowed her school to become a Specialist Sports College. Though very busy with SL responsibilities, Sharon continues to support her PE team with curricular and extra-curricular activities.

Sharon has always valued the opportunity to work with ITT trainees as she sees them as the future of the teaching profession. As a Senior Mentor she is keen that all trainees who visit her school can be guaranteed a positive experience whatever the department they are working in. This has involved establishing expectations and setting up QA practices.

Gary Wakefield

posted Oct 8, 2015, 1:38 AM by Richard Sparks   [ updated Oct 8, 2015, 1:38 AM ]

SLE Specialism: Leadership of Curriculum

Gary is Senior Vice Principal at Sir Herbert Leon Academy. He has worked as a senior leader in a school that moved from “notice to improve” to “good” in 4 years. He has responsibility for curriculum development, achievement and also writes the school timetable. Gary has been involved in 14 – 19 curriculum development across schools and his current school operates a collaborative sixth form offer across two schools.

He is passionate about data being used at whole school as well as at the classroom level and has supported primary and secondary schools to develop their data tracking systems so that they are in a position to make appropriate intervention.

Richard Johnson

posted Oct 8, 2015, 1:36 AM by Richard Sparks   [ updated Oct 8, 2015, 1:37 AM ]

SLE Specialism: Leadership of Curriculum

Richard is Deputy Headteacher at The Rawlett School in Tamworth. He has taught in 3 different Staffordshire schools and was a successful Head of Science before entering Senior Leadership.

He has overall responsibility for Provision and Standards. Within school he has led on curriculum development, data, exams, teaching and learning and timetabling; Richard also chaired the Tamworth district group that led collaborative arrangements on Foundation Learning, pre-16 vocational and post-16 consortium provision.

Fiona Aris

posted Oct 8, 2015, 1:34 AM by Richard Sparks   [ updated Oct 8, 2015, 1:34 AM ]

SLE Specialism: Leadership of Curriculum

Fiona Aris is an experienced Senior Leader. She has successfully led rapid school improvement in Behaviour and Safety, Leadership and Teaching and Learning. Fiona has secured rapid and deep improvement in Teaching and Learning at her current Academy, raising good or better Teaching and Learning from a very low starting point to ‘Outstanding’ in one term. She uses a blend of “fresh” and creative strategies to increase staff motivation, generate hope and belief.

Fiona has successfully led her Academy through the strategic development and implementation of a very successful House System. This included the development of new Behaviour and Attendance Policy and protocols, the development of a robust Pastoral Curriculum, outstanding Safeguarding Policy and procedures and during this time secured a good grade for the school from a very low starting point. Fiona is currently advising on all aspects of Safeguarding at her Academy.

Fiona is particularly interested in supporting other school leaders on their journey to outstanding. She is seeking opportunities to work in collaboration with other leaders to rapidly, deeply embed outstanding practice and to grow capacity within schools to lead on all strategic aspects of school improvement. Fiona`s methods will generate new thinking, deeply challenge and nurture staff within a highly supportive ethos.

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