Rowena Simmons

posted Oct 9, 2015, 12:13 AM by Richard Sparks   [ updated Oct 9, 2015, 12:15 AM ]
SLE Specialism: English (Lead)

Rowena has worked within Essex for the last 13 years, both as a teacher of English and as a Literacy Consultant for Essex County Council. In 2004, Rowena gained a National Teaching award for ‘The Most Creative Use of ICT’ for her work with the charity ‘Africa Bookcase’ in piloting the ‘Gemini Project’, now known as ‘Rafiki’ and widely utilised to engage students in a range of curriculum subjects in schools across the UK.

Since gaining her Masters Degree in Education and NPQH, Rowena has worked as Assistant Principal in charge of Literacy at Maltings Academy and has now joined the AET as Leader of English and Literacy. Within this role, Rowena has developed the Right to Read programme to support academies attain our educational vision that no child should leave our academies with a reading age more than two years below their chronological age. This programme encompasses the Right to Success (raising attainment at GCSE), the Right to Speak (promoting effective speaking and listening) and the AET Literacy Leader programme . The ‘ALL’ programme provides an online study course which is accessible to all teachers, regardless of subject specialism to train to become literacy ‘consultants’ and gain accreditation towards further qualifications. Rowena’s latest project is the development of the Junior Literacy Leader programme which is designed for Key Stage 4 students and focuses not only on literacy skills, but on developing the behaviours and attitudes of effective leadership. The programme is designed to be accredited at the equivalent of two GCSE passes and is due to be launched in Autumn 2010.

With a lifelong love of Tottenham Hotspur football team and playing the game itself, Rowena is keen to develop this interest by linking with local and premiership teams to provide ‘reading role models’ for all of our students.