Helen Johnston

posted Oct 8, 2015, 7:19 AM by Richard Sparks   [ updated Oct 8, 2015, 7:19 AM ]
SLE Specialism: English

Helen has worked in education for ten years after gaining her BA and PGCE qualifications from The University of Leeds. Having taken on a number of leadership roles within the department, Helen was then fast tracked to become the new Head of English at a school in Barking and Dagenham. In this role she developed a large team consisting of OTTs, NQTs, GTPs, experienced staff and ASTs.

Helen then went on to become an Advanced Skills Teacher and the lead teacher in charge of Gifted and Talented students at a school in Harlow. In these roles she regularly delivered departmental and whole school CPD sessions on a range of areas such as suggested approaches and resources for the new English AQA GCSE specification, dealing with difficult behaviour and the power of debating. Helen also tracked and worked with borderline C/D and A*/A students in her daily teaching as well as delivering master classes, revision classes and parental support sessions to enable the learners to gain the best results possible.

In her role as English and Literacy Specialist Helen works with her peers in order to share and develop the best practice possible both within the classroom and outside of it. She is a passionate teacher, leader and manager and places the learners’ educational needs at the heart of her plans. With her high expectations, dedication and experience Helen is well placed to support fellow colleagues and learners to achieve their goals.