Melanie Bignold

posted Oct 8, 2015, 5:52 AM by Richard Sparks   [ updated Oct 8, 2015, 5:55 AM ]
SLE Specialism: Initial Teacher Training (ITT)

In Melanie’s role at Aylward Academy, she has implemented ‘PGCE flooding’ which has involved the development of working partnerships with five London universities. The programme has successfully mentored over 70 post graduate (PGCE) and graduate (GTP) trainees during the past three years. The trainees have all rated their experience as ’outstanding’ or ‘good’ at the academy and her work has been recognised as an exemplar by universities. Ten of these trainees joined the academy as NQTs and five are key post-holders in the academy.

More recently, Melanie has focused on the recruitment, training and quality assurance of her School Direct trainees. She has four School Direct trainees currently training at Aylward Academy and next academic year she will have trainees in all faculties across the academy.

Melanie also leads on ‘Literacy across the Curriculum’ and has created an EAL focused ITE course for all trainees to pursue in their placements at Aylward Academy to support the delivery to their students.

Furthermore, she leads a team of coaches for the academy’s Initial Teacher Training Programme (ITTP) who are working with teachers to move from ‘requires improvement’ to ‘good’.