SLE Specialism: Leadership of Curriculum / Leadership of CPD / English
Natalie has been teaching English for 14 years and is still passionate about being in the classroom. She is an outstanding English teacher and former AST, has led and line managed English departments both in Hertfordshire, where she still lives, and on the Isle of Wight where she currently works from Monday to Friday each week.
She is a Lead Practitioner, SLE and member of the Senior Leadership Team at Ryde Academy and is currently responsible for whole school Teaching and Learning. Her work on improving teaching, supporting teachers, accurately observing lessons and on improved marking in the English department were all cited in the school's last OFSTED report. Her current whole school priorities are effective marking across the academy, improved questioning as an assessment tool and an improved quality of teaching across the school as a whole. She has recently been offered, and has accepted, an Honorary Licentiateship from the College of Teachers for the work that she has carried out at Ryde Academy.
Natalie has worked with many ITTs, NQTs and various universities across the country as both a subject mentor and in more recent years, Professional Mentor in schools. She has also been a regular member of interview and selection panels at Universities and in schools. Most recently she has worked with the ITT tutors at Hertfordshire University, interviewing, training and supporting School Direct and PGCE students. Last academic year she ran a consortium based programme for NQTs in Hertfordshire and at Ryde Academy and with RQTs.