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Specialist Leaders in Education

Michelle Bridge

 

Michelle is currently Deputy Head of Lower KS2 at Fairlands Primary School which is a large, three form entry school with capacity for 720 children, situated in an area of relatively high deprivation in Stevenage.Michelle has taught for over 25 years and held a range of leadership roles in four very differing schools, joining Fairlands Primary School 12 years ago. In her role as Deputy Headteacher she has responsibility for provision and outcomes within her phase. Michelle also has responsibility for professional development, performance appraisal, leadership development, coaching and mentoring, curriculum leadership, intervention strategies and Inclusion Team line management within her phase, alongside leadership of whole school provision for disadvantaged pupils and leadership of the school council.Coaching and mentoring is a particular area of personal interest and expertise both within Michelle’s work in school and beyond. She has led professional development and coached teachers and leaders on a diverse range of issues, including behaviour management, quality of teaching and learning, inclusion and assessment. Michelle has also coached and mentored teachers in their transition to middle and senior leadership roles. She has led training for whole staff and middle leaders on a range of topics including provision for disadvantaged pupils, feedback and marking, learning environments and growing independent learners.  Michelle believes that the personal characteristics that enable her to provide constructive partnership work include being able to listen, assess a situation and make decisions. She is able to recognise and praise strengths and successes, as well as empathise, question and challenge. At the heart of Michelle’s leadership is a desire to empower others to be the best they can be. Her specialist areas of expertise are: Leadership of curriculum; initial teacher training and newly qualified teacher development; behaviour and discipline.

Ruth Cousins

Ruth has taught at Round Diamond Primary School for the past 12 years during which time she has led English, Maths, Humanities and The Arts across the school. She was Key Stage One team leader for 8 years before becoming an Assistant Head. Before working at Round Diamond, Ruth trained in a very large primary school in Luton. During her 4 years there, she moved into leadership roles in the Early Years and Year 1 as well as leading on Computing.  In Ruth’s leadership roles, she has:

  • led English and Maths across the school engaging in strategic planning for school improvement with impact

  • led teaching and learning across the school, with a focus on lesson study, peer observations and reflective logs

  • mentored and coached staff at different stages of their career; encouraging the sharing of best practise, engaging in professional discussions to improve teaching and learning.

Ruth’s passion is to strive for high quality teaching and learning in her own and others’ practise, Ruth’s commitment to this principle relates to her belief in high quality inclusive education as an entitlement for all.

Janani Figueiredo

Since joining the teaching profession, Jan has had the opportunity to work across both the Early Years and Key Stage One, developing her specialisms in English, Phonics and the EYFS; her passion for teaching and learning is rooted in EYFS practice where independent and creative minds are developed.

Jan has taught at Round Diamond Primary School for the past five years during which time she has led English across the school, an Early Years team and a Key Stage One team. Before working at Round Diamond, Jan trained with and worked at an Outstanding inner London Primary School where she took a lead on monitoring the quality of the Phonics provision across Key Stage One.

In Jan’s leadership roles, she has:

  • implemented whole school approaches to improving the presentation of children’s writing including embedding new assessments to monitor progress

  • led whole school training on Reading, SPaG and continued professional development through peer to peer observations

  • implemented changes across the Early Years resulting in improved outcomes and consistency for learners

  • developed the sharing and addressing of next steps in the EYFS to facilitate a clearer understanding of children’s needs, in turn supporting individual development

 

Heather Griggs

 

 

I am an SLE for primary history. I have ten years of teaching experience across key stage one and two and currently, I am working in year three at Highover JMI and Nursery. I obtained an undergraduate degree in archaeology  and worked as an archaeologist for several years before becoming a teacher; consequently, I have an in-depth knowledge of the history curriculum.

Across my teaching career, I have brought together my passion for teaching and love of archaeology to successfully lead history in several schools across Hampshire and Bedfordshire. As part of a working party, I am also responsible for monitoring geography and continuing to embed Global Goals throughout our school. My strengths lie in coaching and mentoring; encouraging colleagues to be creative in a curriculum that is dynamic, engaging and personalised for their pupils. I have been an NQT and student mentor and continue to lead training and professional development in history in my current setting.

Anna Owen

 

Anna has taught at Round Diamond Primary School for the past 3 years. She has been teaching for 8 years across key stage 1 and the Early Years. The Early years is Anna's passion and she has had the opportunity to work in both nursery and reception to gain an in depth and sound knowledge of the Early Year's curriculum and early development in children. Anna has been leading the Early Years at Round Diamond for 3 years and her roles have included:

  • Supporting teachers in their transition from key stage 1 into Early Years

  • Developing a consistent and collaborative vision across Nursery and Reception

  • Developing an impactful and meaningful transition system 

  • Implementing changes across the Early Years to ensure all children have access to a varied curriculum which supports learning through play whilst preparing Reception for their future school career. 

Anna Page

Coming from a background in International Business Management, Anna has worked in schools across Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire and is a consistently outstanding practitioner with a passion for delivering a stimulating, meaningful and challenging curriculum.  Anna has worked across all key stages and has led and developed teams allowing her to raise standards in reading, writing and maths, particularly in KS2. For the last 4 years Anna has played a pivotal role in the Senior Leadership Team at Highover School in Hitchin where her roles have included Subject Leader, Key Stage Leader and is currently the Assistant Headteacher. Anna has recently completed the National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership during which her project worked on reducing gaps in attainment between different groups of learners and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of teaching, with particular focus on staff training, curriculum development, data analysis and partnerial working between school, parents, governors and outside agencies.  One of Anna’s biggest drivers to be in education, is her ability and desire to bring out the best in people. She has extensive experience in leading and supporting staff at all levels and has worked in both her school and others, to develop best practice and leadership in others.

Rob Paice

Robert has been working at Round Diamond School for the last 7 years following a successful PGCE placement with the school.  He has gained a wealth of experience in Key Stage 2 starting out in Year 5, before moving to Year 3 and then Year 4.  He spent two and a half years leading the lower Key Stage 2 team.  In 2018 he became the Speech and Language Base Leader.  He has led the Science Faculty for a number of years, including leading the school through the PSQM gilt award application in which the school were successful in 2019.  Robert was trained as a STEM facilitator in 2019 and is looking forward to working on a  number of opportunities through this new role.

 

Hannah Taylor

 

Hannah has worked at Round Diamond for 10 years,  having experience in all year groups across Key Stage 1 + 2. This has given her a wealth of knowledge and skills.  She has a range of experience in leadership roles; has led English across the school, been a team leader of both LKS2 and UKS2 and is currently an Assistant Head with a focus on public relations, newly qualified teachers and teacher induction and support. 

 

In Hannah’s leadership roles, she has:

 

- imbedded the teaching of values into the school curriculum with specific focus on British values

- delivered whole school staff training with focus on English

- developed and implemented new initiatives to further improve writing and reading

- created new systems and approaches to engage our parents and wider school community

- supported and mentored both Newly qualified teachers, NQT mentors and those new to school offering a bespoke induction programme.

 

 

Dan Stephenson

Dan has worked at Round Diamond School for the past 6 years. He started as a sports coach and has developed to become a consistently outstanding PE teacher, obtaining high skills to teach across all key stages from Early Years to Key Stage 2. Alongside this experience, Dan also has a thorough understanding of the assessment and attainment for each key stage, developing his own assessment document which has been utilised in other schools across Stevenage. Dan has strived to achieve the Sports Mark each year he has taught at Round Diamond. He has successfully achieved the Gold Sports Mark for 4 consecutive years and is striving for Platinum this academic year. He has trained and upskilled apprentices, 2 of whom had been nominated for Apprentice of the Year with one being successful in achieving this award. Dan has a vast knowledge of progression in PE and is always thinking of new initiatives to further develop the children in which he teaches. He ensures his highly inclusive practise enables individuals to challenge themselves, regardless of ability or background. Dan strives for high quality teaching and his expectations in each lesson and other curricular activities reflect this.

 

 

Nikki Wilby

Nikki teaches at Trotts Hill School and is the Early Years and PE / Computing faculty leader. Prior to this, she taught in Bedfordshire for over 10 years, most recently as the Assistant Head at an ‘Outstanding’ lower school. Nikki has a range of leadership experience, including leading all three Key Stages, assessment and a range of curriculum areas such as Maths, MFL and English. She has also worked on a number of cross-school and cross-phase projects:

  • She supported NQT development across Bedfordshire, providing high quality professional development and support quality assurance processes

  • She is an experienced moderator for Key Stage One and Year 4

  • She has led ITT sessions on topics such as assessment, marking and feedback and Gifted and Talented provision.

Nikki is passionate about giving all children an equal chance to access the curriculum by providing the best possible foundations for their learning in the Early Years and then continuing the Early Years principles throughout the school.

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