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Our Specialist Subject Team Working in partnership with
I am delighted to introduce you to our Teaching School Support Team. Over the years the governing body at Whitley Bay TSA has consciously invested in leadership development at every level in the organisation; this has allowed us to expand our capacity to provide high quality support to schools in challenging circumstances and many other partner schools. We can broker NLE, LLE and SLE support in all aspects of school improvement: from human resources to financial planning; from teaching and learning to middle leadership; from recruitment to induction; from coaching to work shadowing, we offer bespoke packages of support. Evidence of our impact can be found in the many successful and long standing partnerships we have forged across the locality and the region. if you want to know more email Sharon Armstrong on sharon.armstrong@whitleybayhighschool.org
I am delighted to introduce you to our Teaching School Support Team. Over the years the governing body at Whitley Bay TSA ...
Headteacher Steve Wilson Whitley Bay High School Headteacher at WBHS Steve Wilson has been a school leader for over ten years. He specialises in a wide range of educational matters including Post 16, data and raising achievement, staff development and performance management , financial planning and admissions. In recent years Steve has led radical and innovative CPD on the importance of building memory power in students facing the new linear assessment landscape. A natural optimist Steve is solution focused and enjoys working with leaders in other schools. In 2012-13 he was seconded part time to Monkseaton High School and found the experience energising and motivating. Steve has limited availability to carry out school to school support this academic year but he takes a close interest in all our outreach work and will work closely with you to quality assure the provision we offer.
Headteacher  Steve Wilson Whitley Bay High School Headteacher at WBHS Steve Wilson has been a school leader for over ten y...
Our Deputy Head Rachel Mays Whitley Bay High School Deputy Head at WBHS Rachel Mays leads the Teaching School Alliance at Whitley Bay High School and is the first point of contact for ‘The Big Six’. She has been Deputy Headteacher since 2000 and was Head of School in 2012-13 while the Headteacher was seconded to Monkseaton High School. She has taken overall responsibility for writing the bids which have had a profound impact on the school’s strategic development from good to outstanding. Rachel brought first Mike Hughes and later Spencer Kagan to Whitley Bay where their twin philosophies are now fully embedded in the active Teaching & Learning that takes place daily at the school. Rachel also wrote the bid for Specialist School Status in English, Maths & Science, the first dual bid of its kind nationally, and later our bid for Teaching School status can be seen as a natural development of the extensive school to school support we undertake each year. Rachel believes that every school has an area of expertise to share and a talent pool of staff keen to make progress; she regularly supports leadership teams in other schools with strategic planning to raise achievement, building on the key strengths within their own school. Rachel is an English teacher who leads on curriculum development, equal opportunities, the training of middle leaders, creative teaching & learning and raising achievement. At WBHS there is no significant within-school variation and much of Rachel’s outreach work involves helping other school’s tackle the issue of underperformance, particularly in the core subjects and especially with disadvantaged students. Rachel can be contacted on rachel.mays@ntlp.org.uk
Our Deputy Head  Rachel Mays Whitley Bay High School Deputy Head at WBHS Rachel Mays leads the Teaching School Alliance at...
Our National Leader of Education Adam Chedburn OBE Former Headteacher Whitley Bay High School National Leader of Education (NLE) Adam is the chair of the Whitley Bay Teaching School Alliance Steering Group. He has a keen interest in school improvement and has worked extensively across the region and more widely supporting school leaders. Adam undertakes specialist mentoring & support work including new headteachers. He also teaches on the NETSPA NPQH course and is available to run bespoke leadership training for school leaders and Governors. Adam can be contacted on jackie.patterson@northtyneside.gov.uk
Our National Leader of Education  Adam Chedburn OBE Former Headteacher Whitley Bay High School  National Leader of Educati...
Our Specialist Leaders in Education: Diane Houghton The Blyth Quays Trust The Blyth Quays Trust Director of Operations Diane is Director of Operations for The Blyth Quays Trust a multi-primary academy trust where she has strategic responsibility for Finance, HR and Premises management across the three academies .To date Diane has experience of academy conversion, establishing collaborative partnerships as well as multi school purchasing contracts for best value. Diane also manages school staff and has significant experience of restructuring and providing training for support staff, middle leaders, senior leaders, Head Teachers and governors. Diane previously worked for 7 years as a local authority Schools HR Manager, is an accredited School Business Director . Diane is responsible for whole school appraisal policy development and implementation as well as aspects of safeguarding. Diane’s specialist areas for support are school business and financial management, teams, staffing, restructuring, appraisal and capability management, networks, partnerships and collaborations and safeguarding learners – policies and procedures. Diane can be contacted at Croftway Primary Academy. diane.houghton@northumberland.gov.uk
Our Specialist Leaders in Education   Diane Houghton The Blyth Quays Trust The Blyth Quays Trust Director of Operations Di...
Our Specialist Leaders in Education: Linda Buckle Whitley Bay High School Deputy Headteacher with responsibility for teaching and learning Linda Buckle has been the leader of teaching and learning at Whitley Bay High School since 1998 and is responsible for the nationally acclaimed CPD programme (Twice outstanding Teaching & Learning grade 1 in Ofsted March 2010, May 2013). Linda was a Head of English and SENCO before joining the Leadership Team at Whitley Bay. She devises and runs our 4 weekly cycle of CPD which each year has an overarching focus related to the School Improvement Plan; 2015/16 will be the year of reading. Linda regularly helps Leadership teams develop a T&L strategy to raise achievement. In addition Linda is in demand to offer specialist support to under-performing English departments. She is an English teacher herself who regularly shows lessons in our Teaching Observation Gallery. Linda has significant experience of helping school leaders audit and evaluate the quality of T&L, set up and monitor Performance Management, give pre capability and capability support for underperforming staff, and lead training for governance about monitoring the quality of T&L. Linda regularly trains large groups of staff on collaborative learning structures, questioning, differentiation and active learning Post 16. She has worked for over ten years with educational guru Mike Hughes on the ' Magenta Principles' which is a focus of R&D in our Teaching School Alliance. Linda acts as an SLE to schools from all over the region and devises bespoke programmes to support leadership of schools in challeng-
Our Specialist Leaders in Education   Linda Buckle Whitley Bay High School Deputy Headteacher with responsibility for teac...
Our Specialist Leaders in Education: Justine Chapman Whitley Bay High School Director of ITT Justine Chapman is responsible for training new entrants to the profession as our leader of School Direct. Justine was a teacher of Food Technology and Textiles at Nunthorpe School Middlesborough before becoming a Head of department and later Head of Year at WBHS. Coaching is at the heart of everything Justine does and she has worked with many individual teachers both at Whitley Bay and other schools, improving teacher confidence, reflectiveness and capacity to analyse what is working and what is going wrong. Justine specialises in helping middle leaders develop an improvement strategy: whether it be improving an individual member of staff or writing a departmental SEF or auditing the quality of Teaching & Learning in the department, Justine will liaise between senior and middle leaders to ensure the best outcomes. Justine also has a strong track record of effectiveness in recruitment and bringing starter teachers on; since 2013 she has delivered trainee and mentor training as well as lead ‘Taster Days’ at WBHS to give potential teachers a flavour of ‘A Day in the Bay’. Justine can be contacted at justine.chapman@whitleybayhighschool.org
Our Specialist Leaders in Education   Justine Chapman Whitley Bay High School Director of ITT Justine Chapman is responsib...
Our Specialist Leaders in Education: Steve Welsh Norham High School Head of Faculty, Science. Lead Practioner T&L, Science. Steven works at Norham High School as Head of the Science faculty and he also has a role in the delivery of CPD both within the department and across the school as a whole. Steven was previously a Lead Practitioner at Bedlingtonshire Community High School in addition to being the acting head of Science. His responsibilities in these roles included creating and delivering whole school CPD in a range of key areas including Teaching and Learning, Literacy, Marking and Feedback and Progress in key groups. To date Steven has a wide range of different experiences to draw upon of supporting individuals, groups, departments and whole staff on a variety of teaching and learning strategies- first and foremost enquiry based and challenge based learning which he has used very successfully to increase the engagement and accessibility of science to different groups of learners. Steven played a key role in delivering training on innovative teaching and learning for the specialist schools and academies trust (SSAT) and has continued to work with many of the contacts made then. Steven can be contacted at steven.welsh@ntlp.org.uk
Our Specialist Leaders in Education   Steve Welsh Norham High School Head of Faculty, Science. Lead Practioner T L, Scienc...
Our Specialist Leaders in Education: Paul Hetherington Castle View Enterprise Academy Director of Science Paul was Head of Science at Sacred Heart School Fenham before joining the staff at WBHS in the Science department. Paul joined Castle View Enterprise Academy a year ago as Head of Science. Paul continues to be a senior examiner for OCR GCSE Science and runs GCSE courses for AQA ’How to teach outstanding Chemistry lessons’. Paul enthuses about all things scientific but he is primarily an expert on Chemistry/Science teaching pre and post 16, GCSE CATs, Raising Achievement in Science and innovative Teaching & Learning in Science using new technologies. Paul has been seconded for 1 day a week over the last few years as a Lead Teacher for Science for North Tyneside Local Authority and has specialised in supporting Heads of Science or seconds in department in driving up standards and improving teaching & learning. He is also happy to devise interesting and interactive CPD on a range of curriculum development issues – not least the challenges of linear testing. He is currently supporting a number of science departments in the locality so he has limited availability. Paul can be contacted at Hetherington.p@castleviewenterpriseacademy.co.uk
Our Specialist Leaders in Education   Paul Hetherington Castle View Enterprise Academy  Director of Science Paul was Head ...
Our Specialist Leaders in Education: Kerry Lord Walbottle Campus Deputy Headteacher Kerry Lord is a member of the Leadership Team at Walbottle Campus. As an SLE Kerry's specialist area involves leading whole school CPD on Teaching & Learning; she is a trained Outstanding Facilitator and coach for the OTP programme; she offers bespoke training programmes for all phases to coach individuals and groups of teachers on questioning, differentiation , seating for learning, AfL, assessment & feedback, progress. Kerry is a specialist teacher of Dance and PE up to A Level standard who was an experienced Head of Department for several years before becoming a Head of Year - this gives her a unique perspective on high quality raising achievement interventions that actually work including partnerships with parents. Kerry has limited availability in 2015/16. Kerry can be contacted on klord@walbottlecampus.net
Our Specialist Leaders in Education   Kerry Lord Walbottle Campus Deputy Headteacher Kerry Lord is a member of the Leaders...
Our Specialist Leaders in Education: Beverley Morris Hareside Primary School Deputy Headteacher, SENCO & Maths subject leader Beverley is Deputy Headteacher at Hareside Primary School, Cramlington with responsibility as the school SENCO and a Maths Subject leader. Beverley specialises in developing middle leaders, training Learning Support Assistants and coaching school leaders on progress with vulnerable groups. Formerly a consultant for Northumberland LA, Beverley is very much in demand for her experience of improving the quality of individual teacher performance, for improving primary maths and offering leadership support for schools in challenging circumstances. Beverley has also recently been involved in support for schools in Ofsted categories. For 2015-16 Beverley will be working on the implementation of the new Primary curriculum and effective transition from primary to high school. Beverley can be contacted via Headteacher Geoff Love on: geoff.love@northumberland.gov.uk
Our Specialist Leaders in Education   Beverley Morris Hareside Primary School Deputy Headteacher, SENCO   Maths subject le...
Our Specialist Leaders in Education: Michael Wright Whitley Bay High School Head of Year Michael is not only a Head of Year at Whitley Bay High School but also an outstanding teacher of History. Having had 8 years recent experience at Park View School Chester-le-Street Michael has a strong grounding in the work of Carol Dweck and Guy Claxton and their techniques are embedded in his practice. Michael specialises in behaviour management and creative ways to structure teaching and learning so that it is engaging and accessible even to the most reluctant learner. Michael regularly leads training for ITT, NQT, Pastoral teams and whole staff on areas such as Season of Birth Effect, Pupil Premium, new technologies, and has been part of the sixth form development programme which looked at issues related to IAG and progression. Michael offers specialist support for the History curriculum pre & post 16 and is much in demand with the rise of Progress 8 and the Ebacc. Michael can be contacted on Michael.wright@whitleybayhighschool.org
Our Specialist Leaders in Education   Michael Wright Whitley Bay High School  Head of Year Michael is not only a Head of Y...
Our Specialist Leaders in Education: Andy Sherlaw Monkseaton High School Andy is Assistant Headteacher at Monkseaton High School, with responsibility for Post 16, raising achievement and a whole school leadership brief. Andy previously worked at Whitley Bay High School as a Head of Years’ 12 & 13, Head of Post 16 Enrichment & Head of PE. Andy has worked extensively with a variety of schools across the North East and further afield to provide high quality CPD on key areas for development such as outstanding lessons Post 16 & A* workshops. He has a particular specialism in progress Post 16 and in ensuring that all learners whatever their starting points make better than expected progress. Mike Hughes ‘Magenta Principles’ underpin many of the strategies Andy uses to make learning fast paced and rigorous and he often leads specialist workshops on them. Andy also devised our popular ‘30 Day Makeover’ for the first month of Post 16 studies, an induction course designed to ensure consistency across all AS Level subjects in introducing students to the key skills needed to become successful independent learners. Andy has played a key role in supporting HoDs to improve the quality of teaching and learning and thereby raise standards across the department. He has also coached large teams of tutors and teachers within departments to implement raising achievement initiatives. Andy can be contacted on: andrew.sherlaw@monkseaton.org.uk
Our Specialist Leaders in Education   Andy Sherlaw Monkseaton High School Andy is Assistant Headteacher at Monkseaton High...
Our Specialist Leaders in Education: Tracy Willis Monkseaton High School Deputy Headteacher Now Deputy Headteacher at Monkseaton High School, Tracy was formerly Assistant Headteacher at Whitley Bay High School with responsibility for progress, data, self-evaluation and preparation for Ofsted. Much of her work then and now centred around raising achievement with Heads of Department and eliminating within-school variation. Tracy specialises in creative ways of using data, underpinned by a forensic understanding of the ways it is used in external audit. She has devised a range of interesting interactive workshops introducing starter teachers or teachers lacking confidence with data to new ways of measuring progress including progress matrices, differentiated seating plans based on data, and narrowing the gap with different identified groups including Pupil Premium. Tracy has extensive experience of improving the performance of specific teachers, HoDs and departments. She takes a coaching role and will assist the HoD to audit current strengths & areas for development, write a departmental SEF and Development Plan, and devise appropriate training for departmental meetings. Tracy also leads training for Senior School Leaders and recently a session was evaluated thus:“ Simply the best data training I have ever received! Anything but dull Tracy managed to make the session fly by, communicating very complex points with great clarity.” Tracy also specialises in helping schools in challenging circumstances prepare for Ofsted Monitoring visits/Section 5 Inspections. She has limited availability at the moment but can be contacted on: tracy.willis@monkseaton.org.uk
Our Specialist Leaders in Education   Tracy Willis Monkseaton High School  Deputy Headteacher Now Deputy Headteacher at Mo...
Our Specialist Leaders in Education: Alan Keegan Whitley Bay High School Head of Science Alan is Head of Science at Whitley Bay High School as well as an Outstanding Facilitator for OTP1 /OTP2 and one of our Lead Trainers. Alan is the school’s most powerful advocate for Spencer Kagan’s Cooperative Learning Structures and has devised many exciting CPD workshops and outstanding resources based around the principle that students need variety, high pace and challenge, excellent resources and sharply focused differentiation every lesson if they are to exceed their potential. Devising learning which is talk-based and interactive requires exceptional skill and control and Alan regularly shows this in demonstration lessons in the school’s Teaching Observation Gallery. Alan has led training on subjects too numerous to summarise here; he is an expert on thinking skills; the Magenta Principles; questioning; group work involving individual roles & responsibilities; innovative approaches to practical science; raising achievement in science; Post 16 Biology, short focused and extended writing tasks in science and so on. Alan devises all his training in house using the Teaching and Learning group he leads to trial ideas through R&D. He is part of the team leading NQT Induction each year, has run the 2nd to 4th Years Conference weekend and worked with colleagues in Science departments across the North East. Alan has limited availability at the moment. He can be contacted on alan.keegan@whitleybayhighschool.org
Our Specialist Leaders in Education   Alan Keegan Whitley Bay High School Head of Science Alan is Head of Science at Whitl...
Our Specialist Leaders in Education: Kerry Davison Monkseaton High School Assistant Headteacher As well as being Assistant Headteacher at Monkseaton High School, Kerry has been Lead Teacher of Physical Education for the last five years leading an ever expanding department of 8, she was previously successfully seconded to Whitley Bay High School in 2012-13 as Head of PE. Kerry has had experience of working in a number of secondary schools in various roles including Head of Department, Head of Year and School Sports Coordinator liaising with both primary and middle schools to raise the profile and attainment of PE. Kerry is a specialist teacher of Physical Education and has taught across key stages and up to A Level, including BTEC level 2 and 3. Kerry has also taught geography to KS3 giving her a unique experience of working across departments in a secondary school. Kerry has been a key member of the training team during 2015-16 delivering whole school CPD on feedback, cooperative learning, use of data, seating for learning and NQT training. Sessions have been delivered to a variety of audiences including RALS, whole school and NQT’s. She has a particular interest in working with HOD’s to raise achievement and maintain consistency across departments, enrichment and gifted and talented. Kerry can be contacted on kerry.davison@monkseaton.org.uk
Our Specialist Leaders in Education   Kerry Davison Monkseaton High School  Assistant Headteacher As well as being Assista...
Our Specialist Leaders in Education: Fiona Hepton Whitley Bay High School A-Level English Literature Team Leader University Lecturer School Direct English Fiona Hepton has been an outstanding teacher of English at Whitley Bay High School for over 14 years, where she has held various middle leader roles. She is currently team leader and lead teacher for our large A Level English Literature cohort. Over the last three years, Fiona has been seconded one day a week as Subject Lead for Secondary English on Newcastle University's Initial Teacher Training programme. Her main area of expertise is devising innovative and highly effective lessons, which combine rigour and fun; she delivers lively training designed to take starter teachers step by step through the learning process. Fiona monitors both academic and professional performance and coaches individual students, in a wide variety of different contexts, in order to improve performance. Her unique blend of warmth, approachability and exceedingly high expectations make her an ideal SLE for schools seeking support for staff underperformance, CPD in Teaching & Learning, and raising achievement in English. Fiona can be contacted on: fiona.hepton@whitleybayhighschool.org
Our Specialist Leaders in Education   Fiona Hepton Whitley Bay High School A-Level English Literature Team Leader Universi...
Our Specialist Leaders in Education: Phil Bell Whitley Bay High School Senior Lead Trainer Phil has been a teacher of English at Whitley Bay High School for over ten years, as well as the leader of our whole Training team. He is also an Outstanding Facilitator for the OTP. Phil specialises in supporting and delivering all aspects of teaching and learning with a particular interest in questioning, collaborative learning structures, SOLO taxonomy, Magenta Principles, differentiation and feedback. Phil is frequently in demand in his SLE role because he is such a fine teacher himself and regularly shows his lessons in our Teaching Observation Gallery. Phil specialises in leading Training Days and twilights in other schools which are dynamic and fun. He is often described as inspirational. With Alan Keegan and Andy Cole he runs many of the school’s training programmes including Induction for NQTs and the 2 nd – 4th year Teachers’ Conference. Phil can be contacted on phil.bell@whitleybayhighschool.org
Our Specialist Leaders in Education   Phil Bell Whitley Bay High School Senior Lead Trainer Phil has been a teacher of Eng...
Our Specialist Leaders in Education: Louise Causer Hareside Primary School Early Years & KS1 Maths Louise specialises in the leadership of Early Years, KS1 maths and G&T at Hareside Primary Cramlington. She offers support on leading in early years and has a range of creative and innovative ideas about how to promote engagement and independence of young learners. Having taken the OTP course herself Louise has worked with leadership in her school to develop a teaching & learning coaching model and has led whole staff CPD on the key elements of outstanding. Louise has implemented a new Foundation Stage framework and a SoW called ‘Little Big Maths’ which dovetails with the more challenging maths students will encounter in Years 2-6. Louise was part of a maths research programme that had the opportunity to visit China in January 2014, her team producing a report for the Minister of Education. Louise is currently working on implementing key findings at Hareside. She will be participating in a middle leaders course this academic year. Louise can be contacted via Headteacher at Hareside, Geoff Love, on: geoff.love@northumberland.gov.uk
Our Specialist Leaders in Education   Louise Causer Hareside Primary School  Early Years   KS1 Maths Louise specialises in...
Our Specialist Leaders in Education: Steve Williams Whitley Bay High School Assistant Headteacher Director of Sixth Form Steve Williams joined the leadership team at WBHS with responsibility for Raising Achievement Post 16 to ensure that all students achieve better than expected progress and, last year, was appointed Director of Sixth Form. He has been a Head of Year in all year groups from 9 to 13 and specialises in narrowing the gap by analysing barriers to progress and working with curriculum leaders to devise timely within lesson interventions. Steve had a year on secondment as Assistant Headteacher at one our Alliance partner schools and therefore has a good deal of experience about the day to day challenges experienced when schools are in an Ofsted category or near the ‘floor standards’. This gives him credibility in leading whole school CPD on teaching & learning and pastoral approaches to raising achievement. An English & Media teacher, Steve understands well the need to differentiate very precisely in order to make learning accessible to all, particularly with the complexities of reading for meaning in the current GCSE English specifications. Since 2013 Steve has led a whole school innovation which was the introduction of Enquiry Based Learning Days – these were very successful and well evaluated leading to ’EBL’ becoming an annual event. Again he has much to offer schools keen to develop independent and project based learning. Finally Steve offers training on all aspects of Post 16 leadership, from training tutors to UCAS reference writing, from supporting emotional and behavioural difficulties to our much praised ‘30 Day Makeover’. Steve can be contacted on steve.williams@whitleybayhighschool.org
Our Specialist Leaders in Education   Steve Williams Whitley Bay High School Assistant Headteacher Director of Sixth Form ...
Our Specialist Leaders in Education: Pam Vennart Queen Elizabeth School, Hexham Head of English Pam is currently Head of English at Queen Elizabeth High School in Hexham Northumberland, though she also draws on a pastoral background having experienced being a Head of Year prior to her role as Head of Department. She specialises in teaching and learning in English, as well as offering training in behaviour for learning to both staff and ITT students. To date, Pam has acted as a consultant to a local Middle School and High School, as well as supported the SLT in her own school when carrying out whole school observations. She adopts a supportive and coaching role, working alongside members of staff to bring out their strengths and help under performing departments raise their levels of progress. In 2013/2014 Pam lectured and mentored School Direct students at Newcastle University. This role also involved her in observations of School Direct students of English. This year Pam will be supporting the delivery of the PGCE programme at Durham University. Pam has an M.A. in English Literature. Pam can be contacted at: pvennart@qehs.net
Our Specialist Leaders in Education   Pam Vennart Queen Elizabeth School, Hexham Head of English Pam is currently Head of ...
Our Specialist Leaders in Education: Andy Gray Whitley Bay High School Head of Science Andy has been one of two Head of Sciences at WBHS since 2015 and is currently a Moderator and Marker for AQA A Level Chemistry. We have consistently more than 120 students studying A level Chemistry. Andy enthuses about all things scientific but he is primarily an expert on Chemistry/Science teaching pre and post 16, Raising Achievement in Science and innovative Teaching & Learning in Science using new technologies. Andy has been seconded for 1 day a week over the last two years as a Lead Teacher for Science for North Tyneside Local Authority and has specialised in supporting Heads of Science or seconds in department in driving up standards, stretching the most able and improving teaching & learning. His work at one of the North Tyneside schools was praised in their last OFSTED report. He has also done work for the North Tyneside Learning Trust and led their Raising Aspirations group where he worked in primary and secondary sectors. Andy has extensive experience of working as an SLE with colleagues in challenging circumstances. He is also happy to devise interesting and interactive CPD on a range of curriculum development issues and he is currently helping to lead a group looking at memory techniques for students. He has undertaken external exam marking for a number of years and has extensive knowledge of ISA and EMPA requirements for AQA Andy can be contacted at andy.gray@whitleybayhighschool.org
Our Specialist Leaders in Education   Andy Gray Whitley Bay High School Head of Science Andy has been one of two Head of S...
Our Specialist Leaders in Education: Gareth Ellis Whitley Bay High School Lead Researcher, Library Manager & Reading Champion Gareth is a qualified chartered librarian (CILIP, 2011) with a degree and MA in English. He has worked as the Library Manager at Whitley Bay High School for over ten years and is particularly interested in encouraging reading for pleasure, examining the motivations for reading (and not reading) and creating opportunities for students to engage in memorable activities that stimulate creative thought and engagement. Gareth has extensive experience of running reading initiatives and events and coordinates the school’s annual Literature and Performing Arts Festival as well as visits from high profile writers such as Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and Simon Armitage. This work, recognised by Ofsted, has led Gareth to speak at various groups and events, including the national Capita Conference ‘Preparing for the New English Curriculum’ (Newcastle, 2014), and Gareth regularly delivers training in WBHS’s CPD programme. Gareth has collaborated with other school libraries to share good practice and develop strategies for increasing participation and is also involved in researching teaching practice and theory to assist teaching colleagues with their work. Gareth can be contacted on: Gareth.ellis@whitleybayhighschool.org
Our Specialist Leaders in Education   Gareth Ellis Whitley Bay High School Lead Researcher, Library Manager   Reading Cham...
Our Specialist Leaders in Education: Rob Carradice Whitley Bay High School Head of Languages Rob has been Head of Languages at Whitley Bay High School since 2010, having worked at Conyers School, Yarm as a teacher of French and citizenship Coordinator before joining the school. Rob enjoys a reputation as an outstanding practitioner and has been timetabled into the observation gallery to showcase his teaching for the past four years. In the classroom Rob is currently preoccupied with a wider programme of study for Post 16 studies, using art sketchbooks to encourage an extended reading programme; an ethic of excellence in student work; and how to guarantee student progress in one piece of work as well as over time. He is currently completing his NPQSL and has a MEd in which he focused on leadership, change scenarios and the intrinsic and extrinsic motivation of students. He regularly works in the school’s Teaching and Learning groups and has taken the lead in focus groups on differentiation and memory technique for linear examinations. He also works closely with Newcastle University’s ITT students and runs workshops on differentiation, lesson planning, assessment for learning and the Magenta Principles, developed by Mike Hughes, one of the school’s educational gurus. Rob undertook extensive SLE work this year, having already worked with MFL departments in Northumberland and North Tyneside and is looking forward to establishing collaborative networks and partnerships with more language departments in the north east. Rob can be contacted on: Robert.carradice@whitleybayhighschool.org
Our Specialist Leaders in Education   Rob Carradice Whitley Bay High School Head of Languages Rob has been Head of Languag...
Our Specialist Leaders in Education: Lucy Whitehead Stead Lane Primary English & Phonics Leader Lucy has experience across the Primary age range, in roles as Key Stage One and Two Leader. She is a member of the SLT at Stead Lane that has led the school through a successful Ofsted inspection. This journey has provided her with first hand, up-to-date knowledge and understanding of the new Ofsted framework and requirements that I believe would prove significantly beneficial to other schools/partnerships. In her role as English Leader, she has reviewed the English curriculum, established change and evaluated the impact. She has worked with Senior Leaders, teachers and teaching assistants in her school to develop innovative teaching and learning approaches in writing, reading and phonics, which engage children and make a real impact. In her roles as English and Read Write Inc. Leader, she has proven experience of identifying areas in English attainment that require improvement, then writing whole school Development Plans (including setting ambitious/ challenging goals). She has worked closely with the SLT to support school development and supported staff by using coaching and mentoring models, which assess the effectiveness of teaching and learning. Lucy has led a range of CPD on the new English Primary curriculum (Writing, Reading/Phonics, Spelling, Handwriting) and assessment, whilst implementing and training all staff in Read Write Inc and Talk 4 Writing teaching and learning approaches. Lucy's work for the LEA, as an external moderator for Key stage 1, and working in partnership with other Literacy leaders in other authorities, has provided her with a knowledge of Early Years, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two SATs / assessment requirements. Last year, after two years’ research into pupils’ self-theories towards learning, she was awarded a M.Ed. degree by Newcastle University. Since then, she have worked closely with two other colleagues to establish Enquiry and Thinking skills teaching and learning approaches, particularly the use of Guy Claxton’s Building Learning Power and Carol Dweck’s Growth and Fixed Mindset, to develop and enhance the school curriculum and wider learning experience.
Our Specialist Leaders in Education   Lucy Whitehead Stead Lane Primary  English   Phonics Leader Lucy has experience acro...