I have always had a passion in developing each student as an individual. As a PE teacher I enjoyed the opportunity to support students with their physical and social development within lessons and encouraged students to develop their soft skills such as teamwork and communication. Through this interest the natural progression for my career was to develop in a pastoral role. This is an area where I have enjoyed supporting students in developing their confidence, their academic progress and also allowing them to the opportunity to experience all aspects of school life. Currently as an Assistant Headteacher, I have responsibility for all students in Years 9-11 with a specific focus on the progress of disadvantaged students.
I have worked successfully at leadership level for over 10 years. I have developed this leadership experience as a Subject Leader, a Year Leader and now an Assistant Headteacher. As an experienced leader, I have clear understanding of the importance of having a strategic vision for development and then implementing a action plan to reach the required goal.
I have a huge passion for developing the progress of students from disadvantaged backgrounds. My view is that all students should be given the same opportunities within schools and that disadvantaged students should be given the opportunity to flourish and develop within all aspects of school life.
My current school was recently appointed as a Pupil Premium reviewer school by the National College of Teaching and Leadership. Within the last six months, I have carried out two Pupil Premium reviews with a middle and a high school in Northumberland. I take great pleasure when working with other schools in developing their approach to supporting disadvantaged students and enjoy sharing ideas with colleagues with similar interests.