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Our SLEs

 

Our SLEs are a high calibre team of experienced teachers who support our teaching school to carry out its essential work in school improvement, CPD and ITT.   Thanks to their outstanding expertise, we are able therefore to offer peer support, staff training, CPD training, and school to school support in the following areas:

 

Assessment

Early Years

English

ITT & NQT Development

Leadership of CPD

Leadership of Curriculum

Maths

Phonics

SEN

 

Our SLEs:

 

Kirsty Armitage

 

Experience: Currently Assistant Head Teacher at St Philips Catholic Primary School and Nursery in Middleton South Leeds. Senior leadership responsibilities have included coordination and assessment of Early Years and Key Stage One, leading on Physical Education, Healthy School and Whole School Food responsibility, leading our School Council and Friends of St Philips Parent group, mentoring colleagues new to EYFS/KS1 including NQTs. I have experience of working in 2 different authorities Leeds and Bradford, within 3 contrasting schools. I have taught numerous year groups during my 10 years of teaching ranging from Nursery up to Year Two.

 

What do you enjoy most about your teaching profession?

Providing opportunities for all children to have fun learning where they thrive to do their very best through active and creative learning. Working together with other colleagues to make positive changes that would impact on the overall outcomes for pupils.

 

Rebecca Barton

 

Experience: 

I began teaching in 2013 and I have loved every minute of my progression since, inspiring all of my pupils through an innovative and bespoke curriculum. I have taught across Key Stage Two in two schools; currently, I am the Year 5 class teacher at St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School, an outstanding National Teaching School and National Support School in Beeston. Here I am the English Lead: I am incredibly passionate about the teaching of reading and writing. I have recently been a lead SLE for the development of vocabulary through an evidence-informed research project with the Bradford Opportunity Area with immense impact. I am currently keenly prioritising a focus upon closing the reading gap, an area that is close to my heart and philosophy of English. I am also the Primary Lead for Schools Direct for St Anthony's Teaching School Alliance. 

 

What do you enjoy most about the teaching profession?

Every single day we have the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life which extends far beyond knowledge and the classroom door. Being in the teaching profession allows us to inspire, support and mentor, whilst having the chance to discover and share some of the best parts of ourselves as human beings.

 

Antoni Biedka

 

Experience: Currently an Assistant Headteacher at Holy Family, a ‘Good’ school in Armley, which has outstanding mathematics and reading results in both KS1 and KS2. Senior leadership responsibilities have included performance management of colleagues, leading curriculum, key stage leader, maths, data analysis, assessment, and mentoring of School Direct students. I have worked with local schools and supported them with data analysis, implementing the new mathematics curriculum, and the development of effective marking. I have taught in both Key Stages and am aware of the current high expectations and how they can be achieved. Recently I have had the opportunity to be an Acting Deputy Headteacher.

 

What do you enjoy most about the teaching profession?

Giving every child the opportunity to be the best they can in a creative and fun way. I want children to be excited about learning and to become independent learners so that they can achieve in the future.

 

 

Rachel Capaldi

 

Experience: Currently an Early Years Leader at St Anthony's, an outstanding and National Teaching School in Beeston. I completed my NPQML award in 2017 and am currently working towards an MA in Education. I have experience working in Early Years across Bradford, Leeds, and North Yorkshire LAs working in a variety of different schools. Whilst working in North Yorkshire I was also designated as an Early Years Lead Teacher for the Local Authority, leading school-to-school support with allocated schools and running an Early Years network for local schools and preschool settings. I also have experience mentoring student teachers and newly qualified teachers in addition to leading initial teacher training sessions for both School Direct trainees and trainees at York St John University. 

 

What do you enjoy most about the teaching profession?

Getting to know every child in my class as an individual, learning about their personalities and watching them grow and develop over the course of their first year at school. 

 

Rebecca Gascoigne

 

Experience: Currently an Assistant Head Teacher at Robin Hood Primary School in a ‘Good’ school in Leeds where I have taught in Upper Key Stage Two for eleven years. Senior Leadership responsibilities include Upper Key Stage Two Phase Leader and Maths Leader. From 2015-2017, I was trained by the NCETM to become a Primary Mastery Specialist and was awarded NCETM Professional Development Accredited Lead. My Mastery Specialist role allowed me to work with, and support, six schools in the area by facilitating an extensive range of professional development opportunities and training to improve standards in maths with the maths leaders of the participating schools. I was also involved with writing the most White Rose Maths schemes which are used by teachers across the country to support the planning of an effective mastery curriculum.  

 

What do you enjoy most about the teaching profession?

I enjoy developing effective relationships with fellow professionals so, collectively, leaders and teachers can hone their skills, share and harness the best resources to improve the learning experiences of all children.  I seek to inspire and influence others, within and beyond my own school setting, so that education can be improved and all children are exposed to innovative and inspiring experiences that will equip them with a positive mindset and the tools necessary to reach their dreams and aspirations.

 

Laura Hemming

 

Experience: Currently Geography, Maths co-ordinator and Year 2 tear at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary school, an outstanding school in Wetherby. Leadership responsibilities include leading Maths and Geography as part of a subject leadership team. I have also had had five years’ experience of leading staff and driving forward initiatives to improve outcomes for children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage One. Has also offered a range of school to school support predominantly in Early Years and Key Stage One working with class teachers to improve their practice to get the best outcomes for all children. Has proven success to deliver outstanding lessons in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage One. I have experience of working in 2 contrasting schools within Leeds. I have taught in all Key Stages during my 9 years of teaching ranging from Reception up to Year Five. 

 

What do you enjoy most about your teaching profession?

Ensuring that every day that I step foot in the classroom, I provide opportunities for all my children to reach their full potential and provide them with a creative and secure learning foundation. I love seeing the smile on children’s faces when they achieve something new. I enjoy that every day in teaching is different, and the buzz of a happy and hard-working classroom really makes this the best job in the world!

 

Gemma Martin

 

Experience: Currently the Assistant Headteacher at Rothwell St. Mary’s and over her time there she has taught across the full Primary Age Range and has responsibilities linking to ITT, Child Protection, English Leadership, and behaviour management. She is also the EYFS Lead Mentor on the School Direct Programme for the St. Anthony’s Teaching School.  Gemma has Outstanding Ofsted experience and a range of practical Moderation experiences, spanning from EYFS to Year Six. English is her main focus and she is now teaching English at a focused level to Y6 children with the aim of improving standards and ensuring High School readiness. She is an SLE within the fields of both Teaching & Learning and Writing.

 

Hannah Nicholson

 

Experience: Currently the Year 6 class teacher and SENCO at St. Anthony’s, an outstanding and National Teaching School in Beeston. Completed the National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination in 2013. Leadership responsibilities have included: analysing SEND and PP progress and attainment, producing SEND and PP reports for governors, managing the Inclusion, Health and Well-being team within school and leading the curriculum area of music. Has also offered school to school support in the areas of developing: Special Educational Needs, Pupil Premium provision, Planning, Key Stage Two writing and reading. Has delivered extensive School to School Support to KS2 in Goole over an 18 month period with resulting praise from HMI.

 

What do you enjoy most about the teaching profession?

The moment when a child understands a concept they have struggled to comprehend and a smile of immense pride appears on their face.

 

Alison Reddiex

 

Experience: I am an Early Years teacher at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, an outstanding school in Wetherby. My Early Years teaching spans 15 years in different contexts, including leading teaching and learning across EYFS (0-5) in Children’s Centres in Seacroft, Leeds. I have reflected upon and developed transition arrangements within EYFS and supported developments in our current practice. I have been responsible for quality assurance, data tracking, disseminating training and reporting to the SLT.  

 

My involvement in ‘Every Child A Talker’ fuelled my commitment to developing all children’s language skills, to enable them to become confident and effective communicators.

I have subject leadership responsibility for PSHE, which is informed by my whole-child approach and lead on the Emotional Literacy agenda.

 

What do you enjoy most about the teaching profession?

It is a privilege to be a child’s first teacher and observe the magic of their learning as they develop new concepts and ideas within an exciting, nurturing environment. Making a positive impact on children’s well-being and development is vital, to ensure that they feel like a successful learner, at the very start of their learning journey through school.

 

Helen Rees

 

Experience: Currently a Deputy Headteacher at Holy Family Catholic Primary School Armley. Senior leadership responsibilities include SENDco, intervention manager, pupil premium, EAL Foundation stage and Key stage 1 leader, PSHE, mentoring of NQTs and students, performance management of colleagues, monitoring teaching and learning alongside other senior leaders. Delivers the SEND/Intervention/EAL training for NQTs in the Compass partnership and the local family of schools. Coordinates the SENDco meetings in the Compass partnership and in the past has been the secretary of the Catholic Deputies meetings. Recently, she has had the opportunity to spend almost 2 terms as acting Headteacher.

 

What do you enjoy most about the teaching profession?

Providing all children nurture and education to grow and develop into their own unique person. Seeing children reach their aspirations and in turn, create new ones.

 

Seanna Reuben-Sweeney

 

Experience: Currently an Early Years Foundation Stage Leader at St. Mary's, an outstanding school in Rothwell. Leadership responsibilities include leading Maths and R.E as part of a subject leadership team. Has also lead whole school initiatives for creative approaches to learning. Has also offered a range of school to school support predominantly in Early Years leadership working with Foundation Stage leaders and their teams across two LEAs. Has proven success with improving the learning environment and outcomes for EYFS, as shown in HMI visits. Has also offered support across Key Stage One in teaching and learning, developing the learning environment, moderation, and phonics.

 

What do you enjoy most about the teaching profession?

Sharing enthusiasm and the love of learning; watching children and adults around you thrive and achieve their true potential. Supporting others in developing this ethos in their own setting.

 

Hannah Taylor

 

Experience: Currently  Assistant Leader of Learning at St Anthony's Primary School, has previously been Deputy Headteacher and Acting Head Teacher (2 days a week) at my previous school.  Main Leadership responsibilities have included Maths, RE, Assessment, Safeguarding Designated Teacher and KS2 as well as co-teaching the Y6 class.  I have taught in all classes from Y2 to Y6 and over 15 years have supported a number of ITT students, NQTs, teachers and subject leaders.  Previously a Maths leading teacher/subject leader and have had experience delivering workshops at conferences on creative maths, outdoor learning, and reasoning/problem solving. I have completed the NCETM CPD qualification and have recently achieved the NPQH. 

 

What do you enjoy most about the teaching profession?

Being able to inspire, motivate, support and encourage children and adults and watching them progress throughout the year.  I love to see the moment when the children (and adults) realise their success and this motivates them to continue learning. 

 

 

Clare Walsh

 

Experience: In my varied teaching and leadership roles across Leeds and North Yorkshire, which have included EYFS, Phonics and Computing, I have created and coordinated developmental EYFS clusters with local schools to provide peer support, best practice and moderation.  I have mentored and supported teachers in vulnerable schools as well as providing 1:1 support in the teaching and leadership of phonics.

 

I gained the NPQML (National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership), in 2017 implementing a leadership project to raise the achievement in Shape, Space and Measure. I am currently teaching in Year 1 at Holy Family Catholic Primary School, Armley, leading the development of the History Curriculum across school.

 

What do you enjoy the most about the teaching profession: I love teaching children to read – giving them the tool to learn for themselves for the rest of their lives.

 

Jayne Ward

 

Experience: Currently Deputy Headteacher, SENCo and Year 6 at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, an outstanding school in Wetherby. Senior leadership responsibilities have included leading English leader, assessment leader, teaching and learning responsibilities, safeguarding, school based tutor, NQT mentor, performance management of teachers and teaching assistants. Has also supported Year 6 teachers and senior leaders as part of school to school support in the areas of assessment, teaching and learning, writing, guided reading and maths.

 

What do you enjoy most about the teaching profession?

I love making a difference to teaching and learning for all the children in my class, throughout school and across schools through school to school support. I feel enormous pride when I connect with a child to motivate them to achieve their very best when they have previously struggled. I feel the same pride when I can offer support by sharing good practice with other professionals who may need help too.

 

Ian Whittle

 

Experience: I am currently Deputy Headteacher at St Anthony's Catholic Primary School and Deputy of St Anthony's Teaching School Alliance. My senior leadership responsibilities include staff performance management, managing whole school curriculum, leading whole school assessment and mentoring undergraduate teacher training students. I am also a subject coordinator for Religious Education and Physical Education. Over a number of years, I have helped to develop middle leadership roles, assessment, behaviour and the teaching of mathematics - areas in which I am particularly passionate.

 

What do you enjoy most about the teaching profession: "I am passionate about ensuring each and every child fulfils their true potential in every aspect of life. I enjoy attempting to achieve this every day in the classroom or helping other staff achieve this through effective coaching and support."

 

 

 

If you would like information on becoming an SLE, require more information about the scheme in general or would like to deploy an SLE, please contact out Teaching School PA, Andrew Bove:

 

email: a.bove@stanthonysleeds.org.uk

tel:      0113 2776944

 

 


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