SLE Support @ MGGS

 

At MGGS, we believe that collaborative working and sharing good practice is key to educational success. We are proud of our commitment to working with the community and other educational establishments in order to raise standards; we proactively undertake outreach work and offer support in a range of subject specialisms. We currently have four qualified Specialist Leaders of Education (Maths, DT, PE and RS) who can be booked for half or full day support in other schools. Please see details regarding what we can offer below or contact sle@mggs.org for further enquiries.

Our Specialist Leaders of Education

Louise Tucker
Louise TuckerSLE in Design Technology
Louise has been a Design Technology teacher for the last 13 years and a head of department for the past 12 years.  Her specialism is  Product Design and Resistant Materials up to A-level as well as Food and Nutrition up to GCSE; she has also taught  Textiles and Graphic Products at Key Stage 3.

In 2016, Louise was awarded the DATA award for Outstanding Head of Department and the department was given 3 Good School Awards for AS and A level results.  Louise also works extensively for  examination boards and has planned and delivered CPD as their representative. She is also a practising lead examiner, a team leader for  coursework moderation as well as a coursework adviser.  Louise has experience of outreach work, supporting a variety of schools with the development of a DT curriculum.

Louise has planned and delivered a number of initiatives to increase collaboration with primary schools and to promote Design Technology at primary level. She has played a crucial role in encouraging students to enter competitions and guiding students through the Arkwright Scholarship  which, in turn,  raises the profile of DT in schools  and the community. The need to  work collaboratively to raise the profile of Design Technology in education is vital. Louise  is keen to promote its importance for a well balanced curriculum as well as tool to promote girls’ participation in STEM based subjects.

In her current role Louise has supported other departments, mentored middle leaders and run in house CPD sessions. She has also led on the introduction and implementation of Google Drive and Google Classrooms at MGGS and is a key leader in using Google to enhance teaching, learning and effective feedback.

Louise is passionate about providing support to other schools and working with them to develop and evolve in line with today’s educational demands.  She believes in sharing good practice within her subject of Design Technology and in her role as an outstanding head of department.

For any further enquires please email Louise at: SLE@mggs.org

Christie Ransom
Christie RansomSLE in Mathematics
Christie has been a Mathematics teacher for 10 years, working in a variety of pastoral and curriculum leadership roles across a number of schools.  Her specialism is Mathematics in the secondary phase, with experience of teaching the new GCSE, IGCSE, A level and the International Baccalaureate.

Christie is an experienced SLE having supported leaders in Mathematics in a number of secondary schools since being appointed in December 2014.  She has also delivered training to non specialists teaching Mathematics, mentored training and  underperforming teachers and acted in the role of subject specialist inspector for mock inspections.  Christie is experienced in observing and coaching colleagues, and working with subject leaders.  Christie is also a teacher on the initial teacher training schools direct programme at Canterbury Christchurch University.

Christie’s primary passion is developing the teaching and learning of Mathematics to include more exploration and inquiry.  Having been a senior and middle leader in both curriculum and pastoral roles, Christie is able to support Mathematics leaders in a variety of ways. Christie can provide assistance in implementing or improving systems and policies which support progress, including tracking and monitoring. Christie has co-ordinated and led CPD on explorative learning in Mathematics with the intention of designing an effective Mathematics curriculum programme to engage and inspire learners and teach students valuable life skills.  Therefore, on previous consignments, Christie has been especially keen to help leaders grow the Teaching and Learning of their department through observation, resourcing and coaching. Alongside this, Christie has guided the implementation and monitoring of effective assessment to ensure that students make appropriate progress, and has seen the impact of these systems. As a pastoral and Key Stage leader, Christie is also able to support middle leaders in building programmes of intervention to improve results, in line with the broader aims of the school.

For any further enquiries please email Christie at: SLE@mggs.org

Adam Gunn
Adam GunnSLE in Religious Studies
Adam has many years’ experience of managing departments across a range of school contexts and academic disciplines. He has worked as Head of Religious Studies in two single sex grammar schools as well as in a C of E foundation School. Prior to Religious Studies, Adam served as Head of PSHE and Citizenship and has experience of teaching across all Humanities subjects.

Adam has developed an interest in changing perceptions of Religious Studies and believes that this is essential for academic success in this subject area. As a result, Adam has a track record of increasing the subject’s popularity, including uptake at A Level. He has produced outstanding A Level results despite rapid increases in cohort size and believes that student engagement is crucial to this success.

Adam has worked closely with core departments to develop robust measures for intervention. He has coached larger departments to improve their internal strategies in order to ensure that all underachievement is addressed. He is interested in continuing to develop innovative strategies for offering support to students. More recently, Adam has been introducing in-class intervention strategies to specifically identified students, The aim is to provide consolidation of prior learning as well as a new degree of challenge. He is focusing on developing systems that are highly efficient given current pressures on student and teacher workload. As part of a whole school initiative Adam is embedding Assessment As Learning (AAL) strategies into these intervention measures and students have reported that they are extremely beneficial.

Adam has received outstanding judgements from both Ofsted and the Diocese (working in a faith school context). He is aware of the role that Religious Studies may play in contributing to the whole school context and is capable of devising strategies to ensure that this is completed with maximum satisfaction. A personal goal for Adam is to work closely with colleagues so that the systems deployed are sustainable. This means that successful systems will continue to make a positive impact despite potential changes to staffing, courses, timetabling etc.

Adam is keen to collaborate with others and hopes to support the promotion of Religious Studies/Philosophy in a way that benefits a modern student experience.

For any further enquiries please email Adam at: SLE@mggs.org

Katie Robbins
Katie RobbinsSLE in Physical Education
Katie has been a Physical Education teacher for the last 11 years and a head of department for the past 7 years.  She has experience of managing departments across a range of schools and has worked as an Assistant Head of Year  for 3 years.

Katie has remained focused in her role as Head of Physical Education to ensure that PE as a subject continues to develop and that the importance of its role within the school is maintained.  She worked hard to turn around the PE department at her last school with a real focus and drive on ensure continuity and an effective assessment system. She has a track record of increasing the subject’s popularity, including uptake at GCSE, A Level and Btec.

Katie has successfully completed the Middle Leaders Course and the Outstanding Teachers programme.  She also took on a lead role in creating effective learning walks within schools; which was filtered down to all staff.  She has worked as a coach to other staff to help improve their strategies to address underachievement and identify gaps. She has recently taken on responsibility for Physical Education CPD development within the Maidstone Borough Schools.

Katie has a keen interest and focus on using assessment and strategies to close gaps, using Assessment as Learning (AaL). She is currently working hard to develop a number of innovative strategies to close the gap between GCSE and A Level theory and practical grades, which is a nationwide issue.   She has focused on introducing in-class intervention strategies such as AaL, which has involved handing over ownership of learning and progress to pupils.

Katie has received outstanding judgments from Ofsted and is very passionate about her subject.  She is very aware of the role that Physical Education plays in developing the pupil as a whole and how it can be used to raise self-esteem, confidence and school morale.   She is working closely with a number of colleagues across local schools to develop a sustainable KS3 assessment strategy that ensures a smooth transition, and one that collects effective data that can be used in examination based classes, to predict and develop practical grades (with a particular focus on linking to the new specifications).

For any further enquiries please email Katie at: SLE@mggs.org