Subject Specialists

Current NDTSA SLE’s with subject specialisms:

Click on the SLE’s photograph to see their profile

Louise May

Senior Leader, East The Water School
louisemay@etwschool.com

I studied Geography at University College London (UCL) where I graduated with a First class BA Honours degree in 2007. I then went on to complete a PGCE at Exeter University specialising in humanities. I have experience teaching in a range of schools including both a small rural school and large two form entry schools. I am currently a member of the senior leadership team at East-the-Water School.  During my time at East-the-Water School I have also led literacy, been part of the curriculum leadership team and led a range of research projects.  I am passionate about developing staff and currently hold the role of Lead Mentor for NDTSA.  This entails mentoring and coaching students as well as supporting mentors across North Devon ensuring that all trainee teachers receive the outstanding training and support that they deserve.  I also work closely with middle leaders to further develop their leadership skills and understanding of the leadership cycle in order to support school improvement within their specialism.

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Louise May

Louise May

Senior Leader, East The Water School

Angela Fernyhough

Woolacombe Primary School — Senior Leadership Team Teacher

Pen Portrait:

I am a Senior Leader in the SWSF and I am an experienced KS1 teacher and currently working in Year 2.  As an experienced KS 1 practitioner and a former AST in Somerset I have strengths in all areas of KS 1, particularly phonics, assessment and literacy. I have completed two Masters modules in Behaviour Management and Improving Writing and both of these research based modules have given me evidence based methods of improving children’s attainment and behaviour for learning.  As an AST I worked in schools alongside colleagues to improve teaching and learning using a coaching approach.

Specialisms:

Leadership of Continuing Professional Development

English

Phonics

Behaviour & Discipline

ITT

 

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Angela  Fernyhough

Angela Fernyhough

Woolacombe Primary School — Senior Leadership Team Teacher

Angela Walsh

Ilfracombe Academy — Head of English

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I moved to Devon to take up my post as Head of English at The Ilfracombe Academy at Easter 2011. Prior to this, I had been a Head of English at a school in Tameside (near Manchester) since 2004. I have already been developing links with our feeder primary schools and look forward to being able to develop this further for the benefit of our communities.  Having worked in an urban area for most of my teaching career,  I am keen to ensure that  pupils and teachers in rural schools are afforded the same opportunities for success as those in cities and other urban areas.

<b>Specialism:</b>

English (Secondary)

 

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Angela  Walsh

Angela Walsh

Ilfracombe Academy — Head of English

Emily Pulleine

Beaford School Teacher

<span style="color: #04b292;font-family: helvetica">My passion for teaching and learning stems from the opportunity to get to know 30 new personalities every year, and this has not reduced over the 13 years I have been teaching. I have experience in bringing out the interests and enthusiasm in children from 0-10 years and love the teaching profession for the constant challenge and reward it provides. I started my career in West Sussex, teaching in Haywards Heath, before moving into East Sussex and then to North Devon after having my two daughters. I have held responsibility for progress and achievement in Science and Maths, as well as being Head of FS and KS1 and ensuring challenge for Gifted and Talented across the school. When not working, I can be found on the beach, in the garden, elbow-deep in flour in the kitchen, or camping with my family in the glorious Devon countryside. </span>

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Emily Pulleine

Emily Pulleine

Beaford School Teacher

Fiona Jeffery

The Clinton School — Assistant Head Teacher

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I am Senior Teacher at a small primary school in a two school federation. I manage the day to day running of the school in the absence of the head teacher.

I worked as part of the Devon Maths Team for over eight years. I teach the whole of KS 2. Maths and Literacy form the core of my planning to support the children's learning.

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<b>Specialisms:</b>

Maths

Leadership of Continuing Professional Development

Leadership of Curriculum

Support for Most Able Pupils

ITT & NQT

 

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Fiona  Jeffery

Fiona Jeffery

The Clinton School — Assistant Head Teacher

Gary Bladon

Bampton Primary School — Head of School

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After a successful career leading in industry, I studied a 3 year Bachelor of Arts degree in Primary Initial Teacher Education at Worcester University, graduating in 2003. I have worked in Worcester and North Devon over the past 10 years in 3 diverse schools, where I have taught all year groups across Key Stage 2, mainly Year 5 and 6. As well as previously leading PE and ICT, I have led Mathematics for the past 6 years across 2 schools. I now also lead Safeguarding in school as well as being a member of the schools Senior Management Team. My responsibilities have involved leading subjects and projects across all areas of school, including the Foundation Stage. I am also currently working with the National College, taking part in a national lesson Study Programme,  focusing on developing and improving teaching in schools.

 

<b>Specialism:</b>

Maths

 

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Gary  Bladon

Gary Bladon

Bampton Primary School — Head of School

Graham Hill

Ilfracombe Academy — Assistant Head Teacher

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I am currently an Assistant Head teacher at The Ilfracombe Academy, an 11 - 18 school in North Devon. My responsibilities include: behaviour, attendance, child Protection and Multi Agency collaboration. Since joining the school in January I have assisted in reducing the exclusion figures and helped to raise attendance to its highest levels. Prior to joining The Ilfracombe Academy, I was an Assistant Head teacher with the responsibility for Achievement at Oaks Park High School, an 'Outstanding' school in the London Borough of Redbridge. In my previous posts I have undertaken a variety of roles including, the Head of Physical Education, Student Voice, Narrowing the Gap and Equal Opportunities Coordinator. I have taught across the ability range, working with both mixed ability and streamed groups. I have worked with a range of staff and schools acting as a mentor, coach and an advisor. Outside of teaching I have coached and played basketball in the premier league and been involved in the England U23 and Junior programmes. These roles have allowed me to develop my personal skills and given me insight into working under pressure and getting the best out of people

<b>Specialisms:</b>

Behaviour & Discipline

PE/Sport

Art

 

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Graham  Hill

Graham Hill

Ilfracombe Academy — Assistant Head Teacher

John Townsend

Ilfracombe Academy — Head of Languages

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Born and bred in Plymouth I have always had a keen interest in languages. After completing my P.G.C.E in Secondary MFL teaching I took my first post teaching French in Barnstaple. After 4 years I moved to live and teach in South-Eastern Spain. On my return to the U.K in 2005 I became Second in Languages in a Plymouth Secondary School and rose to be Head of Department there after 18 months. 8 years later I moved to work as Head of Languages at Ilfracombe as I have always retained a very strong affection on North Devon. I love my job as a teacher, and drive to work with a smile on my face every day.

<b>Specialisms:</b>

Secondary /Primary

Modern Foreign Languages

Leadership of Curriculum

 

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John  Townsend

John Townsend

Ilfracombe Academy — Head of Languages

Laura Martin

SWSF - PE Teacher

<span style="font-family: Calibri"><span style="font-family: helvetica;font-size: 12pt">I have been teaching in Primary Schools for over 10 years.  Since I qualified as a Primary School Teacher I have always had a real passion for Physical Education.  Four Years ago I also gained a qualification as a Children’s Fitness Instructor.  I have worked in many Devon schools, reviewing their PE Provision and supporting teachers with their PE Planning both short and long term as well as assessing PE (including lesson observations and helping review children's progression overtime).<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span> Part of my role when I support schools’ is also to promote physical education and ensure that it is part of a child's daily life; from an early age to enjoy, have fun and participate in sport.  As part of my job I also help review Lunchtimes trying to make them as active as possible, including MTA training to implement adult and child led games in the playground. I have developed a Young Leaders Programme which has also been very successful in promoting games and activity at lunchtime as well as empowering children at lunchtime.</span></span>

 

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Laura Martin

Laura Martin

SWSF - PE Teacher

Liesa Down

Beaford School - Teacher

<span style="color: #04b094;font-family: helvetica">I trained to become a teacher at Exeter University where I graduated with a BA Honours degree in Education Studies. During my time at Exeter, I carried out research projects about creativity in writing and using talk and drama to support writing. I have always been very passionate about children’s literacy which led me to carry out a Primary PGCE with an English specialism, also at Exeter University.</span>

<span style="color: #04b094;font-family: helvetica">I am currently teaching at Beaford Primary School in a mixed Year 5 and 6 class. Before moving into KS2, I taught a mixed Year 1 and 2 class and held the responsibility for ICT coordinator. I am now part of the humanities team and I lead literacy across the school. Following the new primary English curriculum, I have raised the profile of grammar across the school. I have also introduced a new spelling curriculum which encourages children to take ownership and lead their own learning.  </span>

<span style="color: #04b094;font-family: helvetica">As literacy leader, I take an active interest in talking to pupils, looking at their work and feedback in order to facilitate change. I also take a genuine interest in the work of other staff so I can understand more closely the challenges they face, offer support and recognise good practice.</span>

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Liesa Down

Liesa Down

Beaford School - Teacher

Ossian Pleasance

Woolacombe National Support School - Teacher

Originally from London, I trained as a TEFL teacher after university, and taught adults from a wide variety of backgrounds and ethnicities.  After then teaching TEFL in different parts of the world, I  trained to be a primary teacher on the SCITT programme based at Southmead School.  I have  taught across KS2 at Woolacombe School for the past eleven years, and during that time have found more and more that I'm most passionate about the teaching of Literacy.  This has steered me towards a lead literacy role in 2011 for a year, and then onto completing my AMBDA (Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association) qualification this year.  So from my early beginnings as a TEFL teacher, I have endeavoured over my career to constantly improve, adapt and enjoy my involvement with all things Literacy!

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Ossian Pleasance

Ossian Pleasance

Woolacombe National Support School - Teacher

Ruth Cornish

Combe Martin Primary School — Senior Teacher

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I qualified as a teacher 20 years ago, after having had my family, and have taught in Plymouth, Surrey and North Devon. I spent the first 15 years as an Early Years and Key Stage One teacher, specialising in Literacy. After training as a Reading Recovery Teacher, and having 'Thrive' training I moved into Lower Key Stage Two, specialising in Special Needs. My Literacy specialism continued, becoming a Literacy Lead Teacher, and a National Trainer for Wave One Literacy Intervention with Fischer Family Trust. I am now part of the Senior Leadership Team at Combe Martin Primary School, where I am responsible for Interventions, Reading, RE and Behaviour. I have class responsibility for a SEN group known as Springboard (16 children, Y3-6).
My philosophy is that ALL children deserve the very best we can give them and my approach is practical, rigorous and fun!

 

<b>Specialisms:</b>

Early Years

English – especially writing

Phonics

SEN

RE

Behaviour & Discipline

Leadership of Curriculum

 

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Ruth  Cornish

Ruth Cornish

Combe Martin Primary School — Senior Teacher

Judith Larrington

Ilfracombe Academy — Assistant Head Teacher & Senior SLE Lead

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I am a long standing member of the Senior Leadership Team at The Ilfracombe Academy. My role as Assistant Head teacher includes responsibility for Continuing Professional Development, Initial Teacher Training, NQT Induction and whole staff Appraisal processes. I have considerable experience of working with middle leaders, coaching and developing those who are new in post, and those with more experience. I have run leadership development courses for candidates from my own school, and others from neighbouring schools.  I have volunteered as  a Foundation Governor at a small Church of England Primary school for around 6 years, and I have very much enjoyed contributing to my local community in this way. I am a qualified RE teacher, and was Head of RE for around 10 years before moving onto the senior team. I am still involved in the teaching and management of the RE department here at the Academy, and am currently leading the Academy in the areas of Collective worship and RE related to Church school status, and is hoping to shortly be trained as a SIAMS inspector.

<strong>Specialisms:</strong>

Leadership of Continuing Professional Development

RE

ITT & NQT

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Judith  Larrington

Judith Larrington

Ilfracombe Academy — Assistant Head Teacher & Senior SLE Lead