I don’t wish to waste your time, so let’s cover the essentials. My Linkedin profile covers the professional angles. I am a married father of two children, (I hope all dads say that). Passionate about ‘learning,’ pedagogy and technology and Interactive Fiction.
First and foremost I consider myself a lead learner. I have a passion for education leadership, for pedagogy and for learning technology. As I move forward in my school leadership career, I have challenged myself to shift from an operational perspective to a strategic one, to shift from the role of the protagonist to that of the enabler. To empower the Directors of Learning I support to carry forward a vision of an outstanding school, to challenge and inspire them to strive for this goal.
I am able to demonstrate and model a deep understanding of outstanding learning and teaching across subjects and from Key Stage 3 through Key Stage 5. As a teacher, I can evidence a pedigree for innovative and evidence based classroom practice and I continue to lead on the use of use of new and emerging technologies to support learning and teaching. Currently, I am ensuring that strategic planning is actioned, that Directors of Learning are creating a culture and ethos of challenge and support with their own teams, one where classroom practice is monitored and evaluated and improvement pathways defined. As a school leader, I have already shown a commitment to raising standards for all in the pursuit of outstanding.
As a Middle Leader at Tauntons College, I consistently led my subject area above national benchmarks for both achievement and attainment. As Director of Learning for ICT at Hamble Community Sports College I oversaw a three year upward performance trend, with results increasing from January ‘08’s projected 19% pass (1 GCSE) to 79% in 2010 (2 GCSEs). This trend has continued under the leadership of the new Director of Learning for ICT, to 86% in 2011, and 90+% projected for 2012. More recently I was asked to lead and teach as a member of the English Department, in part due to my leadership capacity and also my ability to engage disaffected learners. Here, again, my leadership and teaching impact can be evidenced with the English Department securing our best ever results, above target, at 71%.
In my first role as an Assistant Headteacher, I had the sole responsibility for Parental Engagement and this enabled me to establish and maintain effective partnership with parents and carers, to present the school as more open and more receptive and most importantly, to support and improve student achievement. This was followed by an Assistant Vice Principal role leading Achievement and Progress. This covers the collection and analysis of data, the use of data to impact on learning in the classroom and data informed intervention. I also led examinations. Currently I am Vice Principal at The Wellington Academy leading Teaching and Learning.