Carrie Coughtrey

Assistant Headteacher

Buttsbury Junior School, Billericay

About Me

I have been a qualified teacher since 2005.  I have been a Year Group Leader and member of SLT for three years and I am currently the Assistant Headteacher, Year Group Leader and Assessment Leader at this four form entry junior school.  I completed a Masters in Education in 2012, at which time I was my school’s Literacy Leader.  To improve writing I implemented Talk for Writing in addition to researching using film to enhance writing as part of my Masters dissertation. I trained staff and presented my findings to various leaders in education in addition to the Media Education Association.

I have particular experience in assessment as I have been Assessment Leader for over 4 years developing systems to assess progress and implement interventions to improve attainment and progress.  I worked with Target Tracker to create the new Assessment Without Levels literacy system and I have therefore trained to understand and use data produced by this system and others to improve standards.  I have trained core subject leaders to analyse their subject data and implement necessary monitoring and training from the results.

I have trained staff in many areas including: literacy, assessment and coaching and co-coaching.  I have coordinated lesson study across the school to improve practice through coaching. I have also mentored many SCITT trainees and NQTs in successfully completing their year in training.

My school has gone through many changes and as an SLT member I have carried out extensive and carefully documented monitoring using a triangulation of data which has helped us successfully move from ‘requiring improvement’ to ‘good’ and we are now aiming for outstanding.

Specialist Areas of Expertise

  • Assessment and Data analysis
  • Target setting and Interventions
  • Leadership and Continuing Professional Development
  • Literacy
  • Mentoring NQTs and ITT Trainees
  • Coaching and Mentoring

Other Areas of Expertise

  • Developing change as a whole school approach
  • Monitoring for improvement
  • Use of film and non-written texts to enhance literacy skills

Recent Training

  • Masters in Education (University of Bedfordshire)
  • Leadership and Management for Deputy and Assistant Headteachers (EES Professional Development)
  • Effective Lesson Observations (Impetus SIP)
  • SEF, Raise on Line &School Action Planning (Impetus SIP)