Lead Practitioner of English
The Billericay School, Billericay
My current role is Lead Practitioner of English with responsibility for Key Stage 5. Throughout my career I have coordinated both Key Stage 3 and 4, been an Acting Head of Department, worked on the Senior Leadership Team and also volunteered as a Teacher Governor. Thus I have a solid insight into whole school matters which go beyond the department. I have also lead initiatives such as “Talk for Writing” and “Writing across the curriculum” to improve outcomes for students in all subjects and enhance colleagues’ confidence in teaching reading, writing, speaking and listening. Liking to keep up to date with curriculum changes, this year, I was also an examiner for AQA English Literature GCSE, and have an excellent insight into what the exam board requires for this qualification.
I could help other schools in curriculum planning, implementing a number of creative approaches into schemes of work. I could also assist with assessment across all key stages. I have particular expertise in leading and assessing the Non Examined Unit for both A Level English Language and Literature Combined and A Level Literature. Our cohorts achieved outstanding results in this aspect, with glowing reports from the moderators. I have many years’ experience of teaching A level and can offer a range of teaching strategies to stretch, challenge and support all students.
Over the years, I have enjoyed mentoring colleagues and watched them develop in new and more challenging roles. I have expertise in coaching and mentoring with a positive attitude towards supporting and managing people, keeping them passionate about the exciting role of being an educator. I also have insight into a vast number of strategies which make a successful department and help students achieve positive results.
Specialist Areas of Expertise
- The English Curriculum and expert subject knowledge
- Extensive experience of teaching and leading A Level English
- Assessment for GCSE and A Level English
- Teaching and Learning strategies
- Promoting the teaching of literacy across the curriculum, so that all educators see themselves as “teachers of literacy”
Other Areas of Expertise
- NQT mentoring
- SMSC across the curriculum
- Safer Recruitment Training