Sally Lavelle

Deputy Headteacher

Buttsbury Junior School

About Me

Currently, I am the Deputy Headteacher at Buttsbury Junior School in Billericay. Prior to this role, I was the Deputy Head at St Michael’s Junior School in Galleywood, where I was also in a position of Acting Head for two terms and supported the transition from an OFSTED judgment of requires improvement to good. My role within both school settings has been to develop teaching and learning across the school. This I have aimed to achieve through providing effective continuing professional development, focused on ensuring greater consistency amongst the teaching and raising standards. Aspects of teaching and learning that I am passionate about include; effective AFL practice, developing classrooms that focus on promoting growth mindset cultures and effective behaviour management.

In my current role I am supporting the role of our middle leaders by coordinating a robust monitoring program which is ensuring that subject leaders have a better overview of standards in their subject and are more accountable for the teaching and learning within their area of leadership.

I have also mentored many NQTs or inexperienced teachers and relish the challenge of supporting staff to strive to deliver outstanding practice.

Over the years, I have been involved in many outreach projects that involved supporting leaders in other local schools. I have developed transition programs with feeder infant schools, collaborated on moderation processes and worked as an external writing moderator for Key Stage Two, which involved supporting leaders refine their assessment and moderation systems. I have also worked alongside other school leaders to improve reading and writing standards in Key Stage Two.

Specialist Areas of Expertise

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Leadership of Continuing Professional Development for Teachers and TAs
  • Developing the role of subject leaders or middle leaders
  • Supporting the development of Newly Qualified Teachers
  • Assessment for Learning (AfL)

Other Areas of Expertise

  • PSHE Leader
  • Literacy
  • Interest in developing the ITT program
  • Behaviour Management

Recent Training

  • Outstanding Teaching Toolkit - Led by Impetus