CLASS Senior Leaders in Education (SLEs) are outstanding middle and senior leaders such as assistant head teachers, key stage leaders or subject leaders with at least two years’ leadership experience.
Sheryl has extensive teaching and advisory experience in both Primary and Special Schools. She has supported Primary, Secondary and Special Schools in her capacity as ICT ASD Specialist Teacher and as the Lead Teacher for Communication and Assistive Technologies working for the Kent Communication and Assistive Technology Service. Sheryl also has experience as a Senior Leader, a SENCO, a Specialist Teacher for Communication and Interaction and as a Director of Inclusion, managing the Gravesham Specialist Teachers and the Ifield SMILE Centre. Sheryl is currently the Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Lead at Ifield School.
Sheryl has a passion for the teaching and learning of all pupils with additional educational needs. Through her comprehensive experience she has developed a plethora of ideas to support effective AEN teaching. She has delivered a broad range of training opportunities and can offer current, practical advice and support. Sheryl has specific expertise in ASD and the teaching of pupils with complex, physical and profound learning difficulties. She has comprehensive skills in using Assistive Technologies to support learning and communication. Sheryl enjoys building and developing the skills and confidence of others and has worked successfully with Senior Leadership teams, SENCo’s, newly qualified teachers, Teaching Assistants and parents.
Neil is Assistant Head at Ifield School with a long standing responsibility for Maths. Throughout his years at the school he has worked strategically on developing the use of assessment to monitor and influence pupil’s learning, and use of CPD to support all staff with their professional development.
In 2013 Neil achieved Maths Specialist teacher status by qualifying through the Maths Specialist Teacher (MAST) programme. Using his experience in Maths, Neil has supported several local mainstream and special schools to develop their curriculum and improve teaching and learning. He has also been part of the County Moderation Panel for the last two years, using his experience to support Kent mainstream and special schools in moderating their pupil’s work.
Reece is currently head of Physical Education at Bower Grove School. Reece is passionate about promoting ‘physical activity for all’ and has experience of improving the quality of teaching and learning. He has also developed and led an inclusive PE curriculum from Early Years to Key Stage 4. Reece has worked with different assessment frameworks when creating a curriculum that is suitable for a variety of needs.
Reece is particularly keen to develop pupils’ physical, social, psychological and emotional wellbeing through Physical Education.
Alongside curriculum, Reece has vast experience of working with SEBD pupils and supports staff with behaviour management in the classroom. He has a particular interest in creating an inspirational environment for learning and improving boys’ engagement in all areas of the curriculum.
Sam is currently Assistant Head at Ifield School and has a whole school (Early Years- Post 19) responsibility for behaviour and wellbeing and staffing. He has worked with pupils with Special Educational Needs and challenging behaviour for over 10 years. He has delivered behaviour workshops to professionals, parents and at Universities for trainee teachers and supported other schools in delivering a curriculum to meet the needs of the more challenging pupils.
He has implemented and developed whole school reward systems, personalised learning curriculums, assessment and monitoring systems for behaviour and wellbeing. His main passion is in how we perceive challenging behaviour and in supporting Leadership Teams and Teachers to look at challenging behaviour in a different way.
He has strong interpersonal skills and leading on whole school staffing within an outstanding school means he is well suited to working with a wide range of professionals.
James is currently Head of Science and Inter-school Collaboration Lead at Broomhill Bank School. James is passionate about all aspects of teaching and learning and has experience of raising standards in teaching across a number of subjects. As a result of working with a wide range of colleagues, James has developed a good coaching style to maximise impact.
James has a Masters in Education Studies from the University of Sussex. For his dissertation he studied the use of verbal feedback in the classroom with a particular emphasis on questioning. Questioning is an area of real interest to James and he has led training sessions aimed at Teaching Assistants.
Aside from curriculum matters, James has successfully led a number of Newly Qualified Teacher and Trainee Teachers through their respective training programmes.
James has a range of professional interests such as autism in girls, behaviour and assessment for learning
Following a career in the public, private and charitable sectors, Jo was appointed business manager at Meadowfield School in 2009 and promoted to Strategic Business Leader in 2016. Jo has an MBA, National General Certificate in Safety & Health (NEBOSH), Certificate in Accounting, and the Certificate and Diploma in School Business Management. Jo is currently studying for a Masters' degree in Leadership at Henley Business School. Jo is the Special School Lead and Fellow of the National Association of School Business Management ("NASBM") and in November 2016 was given an award for "Exceptional contribution to the development of the school business management profession" by NASBM's Chief Executive. Jo is also Chair of the Kent Association of Special Schools School Business Managers Group.
Jo's expertise lies in strategic leadership and management, budgetary and financial management, health and safety, premises management, and creative problem solving. She is passionate about facilitating learning and collaborative working on a school, county, and national level. Internationally, Jo attended the American Association of School Business Officials' International Conference in Arizona in 2016 which enabled her to develop links with professionals in America, Australia and South Africa. Jo's current interests lie in school business management research and enabling people to make the link between business management and teaching and learning outcomes.
Janet is an Assistant Principal and Director of Key Stage 4 and 6th form at a school for students with profound, severe and complex needs. Janet has worked with children and young people with special needs for almost 14 years and has previously led Science across the school for a number of years. Janet has vast experience of working with students of secondary age and has been instrumental in reviewing and updating the curriculum, especially in the 6th Form, to meet pupil’s individual needs and career aspirations. As a result of working with colleagues of all experience levels, Janet has developed a sound understanding of how to coach and mentor staff to maximise their impact upon children’s learning.
Janet is currently co-Chair of the Kent Association of Special Schools (KASS) 14-19 Special Interest Group and was previously part of the KASS Science and CPD Special Interest Groups. Janet has led and organised professional development training for staff both within her current school but also within other Trust schools as part of an Academy Chain.