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School Improvement

The Trust links with Aspire Teaching School who have a number of system leaders who support schools and acadamies from within the MAT and outside the MAT. Please our CPD offer.
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Margot D'Arcy - External School Improvement

Margot is a highly experienced school inspector and trainer. She worked for Ofsted and has held senior management positions in schools and with the Centre for British Teachers (CfBT) which was the inspection service provider for the North West of England until July 2015. From September 2015, Margot has continued to work as an Ofsted inspector. She has an excellent knowledge of the inspection framework and Ofsted guidance. Margot has been leading inspections on behalf of Ofsted since 1997. She is a lead inspector of primary and nursery schools, has experience of inspecting international schools and leading inspections of schools in categories of concern. Margot joined CfBT as a Senior Managing Inspector in 2005 and was promoted to the role of Central Principal Inspector in 2008. During her time with CfBT, Margot performance-managed a large team of inspectors. She worked closely with Ofsted’s national training team to write and deliver numerous inspector training courses, including the Lead Inspector Training Programme and the New Inspector Training Programme. Margot has also worked as a local authority school improvement officer and mathematics adviser. Her research has focused on reading, critical thinking and philosophy for children. Her consultancy work with schools and local authorities has drawn successfully on her knowledge and expertise. This has included developing the leadership skills of governors, middle and senior leaders towards sharper self-evaluation to secure high quality teaching and improved achievement. Margot’s particular areas of expertise are leadership and management, governance, English, mathematics and the Early Years.
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Leah Charlesworth - School Improvement Partner

Leah has diverse and varied experience within the maintained and academy education sector spanning 22 years at local, regional and national level with over 15 years in executive positions. Her experience ranges from successful school leadership, leading a range of schools in challenging circumstances and through transformational leadership supporting them to improve significantly, to working within three different Local Authority teams. Leah is currently working at a national level with a range of schools and academies across both the primary and secondary phase, providing support, challenge and quality assurance for leaders. In addition, she delivers continuing professional development for leaders at all levels that supports them to build the foundations of outstanding provision. Leah is a designated National Leader of Education (NLE), having led two schools from categories of concern to Ofsted Outstanding, securing the latter as a Teaching School after leading the school from Special Measures to Outstanding within 17 months. As the Director of School Improvement and Director of the Teaching School for the 8th largest Multi Academy Trust in the country, Leah was instrumental in transforming school improvement strategy leading to securing significant improvements in pupil outcomes, narrowing gaps and improved Ofsted designations. Leah has played a key role in developing and implementing policies, liaising with DfE, RSC, Ofsted and other stakeholders and being responsive to Government policy, as well as leading on successful free school bids.
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SLEs Within Our Trust

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Paula Gill - SLE

Specialism - Assessment, Leadership of Curriculum, Art, Early Years, Phonics, PSHE, Behaviour & Discipline
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Tim Downes - SLE

Specialism - Early Years

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Steven Walker - SLE

Specialism - Curriculum Leadership
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Vikki Scott - SLE

Specialism - SEN
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Victoria Jaques - SLE

Specialism - Leadership of Curriculum, ITT & NQT Development, Maths, MFL, Music
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Hayley Hill - SLE

Specialism - Academies conversaion and Financial Management
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Jane Littlewood - SLE

Specialism - Early Year, Phonics
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Adele Brown - SLE

Specialism - SEND
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Paul Quarry - SLE

Specialism - English
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Rachael Taylor - SLE

Specialism - Attendance, English, Early Years, Maths, Phonics
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Danielle Sidebottom - SLE

Specialism - PE
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