Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE)

Specialist Leaders of Education

Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) are outstanding middle and senior leaders who have the skills to support individuals or teams in similar positions in other schools. They understand what outstanding leadership practice in their area of expertise looks like and are skilled in helping other leaders to achieve it in their own context.

The SLE role was created to help raise standards and improve the quality of school leadership through school-to-school support and peer-to-peer learning. This new designation recognises the important role that senior and middle leaders play in improving schools and outcomes for children.

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Victoria Cross

Victoria Cross

Drama and Theatre/ITT
Victoria Cross has been teaching for 15 years and has taught in both the comprehensive and the youth prison setting. She has been Head of the Drama and Theatre department at Helsby High School for 11 years. She has built an outstanding department where uptake and results are excellent. Tor has created an inspiring and inclusive curriculum which gives all students the opportunity to achieve highly. All groups of students including PP and boys achieve highly in her department and develop skills of resilience and capability. GCSE results last year saw 65% of students achieve A*-A. Tor has been a workshop leader at Primary Heads and Deputy conferences for a number of years where she has helped leaders understand the benefits of using Drama strategies in the Primary setting to improve creative writing and oracy skills. Tor has worked on the Leading Edge project within her school for the past 5 years and her projects have led and supported developments in Teaching and Learning. For the past 3 years she has co-led Teaching and Learning working with the AHT, changes have resulted in improvements in the amount of teaching in the school being graded as outstanding. Tor is also very proud to have been an ITT mentor for the past 12 years and was recently awarded Outstanding Mentor of the Year from Chester University (nominated by her ITT students). She has a very structured way of leading as a mentor and 86% of her training teachers have been graded as outstanding by the end of the course with the remainder being graded good with outstanding features. In November 2014 Tor was awarded NPQSL and as part of this qualification worked on the whole school improvement of Teaching and Learning and on using techniques from Drama to close the gap across the school.
Tamzin Harris

Tamzin Harris

Art & Design
Tamzin is Subject Leader of Art and Design at Bishop Heber High School where she has a proven track record of consistently raising attainment, improving standards and successfully sharing good practice.  As well as working with colleagues to ensure that they meet the high level expected within the department, she has driven new programs and initiatives forward with real success, re-structuring the approach to the curriculum and developing new teaching approaches and strategies for learning. These changes have had a notable impact on the outcomes of all students and results are outstanding at both GCSE and A Level.  Tamzin’s leadership has ensured that significant improvements have been made with GCSE students obtaining 64% A*/A in 2016, an overall increase of nearly 50% in 5 years. For many years she has been involved in the developing and running of both workshops and courses for colleagues and students from other centres and strongly believes in the benefits of a shared vision and in working collaboratively to raise attainment.  
Steve Chappell

Steve Chappell

Geography
  Steve has spent over 21 years developing expertise in curriculum development and pastoral management in contrasting schools across the North West of England. He currently leads an oversubscribed, highly successful and popular Geography Department. Steve is passionate about Geography Pedagogy and the delivery of a Geography curriculum that excites and engages students of all abilities where students are challenged and supported to reach and exceed their potential. He leads the most popular option subject at GCSE and a department who consistently meet and exceed challenging FFT target grades. He has several years of experience as a Geography examiner and a team leader. Steve has recently taken on a key role in the training of Associate Teachers through the Cheshire Vale Teaching School Alliance, where he successfully leads a team of subject mentors in their training of beginner teachers through high quality coaching and mentoring.
Stephen Moffatt

Stephen Moffatt

ICT & Learning Technologies
Stephen is in his 4th year at The Bishops’ Bluecoat High School in Chester as Head of ICT & Learning Technologies. Prior to this, Stephen worked as a Professional Learning Co-ordinator and Subject Lead for Business Studies at Hillside High School in Sefton. Since his arrival at Bishops’ Stephen has been responsible for strategically managing a department that faced a number of challenges. As well as results now being outstanding in a range of courses, when analysed both locally and nationally, Stephen and his team’s practice has been recognised as worthy of sharing with others. Stephen has experience in embedding new curriculum changes and has designed, planned and implemented new courses for GCSE/A Level ICT, ECDL, Computing and Business Studies as well as tools for tracking, monitoring and intervening with students. Stephen is a recognised expert in his field and has been approached to present at national conferences, and delivered inset regionally. He is passionate about teaching & learning and has supported colleagues in order to ensure that creative, inspiring learning occurs, providing students with memorable learning opportunities and the opportunity to make real progress in lessons across a range of subjects. Stephen is also well placed to advise on whole school systems to support learning, having lead on the design and implementation of virtual learning environment to support school improvement and is a CEOP trained e-safety Ambassador.
Shane Richardson

Shane Richardson

English
Shane has worked in a variety of contrasting settings, in a number of roles, driving up standards in English.  As an AST in North Yorkshire, he worked in one of the county’s highest performing schools, and led improvements that saw a sustained period of record breaking numbers of students achieving A*s in English.  Contemporaneously, Shane was seconded to a number of schools in the authority in Ofsted categories, and worked with their English departments to embed systems, structures and approaches to teaching and learning, that saw the number of students achieve A*-C in English rise significantly.  Since moving from North Yorkshire, Shane has led the Communications Faculty at Queen’s Park High School, driving up standards of attainment and progress, over a sustained period.  Attainment in 2016 was above the national average, and represented the school’s best ever English results.   The progress made by students placed the English department in the top 10% nationally, and ensured that it was one of the top six highest performing in Cheshire West.  This is further amplified because it was achieved with a cohort of students who came into the school from significantly lower starting points than other students nationally.  Students at the school now can expect to make progress in English that is in line with the top 10% of students nationally; equally, the number of students achieving the highest grades has never been greater.  Furthermore, in English at Queen’s Park High School, disadvantaged students can expect to make the same progress as their peers.  Shane was appointed as an Assistant Headteacher in 2016, continuing the work that he had undertaken on Pupil Premium and Assessment as an Associate Assistant Headteacher since November 2014.   Shane’s expertise lies in using data to identify areas of under-performance, devising coherent and high-impact strategies to drive up standards, leading to rapid and sustained improvement in line with the very best performance nationally. 
Sarah Brookes

Sarah Brookes

English and Literacy Across the Curriculum
Sarah has worked at Weaverham High School as curriculum leader of English for the last 3 years. Previously, she was second in English and Whole School Literacy Coordinator at Salford City Academy. She has taught English for 12 years. Since becoming curriculum leader at Weaverham High School, Sarah has implemented many changes that have resulted in the department becoming increasingly successful. She has introduced many new initiatives that have moved the department forward such as: changes to the curriculum to ensure that the needs of all students are met, the embedding of cooperative learning strategies which have allowed pupils to become independent learners, rigorous monitoring of teaching and learning and progress, developing a team that works well together. Sarah is passionate about the implementation of literacy strategies across the curriculum to ensure that pupils have every opportunity to develop their reading and writing skills and cultivate their enjoyment of these areas too.
Robert Otton

Robert Otton

Drama
Robert is in his 10th year of teaching and his 5th year at The Bishops’ Bluecoat High School in Chester as Head of Drama. Prior to this, Robert has had roles as a Head of PHCSEE and as a Leading Teaching Practitioner.  Since his arrival at Bishops’ Robert has worked to develop an 'outstanding' Drama department working with both specialists and non specialists.  Rob  has experience in embedding new curriculum changes and has developed aspects as assessment, engagement in lessons, extra curricular provision ensuring that the progression of students was at its focus. Rob is a recognised expert in his field and has uses his knowledge of teaching an learning wo work with colleagues across all manner of different departments such as MFL, Maths, Art and Science with great success. He is passionate and energetic about he role Drama plays in young peoples  as well as how Teaching and Learning can impact on students learning. He is also an experienced School Direct, PGCE and NQT Mentor working with numerous staff of ranging abilities across his 8 years in this role, he is regularly used to interview for the course and has lead many sessions with ITT Trainees.
Richard Gillard

Richard Gillard

Science
Richard has been Curriculum Leader of Science at Tarporley High School for 7 years. In this time Richard has led the faculty through significant curriculum re-development and this has involved challenging traditional teaching strategies. This has improved the motivation and engagement of students, the quality of teaching and learning across the faculty and subsequently the progress and attainment achieved. Richard has experience in a wide range of areas such as the self-evaluation process, tracking systems, data analysis, effective use of intervention, co-coaching and topical issues such as assessment beyond levels. Richard has established and developed the Tarporley Science Hub in Cheshire West and Chester as part of the Science Learning Partnership with Holmes Chapel Comprehensive school. In this role he has supported Science subject leaders from Primary and Secondary schools by planning and delivering Science subject leader network meetings and CPD events. Richard is also currently leading a whole-school strategy in developing a “language for learning” with staff and students. The strategy is intended to develop the key skills needed by students for 21st century learning while developing a common understanding of learning and use of shared language to articulate.
Rachael Povey

Rachael Povey

History
Rachael Povey is Head of History at Weaverham High School. She is also one of the Teaching and Learning Leads at the school. Rachael is an experienced and high performing classroom practitioner who is committed to raising standards of achievement for all learners. She enjoys developing cutting edge and innovative practice in the classroom and leads a successful and well-respected department within the school. Previously, Rachael was an Advanced Skills Teacher (Teaching and Learning) in a large comprehensive school in Hertfordshire, where she led whole school initiatives in her own school and also in other schools in the local area. In addition to her AST role, Rachael also worked for three years as a Lead Practitioner (Humanities) with the SSAT. In this role, she contributed to national and regional conferences and worked within a range of History/Humanities Departments across the country, helping them to respond to current challenges and develop high quality provision for all learners. Rachael is passionate about exciting teaching and learning and works hard to share practical and strategic thinking with colleagues within and beyond her own school. In addition to her Head of History role, Rachael is also currently a CPD Tutor for AQA. In this national role, she delivers subject specific training to Heads of Departments and History Teachers across the country. In all of these roles, Rachael offers well-considered and exciting thinking on a whole range of issues currently challenging History/Humanities teachers.
Nicola Cook

Nicola Cook

History/ Humanities and Curriculum Development: Whole School Literacy Coordination and the provision for Gifted, Talented & More Able Students
Nicola is a specialist in evaluating capacity for improvement in teaching and learning. A creative and innovative teacher, Nicola has a firm commitment to developing and sustaining outstanding teaching and learning in History. Having successfully led history departments in two different school settings, she has much experience of re-imagining the History curriculum, raising student attainment and developing staff. Nicola is strategic in her approach to improving results and values the importance of leading a team effectively. Nicola has excellent knowledge of identifying, developing and leading whole-school policy. Within her current role as Curriculum Development Leader, she has created a new culture of differentiation for more able, gifted and talented students. She has also embedded a coordinated, data driven approach to various whole school literacy strategies focused on developing student reading, writing and oracy skills.
Neil Cross

Neil Cross

PE & Geography
Neil is Assistant Head Teacher at The Catholic High School, Chester and teaches Physical Education and Geography. He has taught at several schools in the North West and overseas; previous posts have included being Assistant Head of Upper School at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys and more recently he was Head of PE at St Bede’s College in Christchurch, New Zealand. Mr Cross joined The Catholic High School in 2009 and was Head of Year prior to his appointment as Assistant Head Teacher in 2015. He is responsibility for the pastoral welfare of all students, ensuring that there are no barriers to students achieving their full potential. Neil has introduced new approaches to behaviour management including the adoption of a "Restorative Approach" which has already had a significant impact on student behaviour and he has introduced new processes to improve systems for managing pupil behaviour. He has aslo developed strategies to improve attendance across the school.
Matt Yeoman

Matt Yeoman

Drama
Matt is currently the Lead Practitioner and Research Lead at Queen's Park High School in Chester. He has 14 years experience of teaching Drama in Cheshire and has been a guest speaker at the National Music and Drama Expo in London and at ResearchEd. He teaches on GCSE, A Level and BTEC specifications and was formerly the Director of Learning for the hugely successful Visual and Performing Arts Faculty at the school. His role on the extended SLT has enabled him to coordinate whole school CPD and serve as both the NQT and ITT Professional Mentor. He was nominated for Inspirational Teacher of the Year 2016 and is passionate about the role of the performing arts in the curriculum.
Karen McCarthy

Karen McCarthy

Student achievement, Closing the Gap, Drama & Theatre Studies
Karen McCarthy is an Assistant Headteacher at Bishop Heber High School (Student Achievement - Closing the Gap) Upon appointment as Head of Drama in 2002 at the Catholic High School, Chester Karen proceeded to turn the department around, addressing the negative residual at GCSE and raising the profile of the subject through the delivery of high challenge lessons. Drama and Theatre Studies has been publicly acknowledged in the Governor Dashboard Report as a ‘Stronger Area’ based on a 3 year trend. Having created a culture of excellence, Music and Drama continue to thrive at the school. Karen has led developments in the recording and evidencing of verbal feedback in practical subjects, ensuring students are able to effectively respond to targets in order to make progress. Karen has considerable experience in the organisation of both Performing Arts and whole school events. Now leading on closing the gap at Bishop Heber, Karen continues to develop strategies to further raise the attainment of different cohorts, including SEN, Aim Higher (G & T) and Disadvantaged (PP). Having just gone through the new style Pupil Premium Review, Karen is well placed to advise on interventions that deliver impact and improve student outcomes. Karen uses an evidence-based approach to lead on an overall school strategy. Karen had a tremendous track record of work both in her own subject, and across the school as a member of SLT. 
Joe Morphet

Joe Morphet

PE
Joe is the Community Sport Coordinator for the Sandstone Partnership of Schools. He has worked at Tarporley High School for 10 years and has been in his current role for 3 years. Previously he was the School Sport Coordinator for 6 years working with Chester Sports Partnership.Joe is committed to inspiring others through his passion and dedication to Physical Education. He is a protagonist of sharing best practice with colleagues to empower PE subject leaders to enhance Physical Education and sporting opportunity within their schools. He has spent 10 years providing opportunities and delivering outcomes for students within his own school and the local partnership of schools. He has engaged a wide number of subject leaders to analyse, formulate and develop physical education within their schools. Joe has extensive experience in using community resources to aid the development of Physical Education within his own school and the partner primary schools. He has used his collaborative work to raise standards and achieve positive residuals within the GCSE PE. His work has received recognition from the Youth Sport Trust and Sport Cheshire as examples of good practice in Physical Education.Joe has the insight of the holistic picture of physical education, through his experience and expertise across both the secondary and primary sector.
James Bowland

James Bowland

Art & Design and Photography
James is Subject Leader for Art & Photography at Tarporley High School & Sixth Form College. Prior to this, he worked at Ellesmere Port Catholic High School. Since his appointment pupil attainment has improved year on year at both GCSE and A Level. He is passionate about engaging all groups of pupils, focusing on developing creative passion in boys in Art which nationally is a subject studied predominantly by girls. As a result numbers studying Art and/or Photography at GCSE and A Level have increased and many pupils continue their study in to further education. A firm believer in ‘Practice what you preach’ James strives to impart his passion for the subject by working alongside his students as a practicing artist, allowing them to observe art in another context. Outside his work as subject leader, James regularly develops projects and teaches on the GCSE Art residential at the Conway Centre, Anglesey for Cheshire West and Chester and also works closely alongside feeder primary schools to develop art projects that will raise interest in art at Key Stage 2 and bridge the gap to high school.
Helen Nutton

Helen Nutton

MFL
Helen is Curriculum Leader Communications Faculty (MFL and ICT), Associate Assistant Headteacher at Tarporley High School. She has worked at Tarporley High School as Curriculum Leader of the Communications Faculty for the past five years. She has experience in raising attainment in MFL, in leading a team effectively and in developing staff. Helen is committed to innovative curriculum design; she has successfully embedded strategies to promote students’ spontaneous speech, developed techniques so that students learn grammar actively and has developed an engaging ‘Oracy First’ approach that is central to her vision. She is currently interested in implementing ‘Talk for Writing’ strategies into the MFL classroom. 
Hannah McNally

Hannah McNally

English
Hannah has been teaching for 9 years and has taught at Secondary to Undergraduate level in a variety of settings and in a number of roles. Since becoming Key Stage Four Coordinator at Christleton High School, Hannah has implemented many changes including: producing a robust process for marking and feedback in order to support the tracking of the new progress 8 measures, as well as exploring intervention and teaching strategies through initiatives such as Growth Mindset and Building Learning Power. Alongside her role as a Coordinator, Hannah is also a student teacher mentor, and was nominated for Cheshire’s ‘Outstanding Mentor of the Year’ award in 2015.  Hannah is passionate about English and has a genuine desire to establish innovative pedagogy within a whole school setting. She believes in: pupil engagement through the exploration of innovative teaching strategies; the encouragement and development of independent learning; providing effective feedback by ‘feeding forward’ and ensuring all pupils achieve their full potential therefore, ‘closing the gap’ is essential. Hannah has a proven track record of obtaining and sustaining results through this formalised approach to Departmental teaching and intervention.
Ffion Eaton

Ffion Eaton

English
Ffion has lead an Outstanding English Faculty at Tarporley High School with 2014 seeing the highest results yet securing 87% A*-C English Language and 90% A*-C in English Literature with 85% students making 3 levels of progress and 47% exceeding this. Ffion believes in fostering a strong team ethos through high levels of collaborative planning and specialises in raising the attainment of boys and tracking and intervention to maximise progress.  Ffion is now an Assistant Headteacher and leads on whole-school priorities including the ‘Improving Learning’ priority where she has taken on the role of Research Lead as well as line managing the Communications Faculty.  Ffion is also a member of the Research and Development Group for Cheshire Vale TSA.
Esther Bradbury

Esther Bradbury

Science
Esther has been Head of Science at Upton-by-Chester High School for 7 years. Esther has a track record of raising standards and obtaining outstanding examination results, not only in her own classroom, but across that of a large team of teachers. Under her leadership, examination results have increased substantially year on year. GCSE Science results in 2016 being significantly positive and in the top 10% nationally for students of all abilities. This has been a result of a variety of strategies including rigorous monitoring of teaching and learning and progress, building a highly effective team, targeted interventions, raising the profile of science and new programmes of study. This has improved the motivation and engagement of students, the quality of teaching and learning across the faculty and subsequently the progress and attainment achieved. She has built an outstanding department which has resulted in a healthy intake at key stage 5 for all three science disciplines.   Esther conducted a secondment working for two years as a science consultant.  As part of this role she worked with staff from schools across Cheshire and collaboratively developed action plans based on careful analysis of each establishments needs. This role involved working with a range of professionals, successfully providing them with guidance to raise standards. As a result of her experiences her leadership strategy focuses on supporting and enabling outstanding classroom practice on a daily basis.  Esther also works for Pearson as a Team Leader on their GCSE Biology papers and as a GCSE coursework moderator.  Esther disseminates all of this experience to her team, which has improved performance. Ultimately, it is Esther's aim to make a positive difference to students’ lives by maximising their life choices through first class quality teaching and systems.  Esther is focused on driving improvement and raising the profile of science within a school. She specialises in curriculum design, data tracking and assessment, intervention and developing teaching and learning.  
David Blanchard

David Blanchard

Subject Leader - Modern Languages
David currently leads and manages a team of 9 foreign language teachers and 3 foreign language assistants. His responsibilities include line management, curriculum design, learning and teaching development, implementation of the national curriculum, tracking and interventions, trips and visits and strategic development.   Having spent the last four years in the role of subject leader for modern languages, David has headed a large and successful team of teachers towards a shared vision of departmental improvement with year on year evidence of sustained progress in outcomes for students at Bishop Heber High School.  Many of the changes that David has introduced at Bishop Heber High School over the last four years have contributed to the success of the whole school and this experience could now be shared with other modern languages departments at differing stages of their development.   David’s areas of expertise include the following: Curriculum design. Examination requirements and moderation. Development Planning. Marking, feedback and assessment. Learning and teaching CPD. Data tracking and interventions. Performance management. Day to day running of a large team of people.  
Conor McMullan

Conor McMullan

Maths
I have been Subject Leader of Maths at Bishop Heber High School since 2006 and an Assistant Head Teacher for the last 2 years. I have a successful track record of working effectively within my own school and with partner schools. As Subject Leader I have implemented many changes which have had a significant impact on the outcomes for students – the number of students obtaining an A*-C in Maths has increased from 60% to be consistently above 80%. I have successfully coached another middle leader to devise an action plan which has developed his team and had a significant impact on outcomes for students in that subject. As an AHT I have worked with a colleague to strategically close the gap for disadvantaged students by devising interventions aimed at improving their outcomes in all areas. As a result, the attainment gap has been reduced from 50% to 20% in the first year.
Clare Scanlon

Clare Scanlon

Music & Behaviour
Clare has been Head of Music in two Chester high schools and is Assistant Headteacher/Director of Sixth Form at Queen’s Park High School.  As Head of Music, Clare has built a successful, thriving department, based on engaging students in music making, high levels of challenge and improving academic skills to create successful learners.  Clare has developed GCSE & A level teaching to ensure best possible outcomes for young people. A believer in developing the right curriculum for individual cohorts which has lead to outstanding results in vocational level 2 and 3 courses and traditional qualifications.  Clare has developed bespoke mechanisms for monitoring  progress in lessons. As a pastoral leader, Clare has written whole school behaviour policies and led CPD sessions on developing  successful behaviour for learning strategies. Believing in a positive, consistent and inclusive approach where the language of choice is prevalent and students are held accountable for their decisions. Having worked across a comprehensive range of needs and challenges in school, Clare has developed positive working relationships with high expectations and excellent outcomes.
Chris Gallivan

Chris Gallivan

Science
Chris is in his twentieth year as a Science teacher having previously taught in Ealing, Merseyside and Rochdale before starting in his post as Head of Science at Weaverham High School in 2007.  In his role as Head of Science he has been responsible for introducing a range of new courses including BTEC, Triple Science and Additional Applied Science.  Over his time the Science department has steadily improved results at both GCSE and Key Stage 3.  He has introduced a new ethos and collaborative spirit within the department to ensure that all staff have ownership for groups and to participate in developing new resources and schemes of work.  Chris is looking forward to the challenges brought by the new GCSE curriculum and the evolution of new systems to ensure the smooth running of a busy and hectic department at a time of curriculum change.
Caroline Cook

Caroline Cook

English
Caroline is Subject Leader for English/Assistant Headteacher at Bishop Heber High School. "I have been Subject Leader for English for 5 years during which times GCSE pass rates have increased substantially (68%-90%). This has been a result of a variety of strategies including new Programmes of Study, building a cooperative and effective team and targeted interventions. During this time I have also worked with other Departments to improve examination results and standards in teaching and learning. This has also resulted in significant improvements in these areas. During the last two years myself and a colleague have been responsible for the Closing the Gap between disadvantaged and non- disadvantaged students at our school from 50% (2013) to 20% (2014)."
Brigid Night

Brigid Night

Leadership and Management
Brigid is Deputy Headteacher, Weaverham High School. In the fourteen years Brigid has been a Deputy she has had extensive experience of: Leading and managing numerous curriculum changes including the recent demands of the “Progress 8 measure” Developing strategies and improving the quality of teaching and learning across the school. Raising levels of achievement in the Core Subjects (English, Maths and Science) Brigid has supported numerous Schools in the Midlands and the Northwest of Britain, and in South Korea.
Ben Cox

Ben Cox

Humanities and Social Sciences
Ben has been Curriculum Leader for Humanities and Social Sciences for the past six years. This includes leading subjects to raise attainment in History, Geography, Business Studies, Economics, Religious Education and Psychology. He has been Head of Subject of Religious Education for over ten years and implemented new curriculum design for the subject and introduced new GCSE and A levels. He has experience in raising attainment at A level and GCSE, in leading a team effectively and in developing staff. He is also an experienced teacher of A Level Sociology. Ben is committed to developing marking and feedback across subjects, and advocates the use of oracy and cooperative structures in lessons so all students are engaged and make progress.
Andrew Owen

Andrew Owen

MFL
Andy is Head of MFL at The Bishops’ Blue Coat High School having previously been subject leader for MFL at St John Plessington. Andy is focused on driving improvement and raising the profile of languages within a school. He specialises in curriculum design, data tracking and intervention and developing teaching and learning.  During his time as a subject leader he has seen raised achievement at GCSE and A Level. Andy has worked individually with other MFL departments to support them in their development as well as leading network meetings focussed on MFL pedagogy and curriculum change at KS4 and the impact on KS3. During the time of Controlled Assessment, Andy has developed and implemented systems in his department and others for the tracking of large cohorts and the development of intervention programmes from this information. At the heart of his leadership is the aim of getting the best out of both staff and pupils. Andy is an experienced teacher of French, German and Spanish from KS3-5.
Alison Senior

Alison Senior

Business Studies
Alison is the Subject Leader for Business Studies at Tarporley High School. She has worked at Tarporley High School as a Subject Leader for the past six years. Alison has led the Business Studies team through a journey of improved results and curriculum development. She also supported colleagues through a time of change when the subject moved from one faculty to another. She is passionate about ensuring all students have access to the subject and that they benefit from a differentiated approach. Alison has continually improved recruitment numbers for the subject through her desire and willingness to impart her enthusiasm for the subject on students. Alison is skilled in using data and tracking systems in order to provide targeted intervention. This has ensured a positive value added in both GCSE and A-Level during recent years. Alison is currently focusing on boy’s engagement in the subject and strategies which narrow the gender gap often found in Business Studies.