English

Laura Bunny - Secondary

Laura leads and manages ITT across the teaching alliance.  She has led the development of innovative teaching systems for student teachers in conjunction with the University of Brighton.  She currently chairs the university School Direct steering group.  She supports NQTs across Gravesham and helps to deliver professional studies and parts of educational studies courses.

She leads and manages her school CPD programme, bearing in mind the operational planning within the school and supporting staff to progress in their own careers.  She has delivered CPD at other schools in her SLE role, and co-written a paper regarding Talent Management and Identification.

She is an ex Subject Leader in English.  She has had experience of leading a large department and ensuring success at a high level of large numbers of students at all secondary Key Stages.  

Sarah Evans - Secondary

Head of English and the school’s Literacy Co-ordinator since 2007, I have introduced an accelerated curriculum for Key Stage 3 with a strong emphasis on skills based learning and challenging lessons. I have also focused on raising the quality of teaching and learning through the use of AfL, Kagan strategies and effective use of data to inform interventions.  Differentiation and challenge are at the heart of the English Department’s practice which has resulted in a significant improvement in student engagement and attainment.

I have raised the profile of literacy throughout  the school through reading challenges, weekly literacy updates and cross curricular training centred on flexible learning approaches to promote extended writing in addition to differentiation.

Sarah Johnson - Secondary

Sarah is the Director of Literacy at Northfleet Technology College. She has experience of being a Head of English as well as being an Advanced Skills Teacher in English and Literacy for ten years. Her primary role in her school is as an English and Literacy teacher, as well as having responsibility for developing effective literacy teaching across the curriculum. She has worked on numerous projects within her own schools and in others in order to support raising standards of literacy and English. She currently runs Get Gravesham Reading, which aims to raise the aspirations of young people in the area. This entails running cross-phase projects between schools and key phases. She coaches middle leaders in her school who strive for excellence in  their leadership, and runs a CPD course in school on deep learning strategies.

Sarah Higham - Primary

Sarah's expertise within English has been developed through a keen interest in children's literature and creative subjects.  She has led change within her own setting to ensure robust assessment and tracking of writing progress, including developing an individual writing target system that has been adopted by several local schools.  She has represented the local authority as a Key Stage 2 moderator of writing, and has also shaped assessment for learning procedures within her own school and other local settings.  Sarah has initiated links for school-to-school support locally, including delivering training on spelling, punctuation and grammar and guided reading.  She has also supported local English leaders and teachrs in developing a whole-text planning approach.  Sarah can support and deliver training based on assessment and teaching and learning within the new english Primary Curriculum; additionally she can offer coaching or mentoring of leaders of English, including new leaders, to support them to lead change and develop the subject in their own setting through use of data and action planning.

 

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