SLEs are experienced middle or senior leaders, who have the skills to support middle and senior leaders in other schools. The SLE role is about developing the capacity and capability of other leaders so that they have the skills to lead their own teams and improve practice in their own schools.

Steve Long
Steve LongMaths
Stephen’s career in education has spanned over 16 years. His passion and enthusiasm for teaching Mathematics has seen him hold a number of roles within the Maths department in all the schools in which he has worked. He has had responsibility for all the Key Stages at various times during his career. Stephen is currently Second in Faculty at Malmesbury School and he has responsibility for KS5.

Stephen has always seen the importance of sharing good practice and supporting colleagues; he has mentored many PGCE students and NQTs and has facilitated CPD to staff within his faculty and beyond. Stephen has been involved in the planning and delivery of the Secondary Maths TSST course at Malmesbury School for the past two years and is an NCETM Advanced Mathematics Professional Development Lead.

Jennie Howe
Jennie HoweMaths
Jennifer has a decade of experience across four mixed comprehensive schools in rural and city settings. As Head of Mathematics in two schools she has taken a lead role in ensuring one school came out of an Ofsted category, and securing the best ever GCSE results in both establishments. Three years ago she joined Malmesbury School as Assistant Head and as lead on CPD and Teaching and Learning at Malmesbury School she has embedded a TeachMeet approach to sharing best practice through quick tried and tested ideas. Jennifer is passionate about the power of effective collaboration, peer observation and risk taking that enables successful teams to bring about change to improve student outcomes. Jennifer helps deliver high quality CPD for the AvonTSA and the North Wiltshire Federation Group where she is able to apply her varied experience to new and unfamiliar situations, giving practical tips and advice.

She believes a teacher’s wellbeing is central to them delivering their best lessons and is currently learning how to juggle three children and a busy life herself!

Emma-Jane O'Neill
Emma-Jane O'NeillMaths
Emma-Jane is Lead Practitioner for The Athelstan Trust and in this role, works as part of a team of senior leaders in developing a culture of collaboration across the schools to improve experiences and outcomes for both students and staff.

Having started her career over 16 years ago teaching in The City of Nottingham as a Maths teacher, she quickly became the school Gifted and Talented coordinator and then second in Faculty. She moved to work at Malmesbury School in 2008 where she qualified as an Advanced Skills Teacher doing both in-reach and out-reach work across Wiltshire and Bristol, before becoming an ‘extremely supportive and adaptable’ Head of Maths and Computing. As a previous Head of a core subject and large faculty Emma-Jane is adept at managing staff and leading from the front to ensure the best possible outcomes for students. She was part of the team that wrote and delivered the maths TSST programme for the Avon Teaching School Alliance and created a subject knowledge enhancement course for Teaching Assistants. She has a PGCert. in Mathematics Leadership and completed an action research project on the assessment cycle. Emma-Jane has a keen interest in the use of technology to support education and leads on remote education across the Trust.
Emma-Jane feels passionately about deep collaboration among all teachers and leaders to continuously improve quality of education. She is a trained Olevi facilitator and runs CPD workshops, looking to ensure they have a longer-term impact on the practice of colleagues. She has mentored both newly qualified teachers and those with more experience, across a variety of school settings with staff commenting on her ‘productive feedback from observations…positive role in team teaching…well prepared and indexed resources made available… imaginative use of tasks and enthusiasm’.

Ruth Jones
Ruth JonesMaths
Ruth has been teaching at Malmesbury School for 7 years. She is an SLE and is returning to Malmesbury after seconding to The Dean Academy, a partner school in the Athelstan Trust.

Ruth has undertaken a variety of roles whilst working in the trust. In September 2014, Malmesbury opted to offer Core Maths as a compulsory subject to all eligible students. Ruth became the Core Maths Coordinator for the course and then progressed to becoming a Core Maths Lead for the Wiltshire/South Gloucestershire Region.

During her time as a Core Maths Lead Ruth worked closely with the GLOW Maths Hub where she was the Level 3 Lead. This involved liaising and communicating with key partners in the Hub area, including the Advance Maths Support programme and leaders of Level 3 Maths practice in schools and colleges across the GLOW region and beyond. In this role Ruth promoted and hosted a range of events to support teachers and schools in delivering Post 16 mathematics qualifications.

Ruth was Director of Maths and Computing whilst on secondment at The Dean Academy. During her secondment she coached colleagues across all departments as well as mentoring TeachFirst participants in Maths and English. Ruth also supported the Maths department in making crucial curriculum changes in KS3 and KS4 to improve student outcomes.

Ruth is passionate about sharing good practice and supporting colleagues; she has a wealth of experience in mentoring. Ruth has been instrumental in developing, coordinating and delivering the Maths TSST programme at Malmesbury School.

Louise Stanton
Louise StantonPSHE
Louise’s career in education has spanned over 16 years. In this time she has worked in two different schools and held several different roles. Louise has mentored PGCE history students, ITT Careers trainee, and PGCE Citizenship trainees. Louise has a Degree in History and a Master’s in Education. Louise’s current role is Senior Curriculum Leader for ilearn at Malmesbury School, her faculty oversees the whole school delivery of PSHE, Citizenship and Careers. Louise has led the school to achieve the Gold award from Career mark and has contributed to the new Gatsby benchmark measures (Malmesbury is case study for Bench mark 8). Louise has presented several times at the DfE inside government conferences, presented at the national education Welsh Assembly conference and worked with beacon schools in Wales on their new skills curriculum.

More recently Malmesbury School has bid to become the lead school for one of the national career hubs and Louise will be presenting at the national conference for the Careers and Enterprise Company. Louise is currently working across the Athelstan trust to audit SMSC in the trust and look at ways to enhance provision for all students. Louise believes deeply in the value of working collaboratively and is passionate about students receiving the best possible education in PSHE, Citizenship, Enterprise and Careers.

Jessica Abel-Goldbin
Jessica Abel-GoldbinSEND
Firth Edy
Firth EdyScience
Firth has been teaching secondary school science for 12 years in a wide range of schools. He is a biology specialist, but has over his many years of experience become predominately a physics teacher. Constantly striving to develop new practicals and resources he has been integral to the transformation of the KS4 schemes of work at both Malmesbury School and the Dean Academy.

In addition to this academic work he has worked single handed on vocational BTEC courses developing them specifically for SEND students. He is currently working as a second in department in Science and Transition Liaison at the Dean Academy. Firth has worked as a PGCE and NQT mentor helping to develop new and upcoming teachers sharing his passion for teaching with a friendly enthusiastic and approachable style.

He is an outstanding and passionate practitioner of secondary education. Additionally he contributes to the extracurricular life of the school by running the DoE award and lending his DoE assessor accreditations to other schools.

Ruth Cole
Ruth ColeMFL
Ruth has been teaching for 17 years as a specialist in Modern Languages and has taught German French, Russian and Italian. She has held various roles, including as an AST working across a range of schools in the South West. Ruth is an experienced facilitator for MFL CPD and she has led on Teaching and Learning groups, innovative teaching and coaching.

Ruth has mentored many PGCE students through the University of Bristol PGCE course, and served on the Advisory Group for the PGCE course. She has also authored resources for a pre-ITT online course for Hibernia University. She is currently Senior Curriculum Leader for International Business and Languages at Malmesbury School and has contributed to the design and development of our TSST French programme.

Rachael Allaway
Rachael AllawayBehaviour
Michelle Kilburn-Bond
Michelle Kilburn-BondEnglish
Michelle is Lead Practitioner for The Athelstan Trust and in this role, works as part of a team of senior leaders in developing collaboration across the schools in order to impact on improved experiences for both students and staff.

Over the last twenty-two years, Michelle has enjoyed teaching English in five different mixed comprehensive schools and, during this time, has held a range of leadership responsibilities: Assistant Headteacher, SLE, Head of English, Literacy Lead and Head of Careers Education. In each of these positions, Michelle’s favourite roles have involved working with colleagues to support and encourage positive steps for change in the classroom, whether this has been through leading on whole school CPD, coaching Heads of Faculty, mentoring numerous ITT students and NQTs or training to become a facilitator for OLEVI.

Aligned to the principles of ethical leadership, Michelle has an unfailing commitment to the importance of leading by example and an exemplary record of being an approachable and reliable colleague who doesn’t take herself too seriously!

Jacqueline Needham
Jacqueline NeedhamPSHE
Jacqueline has been teaching for over 30 years and for most of this time has been Head of the PSRE Faculty – a faculty she created, developed and had a clear vision for. This involved leading a team in the delivery of RE, PSHEE and Vocational Education. Alongside this role, she has also been heavily involved in child protection and is currently the designated child protection lead in the school.

She has always had an interest in supporting NQT’s and her work has involved working closely with them in school and helping their professional development. Sessions have been run to help NQT’s reflect upon their teaching and become critical and constructive of their own teaching.

Jacqueline has worked with Bath Spa University in their post graduate course and has carried out teaching sessions with RE students; the teaching and delivery of Sex and Relationships Education. She has also been involved in the recruitment process for their teacher training course. Throughout this time, she has been a mentor for trainees in school ensuring they make progress in their teaching.

Carl Orlans
Carl OrlansDesign & Technology
Carl has had significant experience of teaching in three large mixed comprehensives in both city and rural locations. He is very well qualified and he believes strongly in an education system that enables boys and girls of all abilities and backgrounds to achieve their potential through tracking and target setting.

Carl now manages a thriving Design and Technology faculty of 14 staff at Sheldon School which has an outstanding Ofsted record for DT and which is the largest school in Wiltshire. The team have recently been awarded the prestigious Design Mark for their outstanding design curriculum.

Design and Technology at Sheldon has been designated a Lead School by the National College to recognise outstanding pupil performance which has grown from high levels of teaching and learning in a purpose built environment.

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