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Case studies

Consultancy Projects

2014:

Senior Leader in a LA Residential BESD Special School with a focus on improving the quality of teaching & learning and developing an inclusive curriculum design for 2014 onwards;

2012-13:

Teaching & Learning Consultant in a LA Residential BESD Special School with a focus on preparing for an Ofsted inspection in 2013, raising standards and developing a cohesive staff development programme;

Teaching & Learning Consultant in a LA Pupil Referral Unit with a focus on improving the quality of teaching & learning, to ensure that learners make progress in every lesson and providing a supportive coaching structure for all teaching staff;

Education Consultant for AMEY IT leading on the development of an LA-wide virtual learning environment across primary, secondary & SEN schools;

2011-12:

Business Analyst for Serco Learning developing a new global MIS solution for schools;

Leadership Associate working with staff to enhance the students’ learning experience through the use of new technologies and appropriate elearning strategies across a secondary school and SEN school, which are co-located on one campus. This includes leading the development of an LA-wide virtual learning environment across 12 secondary schools, working with the managed service providers across the Local Authority;

2010-11:

Designing & delivering an awarding winning bespoke programme of workshops for a supply agency in the Yorkshire & Humber region. Covering a range of topics from Child Protection, Behaviour Management through to the use of New Technologies in the Classroom;

Leadership Associate affililated with the Senior Leadership team, leading on the development / review of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD), performance management system and policies in an ‘outstanding’ secondary school in the North of England. Involving a thorough appraisal of the existing procedures, the introduction of a new online resource to provide a robust quality assurance cycle at all levels & the delivery of all associated staff training to ensure a successful transition to the new system;

BSF project: Responsibility for the management of the transition over a period of 18 months from existing school buildings into a new BSF building. Leading the change to adoption of ICT Managed Service with 2000+ devices and new technologies across two co-located schools.

 

Education Projects

Performance Management & Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Project

The client was a secondary school in the North of England, deemed to be ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. The project involved a thorough appraisal of the existing procedures, the investigation / introduction of a new online resource to support the delivery of a robust quality assurance cycle across the organisation, underpinned by the delivery of a staff training programme to ensure a successful transition. Consultation with staff has involved a shift away from ‘paper based’ cycles, where the volume of paperwork completed during the process was seen as a major barrier by staff. Instead a ‘staff centred’ approach has ensured that staff contributions have been considered during the development of the new system, which has enabled the centre to establish a transparent Performance Management (PM) cycle where accountability is paramount. The school’s CPD programme is now clearly embedded within the PM process and staff are fully engaged in their own personal development.

Sharon came to Grange Technology College  in 2009.  At this time we were consulting with staff about how Performance Management was organised.  One suggestion was to provide  an electronic system to  improve communication within the performance  management process.  Sharon took responsibility for  this project and lead the introduction of a recognised product.  She developed the database, ran the training for staff, and provided a helpdesk for support.  She was an invaluable asset to the whole process.  Her enthusiasm, professionalism and incredible knowledge helped staff to gain confidence and provide positive feedback.

Claire Dorman,  Assistant Headteacher

Alternative Learning: Foundation Learning Tier

A secondary school client in the North East of England was keen to develop their ‘Foundation Learning Tier’ provision for disaffected students across Key Stage 4. The brief was to establish a staff support programme, which included the provision of Individual Learning Plans (ILPs), assignment templates and moderation documents, to enable the planning and delivery of quality lessons from September 2010.

Training Workshops

Phoenix Education Solutions in partnership with Education Resourcing has developed a bespoke training programme to provide supply teachers with high quality continuous professional development opportunities relevant to their roles within schools.

Education Resourcing is an education recruitment agency that offers an alternative solution, supplying a service to teachers and schools in the Yorkshire & Humber region. At the heart of Education Resourcing is founder member and company director, Nicky Keller. Nicky approached Phoenix Education Solutions to develop a series of workshops for supply teachers based on the needs of the staff. This is the first programme of its kind to be offered by a teacher training agency anywhere in the UK, and will enable supply teachers to maintain the levels of development required of them should they apply for a contract or permanent post at a later date.

This training was more relevant & delivered better than the child protection training I had on my PGCE!

Just wanted to say thank you for an excellent training evening. An essential part of our work and superbly done.

I am doing a doctorate in psychology and have found the experience invaluable. Last night I came away looking at myself in a different light and looking back on the way I teach, but definitely questioning myself and I think that is good. I know I should be thinking about retiring, but to be honest I came away last night excited and wanting to improve in my teaching skills. I felt exhilarated and raring to go.

Workshop programme 2010-11:

Child Protection and e-Safety:

Behaviour for Learning:

Assessment for Learning

Lesson Planning