Meet our SLEs

The Astra Learning Alliance currently has the following SLE's:

Emma Whittle: Modern Languages

John Deadman: Sport and Physical Education

Michelle Guy: Mathematics

Nisha de Alwis: Mathematics

Nicola Renyard: History & Politics, and Leadership

Andrew Millar: English

Richard Pontin: Sport and Physical Education

John Hopkins: Science and Digital Learning

Ahsan Abbas: Geography

Irene Evans: English

Steven Williams: Geography

Hugh Bradbury: History

Christopher Biddle: Art

 

See below for full profiles of each SLE.

 

 

Emma 8447Emma Whittle

School: Dr Challoner’s Grammar School

Position held: Subject Leader for German, AST, SLE

SLE area of expertise: Modern Languages across all Key Stages

Current responsibilities: As well as my responsibilities here at Challoner’s, I am still working as an AST in schools across Buckinghamshire, supporting the delivery of primary  French and German and secondary German.

 I am also a co-author of the Goethe Institut’s new teaching materials for KS2 German and have presented “Felix and Franzi” at Language Conferences in Buckinghamshire, London and Bath.

Previous career history:

I have taught Modern Languages for nearly twenty years, seven of which were as Head of German at Cheam High School. I have been at Challoner’s since September 2004, when I was appointed Subject Leader for German and AST.  

What you hope to achieve as an SLE:

I am excited about the collaboration between the Astra Learning Alliance, the Goethe Institut and the Bucks Learning Trust to introduce German into the primary curriculum. In my role as an SLE I want to ensure that schools are provided with high quality teaching materials and CPD support, in order to deliver German lessons that will inspire our young learners.

Specific areas of expertise, and how you might be able to help other schools:

  • German from Reception to KS5
  • French from Reception to KS3

Through my role as an AST I have worked with primary school teachers across Buckinghamshire to support them in the delivery and planning of French at Key Stage 2. In the last two years this has also extended to helping schools implement German into their curriculum.

Future career goals:

The uptake of German at UK secondary schools is on the decline. My goal is to encourage as many schools as possible in Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire to introduce German into their KS2 curriculum to provide children with a flavour of the language and culture.

I will continue to work with the Goethe Institut to produce high quality teaching materials, which teachers can access free of charge.

 


 

John - 8371John Deadman

School: Dr Challoner’s Grammar School

Position held: Director of Sport

SLE area of expertise: Sport & Physical Education

Current responsibilities:

I am an enthusiastic, dynamic and innovative professional who has been in post since September 2003. My role includes responsibility for the extra-curricular sports provision at Dr Challoner’s, as well as leading the Sport and PE Team. More recently, I have developed a working relationship with the PE undergraduate course at St Mary’s University, and supported Wycombe High School in the strategic re-structuring of their sport and PE programme. I am also a regular columnist for the national ‘School Sport’ magazine, my most recent contribution looks at  Sport and politics - a post-election manifesto for PE teachers (other articles also attached here: Competitive sport in schools; Working with primary schools outside the school partnership system; Winning trophies versus mass participation; Teacher or coach?; Social and emotional confidence; Integrity, humility and professionalism, Parent power.)

Previous career history:

Since graduating from Exeter University 18 years ago, I have gained a wealth of experience in two schools as a teacher of PE and Science, Head of Year, Head of House, Head of PE and now as a Director of Sport. Apart from successfully coaching teams in Football, Hockey, Cricket, Cross Country, Swimming & Tennis, I have more recently gained recognition for my work in developing a proactive and forward thinking Sport & PE Team at Dr Challoner’s, which has led to the implementation of a diverse and inclusive programme of sport for all.

What you hope to achieve as an SLE:

Having created a culture of opportunity, inclusion and sporting success on all levels at Dr Challoner’s, I am passionate about supporting other schools to achieve realistic goals linked to the resources available, and maximising  the opportunities for their pupils.

I would also like to improve the provision of Sport and PE within primary schools by advising Head Teachers how best to utilise their government funding for sport, and also by developing partnerships which allow leadership opportunities for pupils

Specific areas of expertise, and how you might be able to help other schools:

  • Developing a whole school structure for sport
  • Increasing extra-curricular opportunities for pupils
  • Primary school sport, and making efficient use of government funding for sport
  • Primary school liaison and developing sports leaders
  • Improving parental engagement and developing a parents committee for sport
  • Mentoring of trainee, NQT and young teachers

Future career goals:

I would like to continue working with young teachers, Heads of department, Head Teachers and parents in order to develop and maintain opportunities for all children to enjoy high quality PE and Sport whilst at school. Through my SLE outreach, consultative and journalistic work, I would also hope to influence strategic decisions at a higher level, which shape a future ‘sport for life’ culture within our society.
 

 

MSP_0678Michelle Guy

School: The Misbourne

Position held: Curriculum Leader - Mathematics

SLE area of expertise: Mathematics

 

Current responsibilities:

  • Teaching & Learning Across Mathematics Department
  • PGCE/ITT NQT Mentor
  • Teacher Coach & Mentor
  • Leader of The Misbourne’s ‘Good to Outstanding’ course helping participants to consistently deliver outstanding lessons
  • Assisting Deputy Head (T & L) by regular delivery of whole school and group CPD sessions
  • Teaching across KS3, KS4 & KS5

Previous career history:  

  • Mathematics teacher & PGCE/NQT mentor in one of England’s top value-added schools
  • Session Leader of Maths Masterclass for local primary schools Delivery of  twilight sessions for Brighton University’s ‘Developing Mathematical Practice’ course for non-specialist teachers of mathematics
  • Worked overseas for five years as a Teacher and Teacher Trainer
  • Previously worked in the motor industry & publishing

What you hope to achieve as an SLE:     

I am passionate about developing students’ mathematical imaginations and equipping them with the necessary tools to become inquisitive and creative thinkers. I am very excited at the prospect of supporting other schools by helping colleagues to raise pupil attainment through fostering an environment where both students and teachers are inspired and excited by mathematics. I view this as a fantastic opportunity to play a key role in developing others within a spirit of partnership and collaboration. 

Specific areas of expertise, and how you might be able to help other schools:    

I have extensive experience in supporting and leading colleagues in schools in challenging circumstances and am well equipped to offer leadership support in maths as well as teaching and learning more generally

  •             Mathematics across all key stages
  •             Mathematic Masterclasses for KS2
  •             Mathematics programmes for gifted students
  •             PGCE/ITT/NQT mentoring
  •             Providing ongoing support and coaching for teachers
  •             Whole school CPD programmes
  •             Raising standards of whole school Teaching & Learning
  •             Development of schemes of work that promote pupils’ understanding and build on prior learning
  •             Use of ICT to enhance students’ mathematical understanding
  •             Use of data for self-evaluation, trends and interventions

Future career goals:

To collaborate with other schools in supporting the professional development of teachers and carry out further research into  the links between gender, culture and performance in mathematics.     

 

MSP_0640Nisha de Alwis

School: Dr Challoner’s High School
 
Position held: Head of Faculty – Mathematics and Computer Science
 
SLE area of expertise: Mathematics
Current responsibilities:
 
Leadership and Management of teaching and learning in Mathematics
Reviewing and evaluating performance of Mathematics Department and planning ahead for future innovation
Adaptation of curricula in KS3-5 following national reform
Experienced Teacher of KS3-KS5 Mathematics including A2 Further Mathematics
Preparing students for Oxbridge entrance examinations (MAT/STEP/AEA)
Leading a School Development Team of other middle leaders (working alongside Assistant Head) tasked with focus on developing “Culture of Innovation” within DCHS.
Line Management of Head of Computer Science and responsibility post-holders in Maths Department
Experienced form tutor across all Key Stages – currently KS5
UCAS referee
 
Previous career history:
After completing my undergraduate degree (Mathematics) and PGCE at the University of Cambridge, I began my teaching career at Aylesbury Grammar School.  I was appointed to Second in Maths at Dr Challoner’s High School in 2008 and as Head of Mathematics in 2012.  I have also held the position of Head of Year 8 and HoY 12.
 
What you hope to achieve as an SLE:
 
The importance of strong Mathematics teaching is paramount in inspiring pupils to enjoy the pursuit of this subject at every level and to feel confidence in their understanding of, and ability to use Mathematics.  As teachers, I firmly believe that we all have the capacity to continually learn and to further enhance our own practice.  I am keen to share excellent practice, including the use of IT in teaching and learning, providing students with access to outstanding teaching, through a collaborative approach.  Having seen a considerable increase in the number of students taking Mathematics at A-Level within DCHS, I am also keen to promote opportunities for students to study both Mathematics and Further Mathematics across other schools.
 
Specific areas of expertise, and how you might be able to help other schools:
 
The Mathematics Curriculum KS3-5
Stretching gifted and talented students in Mathematics
Data Analysis for tracking pupil progression and to inform planning
Teaching of AS and A2 Further Mathematics
Preparation for Oxbridge entrance in Mathematics
Use of IT in teaching and learning e.g. e-learning, Use of the IWB, graphical calculators, use of iPads 
 
Future career goals:
 
I am looking forward to the opportunity of working alongside fellow Mathematics teachers to promote outstanding teaching and learning, in addition to developing the skills of other middle leaders with this shared aspiration and also continually enhancing my own practice. 

 

          

MSP_0622Nicola Renyard

School:  Dr Challoner's High School

Position held:  Assistant Headteacher

SLE area of expertise:   History & Politics; Leadership

 

Current responsibilities:

  •  Leadership and management of learning and teaching in History from KS3-KS5 and Politics at KS5.
  • Oversight of learning and teaching developments across all Humanities; Line managing Humanities Subject Leaders.
  • Strategic leadership of Humanities Team to coordinate cross-curricular events.
  • Experienced teacher of KS3-KS5 History and KS5 Politics.
  • Reviewing and evaluating performance of department and shaping future initiatives.
  • Awareness of and adapting departmental approach in light of curriculum reform.
  • Planning and leading extra-curricular visits to complement the History and Humanities curriculum.
  • Experienced form tutor, currently at KS5.
  • Mentor to School Direct trainee.

Previous career history:

I began my teaching career at Dr Challoner's Grammar School as a teacher of History and Politics after completing a PGCE at Reading University. I was appointed Subject Leader for History and Politics in 2007 and as Team Leader for the Humanities in 2012.

What you hope to achieve as an SLE:

I am passionate about improving the quality of learning and teaching in History across schools in the county. In my role as SLE I want to ensure that best practice is shared and that teachers have the tools to deliver outstanding History teaching. I want students to realise the potential of studying History and be enthused and inspired by the lessons it has to teach us.

Specific areas of expertise, and how you might be able to help other schools:

  • The History curriculum from KS3-KS5
  • Mentoring staff from NQT to leadership roles
  • Coordinating and promoting the wider integration of Humanities in the whole school curriculum
  • Provide advice and expertise on offering extra-curricular school visits
  • Leadership: specifically, developing/building leadership potential in others; leading a large and diverse subject/faculty area; developing outstanding leaders        

In my role as Team Leader for Humanities I have worked within other departments to help review and evaluate their practice and to help initiate change. I look forward to working with the Astra Learning Alliance to extend this support to other History departments.

Future career goals:

 I look forward to continuing to work alongside colleagues in a broader context to raise the standard of learning and teaching in history and to help develop leaders who are passionate and committed to the same end. I hope that in doing so students will be inspired to see the value of studying a subject like History.

 

 

MSP_0700Andrew Millar

School:  Dr Challoner’s Grammar School

Position held: English teacher 

SLE area of expertise:  English

Current responsibilities: I am the Initial Teacher Training Coordinator at Dr Challoner's; I oversee much of the organisation of teacher training within the school and work with trainees, mentors and subject teachers and the Astra Alliance. I organise the in-school Professional Studies programme for trainees based at Challoner's. I am also Assistant Team Leader for English with responsibility for English Literature in the Sixth Form, where the subject has a very strong uptake level, and co-ordinate the preparation of students for university entrance in English. I co-ordinate the school’s extensive extra-curricular drama programme, teach GCSE and A level Drama additionally and I am an NQT mentor and a form tutor.

Previous career history:

I joined my first school as an NQT, gaining experience in different areas of responsibility – notably in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 – and introduced Drama as a discrete subject, both in Key Stage 3 and the Sixth Form. After four years, I became Second in English and eventually Head of Department, before moving to my current post. Along the way, I have directed about twenty school productions, worked as a PGCE mentor and led subject-based PGCE training sessions.

At Challoner’s, I was Team Leader for English and Drama for nine years. I have worked extensively on developing approaches to English (and specifically English Literature) at GCSE level which are designed to engage and challenge students and raise achievement. I’ve also worked to improve students’ understanding and appreciation of the importance of English as a subject, and been involved in leading school-wide initiatives to raise the status of English as subject. I have co-ordinated the English Team’s development of reading, and developed extra-curricular activities as a way of raising achievement.

What you hope to achieve as an SLE:

As an SLE, I am interested in helping English teachers deepen their expertise in the teaching of English across the age and ability range. No one teacher can achieve everything, so helping English departments grow as teams – often with very different areas of specialism – is an important part of my role.

Specific areas of expertise, and how you might be able to help other schools:

  • How speaking and listening can be used to extend and develop pupils’ thinking. I completed an MEd in the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge on dialogic approaches to the teaching of English at Sixth Form level, and this has influenced significantly my classroom approach.

  • Raising achievement, particularly at Key Stage 4 - I have worked extensively in this area and have been led the implementation of new GCSE specifications on several occasions. I have also co-led major reviews of Key Stage 3 in order to meet the demands of National Curriculum changes.

  • Using drama to teach English, both in Key Stages 3 and 4 – I have helped develop a drama-rich approach in my current role.

  • A level English Literature – curriculum change & raising achievement.

  • Reading – promoting independent reading.

  • Teacher training - mentoring of trainees and development of school support for initial teacher training.

Future career goals:

I have two passions: training new teachers whatever their subject and sharing great English teaching with new and beginning teachers.

 

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Richard Pontin

School:  Dr Challoner’s Grammar School

Position held: Subject Team Leader PE

SLE area of expertise:  Sport & Physical Education and Initial Teacher Training

Current responsibilities:  My current responsibilities as Assistant Team Leader include leading the GCSE PE course, the House Sport programme and also working closely with trainee teachers from the Astra SCITT programme. I coordinate the Basketball and Tennis programmes at DCGS and work closely with Bucks Basketball, Rugby and Tennis Associations. I also coach several teams in a wide range of sports and teach several exam groups.

Previous career history:

After graduating from St Mary's University in 2003 I have been at DCGS for 13 years, taking up the post of Assistant Team Leader in 2007. I have been a mentor to trainee teachers from 3 different Universities since 2006 and have completed the Leadership course at Ashridge Business School and the Bucks Internship programme at The Royal Latin School. I have coached several teams in different sports, reaching the latter stages of national competitions.  

What you hope to achieve as an SLE:

I am hugely passionate about helping other schools to raise achievement through fresh ideas and through the use of digital technology in sport and PE.  I hope to protect the profession by continuing to mentor the next generation of outstanding PE teachers, providing a breadth of knowledge and experience both in a practical and theoretical teaching environment.    

Specific areas of expertise, and how you might be able to help other schools:

  • AQA Examination PE, particularly GCSE

  • Using technology to improve teaching and learning

  • Increasing participation in sport and PE

  • Mentoring of trainee teachers, NQT and young teachers

  • Experience in coaching a number of sports

Future career goals:

I look forward to the opportunity to work alongside colleagues from different schools as well as working with the next generation of outstanding teachers.

 

John Hopkins

School:  Dr Challoner’s Grammar School

Position held: Subject Leader for Chemistry

SLE area of expertise:  Science and Digital Learning

Current responsibilities:  Management and leadership responsibilities within the chemistry department. Digital learning leader with a particular responsibility for engaging students and their parents with the scheme.

Previous career history:

Having completed a degree in Natural Sciences I also completed a PCGE at Durham University whilst training in comprehensive schools in Middlesbrough. I then started at DCGS as an NQT and in the following six years have taken on the role of Subject Leader for Chemistry and also the role of Digital Learning Leader.

What you hope to achieve as an SLE:

In the role of an SLE I hope to encourage individual teachers and departments to put in place systems that allow all students to maximise their potential in science. I am also keen to embrace the opportunities that arise through the use of new and emerging technologies and hope to allow others to make the best possible use of these too in their departments. I also hope to broaden my own set of experiences by working with other schools and teachers so that I can continue to develop myself both personally and professionally.

Specific areas of expertise, and how you might be able to help other schools:

In the last few years I have gained valuable experience in planning for change both in a science context with the advent of new specifications and also in a whole school context with my role in helping to establish the use of mobile devices and digital platforms. Having taught all three science subjects to GCSE level with strong results I am aware of the challenges that might be faced across a whole science department as well as those more specific to chemistry. This has allowed me to introduce and develop the use of new systems and working habits within the department as a whole. I have also become very familiar with a number of different exam boards and qualifications and feel I am able to see past the minutiae to focus on the most important aspects when developing schemes of work and adapting to new courses. In my role as a digital learning leader I have spent time working with individual members of staff at all levels of the school to help them successfully implement digital devices and platforms within their lessons and working practices.

Future career goals:

I hope to achieve a position where I am able to influence the direction of teaching and learning across a whole school. I also hope to be able to continue to promote and develop the use of practical science to aid in students’ enjoyment and understanding of the subject.

 

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Ahsan Abbas

School:  Dr Challoner’s Grammar School

Position held: Subject Leader for Geography

SLE area of expertise:  Geography, Leadership, Curriculum Development, Digital Learning, Trips & Expeditions

Current responsibilities:  Leadership and management in Geography from KS3-KS5; Planning and leading extra-curricular visits to compliment the Geography curriculum from KS3-KS5; Reviewing, evaluating and developing the department; Mentoring NQTs & trainee teachers; Experienced tutor from KS3-KS5

Previous career history:

Since graduating from King’s College London and completing my PGCE from the Institute of Education, I have worked in two schools as Student Development Leader and Subject Leader for Geography. I have run middle leadership workshops across a number of schools. I am committed to my own personal and professional development and actively pursue my work in the field of trekking and humanitarian photojournalism outside of school time. I have led a number of short and long-haul expeditions and I have travelled to over 50 countries. I have recently been made a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society for my contributions to global education and am shortlisted Landscape Photographer of the Year. I was selected to sit on a judging panel for the Royal Geographical Society for their ‘Explore’ photography competition.

What you hope to achieve as an SLE:

I am passionate about improving the quality of teaching and learning in Geography across the county. I am keen on raising the profile of Geography by creating a shared community where teachers can collaborate and discuss how we can create an inspiring and engaging curriculum for our students.

Specific areas of expertise, and how you might be able to help other schools:
  • Geography curriculum KS3-KS5

  • Mentoring staff to Leadership positions

  • Coordinating and promoting Geography in whole school curriculum

  • Provide advice and expertise on extra-curricular school visits

  • Coaching and mentoring new team leaders

Future career goals:

I am looking forward to connecting and collaborating with colleagues across the county to raise the quality of teaching and learning.

Irene Evans

School:  Hemel Hempstead School

Position held: Head of Year 11 and English Teacher

SLE area of expertise:  English, Behaviour, Training

Current responsibilities:  As Head of Year I am responsible for the pastoral support (including behaviour management and attendance) and academic progress of just over 170 students. I am also a member of the CPD team in school; I take part in teacher training and work as a coaching partner within my department.

Previous career history:

As well as teaching English, I have taught Drama, Theatre Studies and Media all to A level. I have been Head of English in an upper school in Bedfordshire and have also brought in Media A level to another school. I have been a Head of House as well as Head of Year and have produced and directed many school productions in spite of not reading music!

What you hope to achieve as an SLE:

I hope that the position of SLE will allow me to develop my skills as a teacher and manager as well as offer my experiences to develop others. I am particularly looking forward to the opportunity to work with new people and sharing ideas and good practice as well as my love of teaching.  

Specific areas of expertise, and how you might be able to help other schools:

I have had 16 years’ experience as a teacher and have held positions in many different types of school from high achieving to “requires improvement”. I hope that I can bring a certain expertise in lesson planning and sequencing as well as an understanding of what “works” in different classrooms. I have always had success in behaviour management and I hope that I have a wide enough variety of experiences to be able to suggest behaviour management techniques to improve many situations.

Future career goals:

I want to have a career based in the classroom rather than as a manager and hope that I will be able to work in a coaching capacity with teachers both in my school and others to help promote excellence in leadership and classroom teaching.  

 
 

Steve Williams

Steven Williams

School:  The Hemel Hempstead School

Position held: Head of Humanities

SLE area of expertise:  Geography

Current responsibilities:  I have been Head of Humanities at The Hemel Hempstead School since September 2010.  I oversee teaching and learning across the Geography, History, RE and Politics Departments and line manage Humanities Subject Leaders. I am responsible for reviewing and evaluating performance of these department and shaping future curriculum changes. Alongside this I still fulfil the responsibilities for Subject Leader in Geography and am responsible for planning and leading extra-curricular visits to complement the Humanities curriculum.  I teach Geography at all Key Stages and currently teach Key Stage 3 RE.

Previous career history:

I began my teaching career at The Hemel Hempstead School as a teacher of Geography after completing a PGCE at The University of Cambridge. I was appointed Subject Leader for Geography in January 2007 and Head of Humanities in 2010.

What you hope to achieve as an SLE:

My main motivation has always been student’s learning.  Encouraging and enthusing students so they can learn, understand and assess geographical issues was the reason I became a teacher and it is still my main motivation.  Working in a leadership role in school has allowed me to spread this passion for learning across the Geography Department, the Humanities Faculty and through CPD to the wider school. I hope the SLE role will allow me to spread and share this passion across a wider area and allow me to make a greater impact on the geographical learning of students in this area.

Specific areas of expertise, and how you might be able to help other schools:

  • Teaching and learning in Geography from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 5
  • Planning and implementing curriculum changes in Geography
  • Raising standards in Geography and other Humanities subjects
  • Mentoring staff from NQTs to leadership roles
  • Leading a large and diverse faculty area
  • Using coaching techniques to grow leadership capacity in others

Future career goals:

I would like to become a member of SLT where I can have a greater say over the teaching and learning in school, allowing students to reach their full potential. Throughout my teaching career I have always been passionate about Geography and the importance of studying geographical and environmental issues and ultimately want to continue working in the classroom.   

 

Hugh Bradbury

Hugh Bradbury

School:  Chesham Grammar School

Position held: Subject Leader for History

SLE area of expertise:  History

Current responsibilities:  Experienced teacher of KS3-KS5 History and KS5 Politics; Leadership and management of learning and teaching in History from KS3-KS5; Planning for and implement new curriculum changes; Planning and leading a wide variety of extra-curricular visits to complement the History curriculum; Experienced form tutor across all Key Stages (use of vertical tutor groups); Help prepare a number of students each year for Oxbridge applications; Assisting the Assistant Head responsible for Teaching and Learning by regularly delivering CPD sessions

Previous career history:

I have taught History and Politics at Chesham Grammar School since September 2012.  Chesham Grammar School is an outstanding co-educational selective school. During this time, I was lucky enough to see the school complete its journey from good to outstanding in March 2014 and now am looking forward to seeing it develop into an exceptional school. This experience has provided me with an excellent foundation in a wide range of teaching and learning strategies and principles. During my time at CGS I have had a number of different roles including Politics Coordinator where I helped to develop interest and take up in the subject, More Able and Talented Coordinator where I worked across the whole school to develop and share ways to effectively provide challenge into lessons and more recently I have been Subject Leader for History where I have worked to improve the examination performance of our students as well as a wider appreciation for the subject as a whole and preparing for the variety of recent curriculum changes.

What you hope to achieve as an SLE:

Having worked with a number of colleagues at other local schools already and having seen the benefits that this can have for all involved I hope to continue to support the improvement of others but also learn from them too. As a result of this, I hope that this helps to make History classrooms even more exciting for students and encourages many more to enjoy the subject at a higher level.

Specific areas of expertise, and how you might be able to help other schools:

  • The History curriculum from KS3-KS5 and the teaching of Politics at KS5.
  • Mentoring staff from NQT to leadership roles
  • Provide advice and expertise on offering extra-curricular school visits
  • Raising attainment at both KS4 and KS5 and to reduce gender attainment gaps
  • Providing challenge for students within and beyond History lessons
  • Use of data for self-evaluation, trends and interventions
  • Contributing to whole school CPD programmes

Future career goals:

Through my role as an SLE I hope to broaden my experience of working with a wide variety of other teachers from different schools. This will allow me to develop my department further with lots of new ideas and also my own skills as a middle leader. This I hope will all help to improve learning, teaching, attainment and a passion for the subject as a whole at Chesham Grammar and beyond.

 

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Christopher Biddle

School:  Chesham Grammar School

Position held: Head of Art & Photography

SLE area of expertise:  Art & Design & Photography

Current responsibilities:  Subject leader

Previous career history:

Over 20 years of experience in teaching the creative subjects including the Enfield area of north London, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire Secondary and Grammar Schools.

What you hope to achieve as an SLE:

To support the provision of Art & design teaching and help innovate the curriculum, encouraging students to take responsibility and be excited about the creative process.

To help develop appropriate strategies for improvement recognising the strengths and interests of staff and the context unique to every department.

To advocate and celebrate the contribution of Art & Design in a broad and balanced curriculum.

Specific areas of expertise, and how you might be able to help other schools:

I have extensive experience leading the provision for creative subjects including Art & Design and Photography. Promoting and innovating the Art & design curriculum is an ongoing preoccupation with the emphasis on the needs of the student. Understanding context is everything and I believe I have the skills to help diagnose difficulty and generate a dynamic environment where all are valued. Creative subjects play a vital role in achievement and provide unique opportunities for students to express themselves and for general mindfulness.

Future career goals:

To continue the promotion of Art & Design teaching and learning with involvement in the education of student teachers and the newly qualified. To be proactive with the SLE responsibility and look for opportunities to help others.