Behaviour & Discipline; Pastoral Support

The Astra Learning Alliance currently has the following SLEs in this category:

David Durning (The Royal Grammar School): Pastoral Support

Irene Evans (The Hemel Hempstead School): Behaviour & Discipline



David Durning

School:  The Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe

Position held: Head of Year 10/11 and Teacher in charge of Business Studies

SLE area of expertise:  Pastoral Support

Current responsibilities:  

  • Responsible for the pastoral welfare and student development of 198 boys in KS4

  • Head of Year 10 and Year 11 on rotation

  • Line manage a team of 6 tutors

  • Responsible for transition into KS4. Interviewing students and liaising with staff to decide settings.

  • Responsible for transition into post 16 education. Responsible for writing references for all college/ school applications. Manage students Sixth Form choices.

  • Lead assemblies and parents evenings.

  • Liaise with outside agencies.

  • Track student progress through data and implement strategies to deal with underachieving students.

  • Completing an RGS project for praise and introduction of Sims Learning Gateway for parents

  • Manage, run & co-ordinate pupil representation for different councils

  • Line manage the Business Studies in the department

  • Organise Schemes of Work for department

  • Outstanding Department Review 2015

  • Organise trips for pupil development “grade booster days”

  • Have significantly increased exam results during this time

  • Increased the take up and class sizes of the department

  • Co-ordinate and deliver intervention to develop pupils


Previous career history:

Head of Year 10/11, Royal Grammar School High Wycombe (September 2014 – Present)

Teacher in Charge of Business Studies (September 2011 – Present)

Teacher of Business Studies, Economics & Computing, Royal Grammar School High Wycombe (September 2009 – Present)

  • Teach Business and Economics at KS5 & Teach Computing at Key Stage 3 in a department that was at the forefront of introducing computing to the school curriculum

  • Led and run many co-curricular activities & trips

  • Lead Year 7 rugby development

  • Won the National Rugby league cup at Wembley Stadium in 2013

  • Digital Leader taking a lead role in training staff and pupils for the school’s iPad Scheme


What you hope to achieve as an SLE:

I am passionate about improving the quality of student development in pastoral care 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 be outstanding Form Tutors. I want students to leave school with the skills and characteristics that are desirable to employers.

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

  • Using technology to improve pastoral care

  • Mentoring of trainee teachers, NQT and young teachers

Future career goals:

I hope to achieve a position where I am able to influence the direction of teaching, learning & student development across a whole school. I look forward to working with colleagues across the whole county.


Irene Evans

School:  The 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.