When the Teaching School status was awarded in 2013 it was a huge achievement for Woodfield School. Our responsibility is to work with local schools alongside our Alliance Partners to raise standards across the board in a self-improving school-led system. Our core focus continues to be ‚ÄėInclusion and Special Educational Needs‚Äô. We have a vision to explore the new educational landscape, to attract dynamic people to the profession, to continually develop the professionals we already have and to support other schools.
I have graduated from the University of Crete with a BSc degree in Biology and Biotechnology Studies. Then I moved to the UK in 2009 to complete my MA in Special and Inclusive Education and I joined Woodfield School in January 2011 to work as an SEN practitioner.
When the teaching school status was awarded in 2013 it was a huge¬†achievement for Woodfield School. I was lucky to be involved from day one¬†and get to contribute to something that was so important as to improve Education.
I have over 9 years of experience in Education and Management. I am working across the Big 6 areas of the Teaching School connecting them together in one big goal by ‚ÄėExploring New Educational Landscapes‚Äô.¬†My responsibility is to work among other¬†local schools alongside our Alliance Partners to raise standards across the¬†board in a Self-improving School-led system. Our core focus continues to be¬†in Inclusion and Special Educational Needs.
I am responsible for the co-ordination of School Direct teacher training¬†programme for the Alliance. We work with a number of universities including¬†the Institute of Education and Middlesex University.
My experience includes working as an Advanced Skills Teacher (AST), Senior¬†Leadership in school and school improvement in Brent, London. One of my¬†main interests is the role that digital technology can play in equipping all¬†learners in being able to be effective participants in both their education and¬†for life-long learning.
I have been involved in the training of new teachers for a number of years,¬†working with a range of universities and institutions. My aim is to give all our¬†trainee teachers a full and rewarding experience that will prepare them for the¬†challenges and rewards that our profession offers.
I am always looking to enhance and expand our teacher training provision ‚Äď¬†both through School Direct and more traditional links.Please contact me if you¬†feel that you could get involved in providing high quality teacher training.
Administrator of Woodfield Teaching School Alliance
I support the Woodfield Teaching School Alliance Manager with the day to day running of the¬†Teaching School. I have been an Administrator for over 5 years of which the last three years have¬†been at Woodfield School. I have been Team Administrator for a Fostering Agency and an¬†interpreter with NHS for 13 years.
I have recently joined the team and am looking at new ideas to expand WoodfieldTSA. By promoting¬†a positive culture, to support excellence for all, we are committed to the concept of ‚ÄėExploring New¬†Educational Landscapes‚Äô in meeting the needs of everyone ‚Äď children and adults. One of my main¬†roles is to ensure we offer an outstanding training programme. This year we also offer our brand¬†new facilities for training, conferences and meetings. Please contact me if you¬†need further¬†information.
SEN, Inclusion and behaviour and governance of SEN trainer
Jan Martin is a school improvement consultant for primary, secondary and special¬†schools, specialising in SEN, EAL, and Inclusion. She has Ofsted experience as a¬†team inspector ‚Äď primary & secondary mainstream and special schools. She has¬†been a Head of School Improvement as well as Head of Inclusion and Pupil Support.¬†She was SEN adviser to the English Schools Foundation in Hong Kong. She has¬†successfully provided intervention programmes for failing schools, and taken special¬†schools to outstanding inspection outcomes. She is regularly invited by secondary¬†Headteachers to review SEN, EAL and Inclusion provisions. She was a School¬†Improvement Partner in secondary schools, special schools and PRUs, and¬†continues this role in special schools. Since September 2011 she has been¬†contracted by Harrow Local Authority as a senior associate adviser providing SEN¬†support, and works with Harrow mainstream and special schools. Jan facilitates the¬†Brent / Harrow Special Schools Assessment project. Jan has extensive knowledge of¬†measuring and reporting the progress of all groups of pupils, especially SEN pupils.
Jan is an experienced trainer in SEN, Inclusion and behaviour and governance of¬†SEN, and provides training for Harrow and Buckinghamshire LAs, in addition to¬†delivering at national conferences. Jan was an accredited trainer for the¬†Achievement for All programme.
Jan has also written three e-books for Optimus publishers on Measuring Progress of¬†SEN pupils and writing Case Studies for SEN pupils.
Key Skills: SEN, EAL, Behaviour, Leadership & Management, Ofsted Experience,¬†Achievement & Progress of SEN
Nina has been a speech and language therapist since 2005, working in both education and hospital settings. Having trained in Australia, she started work in rural Australia working with clients from early childhood to adults with neurological disorders. She later moved back to Brisbane where she joined a team of Speech and Language Pathologists working in schools.
Nina is passionate about helping people understand the importance of communication. Since working in education, she has developed a special interest in the language and communication of pupils with autism and SEN. She has presented a range of workshops to parents and school staff on strategies to use when working with children with SEN. Since moving to the UK, Nina has become a Regional Makaton Tutor and Elklan Tutor. Nina enjoys making presentations interactive and fun to ensure all participants take something helpful away to use in their everyday practice.
Evelyn is a Welfare Officer in Woodfield School since 1992. She is also Risk Assessment Coordinator and Fire Manager. During this time, Evelyn also teaches¬†‚ÄėYoung Lifesaver Award Scheme‚Äô First Aid to year 9s. Evelyn has an extensive experience in First Aid by managing medication throughout the day; dealing with accidents/injuries of students and staff; keeping medical records up to date; liaising with parents/doctors; and overseeing risk assessments.
She has numerous qualifications around First Aid such as:¬†Health and Safety at Work;¬†Managing Medication in Schools; and¬†Anaphylaxis First Aid. To further her personal development, Evelyn successfully completed the 'First Aid Instructor and Assessor' course that gave her the opportunity to become a member of Woodfield Teaching School team and facilitator of First Aid at Work courses.
Paul is an experienced practitioner with 25 years in Education, 20 years of which has been in a management role, currently Deputy Head (T&L) and Line Managing the 6th¬†Form at Woodfield School. Paul is also the Curriculum Leader for Creative Arts and Curriculum Leader for Technology. Following a role as a Local Authority AST Specialist in S.E.N Art and Design; Paul has had the position of Senior Leader with a specific role of mentoring and coaching in supporting staff development with extensive experience delivering training to teachers.
As a qualified facilitator of OTP, NPQML Paul has led numerous facilitating programs for Teachers and Teaching Assistants: ‚ÄėFrom Good to Outstanding‚Äô ‚ÄėEffective Teaching and MLD pupils‚Äô ‚ÄėAdditional Adults and MLD pupils‚Äô ¬†'Outstanding Teaching Assistants: Developing the Role'.
As a widely experienced teacher and leader, Paul can relate to teachers in a variety of contexts, and produces and shares materials that enhance practice in subjects across the curriculum. Having experienced both sides of the lesson observation process, Paul knows exactly what‚Äôs needed to make a lesson outstanding and he is happy to model parts of lessons to demonstrate excellent practice.
Dan graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in 2011 after completing a Sport Studies degree. Before moving to Woodfield in May 2014 he worked for a professional Rugby League club, creating and managing an award winning disability sport project. He now works full time as the Multisports Head Coach supporting the PE department at Woodfield in partnership with Greenhouse Charity.
His previous experience in SEN and Sport includes delivering disability awareness workshops to businesses and organisations, mentoring young people with learning disabilities, working overseas as a Football director and being a key member on numerous NGB network meetings. Dan was also awarded coach of the year award in 2008 and 2014 for his amazing contribution to the local community.
Dalia qualified as a speech and language therapist in 2014. She started¬†her first job at Woodfield School in September 2014. Dalia is very¬†passionate about helping special needs children with communication¬†difficulties. She is also interested in training staff and parents in methods¬†they could use to help children communicate more effectively. Dalia is¬†trained in both foundation and enhancement Makaton and often¬†informally trains staff in functional signs to use with the pupils in the¬†school. Dalia became an Elklan tutor in November 2015 and enjoys¬†presenting in a fun and interactive way to ensure participants gain¬†practically from her training.
Arshad is the Curriculum Leader for Science in the school. He completed an Honours degree in Pharmaceutical science¬†and Physiology from the University of Aston in Birmingham in 1976 and then extended his studies,¬†completing¬†successfully a PGCE (Specialism in Chemistry and Biology) in Garnett College of Education, University of¬†London in 1977. On completion of this course he was qualified to teach in both colleges of further education and¬†secondary schools. He taught for many years in Birmingham‚Äôs secondary school in a mainstream setting, as a teacher¬†of science and chemistry. He has taught Chemistry up to advanced level GCSE. Later in his career, he moved up to¬†London and taught science in large comprehensive school in inner London, in a post as a second in the department and¬†later progressed up to the head of department. Arshad‚Äôs passion however was to work with SEN children and therefore¬†he sought employment in Woodfield school, where he has been teaching science ever since.
January began her teaching career in New Zealand in 2000 and worked in mainstream education for three years. In 2003 she came to the UK to work at Woodfield School as the Head of the Provision for Pupils on the Autism Spectrum. January has been employed in her current position for the past twelve years. During this time the provision has grown from four pupils to 66, now making up almost half of the total school population. January has led the development of this expanding provision, putting the needs of the pupils at the forefront.
January has completed training in recognised interventions and approaches for autism such as TEACCH, PECS, SCERTS, ABA. She regularly delivers quality INSET to Woodfield staff. In 2012 she became an Specialist Leader for Challenge Partners and has performed outreach work with other schools. January has also managed the KS2-3 transition, working alongside local SEN and mainstream primary schools. She has been judged an outstanding practitioner.
Susan qualified with a BTEC National Diploma and later a BA (Hons) in Design Textiles from the¬†University Of Plymouth in 1994, however began her career in Education in 2000, through working¬†closely as a board member with various community based projects and local schools in Islington¬†addressing education. She secured funding for a Consultative design project for The EC1 New Deal¬†Program, which then led into her teaching career and later specialism, Behaviour management.
She has been passionate within her career in supporting children and families enabled by her¬†continued learning ; commencing with National Training from the ‚ÄėExcellence in Cities Program‚Äô, and¬†later to further qualifications in Working with Young People and Young People‚Äôs Services and most¬†recently an MA in Child and Mental Well being.
Susan has worked extensively with children with complex needs and was appointed as our Behaviour¬†Lead In Woodfield In September 2014. Susan has led the development of this provision, to becoming¬†our Pastoral Lead , completing staff training and supporting in building systems to engage better¬†practice and ways to best support our families. Susan has in July successfully become a Facilitator for¬†Team Teach, training offering, positive behavioural approaches which safe guards people by¬†reducing risk as a whole setting holistic approach.
David Farmer is a freelance writer, theatre director and drama consultant. After training as a primary school teacher he founded Tiebreak Theatre Company, which performed plays and workshops to over half a million young people in schools, theatres and festivals across the UK and abroad for a period of twenty-five years. He runs courses in London and delivers training for schools, arts organisations and language schools in the UK and internationally.
David is the author of several books on drama, including ‚Äė101 Drama Games and Activities‚Äô and ‚ÄėLearning Through Drama in the Primary Years‚Äô as well as numerous plays and articles. In 2014 he directed ‚ÄėThe Legend of the Rood‚Äô, a series of four Mystery Plays performed by the villagers of Bergh Apton in Norfolk. In 2013 he was Writer in Residence at Time and Tide Museum, Great Yarmouth. David contributes regular articles to Teaching Drama Magazine.
David Farmer works worldwide with teachers, students and drama practitioners.¬†He has trained teachers in international schools, conferences and universities in France, Germany, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland¬†and Turkey and toured his theatre productions to New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Saskatoon.
David has managed educational arts projects for the Writers‚Äô Centre, Creative Partnerships and Norfolk Arts Partnership. He advised Shakespeare Schools‚Äô Festival on their teacher training programme. As well as visiting schools across the UK to deliver INSET and CPD sessions, he is a training consultant at the Norwich Institute of Language Education and has taught at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and Anglia Ruskin University.
Pam has extensive teaching experience from mainstream secondary schools. Her subject specialism is English and she has taught this up to 'A' level. As a trained SENCO, Pam became a member of a senior leadership team in a secondary school. Pam is now using that experience in her role as an Assistant Head in Woodfield School. She also holds the NPQH qualification.
Her current role, Pam is the Designated Teacher for CLA and the Designated Safeguarding Lead. She is also responsible for¬†the NQT Assessment and Teaching/Learning Issues and¬†school-based mentor responsible for our English trainee teachers.
Natalie Tembo has been delivering EAL training for ten years in Brent, London. As an EAL Consultant, she guided teachers, LSAs and school leaders in implementing effective ways to support and accelerate the progress of their English language learners. Natalie is currently a teacher at Mitchell Brook Primary School, specialising in reading inclusion. Prior to her EAL consultancy work she taught for five years in London, five years in New Zealand and a year in Zimbabwe. Her Masters in Education was gained by studying EAL pedagogy, Early Learning and play, Literacy and ICT. She greatly enjoys working in diverse communities where there is always something new to learn!
Educated ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Nottingham Trent University
B.A. Education. ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Advanced Skills Tutor
Instruments ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Double Bass, Piano, Organ, Guitar¬†Instrumental and vocal arrangements
Current position ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Director of Music and Drama,¬†Oakington Manor School
Edward's love for music was kindled from an early age, through the wonderful musical lessons given to him through his Primary school Music Specialist teacher who took the time to listen to his ideas about music. Edward is from a musical family and was encouraged by his parents to take piano lessons. He had a series of Double Bass lessons during his time at Chiswick Grammar School where he joined the school orchestra and jazz band, moving to take up the position of Double Bassist in the school Staff Jazz band at the age of 13.
Professionally, Edward has played classical, jazz, gospel and folk music and worked as a session musician playing double bass, bass guitar and keyboards and arranging vocal harmonies. Most recently, Edward provided the Double Bass and Bass Guitar accompaniment for the recent release of the C.D ‚ÄėAre you Ready‚Äô by Dawn Remy (Itunes).
Before his work in education, even when working as a telecommunications engineer Edward still found time to support Primary and Secondary school concerts and develop school choirs and events in the east Midlands. After working as a class teacher for five years and a Music Specialist teacher, he was appointed as the Director of Music and Drama at Oakington Manor School, London.
Edward also works as a consultant to schools and as a mentor to music specialists and teachers and freelance to teachers wishing to learn of and apply music into their practice.
Steven's interest and passion for MFL began, paradoxically, out of his interest and passion for music, specifically ‚ÄėWorld Music‚Äô. Listening to music expressed alongside foreign languages inevitably led him to study Spanish at university. Steven became a qualified teacher in 1996 and has been an MFL teacher since 2008. As an MFL practitioner he soon began to understand the connection to foreign language and music that had initially set him on the path he walks now. Like many other MFL teachers Steven unrepentantly use music, song, poetry, dance as often as he can in helping to inspire new language learners.
Suneeta is the PSHE lead for KS 3 and started her journey in the field of special education in¬†1996 in India by doing a multidisciplinary course for people with mental challenges. She¬†backed a gold medal nationally back home and was working with mainstream schools on¬†inclusion. She came to the UK in 2007 and continued her upward journey by working as a¬†teacher in special schools. This teaching experience helped her to practice what she¬†preached as a therapist in a living and breathing environment of a class room. Suneeta has¬†gained her QTLS and Middle leadership in the UK and has a great experience in working with a¬†range of students from P3ii to level 3.
Her strengths lie with assessments to plan holistic life skills curriculum and the¬†implementation of a combined behaviour modification and counselling approach. She has¬†been delivering training to staff on behaviour modification. Suneeta has been judged as an¬†outstanding teacher in school.
Emma is originally from Australia and she has worked in the UK, as a primary school teacher for 6 years. Emma is curriculum leader for Art and DT at Oakington Manor School and teaches a year 4 class. Emma absolutely loves teaching art and hopes to motivate NQTs and other teachers to use Art in an inspiring way throughout the curriculum!
'Creativity is intelligence having fun!' -Albert Einstein