CHESTER CE DIOCESE – SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT SUPPORT

The Offer

Thank you for selecting to work with DBE Services as part of the school improvement offer for the schools of Chester Diocese.
This is a bespoke offer for the schools of Chester Diocese, based on an offer that has proved successful over the last few years.

The schools’ information pack details the code of conduct that the consultants will abide by, and also details of what is expected of schools.  It will help to ensure that you receive the appropriate level of support, guidance and challenge, whilst also being able to provide feedback on your experience.  QA support will be provided by the Head of School Improvement at DBE Services (Paul Duckworth), liaising with Mark Whitehill (Chester Diocese School Effectiveness Officer). A copy of the guidance can be obtained from nicole@dbeservices.co.uk

The core elements

  • School Improvement Support
  • Support for Headteacher Performance Management/Appraisal
  • CPD

see the tabs above for further details

The offer is delivered by an experienced team of School Improvement Partners

Gillian Barker

Until she retired in August 2017 after 39 years in primary education, Gill was the head teacher of Lostock Gralam CE Primary School. Lostock Gralam is a high achieving school and under Gill’s leadership achieved two Outstanding SIAMS judgements and Gold RE Quality Mark.
Alongside working in primary education, Gill was an associate lecturer in education at Manchester Metropolitan University for 11 years, focusing on trainees embarking upon the PGCE Initial Teacher Training course.
During her time in headship, Gill supported other schools within Chester Diocese delivering training for newly qualified and recently qualified teachers and developing and planning engaging, inspirational collective worship. Gill now works as a Diocesan Consultant and has more recently represented the Diocese at Head teacher appointments and supported new Head teachers. She has trained with the Diocese as a School Improvement Consultant and has conducted Diocesan school reviews.
Gill firmly believes that each pupil is entitled to a rich and exciting curriculum that is wholly inclusive and underpinned by Christian principles that inspire and engage pupils, leading directly to improvement. Gill has helped schools to develop collective worship as a time of deep fellowship, where pupils can grow in spirituality and value prayer, silence and reflection, making a vital contribution to a school’s Christian distinctiveness. This is an area that Gill is keen to support other schools with.
Gill has a current enhanced DBS certificate.

David Capener

David has worked in five schools, covering three Local Authorities. He has been in teaching for 30 years and is in his second Headship at Prestbury CE Primary School. His previous headship was at a school that had been placed in Special Measures, just before his start, so proved a challenge, but also a valuable learning experience. His current school remained Outstanding for 11 years and was graded Outstanding at the most recent SIAMs.
Over the past eleven years, David has worked on behalf of the Diocese in various roles and is keen to work with colleagues in other church schools. He has conducted School Reviews on behalf of the Diocese and also worked with Headteachers and governing bodies to support school improvement. David is keen to promote and support Christian Distinctiveness and the positive impact it has on a child’s experience across the curriculum at school, as well as Collective Worship and Christian values.
David has a current, enhanced DBS certificate.

Kerry Forrester

Kerry trained at Nottingham University and began her teaching career in an Infant and Nursery school in Retford, North Notts before moving to Cheshire in 1997. She subsequently taught in Winsford and Crewe across KS1. Whilst Deputy at Shavington Primary school, she took on the role on leading Foundation Stage Teacher, supporting a range of schools, before moving into Headship.
Kerry has been headteacher at 3 schools, taking two schools from RI to good and achieving an Outstanding SIAMS. Kerry has supported a range of schools and is part of CLTA Teaching School supporting and recruiting SLEs.
Kerry is currently headteacher at a Church of England primary school in Cheshire West and Chester.
Kerry has an enhanced DBS certificate.

Helen Friend

Helen has particular interests in working with vulnerable families and communities and ensuring children are inspired, giving them opportunity to achieve whatever their background. She taught in Halton, became a senior teacher in Cheshire East and subsequently headteacher of two primary schools. Helen’s current headship is in a Church of England school in Cheshire West and Chester.
Helen has provided school to school support and has trained as a school improvement partner with the Diocese. Her experience covers both church and non-church schools, those with high SEND and Pupil Premium numbers, as well as rural and town schools.
Helen has a current, enhanced DBS certificate.

Sharon Hudson

Sharon has thirteen years of experience as the headteacher of Bowdon Church School in Trafford. In March 2020, in their first OFSTED inspection for many years, the school was awarded ‘Outstanding in all areas.’  During the inspection, particular note was made of the leadership’s strong vision, the school’s ethos, behaviour and high standards; together with an outstanding curriculum.
In recent years Sharon has been a member of the EEF School Partnership Programme. This has involved reviewing areas of partner schools at the request of the headteacher.  The review is followed by targeted support and evaluation of its impact, working closely with the school’s leadership team.  Sharon employs a values-based approach and uses coaching and peer-reviewing methods to support, challenge and celebrate the successes of colleagues.
Sharon believes that excellent teaching and coaching provision creates opportunities for children and in addition to a strong staff team, she has built up a large provision of wide-ranging and specialist taught after school activities.  She is committed to inclusion, equality and the end of gender stereotyping.
Sharon has particular expertise in creating church links, improvement planning, school vision and self-evaluation, Rosenshine and the implementation of research into classroom teaching,  values-based recruitment, working in partnership with parents, implementing an ambitious curriculum and developing the performing arts.
Sharon has a current enhanced DBS certificate.

Ian Moss

Ian is a current serving head teacher in Warrington with over twenty years of headship experience across three different primary schools in two local authorities. This experience has covered a range of schools with different socio-economic backgrounds and challenges.
Ian has significant knowledge and understanding of many aspects of school management and leadership areas and has advised and supported colleagues and schools on a range of school improvement issues. He has worked with a variety of partners including local authorities, diocesan representatives and governing bodies.
Ian’s particular interests lie in supporting colleagues new to headship, accountability and performance management, pupil premium, data management / tracking and strategic planning.

Natalie Tomlinson

Natalie became a teacher in 1995 and has worked in 5 Primary schools in her career teaching across all primary phases. Natalie has worked in two challenging schools within disadvantaged communities.  As deputy in two schools, one in Cheshire East and one in Cheshire West, working as part of the SLT to lead these schools from causing concern by the LA to good.  Her first headship was under very challenging circumstances leading a school out of Special measures to good.  Natalie is currently head of Wharton Church of England Primary in Winsford.

Tricia Walker

Tricia became a primary school teacher after having her 3 children and being involved in their school in a number of roles. She has taught in church schools in Tameside for over 25 years and recently retired as head at St George’s, Hyde, a school with a significant number of Muslim pupils with English as an additional language.
Tricia is passionate about every child being valued and receiving the quality education they deserve, underpinned by Christian values and a deeply embedded Christian ethos. She believes children need to have a voice and a place in school and be able to make decisions within real contexts for learning.
As head teacher, Tricia feels strongly that she has been in the privileged position of making a difference to children’s lives through the decisions and actions taken on a daily basis; helping to create confident, happy children who ‘love to learn and learn to love’ and who feel inspired and empowered to make choices about their own lives and be the best they can be.

Susan Walters

Susan is an experienced senior leader and consultant within primary education, who is highly effective in coaching and mentoring leaders to achieve better outcomes for children. As Headteacher, Susan was described by Ofsted as ‘a highly inspirational and exemplary leader with an unrelenting approach to making the school the very best it can be.’
As an education consultant, local authority school improvement partner, primary strategy consultant and lead teacher in Early Years and mathematics her belief has always been to support and challenge a school team to lead learning with ambition for excellence. Susan continually refreshes and updates her professional development to ensure that she is at the forefront and confident to support and challenge school leaders within the current educational climate.

School Improvement Support menu

School Improvement Partner
3 x ½ day sessions (one each term) from SIP
School Improvement Partner for small schools
1 x ½ day session (one each year) from SIP
School Improvement Support – half day
Leadership support tailored to school’s needs
School Improvement Support – full day
Leadership support tailored to school’s needs
Headteacher Performance Management
1 x ½ day annual review and target setting
(optional mid-year review can be arranged at an additional charge)

 

Contact: liam@dbeservices.co.uk for further details or to discuss a package of support for schools in the Chester Diocese.

Leading Schools Consultancy Limited – Professional Development Courses

Each training course has been written to promote education in the diocese which is consistent with the faith and practice of the Church of England. Each course will advocate the Church of England’s Vision for Education.

The key principles in the design of each course are:

  • to be content focused;
  • to incorporate active learning;
  • to promote engagement in deep collaborative learning;
  • to use models of effective content and evidence based practices;
  • to create conditions which allows people to flourish;
  • to provide coaching and expert support;
  • to offer feedback and reflection; and
  • to respect the value of each person’s contributions.

To book a place on any Leading Schools Consultancy courses, please contact nicole@dbeservices.co.uk
Charge: £50 per half day session or twilight session and £100 for full day attendance

Course leaders:

Susan Walters
Leading Schools Consultancy Limited

Susan is an experienced senior leader and consultant within primary education, who is highly effective in coaching and mentoring leaders to achieve better outcomes for children. As Headteacher, Susan was described by Ofsted as ‘a highly inspirational and exemplary leader with an unrelenting approach to making the school the very best it can be.’
As an education consultant, local authority school improvement partner, primary strategy consultant and lead teacher in Early Years and mathematics her belief has always been to support and challenge a school team to lead learning with ambition for excellence. Susan continually refreshes and updates her professional development to ensure that she is at the forefront and confident to support and challenge school leaders within the current educational climate.

Steven Caldwell
Steven is an Assistant Headteacher and Year 6 teacher in Cheshire West with experience of working across all age phases. He is currently a history, geography and English subject leader and has previously led mathematics and computing. Steven is a mathematics SLE for Cheshire West and an Associate Consultant for Literacy Counts. After finishing his NPQSL, Steven completed a Masters in Educational Leadership at the University of Chester.

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LEADING SCHOOLS CONSULTANCY LIMITED CPD 2022/23

Our partner schools can also access the wider CPD on offer from DBE Services – including termly senior leader briefings – details can be found here