I have been leading a very successful department for 12 years during which time I have learnt about how to run a successful department, manage people, motivate and inspire both high achieving students and those less motivated. Leading a small department and having in the past worked in a department where I have been the only Drama teacher I appreciate how important it is to have a network of people who can offer a wider range of different support. The areas of my job I enjoy the most are being in the classroom with the students and working with my colleagues planning what we should be teaching and strategies to make learning exciting for our students, instilling a passion in them and helping them to become more confident learners.
I am an outstanding teacher evidenced by formal observations where I have been graded as “outstanding” in all areas for the last 4 years. My own and my department’s exam results have been in line with school targets and in many cases exceeded them:
My department has been graded as an “outstanding” department across all areas in the last two departmental reviews with teaching from all teachers in the department being outstanding.
During my time as Subject Leader at Tring School I have been involved with supporting and mentoring newly qualified teachers and trainee teachers on a formal and informal basis. These teachers have gone on to become outstanding teachers.
I have excellent classroom management skills. Teaching a practical subject has meant I have had to adopt a wide range of strategies to deal with students working in groups.