SLE Directory

David Barker (BA with Hons)

School: Erdington Hall Primary

Role(s): Vice Principal

Assessment, Math, ITT &NQT

David is the Assistant Principal of Erdington Hall Primary School and a SLE. He has been in
education for 10 years and has teaching and leadership experience in primary schools. David
has worked in both Milton Keynes and Birmingham and has completed his Leadership
Pathways Qualification and Aspiring to Headship Qualification. David has experience of
whole school leadership, focusing on Maths, Teaching and Learning, the More Able and
coaching, mentoring and training qualified teachers, NQTs and students.

Jade Beetison (BSc with Hons)

School: Ninestiles School, An Academy

Role(s): Assistant Principal

Leadership of Curriculum, P.E

Jade is the Assistant Principal for Creativity and Performance at Ninestiles School, an Academy. She started as an NQT in PE, becoming Head of Girls PE and Dance before gaining five years experience as Head of Physical Education. Since joining the senior leadership team, two years ago, Jade has been involved in leading on the Appraisal process as well improving the quality of teaching and learning across the school.

Andrew Beales

School: The Oaklands

Role(s): Lead Teacher

Leadership of Curriculum, PE

Andrew is a class teacher with responsibility for the leadership of Physical Education and School Sport at The Oaklands Primary school.  He started his career as a secondary school physical education teacher, moving into primary education in 2011. Andrew bought with him a wide range of experiences, knowledge and enthusiasm and has created highly successful PE provision within the primary schools he has since worked at. He is responsible for the Sports Premium budget using it to provide professional development for staff; increasing the range of alternative physical activities to cater for less sporty children; increasing opportunities for competitive sport within the school and between schools; establishing a sports awards system throughout the school and linking up with local sports organisations to provide further sporting opportunities for children. The sport provision that Andrew led was runner up in the 2015/2016 National Community Awards.'

Sam Finch (FDA & DSBM)

School: Ninestiles School

Role(s): Business Manager

School Business Management and Financial Management

Samantha Finch is a Trust Business Manager working across both The Oaklands and Yarnfield Primary Schools.  She has significant experience amounting to 17 Years’ within primary settings and 4 years within secondary.  She is involved in all aspects of School Management including Finance, Premises, Recruitment, IT and Health & Safety.  She specialises in transition arrangements for schools as they move from LA to academy status.

Elizabeth Ford (EdD FCCT)

School: Ninestiles Academy Trust

Role(s): Director of Ninestiles Teaching School Alliance and South Birmingham SCITT

Leadership of CPD, Science, ITT & NQT

Elizabeth is the Director of Ninestiles Teaching School Alliance. Elizabeth has worked in three different schools, across three different local authorities, gaining over 10 years of experience in whole school leadership; focusing upon school led teacher training, coaching & mentoring whilst leading on programmes to structure succession planning through a school led improvement system.

Nicola Lappage (MA)

School: Ninestiles School, An Academy

Role(s): Lead teacher

History

Nicola is an experienced head of history, with over 8 years in the role spanning two different schools; an inner city academy and a rural comprehensive. She is currently Director of Progress for the Globality curriculum area in Ninestiles Academy, working closely with the Curriculum Assistant Principal to support teachers and students in humanities, modern foreign languages, business studies and health & social care. Nicola has provided mentor support to trainee teachers through varying routes (PGCE, GTP, Schools Direct and Teach First) and has also acted as a mentor to fellow subject leaders both at Ninestiles and across the wider Ninestiles Trust.

Ben Lumley (MA)

School: Cockshut Hill

Role(s): Middle Leader

Leadership of Curriculum, Science

Ben is Head of Science and ICT at Cockshut Hill School and has a responsibility for aspects of Science across the Ninestiles Academy Trust. He is experienced in raising the attainment of students in Science as well as developing the quality of teaching and learning within this subject. Ben also has experience in whole school leadership; focusing on developing and delivering CPD programmes, improving whole school teaching and learning and developing a curriculum across multiple schools.

Natalie O’Brien (BA with Hons)

School: The Oaklands

Role(s): Vice Principal

Leadership of CPD, Leadership of Curriculum (English), Closing the Gap, Behaviour & Discipline 

Natalie has 20 years teaching experience across KS2. She has led a number of curriculum areas, most notably English. As Vice Principal, she is now the Inclusion lead for the school - leading a team of colleagues whose aim is to ensure that all children, including the more vulnerable, make good progress and fulfill their potential. She has led CPD on a number of aspects of Primary provision including; Writing, Reading, teaching and learning strategies for formative assessment, behaviour management and behaviour for learning (including metacognition and ‘Growth Mindset’).

Carol Phillips (BEd with Hons)

School: Ninestile Academy Trust

Role(s): Trust Primary Principal

Academy transition, Leadership of CPD, English, EAL

Carol is a Ninestiles Academy Trust Principal (Primary) and a SLE. She has been in education for 28 years and has teaching and leadership experience in both Primary and Secondary schools. Carol has provided staff training and support in both Birmingham and Sandwell; she was an advisory teacher for science in Birmingham, and a School Improvement Consultant for Sandwell LA for five years. Carol has been actively involved in national and regional networks across the West Midlands; focuses upon EAL provision and language development across the curriculum. 

Richard Simcox (BA with Hons)

School: Erdington Hall Primary

Role(s): Principal

Assessment, Leadership of Curriculum

Richard is Principal at Erdington Hall and is an SLE. Richard has been a senior leader for over 5 years and been part of the leadership team taking the school from being named in the bottom 200 in the country to being designated as good in 2016. Richard has been a lead practitioner in the past and worked across various primary settings in this role. Richard leads on assessment and standards across the Trust for the primary schools and has played a leading role in the development of assessment in 'life after levels'.

Harriett Simcox (BA with Hons)

School: Pegasus Primary

Role(s): Vice Principal

Assessment, English, ITT & NQT

Harriett is the Assistant Principal of Erdington Hall Primary School and a SLE. She has been in education for 11 years and has teaching and leadership experience in Primary schools. Harriett has successfully completed her NPQSL and inspection dashboard training, she has experience in whole school leadership; focusing upon assessment, data and literacy. Coaching and mentoring NQTs is also part of her responsibilities.

Jess Sparkes (BA with Hons)

School: Yarnfield Primary

Role(s): Assistant Principal

Early Years

Jess is an Assistant Principal at Yarnfield Primary School. She has worked in the Early Years over the last 8 years and is experienced in developing the quality of teaching and learning across the Foundation Stage. Jess has been involved in mentoring of trainee teachers and has supported a number of teachers, both in terms of teaching and with their leadership.

Emma Thomas (BSc with Hons)

School: South Birmingham SCITT

Role(s): Course Manager

PE, ITT & NQT

Emma is the Secondary Course Manager for ITT within the Ninestiles Teaching School Alliance. Emma was Head of girls PE at Ninestiles School before furthering her career by becoming an AST in 2011 with specialisms in PE, teacher training and Inclusion. She has been involved in teacher training since 2008 becoming an SLE in 2013 in initial teacher training and PE.

Christa Vines (BA with Hons)

School: Ninestiles Academy Trust

Role(s): Trust SENDCO

Leadership of CPD, send

Christa is a Ninestiles Academy Trust SENDCo across the three secondary settings.

Extensive experience has been gained over 10 years as a SENCo and more recently as an Associate Assistant Principal for Inclusion and SENCO Action Leader across the East of Birmingham. She has been involved in delivering whole school training, NQT sessions, induction training for ITT and actively involved in supporting school improvement for SEND in various schools.

Katie Wells (BA with Hons)

School: Erdington Hall Primary

Role(s): Teacher

Leadership of CPD, English, NQT

Katie is a teacher at Erdington Hall School, an SLE and currently studying for her Master’s degree in Educational leadership with BCU. She has been teaching for 15 years and has been a middle leader for Maths in her primary school, having completed the Specialist Primary Mathematics Programme (MaST) and previously worked as a Numbers Count teacher.  Katie has mostly taught in Key Stage 1 and Early Years. This has enabled her to plan and deliver a variety of experiences using a range of teaching and learning strategies. She has delivered the statutory assessment phonics screening tests for Year 1 and most recently the new SATs assessment arrangements for Year 2. Katie has supported SCITT and BCU students in school as well as support NQT development.

Mohammed Imran (BA with Hons)

School: Saltley School

Role(s): Teacher

Leadership of Teaching and Learning

Imran is an English teacher and SLE at Saltley School. He has been teaching for 15 years and has held a variety of roles including Associate Assistant Head teacher, Head of English, AST, Lead Practitioner and NQT mentor. Imran has experience in whole school leadership; focusing on developing and delivering CPD programmes; improving whole school teaching and learning and developing an English curriculum across a Trust. Imran has also been involved in delivering whole school training, NQT sessions, induction training for ITT and actively involved in supporting school improvement in local schools.