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James McClure
Deputy Headteacher

James is Deputy Headteacher at Milefield Primary school. He is an outstanding practitioner with a wealth of experience across the primary sector, having led a number of curriculum areas including: Mathematics, English and IT.  He has extensive knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning across KS1 and KS2 with particular expertise in Y5&6. He is a dedicated and highly motivated member of the school leadership team who has successfully supported and led improvement at a whole school level. He is resilient and driven in his determination to provide high quality education and provision for all pupils.  Within his role as DHT, James has effectively supported both teachers and support staff as part of continuing professional development and regularly leads training to upskill staff and ensure consistency and high expectations.  James places importance on leading by example and leads the development of teaching and learning through working effectively with colleagues to plan, teach and collaborate on best practice. James works strategically and clearly understanding school improvement priorities, working with leaders to a all levels to develop and enhance curriculum provision. His SLE areas are Curriculum and Teaching & Learning. James has recently successfully completed NPQH.    

James Dransfield
Acting Assistant Principle

James is an outstanding practitioner of English and Acting Assistant Principal at Northern Education Trust Kirk Balk Academy working as part of the teaching and learning team with an oversight of the quality of teaching and learning for the school. In his role on the senior team, he has a strong understanding and wealth of knowledge with regards to all new to teaching programmes at ITT, ECT and RQT level. In this role, he has developed systems and packages of CPD that offer bespoke support and parallels the work provided by training platforms and providers that have then been utilised by the NTA and other training providers as a strategy of supporting those new to the profession.  James is particularly passionate about quality first teaching and learning in the classroom as a key intervention strategy and how collaborative links can be made across the community in order to ensure the highest quality outcomes for all students in the local area.  

Hayley Craddock
Director of English

Hayley is an outstanding practitioner in Secondary English; her vast experience in leading English departments spans over ten years. As an SLE for English and the Director of English for Northern Education Trust Kirk Balk Academy, Hayley has been instrumental in developing the academy’s English department through building and developing: leadership capacity; approaches to fostering examination skills, a broad and balanced English curriculum; staff development packages; innovative intervention strategies and departmental quality assurance and data tracking systems leading to improving and impressive outcomes for students in English. In addition, Hayley also has experience of driving school improvement in academies outside her own. As the English Director for Northern Education Trust Kearsley Academy in Bolton, she played a vital role in the rapid transformation of the English Department’s outcomes for students demonstrating her ability to significantly improve English Language and English Literature GCSE examination data.   

Bek Griffin

Bek is an outstanding practitioner at Hoyland Common Primary School with experience working in KS2. Her current roles at Hoyland Common Primary School are: Y6 teacher, TLR for Curriculum Innovation and The Reconnection Curriculum, and Science lead. Through these roles she has worked with staff across both Key Stage 1 and 2 to develop practice and enhance teaching and learning. Her SLE areas are Leadership of Curriculum, Leadership of Continual professional development, and Science.  

 

Adam Fidment
SENDCo

Adam is an outstanding practitioner who has worked across KS1 and 2. He is a classroom teacher at Wombwell Park Street Primary School with experience of managing children with challenging behaviour. Adam has experience in leading a variety of area including; computing, mathematics, Online Safety, website development, assessment, home learning and wellbeing, with specialisms in behaviour and SEN. Adam has supported a number of colleagues and other school within the area to raise standards in behaviour management and encourage a positive approach to supporting the SEMH needs of our children.  

Jeni Lowrie
KS1 teaching and learning, iPad and computing, PE

Jeni is KS1 leader and classroom teacher at Worsbrough Common Primary School with experience in both phases, in particular demonstrating outstanding practise in year 2. She has experience leading a range of curriculum areas including ICT, PE and Science. She has supported teaching and learning in other schools as an SLE and facilitated CPD for staff and trainee teachers. In addition to this Jeni has been involved in the development and mentoring of NQTs. Jeni is an Apple teacher and has had a key role in the Barnsley Apple Regional Training Centre to facilitate a range of CPD with a focus on using technology in the classroom to enhance teaching and learning. Jeni is passionate about innovative education and creating a love of learning.

Simon Benson

Simon is an experienced and outstanding practitioner in Secondary Education, having work for over 10 years in the Barnsley area. As SLE for ITT and NQT Development and Lead for Early Career Teachers at Horizon Community College he annually supports and develops large cohorts of trainees, NQTs and RQTs as well as their Mentors and Coaches. Simon is passionate about the application of Instructional Coaching and Deliberate Practice and has developed this as standard practice within the Early Career Teacher provision at Horizon. This has been further enhanced by his role as a Facilitator for the Educational Development Trust’s ECF Programme through which he leads Local Groups Sessions to NQTs and their Mentors alike. Although his area of expertise is within Teaching & Learning, Simon spent many years as Subject Leader for History and as a result has also a well-rounded knowledge of Curriculum and Assessment.

 

Aiden Tallant

Aiden is an outstanding practitioner at Hoyland Common Primary School with experience working in KS2. His current roles at Hoyland Common Primary School are: KS2 leader, ICT Lead and he has a TLR for Curriculum Innovation and Teaching and Learning, through these roles he has worked with staff across both Key Stage 1 and 2 to develop practice and enhance teaching and learning. In addition to this, he has also supported other schools as an outstanding teacher and SLE. His SLE areas are ICT, Curriculum, and Teaching & Learning. Aiden has a clear understanding of how to create a current, knowledge and skills based curriculum which meets the needs of all learners after recently implementing changes to practice and policy within Hoyland Common Primary School. Aiden has recently successfully commenced a new role as a Director of Learning at HCAT.

Katie Rose
Literacy Lead & KS2 Teacher

Katie is an experienced KS2 practitioner and was the literacy leader at Shawlands Primary School.  She has implemented whole school changes to the writing curriculum to embed SPaG objectives, ensure cross curricular links and consistency of pitch, expectations and challenge. The subject is now one of the strengths of the school and standards and progress have continued to rise over the past few years. Katie has outstanding subject knowledge and has worked with a variety of schools to deliver CPD to staff of all levels. She loves being involved in research and development opportunities and is currently working within her own setting to investigate the benefits of whole class guided reading. Katie has recently moved to Summerfields Primary Academy.

Dawn Bradshaw
Head Teacher

Dawn is the Head teacher at Gawber Primary School and former Year 6 teacher and Deputy Head teacher. She has extensive knowledge in teaching all pupils especially Year 6. Her areas of expertise include maths (she is a maths specialist teacher) assessment, Year 6 and SPaG.