Emma Boults

SLE – English

Emma Boults is The Strategic Lead of Quality of Education: English at Batley Girls’ High School. This role involves Emma working across Batley Multi Academy Trust to provide strategic leadership to continually improve the outcomes and provision for all learners within English. Emma specialises in improving pupil progress and high quality teaching and learning having previously held responsibilities linked to raising standards and improving outcomes; Emma has specialist knowledge in planning effective programmes of intervention to raise pupil progress and attainment and was successfully awarded the NPQML in 2017 based on an impact initiative relating to this. Emma has had an instrumental role in raising outcomes across KS3, 4 and 5 since she was appointed in 2012 and has an unwavering commitment to securing the best possible outcomes for the futures of all young people. She is an active member of the school community and a leading member of the ACTL focus group; in addition to this, she has delivered a range of CPD sessions such as: ‘Unlocking Pupil Progress’ at the school’s Teach Meet; ‘Strategies to Promote Stretch and Challenge’; ‘Literacy across the Curriculum’ and a Middle Leadership programme for aspiring middle leaders. Emma has also been regularly selected to be observed by colleagues from both the local and global teaching community to share outstanding teaching practice.

Debbie Goddard

SLE – Continuing Professional Leadership Development

Debbie Goddard is the Deputy Head for Teaching and Learning at Batley Girls’ High School and the Director of CPLD for the IETA Teaching School. Her role is to inspire students and colleagues alike, to accomplish beyond their expectations, and foster a genuine motivation for learning.

Beginning her role as a full time PE teacher and developing through the roles of 6th Form Pastoral lead, Faculty Curriculum lead and Assistant Head Teaching & Learning, Debbie has been integral in the development all colleagues through their NQT years to the Senior Leadership Team.

Her vast experiences, both at curriculum and pastoral level, enables her to connect on multiple levels. This is evident throughout her on-going work with school to school support and ratified by her recent success in achieving the NPQH qualification in 2018.

She has developed a comprehensive CPLD programme and is heavily involved in teaching examination classes, so understands the pressures of the classroom of providing inspiring teaching and learning whilst ensuring all students perform to the highest standards possible.

Her ethos is to model how to respect others and to make a difference. Debbie believes that it is imperative to support the professional and personal growth of colleagues throughout the course of their careers.

Alan Brown

SLE – Finance and Resources

Alan is the Finance Director at Batley Girls’ High School. He was appointed to the role during the 2017 summer term, after spending almost 9 years working as a Finance Director in a large local authority maintained school in Leeds.

Prior to working in schools, Alan spent many years working in a local authority education finance team in an advisory capacity to the schools in the area, providing financial advice and guidance, as well as training on budgeting and financial controls. He led on external funding, managing the financial aspects of the European funding programmes (ESF and ERDF), as well as the Standards Fund grants. Alan also provided advice and guidance on external funding bids by schools to the many funding providers that he identified. Alan thoroughly enjoys being involved with and contributing to the day to day aspects of working in a school and is looking forward to being part of the school’s development moving forward.

Hayley Taylor

SLE – Maths

Hayley is an Assistant Head for Achievement and Curriculum Lead for Mathematics at Batley Girls’ High School. She has been at Batley Girls’ High School since 1995 and throughout her years at BGHS has been fortunate enough to take on a variety of different roles, giving her a wide wealth of experiences. Line managing the Learning Mentor Team and being responsible for our High Achievers for several years, enabled her to gain insight into the instrumental and essential work of our associate colleagues. Being Teacher Governor at BGHS for four years, left her with an awareness of some of the wider issues involved in creating a successful school and the challenges ahead.

When seconded to the UFA the role involved working with various schools around Kirklees, providing courses and training on revision techniques, study skills and optimal learning strategies. Currently, Hayley oversees the Year 8 into Year 9 Options pathway process and leads Year 11 Intervention. Now as an SLE and having achieved the NPQSL she provides support for Maths departments across the MAT and other schools in the Kirklees authority.

Asif Lorgat

SLE – Maths

Asif Lorgat is the Deputy Headteacher at Field Lane Junior, Infant and Nursery School. He has been the Deputy Head for three years. Asif has the responsibility for leading Maths across the whole school and has been leading this subject for over six years. In addition to this, Asif has experience of leading Key Stage 1 and 2 and has been a Key Stage 1 moderator for the Local Authority. Asif also has responsibility for safeguarding, attendance and leading staff CPD. Asif is also the lead person for the Batley and Birstall primary schools with regards to the schools direct programme.

Stephen Pollitt

Stephen is passionate about identifying and sharing best practice with colleagues. In particular, he is a strong advocate of research-led practice as a driving force behind raising the standards of mathematics.  Stephen keeps fully up to date with research methods into mathematics and has conducted studies in relation to problem solving and learners’ mindsets including motivation. This research was graded outstanding by the University of Manchester and has also been shared with the Green Light Alliance Research and Development Group.

Stephen has been Numeracy Coordinator and Second in the Maths Department at UBHS since 2015 and has helped raise the profile and progress of numeracy across the school, which was highlighted in the last two Ofsted reports. Stephen has delivered a range of CPD sessions such as: developing learners’ growth mindsets, developing pace and progression in lessons and incorporating numeracy within school. He also upskills teaching assistants through the delivery of effective teaching techniques and encourages students to use numeracy skills outside of the classroom.

Stephen has experience working with primary schools to help boost learners’ KS2 grades in mathematics and has used testing and analysis effectively to make the greatest impact on learners’ test scores to maximise learning.

Alison Calvert

SLE – Science

Alison Calvert has worked in education since 2003.  She is a science specialist teacher, focussing particularly on Biology up to KS5. Alison’s strengths lie in the pedagogy and practice of teaching and learning. Her enthusiastic approach to teaching ensures all students are positively engaged in learning, whilst making excellent progress. Her inclusive approach ensures she is able to adapt and amend her practice to support the needs of all students.

Alison has delivered CPD to many audiences including: secondary and primary schools, ITT students and within her own school and MAT. She has a strong pedagogical approach to teaching and learning and would say her strengths lie in: creativity, assessment, feedback, spiral learning and dialogue to assess progress. She is a dedicated part of the continuing development of teaching and learning at BGHS.

Deborah Gogliormella

SLE – Science

Deborah Gogliormella is Head of Science at Upper Batley High School and has worked at the school since September 2013. Deborah has been a teacher since 2001 and prior to that she worked for 17 years as a Research Chemist in Industry at BASF.

During this time, Deborah has held a position of Head of Faculty at The Samuel Lister Academy from 2007 to July 2012, improving science results and ALPS scores in the sixth form. Also during this period, Deborah was the Acting Assistant Head for 12 months with responsibility for Data, Reporting and Assessment within the school to support the Senior Leadership Team.

In addition to supporting leadership within school, Deborah has worked collaboratively with a number of secondary and primary schools delivering training and workshops on: Teaching and Learning, assessment for learning and outstanding teaching.

Deborah has led a Government pilot scheme for the Pennine Teaching Alliance called ‘Return to Teaching Programme’ which was an initiative for the NCFL attempting to return qualified teachers back into education.

Aman Kang

Aman believes passionately in ‘every child matters’ and that all children should be given the opportunity to reach their potential regardless of their context. It is this passion coupled with his determination to make a difference to the lives of young people that led him into teaching.

Aman began his career in education in 2005 as a teacher of ICT at a successful school in Calderdale. After completing his NQT year, Aman was promoted to Assistant Head of ICT and Business Studies with overall responsibility of improving progress at Key Stage 3.

Aman successfully developed tracking and monitoring systems to inform intervention leading to improved student performance. 12 months later, Aman was appointed to Head of Curriculum for ICT and Business at a post in Kirklees. During this time, Aman successfully led his department through two highly successful Ofsted inspections in 2009 and 2012 where the school was graded Outstanding on both occasions.

Having the privilege of working in partnership with other schools through SLE and MLDP deployments, Aman has experience of supporting improvements in teaching and learning and developing leadership capacity with the aim of raising attainment and progress for learners.

Aman has been the Deputy Headteacher at Upper Batley High School since January 2015 with responsibility for progress of Pupil Premium learners, development of middle leadership and CPD. The school has seen a significant increase in the number of boys joining and our GCSE results have risen considerably. During an Ofsted inspection in December 2015 the school moved from a grade 4 to a grade 2 within a 12 month period. This was down to the significant improvements in all areas of the school and our more recent visit (March 2019) we were graded as Good in all four areas.

Aman’s qualifications include BA (Hons) Computing in Business, GTP (Graduate Teacher Programme), NCSL MLDP (National College – Middle Leader Development Programme facilitator), SLE (Specialist Leader of Education – ICT, Middle leader development and CPD) and NPQH (undertaking with the December 2018 cohort and expected to complete by June 2020).

Curt Farrar

Curt has worked at Upper Batley High School since 2011 and has worked tirelessly in that time to drive change and provide a high standard of education for all learners in Design and Technology. Curt has also worked on Teaching and Learning projects across the whole school and have recently taken up post as Deputy Headteacher. His main areas of specialism are in Design Technology and the leadership of the curriculum.

As Deputy Headteacher at Upper Batley High school, Curt’s main responsibilities are aspects of behaviour, attendance and curriculum design. Prior to this role, his main responsibilities as head of Design Technology and Assistant Headteacher were to raise attainment, achievement and to monitor and support learner progress within Design Technology as well as across the school. Curt was also responsible for leading and developing the Design Technology provision, ensuring that he provided a broad and balanced programme of study. Alongside his own duties as a classroom practitioner, Curt has responsibility over department finances, support and technical staff within Design Technology.

During his teaching career, Curt has delivered various CPD and training sessions mainly in the area of Teaching and Learning. These have included sessions on lesson planning and planning for SEND learners, differentiation and challenge. Curt has also worked with several new Heads of Department to support them in running a department successfully and to bring about improvement. More recently, Curt has worked on a tailored programme of CPD called LiLT – Leading in Learning and Teaching. This was delivered and facilitated by groups of expert staff to share best practices across the staff team.

Curt enjoys working with and supporting others, seeing improvement as a result of positive change is what motivates him. Within his roles at school, he has enjoyed working with and inspiring others to bring out the best in them, he is deeply passionate about quality education for all, but particularly Design and Technology education.

David Cooper

SLE – Careers

David Cooper is Co-Head at Batley Girls’ High School, has taught at the school since 1997 and worked in a number of roles before taking up his current position in September 2017. David currently line manages Careers Education, Post 16, Transition and Year 7, the Respect Super-Faculty and Progress Leaders, in addition to working closely with the DSL, Teaching and Learning and Behaviour and Attendance leads. One of the key focal points of David’s time at the school has been to develop stronger external partnerships and collaboration.

To this end, David leads on the links with Cummins Turbo Technologies, BEIS, the UK in a Changing EU and with a number of HEI’s. David also represents Kirklees on the LEP Headteacher’s Advisory Group, leads the Kirklees Careers Hub and Chairs the Kirklees Hub Steering Group, sits on the C & K Careers Standards Steering Committee and is a member of the Leeds Beckett University External Engagement Advisory Group.

Amy Wilby

SLE – EBacc and History

Amy has worked at Batley Girls’ High School for 14 years. Her first role was as a Behaviour Support Worker. It was while doing this role she was invited to complete her teacher training and given the position of ‘Nurture group’ teacher. In this role she taught a comprehensive curriculum to a Year 7 form, this included Humanities. In 2009, Amy qualified as a Humanities teacher and since then held many roles including Head of KS3 PSHCE, Head of History, Progress Leader for Year 11 and Head of the Humanities department. She has led many different teams both curriculum and pastoral and this has equipped her with a unique insight into how to tackle the many barriers to learning. Amy is particularly passionate about innovative curriculum design as the basis for engagement and achievement. She is a keen advocate of the Humanities subjects and their importance in our world today.

Matt Parkin

SLE – Geography

Matt has been teaching since 2013 and has worked tirelessly in that time to drive change and provide a high standard of education for all learners in the area of Geography. Matt is currently the Head of Humanities at Upper Batley High School. Prior to this role, Matt was a Teacher of Geography and then Head of Geography at Airedale Academy. In addition to this, Matt also held the role of ITT Coordinator for 2 years. Throughout all of Matt’s teaching roles, his belief has always been to push learners to be the very best that they can be.

Matt’s main areas of specialism are in Geography and the leadership of Humanities Subjects. Matt’s main responsibilities are to raise attainment and achievement and to monitor and support learner progress within Geography, History and RE. Matt is also responsible for leading and developing the Geography, History and RE provision, ensuring we provide a broad and balanced programme of study and to support  the development of the technical staff. His aim is to promote our learners love of learning through high quality teaching, a well-developed curriculum and accurate assessments and moderation.

During his teaching career, Matt has delivered various CPD and training sessions mainly in the area of teaching and learning. These have included sessions on: AfL strategies within the classroom, Effective use of plenaries, Differentiation and meeting the needs of all learning, Use of DARTs activities across all subjects, Use of differentiated progress measures in the classroom and the Use of SOLO Taxonomy across subjects.

Matt has also delivered whole school training on outstanding marking and feedback in 2019 and is currently leading on a 2 year, whole school research project based on raising the attainment of boys across school.

Emma Rodrigues

SLE – Initial Teacher Training

Emma Rodrigues is an Assistant Head at Batley Girls’ High School and has been in the teaching profession since 1993. She has worked in a number of roles within the school, in terms of both curriculum development and cultural opportunities. As the Director of the Inspiring Education Teaching Alliance (IETA) linked to Initial Teacher Training, Emma oversees recruitment and retention within education and works on strategic projects such as advancing mentoring, SEMH provision for trainees and addressing regional and local training priorities. Since 2009, Emma has been in charge of the training of student teachers and other trainee school staff, working with numerous universities and providers at a strategic and practical level, to ensure that the future generation of teachers, and those working in schools, are the best possible. At present she is the Co-coordinator for The Yorkshire Rose Teaching Alliance, which comprises a number of local secondary and primary schools who select and train teachers in a range of subject areas and ages. She is also an SLE for Initial Teacher Training. This is all part of the national School Direct initiative which has seen a significant change in the way that teachers are trained.

Helen Sheldrake

SLE- English

As Deputy Head: Achievement at Batley Girls’ High School, Helen is committed to raising the standards of education for all. She has been in the teaching profession for 17 years and feels very fortunate to have begun her teaching career here. Her career trajectory has been unusual to say the least and has encompassed a variety of roles both whole school and within the English department. She is testament to the school’s unique belief in ‘growing our own’. Helen’s teaching philosophy mirrors the ethos at the centre of this school: Achievement, Respect and Transformation. She believes in, and has a real commitment to, the principles of comprehensive education. Her dedication to the development of every child, the school and the wider community remain at the centre of her vision for the future.

Mandy Williamson

SLE – Finance and Resources

Mandy started working in the NHS within the Human Resources department in 1987. Further progression through the grades in the department to Medical Staffing Manager.  In this sector her expertise was in terms and conditions of service, policies and procedures, office administration, recruitment and invaluable organisational skills. In 2008, she undertook a change in career into operational management within the NHS which led onto including access targets, bed management, crisis management, dealing with difficult complaints, project management, commissioning, writing business cases and staffing crisis management into her portfolio.

Mandy joined the Council in 2014 in her current role as School Business Manager. She chose this type of role as it would incorporate her experience within Human Resources and financial management but would also provide with other areas to develop upon.  She is proud to be working in an ‘Outstanding’ school, which has recently joined a local MAT, and believe that under the management of two Headteachers she has learned about the educational sector and her background in Children’s Services has been invaluable with the consolidation of this. Her role includes being part of the Children’s Integrated Commissioning Group and  BBEST CIC. In order to bring financial income to the school she works once a week on health and safety at Upper Batley High School which gives invaluable experience at working at a secondary school but also providing them with support.

Mandy has recently been successful in obtaining her DSBM Level 5 and become a Senior Leader in Education.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading and attending the theatre.

Sally Cooper

Sally Cooper has been SENDCo at Field Lane Junior Infant and Nursery School since 2014 as well as the school’s parent-partnership teacher. This combination of roles and an innovative approach has ensured that the school offers children with SEND and their families effective and timely support. Sally advocates working closely with parents, regarding them as the experts, to empower them to make informed choices to secure the best outcomes for their child.

As a Person-Centred Champion and SEND Champion for Kirklees, Sally provides training for newly appointed SENCOs on compliance with the SEND Code of Practice. This covers how to write effective My Support Plans and EHCPs, a guide to which external agencies to consult and an overview of SEND resources.

Sally also works at Leeds Beckett University as a part-time lecturer on the masters level National Qualification in SEN Coordination course.