Michelle became an Advanced Skills teacher in 2003 and has been trained by Jackie Beere, OBE. She can lead Insets based on Jackie’s best selling book series “The Perfect Teacher”. She has 15 years teaching experience across three different secondary schools. During that time, she has worked as a subject leader, Faculty Director, Senior Leader, NQT Mentor, Middle Management Coach and trainer (including coaching the NCSL Leading from the Middle programme). She has also worked as a freelance education consultant and been part of wider groups advising on innovative practice in secondary education (The Northamptonshire Raising Standards Partnership among others). She has run Insets in the past on Learning styles (in both Primary and Secondary schools) and has also run workshops on Teacher Training Days as well as Parent Workshops. Michelle has delivered one day Insets at a number of primary schools across the country and has received 100% good-excellent feedback for all of these (data from feedback evaluation forms)In addition, Michelle has also had her work published in Teaching History magazine and local press.
Michelle can offer support to schools wishing to develop innovative approaches to teaching and learning as well as support in mentoring/ coaching. She has specific experience in mentoring staff seeking promotion and has helped a number of teachers in their goal to secure AST status and middle management positions. She has also put together action plans and supported staff who are deemed to be underperforming.
Michelle is currently involved in re-designing a Core Learning Skills curriculum at Kingsthorpe College where she has taught for the past ten years. This focuses on training students in the skills she feels they will need to thrive in the 21st Century. Furthermore, she is working on developing a new approach to Performance Management at her school and creating an in-house CPD programme for all staff. This will be tailored to individual needs and linked to Performance Management targets.
Michelle continues to teach 2 days a week at Kingsthorpe College and strives to create dynamic and innovative lessons for all of her classes. As a Lead Practitioner, she is observed frequently. Ofsted inspectors and senior managers who have observed Michelle, consistently report that her lessons are “Outstanding”.
Michelle can offer your school a personalised approach to education consultancy. Below is a list of some of the work she has carried out in a range of schools over the past decade:
• Workshops for PGCE students on creative classroom teaching. (The Northampton School for Boys - 2004)
• Parent workshops (Campion School -2004, Kingsthorpe College -2006)
• Whole and half year group presentations and workshops at secondary level on learning styles and revision techniques (Sponne School – 2007)
• Working with individual subject leaders to improve their skills and help them to create effective systems of managing their teams (Unity College – 2006, 2007, 2009)
• Delivering Insets on Assessment for Learning, Learning to Learn, Personalised Learning, able and talented and developing a competency based curriculum model (The Duston School- 2004, Boughton Primary School – 2004, Campion School- 2005, Kingsthorpe College – 2006, Spratton Primary School -2007, Sponne School – 2009)
• Mentoring and coaching services (Campion School 2003-2005, Kingsthorpe College 2005 – ongoing, Unity College 2007 -2009)
• Middle Management training (Campion School 2003-2005, Kingsthorpe College 2005- ongoing)
• Innovative teaching of A Level History (The Northamptonshire Raising Standards Partnership, The University of Northampton, The Northampton School for Girls, Campion School, 2001 - 2006)
• Curriculum design – working with Edison at Kingsthorpe College to create a new personalised curriculum (2009-2012)
• Curriculum audits (Kingsthorpe College – 2013)
• Developing new approaches to Performance Management (Kingsthorpe College – 2013)
• “Perfect Teacher” whole day Inset at Lickey Hills Primary School, Birmingham.January 2014
• The Perfect Teacher” workshop, Kingsthorpe College, Northampton, January 2015
• “How to become an Outstanding Teacher” whole day Inset at Stag Lane Junior School, Edgware. February 2015