In addition to our heads, teachers and support staff, the GDST also has Trust Consultant Teachers working across the 25 schools and academies.
These exemplary practitioners highlight another of the advantages to be gained for every school and employee by virtue of being part of the GDST group.
Trust Consultant Teachers work across the Trust on one day a week, supporting and extending the work of the central Innovation & Learning team. They work to establish and develop collaborations between schools and facilitate the dissemination of expertise and best practice across the GDST, with the ultimate aim of improving the educational outcomes and experiences for the girls.
They help to grow the collective knowledge of the network’s expertise, facilitating access to research, promoting a research-engaged community and actively encouraging disciplined enquiry.
Trust Consultant Teacher for Maths
Rebecca Brown aims to change girls’ perception of Maths and address the issue of under-representation of females in Maths careers.
Her role involves supporting Heads of Maths across the GDST, training and coaching, disseminating exciting educational developments and inspiring teaching strategies to ensure Maths education across the GDST is the very best it can be.
She teaches Maths at Wimbledon High School having been Head of Maths at another GDST school. She began her educational career through the TeachFirst programme, teaching in disadvantaged communities.
Pastoral Trust Consultant Teacher
Michelle Holder believes that if we prioritise our wellbeing we will flourish in life.
She brings her experience from working in mental health and social care to GDST schools. She supports students in learning to cope with the stresses of life and encourages them to be confident in making informed decisions. She believes that by listening to girls and working together we create a nurturing environment where it is good to laugh, okay to cry and important to be yourself.
Following a period of teaching, she retrained as a social worker and a counsellor. Michelle joined Northwood College in 2018. She continues to provide therapy for families in a local authority service.
Trust Performance Data Analyst
Jonathan wants decisions to be informed by evidence, and is keen to make evidence about academic performance accessible and clear.
He created and maintains GDST’s data tracking tool, GDST Inform, and advises on how to analyse academic data, interpret value added, and set appropriate targets.
Jonathan is a member of the Senior Leadership Team at Oxford High School and has taught Mathematics and Critical Thinking there since 2001.
Gray Foster Felton
SEND Trust Consultant Teacher
Gray Foster Felton believes that we all think and learn differently, and that our differences make us stronger.
She works as Special Educational Needs Coordinator at Notting Hill and Ealing High School and across the GDST as Trust Consultant Teacher for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
Her role involves planning, coordinating and delivering provision for students with SEND at NHEHS. She works with SENDCo’s, Specialist Teachers and Teaching Assistants across the GDST, offering training as well as providing guidance on SEND-related education policies and procedures.
She has worked in SEN teaching since 2004. She was post-doctoral research scholar at the Institute of Education, University College London until 2015, and joined the GDST the following year.
Sport and PE Trust Consultant Teacher
Alexis Williamson-Jones wants the GDST to lead in the field of Physical Education and sport for girls. She believes sport empowers girls with the life skills required for the challenges of the 21st century.
As the Trust Consultant Teacher for sport, Alexis gives advice to sport leads across the GDST to bring its sporting community together. She provides training and support to enhance learning across the schools through consulting, implementing research and facilitating collaboration across the Trust.
Prior to joining Sutton High as Director of Sport, she spent 16 years at Leicester Grammar school in a number of leadership roles including Head of PE and Games.
Faieq believes all girls should learn Computer Science as it helps develop the skills and competencies that will be essential for them to lead and shape the future.
He works as a Teachers into Computer Science Consultant across the GDST for Key Stage 3, GCSE and A-Level. In his role, Faieq aims to use his expertise in the subject to provide guidance to school leadership teams, deliver effective professional development for teachers, and facilitate cross-trust collaboration opportunities for pupils and teachers.
Currently in post at Notting Hill & Ealing School, Faieq has worked in Computer Science education since 2015. He has completed a Masters in Education Management from King’s College London and currently undertaking his PhD. He has previously been Head of Department for Computer Science and a CAS Master Teacher supporting secondary and primary schools in Computer Science education.
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