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.
STEM Trust Consultant Teacher
Sam Bernstein is convinced there has never been a more exciting time to be in STEM. She believes it is educators who have the opportunity to inspire students about the world, and to aid them in shaping our future.
As STEM Trust Consultant Teacher, she aims to identify and address STEM needs, help GDST schools share the outstanding things they do and to facilitate more collaborative STEM events.
She is hugely committed to promoting women in STEM and in girls’ education in the wider context. It is why she works at the GDST.
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.
Sixth Form Trust Consultant Teacher
Mark Fuller wants GDST Sixth Forms to produce students fully equipped to meet the challenges of a fast-changing world.
His role involves working with the Directors of Sixth Forms across the GDST to foster collaboration between schools on joint initiatives. He also provides guidance on issues such as A Level pedagogy, recruitment and retention, and Sixth Form curriculum changes.
Mark has worked at the GDST for the past 16 years at Sheffield Girls, the majority of that time spent as Head of History and Politics, as well as Centre Coordinator for the EPQ.
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.
Careers and Higher Education Trust Consultant Teacher
Carole Hall thinks excellent information, advice and guidance are crucial if young people are going to make the best possible decisions at every stage of their education.
She will use her experience, expertise and enthusiasm to train staff and support students throughout the GDST. Her aim is to ensure that GDST students understand every aspect of progression to Higher Education, including innovations such as Degree Apprenticeships.
Carole joined the GDST as Head of Careers at Sheffield Girls’ in 2011. She is a professionally qualified careers adviser with more than 20 years’ experience in a wide range of schools and as an Associate Lecturer in the Employability Service at Sheffield Hallam University.
Early Years Trust Consultant Teacher
Sue McElrue thrives on coaching and mentoring colleagues to bring about positive change, enriching opportunities and extending connections.
Before joining the junior school at Newcastle High School for Girls, Sue was a headteacher of a large primary school. She also worked at Newcastle University as a senior lecturer on both the Primary PGCE course and the Early Years BPhil degree. This experience led to her taking up the role of head of a School Centred Initial Teacher Training Institution where she implemented a course that has become one of the most successful teacher training routes.
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.
Digital Learning Trust Consultant Teacher
Sam Shallcross aims to equip GDST staff and students with the skills to become confident, critical and flexible in their approach to technology.
As a Trust Consultant Teacher, her aim is to support GDST schools. She engages with colleagues to ensure effective use of digital technology, in order to develop and sustain a high-performing culture. She is particularly interested in exploring the impact technology can make on learning, creativity and critical thinking. She also facilitates the sharing of best practice and expertise across all junior schools by encouraging innovation and collaboration.
For the past 14 years she has been Head of Computing at Bromley High Junior School, encouraging staff and students to use digital technology to deepen and extend learning across the curriculum.
SEND Trust Consultant Teacher
Charlotte Williams-Foster 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.
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