Great schools are created by great teams; where everyone pulls together to support the children and the development of the school as a whole. It is about the whole not individuals.
As CEO of the Tarka Learning Partnership I am privileged to work alongside some outstanding and gifted colleagues who work hard on a daily basis to make their school a better place. I was appointed as CEO in 2017, but with others created the Tarka Learning Partnership through a bid to the RSC in 2015. Previously I have been Head Teacher of three schools ranging from a small school in rural Leicestershire to a 500 pupil primary school – Newport in North Devon where the team secured two consecutive outstanding Ofsted inspections (2008 and 2015). In 2010 I trained to be an Ofsted Inspector.
My passion is to work alongside schools to support school improvement which I have been doing in various guises as an Assigned Head Teacher with the Local Authority for the past 15 years and as an NLE for 7 years. This has brought me into contact with over 40 schools and it is always rewarding to see the school team taking action and gaining confidence over time.
The Trust also leads with Horizon MAT, Plymouth a 45 strong Teaching School known as the Devon Teaching School Partnership covering Devon including parts of Torbay and Plymouth. Devon Primary SCITT, which has secured 3 consecutive outstanding Ofsted outcomes, is also a partner in the Trust.
Nationally I have worked with Ministers, DfE personnel, RSC, Academics and national leaders to compile a report on the future development of the school led system through the NCTL Fellowship. This was a rich and rewarding experience and one which allowed me to see the school system in a new light.
As CEO the Trust aims to better the education outcomes for the young people of North Devon under the Trust’s care by supporting schools. The Trust provides essential support including personnel, IT, GDPR, Estates, governance, compliance, finance etc. as well as Head Teacher support. As lead for the Trust I am blessed with a high-quality team to support these services to allow Head Teachers, teachers and support staff to focus on teaching and learning. We are here for the young people and that is at the heart of what we all do at the TLP.