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School Improvement

Our School Improvement Team works across the Trust to ensure all our learners achieve their potential.

sarah young - director of education services 

I was Executive Headteacher of The Hessle Academy, a through school organisation, for 12 years. I began my teaching career as a Geography and PE teacher following an ‘Outstanding practice’ judgement from Hull University in Secondary PGCE. As a practitioner my philosophy for education is inclusion and achieving high quality provision for all learners, based on traditional values and respect. Certainly as a leader my focus has been on creating a self-improving culture with opportunity and challenge for colleagues and learners.

More recently, due to my school improvement expertise, I have been challenged with the improvement of primary and secondary schools within the wider Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire area. This has resulted in achieving National Leader of Education status. The role of Director of Education for TCAT is exciting and gives me the opportunity to work with colleagues across the Trust to develop excellence in teaching and learning through collaboration and support.

dave waterson - deputy director of education services and co-headteacher Croxby 

Working together as part of a Trust is very powerful. It enables us to challenge and support the work we do. We work to ensure all of our students have the opportunity to reach their potential and to have a positive influence on their futures. As an ex-Hessle High pupil, I was one of the first students who benefitted from the early days of the 6th Form Consortium. The vision of a few teachers nearly 30 years ago, working together to provide improved opportunities for their students, has developed into what we are trying to achieve today on a slightly larger scale. Taking up the position of the Deputy Director of Educational Services, I am in a privileged position to continue that #bettertogether work. Working together to ensure all of our students and staff across TCAT benefit from that support and challenge. 

I have been a Headteacher or an Executive Headteacher, across the Yorkshire region, since 2007. In 2011, I became an LLE (Local Leader of Education) and in 2016 a NLE (National Leader of Education) supporting schools across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. In 2017, I joined the Trust as the Headteacher of Croxby Primary and I continue to work there two days a week.  I am in awe of the work our staff have been doing during the most challenging of times. Truly inspiring. 

richard hill - english improvement director 

I have 18 years of teaching experience across both secondary and primary schools. Despite initially training and starting my teaching career as an MFL specialist, I took opportunities to teach a range of subjects during the 12 years I spent at Winifred Holtby; including English, geography, history and RE. In 2015, I started working at Croxby Primary where I have taught classes across KS2. I also fulfilled the role of English lead, developing innovative strategies for pupil attainment and engagement across primary phases. Recently, I successfully secured a position of ELE (Evidence Lead in Education), developing TCAT’s links with the Research Schools Network and signposting colleagues towards research in order to make a difference in the classroom and whole school.

As an adaptable practitioner, having taught across a wide range of lessons and key stages, I believe that a fundamental knowledge of successful teaching and learning strategies is the key to be able to teach effectively. My recent two-year secondment as an Academy Improvement Leader gave me the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues across the Trust, specifically on the vital role of vocabulary in all learning to allow learners to access academic talk and reading integral to the knowledge led curriculum of schools.

The role of English Improvement Director is an exciting opportunity to promote a culture of high quality curriculum and pedagogy through effective use of evidence to promote engagement and raise standards. The role will focus heavily on developing reading across the curriculum, working with leaders across the Trust in promoting reading as the ‘master skill’ and ensuring that training is available to promote high quality provision and development which is evidence based. I am looking forward to working closely with colleagues to ensure progression within a 3-19 model of reading and literacy across the Trust.

Amanda welsh - professional development lead  

Coming soon!