Hales Valey Teaching School

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Email: info@hvts.org.uk

School to School Support

NLE- National Leader of Education

Keith Sorrill  - NLE - Windsor Academy Trust

Appointed to the Headship in January 1999 the school was in serious weaknesses.  In 2000 OFSTED removed the category and the school was recognised as one of the most improved in the country.  Windsor is a mixed comprehensive of 1650 students aged 11-19 with a record of high academic attainment.  In 2010 the school opened a Sixth Form which has over 250 students at present. 

Keith trained at Loughborough in Physical Education gaining a BEd (Hons) and began teaching in Stafford, moving to Handsworth Grammar in Birmingham and then as Head of Department at an Inner City Boys School, Lordswood in Birmingham as Head of Department.  During 10 years there, Keith was Head of Year, Senior Teacher and Head of Sixth Form before moving in 1993 to Deputy Headship responsible for Curriculum to Cannock Chase High School, an 11-19 Mixed Comprehensive of 1600. 

As well as gaining an MA at Warwick in 1999, from 1986-2000 Keith coached England Men and Wales Ladies International Hockey teams as well as winning National Championship and Cup with Cannock 2000 – 2002. 

He has worked as Secondary Consultant to the DfE, School Workforce Group for three years finishing in 2005, is a member of ASCL Council and sits on the Star Chamber at the DfE which deals with all aspects of data collection for Local Authorities and Academies.  He is a National Leader of Education and Windsor is a National Support School. 

LLE - Local Leader of Education

If you are a headteacher and want to work with other schools to improve pupil outcomes, you might want to apply to be a local leader of education.

In addition to leading your own school, you would have a coaching and mentoring role with a headteacher whose school is in challenging circumstances.

The goal of the local leaders of education is to increase the leadership capacity of other schools to help raise standards. This is one part of the government’s plan to give schools a central role in developing a self-improving and sustainable school-led system.

There are currently over 1,800 local leaders of education.

  What a local leader of education does

The majority of the work of a local leader of education is one-to-one support of another headteacher.

Typical activities include:

  • negotiating objectives for improvement
  • coaching and mentoring the headteacher to develop skills, judgement and professional effectiveness
  • supporting or arranging coaching or training for staff in the supported school

Each placement is negotiated separately with the relevant local authority, teaching school, or other organisation.

Schools that are a priority for support are those where:

  • attainment is below the minimum standards
  • the school is considered to be vulnerable
  • a new, first-time headteacher has been appointed

Support must be focused on:

  • school improvement
  • the needs of the beneficiary organisation

Who are the LLEs that work with Hales Valley?

Jeannette Mackinney - CEO of Hales Valley Trust and also an OfSTED inspector

Rebecca Cox - Headteacher of Lutley Primary School and Associate Director for Teaching and Learning for Hales Valley Trust

Both Jeannette and Rebecca carry our Pupil Premium reviews as part of Hales Valley Teaching Hub.

Jeannette has been a Local Leader in Education since 2010. Rebecca has been a Local leader of education since 2014.

They have both provided support for numerous schools both across Dudley Local Authority, the West Midlands and beyond.

Since 2012 they have worked with an Academy Chain in Essex, Requires Improvement and Special Measures schools in Dudley, Sandwell, Birmingham and Walsall and have led Middle Leader training and Outstanding Teaching & Learning training across Halesowen.

Other LLE's we work with are:

Phil Loveday - Headteacher at Earls High School

Jan Baker - Headteacher at Brook Primary School

Rachel Cutting - Executive Head within Stour Vale Trust

Jo Quigley - Headteacher at Wollescote Primary School

Angela Hannaway - Headteacher at Gig Mill Primary