Teaching & Learning Team
The Teaching and Learning Team (TLT) comprise of two Lead Practitioners and three Advanced Lead Teachers and work alongside the Assistant Headteacher in charge of Teaching and Learning to support all staff in raising academic standards both within the classroom and beyond.
The TLT meet regularly to plan inset sessions and discuss new initiatives, conduct learning walks to spot good practice and ensure it is shared across the staff body and develop bespoke programmes to aid teachers with their pedagogy.
They often work alongside colleagues in the Professional Learning Area (PLA), assisting with effective lesson planning and developing best practice with the assessment of student work.
A very strong coaching culture exists in the school and the Teaching and Learning Team lead the way in this aspect of school life, using the latest technology including SWIVL to encourage reflection, discussion and improved practice.
One of the Lead Practitioners leads a reading group which meets regularly to discuss latest cutting edge practice and each half term a teaching and learning newsletter is published, highlighting pedagogical news from within and beyond the school.
Meet the Team
Graeme has worked in several schools around London starting his career as a teacher of PE and Geography in a large mixed comprehensive school where he was promoted to the position of House Manager – responsible for the academic and pastoral welfare of 300 children. He then moved to become the Director of Sport at a large multi-academy trust containing seven schools where he oversaw physical education and sport from Key Stages 2-5, before moving to Bushey Meads School as an Assistant Headteacher in charge of Teaching and Learning and Staff Development.
Lead Practitioner: English & Whole School Literacy
Danielle has over two decades of experience of successfully teaching English at KS3, 4 and 5 in two inner London comprehensives. She has genuine passion for teaching and being in the classroom and her enhanced role of Lead Practitioner within the Bushey St James Trust allows her to do that, along with whole school development with the literacy strand. She has worked with other local schools and disseminates good practice, sharing and developing resources – currently taking a leading role in the development and implementation of the new GCSE changes in the English curriculum through the creation of resources and schemes of learning as well as support and training of staff.
Lead Practitioner: English and Transition for BSJT
Fazana Farook has been an English teacher for 8 years, working in a range of London schools. She is currently working as a Lead Practitioner of English and KS2-3 Transition within the Trust and is developing a robust literacy assessment framework that will enable students to develop confident English and literacy skills across all key stages. Through her experience and qualifications, Fazana has developed a strong interest in, and detailed knowledge of, the pedagogy of literacy and how it can support excellent classroom practice across a range of subjects. She is passionate about raising the profile of literacy as a cross-curricular skill that will ensure students are able to engage with challenging ideas and concepts whilst communicating their opinions with enthusiasm and success.
Advanced Lead Teacher
Natalie began at Bushey Meads as a psychology teacher for key stage 4 and 5. This included leading the psychology department, structuring the new GCSE specification, and early identification and intervention for lower attaining students. As Natalie specialises in Psychology Research (MSc), she keeps abreadth of current research and uses this to inform her teaching methods. Natalie’s classroom is often highlighted as a benchmark for interactive, learning displays which students enjoy. Over the last few years, Natalie took over the Extended Project Qualification as the Centre Co-coordinator which has seen a 200% increase in student entries from our Sixth Form.
Advanced Lead Teacher
Kate has over twenty years experience teaching in several schools in Hertfordshire. She started her career as an Art teacher and now teaches four subjects up to A-Level: Art, Graphics, Photography and Media. When Kate joined Bushey Meads she was promoted to Deputy Head of Sixth Form, a post she held for over ten years. During this time she led a team of tutors, and was responsible for the academic and pastoral well being of the sixth form students. Kate is a passionate Art teacher and believes that every student should be given the ability to express themselves and be guided. She encourages students and other staff members to achieve their best standard without fear of failure as it can lead to self discovery and personal well-being.
Advanced Lead Teacher
Sarah has six years of teaching experience, and began her career at a mixed comprehensive in Essex. In her NQT year she was nominated for an Essex Teaching Award for ‘New Teacher of the Year’, and won a ‘Team of the Year’ Award working as part of the Science Department. She gained promotion to STEM Co-ordinator and took on responsibility for the extra-curricular programme of events. In September 2018, Sarah joined Bushey Meads School as Advanced Lead Teacher for Science and is leading staff development strands focused on differentiation and retrieval practice.