School to School Support

Curriculum Directors

BMAT Curriculum Directors work across the Trust schools with a focus on their subject/ phase.

Curriculum Directors advise on subject knowledge, curriculum, moderation, standardisation and assessment. Please request Curriculum Director Support by email.

BMAT Curriculum Directors 2018-19

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Francesca Harris Cooks Spinney Primary
Primary English Gary Cansell Cook Spinney Primary
Primary Maths Katie Cockerell Little Parndon Primary
Secondary English Debbie Prior Burnt Mill Academy
Secondary Maths Andrea Peiris Burnt Mill Academy
Science Sonia Ahmed Epping St Johns
Performing Arts Cristin Casey Burnt Mill Academy
Humanities Lee Bradbury Burnt Mill Academy
Modern Foreign Languages Flora Christofi Epping St Johns
Art Design Technology Jane Harper Royal Docks Academy
Physical Education Phil Dawes Burnt Mill Academy
Personal Social Health and Economic (PSHE) Sian Astley Burnt Mill Academy / STEM Academy
Careers Bilah Abdul-Khaliq Royal Docks Academy

Specialist Leaders of Education

Specialist leaders of educations (SLEs) are experienced middle or senior leader who’s interested in supporting middle and senior leaders in other schools.

To become an SLE, you need to have been in a leadership role other than head teacher for at least 2 years. Your head teacher will be asked to confirm that you’re in an appropriate role. Higher level teaching assistants are not eligible to apply.

You can be from any type or phase of school.

You don’t need to be in an outstanding school or a school that is part of a teaching school alliance, but your school will need to have the capacity to release you to work in other schools.

You must have at least 1 specialism from our areas of expertise

SLEs focus on developing leadership capacity. While other roles focus specifically on developing classroom expertise, this role is about developing the capacity and capability of other leaders so that they have the skills to lead their own teams and improve practice in their own schools.

This may be done through one-to-one or group support and could involve a variety of activities, such as:

  • data analysis
  • coaching
  • facilitating and training
  • joint action planning

If selected, you’ll be expected to provide evidence that your work has had a positive impact on outcomes for children and young people by developing leadership capacity in other schools.

Teaching school alliances recruit at various points in the year.

To apply to become an SLE, you should:

  • contact BMAT Teaching School
  • complete an application form provided by BMAT
  • get a supporting reference from your current headteacher

BMAT Specialist Leaders of Education 2018-19

Paul Andrew Science BMAT STEM Academy
Dan Bolt PE Burnt Mill Academy
Cristin Casey Music, Dance and Performing Arts Burnt Mill Academy
Flora Christofi MFL Epping St Johns
Katie Cockerell Mathematics Little Parndon Primary
Sian Cockman Primary Lead Practitioner & KS1 phonics and literacy Little Parndon Primary
Paul Cooper Science Epping St Johns
Eposi Ewome Food, Textiles & DT Epping St Johns
Jennifer Gaffan Science Forest Hall School
Robyn Gilbert Science, Assessment, ITT Burnt Mill Academy
Karen Humphreys Art Burnt Mill Academy
Andrea Peiris Mathematics Burnt Mill Academy
Dustin Schuyler Mathematics, Developing teams and leadership Burnt Mill Academy
Adam Smith PE Epping St Johns
Ann Robinson Smith RE & Humanities Epping St Johns
Kayleigh Trainor Geography Forest Hall School
Lisa Tooley Mathematics BMAT STEM Academy
Donna Walsh DT, Assessment, ITT Burnt Mill Academy

Local Leaders of Education

Sophie Laing is a BMAT Executive Headteacher - an education leader who is transforming primaries in Harlow.

She has been named as a Local Leader of Education (LLE) and will now share her expertise with other heads in Essex. She has been selected because of her work within Harlow.

Mrs Laing said: “We have transformed failing schools in massively disadvantaged areas in a very short time. We have revitalised them, breathed life back into them and put them back into the heart of their communities."

She will be called upon to help struggling schools with recruitment, building solid teams, developing teachers and making sure children feel safe.

National Leaders of Education

Helena Mills joined Burnt Mill School as Head Teacher in January 2010 having taught and led in East London where she lives, and has led the rapid improvement of the school from 27% 5A – C including English and Maths to the 2013 results of 76% and the 2014 results of 86%. In November 2012 the school was judged by OFSTED to be outstanding in all categories. Helena led Burnt Mill through its conversion to an Academy in December 2011. In September 2015 she has taken on the full time role of the CEO of Burnt Mill Academy Trust.

In July 2013 Helena became a National Leader of Education. As an NLE she offers support to a range of Head Teachers both nationally and locally. Helena was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2017 for her services to education, both locally and regionally. Helena is also a lead and team inspector for Ofsted. Helena remains a passionate teacher, teaching English at GCSE