Whilst serving as a Head teacher for 17 years, Anita also became a Primary Strategy Consultant Leader, working alongside a variety of schools in relation to school improvement projects. This led to further roles as a Basic Skills Quality Mark assessor, and Consultant Head teacher on the National College’s programme “Developing the Capacity for School Improvement.” She later became an LLE, and continued to support local leadership in relation to raising standards in diverse communities.
Anita has a long association with the IQM having engaged with the process in early headship, showing a deep commitment to Inclusive practice. She continued to use the process both as a systematic tool for improvement and a way in which the milestones of success could be celebrated, at the various schools with which she worked. Anita became an assessor for IQM whilst still a headteacher in Wandsworth, and has now continued after retirement. She is married with three grown up sons and a grand-daughter. In her spare time she is a member of a community choir, and enjoys dancing and travel.
As an ex-LA officer Sue has strategic experience of both inclusive education and safeguarding. Her professional bodies are PATOSS (the Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties) and CAPE (Child Protection in Education), a network for professionals who support education establishments in their safeguarding responsibilities.
Since 2006 Sue has been as an independent trainer and advisor. She has undertaken projects for children’s services, schools, charities, voluntary and community bodies, faith groups and universities in the UK and the Middle East. She has her own teaching and assessment practice and since 2010 has thoroughly enjoyed her work as a school assessor for the Inclusion Quality Mark.
Stephanie is passionate about the importance of Inclusion and seeks to promote an inclusive approach in all settings. She is a skilled communicator who establishes positive and constructive relationships with stakeholders at all levels, she recognises the importance of parent partnership in the learning process.
He led his last school to significant improvements rising to above national average for the first time in 2013 and received recognition from SSAT for being among the top 100 most improved schools. Exclusions reduced dramatically and attendance improved significantly. The school had over 50% disadvantaged students.
Barry led the school to achieving several awards including; The International Schools Award, Leading Parent Partnership Award, the Inspiring IAG Careers Quality Mark, Teaching Leaders Delivery School, Stonewall Champion School, The Diana Award (Anti Bullying Ambassadors) and of course, the Inclusion Quality Mark.
As well as my work for IQM as an assessor, I am a serving Headteacher and work in the Isle of Man: a fantastic self-governing island in the geographical centre of Britain – right in the middle of the Irish Sea.
I work in a rural primary school, but have worked in a wide variety of settings of all shapes and sizes, including primary schools, junior schools, infant schools and Childrens Centres, and currently serve as a member on the Isle of Man Fostering Panel. My school is a member of the IQM family, and holds Centre of Excellence status.
My work as a director at a children’s residential home, contact centre, adoption and fostering service and nursery has given me a wide experience of working with children and families and has shaped my views of inclusion and why its so vital that we get this right in our educational settings.
One of the key issues many schools face is addressing the social context of the students – deprivation, disaffection and demotivation. I developed a holistic approach to dealing with young people using the ECM model. By unifying the disparate areas of school into one Inclusion team and ensuring that students were nurtured and guided rather than using a wholly punitive model allowed students to succeed in their often difficult journey through school from nursery to sixteen and beyond. Ensuring that the all staff provided daily support to the most vulnerable student’s often encompassing complex needs such as social, emotional, behavioural and mental health issues that previously would have seen them excluded from school and lessons. This was achieved by ensuring that every student existed in a culture of equality, support and nurture building in self -worth and self-esteem while developing their emotional intelligence.
I believe that everyone should be treated equally and with respect, from the student who is causing issues to the parent and or colleague who has issues, looking beyond these issues/conflicts to the potential that always lies beyond. Partnerships with students, colleagues, parents and others is essential in ensuring that young people are successful and given the opportunities they deserve. I believe in setting high personal standards for myself and expecting the same from others including student’s colleagues and parents. Partnerships with parents’ are fundamental to successful outcomes for young people. All young people should be given the opportunity to achieve their full potential in an atmosphere of mutual respect and taught to respect staff and peers while also challenging stereotypes. I believe that when working with people, especially young people adults need to be approachable and have credibility with them, with staff and with parents. I have always been an enthusiastic self-confident teacher that enabled a rapport to be built effectively with students and colleagues allowing them to engage effectively in their learning. This continues to be the case as an IQM Assessor working in different educational settings.