Stamford Queen Eleanor School taking a lead to improve results

Stamford Queen Eleanor School deputy headteacher Julie Chong, with head of languages Jessica Thomas, left, and advanced skills teacher Julie Nolan
Stamford Queen Eleanor School deputy headteacher Julie Chong, with head of languages Jessica Thomas, left, and advanced skills teacher Julie Nolan
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Secondary school teachers have taken on extra projects to help improve their work as they aim to build on successful exam results.

Several staff members at Stamford Queen Eleanor School have taken part in the national lead practitioner scheme, run by The Schools Network.

The initiative rewards teachers who have gone above and beyond their normal duties to improve both their own school and those further afield.

Advanced skills teacher Julie Nolan is leading the programme at Queen Eleanor. She said: “Three members of staff took part last year. They were asked to introduce improvement projects which they could demonstrate the impact of.

“They have since qualified and are now able to support other schools and other people in the network.”

Head of modern foreign languages Jessica Thomas was one of the teachers to gain accreditation, alongside deputy headteacher Julie Chong and Emily Downie, who has since left the school.

Jessica demonstrated how she had improved standards by bringing in new teaching methods and ideas. Many of these were discovered through networking with colleagues across the country.

She said: “You can get stuck in your own ways, doing what you have always done.

“The accreditation opens you up to other opportunities which you wouldn’t otherwise think of.”