Mal has a proven track record of leadership and management in the classroom, as a faculty manager and as a senior leader. Indeed, she has been a senior leader for almost 10 years leading teaching & learning and CPD. She has had a pivotal role in several Senior Leadership Teams to bring about school improvement. Her vision for the schools that she works in has been to develop a learning-centred culture with the entire staff workforce, including teachers and educational support staff, giving the same attention to the design, delivery and monitoring of their professional development as is given to the teaching and learning of students.
Mal has successfully lead curriculum development for all the humanities subject areas improving results across the board exponentially. She has also held a number of whole-school responsibilities including Literacy and PSHE and led a variety of whole school initiatives such as improving marking & feedback, PLTS and SEAL to name but a few. In each role, either OfSTED, the borough leads and/or national leads have commended Mal for her work.
Mal is a champion of non-grading observations. In her previous school, she created a unique Teaching & Learning database – incorporating an evidenced based system that supported performance management and differentiated professional development for every teacher. OfSTED commended this as ‘robust’ and said ‘The system for monitoring teaching and learning has created an effective culture of professional reflection and development’. She ensures that performance management, school self-review and CPD are integrated into a coherent cycle of planning to improve the quality of teaching and raise standards.
Mal has devised, developed and delivered INSET on a variety of teaching and learning strategies including national priorities. As an ardent advocate of coaching, Mal has introduced a coaching culture in the schools she has worked at, which has led to dramatic improvements in teacher development. She has run training for Teaching Assistants on a range of teaching and learning techniques to enhance their skills so that they have the potential to become teachers. She has facilitated the training of middle and senior leaders on the NPQML and NPQSL and has coached many who have said they have found her experience and support invaluable.
Overall, feedback by participants of her training sessions have said that they were ‘relevant, practical and inspiring’.