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Cmat Hosts BME Leadership Development Programme Launch

In order to encourage and promote diversity amongst education leaders, Congleton High and Cmat have worked with the Teaching Schools Council to establish a programme of bespoke, professional leadership development for BME colleagues. The programme will be launched at an event to be held at Congleton High's Box Lane site on Monday 22nd May at 4.30pm.

Those attending the launch will also be able to hear from a number of inspirational education leaders, including Jacqueline Newsome, Diana Osagie, Donovan Spencer and Ava Sturridge-Packer, who have agreed to share their experience and knowledge. (see below for biographies)

The latest information on the event is available here.

Anyone interested in attending the launch event or who would like further information should contact Claire Gritton at Congleton High School by email: cgritton@congletonhigh.com or by  telephone: 01260 730132


Speaker Biographies

Jacqueline Newsome - School Inspector and Leadership Consultant - Matrix Academy Trust

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Since qualifying as a science teacher, Jacqueline has taught in urban, multicultural secondary schools across the West Midlands. An experienced senior teacher, she has been a Head Teacher, Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) and a Specialist Leader in Education (SLE).

Jacqueline is a serving practitioner working as an Inspector for Ofsted and is currently employed as a Leadership Consultant for the Matrix Academy Trust.

Diana Osagie - School Inspector, Consultant Head Teacher and Leadership Coach

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With sixteen years’ experience leading secondary education, including six years as a successful head teacher in a London secondary school; Diana works at the cutting edge of education and school improvement. She is known as a resilient school leader, skilled in urban leadership under challenging circumstances. Diana has substantial success in developing school wide models that strategically enhance the quality of teaching and learning across the curriculum and is able to couple sound strategic vision whilst giving clear operational direction.

Diana is a practising school inspector with developed expertise scrutinising school wide systems.  She has a proven track record of developing school leaders via bespoke training programs and has established capability in mentoring and supporting school leaders facing challenging circumstances.

Diana is the founder and CEO of Courageous Leadership.

Donovan Spencer - Retired Headteacher

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Donovan retired from the teaching profession in December 2014 after thirty-five years of teaching.  He served three years as a Headteacher in inner-city Nottingham followed by twelve years as a Headteacher in the former coal-mining area of North-East Derbyshire.

Prior to headship, Donovan served as a Deputy Headteacher, firstly in inner-city London and subsequently in Alfreton, Derbyshire.  He has worked for five Local Authorities, mainly teaching in schools facing challenging circumstances and has substantial experience of effective change-management and school improvement.

Donovan Spencer was the first black senior manager in three of the seven schools he has worked at and he has been referred to as both a trailblazer and strong role model for others.

Donovan has been driven, throughout his career, by the desire for collaborative school improvement encompassing the excellent teaching of an appropriate curriculum in the context of strong pastoral care; always being underpinned by effective leadership and management.  He has a passion for seeing young people learn, grow, develop and achieve holistically.

Ava Sturridge-Packer - Executive Head Teacher, National Leader of Education and Board Member of the Diocesan Board of Education

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Ava Sturridge-Packer has been a primary school teacher for thirty three years. During this time she has taught in a range of primary schools in contrasting communities, ranging from those in areas of high social deprivation to others in economically affluent areas.

For the last twenty years, she has been the Head Teacher at St Mary’s Church of England Primary School and Nursery in Handsworth, Birmingham and led the school out of Special Measures in December 1998. She was awarded a CBE. in 2000 for Services to Education. In February 2013, St Mary’s School converted to Academy Status as an outstanding school. In addition to this, in March 2013, the school was awarded Teaching School status.

Ava Sturridge-Packer is currently a National Leader of Education. Following a period of school  to  school  support  in  the  role of  National  Leader,  she  became  Executive  Head Teacher at St Michael’s Church of England Primary Academy for five years, leading it out of Special Measures in just eleven months. Ava was the Operational and Executive Head Teacher in both schools but has since returned to St Mary’s on a full time basis.

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