Top marks have been awarded to 10 teachers from Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton and Lympstone who have each achieved a nationally-recognised qualification of Specialist Leader of Education.
The teachers are all from the Exmouth Academic Learning Community (EALC) – made up of the primary and secondary schools in Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton, East Budleigh, Otterton, Woodbury, Woodbury Salterton and Lympstone.
Steve Hitchcock, St Peter’s Primary School headteacher, in Budleigh Salterton, and EALC chairman, said: “The Exmouth Academic Learning Community schools are determined to improve the capacity and capability of leadership in our area.
“The first step is about developing talent, which we have done by recruiting and appointing Specialist Leaders of Education from the staff in our schools.
“Our new Specialist Leaders of Education will help to develop the capacity and capability of other school leaders so that they have the skills to lead their own teams and improve practice in their own schools.”
He added: “Specialist Leaders of Education will be able to work with all of the schools in our learning community, leading to better collaboration between schools and better outcomes for pupils.
“Congratulations to the teachers, who were the first to be appointed.
“They had to go through an application and selection process to ensure they had the necessary skills, expertise and experience to support others.
“Well done to them all.”
The Specialist Leaders of Education were named as Beverley Cawthera, from St Peter’s C of E Primary School, Social, Emotional and Mental Health leader (SEMH); Hayley Reynolds, Lympstone Primary School, Early years, Phonics, Initial teacher training (ITT) and newly qualified teacher (NQT) development; Tom Pettifer, Lympstone C of E Primary School, Information and communications technology (ICT); Bernadette Rhodes, Withycombe Raleigh C of E Primary School, Physical Education (PE); Sarah Urmston, Marpool Primary School, Closing the gap, Maths, SEN, Behaviour and Discipline; Sian Parker, Withycombe Raleigh C of E Primary School, English, Phonics; Caroline Walshaw, St. Peter’s C of E Primary School, Design and technology; Samantha Wheeler, Withycombe Raleigh Church of England Primary School, Maths; Christine Clarkson, St. Peter’s C of E Primary School, PSHE; Jodie Jennings, Bassetts Farm, Curriculum leadership.