Meet Sally Flowers, Head of North Ealing Primary School in Ealing. Sally runs Early Years Foundation Stage reviews for the WLTA.
1. Why have you agreed to be a system leader?
I believe that the only way to develop a better and more inclusive society is through high quality education for all. We are all lifelong learners and it is only through true collaboration will we be able to make a difference for all children, locally and globally. I am very pleased to be a part of something where I continue to learn but that I can use my skills and knowledge to help others develop theirs.
2. How long have you worked in Education?
Since gaining qualified teacher status in 1992, I have had a varied and successful teaching career across a range of primary schools and as a member of the Kensington and Chelsea school improvement team.
3. How long have you been a Head teacher?
I recently became a Head Teacher in September 2014 when I took up the post at North Ealing Primary School. It has been a real challenge to follow in the footsteps of a very popular and established Head Teacher whilst introducing the rapid changes needed to meet the requirements of a new curriculum and assessment system within a transformed school inspection framework. After two years of significant strategic development Ofsted judged the school with a secure good in January 2017.
4. Who or what inspired you to become a Head teacher?
At the time North Ealing were advertising for a new Head Teacher I was involved in the recruitment team as I had decided not to apply. During the process the Chair of Governors asked me why I had not submitted an application and when they did not appoint the first time round I reconsidered. My experience as a member of the senior team coupled with my previous role as a school advisor had deepened my understanding of the key elements of raising standards and the relentless drive required for successful school improvement. It was with great trepidation that I took the plunge and accepted the job!
5. What aims are you currently trying to fulfil in your school and what are you doing to try and meet those objectives?
I started my Headship with a belief in developing a powerful vision underpinned by a value based education for all and a commitment to a great community school with a strong teaching team. To this end we have developed our own set of learning values which are now embedded to ensure the children’s positive approach to their learning and behaviour. Further to this, we are intent on developing a more collegiate approach to self-improvement through high quality CPD and the sharing of excellent practice for all staff.
The targets for North Ealing are;
- Learning and teaching are excellent for all
- To fully engage with all families in our community
- Altogether we respect and are responsible for each other
- Values are at the heart of everything we do
- Exceptional standards in writing across the school and all curriculum areas
- Steps in learning are clear for all children and adults
6. What is the best piece of leadership advice you have ever been given?
The best advice I have received is from the inspirational Educationalist Mary Myatt who suggests that we need to create a climate of ‘High challenge with low threat’.