Turner Schools benefits from two teams of specialists who focus on secondary and primary school improvement. These teams are led by three highly experienced senior leaders and include experts in the primary sector in SEND, curriculum development and leadership support, whilst the secondary phase team includes specialist lead practitioners in English, mathematics, creative arts, vocational subjects and modern foreign languages. Our model for school improvement places subject knowledge and teachers’ expertise at its heart, with all cross-trust leads bringing proven records of success to their roles to support staff in becoming expert teachers.
Turner Expert Teacher Principles
The value we place on curriculum and teaching as a driver for school improvement is supported by a comprehensive CPD programme for all of our teachers which includes bespoke training, subject knowledge development, coaching, and investment in high quality internal and external courses and qualifications.
Our subject networks across schools and phases are also highly effective, using knowledge and experience from across the trust to plan collaboratively, moderate student work, support our teachers and develop our curriculum.
Director of Primary Schools Improvement
Director of Secondary Schools Improvement - Curriculum and Teaching
Claire joined Turner Schools in June 2020. As Director of Secondary Improvement, Claire's focus is to implement our ambitious vision for teaching and learning and the curriculum. Claire comes to Turner with a proven track record of school leadership having led departments in consistently achieving the highest progress results in the county at GCSE and moving progress at A-Level from the bottom 20% of the country to the top 1%.
Claire has a nationwide reputation as an English specialist, is the organiser of researchED Kent, and is Networks Officer for LitdriveUk, a non-profit organisation which provides resourcing and subject-specific CPD for English teachers. With her expertise in curriculum and teacher development, Claire delivers CPD at education conferences, is an expert advisor for the Ambition Institute, and has written articles published by the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Chartered College of Teaching's Impact magazine.
Claire has contributed chapters published in ‘The researchED Guide to Assessment’ and in Mary Myatt and John Tomsett's 'Huh: Curriculum Conversations between subject and senior leaders'. Claire is the co-author of ‘Symbiosis: the Curriculum and the Classroom’.
Claire can often be found curled up with a good book and her pet pug, Dolly.
Director of Secondary Schools Improvement - Inclusion
Sarah joins the Turner Schools with a wealth of experience ranging from the Early Years Foundation Stages to Post 16, Further and Higher Education.
Initially qualifying as a secondary mathematics teacher, Sarah has fulfilled many roles including Advanced Skills Teacher, Head of Department and Senior Leader.
Sarah has had countywide impact leading both primary and secondary mathematics as a Local Authority Improvement Advisor, supporting schools and Multi-academy Trusts to improve mathematics outcomes for children across Kent.
Most recently Sarah has strategically led the government National Centre for Excellence initiative at a Trust level impacting on the quality of teaching, learning and assessment and making significant improvements to student attainment for a large group of post 16 education providers.
When not working, Sarah loves being in the garden, keeping fit, cooking and hanging out with her husband, two boys and German Shepherd, Otto.