Karen Welch

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Name: Karen Welch

School: Boldmere Junior School

Assistant Head teacher

Area of Specialism

  •  Teaching and Learning
  • Newly qualified teacher development
  • Leadership of Curriculum
  • Literacy
  • Emotional literacy and behaviour management
  • Possible areas of support

I believe that children and learning should be at the forefront of system    leadership.  I am motivated by the belief that all children are entitled to the best education we can offer regardless of where they live or the school that they attend. I see system leadership as a model that allows schools to share good practice, develop key elements within schools and raise standards. As part of a teaching school alliance, I have had the privilege to be in a school that is committed to the moral purpose to support other schools and teachers, with the children at the heart of it’s motivation. I feel that peer to peer support is a highly effective tool in empowering and equipping others with the skills to make their own changes. I have seen first hand how peer to peer support, coaching and developing leaders can have a direct impact on raising standards and feel that this is an effective model for school improvement.


Areas of Support

  • Individual Lesson observation analysis and programmes of support to raise teaching from required to improve to good or outstanding.
  • Peer support using modelling, team teaching and coaching.
  • Whole school support in planning and monitoring the development of the new curriculum or teaching and learning, which are specific to the context of the school.
  • I am a fully trained facilitator of the OTP and ITP and have an in depth knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning linked with the most current Ofsted criteria.
  • Whole school teaching and learning analysis to identify strengths and areas of development to create training which meets school needs and raises standards in teaching and learning.
  • Development of middle leaders to implement change using their strengths to action plan and implement sustainable change.
  • NQT mentoring support and CPD programmes.
  • I have led and developed staff through inset and CPD in emotional literacy and behaviour management to change the ethos and culture of classrooms and schools.