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SLE - Shona Ross

Specialist Leader in Education Biography

Name of SLE Shona Ross
School Emmer Green Primary School
Teaching School Alliance Churchend Teaching School Alliance
Specialism Phonics
Support Phase
Foundation and KS1
Position in school
Year 2 Team Leader, Phonics coordinator, KS1 Literacy coordinator
Number of years teaching
5 years in Year 2 and 2 Years in Foundation Stage
I currently work at an outstanding school and during my time at the school I have worked in both Year 2 and Foundation Stage. Currently, I lead the Year 2 team of three classes, having overall responsibility for their assessment data, planning and appraisal, and I am also a member of the Senior Leadership team.
As the Phonics Coordinator and Infant Literacy Coordinator at my school I have been responsible for the monitoring of planning, tracking and assessment. I have also led various Key Stage One team meetings, shared planning ideas, moderated samples of writing and trained Key Stage One teachers on the phonics screening check.
Throughout the past two years, in my role as an SLE, I have supported middle school leaders and class teachers with developing the Phonics and Literacy curriculum and assessment with the aim of raising standards of both teaching and learning. With both schools I worked with the schools made improvements with pace and progression of teaching and learning.  
During the last two year I have been a KS1 moderator. Therefore I am confident supporting Year 2 teachers with making judgements about levels.  
This year I have been the Lead for the Literacy Network in Reading. Within this role it has been my responsibility to set the agenda and lead the meetings. I am also responsible for communicating and sharing information from the Literacy consultants for Reading with the Literacy Coordinators within schools. This means that I am kept up to date with recent initiatives with the Literacy curriculum.
My experience from these opportunities has highlighted the importance of communicating clearly, sharing knowledge and agreeing deadlines. Also that it is essential to develop good relationships with colleagues so that they feel supported.