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  • Primary School Improvment Managers

    Basingstoke and Deane, Eastleigh

    Catherine Redgrave

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    Catherine has worked in HIAS since 2009 and is currently the School Improvement Manager for Basingstoke and Deane/Eastleigh. The role involves supporting and challenging schools directly, as well as leading local authority (LA) colleagues. The core of her school improvement work is particularly linked to:

    • leadership development at all levels – innovative problem solving; systems and processes
    • quality of teaching and learning – particularly challenging higher attaining pupils
    • assessment – statutory, formative and summative.

    She works with teachers, school leaders and governors in schools.

    She was previously a headteacher of a Church of England primary school in Hampshire, and has experience of successfully leading a school in challenging circumstances. Her MA(Ed) is in professional studies and is linked to action research exploring how to engage parents in their child’s education. She is passionate about developing the leadership skills of others.

    She is an accredited member of the Association of Education Advisers (AoEA).

    Fareham and Gosport

    Martyn Beales (acting)

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    Martyn’s main role is to lead the school improvement across schools in Fareham and Gosport. In this role, he co-ordinates the work of local authority (LA) colleagues to provide support and challenge for the primary schools within both districts. This involves working closely with school leaders and governors to support self-evaluation and improvement planning and other aspects of school improvement.

    Martyn was General Phase Inspector for six years before becoming the acting School Improvement Manager for Fareham and Gosport in 2021. He has a successful track record in supporting schools across the local authority and the Isle of Wight and was seconded to support school improvement in Oxfordshire in 2019/20. He has also worked with schools and multi academy trusts outside Hampshire through the provision of commissioned support. Martyn has been a member of the LA assessment team which included supporting moderation and statutory assessment. He is an accredited associate member of the Association of Education Advisers (AoEA).

    Before joining HIAS, Martyn was the headteacher of a successful infant school in the New Forest and held leadership positions in primary schools in several neighbouring local authorities.

    Havant and East Hampshire

    Caroline Wilkins

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    Caroline has worked for the local authority (LA) as a school improvement professional since 2006 following her headship in a Hampshire school. She has held the role of School Improvement Manager since 2016.

    Caroline co-ordinates LA work carried out in primary schools, both maintained and academy, in Havant and East Hampshire. She leads a skilled and dynamic school improvement team who focus on support and professional development for teachers, managers, leaders and governors. Their shared ambition is to enable headteachers and leadership teams to secure strong, successful schools with sustainable leadership and strong pupil outcomes. Improvement work is bespoke to individual schools or groups of schools who wish to work together towards similar outcomes and often involves a combination of personalised work alongside LA-led or peer- facilitated support.

    The Havant and East Hampshire team offer guidance for school leaders on strategic leadership, school self-evaluation, Ofsted, senior and middle leadership development, teaching and learning and curriculum skills and development. The team also deliver county-wide and district-wide programmes for senior and middle leadership development, teaching and support staff, assessment, curriculum and bespoke research and development work. They support governing bodies in the appointment and induction of new headteachers and senior leaders, in strategic school self-evaluation and the annual headteacher performance management process.

    Caroline has a successful track record from her work with schools, securing high standards, aspiration and improvements in all aspects of their work and is committed to supporting schools to being inclusive and effective for every pupil. She has a keen interest in professional learning and leadership training and development. She aims to be well-read and informed in order to excite, engage and enthuse school leaders in their roles and enable them to be efficient and effective in their work.

    Winchester, Hart and Rushmoor

    Ann Truman

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    Ann’s main role is to lead the school improvement across all schools in Winchester, Hart and Rushmoor. This involves both supporting and challenging schools, as well as leading local authority (LA) colleagues, securing improvement through:

    •  working with headteachers and senior teams of staff, deploying targeted LA support if necessary

    •  supporting school self-evaluation and improvement planning

    •  working with groups of headteachers on specific projects to raise achievement and develop practice

    •  working with governing bodies.

    As a headteacher Ann has led schools in challenging circumstances including an Ofsted category, successfully securing improvements. She has also been seconded to support schools in difficulty. Ann has an MA in Educational Leadership.

    Ann has worked closely with secondary, primary and special schools across Hampshire particularly providing support at leadership level. She is committed to developing partnership work across groups of schools and a district area. She has been a school improvement manager for six different and diverse district areas and now covers Winchester, Hart and Rushmoor.

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