St Mary's CE Primary in central Banbury has embarked on an 'outdoor learning' journey, and children were excited to begin new Forest School sessions earlier this term.Having been through setbacks and put on hold in recent years, Forest School planning at St Mary's was finall...
ODST heads at Leadership ConferenceWe were delighted to be able to bring many ODST headteachers together for a face to face conference on 26 November, with a keynote speaker from Chimp Management.A positive and vibrant atmosphere reflected that the conference was the first time ODST...
Lisa is an experienced primary school leader and has spent 14 years in headship and executive headship.
Since joining ODST in early 2019, she has taken on leadership roles at St Christopher's CE primary in Langford, Burford Primary, and most recently has been Executive Headteacher at Blewbury CE Primary.
As well as school leadership, Lisa has significant experience of supporting schools identified as requiring extra support. As a headteacher, she has provided school-to-school support and has been commissioned by Local Authorities to conduct school improvement reviews. Lisa has also worked with the ODST central school improvement team alongside her headship roles, and from January 2022 is excited to take on an expanded school improvement role and work with more schools in the trust.
Lisa says she has a passion for rapid school improvement, and for embedding effective leadership and management through the development of people. In addition to her school improvement role, she is looking forward to coaching senior leaders in ODST and other schools as part of the NPQ programme beginning in the Spring term.
DEVELOPING EXCELLENCE ACROSS ODST SCHOOLS
Funded Senior Leader NPQs - get started in February!
ODST is delivering a fully-funded National Professional Qualification course for senior leaders or aspiring senior leaders (NPQSL), beginning in February 2022.
NPQs are prestigious qualifications, already widely recognised by the sector. Participants will be learning alongside peers with similar goals and experiences and a shared commitment to vision-driven education. NPQs also include small group coaching sessions, and are designed to help participants refine and expand leadership skills, becoming a more effective leader inside and outside the classroom.
New for Autumn 2021, ODST Subject Leader networks have been giving subject leaders the chance to meet and share practice with peers across the trust who lead in the same curriculum area.
The key aim is to create a supportive, sharing network of subject leaders because our belief is that all of us are better than one of us. Sessions are designed to share information and to develop good practice, and the feedback from each meeting helps build the agenda for the next.
While ODST has previously facilitated sharing networks for English, mathematics, Early Years and SEND leaders, there are now groups for art, science, history, geography, computing, PE, RE, music, MFL, DT and PSHE.
Could your school or someone in it be an award winner? This is your chance to get your community recognised on a national stage, and it would be fantastic to have lots of ODST nominations. Categories range from TA, teacher or headteacher of the year, to 'Unsung hero', 'Lifetime achievement', 'Digital innovator' or 'Making a difference'.