Lead Practitioners

MRS LAURA HEBDEN (Geography)

Laura studied Geography BSc at University of Birmingham and completed a PGCE at the Institute of Education qualifying as a teacher in 2003. She began her career as teacher of Geography in Chelmsford and moved to Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls in 2006 to become Head of Geography.  This is a post she has held for ten years and in addition, she is currently Initial Teacher Training co-ordinator. As an experienced Head of Department she is able to offer support to new subject leaders, provide assistance with documents such as departmental self-assessment forms, department development plans, coaching, moving towards outstanding teaching and learning, assessment and fieldwork in Geography (including risk assessments).


MRS JACINTA APPLEBY (Creativity)

Jacinta studied Design and Silversmithing at Birmingham institute of Art and Design, and completed a PGCE at Middlesex University. In 2014 she successfully completed her MA in Education and Contemporary Art Practise at Goldsmiths University.

Jacinta has been involved in Art and Design education for 23 years as classroom practitioner, Head of Department and Lead Practitioner. In 2012 the Art Department was the focus of an HMI good practise inspection. One of the first accredited SSAT Lead Practitioners in Art and Design Jacinta worked with Heads of Department in schools across London and Essex on raising achievement and creating an inclusive curriculum. She leads the National Middle Leaders training for teachers in the Humanities and Arts, and developed a series of CPD events using the Brentwood Road Gallery as a focus for cross-curricular and creative learning events. Jacinta is able to offer support to individual teachers and to subject leaders who are seeking to develop their department and raise achievement at KS4. She sees the role of teacher as being inherently a creative role, and has experience of working with SLT teams to develop their cultural and creative curriculum.

 

MR PAUL CLAYDON (English)

Paul studied History and Literature at Essex University and completed a PGCE at Anglia Ruskin University.  Paul began teaching English in Essex in 2007. He has taught in 5 state schools, 2 of which were successful in moving out of Special Measures. At Chelmer Valley High School, he was Deputy Head of Sixth Form and Deputy Head of English  when the school was graded Outstanding by Ofsted and gained its highest GCSE results to date.  He worked as Head of Faculty at Frances Bardsley, securing the school's best results at GCSE in English under the new specification to date. Paul then moved on to take on Leadership roles, supporting Primary Schools in their leadership and improving quality of teaching across the Academies, ensuring that they were able to secure improvements. Having enjoyed his time at Frances Bardsley Paul has returned to work as Lead Practitioner, coordinating and developing support work for schools in English, Maths and Science. Most recently, Paul has been working with Maths Departments to provide support and collaborative opportunities for Heads of Maths and NQTs. Paul is able to offer strategic and practical support, having successfully led English Departments and been part of Leadership teams for the last 7 years

 

MRS ALEX LAKHAN (Languages)

Alexandra studied English Language, Literature and Civilisation at the University of La Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris, and completed her degree as an Erasmus student in London in 2000. She went on to qualify as an MFL teacher in 2002 from the Institute of Education. While still a NQT, she started her Master of Teaching and obtained a Post-graduate diploma three years later. She has worked in Havering for the last 14 years, and in 2004 was Subject Leader for MFL for the Havering Beacon Partnership. She has been a Head of Department since 2005 and is now also a Lead Practitioner for MFL. She is a member of the Association of Language Learning (ALL).

 

MR SURINDER PANESAR (Maths)

 Surinder has been involved in teaching and learning of mathematics for the over 23 years.  He studied Mathematics & Physics (BSc), Control Engineering and ICT (MSc) and completed his PGCE at Kings College London (under the mentoring of Dylan Wiliam). His first teaching post was at the high achieving Seven Kings High School under the leadership of Sir Alan Steer, followed by two promotions at St. Edwards CofE School (Second and then Head of Department), where he led the department to consistently and significantly raise it’s A*-C results to 86%. 

Before moving into Senior Leadership, Surinder worked for four years as a LA Secondary Mathematics Consultant for Barking and Dagenham; during this time, his understanding of whole school and subject development was influenced by regular training through national and local initiatives.  This provided Surinder with opportunities to work with teachers (in and outside the classroom), subject teams, subject leaders and senior leadership.  The need to tailor the approach for each school was an essential learning curve, whilst maintaining the desired outcomes.

As an Assistant Headteacher (in charge of Student Progress) at The King Edmund School, Surinder honed his understanding that accurately tracking students’ current progress and developing an ownership of next steps in students learning is essential to developing a sense of life-long learning.  He believes, in order to support this, teachers must have a thorough understanding of not only the progression within a topic but have an understanding of the links between topics. Surinder had the opportunity to become a Trainee Ofsted Inspector (with Serco), which enabled him to support the work of the Senior and Middle Leadership teams to move the school from ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Good’.

Surinder is able to offer a variety of support, from individual teachers to subject teams.