Maria is passionate about education and how the collective power of partnership working in education can be the catalyst to deliver educational excellence and great outcomes for all children and young people.
Her career in education started as a maths teacher in East Sussex and she has held a wide range of senior educational leadership positions in schools, university and other organisations including as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors for Schools and as Deputy Regional Schools Commissioner in the South-East. She is also a trustee in a local Multi-academy Trust.
Michele’s career in education includes senior leadership, consultancy, teacher training, school improvement support and national training programmes.
I’ve been immersed in the world of education throughout my working life. I have extensive school governing experience across all phases and settings and am a National Leader of Governance and Special Adviser on governance to the Department of Education.
Ruth has been appointed by TSC as the National Leader of Governance (NLG) Regional Lead to oversee and lead the SESL team of NLGs across the SESL region in 2020.
Ellen has held senior roles both in schools and in LAs both as a Head of Inclusion and Head of Standards and Achievement..
Nicola has a background in business and project management having worked for the Local Education Authority.
As Executive Development Officer for STSN and SAfE I am very pleased to be working in support of the development of Surrey’s school-led school improvement services, and am very excited to be a part of the team.
For the past 10 years I have worked closely with Surrey secondary schools through my role with Phase Council and more recently with colleagues at STSN.
My role at SAfE is to develop our network and services, strengthen our communication with all schools and partners, as we grow and build from the firm foundations of partnership working and collaboration within Surrey’s school community.
Alex joined the SAfE team in January 2021 and oversees SAfE’s Professional Learning Programme as a whole, ensuring quality and balance and that the programme reflects the needs of our Surrey schools.
Sam joined the administration team in February 2021. She has a background in Events Management and is looking forward to using her experiences within the SAfE team.
I joined SAfE in early February. My role is Maria’s PA and admin support for the whole department. I’m very excited to contribute and to be a part of the team.
Matthew Rixson is an experienced school improvement professional. He is the Deputy Director of Education and Head of School Effectiveness for the Diocese of Guildford. Matthew has worked in primary schools for over 25 years in a range of contexts, including nine years as a headteacher.
Matthew joined the SAfE team in September 2021. Prior to that he spent five years working for Hampshire Inspection and Advisory Service, acting as the Leadership and Learning Partner for several school across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Matthew was also the Hampshire LA data lead and a key member of the assessment team.
He has a particular interest in curriculum development, formative assessment and tackling educational disadvantage, providing support tailored to the needs of the school . Matthew enjoys helping schools build leadership capacity through coaching and mentoring. He regularly leads professional development courses and governor training.
Leah’s background is in project and data management having worked in a similar role for the National Trust.
Gemma has a background in project and data management having worked for Brooklands College.
Louise’s career in education includes headship for the past 10 years and school improvement support.
Roxanne has been teaching for 17 years across KS1 and KS2. Roxanne has been an Advanced Skills teacher, Reading Leader and mentored English leaders new to the role in her previous schools.
Most recently she was a headteacher in a primary school in West London. Roxanne has a passion for teaching and learning and curriculum design, and is interested in using cognitive learning strategies to help pupils learn and remember more.
Krista is Head of Literacy and Year 6 at St Mary's Primary School, Oxted and has teaching experience across both Keystages and EYFS.
Krista is an SLE, supporting the improvement of LIteracy in schools across Surrey; mentoring students and NQTs and is a writing moderator for Surrey. Krista is particularly interested in children's literature as a platform for supporting children's learning and love of reading.
Megan Griffiths currently works at a primary School in Kingston. She has taught across KS1 and KS2 and works very closely with the EYFS team. Megan is currently Head of Year 2 and works as a Moderator for Kingston borough. She has a passion for early reading and phonics.
Tim is Headteacher and Lead DSL at Walton on the Hill Primary School, and is working with SAfE as a School based consultant.
Emma has been teaching for 8 years across KS1 and KS2 and prior to that worked in children’s publishing. Emma is currently Assistant Head at a primary school in Woking and has been English lead for 5 years.
She has been a SCITT & NQT mentor and currently coaches Team Leaders as well as lead CPD. Emma is passionate about supporting teachers, providing ambitious learning for all pupils and ensuring children have access to high quality, exciting texts.
Sophie currently works as Teaching School Lead and Teaching & Learning Lead at St Polycarp's School, Farnham.
Through her experience as a teacher and senior leader in KS1 and KS2, she has developed a passion for quality first teaching and challenge for all.
In her role as an English SLE, Sophie frequently leads training on subject knowledge, moderation, best practice and coaching, from ITT students to new English leads.
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