Valentines High School

SLE Profiles

At Valentines High School, our Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) offer a wide range of expertise. SLEs are designated by Teaching Schools as they are outstanding middle and senior leaders who have the skills to develop the leadership capacity of individuals and teams in schools, using coaching or facilitating that draws on their knowledge and expertise in their specialist area. The work will contribute to improving outcomes for children. If you would like to book one of our SLEs to offer support in your school, please contact our Teaching School Administrator, Gayna Bedwell: for more information.

Name of SLE Role Phase & School Area of Expertise Experience

Alison Ball 

Associate Assistant Head Teacher Secondary Valentines High School Assessment for Learning, Tracking Pupil progress and data, Developing Teaching and Learning in the Sixth Form. Experience: During the past 5 years, I have re developed the way in which my own school uses data to track pupil progress. More recently, I have been involved in supporting teachers on how to use data effectively both in my own school and as part of Outreach sessions offered by our Training/Teaching school. The focus of these Outreach sessions has included “How to use pupil data in the most effective and powerful way to influence pupil attainment” and “The use of AFL in successful sixth form teaching and learning”. In addition I have led a staff Learning Group on how to create “outstanding engagement” in lessons and run whole school inset looking at the “role of effective feedback in pupil progress”, “assessment from 2014 onwards” and “tracking vulnerable groups” I am also a facilitator for the Improving Teacher and Outstanding Teacher programmes.

Angus Harrison


Assistant Headteacher


Secondary Valentines High School Science.  Teaching & Learning. Graduated TeachFirst (2008).  Worked as an Associate Tutor for TeachFirst (2011).  Masters in Educational Leadership (2013).  SSAT National Lead Practitioner (2013).  Head of Science (2013-15) – results improved from 72.4% A*-C to 86.4% A*-C Core Science within first year.  Lead Teacher of Science (2012-2013) – All 3 disciplines improved at AS value added, two A*-C GCSE’s improved from 62.5% to 68.5%.  Led, presented or participated in over 50 Teaching School events.  Led implementation of “flipped learning” initiative for Year 12 – resulting in 12/17 departments predicting higher AS results and all 12 crediting Flipped Learning with being a part of the reason why results had improved.  Designed and led a results based second-year teacher improvement programme, rated as 9.3/10 by participants for effectiveness.