Vanessa Bennett

Vanessa is the Assistant Headteacher at Herbert Morrison Primary School with 17 years experience across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.  As well as holding responsibility for Key Stage 2, she jointly lead provision of interventions and Pupil Premium provision. This involves planning, monitoring and reviewing provision for vulnerable pupils and those with additional needs.

As part of the school’s leadership team, she led Key stage 2 from ‘requires improvement’ in 2014 to an ‘outstanding’ judgement in our 2016 OfSTED inspection. She supported the development of planning, raised expectations of adults and children and developed the effective use of additional adults. She drove change through coaching and mentoring of staff to support the development of the school during this period of transition.

As an experienced mentor, Vanessa has coached and mentored a significant number of NQTs, teachers and middle leaders.  Additionally, she used peer observation and team teaching as effective tools to improve the teaching of those with whom she works. Vanessa lead the development of engaging staff in effective deployment of teaching assistants and additional adults to develop the levels of challenge and support offered to learners in the classroom. She identifies staff training needs and arrange appropriate external and/or internal support in order to further develop teaching assistants’ skills.

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