30 May Ben BignallSLE Specialism: English, Greater Depth and Curriculum
Ben is an experienced Deputy Headteacher who has worked across a variety of school settings both in London and other parts of the UK. He is the Deputy Headteacher at De Beauvoir Primary School and has had a wealth of experience teaching across both KS1 and KS2. He has coached and mentored both NQTs, RQTs and middle leaders to develop practice and embed pedagogy. He has modelled lessons, team planned and team taught and reviewed teaching and learning. He has experience of delivering a range of CPD sessions, which are often tailored to specific school’s needs and securely underpinned by best practice and current pedagogy. Through completing his NPQSL, he had had extensive experience in establishing and embedding key whole-school resources and activities at a school-wide level to develop children working at Greater Depth in both Mathematics, Reading and Writing and develop key AfL practices across both Key Stages. He has re-written and embedded marking policies and monitored and reviewed their impact. He has a strong track record of supporting Early Career Teachers with embedding Incremental Coaching and being seconded to the Institute of Education to work on their PGCE Primary programme.
In addition, Ben has a keen eye and huge passion for curriculum development, ensuring it is in line with research and pedagogy and weaving it through all aspects of the school. He has worked with schools in other areas to develop and improve their curriculum structures.
Ben has experience of assisting teachers and English leads and senior leaders reshape their writing provision and is an expert in developing thrilling hooks; he has also led CPD sessions on writing moderation for both KS1 and KS2 and is a lead Local Authority writing moderator.