SLE Jo Upton

English, Phonics
Primary Phase
Sir Frank Whittle Primary School

Since September 2013 I have been working as a Teaching and Learning Consultant for The Inspire Federation of schools in Coventry.  Prior to this I spent seven years working as a Learning and Achievement Consultant for Coventry LA, specialising in Primary English.  I am an SLE for English and Phonics, and have additional specialisms in NQT development and improving teaching and learning.  I have previously been a Lead Consultant for the Every Child a Writer programme, and am a DfE accredited Local Consultant for Improvement.

Within The Inspire Federation, my role continues to be predominantly driving the improvement of teaching and learning across the schools, providing universal and tailored support packages for teachers at all stages of their careers.  Support includes improving subject knowledge, developing effective planning, modelling and demonstrating good practice and leading staff training.

I have a wide range of experience in working with teachers and school leaders in this way.  I use coaching and mentoring to inspire and motivate change in practice and have a track record of making significant and sustained improvements.  I really enjoy the challenge of supporting colleagues across a variety of schools.  My approach is rooted in building positive relationships with colleagues and pupils to make a real difference.

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