Nell Banfield

Nell Banfield

I have lived in Manchester all my life and have taught in seconday schools in Cheshire and Greater Manchester since 1972. I have been a Link Adviser for a number of schools in local authorities around Manchester, many of which have significant challenges.

I qualified as a teacher in 1972 and my CV details my experience during my career.

I am an English teacher at heart but have developed expertise in providing for learners from 11-16 years with additional needs both in behaviour and learning over a number of years both in schools, units and in an LA support service. Most of this has been in mainstream schools but recent experience as acting head of an EBSD school in special measures and principal of a federation of EBSD schools has strengthened my special school expertise and my leadership experience. Some judgements on these skills can be seen here

I applied to become a School Improvement Partner for special and mainstream secondary schools in 2007, was accredited in both areas and am currently a SIP for a number of special and mainstream schools and several PRUs.  I am working within the Gaining Ground partnership with one secondary school which raised attainment at 5A* - C including English and Maths by 20% in 2010.

From 2007 - 2009 I was also a Programme Manager for the Qualifications Curriculum and Development Authority for diversity, equalities and stakeholder engagement, including engaging hard to reach parents and pupils in discussions about the new primary and secondary curricula.

Since 2008 I have been a National Challenge Adviser to three schools all of which have raised standards in attainment at 5A* - C including English and Maths to above the National Challenge benchmark.

I am a Team Inspector for special schools, mainstream secondary schools, PRUs, and before and after school clubs across all phases from EYFS to KS4 and Post 16.  Information about additional roles can be found in my CV

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