'I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the work that goes into your training package. It has been invaluable for me this term and has led to such constructive staff meetings.
It is taking us so long to get through just one of the training module videos as it has been such a great stimulus for conversation and amazing to have the flexibility to stop and discuss at our own free will and the resources have also been so helpful. It has really helped me feel that staff meetings are constructive and valued. The regular educational updates have also been such a lifesaver and easy reference point for me.
Anyway, just wanted to say thanks - it's been a long week but a brilliant staff meeting has picked me up!'
Nikita Smith, Headteacher of St. Andrew's CE Primary School, Chedworth.
'I am finding the training package so useful, especially the newsletters each week plus the training which we have used in staff meetings too. Looking forward to the one coming out on monitoring. The current articles and information are really helpful as well.'
Libby Matthews, Headteacher of Peatmoor Community School, Swindon.
'I just wanted to give a little bit of feedback on the training module that we looked at as a staff last night. I decided to start with the subject leadership module and I have to say that staff absolutely loved it! The reflection sheets really focused their thoughts.'
Lindsay Robertson, Headteacher of Willow Fields Primary School, Sunderland.
'I was really impressed with the school improvement training that was bespoke to the needs of our Trust. The training was focused, current and well planned to ensure it supported staff in effective monitoring of provision and improving outcomes for children. The training was backed up with evidence from research and the combination of theory and opportunities to put the theory in to practice ensured that all staff could develop their monitoring and evaluation skills effectively. Staff left the training confident and empowered to fulfil their roles and excited to take on the challenge.
Faye’s knowledge and experience in this field is abundant and was evident in the delivery of the training throughout the two days. This ensured staff are now able to implement effective strategies and exercises to identify strengths, areas for improvement and targeted questions to bring about rapid improvements and secure the best outcomes. Thank you'
Patsy Petrie, Senior Executive Leader of the Steel River Academy Trust, Middlesbrough
'I attended a session run remotely by Faye Heming on Governorship. The information given, from bringing the group back up to speed on the role of the Governor to what to expect should Ofsted call, provided some clear insights and brought home the areas for us to focus on. It was useful having a quick check up on the board , it's processes and policies. The sessions were delivered in an informal, yet professional manner, giving the attendees confidence to ask questions and to get clarification in their understanding. A great session which I would highly recommend to all governing boards.
Neil Chamberlain, Vice Co-Chair of Governors at Warden Hill Primary School, Cheltenham.
'As a deputy head teacher of a very large, outstanding primary school I, along with other members of the SLT, found the training from School Support Solutions to be extremely useful in monitoring the impact of our learning and teaching. The amount of 'plate spinning' required by staff in primary schools can be staggering, but Faye's training helped us break things down, make links and prioritise different tasks. The training was relevant and engaging. Case studies and tasks were pertinent to current issues with digression relating to our own school being celebrated, making the training feel bespoke whilst looking at the 'bigger picture' in education. We couldn't wait to put the things we had learnt into practice in order to continue to achieve the best experiences and outcomes imaginable for our pupils. Would highly recommend School Support Solutions.'
Paul Forster, Deputy Headteacher at Whale Hill Primary School, Middlesbrough.
'I really enjoyed the curriculum course yesterday. It was very thought provoking and I think that your presentation style was excellent. People were enthused by your knowledge and you are very approachable and insightful. We felt able to ask questions and have useful and intriguing discussions throughout the day. When completing the ‘tests’ I felt relaxed enough to give them a good try without buckling under pressure and apprehension!'
Joanne Clarkson, KS1 Leader at Zetland Primary School, Redcar.
'A really insightful two days on school improvement which entwined insightful background knowledge on approaches to use alongside the practicality of going through books together, speaking with children and applying the skills that were shared during the training. The sessions have given me the increased confidence and encouragement, especially after COVID, to go into schools and work alongside them to make a difference. A huge thanks to Faye for the two days and for sharing her wealth of expertise and knowledge.'
Stephen Jackson, Assistant Head at Grangetown Primary School, Middlesbrough
'We asked Faye to come in for a day to ascertain if we were on the right track with our curriculum development and to train our subject leaders. Her support, challenge and subsequent report was just what we needed. She is incisive and extremely knowledgeable (of both contemporary Ofsted expectations and all aspects of primary education); the feedback from our staff, following her subject leader training in the afternoon, was extraordinarily positive. I have no doubt that her services have had a very positive impact on our capacity to develop our curriculum, through increased distributed leadership. Many, many thanks Faye – looking forward to working with you in the future.'
Richard Gough, Deputy Head Teacher at Leys Primary School, Dagenham.
'Faye's workshop was informative and practical. Throughout the day our middle leaders learned how to use data to inform the subject monitoring process and also how to schedule and carry out meaningful work checks. All advice given was useful and tailored to the needs of our school. Everyone left the session feeling inspired and ready to lead other staff. The bespoke middle leadership training was fantastic and has really helped us to get some solid structure in place for our middle leaders.'
Joseph Pomeroy, Assistant Head Teacher at St Mary and St Michael Catholic Primary School, London.
'Faye provided us with ISDR training in the Spring term 2018. It was brilliant. My staff reported how clear she had made it and she certainly went the extra with further links and online support as well.'
Karen Hardman, Headteacher of St. Mary Magdalen’s CE Primary School, Accrington.
'The Middle Leadership Training has given me more direction as a leader and a better understanding of how to use my time, resources and data to improve my effectiveness. Thank you for a superb course!'
Katie Overton-Short, Teacher at Blockley C of E Primary School, Gloucestershire.
'Faye and John bounce off each other and bring different skills to the table, and of course a bit of fun! Very informative sessions – thank you for giving me more confidence. The middle leaders course is a fantastic opportunity for anyone looking to take that next step in their teaching career.'
Emily Chester, Teacher at Temple Guiting C of E Primary School, Gloucestershire.
'Excellent course content with a range of theory and practical ideas. Course leaders on the Effective Teaching and Learning course were really informative and provided some easy to apply/useful ideas, in particular with assessment and SEND. '
Jess Ralf, Teacher at Kingham Primary School, Oxfordshire.
'Thank you so much for your time and effort put into each session of the teaching assistant training. I have found it very informative and thought provoking. I will certainly work on ‘effective feedback’ with my children.'
Jennifer Bester, Teaching Assistant at Cold Aston C of E Primary School, Gloucestershire.
'Great resources, explanations and also feedback within each session. As a person new to the Teaching Assistant role, I have taken all the information on board, as a lot of it I did not know. Having the booklets to take home and re-read or work through at home was a great idea.'
Ceri Stayt, Teaching Assistant in the North Cotswold Federation of Schools, Gloucestershire.
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'Thank you for your time and expertise. Our subject leaders feel focused and ready to take the next steps with their subjects following the remote curriculum discussions each held with you.
Your feedback was really helpful and will help form the basis of our mid-year performance management discussions.'
Sandra Marsden, Co-Headteacher of Whale Hill Primary School, Middlesbrough
'Faye led a Teaching and Learning Review in our school. We decided to start the year off with a review as we had several teachers new to year groups. I can honestly say it was so very useful. It was, at all times, supportive and positive whilst giving us many pointers to further improve our practice. All staff involved reported how valuable the experience was and I was able to use the report for evidence towards self-evaluation and in reports to governors.
Karen Hardman, Headteacher of St. Mary Magdalen’s CE Primary School, Accrington.
' Thank you very much Faye. The appraisal review is particularly thorough and we really appreciate the time you have put into it. We value your guidance, support and your ability to listen and to ask pertinent questions.'
Linda Phillips, Governor at Bledington Primary School.
‘Your input has been of great value and use and it is really fantastic that we have such an excellent working relationship which we feel has greatly helped our school to achieve our latest Ofsted rating of ‘GOOD’. Your commitment to informing us of all the latest information we may need, and regular meetings with the Head and our senior leaders, has meant that you have become familiar with our school ethos, values and the dreaded data! The training courses that you have provided to our staff and the locality, have had a positive impact on upskilling our NQTs and other staff members and providing governors the opportunity to have locally based training, on matters that are of importance to our school. We certainly look forward to continuing to work with you in the future so that we can continue to strive to achieve the best possible learning opportunities for our pupils.’
Trudy Bartlett, Chair of Governors at Stow-on-the-Wold Primary School, Gloucestershire.
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'I love my job as a time-stretched Headteacher of a small primary school and always want to do the very best I can for the children in my care. School Support Solutions Ltd is therefore invaluable in a number of ways. As well as regular face-to-face meetings of a bespoke nature, I also receive succinct emails providing me with information about changes, funding opportunities and actions that I must take. I also have a phone number that I can call and the comfort of knowing that support is there, if I ever need to call upon it, is very reassuring.'
Joanne Welch, Headteacher at St. Catharine’s Catholic Primary School, Chipping Campden.
'Faye, thank you so much for all your advice and support. You have saved me so much time and your quick responses with up-to-date information to all of my queries has been really appreciated. In terms of my own CPD I am so grateful that you are always there to point me in the right direction and keep me on track.'
Jill Kewley, Headteacher at Bledington Primary School, Gloucestershire.
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'Mrs Heming has been extremely supportive of the school in a wide variety of ways since her appointment as cluster manager. She has supported the Head and school governors in conducting the Headteacher’s performance management in a timely and professional manner, offering them advice and making helpful suggestions in a supportive and collaborative atmosphere. Mrs Heming has been proactive in synthesising and analysing the latest educational research and bulletins, enabling Heads to be well informed and kept abreast of the latest educational thinking and legalities. She has developed cluster policies which have been extremely beneficial in helping schools maintain their legal obligations as well as ensuring policies are extremely thorough and agreed between neighbouring schools. This gives a real sense of strength to the polices and encourages collaborative working between schools. On a personal note Mrs Heming has been incredibly supportive to the staff and myself over a long period of time following the unexpected death of a senior member of staff and all the challenges that this has presented.'
Rebecca Scutt, Headteacher of Stow-on-the-Wold Primary School, Gloucestershire
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