The Central Team
Director of Education and Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
As a Director of Education, I am a member of the Executive Team providing advice, support and challenge to our academies on all aspects of provision for teaching, learning and leadership. My role includes providing strategic direction through coaching for school leaders, validating judgements and analysing data in addition to 'hands on' practical support for school improvement with teaching, support staff and individual/groups of pupils. I act as a first point of contact in supporting our school leaders with both day to day and strategic priorities and have Trust-wide responsibility for Admissions and Safeguarding.
As the Trust's Designated Safeguarding Lead, I provide both strategic and reactive advice, support, training and policy recommendations to the central team, Board of Trustees and our schools. I support school leaders and local committees with the management of complex child protection and safeguarding matters, allegations of abuse made against adults and any related investigations. I undertake such investigations for Headteachers, central team and governance members of the Trust and make referrals as required to the DBS/TRA. I am also the mental health first aider for the central team.