I have many years of teacher training experience and have worked extensively with headteachers, mentors and NQTs; I was formerly the Programme Manager of a School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) Provider, selecting and training cohorts of trainees towards their Post-Graduate Certificate in Education with Qualified Teacher Status. In my extensive teaching career, I have taught Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. I have held posts of responsibility as English co-ordinator, Key Stage 1 co-ordinator, deputy head and headteacher roles.
I am a trained Ofsted and Pikuach inspector and an Assessor of the former Graduate Teacher Programme. I have experience in training trainees in the School Direct and Assessment Only routes to NTS. In order to deepen my understanding of dynamics of human behaviour in the individual and in groups at work, I completed a one-year Infant Observation course at the Tavistock Clinic and attended a Tavistock Institute and Hebrew University Group Relations conference on Authority Leadership Organisation.
My special interest and expertise is in the integration of secular and faith studies in primary schools. I have worked in the establishment of new primary schools and serve as governor in one of them. I have a keen interest in how children learn to read and in their reading for pleasure. I have specialised in developing innovative and easy-to-apply methods to teach children to read.
I have a Master’s degree from the Institute of Education in Educational Management & Administration.
I also work with a number of associates who include experienced educational consultants, leadership and organisational development consultants, culture change facilitators, curriculum specialists, tutors and mentors.
They include: Esther Colman, Lindy Grant, Jacqueline Harris and Jenny Rodin.
Leonie Sher, B.Ed., M.A.
Director, Leonie Sher Educational Consultancy – Teacher Training