Eileen Bissell – Headteacher Oakdale Junior School
Ali Carter – Headteacher Courthill Infant School
Ali has been teaching since 1994 and had the privilege of starting her teaching career in the London Borough of Newham. Her first class had 100% children from ethnic minority backgrounds and social deprivation was high. Her years teaching there were her formative years where she was able to grasp a fundamental understanding of how children acquire the English language and also of how deprivation can be a key factor in affecting life chances.
When Ali moved to Poole she taught in Early Years and Key Stage 1 in two different first schools. During which time she extended her leadership responsibilities by taking on roles such as English Leader, Leading Literacy Teacher for the Borough, Assessment Leader and EYFS leader. In 2011 she was appointed as Deputy Headteacher in a large Primary School in Bournemouth, which included leading Inclusion across the school.
In April 2015 Ali returned to Poole as Headteacher of Courthill Infant School.
Christine Chambers – Headteacher Lilliput C.E. Infant School
Christine is the Headteacher at Lilliput C.E. Infant School and has an extensive teaching background spanning nearly 30 years. She has a MA in Educational Studies specialising in coaching and mentoring.
Christine’s subject specialism is music which she has led at Lilliput as well as trained teachers as part of the Poole SCITT course, developing their subject knowledge and pedagogy. More recently she became a member of the British Dyslexia Association, having gained an equivalent Masters in Dyslexia, allowing her to carry out full dyslexic assessments.
She also sits on the board for the Borough’s SEN strategy group, the Poole School’s Forum and the SCITT management board.
Janine Harries – Headteacher Old Town Infant School and Nursery
Janine has been a teacher since 1998 gaining her first leadership post in St Luke’s Primary School in Bournemouth as an Infant Phase Leader when the school split site due to expansion and a building project. She then became Inclusion Leader and Assistant Head at Sylvan Infant School in Poole and during this time she was seconded to another local school as Deputy Head.
Janine has been the Headteacher at Old Town Infant School & Nursery in the centre of Poole since September 2012. Janine is passionate about collaboration with other schools and has used a peer to-peer model to ensure success within the school and share best practice.
In 2014-15 Janine led a Poole wide collaborative project on Assessment for Year 2 and Year 6. Additionally Janine has been a lead moderator for Key Stage 1 for the Local Authority working across several schools evaluating the practice and training staff and moderators. She sits on the Children’s Trust Board in Poole and also works closely with the local Children’s Centre to improve provision for the local community.
Janine is an active member of the Board of the local Teaching School and has a long established link with ITT provisions including SCITT and the local PTSA School Direct programme for EYFS. Old Town School takes a lead in delivering the EYFS pedagogy for the School Direct Programme in conjunction with Southampton University.
Nigel Helm – Headteacher Longfleet C.E. Primary School
Nigel has worked in several schools within the Poole and Dorset area since graduating in 1999. He began at Upton Junior School before moving on to Lytchett Matravers Primary School. During his time at Lytchett Matravers he undertook a number of roles including being accredited as an Advanced Skills Teacher in Mathematics and PE.
In 2008 Nigel moved post to become the Deputy Head at Courthill Infant School before taking up his first headship at Upton Infant School. Alongside his six successful years at the school he also supported several other Dorset schools in his role as a School Evaluation Partner for the Local Authority.
Nigel has been headteacher at Longfleet Primary School since September 2016.
Rachel Rusling – Headteacher Baden Powell and St Peter’s C.E. Junior School