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CTS teacher receives ELE designation

Well done to Mr James Lee, who is one of three Trust members of staff who have been designated as Evidence Leads in Education to give specialist support, both to their own schools and to others across the region.

ELEs are outstanding teachers, who are middle and senior leaders with the skills to support individuals or teams in similar positions in other schools. They understand what outstanding leadership of evidence-informed school improvement looks like and are skilled in helping other leaders to achieve it in their own context.

Mr Lee, Kelly Herbert from Corby Business Academy and Liam Benner from Beanfield Primary School underwent individual interviews in which they detailed how they are using research evidence to drive school improvement.

Mr Lee, who is second in Maths, said: ‘I have been engaging with educational research and looking to put that into practice at CTS. I am really looking forward to working with colleagues in other schools, being able to coach and guide them to use evidence based research to drive school improvement.

‘I am interested in retrieval practice with research into the working memory and how to get students to know more and remember it for longer. It is research that is transferable to multiple subjects.

‘What we are trying to do is to be as informed as possible so the changes we make are the most effective. It is being quite confident that what we have researched will work and translate into   classroom practice.

‘I have previously facilitated collaboration with peer to peer school visits for Trust Maths Heads of Department and also shadowed VP Linda Arnold in her SLE role. My ELE designation will be exciting and helpful, not only for CTS, but for the Trust as a whole. It is the collaborative aspect that is most exciting about it.’

James has been a teacher at CTS since qualifying: ‘It has been really exciting to be part of CTS’s expansion and growth and that has given everybody the opportunity to be part of a massive change,  to be creative and make sure we are providing the best quality education for our students. We are quite a tight knit school with so much passion and enthusiasm for helping students and I love it here.’


Gemma Marks, the Director of the newly designated Brooke Weston Training Hub said: ‘I am delighted that three leading practitioners from schools within our Trust have received this designation. The ELE role is at the cutting edge of system leadership and place Kelly, Liam and James at the forefront of supporting schools in Northamptonshire to engage in evidence-led practice. In partnership with Learn-AT Associate Research School, my ambition is that Kelly, Liam and James will be joined by further staff from within Brooke Weston Trust in the future. ‘