Following a decade of success in improving educational standards at Perryfields we are aiming to develop support strategies which can be shared with other schools. In the present financial and educational climate it seems clear that schools will need to work together to share their best practice.

We have 4 Lead Practitioners (AST’s) who all have experience in working in schools in challenging circumstances with both experience within their own subject areas of English, History, RS and ICT as well as whole school issues.

School AST Contact:

Faye Foster

Faye has taught Religious Studies since 1999 and been a Head of Department for 9 years. Faye has been an AST since 2007; this has involved working with a number of colleagues in schools within Sandwell. As part of this role she has supported teachers in the classroom, devised schemes of work and assessment tasks and also planned and delivered INSET sessions for teachers in the early stages of their careers. She is a TEEP trainer, gaining accreditation in July 2009.

Nicola Barratt

Nicola has worked in the I.T industry for 5 years before becoming an “Outstanding” teacher as judged by Ofsted on two separate inspections. She has worked in main stream education for 7 yrs, and as an AST for 3 years. Nicola enjoys working with Teachers, NQTs, HODs and Senior Leaders to improve the quality of teaching and learning in a variety of educational settings. She is responsible for the delivery of whole school Inset and customised ICT training for staff, parents and the community and has been instrumental in changes to school policy. She has a personal interest in new and initiative technologies and is responsible for the Secondary phases of the NQT training programme in Sandwell.

Paul Page

Paul has been a classroom teacher since 1979. After working in Lichfield from 1979 until 1988 he joined Sandwell LEA in January 1989 as Head of Department (History) at Perryfields High School. In 2000 he was nominated by the LEA as their Secondary school representative to meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace in 2000. In 2003 Paul qualified as an AST and has continued in this role to the present day.