Since January 2014 Charlie hass worked at the Wensleydale School, initially as an Associate Assistant Headteacher and then as Assistant Headteacher responsible for Academic Progress from May 2016. His main responsibilities are for staff development and CPD, Assessment, CIAG and Student voice. The role means he works with the Deputy Head to deliver the PiXL methodology across the school.
He has been a history teacher since 2008. Completed his History Degree at Birmingham University in 2004 and PGCE at Oxford Unviversity in 2008 (worked in publishing before switching to teaching). He worked at his first school in Oxfordshire from 2008 to 2014, and moved through the roles of Gifted and Talented Coordinator, history PGCE student mentor, Lead teacher for delivering Assessment for Learning training across the school, Deputy Head of Year, Head of Year. During that time he also worked with Oxford University PGCE Department to deliver sessions to the history interns on Planning for Progress, and was part of their interview panels for prospective history PGCE students.
Charlie says, “As a result of Noisy Classroom methods and then the competition based my History AS level teaching around debate with the result that all students got at least their expected grade, with most getting target grade (some had not done GCSE history). The ALPs score for the class was a ‘2’ (top 10% of A level providers). I was trying to build an evidence base for the impact of debate in the classroom, as I needed to show it worked. As a result I have now ensured it is a key element of the KS3 English curriculum, every Faculty across the school now has a ‘Debate Champion’ who will be coaching other staff on how to use debate at all key stages, and our first student led Debate Society is preparing for their first debate of the new league season.”