System Leadership 'Teaching School'

Dowdales’ commitment to system leadership is strong. The school takes a lead role, both locally and across the county, in delivering high quality support for teachers that improves standards, provides school to school support and continuous professional and leadership development for colleagues.

Since its inception in 2015 Dowdales has been a lead school in the North North West, Cumbria and North Lancashire Maths Hub. This is enabling the school to lead and shape national mathematical pedagogy and practice. It also gives the school access to funding and continuing professional development that is benefitting our school, as well as staff and students locally and across the county, including Lancashire.

Ms Scott, Dowdales Mathematics Academic Team Leader, is the Maths Hub lead and a member of the Maths Hub Strategic Board. She is one of four secondary mastery specialists working across the Hub. This academic year we have been supporting William Howard School’s Maths Department.

Until late, we have been a Strategic Partner in the Queen Katherine Teaching School Alliance and have worked closely with them on ITT and SCITT provision.  Miss Bowes, Deputy Headteacher, has taken on the role of Dowdales ITT lead.  She has been a member of the SCITT Board.

As a Strategic Partner in the Yarlside Teaching School Alliance we are working with them on developing Leadership programmes.  This academic year we have run a Middle Leadership programme for 15 delegates, primary and secondary, which started in September 2016.  The programme consists of 6 sessions facilitated by Miss Bowes, Deputy Headteacher and Specialist Leader of Education and Mrs Dove, Assistant Headteacher.

Our social, moral, spiritual and cultural provision is a strength of the school.  Mrs Dyer, Assistant Headteacher, is working for the third year as a SLICE (Specialist Leader of Cultural Education) brokered through Curious Minds.

Staff also working as system leaders include:-

  • Miss Aubrey, Deputy Headteacher, who chairs the Furness Education Consortium Curriculum Group and has worked as a member of the North LASL Disadvantaged student working group.
  • Mrs Bettinson, Academic Team Leader for English, continues to work as part of the West LASL English leadership group.
  • Mr Waddington, Assistant Headteacher, continues as a member of the Furness Pupil Referral Unit Management Board.
  • Mrs Bunter, Academic Team Leader for RS and Citizenship, is an active member of Cumbria SACRE.

Julie O’Connor, Headteacher, is the vice chair of CASH and the Chair of the Furness Education Consortium. She is a member of the North North West Strategic Board and the Senior Lead for the Maths Hub, Sub Hub B (South Cumbria and North Lancashire). She is also the senior Lead for the South LASL Alternative Provision Free School Stakeholders group. Ms O’Connor represents CASH on the LA Inclusion Board and represents secondary Headteacher’s on the Cumbria Mental Health Partnership Group.