Kaye Palmer-GreeneNational Leader of Education
Kaye has provided support to schools in North Somerset, Bristol, Bath, Birmingham and London, in her capacity as a NLE and former Ofsted Inspector.
In 2003 Kaye established the first provision in North Somerset catering for students that were missing education and out of school, by 2009 this provision was judged to be Outstanding and had a 100% success rate in returning and maintaining students back into mainstream school.
Following the success of this provision Kaye was asked by Bristol L.A, in 2012, to become Head of Bristol Gateway School, an SEMH School which was in Special Measures and at risk of closure. Initially a one-year contract Kaye became the permanent Head in 2013. The culture of the school was changed, putting the focus onto the achievement of the students; providing consistent policies and routines and creating a more dynamic, focussed SLT to drive and maintain the changes. The school was awarded a Good rating within 3 years.
In 2017 Kaye became Executive Principal of The Woodway Federation, comprising Bristol Gateway and Woodstock Special Schools. In their most recent Ofsted reports both schools were awarded Good status.
The Woodway Federation also offers an outreach programme offering support and guidance regarding behaviour and meeting the needs of students to over 30 primary schools in Bristol.
Wendy YeoSpecialist Leader of Education
Wendy has been teaching for 26 years; in mainstream schools with a high level of additional needs as well as socio-economic deprivation, or in specialist provision for children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs (SEMH). Prior to joining Woodstock school she managed Bristol's KS2 PRU provision. She has developed a high level of knowledge and expertise in working with pupils exhibiting challenging behaviour in the classroom and has a solution-focused approach to understanding, managing and changing experiences for these pupils. She is currently Head of School at Woodstock School, part of the Woodway Federation. In this role she leads on outcome-driven curriculum development throughout the school, with consideration of individual or group accessibility requirements. She works with other education leaders in the authority to strengthen the voice of SEMH SEN. She is passionate about improving outcomes for the most disadvantaged
Andy GowellSpecialist Leader in Education
Andy has taught in SEMH for over 15 years since graduating in 2005 with PE and QTS. Since then he has achieved an MA in Education specialising in raising attainment within SEN. Over the years he has also worked as part of the Strategic Safeguarding Team and been in collaborative SEND reviews across a range of organisations both in SEND and mainstream. The focus of his work has focused on SEND curriculum design, assessment for learning and more recently the quality of education judgement within the new framework.
Daisy-May LewisSpecialist Leader in Education
Daisy joined the Woodway Federation as an NQT based in Key Stage 4 and leading the VIP (Values in Practice Department) with responsibility for PSHE, Careers Education, Citizenship and Religious Studies. These responsibilities quickly moved into leading the school anti-bullying ambassadors and Student Council. As a recently qualified teacher Daisy moved into Key Stage 3 leading the primary to secondary transition programme and working primarily with Year 7, Daisy's passion for pupil voice extended into becoming responsible for Healthy School's, the Bristol Ideal Project, being an advocate for CSE and running self-esteem workshops for girls . This led to Bristol Gateway School achieving the Mayors' Award for a Health Improving School and the Anti-Bullying Alliance Gold Status.
Daisy moved on to be Head of Key Stage 3 at Bristol Gateway School and during this time used her record of successful leadership to become an SLE through Bristol Cathedral Teaching School Alliance working closely with colleagues to share an extensive knowledge of SEND, Behaviour and Improving the Outcomes for Disadvantaged Groups of Students. Daisy is now based at Woodstock Primary School working to develop a knowledge of the primary curriculum and is leading PSHE and RSE, whilst teaching a Year 6 class. She is currently working on a whole federation project which aims to teach our young people about their brain and the brain's ability to change and learn. This will include acknowledging with students their adverse childhood experiences and how their brain has the ability to form new neuropathways and new ways of responding to situations.
Dawn EdwardsSpecialist Leader in Education
Dawn has been teaching for more than 20 years in a variety of settings including mainstream, MLD and SEMH. This wide range of experience has led to a strongly held belief in the importance of inclusion and the strategies which can be implemented to support children with SEMH difficulties.
In 2016, Dawn became Teacher-in-Charge of the 2 year Stable Block Project, an Early Intervention Base sited at Woodstock School. This role has involved working collaboratively with mainstream colleagues, supporting and advising staff, developing whole school systems as well as modelling best practice and leading training.
The ability to work collaboratively and in a supportive, non-judgemental manner has been central to the continuing success of the project, now renamed as North Star Outreach.