April News and Updates

Posted on 30 March 2016

Spring update

DNEAT central team welcomed Mary-Jane Edwards as DNEAT Academies Group Executive Principal (AGEP) for the South-West of the region and on 11th April Oliver Burwood joins the team with responsibility for the West. Both have a wealth of experience and expertise and this month we focus on finding out more about Mary-Jane.

"My fifteen years teaching experience covers both secondary and primary phases. During this time I held a number of senior leadership positions.I was seconded to the Local Authority to support the National Literacy Strategy in 1998 where I led training and worked closely with schools where standards in English needed to rise.I became the English Adviser for Norfolk and led a team who were effective in improving standards in schools across the county.I was promoted to become a Senior Adviser in 2008 with oversight of 82 schools in the North of the County.I also managed a team of School Improvement Partners.The team I led at this point was particularly effective in increasing the number of schools that were judged good or better by Ofsted.I became a Lead Adviser for Leadership and Governance development in 2011 and more recently, Head of the Education Intervention and Inspection Service.The schools that my team worked with improved their standards at a much faster pace than found locally or nationally. I was a member of the senior leadership team when the LA was judged as effective by Ofsted in 2014.I have twelve years of experience as an Ofsted inspector – as a team member, a lead and working with Her Majesty's Inspectors in monitoring schools in inspection categories.I have also sought to broaden my professional experience through external work. In 2004, I completed an MBA in Education Leadership and Management.Most recently I was successful in securing a contract with the DfE for Norfolk Local Authority to provide specialist support to the academies and free schools programme."

Dates for your diary

11 April Oliver Burwood joins DNEAT

12 April Regional Steering Group Meeting East Kings Centre Gt Yarmouth 9.30-12.30

13 April Preparation for Ofsted – Embedding Good and Outstanding Governance Governor training Easton House 6pm-8pm

13 April Diocesan Board of Education Headteacher Conference Norwich Cathedral 9-4 pm

14 April Regional Steering Group Meeting West Green Britain Centre Swaffham 9.30-12.30

14 April Clerks Summer Briefing Easton House 4pm-6pm

19 April Regional Steering Group Meeting West Kings Lynn PDC 9.30 – 12.30

19 April Orovia Budget workshop Peterhouse Church of England Primary Academy 9-4

19 April Governor Role in Monitoring and Evaluation Kings Centre Gt Yarmouth 6-8 pm

20 April Orovia Budget workshop Swaffham Church of England Junior Academy 9-4

22 April Heads and Chairs Forum Diocesan House 9-4 pm

25 April Edison Training for AGEP's and Academy Improvement Associates Easton House 9-5pm

26 April NQT Training Diocesan House 1.30-5pm

27 April Finance Officer Update day Diocesan House 9-2pm

28 April Edison Leadership Network Day Diocesan House 9-5pm

Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust. Company no: 8737435.