Margaret is a retired deputy head teacher; who worked in a large inner-city high school. Prior to senior leadership roles, she was Head of Religious Studies; also teaching history, citizenship and law. Margaret had particular responsibility for training new teachers as well as the appraisal and professional development of all staff both teaching and support. She was also involved in developing strategies for effective classroom management and safeguarding procedures. Margaret supported staff in a range of educational settings to implement and monitor these strategies effectively. She served on the strategic board for the GTP programme. Margaret was a member of SACRE which is responsible for writing and monitoring the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. She was a member of the consultative management group of one of the largest examination boards charged with developing and tracking new national qualifications and grading systems. She has extensive experience in inspecting and observing the conduct of external examinations at all levels, including Key Stage 2 SATs. Margaret has served on short listing and interviewing committees appointing a range of staff including head teachers. She has conducted competency and capability procedures including coaching staff to successful outcomes.
Margaret is a governor at Oakhill Primary and until recently Alexandra Federation; she is link governor for Pupil Premium, Key stage 2 and Head teacher’s Performance Management. Committee responsibilities include Resources, HR, Staff Welfare, Appointments and Exclusions.
Margaret is a member of West End Methodist Church and Centre; two churches came together to convert an almost derelict pub into a church and community centre. Having raised just under a million pounds to convert the building they were successful in obtaining a lottery grant for £490,000 to employ three staff. She was part of the group which put together bids for grants and now supports other groups in their bids for funding. Recently they were runner up in the Sentinel Heroes Awards in the Community section. Margaret volunteers with Foodbank and is the safeguarding officer for the Church and Centre.