Jose Garcia – SLE Pen Portrait

SLE Specialism: Geography.

I am currently the Curriculum Leader of Geography which I have done for the past three years and a Teaching and learning advocate at the school I work for.

Previous to this I was the curriculum coordinator for the school’s thematic curriculum and have worked as a teaching and learning coach in connection with the use of ICT. I believe myself to be an innovative teacher who has inspired other members of the department to implement a range of successful strategies that has led to a significant and sustained improvement in geography. My department has consistently been well above national GCSE benchmarks for 3, 4 and 5 levels progress and more than 40% of our GCSE students achieve A/A*.

I have been actively involved in establishing the Barnsley Geography Network and have shared good practice with other middle leaders in Barnsley. I have worked hard to raise the profile of Geography which was acknowledged by the Royal Geographical Society in identifying the school I am situated in as being in the top 100 GCSE Geography entries in the country.