Richard Jones – SLE Pen Portrait

SLE Specialism: P.E, Leadership of CPD

Having almost twenty years of leadership experience, my focus as both a middle and senior leader has consistently been on ensuring that all students have the best possible opportunity to succeed.

In the roles I have had, including pastoral, curriculum and leadership, I have been able to use my diverse skills to support and challenge staff.

I place a lot of emphasis upon understanding the needs of the school, department and staff so that we can find the right solution for everybody – to make improvements and ultimately meet the needs of students and improve outcomes.

My work in the development of quality assurance processes has seen me work with colleagues across many different schools, key stages and specialisms. The involvement has included supporting a single member of staff to working on middle leader CPD planning and departmental support –   right through to whole school self-evaluation and improvement planning.  The projects have resulted in leadership decisions being better informed and consequently improvements in outcomes and external judgments.

I worked as a PE subject teacher in an 11-18 mixed comprehensive school and I was quickly given responsibility in the subject specialism and in the pastoral system. Moving into the role of a curriculum leader brought a period of change in our school which included appointing new staff, renegotiating and changing TLR structures and succession planning. More recently working as a senior leader and completing the NPQML and NPQSL, I have taken on additional wider responsibilities that supported the whole school. I would however, say that my main key skill is being a people person – I am a good listener and find it easy to build rapport with colleagues and students, empathise with their situation and put them at ease.  My leadership style is grounded in reaching consensus and  being approachable yet is well informed and focussed on making decisions that are the best for the students of the school.