Christine Bushell

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Christine Bushell – Cleeve


Chris has been working at Cleeve Primary School (Academy) for over 10 years and has been a member of the leadership team since 2009. She is the phase leader for lower key stage 2 and has line managed this team for a number of years with the ultimate goal of ensuring children receive quality provision to reach their full potential whilst raising standards across the phase.

In 2013, Chris became the lead governor for improving governance in order to raise governors’ accountability and effectiveness as part of the school’s leadership structure. She was instrumental in leading the governors to achieve The National Governors’ Mark in October 2014. She is now also the Chair of Governors at another local primary school. Chris will be leading information sessions regarding The Governor Mark to another school in the city in February.

She has also been the Special Educational Needs Coordinator for almost 3 years, gaining her National Qualification in Special Needs in 2013. In this time she has made a significant impact on the quality of provision for the children with additional needs across the whole school, including children in EYFS. Chris has supported members of staff in their journey to become skilled and confident in teaching children with specific needs. She is now coaching another member of staff in the role of SENCO.

Chris is currently teaching in Year 6, but has experience of teaching across Key Stage 1 and 2 and she has proved to be outstanding in the quality of teaching that she delivers. She mentors newly qualified teachers and student teachers very successfully, moving some from requires improvement and/or inadequate to good within a short space of time due to her mentoring and coaching abilities. Chris also has experience of being the designated teacher for looked after children, educational visits coordinator and is also coordinating the provision for children outside the classroom to ensure children enjoy excellent provision.

In February 2016, Chris will be taking over as Personal development, behaviour and welfare Lead and will be the line manager for the Safeguarding and Behaviour & Welfare Team.