'As a deputy head teacher of a very large, outstanding primary school I, along with other members of the SLT, found the training from School Support Solutions to be extremely useful in monitoring the impact of our learning and teaching. The amount of 'plate spinning' required by staff in primary schools can be staggering, but Faye's training helped us break things down, make links and prioritise different tasks. The training was relevant and engaging. Case studies and tasks were pertinent to current issues with digression relating to our own school being celebrated, making the training feel bespoke whilst looking at the 'bigger picture' in education. We couldn't wait to put the things we had learnt into practice in order to continue to achieve the best experiences and outcomes imaginable for our pupils. Would highly recommend School Support Solutions.'
'I really enjoyed the curriculum course yesterday. It was very thought provoking and I think that your presentation style was excellent. People were enthused by your knowledge and you are very approachable and insightful. We felt able to ask questions and have useful and intriguing discussions throughout the day. When completing the ‘tests’ I felt relaxed enough to give them a good try without buckling under pressure and apprehension!'
'We asked Faye to come in for a day to ascertain if we were on the right track with our curriculum development and to train our subject leaders. Her support, challenge and subsequent report was just what we needed. She is incisive and extremely knowledgeable (of both contemporary Ofsted expectations and all aspects of primary education); the feedback from our staff, following her subject leader training in the afternoon, was extraordinarily positive. I have no doubt that her services have had a very positive impact on our capacity to develop our curriculum, through increased distributed leadership. Many, many thanks Faye – looking forward to working with you in the future.'
'Thank you so much for leading a stimulating and enjoyable professional development day. The Developing Curriculum Depth course exceeded my expectations and I would highly recommend it to others. It was useful to discuss curriculum coherence and design with new colleagues and to extend our thinking collaboratively. I appreciated the wealth of experience that the two course leaders had.'
'Faye's workshop was informative and practical. Throughout the day our middle leaders learned how to use data to inform the subject monitoring process and also how to schedule and carry out meaningful work checks. All advice given was useful and tailored to the needs of our school. Everyone left the session feeling inspired and ready to lead other staff. The bespoke middle leadership training was fantastic and has really helped us to get some solid structure in place for our middle leaders.'
'On behalf of each and every one of us at St Andrew’s: a HUGE thank you for all that you shared with us during our INSET day. We have all been buzzing about it since; I’ve had emails flying in through the weekend saying how valuable it was for individuals. You pitched it perfectly and this will form a brilliant basis for conversations and expectations as we go forward. Thank you.'
'Faye provided us with ISDR training in the Spring term 2018. It was brilliant. My staff reported how clear she had made it and she certainly went the extra with further links and online support as well.'
'The Middle Leadership Training has given me more direction as a leader and a better understanding of how to use my time, resources and data to improve my effectiveness. Thank you for a superb course!'
'Faye and John bounce off each other and bring different skills to the table, and of course a bit of fun! Very informative sessions – thank you for giving me more confidence. The middle leaders course is a fantastic opportunity for anyone looking to take that next step in their teaching career.'
'The Effective Teaching and Learning course was a fantastic help during my NQT year, and areas of teaching and learning that I had slight doubts about were covered in these sessions and all of my queries were answered. A lovely introduction to the teaching profession.'
'Excellent course content with a range of theory and practical ideas. Course leaders on the Effective Teaching and Learning course were really informative and provided some easy to apply/useful ideas, in particular with assessment and SEND. '
'Thank you so much for your time and effort put into each session of the teaching assistant training. I have found it very informative and thought provoking. I will certainly work on ‘effective feedback’ with my children.'
'Great resources, explanations and also feedback within each session. As a person new to the Teaching Assistant role, I have taken all the information on board, as a lot of it I did not know. Having the booklets to take home and re-read or work through at home was a great idea.'
'As head of a small non-association independent school, I have found the challenge and support of Faye as a School Improvement Partner to be invaluable. Her weekly emails help me to sift swiftly through the plethora of directives issued to Head Teachers on a daily basis. This weekly contact keeps me abreast of new initiatives and connects me to other Headteachers with whom she engages. It has been invaluable to have tailor-made training to roll out aspects of the School Improvement Plan and to improve the professional development of staff and Trustees. Her termly visits help staff to focus on improvement and add gravitas to the performance management process. On a personal level, it is very helpful to have a sounding board and a fresh pair of eyes when you are contemplating making changes to the curriculum, assessment or staffing. As an inspector and a SIP, Faye is in a prime position to see what works and what does not. This saves time and money - scarce commodities for most Heads! The challenges of headship can be isolating, and I would not entertain leadership without our partnership.'
'I just wanted to say how much I valued the Learning Walk and the opportunity to discuss various points with Faye. She is obviously very experienced, and it is always so good for me to carry out a Learning Walk with a fresh pair of eyes. I found Faye very constructive and the points for development will be so helpful as we start work on the School Development Plan for 2018/19.'
'Faye led a Teaching and Learning Review in our school in the Autumn term 2017. We decided to start the year off with a review as we had several teachers new to year groups. I can honestly say it was so very useful. It was, at all times, supportive and positive whilst giving us many pointers to further improve our practice. All staff involved reported how valuable the experience was and I was able to use the report for evidence towards self-evaluation and in reports to governors. We have another review planned with Faye in Autumn 18 too!'
'With Faye's breadth of experience and knowledge in education, I welcomed the opportunity to employ her as a consultant to give an independent outlook on the teaching and learning within my school. Faye's time was invaluable. She worked very closely with the staffing team, highlighting strengths and areas to develop on an individual basis and as a whole school focus. Her feedback was extremely informative, and her written report is a key document to support the school development plan. Faye's bespoke service was worth every penny.'
' Thank you very much Faye. The appraisal review is particularly thorough and we really appreciate the time you have put into it. We value your guidance, support and your ability to listen and to ask pertinent questions.'
‘Your input has been of great value and use and it is really fantastic that we have such an excellent working relationship which we feel has greatly helped our school to achieve our latest Ofsted rating of ‘GOOD’. Your commitment to informing us of all the latest information we may need, and regular meetings with the Head and our senior leaders, has meant that you have become familiar with our school ethos, values and the dreaded data! The training courses that you have provided to our staff and the locality, have had a positive impact on upskilling our NQTs and other staff members and providing governors the opportunity to have locally based training, on matters that are of importance to our school. We certainly look forward to continuing to work with you in the future so that we can continue to strive to achieve the best possible learning opportunities for our pupils.’
'I love my job as a time-stretched Headteacher of a small primary school and always want to do the very best I can for the children in my care. School Support Solutions Ltd is therefore invaluable in a number of ways. As well as regular face-to-face meetings of a bespoke nature, I also receive succinct emails providing me with information about changes, funding opportunities and actions that I must take. I also have a phone number that I can call and the comfort of knowing that support is there, if I ever need to call upon it, is very reassuring.'
'Faye, thank you so much for all your advice and support over my first two terms as a new head. You have saved me so much time and your quick responses with up-to-date information to all of my queries has been really appreciated. In terms of my own CPD I am so grateful that you are always there to point me in the right direction and keep me on track.'
'Mrs Heming has been extremely supportive of the school in a wide variety of ways since her appointment as cluster manager. She has supported the Head and school governors in conducting the Headteacher’s performance management in a timely and professional manner, offering them advice and making helpful suggestions in a supportive and collaborative atmosphere. Mrs Heming has been proactive in synthesising and analysing the latest educational research and bulletins, enabling Heads to be well informed and kept abreast of the latest educational thinking and legalities. She has developed cluster policies which have been extremely beneficial in helping schools maintain their legal obligations as well as ensuring policies are extremely thorough and agreed between neighbouring schools. This gives a real sense of strength to the polices and encourages collaborative working between schools. On a personal note Mrs Heming has been incredibly supportive to the staff and myself over a long period of time following the unexpected death of a senior member of staff and all the challenges that this has presented.'