Speakers from the Esteem Multi-Academy Trust are confirmed as:
Michael Lucas – School Improvement Lead for the Esteem MAT
Michael is an enthusiastic and dedicated leader who is passionate about improving the life chances of all pupils, but especially those who are disadvantaged. Having held a variety of Senior Leaders posts since 2007, which include being a Head Teacher at mainstream Secondary, Primary Schools and Special Schools, Michael joined Esteem in 2021/22. He currently he oversees School Improvement Activities for the 11 Esteem Academies, the Professional Learning Offer and Learning, Teaching and Research as well as undertaking specific work to support the development needs across the Trust.
Bev Rowley – Deputy Head Teacher at Fountains High School
Bev has over 20 years of experience teaching young people with SEND. Her career started teaching geography in a secondary special school. Now, her focus is very much on her student’s experiential learning opportunities and direct experiences to have the greatest impact on the provision for her pupil’s learning. Since Bev was appointed as post 16 lead at Fountains High School, she continued to embed experiential learning within the curriculum and recognised the value of real work experiences. She developed a curriculum where work related learning was at the heart and ensured that her students had a breadth of experiences to prepare them for their adult lives.
Recently Bev become Deputy Head and she has shaped our present post-16 provision and the MyFutures curriculum within the school.
Shafeen Akhtar – Post 16 Lead at Fountains High School
Shafeen’s teaching background has largely been in Further Education. She began teaching Business Studies at Burton and South Derbyshire College, before moving to Walsall College and becoming a pathway leader. This is where she developed her passion for SEND and realised that this was the route she wanted pursue.
Shafeen secured the position of post 16 lead at Fountains High School in 2019 and has been integral in relocating the provision to Burton and South Derbyshire College.The hugely positive relationships she has developed with the college strategic leaders has been key in ensuring our learners have the high-quality provision they deserve.