School Effectiveness Team

Louise Darby

School Improvement Partner

Louise took up the post of Key Stage 2 School Improvement Partner in September 2019.  Prior to this she was a senior teacher at St Michael’s Primary School, Bartley Green, where she taught for 15 years.

Over the course of her career she has taught children of all ages and abilities although her main experience lies within Key Stage 2 with a particular focus on Year 6.  She believes that the children should be at the heart of everything schools do and that learning should be proactive and centred around the child’s needs.  Louise endeavours to celebrate children’s academic achievements as well as developing their moral and spiritual awareness.

Louise has been curriculum lead for various subjects during her teaching career however her passion and main expertise is within mathematics.  She has led and managed maths for most of her career in two different schools and more recently also took on the role of pupil premium champion.

Lisa McIntosh

Lead School Improvement Partner

Lisa joined BDMAT as Lead School Improvement Partner in January 2021. She is passionate about inspiring and motivating others to provide children with excellent, positive learning opportunities. She has a wealth of experience of working across a range of schools to improve standards for the children. This has included modelling and demonstrating teaching; writing and delivering tailored professional development as well as completing school reviews to analyse school performance. She has led a number of areas in different school settings with dedication and enthusiasm, including: English, Maths, Art, DT, History, Geography and overseeing the spend and provision for disadvantaged pupils. Lisa has worked as a visiting lecturer for Birmingham City University. She has experience as an end of KS2 writing moderator, working with Birmingham Local Authority to ensure consistency and accuracy of judgements for Year 6 pupils across the city.

Kayleigh Powers

School Improvement Partner

Kayleigh joined BDMAT as a KS1 School Improvement Partner and Literacy support in April 2021. She has spent the majority of her career so far teaching and leading KS1 in different settings. She strongly believes that all children should be ambitious and encouraged to have dreams and high aspirations for themselves which can be achieved through a good standard of teaching that is broad, inspirational and that can be accessed by every child. She holds the children at the forefront of everything that she does and encourages others to do the same. During her career, Kayleigh has led different areas in school such as the wider curriculum, phonics and is currently a member of the Literacy team. In 2017, she completed her Master of Arts in Educational Innovation with Warwick University and enjoys researching important topics in education. She has been involved in official KS1 moderations from the local authority including a phonics moderation. Kayleigh is looking forward to joining the team at BDMAT and working alongside the families and children that we serve.

Tammy Smith

School Improvement Partner

Tammy took up post as EYFS and KS1 School Improvement Partner in September 2019.  Prior to this, for the past 15 years Tammy has worked in Early Years and Key Stage One in Sandwell and Birmingham schools. She was the Early Years Leader for the schools in the Barchelai Trust and more recently became a Lead Practitioner for EYFS where her passion for EYFS is evident.

Tammy believes that quality early education is vital as it is forms the foundations for all future learning. As EYFS and KS1 Teaching and Learning Consultant, she encourages an atmosphere of curiosity and engagement in learning where children are encouraged to take ownership of their thoughts and ideas; where their voices are listened to and respected but also challenged. Tammy believes children early in EYFS should be recognised as competent learners who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured whilst also being aware that they develop in individual ways and varying rates . Supporting staff across the BDMAT promote these skills in our youngest pupils is her aim as she takes up post with the Central Team.