Tower Hamlets teacher awarded renowned Leadership Prize

28 November 2014

Sophie Dalling, acting head of English and Media Studies Faculty at George Green’s School in the Isle of Dogs, Tower Hamlets, is to be honoured this week at the Teaching Leaders Graduation, where she will be awarded the ASCL Leadership Prize for demonstrating outstanding leadership within her school. The ceremony will take place on Thursday 27 November, from 6.00 – 8.30pm at Haberdasher’s Hall, 18 West Smithfield, London, with Rt Hon David Laws MP, Minister of State for School, as the keynote speaker for the evening.

Teaching Leaders is an independent education charity which addresses educational disadvantage by developing middle leaders (heads of department, heads of year) in schools in challenging contexts. It currently works with more than 400 primary and secondary schools and more than 1,200 middle leaders on its programmes (TL Primary and TL Fellows in secondary schools). The Teaching Leaders Graduation provides an opportunity for Fellows in the graduating cohort to formally celebrate the impact that they’ve made over the past two years with head teachers, senior leadership teams (SLT) and policy makers.

This is the second year that the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) has sponsored the Leadership Prize. Brian Lightman, general secretary of ASCL comments, "During her time on the programme, Sophie has sought to raise literacy levels across the school by promoting a love of reading. Working with learning managers and tutors, she introduced termly reading assemblies, reading during registration and a reading mentoring programme which matched KS3 pupils with student prefects. Her drive, resilience and enthusiasm enabled her to secure buy-in from the senior leadership team and staff members and resulted in accelerated levels of progress in literacy across Year 7 and a knock on effect across the school."

James Toop, chief executive of Teaching Leaders adds, "Middle leaders have an increasingly important role to play in influencing what happens across the school to improve teaching and learning. This in turn means that they have a direct impact on young people’s lives and the opportunities afforded to them. Our extensive work with middle leaders across the country means that we’ve seen first-hand just how crucial they are to a school’s success. We are extremely proud of Sophie and all of the other graduates."