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Maria Murray

Head of RE, St. Hild's CofE Secondary School

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I have worked at St Hild’s Church of England School since 2006, taking on various teaching, learning and leadership roles including, subject lead of RE, developing literacy across the curriculum and SMSC coordinator. These roles have given me an opportunity to work across a range of curriculum areas. I have been teaching for eleven years. I have recently completed the NPQSL national qualification.

I have worked with staff at all stages of their careers to develop and feel supported, improve results and feel confident in their posts.   I have experience of marking for two different exam boards, which has offered me insight into the development of GCSE schemes of learning, and better equipped me for improving progress within my school.

As subject lead for RE, I worked collaboratively with Newcastle and Durham Diocese in the development of their joint syllabus. I have worked alongside colleagues in school to ensure the most effective implementation of the syllabus for our students. In the December 2014 SIAMs inspection, the report stated that as a subject lead I am an excellent ambassador for RE and that my drive for excellence has made a crucial contribution to RE’s current position as a major plank in the schools drive for raising attainment.

I have lead across humanities subjects in developing teaching and learning to raise boy’s attainment. This has given me opportunity to coach staff to develop their leadership skills to allow them to raise attainment within their curriculum areas. I believe the key to engaging with boys is developing a love for the subject through excellent teaching and learning. One of my strengths is my ability to develop professional relationships that allows me to engage in professional dialogue with staff, which I believe is the key to engaging staff in making change for improvement.

I have a great passion for Religious Education and see RE as adding value to all learners’ experiences. I firmly believe that teaching and learning in RE can be exciting, thoughtful and challenging. I believe that all pupils can develop an enthusiasm for the study of Religious Education and believe that outstanding RE can contribute to raising the attainment and aspirations of all learners.



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