Liz Donaldson, IARS Evidence Lead in Education

Areas of expertise:

School improvement, coaching and mentoring, conflict resolution, SEND and additional needs, quality first teaching

Background and Experience:

Over 25 years of school experience including: 

  • Teaching Secondary Design and Technology then Primary for 20 years 
  • Experienced Subject Leader, Deputy Head, SENCO, and Head teacher 
  • Experienced NQT Mentor  
  • More recently I have been a school based Implementation Lead and an Evidence Lead in Education for the Ipswich Opportunity Area  
  • In my previous role as IOA School Lead, I have supported and reported on the implementation process of initiatives -Talk for Writing, Read Write Inc. and Phonics during 2019/2020. I then implemented Thrive and SWERL- Supporting Wellbeing and Emotional Resilience for Leaning during 2020/21. I have continued to conduct Performance Management for teaching and support staff. I have set up a model of coaching and supporting foundation subject leaders. I have completed NQT and ECT Coaching and Mentoring training (through CUREE). Most recently I have engage with the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) Making Best Use of Teaching Assistants’ guidance for future school implementation by my host school. 
  • Since 2020, through consultancy work for the IOA I have completed Evidence Lead in Education training and supported numerous IOA schools with the EEF implementation guidance. 
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