"School improvement is very much a team effort. As an independent consultant, my aim is to work with Heads, Deputy Heads and their teams to support them in identifying what their own schools' priorities are for improvement. Schools set the agenda, Education Works makes it happen." Sam Adams, School Improvement Consultant, Education Works.
Sam Adams has extensive experience of working across the whole age range in Leeds Primary schools – starting in Reception and then working across Key Stage 1 and 2 including teaching in mixed-age classes. Sam has been a Deputy Head teacher and has coordinated Literacy, Mathematics, Assessment, History and RE, as well as taking on the role of SENCO and leading Early Years and KS2 in different schools.
Accepting a Mathematics Consultancy post to work with the Primary National Strategy in West Yorkshire, he then joined the Improving Schools Programme team in the same Local Authority. As part of the Mathematics Consultancy team, Sam scripted and led training, created resources and worked alongside teachers. He also prepared Maths Weeks for schools involving parents and presented to governors. Sam led the ISP team as the Senior Consultant and was also asked to co-lead the Leeds/Bradford ISP Hub – working with fifteen other Local Authorities in the Yorkshire area. The Hub work involved developing national case studies for the PNS WhatWorksWell website and piloting materials/approaches including target-setting in the Foundation Stage.
In January 2010, Sam left his post to become a Director and an independent Consultant with the newly formed Education Works Ltd team.This has provided further opportunities to work with Senior Leadership teams to look at school systems and structures. Sam also works with middle managers – including Subject Leaders, to plan for creative Mathematics. Working alongside teachers across the age range, Sam develops real-life learning with a clear audience and purpose, to audit and script children’s responses so that a school knows how well children think they are doing. Sam's work also includes developing educational ‘Quickstart’ guides so that whole-school policy becomes whole-school practice.
In his spare time, Sam has written sketches and ‘one-liners’ for television and radio, as well as making one television appearance in a brief stand-up comedy experiment!