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Sarah Cunliffe

Sarah has dedicated her career to developing effective teaching and learning in English. Through her roles as curriculum leader and Specialist Leader of Education she has supported schools with developing effective pedagogy and curriculum design. She created FLASH marking as a response to the workload pressures faced by English teachers throughout the country. Recently, she has worked with the EEF to develop a national trial into researching effective feedback strategies into KS4 English. She has also contributed the FLASH Marking logical model to the EEF ‘Implementation Guide’.

Leon Walker

Leon has experience of educational leadership at school, regional and national level. He specialises in school improvement, curriculum design and assessment. He is a creative thinker committed to developing an evidence based system for school improvement.
Leon has experience as Deputy Headteacher and Director of Research at one of the EEF’s Research Schools and has contributed to national consultations addressing workload, effective assessment and pupil premium funding.
Leon appeared in the EEF review of marking, ‘A marked improvement’, and co-developed the recent national trial into feedback and marking in English, FLASH Marking. His logic model was used as an exemplar in the implementation guidance report now used extensively by system leaders across the country.

Flash could be revolutionary: no longer shall teacher comments such as “You require more depth” be written (what does that even mean?!), when the student can, instead diagnose exactly what they need to address and remedy.

Teacher

I already love how quickly we are able to give feedback to students and how quickly I am able to adapt my planning to address their needs.

Subject Leader

Staff have quickly seen how focused the approach makes the lessons and students, and how quick the marking itself is.

Subject Leader

We love the idea of portable skills between literature and language.

Director of English

Students are much more aware of and able to control and articulate the way they think about their own work and skills development.

English teacher

FLASH has really sparked some fantastic discussions in the team and sharpened our focus across the board.

2nd in department

FLASH has really sparked some fantastic discussions in the team and sharpened our focus across the board.

Assistant headteacher

We’ve established a shared language between staff and students.

Headteacher

Narrowing down the AOs into specific skill areas has allowed more effective planning.

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