Mr Stuart Foster


History & Most Able


Assistant Headteacher


Barr Beacon School

Areas of Support

  • Support for Most Able pupils
  • Supporting pupils outcomes in History

Mr Stuart Foster | History & Most Able

Stuart has fulfilled a number of middle and senior leadership roles across schools with widely differing contexts during his 16 years in teaching.

Beginning his career in a school in special measures, he led whole school change in a number of teaching and learning areas during his 9 years at the school. In his next position Stuart led a large faculty at an outstanding school for 5 years before assuming his current post as Assistant Headteacher at Barr Beacon school.

Stuart has mentored a large number of PGCE, Teach First and School Direct trainees during his career and is currently the Subject Course Leader for History in Barr Beacon’s thriving SCITT programme. He has also designed and lead CPD at a faculty level in the past and more recently supported in the facilitation of the National Association of Middle Leaders Programme. He regularly leads sessions focusing on supporting Most Able pupils to a range of colleagues. Stuart currently has responsibility for a number of areas including; raising the progress and aspirations of Most Able pupils, which he is passionate about.

He also leads on Key Stage 3 data and monitoring; Lead Practitioners; Literacy, Numeracy and Science coaches; Barr Beacon TSST programme in Mathematics, Physics and Modern Foreign Languages; British Values and TLR post holders across Barr Beacon School. Stuart is extremely ‘geeky’ about History; it is his real passion. He has delighted in seeing trainees he works with becoming good and outstanding practitioners of the subject that he loves. Most important to him is the thrill of seeing pupils and students exhibit the same love and wonderment in the subject and achieve to the best of their abilities.


100% of trainee History teachers Stuart has worked with have been graded as good or outstanding at the end of their courses. In addition to this, a large number of colleagues that Stuart has mentored during the last 5 years have quickly developed into effective middle leaders as Head of History or Faculty Leader. Stuart also successfully leads a programme that provides senior leadership experience to middle leaders at Barr Beacon school to ensure they continue to progress professionally at all stages of their career. History departments led and supported by Stuart have consistently achieved at and often well above national expectations at GCSE and A-Level.

Stuart’s exposure of Most Able pupils to a range of experiences and workshops plus his regular support and training of staff has led to Most Able pupils at Barr Beacon School bucking the national trends by achieving above their expected level of progress as a cohort. Having shared these practices and opportunities other schools have adopted the opportunities for and methods of identifying and supporting this group of pupils.