Mrs Katie Smith




Lead Practitioner of English


Etone College

Areas of Support

  • Raising Achievement in English
  • Development of NQTs
  • Leadership of Continuing Professional Development

Mrs Katie Smith | English

I qualified in 1997 and have worked in Hertfordshire and Northamptonshire before joining the Matrix Academy Trust at Etone College in Warwickshire in 2013. I have held a variety of responsibilities including that of whole school literacy co-ordinator and Head of English. In 2013 I gained a Masters in teaching and learning with a dissertation focused on literacy across the curriculum.

In my current role as Head of English I have worked with my team to develop a challenging and engaging curriculum, refreshing and updating all schemes of learning and resources so that differentiated objectives and a range of AfL strategies are embedded in every lesson. Through implementation of these varied teaching and learning strategies I have ensured that student progress is at the forefront of all we do. Regular data meetings and intervention discussions have ensured that the department in successfully closing the gap between Pupil Premium students, boys, SEND students and their peers as well as challenging the most able to achieve the full potential.

I have led CPD sessions for the department, whole school and for trainee teachers/NQTs in addition to coaching teachers struggling to meet the teacher standards. I view the role of SLE as an excellent opportunity in which to share my knowledge and skills with those beyond my current school.


In my role as peer coach I have had a 100% success rate supporting in a range of areas including pace and challenge, planning, marking and feedback. All of the CPD sessions that I have delivered at both department and whole school level have received good and outstanding feedback for usefulness and impact.

In 2014 when I took over as Head of Department English results were the best ever at 73% A* to C. Since then our focus has been on increasing A/A* results. In 2015 we achieved 7% and this year we’re predicting double that at 14%.