Laura Fordham is an Associate Deputy Headteacher at Bedford Academy. Laura has both senior leadership and school improvement experience. She worked as a senior leader for one of the largest Multi Academy Trusts in the country, in role as an Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning and Professional Tutor for Teachers in Training. She has experience in leading on CPD across schools and have a particular passion for staff development via utilising positive wellbeing tools, coaching and mentoring skills. In terms of qualifications, she has a Master’s Degree from Warwick University and successfully completed a National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML) and National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL). Laura is currently on the NPQH course.
Laura gains great gratification in providing teachers, students and stakeholders with dialogue about exploring new approaches to develop teaching and learning – comfortably, confidently and consistently. Laura has shared worked with DfE that has been published this academic year: Practical tools: example staff wellbeing policy for the DfE School Workload reduction toolkit, a blog entitled ‘The four ways we’re supporting staff wellbeing’ and a further blog entitled ‘National Professional Qualification or Headship: empowering leaders to make positive change in schools’. Laura features in a video promoting the DfE Staff Wellbeing Charter. She has jointly created a Staff Wellbeing Handbook with Chris Deller (Headteacher at Bedford Academy) that has been published as the modelled example with one other school in the country: Practical tools: example staff wellbeing policy for the DfE School Workload reduction toolkit. Bedford Academy has recently gained accreditation for the Wellbeing Awards for Schools with Awardplace.
Laura is a firm believer that there are no limits to what we can achieve and all students should be given the opportunity to reach their dream job and become model citizens.