Teach Secondary had five categories at the heart of secondary teaching and learning – curriculum impact, assessment, safeguarding, SEND and CPD – and compiled a shortlist of 30 finalists; six per category.
Lorna Ponambalum is a strategic senior leadership education professional with over 23 years of teaching experience in inner London schools. She has served on the governing board and Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and is highly experienced as a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), leading her schools to outstanding inspections for safeguarding and being recognised herself as an outstanding teacher by Ofsted.
Lorna has worked as a Mental Health Lead and the Designated LAC (Looked After Children) Teacher. She has a wealth of strategic and operational knowledge in specialist areas. She has led on and is a champion for inclusion, safeguarding, anti-bullying, attendance, behaviour, and mental health as well as being a trained mental health first aider.
Lorna has been on the SLT of two recent Ofsted inspections where the schools have been judged as ‘good with outstanding features’. She has managed large local authority (LA) safeguarding initiatives, represented on working groups, worked on self-evaluation forms (SEF) and school improvement plans (SIP) and is familiar with single central registers (SCR).
She has developed and delivered INSET and continuous professional development (CPD) training to multi-agency education professionals including teachers, pastoral and therapeutic staff as well as senior leaders. She has also managed teams and supported staff to develop and implement policy and safeguarding systems to meet quality assurance compliance cycles and standards to ensure children and young people are kept safe.
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