Lead Subject Mentor for Drama
Jo Dennis started her teaching career as a GTP based at Chelmer Valley High School. She has remained at the school, having been given a range of opportunities in her time there.
She was promoted to Head of Drama only two years after she became a fully qualified teacher.
Having been recognised for her outstanding teaching practice, Jo was selected to lead the Improving and Outstanding Teacher Programmes, facilitating the course to teachers from a range of Essex schools. She was also selected to form the Teaching and Learning Group at her school and she was influential in changing the school’s teaching and learning policy. She has also led whole school INSET for staff on different topics, including SMSC and Challenging the Most-Able.
Jo keeps abreast of changes in her subject and is part of the Chelmsford Drama Network, meeting regularly to discuss specifications, share ideas and resources, and to seek development opportunities. She regularly organises enrichment activities, such as workshops, performances and theatre trips and tours.
She continues to teach Drama and Performing Arts to a full range of ages and abilities. Jo has been Lead Subject Mentor for Drama since October 2016 and continues to thoroughly enjoy the role.