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Karen Godwin B.Ed, M.A, MSc.
 
Karen has successful experience in five primary schools in wide range of socio-economic settings. She has had substantial senior leadership experience, including two Headteacher posts, delivering significant improvement, raising achievement and improving standards. 
 
She was appointed to her most recent school, Hollybush Primary, Torfaen, after Estyn placed the school in the category requiring “Special Measures” . One year after her appointment, the school was removed from this category and it went on to be one of the LA’s most successful settings. Hollybush provided for profoundly deaf pupils from the five counties of Greater Gwent, was identified, by WG, to lead the Foundation Phase pilot for the LA and was a First Steps “Lighthouse” school for both literacy and for maths.
Karen has a range of experience of supporting and challenging schools to improve. She was seconded, by Pen-y-Dre High School, on the Gurnos Estate, to support their seven partner primaries to raise standards in literacy and worked in partnership with the LA to support and mentor other heads. In her most recent post, she worked with both primary and secondary heads to improve outcomes, provision and the leadership and management in their schools; in addition, she had responsibility for raising standards in English and literacy in all key stages.
 
Relevant Experience
 
School Improvement Officer - 2006 - 2012
Headteacher – Hollybush Primary School, Torfaen 2002-2006
Headteacher – Cyfarthfa Junior School, Merhyr Tydfil 1997-2002
Estyn Team Inspector
 
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