Sam has over 24 years of experience working within the education sector and has headed up School Improvement for the trust since March 2018. Sam trained as a teacher in Nottingham in the 1990s and has worked in schools across the Midlands as a teacher, middle and senior leader. From 2009 Sam worked as an advisor for National Challenge and moved into an SIA/SIP role at Worcestershire Local authority working across phases. This work including leading projects across groups of schools in regional areas who were often in challenging circumstances. Sam has a Master’s in Education from Birmingham university and is passionate about continuing professional development and learning for all staff. Sam sits on the steering group for Black Country Voice 21 (school 21) project and for the EEF ‘Making a Difference for Disadvantaged Pupils’ Sandwell programme. Sam has taught across KS2,3 ,4 and 5 and has worked with Primary and secondary phase schools throughout her career.