Specialist Leaders in Education

Susan Dunn


I was trained at St Mary's University and specialised in directing for the theatre and subsequently completed my PGCE course at the Institute of Education. I have taught for 24 years and have been a Deputy Head of Year, a Head of Department and now a Head of Faculty/Cluster. I have worked at Goldsmiths University for 12 years as a mentor on the Drama PGCE course and have trained many teachers over the years.

I specialise in producing large scale productions, musicals, dance evenings and showcases at Burntwood. As well as my teaching position, I also work part-time as an Associate Producer of Tooting Arts Club, an award winning theatre company which I set up with ex-Burntwood student Rachel Edwards. I have many professional links with the Performing Arts business and have found a variety of ways of integrating this knowledge into my own teaching and in the running of my cluster.

I would love to give any interested teacher support in developing any aspect of the Performing Arts. Our system of assessing students, monitoring progress and target setting is a real strength of our department. If your assessment systems need an overhaul or fresh ideas why not spend a day here at Burntwood looking at our systems or I can spend a day helping you to update and refresh your own? Recently I have been working alongside colleagues looking at teachers' mindsets and how working with teachers outside of our specialism can bring a fresh perspective on our own teaching pedagogy.

I worked alongside a D&T teacher wanting to find more interactive ways of approaching evaluation and I was able to bring some standard systems used in the Performing Arts to help her to plan a more exciting and risk taking strategy. It would be great to work alongside teachers from all disciplines to explore dynamic ways into a topic or subject.