B.Ed (Hons), DipEd
I was a Primary Headteacher and Executive Headteacher for 28 years in West London having previously taught in the ILEA and Nottingham.
During my headship I led initiatives and programmes for NQTs and Leaders within the Local Authority and was then seconded on a part time basis to lead similar work with the NCTL and DfE which led to a role as a Teaching and Leadership Adviser. This involved working with schools, MATs and Teaching School Alliances across London.
As a National Leader of Education and leader of a Teaching School Alliance, I was very involved in school collaboration, school to school support, coaching and mentoring, school improvement work and developing the capacity and quality of leaders in schools.
I moved to the South West in 2015 and now work as an Independent Education Consultant, working with a wide range of schools as a School Improvement and Development Adviser, Pupil Premium Reviewer and inspector for Ofsted. I continue to create and run leadership and governance programmes at all levels, write and facilitate on NPQ programmes and work collaboratively with groups of schools who are looking to develop effective partnerships. I also write and facilitate bespoke CPD packages for individual and groups of schools such as understanding the new Ofsted framework, 'deep dives' and curriculum development and leadership. Most recently, I have been writing and delivering Pupil Premium Reviewer training for the Teaching School Council across the South West.
M.Ed, BSc (Hons)
For the last 8 years I have led Teaching Schools across Swindon and West London and most recently have been the Hub Lead of two of the DfE's English Hubs. Through these roles I have supported hundreds of trainees, teachers, leaders and schools to improve their subject knowledge, practice and most importantly, the outcomes for their pupils. I have designed and delivered a wide range of professional development training packages from initial teacher training and NQT training to supporting pupils with English as an additional language to a range of Early Years programmes and of course, phonics and early reading. In addition, I am a School Improvement and Development Adviser and work with many schools across the South West.
I have taught in all year groups from under 2s to year 13, both in England and in service children's schools in Germany but my passion lies in Early Years education. As well as supporting schools with Early Years and Key Stage One, I am an EYFS Moderator and trainer for the Local Authority. I implemented the two year old provision in a number of schools in Swindon and was responsible for teaching and learning in Children’s Centres.
Through my work with the English Hub, I have supported schools through showcases, visits and audits to ensure they fully understand the fundamentals of best practice in phonics and early reading and have the correct resources to teach effectively.
I am a trained facilitator of DfE accredited Letters and Sounds training, the Outstanding Teacher Programme and Mentally Healthy Schools programme and specialised in Coaching and Mentoring during my M.Ed degree.