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Assessment Advisers

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Steve Marshall, has been involved in Science education, specifically Primary for 30 years. He is able to offer advice and support to assist in the development of science programmes in school. This includes both strategic planning, classroom implementation and pupil interaction. He is keen to work on developing contexts for science lessons, pupil recording of science, pupil assessment of their science, and science enquiry. Steve has a number of big projects under his belt available for schools including Forensics, café science, microscope festival and family challenges.
Steve has both a National and International presence and currently co directs the roll out of the Primary Science Quality Mark.

Steve Marshall
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Yvonne is an experienced school leader with a passion for inclusion, independent learning and pupil voice. She was the founding Headteacher of Etz Chaim Primary School, one of the first Free Schools that opened in 2011. She was involved in the design and build process of a new and purpose built school including the design of the school's curriculum and building a successful staff team.


Yvonne currently support schools, school leaders and teachers in primary schools in the UK and abroad in a variety of ways:

  • Support for new schools or schools undergoing a restructure incl policies and procedures

  • Strategies for school improvement

  • Curriculum support to primary schools incl EYFS and assessment

  • Bespoke training for whole school teams and specialist groups including school leaders, subject leaders and governors

  • Headteacher appraisal

Yvonne Baron
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Jeremy Bird is an inspirational and visionary school improvement consultant. He has a passion for education with an excellent track record of supporting school leaders. He is a dynamic, pro-active leader and coach, empowering staff at all levels to take ownership using coaching, training and mentoring. A natural communicator, Jeremy has proven ability in building cohesive teams to achieve challenging targets.


Jeremy served as a headteacher in two primary schools prior to becoming a consultant.


Jeremy can offer support in the following areas: Coaching school leaders and governors in primary and special schools; Inducting newly appointed leaders and teachers; Facilitating professional discussion and development in a range of middle, senior and headteacher leadership activities; Supporting leaders in developing the rationale, implementation and evaluation of their curriculum; Challenging leaders in their self-evaluation of school effectiveness.

Jeremy Bird
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Diana Choulerton has 25 years’ experience working in education as a teacher, leader and inspector. Diana worked as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI) from 2014 to 2017. During this time Diana has developed a wide range of experience and high level of skill related to inspection and education improvement. This included leading inspections and monitoring visits of primary and secondary schools as well as SEND area inspections. Whilst working as an HMI she also took on the role of Ofsted National Lead for Design and Technology.  Prior to joining Ofsted she worked as a senior advisor for a local authority leading on 14 to 19 strategy.  Diana also has 13 years’ previous experience working in secondary schools holding middle and senior leadership responsibilities in that time.

Diana offers insight, support and advice for leaders in primary and secondary schools and local authorities on all aspects of education improvement. Specific areas of expertise include; change management, monitoring and evaluation, development planning, curriculum and assessment, teaching pedagogy, SEND reform implementation and 14-19 strategy.  Diana also remains passionate about D&T education and welcome opportunities to utilise my expertise in the subject.

Diana Choulerton
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James Coyle delivers school leadership training, coaching and mentoring in areas such as performance management, teaching and learning, leadership, and data analysis for improvement.
His school improvement experience includes: Ofsted and s48 Lead Inspector; Designated National Leader of Governance (NCSL); Approved Additional Support Governor (HSIP); Teacher Trainer; Chair in Harrow Primary and Secondary Schools over a 20 year period; Professional Development programme for Governors HSIP and Best Practice Network (BPN); Assessment of teachers for ITT, QTS and PGCE; Assessment systems for students learning.
Impact of work undertaken to support school improvement: Board member Harrow School Improvement Partnership since 2011; School Improvement Adviser Brent Secondary Schools; Chair of GB at outstanding Harrow school – Ofsted 2014; Completed school improvement interventions across London and SE following Ofsted RI referral to the National College and HSIP; Endorsed audits and action plans for improvement in teaching and learning, designed to drive up rates of progress, narrow the gap between learners and develop school leaders; Successful tutor to trainee teachers on behalf of the University of Buckingham.

James Coyle
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Sandra Down is the Deputy Head at Oakleigh Special School based in Barnet. Sandra has a wealth of experience in teaching children with complex SEND across Early Years, Key stages 1 and 2 and supporting teams with key strategies to assess the children’s learning needs, to develop communication systems, deliver outstanding lessons and to manage behaviour positively. Her expertise has been used to design a curriculum for children with complex SEND. She is also Team Teach intermediate trainer.

Sandra can offer support in the following areas;

  • Assessment of children with complex SEND;

  • Curriculum design;

  • Lesson planning and delivery;

  • Understanding and positively supporting behaviour;

  • Developing communication systems;

  • Effective use of Intensive interaction and delivery of Attention Autism strategies;

  • Supporting children with sensory processing difficulties.

Sandra Down
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Sunny Gunessee has taught for 15 years and held a range of middle and senior leader roles ranging from Head of Department, Head of Faculty and Associate Assistant Headteacher across Sussex, Surrey and Essex. Sunny currently holds the position of Lead Practitioner for Teaching and Learning at JCoSS. He prides himself on delivering consistently excellent outcomes for key stage four and five as a Sociology teacher and supporting departments and faculties in and outside of Humanities. Sunny has a keen interest in supporting project based work which links different parts of a school organisation together alongside external organisation/educational charities and speakers. Sunny also has professional interest including the development and capacity building of staff at all levels to create consistency in the school improvement. Sunny can offer support in Sociology at KS4/5; teaching and learning strategies which support independence; curriculum planning; capacity building; ECT/SCITT supporting mentors; coaching of middle and senior leaders; use of technology to enhance learning inside and outside of the classroom; careers advice.

Sunny Gunessee
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Craig has over ten years senior leadership experience including two as acting headteacher of an outstanding secondary school. In addition, his other roles include being; a PiXL associate, Chief Financial Officer of a stand-alone academy and the Chair of Governors at a primary school.

Craig can offer support in the following areas: effective use of data to improve pedagogy and outcomes for students; development of the curriculum in order that it is ambitious, well planned, and clearly sequenced; subject and pastoral based reviews to support leaders in creating efficient strategies to improve outcomes.

Craig McGuire
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Gareth Richards is the Deputy Head Teacher at Sunnyfields Primary School. His role involves leading the school in developing effective systems of assessment and ensuring that gaps are narrowed for vulnerable groups of children. Gareth became part of a successful Pupil Premium Team which supported the school in narrowing gaps in the attainment of children eligible for pupil premium and their peers. This team was praised by Ofsted. Gareth has developed assessment systems which have been effectively embedded throughout the schools he has worked in to ensure that children make excellent progress based on their starting points. Gareth has taught in Years 3, 4 and 6 in his teaching career to date.  Gareth can support in the following areas: effective use of pupil premium and setting up assessment systems to support the curriculum.

Gareth Richards
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Sasha has also taken on the role of Head of Year and the teacher i/c of Pupil Premium. In both these roles, there was a focus on intertwining Teaching and Learning with pastoral responsibility, focusing on embedding a pastoral curriculum in the school framework to help support students and work with form tutors. Currently, Sasha is now Lead Practitioner for Teaching and Learning, helping improve the T&L across the school.

Sasha Stock
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Michael has extensive experience as a headteacher working in London schools, including ten years leading a school in Barnet. He is a qualified and experienced coach working in the educational and business sectors. His two most recent headships were in all through schools and working across primary and secondary is a particular area of Michael’s expertise.

Michael can offer support in all aspects of educational leadership and specialises in the following areas:

  • leadership coaching

  • student coaching

  • strategic development

  • curriculum design

  • developing school culture

Michael Whitworth
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Having taught for many years in a breadth of settings across all primary ages Louise has experienced a wide variety of primary schools. Over the years as a Headteacher, she successfully managed challenges including budget deficit, staffing concerns and anxious parents. Most importantly, her schools were dedicated to a diverse and busy life for pupils, a curriculum designed to excite, challenge and support everyone, to find strengths and to build aspirations. Ofsted recognised this academic excellence, enriched through sport, music and the Arts and nurtured through golden values, as outstanding.


As a Learning Network Inspector for 6 years, Louise enjoyed the privilege of working with school leaders to monitor, challenge and to support their schools too, to prioritise targets for the next steps and to grow the expertise of their teams. 

Now, as a freelance consultant, Louise can offers senior and middle leadership support to find effective strategies for school improvement, curriculum development and confident subject leadership.

Louise Yarwood
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