BPSI have a number of experienced coaches who can provide support:

BPSI Coaching

Coaching is a means by which staff can be supported in any aspect of their professional or personal life.
Coaching is an effective interaction that can influence your understanding, behaviours, learning and progress.


​Coaching offers a confidential, structured space to reflect on leadership, behaviours and people management.

Coaching can help realise goals, address challenges and can literally help us get better at life. 

As well as general coaching, BPSI has put together packages that can support school leaders and staff to increase leadership skills, self-awareness and enable you to develop insight and available choices in a situation. It brings together techniques and methods to make a difference to results.

1. Resilient Leaders Elements (RLE)

Resilient Leaders Elements is an international leadership community and we are pleased to be able to offer this as part of our BPSI coaching package, led by qualified RLE consultants.

Thousands of leaders have grown greater resilience in both the private and public sector, including Disney, Lego, Unilever, BT, Multi Academy Trusts and Universities.

RLE creates leaders who are
•    Have the confidence to be authentic
•    Welcome support and challenge from others
•    Anticipate opportunities and threats

It enables leaders to discover who you are and what you do, revealing your strengths and areas for development.
If you would like to find out more please contact Paul Whitcombe; 07534 438664, paul.whitcombe@barnet.gov.uk



RLE Package consists of

8 1-hour sessions per person and includes access to RLE portal to facilitate assessment, 360' feedback, strenght and challenge engines.

10 BPSI hours

Facilitators include: Paul Whitcombe, Helen Morrison and Jane Morris (see their profiles below)

Participants can add additional catch-up coaching for 1 BPSI per hour


2. The Professional Coaching Package

The professional coaching offer enables you to have confidential, structured meetings with a qualified coach. It gives you a platform and time for reflection during the busy and intensive school life. The coach will support you to achieve your goals by;
•    Engaging in focused conversations to increase clarity regarding a situation or a goal
•    Creating a focused conversation to enable broader impact and benefit
•    Using a range of bespoke methods, behaviours and techniques to make a difference to the person
•    Facilitates discussions to increase an individual’s awareness, insight and available choice in a situation


Professional Coaching  Package consists of

Basic Package

3 sessions per person (1 x 2hrs and 2 x 1hr sessions)

5 BPSI hours


Extended Package

6 sessions (8 hours in total)

8 PSI hours

Facilitators include: Katie Dawbarn and Stephanie Segal (see their profiles below)

Paul is an inspirational and energetic school improvement consultant. He has a passion for education with an excellent track record of supporting school leaders. Paul is committed to supporting schools in the UK and internationally, to build resilience and have clarity of direction. He is an experienced and highly successful primary headteacher and has worked in schools within a range of contexts. Paul has extensive experience of managing changes in school structures including successful federation and conversion to academy. He has been an Executive Headteacher and a CEO of a Multi Academy Trust.  He is a facilitator and assessor for the NPQ programmes.

Paul is a dynamic coach, consultant and mentor and a qualified Resilient Leaders Elements (RLE) consultant and coach. He strives to model integrity. His work as a learning network inspector and Ofsted inspector enables him to support and challenge schools. Paul enjoys providing high quality professional development to schools through coaching, mentoring and training. 

Paul supports new Headteachers and provides performance management for senior leaders. He has achieved a distinction in the Professional Qualification for School Inspection and has achieved NPQH. 

Paul is committed to nurturing talent. He is an excellent communicator and is passionate about working with Headteachers, Governors, leadership teams and teaching staff to achieve the very best for children.

Paul is a qualified Resilient Leaders Elements consultant

Coaching package offered : RLE

Paul Whitcombe

Özlem Imil is a qualified and DISC accredited Executive Coach, Facilitator and Trainer. She has 20 years’ experience in education, predominantly in inner London primary schools- as a senior leader, teacher and a coach. During her years as a teacher and senior leader she was known to be an expert in bringing outstanding results to children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Özlem’s current passion is to raise the achievement and well-being of children and young people through raising the achievement and well-being of the adults working with them first.  She is a coach who connects with clients quickly to get to the heart of the matter and is skilled in helping them change mindset, behaviours and habits.  She has a keen eye for detail and is experienced in creating strategic roadmaps to meet individual and organisational needs. As well as one to one coaching and group coaching, Özlem offers facilitation and interpersonal skills training to schools in the areas of leadership, communication, team building, productivity and well-being. She works with leaders, staff at all levels and governors. Her training is designed carefully to meet the individual needs of each school.

Özlem Imil

Katie Dawbarn is currently a Learning Network Inspector for Barnet.   Previously, she was the head of Wessex Gardens Primary School.  In her current role, Katie is responsible for monitoring, challenging and supporting 30 schools in her network.   This includes working with leaders in completing full reviews of achievement information, working with senior leaders on aspects of school improvement and leading reviews of practice in school.  As a head, Katie had a proven track record in developing middle leadership in order to improve standards in school.  As a Learning Network Inspector, she has responsibility for developing support for heads, deputies and assistant heads in school and has experience of recruiting all senior leaders (including heads and deputies).  She is currently supporting schools in raising rates of attendance.  All of her professional experiences have particularly strengthened Katie’s commitment to improve the opportunities for vulnerable children and their families and in removing barriers to learning.


Katie Dawbarn

Jane Morris has more than fourteen years of experience working in education for the London Borough of Barnet.  She is the lead for School Exclusion and whole school training for Safeguarding and Child Protection.  Jane works in partnership with Head Teachers and Senior Leadership Teams in a supportive capacity and is a Governor of a Barnet primary school.  Jane is the Education Representative in MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub) working with Social Care professionals advising on educational issues.  Jane is also an Executive/Performance Coach currently working towards the Level 7 ILM in Executive Coaching and Mentoring.  Jane provides Level One Child Protection Training to all schools and school governors in both the primary and secondary phase including the independent sector and specialist providers in education.  Jane also offers a safeguarding audit of individual school processes and procedures.

Jane is a qualified Resilient Leaders Elements consultant

Coaching package offered : RLE

Jane Morris

Helen Morrison is currently a Learning Network Inspector for Barnet Local Authority and a School Inspector. Helen was previously headteacher of a large Primary in Barnet.  During her time at the school, Helen has led the school successfully through two Ofsted Inspections, the last inspection team judging the school as Outstanding. Helen has a particular interest in effective leadership structures and enjoys supporting schools to identify and plan for school improvement. Helen has direct experience of leading major change and  has led on the amalgamation of two schools as well as experience of leading major building projects, including school expansion. Helen's Ofsted work enables her to have an up to date understanding of what Oustanding school effectiveness looks like. She enjoys supporting schools in their drive to achieve and maintain this across all aspects of school life.

Jane is a qualified Resilient Leaders Elements consultant

Coaching package offered : RLE

Helen Morrison

Stephanie Segal is an organisational consultant and coach, facilitator to leadership development programmes and action learning sets to Headteachers, Deputies, NHS and public sector staff. She has worked extensively in Education, Social Care, the NHS, Children, Young People and Families, Learning Disabilities, Domestic Violence, Safeguarding and Mental Health.

Stephanie is a visiting lecturer and tutor at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust on Strategic Leadership and Management in the Public Sector, Team Facilitation and Conflict Resolution, Refugee Care, Working With Groups and Supervision programmes. She is a qualified counsellor, has an MA in Consultation and the Organisation, a Psychoanalytic Approach and studied the Systemic Approach to Organisations, Children and Families (Tavistock Clinic/UEL). Stephanie’s MA dissertation focused on role consultation with a Headteacher and Deputy of a school experiencing difficulties, evaluating roles, interpersonal skills and staff group dynamics. Stephanie is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Member of ISPSO, ASIIP, Association for Coaching, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), BACP Registrant, BACP Coaching, EMCC UK and EMCC EIA Professional Designation at Senior Practitioner level.

Stephanie can offer support with leadership and management, coaching, safeguarding supervision, school staff engagement, managing difficult conversations and conflict.

Coaching package offered : RLE

Stephanie Segal

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

David Shakespeare is an education consultant who works with learners and teachers in individual schools and colleges, as well as with broader educational organisations - including many local authorities, various DfE programmes, the National Strategies, Science Learning Centres, the ‘learned’ societies, the Standards and Testing Agency, private companies and others.  He helps develop others in class, in training, and in providing CPD within and across schools; and is an evaluator of educational initiatives both in schools and in wider contexts.  David can offer support in the following areas: Development, training and facilitation of networks and mutual support between teachers and schools – such as through Peer Enquiry and network meetings; Development of classroom practice and teachers supporting others – through coaching, mentoring, paired observations and so on; Support for provision of science in primary and secondary school and college settings – in class, in schools, through training.

David Shakespeare

Susy Stone MA is the retired Head of Akiva School and was previously head of Bell Lane Primary. She has extensive experience of coaching & mentoring headteachers within and outside of the LA and is trained as a consultant for headteacher performance reviews. Susy has been a peer headteacher on BPSI reviews and a School Improvement Partner. She is an inspector for Pikuach, the Jewish inspection service. Susy can offer support in areas of Leadership and Management, in developing effective staff teams and in school improvement across the primary phase. Akiva gained accreditation as a Thinking School and she can offer support in providing challenge for able pupils. An SEN specialist, Susy recently trained in Drawing and Talking, an early intervention technique for pupils presenting with mental health issues.

Susy Stone