Colin Dowland has been a headteacher for 15 years, leading schools in Barnet with very diverse catchments. He is currently headteacher at Woodridge Primary School in Finchley.
Colin can offer support and advice ‘from the inside’ on the 2019 Ofsted Framework, having survived an inspection in October 2019. He can also offer mentoring for senior leaders; advice on leadership and management; school improvement planning; staff re-structuring; school governance; developing middle leaders; provision in The Arts and Artsmark; staff well-being and how to use branding. He can also offer biscuits, a listening ear and empathy, if that is what is needed.
Colin is also a children’s author and an award-winning playwright. He can deliver fun, informative and interactive sessions about his approach to writing books and plays, through school writer visits – see
Laura Monro is the Deputy Headteacher at Woodridge Primary School. In October 2019, she led on ‘deep dives’ across the curriculum, including early reading, during an Ofsted inspection under the new framework.
Laura has recently re-designed an ambitious curriculum for the foundation subjects, ensuring that there is clear progression of objectives and skills throughout, whilst making meaningful links to ensure the learning is ‘sticky’ for pupils.
As a Literacy leader for seven years, Laura is passionate about promoting a love of reading and transferring this enthusiasm to writing in a meaningful and interesting way. She has supported staff to implement whole class guided reading, develop genre-based teaching sequences in writing and moderate work from Years 1 to 6.
Laura is able to offer support in creating a well-planned curriculum; supporting curriculum and subject leaders with the expectations of an Ofsted under the new framework; becoming a reading school where a love of reading is promoted; effective marking and feedback; teaching a purposeful and engaging writing sequence in KS2; and English subject leadership.