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Well Being Advisers

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Tania Barney has worked in Barnet for the past 10 years, within both educational and health settings.  She has worked within the National Healthy Schools Programme, leading on both Emotional Health and Well Being and PSHE Education.  Tania is a registered Philosophy for Children (P4C) Trainer and is able to provide Level 1 and introductory courses, as well as other Philosophy for Children Inset, and in-school support and follow up.

In addition to thinking skills training, Tania can provide school based training and consultation in the following areas: Health and Well Being (including HealthySchools, PSHEe and SRE), pupil involvement and participation (including school council training) and occupational therapy/SEN advice for developing fine and gross motor skills and understanding sensory processing disorders.

Tania Barney
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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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Jillian Dunstan was the Head Teacher of Mathilda Marks-Kennedy Jewish Primary School for 11 years. This is a successful one form entry community school (with Nursery) in Mill Hill. The school is currently graded as outstanding and the recent Pikuach (Jewish Studies) inspection also graded the school as outstanding. Prior to that she was Deputy Head in a three form entry school in Harrow.

Jillian can offer support in Head Teacher performance management reviews as well as data analysis to inform the SEF and SIP. She can also assist in areas of leadership and management. Jillian has mentored new Head Teachers, as well as mentoring other members of SLT. She has also been involved in developing Middle Leaders, as well as in developing teams and leaders at all levels to improve standards. She gains much pleasure from seeing staff develop in their roles. Jillian also started work in her school focusing on the area of Staff Mental Health with a view to improving the retention of staff and developing a positive work environment.

Jillian Dunstan
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Sarah is an experienced psychotherapist (FPC, BPC) and facilitator. Sarah offers bespoke Well-being Consultancy and workshops, her thinking and process is underpinned with intersectionality awareness.  Following an undergraduate in Politics and Sociology, Sarah taught English as a Foreign Language whilst volunteering at Childline. Sarah qualified as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist in 2012. Alongside Private Practice, she has worked in the Public Sector and Universities as a Specialist Mental Health Mentor and Counsellor.


Sarah is a passionate, committed, and enthusiastic trainer. She has run workshops and Reflective Practice in numerous schools and intuitions and has led seminars for post-graduate qualifications. Sarah has won the ‘Excellence in Education’ award at London School of Economics for the past two years for her work delivering counselling, specialist groups and workshops. Sarah designs events to meet the unique needs of each educational setting.  


Training topics include areas such as Stress Management; Overcoming blocks to success (perfectionism and procrastination); Introduction to Counselling Skills; Mental Health Awareness; Suicide Prevention. All courses are delivered sensitively and promote well-being for staff and pupils.

Sarah Jones
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Tim McLoughlin is a very experienced school leader having been a headteacher in inner London before working as a School Development Advisor. He has over thirty years experience of working in education. He is an School Inspector and currently inspects primary and independent schools. Tim can support schools with reviews and evaluation of leadership and curriculum practice as well as training for staff and governors on many aspects of school leadership. He is also able to act as an external advisor for headteacher performance management meetings. As a qualified counsellor he is also able to work with leaders on the development of mental health and well-being within a school context.

Tim McLoughlin
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Dinah is a primary school teacher and primary PGCE lecturer and Supervision Tutor at the UCL Institute of Education. She is also a qualified Personal Performance Coach and NLP Practitioner.


Since starting out as a parent volunteer, delivering a maths intervention programme in 2010, she has made significant impact on school improvement and held various roles of responsibility, including lead practitioner on raising attainment in writing, lead PSHE practitioner, and UKS2 phase leader and whole-school curriculum lead.

With her competencies in coaching and NLP, she is particularly interested in supporting schools to develop effective, whole-school practice that is cognizant of the impact of pupil well-being on educational outcomes, and which consistently and proactively promotes the wellbeing of all pupils and all staff.

She provides whole-school, group and individual training and services that encourage positive communication and cohesion amongst staff, in both the primary and secondary phase.

Dinah Okolie
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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.

Stephanie Segal
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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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