Yvonne is an experienced and forward thinking school leader with a passion for inclusion, independent learning and pupil voice. She was the founding Headteacher of Etz Chaim Jewish 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; building a successful staff team and ensuring graduates are well prepared for KS3 and life beyond school.
Yvonne is community minded and passionate about child-centred learning across the school. She successfully implemented continuous provision and independent learning opportunities in EYFS, KS1 and KS2 supported by SeeSaw and other technologies. She developed pupil voice across a range of aspects of school life, supporting children to become confident and responsible citizens.
Yvonne areas of expertise include:
coaching and mentoring staff
behaviour management including social and emotional learning and pupil voice
analysis of performance data
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 www.colindowland.co.uk
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;
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.
Bob Hamlyn has extensive school leadership experience and has served for 17 years as a headteacher in two contrasting London schools. Within these roles Bob has chaired local authority headteacher groups and worked closely with key stakeholders to help secure school improvement. More recently he has led inspections in primary, secondary and all-through settings across the London region. Bob therefore has a strong understanding of the inspection framework, including identifying best practice related to curriculum design and implementation, and safeguarding procedures.
Bob can also offer support in: coaching and supporting school leaders; helping leaders to develop effective self evaluation and school improvement plans; developing effective governing bodies; dealing with complex complaints.
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.
Eileen is a highly experienced and passionate education professional who is currently working as a School Improvement Partner and mentor for Headteachers in a Multi Academy Trust. During a successful career, Eileen led a Catholic primary school to outstanding Ofsted judgements, and was the founding Principal of a large International School in Malaysia. In addition, Eileen qualified as an Ofsted inspector and was appointed as a National Leader in Education in 2012, to provide direct support to schools in difficulty on behalf of the DFE.
Eileen offers early headship advice and mentoring, and a wider range of leadership development for leaders at all levels. She can support schools in overall school improvement planning and implementation, with a strong focus on teaching and learning.
Kim Sanett has been the Headteacher of Foulds School for five years. Having worked in a range of schools, in Barnet, Enfield and Hackney, Kim has experience of being a leader in schools of both high and low deprivation. She uses a coaching approach to support leaders and in this way has supported leaders to improve. She has experience of making rapid changes, whilst also taking the long standing team along.
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:
developing school culture
Malcolm is a highly motivated and successful educational consultant, trainer, and coach with a strong track record of leading and transforming schools.
He is a Lead Ofsted Inspector with the Qualification for School Inspectors gained through Middlesex University and Tribal in July 2015. He has worked for both Ofsted and the Department for Education (DfE), as an Ofsted Inspector and an Educational Adviser respectively, since 2015. He is a Consultant School Improvement Partner for Haringey Education Partnership and also for a number of other authorities and multi academy trusts across the country. Malcolm therefore has considerable experience of working directly with schools and supporting them in the raising of standards. During a long career in education, he has nearly twenty years of experience as a headteacher of three different schools, two of which were in particularly challenging circumstances. He is an EMCC Accredited Coach. Malcolm is also a self-employed school leader, adviser and consultant and the managing director of LeadingSchs2Success Ltd., an educational consultancy company. He is passionate about education and its ability to enable children to achieve beyond their dreams.
Malcolm offers a wide range of services for schools including headteacher, senior and middle leadership development, subject area audits, whole school reviews, SEND reviews, reading development and training for governors.
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.