Ray Biglin is a highly experienced inspector, reviewer and consultant. Ray has wide experience of working internationally carrying out primary, all through and secondary school reviews in the Cayman Islands and New York and has delivered professional development in an international school in France. He is an accredited BSO inspector and recently was part of a team which carried out an inspection in Abu Dhabi.
Ray provides training for primary and secondary schools and Further Education/6th forms in lesson observation skills, effective senior/middle management and general school improvement. He is also an expert in the leadership and management of post-16 education.
Between 2013 and 2017 Ray worked as an Education Challenge Partner across Norfolk providing regular support and challenge for over 30 primary schools. Currently, he works as an additional inspector quality assurance reader with Ofsted and has worked as an Ofsted Lead Inspector in the past in both the primary and secondary sector He is also working as a school improvement adviser with Leeds Authority and is a Lead Reviewer with Challenge Partners.
Ray can offer support in the following areas: preparing for Ofsted; lesson observation skills; self-evaluation; SEN provision; effective use of pupil premium funding; middle management training
Liz has a wealth of experience in school improvement, working for several years as a National Literacy Strategy Consultant before leading Hertfordshire’s Communication, Language and Literacy Development Programme. Following this, she became a Primary English Adviser for Hertfordshire, supporting schools in their teaching of English and helping them to improve outcomes from EYFS to KS2.
Liz has a passion for developing children’s early literacy and has spent the last four years as Deputy Head of a large infant school.
Liz can offer a range of English consultancy, from bespoke training packages to one-to-one support within the classroom, tailored to meet your school improvement priorities.
Liz can offer support in the following areas: Developing early reading and writing (EYFS-KS1); Shared and guided reading and comprehension (KS1-2); Direct teaching and application of phonics and spelling; Preparation for the Y1 Phonics Screening Check; Phonics subject knowledge training; Embedding the teaching sequence for writing within English planning; Engaging boys with writing; Shared and guided writing (EYFS-KS2); Developing a reading culture in your school; Co-planning and teaching; Using Lesson Study to enhance classroom practice; English Subject Leadership (action planning, monitoring & evaluation, data analysis, curriculum planning).
Eleanor Martlew has over 20 years’ experience in teaching in secondary and primary schools, with a particular focus on English, Literacy across the Curriculum and working with EAL pupils. Eleanor worked as Secondary English Consultant for Kensington and Chelsea before moving into primary education. She has worked alongside teachers and senior leaders in schools to improve teaching and learning and outcomes for pupils, providing specialist English training, targeted support and coaching. She has run successful school-based projects such as the “Excellence in Reading” project which resulted in higher attainment for pupils in Year 6 across a number of schools in Kensington and Chelsea. Eleanor has supported schools to lead on whole school initiatives, such as Literacy across the Curriculum and Assessment for Learning. She has delivered highly-evaluated training courses for a number of local authorities and bespoke in-service training for schools. Prior to working for Kensington and Chelsea, Eleanor worked in two large secondary schools in Haringey as Ethnic Minority Achievement Coordinator and EAL teacher. Eleanor is able to offer literacy support for reading and writing, in particular with a view to challenging more able pupils. She also has a keen interest in improving teacher subject knowledge and confidence to teach grammar in interactive and engaging ways, both at KS1 and 2.
Jacob Mitchell is an award-winning teacher (Pearson's National Teaching Awards 'Primary School Teacher of the Year' Winner — London and The South East of England, 2014) and national trainer/consultant. Creator of 'The Secret Code' SPaG teaching and assessment scheme, 'The Word Wheel' and 'The Legends of Literacy' cartoon series, Jacob's resources are currently being used in over 100 schools, both primary and secondary, across the UK, supporting and inspiring over 10,000 children every day. His unique, motivational and engaging approach to SPaG and Literacy includes a variety fun and inclusive games/activities to stimulate, challenge and inspire learners from all ages ranges and ability levels. Jacob believes 'that if a child does not learn the way we teach, we should teach the way they learn' offering a child-friendly and memorable style of teaching and learning, always. He can offer support in a variety of areas: 'Word Wheel' training, SPAG test support, using coding and other creative strategies to teach grammar and punctuation, confidence coaching, The Creative Curriculum, 'Exciting/Inspiring Writing' workshops, behaviour management and memory/anchoring techniques (NLP). Jacob describes his purpose and passion as the empowerment of others (the future); a goal that he believes is possible through a positive, innovative and inspiring learning approach/environment.
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.
Michael Reilly is an experienced KS2 class teacher who is currently Phase Leader, English & Computing Lead and Y6 Class Teacher at Fairway Primary School & Children’s Centre. Michael has a passion for quality teaching with expertise in English at KS2 and making lessons memorable for children. Michael’s drive and focus on memorable experiences has seen an increase in writing outcomes within his classes and phase. Michael also has key skills in utilising IT and computing within his lessons supporting both children and teachers. He has recently embedded a digital portfolio platform across KS1 & KS2 within his school which has empowered pupil driven learning and helped in reducing workload.
Michael can offer support in the following areas: Creating, planning and delivering high quality memorable English lessons; Using IT and Computing within lessons to increase engagement; English lesson sequencing; English targeting and intervention.
Alexander Rosenberg is an artist, writer and educator with a background in cognitive neuroscience. Working across a range of disciplines allows for an approach that is creative and playful, as well as rooted in cutting-edge research. Since 2013, he has applied this diverse thinking to designing educational tools, providing student workshops and teacher training across the UK.
As a practicing artist, much of his work with teachers involves building their confidence in being creative themselves. Whether that be in inspiring visual and fluent creative writing, or harnessing the power of ‘making stuff’ to enhance learning in any given context. Alexander’s cognitive research experience at both UCL and Harvard’s neuroimaging laboratory focused on the use of humour in how the human brain absorbs information. This is reflected in his warm, personable style. He has written and illustrated a number of dynamic resources that are used by thousands of teachers, students and parents nationally and endorsed by leading educational consultants.
Alexander can offer support in the following areas at both primary and secondary level: raising the standard for creative writing; making reading comprehension relatable; ambitious and academic art education; supporting students in cultivating revision methods and organisational skills through to A-level.
Debi Whittington has been teaching in Barnet primary schools for over ten years with extensive experience in KS1 and KS2. Formerly an AST and KS2 Leader, she is currently a Leading Practitioner, and the Literacy and Creative Curriculum Leader at Northside Primary School. As an AST, Debi worked in schools in Barnet and Haringey where she helped by supporting staff to implement and develop Guided Reading and Phonics. She is passionate about teaching literacy through a creative curriculum, and giving pupils opportunities to read and write with a real purpose. Debi is able to offer support in effective guided reading; developing phonics and spelling through the key stages; putting grammar back into the curriculum; assessing writing with APP; developing the skills of NQTs; improving the learning environment ; and establishing a love for reading. Debi has a keen interest in developing enthusiastic writers from EYFS through to Y6 through the use of innovative hooks and from pupils’ interests, and can provide assistance in these areas.