CONSULTANCY BY SUBJECT/EXPERTISE

Headteacher Performance Management

James Coyle

James Coyle delivers school leadership training, coaching and mentoring in areas such as performance management, teaching and learning, leadership, and data analysis for improvement.
His school improvement experience includes: Ofsted and s48 Lead Inspector; Designated National Leader of Governance (NCSL); Approved Additional Support Governor (HSIP); Teacher Trainer; Chair in Harrow Primary and Secondary Schools over a 20 year period; Professional Development programme for Governors HSIP and Best Practice Network (BPN); Assessment of teachers for ITT, QTS and PGCE; Assessment systems for students learning.
Impact of work undertaken to support school improvement: Board member Harrow School Improvement Partnership since 2011; School Improvement Adviser Brent Secondary Schools; Chair of GB at outstanding Harrow school – Ofsted 2014; Completed school improvement interventions across London and SE following Ofsted RI referral to the National College and HSIP; Endorsed audits and action plans for improvement in teaching and learning, designed to drive up rates of progress, narrow the gap between learners and develop school leaders; Successful tutor to trainee teachers on behalf of the University of Buckingham.

Jillian Dunstan

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.

Cobi Ebrahimoff

Cobi Ebrahimoff is a former Head of an outstanding primary faith school with extensive experience in supporting school improvement. Instrumental in leading the school’s secular studies from ‘Good’ to ‘Outstanding’ and Jewish Studies from ‘Satisfactory’ to ‘Outstanding’, he is currently the Principal of the Independent Jewish Day School Academy in Barnet and the Executive Head of King Solomon, a British international all-through school in Israel. His qualifications include: BA in finance, MSc research in implementing change within school settings, NPQH, NLE, rabbinical ordination and Pikuach (Section 48) inspector. He tailored successful financial models for a range of schools and has substantial experience in developing Religious Education curricula, particularly in Jewish Studies.

Cobi can offer support in financial management and policies, effective appraisal systems, Headteacher Performance Management Reviews, data analysis to inform the SEF and SIP, training on effective use of data to inform planning, curriculum development and assessment in Jewish Studies, preparation for Pikuach inspections, SMSCD and training on improving teacher/parent partnerships. Cobi’s expertise provides support and training for Headteachers and Senior leaders aiming to achieve high standards of teaching and learning across secular and religious studies.  

Margaret Julia Goodchild

Margaret Julia Goodchild is a highly experienced educational consultant with over 20 years’ experience of leading school inspections. She is experienced in inspecting and supporting nursery, primary, secondary and special schools and PRUs, and undertaking quality assurance work for inspection service providers. She has wide cross-phase teaching and advisory experience and was a Senior Lecturer in Education at Middlesex University with a national role in SEN and EAL. She has been an External Adviser for the Performance Management of Headteachers, and an Advanced Skills Teacher assessor. She is a published writer of EYFS materials for parents and practitioners and of school self-evaluation materials. She has particular expertise in relation to special educational needs and alternative provision and is currently Hertfordshire Improvement Partner for 16 special schools and pupil referral units. She is a fully trained counsellor as well as being an educationalist. Margaret is able to provide the following services to schools: school improvement reviews focusing on whole school effectiveness or aspects of provision chosen by the school; governance reviews; early years’ reviews; headteacher appraisal; coaching for senior and middle leaders; support for school leaders in improving teaching and learning, including through joint lesson observations, and in the use of self-evaluation for continuous school improvement.

Gina Newman

Gina Newman is currently the Headteacher at Northside, a successful primary school (with Nursery) based in North Finchley. She has been in post for thirteen years and has taken the school from satisfactory to good, to outstanding (Ofsted 2009).  Northside is part of a Teaching School Alliance & in Challenge Partners. The most recent review of the school led by an Ofsted Inspector in March 2017 agreed with the schools self -evaluation of remaining outstanding.Gina has been a Local Leader of Education & is now a National Leader of Education & has experience of supporting schools who are satisfactory, require improvement or who face challenging circumstances. She has had experience of coaching & mentoring headteachers within & outside of the LA. As part of Challenge Partners Gina has been part of review teams nationally as well as within the LA & has experience in all areas of school improvement. Gina can offer support in the areas of Leadership and Management including developing middle leaders, mentoring for new Head teachers, Head Teacher Performance Management, developing the school environment, Early Years, Key Stage One and Two. Most recently Gina has completed school Achievement and Monitoring Reviews for the LA as a Barnet School Improvement Partner (BSIP).

David Radomsky

David Radomsky is an independent educational consultant. He has a first class BA honours, a MA with distinction, NPQH and a National College coaching accreditation.  He has teaching experience in this country and abroad across the full age range.  His previous experience includes being the Executive Headteacher of Hasmonean High School in Barnet. He has extensive experience in working with both primary and secondary schools, formerly as a SIP and now as an associate advisor.  He is a coach and facilitator for a number of nationally accredited leadership training couses.  He has inspected since 2007 and has been leading school inspection teams since 2010. He was the chair of an Interim Executive Board [IEB] working closely with the Headteacher to move the school from `Special Measures’ to Good. David can offer support in the following areas to both primary and secondary schools, leadership and staff training; coaching / mentoring; reviews and recommendations in line with the national inspection framework; due diligence reports; self-evaluation; development planning; governance; understanding and using data; improving teaching.

Christine Raynor

Christine Rayner is newly retired after working as a head teacher for 21 years, having worked in two large infant schools with nursery classes. Both schools have been judged to have excellent early years provision and Christine is passionate about ensuring the highest quality active learning and outcomes for children both in the EYFS and KS1.

Christine was part of the Infant Partnership group and was a member of the BPSI steering committee. She is currently serving as a member of the Northgate School management committee.

Christine can offer support to new head teachers, senior and middle leaders and offer guidance to schools to develop both indoor and outside learning environments.

Charles Rice

Charles Rice is an experienced Local Authority and independent School Improvement Partner and Inspector, currently in a freelance role supporting and monitoring the maintained schools in Barnet, and also continuing to be trained by and inspect for Ofsted.
In his recent Learning Network Inspector role he was accountable for the performance of all maintained secondary schools in Barnet, and responsible for developing and maintaining a secondary network across all secondary schools, including academies. In this role he left individual schools accurate in their self-evaluation and well-prepared for inspection, and the network professionally developed through meaningful Peer Enquiry sessions and well-planned training opportunities.
His role has also supported and been supported by the Teaching School Alliances, ensuring that the borough has been able to continue to adapt and develop effective relationships with all secondary schools in a rapidly changing context.  His work with Governing Bodies on HT/DHT appointments, HT appraisal, and undertaking their responsibilities, has been commended.  

Charles has also been involved in leading CPD programmes in and across schools, training whole school staff teams, and coaching individuals and groups, in both leadership and teaching. During his tenure the leadership capacity of Barnet Secondary schools has strengthened, as evident both in the % of schools that have been judged Good or better, and in raised achievement at KS4 and KS5.  A particular passion, which he is sometimes briefed to lead on, is the development of strong literacy practice and expertise across and within all subjects.  

Susy Stone

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.

Susan Sutton

Susan Sutton has 35 years’ experience in school improvement, having worked at a senior level in four local authorities and at a national level with the National strategies. Prior to this she was a secondary deputy head teacher. She has long standing experience as a SIP, link advisor and head of school improvement service in London, working with schools and settings across all phases. She has recent successful interim senior leadership experience in diverse schools nursery- 19 and can quickly establish excellent relationships with staff.  Susan holds NPQH and remains a serving Ofsted inspector, a trained coach and an Expert Governor. She currently works part time leading the school improvement and education services team in a London borough. Susan has a strong track record of improving outcomes in partner schools.

Susan can offer wide ranging consultancy support in most areas, including: Self-evaluation/ development planning; Ofsted preparation; leadership development; governance; data and pupil tracking; behaviour, attendance, inclusion, SEN; performance management systems; improving teaching quality/coaching; literacy development and assessment. Susan can offer school website reviews and has had long experience supporting governors to undertake head teacher performance management.

Sandra Teacher

Sandra Teacher is a highly experienced educational consultant with over 20 years’ experience in leading Ofsted inspections.  Her inspection work has covered Early Years, primary, secondary and special schools and PRUs, and included quality assurance for inspection service providers. She is continuing her inspection work with Ofsted as an Early Years Inspector and is also an Education Adviser at the Department for Education.
She has wide cross-phase teaching and advisory experience and is a School Experience tutor and Lecturer in Education at a range of Teacher/training Institutions. She has a national role in Special Education; Early Years and Faith communities. She has been an External Adviser for the Performance Management of Headteachers, and an Advanced Skills Teacher assessor. She is a published writer of EYFS materials for parents and practitioners; of school self-evaluation materials and most recently guidance on promoting Fundamental British Values and The Prevent agenda, as well as a Safeguarding Toolkit for all types of educational settings.


Sandra is able to provide the following services to schools: school improvement reviews focusing on whole school effectiveness or aspects of provision chosen by the school; governance reviews; early years’ reviews; pupil premium reviews; headteacher appraisal; coaching for senior and middle leaders; support for school leaders in improving teaching and learning, including through joint lesson observations, and in the use of self-evaluation for continuous school improvement.

Support in achieving the requirements for the SEN Code of Practice including provisioning mapping and on measuring the impact of spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Paul Whitcombe

Paul Whitcombe is an experienced and highly successful primary headteacher and has worked in schools within a range of contexts. In addition, Paul has extensive experience of managing changes in school structures including successful federation and conversion to academy, and has been a  CEO of a Multi Academy Trust.  Other work includes consultancy, work as a school improvement partner and Paul currently works as a school inspector. Paul enjoys providing high quality professional development to schools through mentoring and training.  Paul achieved a distinction in the Professional Qualification for School Inspection and has achieved NPQH.  Paul has supported new Headteachers and provided performance management for senior leaders.

Paul Wiggins

Paul Wiggins was the Headteacher of Barnfield School, which has more than 50% of its pupils on free school meals.  He has led the school to two Outstanding Ofsted reports. He has worked as a School Improvement Partner for Barnet, supporting heads in reviews of attainment, setting priorities and school improvement planning, as well as supporting governors with Headteacher performance management.  As a local leader of education, working for the London Challenge, he supported Headteachers in Brent and Hillingdon who were either new to the role or in challenging circumstances. He was a founder member and for several years Chair of Barnet’s Excellence in Clusters’ schools, which gave highly effective support to those schools in Barnet which were in more deprived circumstances and contributed to his expertise and experience in the areas of vulnerable children and children facing barriers to their learning.   

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Barnet Partnership for School Improvement (BPSI), Barnet with Cambridge Education, 2 Bristol Avenue Colindale, London, NW9 4EW

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