CONSULTANCY BY SUBJECT/EXPERTISE

Leadership and Management

Elaine Aylmer

Elaine Aylmer is a former primary head with well over a decade of experience of supporting schools to improve.  Although early years and primary trained, Elaine has successful experience of supporting schools in all phases from Nursery to Sixth Form and has had wide-ranging school improvement experience gained in two London boroughs and overseas, as well as through periods as an Additional Inspector for Ofsted in the UK and as a Senior Evaluator in the Cayman Islands.   Previously a Learning Network Inspector in Barnet, Elaine has been working freelance since September 2017 and has particular expertise in monitoring, evaluation and action planning, and in the development of school leaders at all levels, including governors.   Recent consultancy in Barnet has included support for the development of middle leaders (for example at Menorah Primary, Brookland Junior and Pardes House), for school improvement planning (for example at Garden Suburb Junior and Woodcroft) and for headteacher selection and performance management.   Of Elaine’s work at Brookland Junior, Jenny Aylen (Headteacher) commented: “Excellent professional development, very efficiently delivered. Positive, confidence building, very clear and based on depth of knowledge and experience. Above all, helping our middle leaders to own their area of responsibility and identify the most effective actions to move forward at a whole school level.”

Kiran Bagai

Kiran Bagai is a qualified School Business Manager and a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. She has over 10 years’ experience working with schools, both within the Public and Private Sector. This includes 3 years working as part of the School’s Finance team for Barnet where she supported up to 12 schools and a further 8 years supporting both primary and secondary schools as part of their SLT.

Kiran has also been instrumental in helping schools in Financial Difficulty by setting and maintaining difficult school budgets as well as improving timely cash flows throughout the year. Kiran is currently helping lead several secondary and primary schools out of massive deficit positions of between £100,000 and £3,000,000. To achieve this she has been involved in reviewing and proposing major staffing restructures, negotiated major building projects, renegotiated existing contracts and implemented effective processes and controls. She has also helped set their 3 year recovery and action plans.

Kiran enjoys guiding and supporting schools in their drive to achieve and maintain effective and efficient use of all resources throughout all aspects of school life.

Kiran can offer support in areas of Finance, HR, Facilities Management, ICT and School Development.

Jeremy Bird

Jeremy Bird is an inspirational and visionary school improvement consultant. He has a passion for education with an excellent track record of supporting school leaders. He is a dynamic, pro-active leader and coach, empowering staff at all levels to take ownership using coaching, training and mentoring. A natural communicator, Jeremy has proven ability in building cohesive teams to achieve challenging targets.

 

Jeremy served as a headteacher in two primary schools prior to becoming a consultant.

 

Jeremy can offer support in the following areas: Coaching school leaders and governors in primary and special schools; Inducting newly appointed leaders and teachers; Facilitating professional discussion and development in a range of middle, senior and headteacher leadership activities; Supporting leaders in developing the rationale, implementation and evaluation of their curriculum;

Challenging leaders in their self-evaluation of school effectiveness.

Ray Biglin

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

Marc Boucherat

Marc Boucherat is an experienced education professional and consultant specialising in leadership and management, school improvement and school based teacher development. He has extensive teaching and leadership experience in London and Hertfordshire. He was head teacher at St Joseph's Junior School, Barnet until 2004, leading the school to be recognised as outstanding. He was then senior adviser, SIP and Head of Primary School Effectiveness with Hertfordshire LA.

Since 2012 Marc has worked as a senior lecturer, tutor and consultant in teacher and leadership development with the University of Winchester, working directly with leaders, trainees and teachers in the southern region to develop schools, teaching schools and alliances within the new ‘self improving’ system. He has focussed on school based teacher training, teacher/leadership development, school to school support and system leadership. Marc completed Ofsted training in 2006 and supported schools as a national strategy consultant leader whilst a serving head teacher.

Marc can offer support in the following areas: school self evaluation and improvement; improving teaching and learning; analysing progress and attainment; head teacher, senior and middle leadership guidance, coaching and development; head teacher appraisal; support for schools in challenging situations; leading in a Catholic or faith school; system and executive leadership; guidance for teaching schools, alliances and MATs; school to school support; school based teacher training (school direct, assessment only); research based staff development; lesson study for improvement.

Ruth Charteris

Ruth Charteris is a highly qualified business leader at Wessex Gardens Primary School.  She has extensive experience within leadership and in supporting leadership teams, teachers, support staff, children and families to significantly improve attendance within the Local Authority. 

Ruth provides whole staff training, and supports individual members of staff to develop strategies to improve class attendance.  She has successfully supported leadership, learning mentors and administrative teams in schools with low attendance to develop and implement effective action plans together with monitoring systems and polices.    

Ruth can offer support in all aspects of attendance: school-specific attendance reviews and action plans; reviewing areas of policy and practice; understanding and applying legislation; using data to identify areas/groups of concern; delivering training to senior leaders, teaching, administrative staff and learning mentors; implementing monitoring systems; delivering school specific advice and training; dealing with difficult parents to avoid conflict; reporting to the governing body.

Diana Choulerton

Diana Choulerton has 25 years’ experience working in education as a teacher, leader and inspector. Diana has worked as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI) from 2014 to 2017.  During this time Diana has developed a wide range of experience and high level of skill related to inspection and education improvement.  This included leading inspections and monitoring visits of primary and secondary schools as well as SEND area inspections.  Whilst working as an HMI she also took on the role of Ofsted National Lead for Design and Technology.  Prior to joining Ofsted she worked as a senior advisor for a local authority leading on 14 to 19 strategy.  Diana also has 13 years’ previous experience working in secondary schools holding middle and senior leadership responsibilities in that time.

Diana offers insight, support and advice for leaders in primary and secondary schools and local authorities on all aspects of education improvement.  Specific areas of expertise include; change management, monitoring and evaluation, development planning, curriculum and assessment, teaching pedagogy, SEND reform implementation and 14-19 strategy.  Diana also remains passionate about D&T education and welcome opportunities to utilise my expertise in the subject.

Spencer Clayton

Spencer Clayton has been a serving headteacher of Queenswell Junior School for fourteen years and understands the challenges of that role. In addition, he has taken the lead in ensuring the Junior School Alliance continues its school improvement role. He can offer mentoring for Headteacher; advice and guidance on workload, time management and work-life balance including long term leadership planning including event co-ordination.

Elaine Corcoran

Elaine Corcoran has over 35 years of experience in classroom teaching and leadership.  From 2008 – 2013  she worked for the School Improvement service in Hertfordshire supporting schools in a range of difficult circumstances, including those in Ofsted categories. Elaine is passionate about supporting leadership at all levels.  She has worked alongside head teachers, deputy heads, Sencos and Subject leaders, supporting them with monitoring schedules, school Self Evaluation and preparation for Ofsted and HMI visits. Elaine has coached and worked alongside class teachers.  She particularly enjoys working with staff to develop and manage ‘robust and sustainable systems’  for tracking pupils’ progress and identifying pockets of underachievement.
Elaine can offer guidance and support to schools with the following: detailed analysis of data; pupil progress tracking systems; developing the role of Senco/Inco; developing Subject leaders, both experienced and new to role; joint lesson observations/feedback to staff; detailed school Self Evaluation; Pupil Voice; Work/Planning scrutiny; developing the role of Support Staff.

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.

Katie Dawbarn

Katie Dawbarn is currently a Learning Network Inspector for Barnet.   Previously, she was the head of Wessex Gardens Primary School.  In her current role, Katie is responsible for monitoring, challenging and supporting 30 schools in her network.   This includes working with leaders in completing full reviews of achievement information, working with senior leaders on aspects of school improvement and leading reviews of practice in school.  As a head, Katie had a proven track record in developing middle leadership in order to improve standards in school.  As a Learning Network Inspector, she has responsibility for developing support for heads, deputies and assistant heads in school and has experience of recruiting all senior leaders (including heads and deputies).  She is currently supporting schools in raising rates of attendance.  All of her professional experiences have particularly strengthened Katie’s commitment to improve the opportunities for vulnerable children and their families and in removing barriers to learning.

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.  

Hayley Follett

Hayley Follett is currently a Deputy Head Teacher in an 11-18 comprehensive secondary school in North London. She has been teaching in the secondary phase since 1994.  Hayley was accredited with Advanced Skills Teacher status and worked across her Local Authority whilst being a Head of Science for 9 years before moving into leadership and inspection.  Her expertise is in effective teaching and learning.

Margaret Julia Goodchild

Margaret Julia Goodchild is a highly experienced educational consultant and Ofsted lead inspector who has successfully passed the assessment to continue leading inspections for Ofsted from September 2015. She has 22 years’ experience 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 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. Margaret also has particular expertise in relation to special educational needs and alternative provision and is Hertfordshire Improvement Partner for 11 special schools.

Jen Gaffney

Jen Gaffney has been the Headteacher of Chalgrove Primary School for 8 years. She has led the school through 2 successful Ofsted’s with Leadership being identified as a strength. She has a proven track record of developing and mentoring leaders at all levels. Jen has experience of leading the school through significant challenges and building projects, including the successful opening of a new additional resource provision for pupils with ASD. She has considerable experience and can offer support with data analysis and strategic school improvement; mentoring new heads; raising standards in teaching and learning and developing middle leaders.

Royden Gothelf

Royden Gothelf is a chartered IT professional providing independent advice to Primary, Secondary and Academy school leaders on cost management and strategic IT planning, linking the use of technology to whole school outcomes such as improve teaching and learning.  The approach gives the school a platform for moving forward, reducing spending in areas.

Royden is based in Barnet having over 30 years experience on the use of technology to deliver innovative changes in the workplace and in teaching and learning.

Royden provides advice and training to senior leaders, governors and trustees on: comprehensive strategic plan linking IT to whole school plans, use of technologies in the classroom, management of documents meeting GDPR and Safeguarding, data analysis and management, emerging technologies for use in education and how to be ready to benefit from them - e.g. AI (Artificial Intelligence), Procurement of IT - getting the best from suppliers. 

Özlem Imil

Özlem Imil is a qualified and DISC accredited Executive Coach, Facilitator and Trainer. She has 20 years’ experience in education, predominantly in inner London primary schools- as a senior leader, teacher and a coach. During her years as a teacher and senior leader she was known to be an expert in bringing outstanding results to children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Özlem’s current passion is to raise the achievement and well-being of children and young people through raising the achievement and well-being of the adults working with them first.  She is a coach who connects with clients quickly to get to the heart of the matter and is skilled in helping them change mindset, behaviours and habits.  She has a keen eye for detail and is experienced in creating strategic roadmaps to meet individual and organisational needs. As well as one to one coaching and group coaching, Özlem offers facilitation and interpersonal skills training to schools in the areas of leadership, communication, team building, productivity and well-being. She works with leaders, staff at all levels and governors. Her training is designed carefully to meet the individual needs of each school.

Alison Jacob

Alison Jacob is the Head of Edgware Primary School. Edgware Primary is a three form entry school with around 630 pupils. It has a high level of children who are SEN, EAL and pupil premium. The school amalgamated in September 2014 after Edgware Junior school was put into special measures. Alison has successfully raised standards. Alison led the school though a successful OFSTED inspection turning the school from 'a school causing concern' to 'good' in a very short space of time.

Alison can offer support in the following areas: developing vision; strategy for improvement; teaching and learning; challenging behaviour; EYFS; developing parent partnerships; whole school curriculum development and assessment and improving SEN provision. Alison has skills in both coaching and mentoring staff and has a proven track record of developing teams and leaders at every level to improve standards and loves to see staff develop in their roles. From her experience of working as a Deputy in a faith school for eight years, Alison can offer support in addressing a range of different needs. 

Sally King

Sally King has over 10 years of experience as a senior leader in primary schools in Barnet; most recently being four years as a head teacher, two of which as an executive head teacher after establishing a federation of two schools.

 

She has a very successful history in school improvement at all levels and has a wide range of skills, knowledge and experience to offer. She has a particular interest and expertise in developing a dynamic and powerful learning environment for all members of the school community at every level. Sally enjoys mentoring and coaching members of staff and has a proven track record in distributive leadership and building capacity for change and improvement with senior and middle leadership teams.

 

As a teacher and leader Sally has established and developed high quality child-centred curriculum and classroom practice across key stages leading to high levels of engagement, enthusiasm and excellent progress for all. 

 

Sally can offer support in the following areas: supporting new head teachers; developing leadership capacity; interrogating data and evidencing impact; action planning for school improvement and evaluating impact; developing high quality teaching and learning in the classroom and developing pupil voice and empowering learners.

Declan McCarthy

Declan McCarthy has extensive experience in the field of special educational needs and disabilities. He has considerable leadership experience as; a head teacher in a special school, head of two large local authority support services and as a local authority adviser for SEND.  Declan has published and developed resources for schools including the dexFRAME reading aid and the ‘SEN Resource Manual for schools’. Declan also currently works as a Hertfordshire Improvement Partner for six special schools and is the director for education of an independent special school in Horsham for pupils with Autism and associated SLCN. Declan leads school inspections in academies, maintained and independent primary schools, special schools (day and residential) and PRUs. He has also taken part in national surveys on; Learning Difficulties and Disabilities; Pupil Referral Units and Learning Support Centres. Declan’s training in school inspections and in safeguarding are fully up to date.

Declan can offer support in the following areas: Strengthening self-evaluation and school improvement planning - Whole school reviews and preparation for inspection - Training guidance and support including developing monitoring skills of middle leaders, and governors - SEND and safeguarding audits - Checking compliance of website and school policies

Helen Morrison

Helen Morrison is currently a Learning Network Inspector for Barnet Local Authority and an Inspector for Ofsted. Helen was previously headteacher of a large Primary in Barnet.  During her time at the school, Helen has led the school successfully through two Ofsted Inspections, the last inspection team judging the school as Outstanding. Helen has a particular interest in effective leadership structures and enjoys supporting schools to identify and plan for school improvement. Helen has direct experience of leading major change and  has led on the amalgamation of two schools as well as experience of leading major building projects, including school expansion. Helen's Ofsted work enables her to have an up to date understanding of what Oustanding school effectiveness looks like. She enjoys supporting schools in their drive to achieve and maintain this across all aspects of school life.

Gina Newman

Gina Newman was until recently the Headteacher at Northside, a very successful primary school (with Nursery) based in North Finchley. She was in post for nearly fifteen years and took 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 2018 agreed with the schools self -evaluation of remaining outstanding.

Gina is Ofsted trained and has been both a Local Leader of Education & a National Leader of Education. She 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) and supported schools in setting priorities and improvement planning.

Miranda Perry

Miranda Perry has held senior positions in the primary, secondary and advisory education sector. She has considerable experience as a lead Ofsted inspector for primary and secondary schools. She works as an education consultant for government research trials, as a school improvement partner for local authorities and with schools who want to develop 'beyond outstanding'.  She runs a range of courses and workshops for BPSI on, for example, effective self-evaluation and school improvement planning, interpreting RoL and impactful interventions.
Her qualifications include NPQH, a research MA in public sector change, Diplomas in Counselling, and Change Management.
Miranda can offer the following support: SEF and SIP writing; data analysis, use of data, and interpretation of RoL; school reviews, headteacher appraisal; impactful interventions and feedback, effective work scrutiny; effective monitoring of teaching and learning; improving progress of groups; 'beyond outstanding'.

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 Rayner

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 school improvement adviser and Secondary school-based Senior Leader who is currently working part-time as the Barnet Secondary Learning Network Inspector. He provides monitoring, challenge and support to Primaries as well as to Secondaries, and has a particular interest in whole school and subject-specific literacy development. Two years as an Achievement Coach for Achievement for All broadened his experience of SEND. Charles offers a range of in-school activities designed to develop leadership at all levels.

Anne Roots

Anne Roots has been the manager of Connect, The Network for Global Learning in Education (formerly NLSIN), and worked within Barnet's School Improvement service for over 20 years providing guidance and training for schools in embedding a global dimension to the curriculum, preparing bids, accessing funding and understanding the range of opportunities for schools to develop international links, partnerships and CPD activities.

She is a British Council Schools Ambassador, a UK Global Learning Association Consultant, Connecting Classrooms Through Global Learning Trainer and an assessor for a range of funded programmes. 

Anne delivers training on Middlesex University's BA Primary Education (QTS) course and has worked with the NQT leaders in local authorities to provide global learning training to support Teaching Standards.

Anne organises short-term Language Assistant placement programmes with universities in Spain and Germany and facilitates the on-line New York Global Scholars Programme linking schools all over the world through curriculum based collaboration.

The support Anne offers enables an outcomes focused approach underpinned by evaluation and monitoring processes that ensure good practice and sustainable impact at all times.

Global learning which provides a real-life teaching and learning approach and context can be an effective vehicle to address the requirements of the new Ofsted framework and help schools deliver a broader curriculum that will motivate, enhance and expand the learning experience for pupils.

Pav Saunders

Pav Saunders has experience of teaching in a number of schools, which includes secondary, middle, junior and primary. She is particularly interested in school improvement, leadership and management, staff development, teaching and learning and early years. Pav has been the headteacher of an outstanding primary school.  She was also a National Leader of Education (NLE) and has done school to school support work in schools facing challenging circumstances. She has extensive experience of leading Ofsted inspections. Pav has recently become an independent education consultant. She now leads training sessions and does consultancy work with a number of providers. She is an accredited lead facilitator with the National College and is currently delivering the leadership curriculum.
Pav can offer support in the following areas: Teaching and learning; Assessment for learning; Analysis of data; Monitoring and evaluation; Leadership training for middle and senior leaders; Governor effectiveness; School Self-evaluation; Performance management; Early Years; Working with parents and the community.

Jodi Schajer

Jodi Schajer has been a Headteacher for 5 years, managing schools through a variety of changes leading to improved results. She is currently Headteacher of the Independent Jewish Day School - a top achieving school in Barnet.

Jodi has a proven track record of developing staff teams in order to improve standards, through mentoring and coaching. Jodi is a Key Stage Two moderator for Barnet and was  a Literacy Consultant.

 

Jodi can offer; coaching and developing senior and middle leaders, subject leaders, support for school leaders in improving teaching and learning and outcomes for children, implementing creative and connected curriculum and school development work at all levels. 

Stephanie Segal

Stephanie Segal is an organisational consultant, coach and Director of a consultancy specialising in leadership development, coaching and mentoring, organisational development, managing change, conflict resolution and cultural diversity: Stephanie is a facilitator and coach to leadership development programmes and has career coached teachers and educational professionals; She has worked extensively in the public sector including Education and Children, Young People and Families. She is a visiting lecturer and tutor to the Tavistock Centre Strategic Leadership and Management for the Public Sector, Team Facilitation and Conflict Resolution and Working With Groups programmes; Stephanie’s MA dissertation focused on a role consultation with a Headteacher and Deputy Head of a school experiencing difficulties, evaluating roles, interpersonal skills and reviewing group dynamics in the staff team for change.
Stephanie can offer support to schools in organisational and leadership development, coaching and mentoring, career development, dealing with difficult issues, valuing cultural and religious diversity, safeguarding and managing change.
Stephanie is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Member of the Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists and Allied Professions, the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organisations, ASIIP, Association for Coaching, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and BACP’s Coaching Division.

Jatin Sheth

Jatin Sheth is currently the Deputy Head at Fairway Primary.  He leads teaching, learning and assessment across the school which includes spearheading KS1 and KS2 SATs.  Since his appointment in 2015, Fairway’s attainment outcomes have risen year-year-on, particularly strong in KS2.  Jatin also plays an integral part in children’s well-being; he is the school’s deputy designated safeguarding lead, communicates effectively with parents/carers and monitors effective provision at school on a daily basis.
 

Jatin specialises in raising standards in English and Maths, ensuring summative data correlates to the progress in children’s books. Through a rigorous cycle of monitoring, Jatin is able to identify staff that need support.  Jatin delivers masterclass lessons and carries out effective lesson observations which enable him to set teachers SMART targets. Children’s ongoing targets and end of year targets are regularly referred to through formal and informal meetings with teachers. Through staff meetings, Jatin is confident in engaging staff to adopt innovative strategies which are embedded with high expectations of children and staff.  Jatin has already delivered training and supported others Barnet schools as well as working alongside heads at SSIF Project conferences.   

David Shakespeare

David Shakespeare is an education consultant who works with learners and teachers in individual schools and colleges, as well as with broader educational organisations - including many local authorities, various DfE programmes, the National Strategies, Science Learning Centres, the ‘learned’ societies, the Standards and Testing Agency, private companies and others.  He helps develop others in class, in training, and in providing CPD within and across schools; and is an evaluator of educational initiatives both in schools and in wider contexts.  David can offer support in the following areas: Development, training and facilitation of networks and mutual support between teachers and schools – such as through Peer Enquiry and network meetings; Development of classroom practice and teachers supporting others – through coaching, mentoring, paired observations and so on; Support for provision of science in primary and secondary school and college settings – in class, in schools, through training.

Justin Smith

Justin Smith has been working in the education sector for 16 years, following a career spent in private sector business development and marketing.  In 2017 Justin established Chameleon Training and Consultancy, providing specialist marketing and income generation support to schools, academies and FE Colleges.

 

Since moving into the public sector Justin has worked, at senior leadership level, in 3 large secondary schools in Suffolk and Norfolk. Leading support teams, Justin specialised in community relations and developing sustainable collaborations with business; identifying commercial opportunities that can be mutually beneficial to both the school and the business partner. Justin is a vastly experienced bid writer with a strong track record in raising funds for schools via conventional trust funds, grants and sponsorships. To date Justin has raised over securing £1 million in additional, sustainable revenue for schools and as recently as the summer of 2017 supported Wymondham College with a successful capital fund grant of over £2 million.

 

Justin can offer support in the following areas: Income Generation; Bid Writing, Marketing; Communications.


A strong advocate of the benefits of networking and forging long term relationships, Justin passionately believes that “it’s all about the people” and is an enthusiastic and energetic practitioner.

In 2015 Justin was awarded the National Association of School Business Management Marketing Award and became a NASBM Fellow in 2017.

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.

Lisa Walker

Lisa Walker is currently the Headteacher at Courtland Primary School which is based in Mill Hill. She has been in post for eleven years during which time she has taken the school from Good to Outstanding. Courtland is a one form entry school with a diverse population and changing demographics.  Lisa has experience of working with a strong Governing Body and has put systems in place to ensure they have a thorough understanding of their role. Lisa also has experience of mentoring Headteachers and Deputy Headteachers and offering peer support during LA school reviews. In the Autumn Term 2012 Lisa was Interim Headteacher at The Hyde School for three days a week, whilst also leading Courtland School.  During this secondment she was able to work closely with the LA to help stabilise a school which was experiencing difficulties. This experience of leading a school through a period of extreme change has enabled her to have a healthy respect for all staff members working under intense external pressure, whilst simultaneously having to raise standards. For the last few years Lisa also has experience of working with the LA as a BSIP. This involved conducting Attainment reviews, Learning walks, and general School Improvement.

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.   

Please reload

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

          020 8359 6325 / 6341 / 6306             sdtued.admin@barnet.gov.uk