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Support Staff Advisers

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Ruth Charteris is a highly qualified business leader at Wessex Gardens Primary and Nursery 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.

Ruth Charteris
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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.

Kiran Bagai
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Alexia is the School Administrator/Business Manager at Garden Suburb Infant School and has 12 years’ experience in education. Prior to this she worked in recruitment, her last role was Management Information Manager within various financial institutions working on databases and providing analysis and reports for senior management as well as working closely with payroll and finance. With 22 years’ experience of payroll/recruitment/personnel and over fifteen years’ experience in database management and reporting, Alexia has a good understanding of all these areas. 

Alexia has developed and managed systems within the school to facilitate all aspects of school administration including the termly census returns, managing the school database (Integris G2), admissions, finance, payroll, recruitment, redeployment of staff and premises management as well as producing reports for the analysis of data (incl financial, assessment and cohort). Alexia has a good working knowledge of all the processes and procedures required for ensuring that the school obtains maximum funding and best value from pupil premium and census data to contract management.

Alexia can offer support in the following areas: census returns; pupil premium and other school funding; Integris G2; reports and data analysis; MS Excel; payroll (incl Capita HR systems); contract management; general school administration.

Alexia Dobinson
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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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Jeni has over 17 years of Headteacher experience, ten of which were as an Executive Head; extensive and significant experience of special educational needs at school and county level across different local authorities and 28 years of experience of teaching and leading mathematics, including working as a Primary Strategy Consultant, and obtaining Maths Specialist Teacher status.

Jeni can support your school by offering a wide range of bespoke provision tailored to your needs. This could include professional development and training for your Maths Lead, including effective use of data and how to hold colleagues to account;  delivering small group or whole school staff training on a wide range of teaching, learning and assessment and school improvement aspects; supporting your staff in keeping abreast of changes in education such as the proposed changes in the SEND Green Paper 2022; class based support to improve teaching and learning from Early Years through to Year 6; support for middle and senior leaders to review and improve the use of your chosen schemes of work or professional develop, support and training for middle and senior leaders new to leadership.

Jeni Houghton
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Nazlee has worked in Primary Education for over 25 years, in both inner and outer London boroughs; Waltham Forest, Enfield, Brent and Barnet. Nazlee has extensive experience as a leader, as Deputy Headteacher of Frith Manor for 9 years in Barnet.  Currently, Nazlee is working back in Barnet at Cromer Road as Deputy Headteacher and Inclusion Leader. Nazlee has a wealth of experience in leadership, embedding a strategic vision, promoting school values and school improvement priorities in collaboration with others. Nazlee offers a coaching approach and can build quick trust with others in a supportive and sensitive manner. Having strong links in the borough is an asset, which can support your school.

Nazlee is passionate about inclusive learning and is successful in promoting positive parental engagement. Nazlee’s expertise and breadth of experience, means that she can offer your school support in the following areas:

  • School Improvement

  • Monitoring systems

  • Behaviour systems- Trauma informed practice

  • Safeguarding

  • Training for TA’s

  • Curriculum Design

  • SEND Systems

  • Inclusive practice

  • Developing Middle leaders

  • Parental engagement

Nazlee Sinclair
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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.

Justin Smith
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