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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.

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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.

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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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Shirley Rose is an experienced and enthusiastic freelance consultant and trainer who specialises in safeguarding children and improving school lunchtimes. She has for the last twenty five years supported and trained at primary and secondary schools around England, Wales and Jersey.  Her goal is to improve school lunchtimes by offering staff greater skills and sense of self- esteem, whist ensuring that whole school systems are in place.  She also delivers Restorative Justice  courses and safeguarding training to whole school staff and support staff and specific whole school sessions for Special schools.
Shirley has trained teachers at the Institute of Education and Middlesex University, focusing on how to create excellent lunchtimes. She has produced a training video for Staffordshire schools, has written extensively, and is the author of “The Handbook of Lunchtime Supervision” (Routledge 2010.)
Having qualified as a social worker and probation officer in 1980, she has many years’ experience of supporting children, families, and vulnerable people. In the past she has worked as a trainer, supervisor and advisor at ChildLine, the Refugee Council, Missing People and Changing Faces. She is also a parenting tutor, and has taught and tutored teaching assistants and lunchtime supervisors on accredited courses and less structured professional development sessions.  She designs and delivers courses on a range of child-related subjects including communicating with children, behavior management, emotional literacy, restorative justice, play, peer support and child protection.

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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.

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