#LDeduchat Guest speaker Bios

A warm welcome from the #LDeduchat CTSA team

#LDeduchat speaker bios 2020

Professor Dame Alison Peacock

Professor Dame Alison Peacock is Chief Executive of the Chartered College of Teaching, a new Professional Body that seeks to raise our status through celebrating, supporting and connecting teachers to provide expert teaching and leadership. Prior to joining the Chartered College, Dame Alison was Executive Headteacher of The Wroxham School in Hertfordshire. Her career to date has spanned primary, secondary and advisory roles. She is an Honorary Fellow of Queens' College Cambridge, member of the Royal Society's Education Committee, and a Visiting Professor of both the University of Hertfordshire and Glyndŵr University. Her research is published in a series of books about Learning without Limits offering an alternative approach to inclusive school improvement.

Asif Sadiq MBE

Asif is Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at adidas, prior to which he was the Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging for The Telegraph Media Group. He was previously the Head of Diversity and Inclusiveness for EY Financial Services and the Head of the Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Unit for the City of London Police. He is a Multi-Award Winning Diversity and Inclusion expert with over 15 years experience and a proven track record in achieving operational and strategic targets, managing quality, performance, risk and change. He is a passionate and inspirational Global Leader, co author and a renowned keynote speaker with the ability to empower individuals and create a truly inclusive environment for all. Asif has been key in implementing D&I activities and programmes as well as connecting with stakeholders at all levels of organisations to build strong and influential relationships with influencers. Asif acts as a role model, providing governance across businesses on D&I and is committed to creating a strong sense of belonging for all.

Asif has received a number of accolades for his work that include the Mosaic (Prince’s Trust) Award for mentoring, Police Officer of the Year Award, the Civil Servant of the Year Award, the prestigious Asian Professional Award and the highly commended Head of Diversity Award at the European Diversity Awards. Asif was honoured in 2017 in the Queen’s birthday honours list with an MBE for his services to Policing and the Communities and is a member of the HR Guild, The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals and is a Freeman of the City.

He is currently a leadership fellow at St George's House at Windsor Castle, a Judge for numerous Awards including the CIPD Awards, BIMA Awards, Personnel Today Awards and the Lord Mayor's Dragon Awards, an Ambassador for Remembering Srebrenica, Member of the APPG (All Party Parliamentary Group) on Hate Crime, Special Advisory to the charity Penny Appeal, a trainer for the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and a Special Sergeant with the City of London Police.

Sir David Carter

Sir David was the product of a comprehensive school in Cardiff, and was the first member of his family to go to university. Making a difference to the lives of dis-advantaged children has been a huge motivation to him throughout his career. He began as a music teacher in 1983 and over the next 37 years has held a number of leadership roles at school, trust and system level.

Before joining the Civil Service in 2014 initially as RSC for the South West, Sir David was the founding CEO of the Cabot Learning Federation, a trust based in Bristol. He was appointed to the post of National Schools Commissioner (NSC) in February 2016 where his focus was firmly on building capacity so that the trusts that run our most challenging schools could sustain improvement over time.

Since leaving the NSC role, Sir David has become a trustee of Centrepoint, the charity that is aiming to eradicate youth homelessness, a trustee of the charity that oversees the annual Teaching Awards as well as being on the board of the Talent Foundry a charity creating new opportunities through wider enrichment and support for dis-advantaged children. In November 2018 Sir David took up the role of Executive Director of System Leadership at Ambition Institute.

Mary Myatt

Mary is an education adviser, writer and speaker. She trained as an RE teacher and has also taught English, history, maths and Latin. A former local authority adviser and inspector, she works in schools talking to pupils, teachers and leaders about learning, leadership and the curriculum. She maintains that there are no quick fixes and that great outcomes for pupils are not achieved through tick boxes.

Sir Clive Woodward

Sir Clive Woodward is the World Cup -winning Head Coach who led England's rugby players to World Cup glory in Australia in 2003. A former England International and British and Irish Lion himself, during Clive’s tenure as Head Coach England moved from 6th in the world to being the number one ranked team, winning every trophy an England team can win.

Julie Sneddon

Julie spent 20 years in senior executive roles and her breadth of knowledge spans the Retail, Consumer Goods, Media and Entertainment industries. Julie left school at 16 and is passionate about helping students succeed.

Nigel Morris

Nigel Morris has nearly 30 years’ experience in the digital and marketing services industries. He founded Isobar and built it into a global digital business of 3000 people, was Americas and EMEA CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network. He is now an active angel investor and advisor, is a board director of data science business Gyana, a Fellow of LocalGlobe Latitude and is a non-Executive Director of Guardian Media Group.

[Nigel is a trustee of Monkey Business Foundation, the charity that set up the Working Options in Education programme and will soon be a Working Options trustee.]

Ken Edwards

Ken has worked in the food, drink and retail industry for nearly 30 years in commercial roles to board level. Ken is passionate about supporting students to be the best they can be and helping Working Options in Education become the first port of call for students.

Adrian Rogers

Adrian is CEO of Chiltern Learning Trust, and has been in post for five years. The Trust has several outstanding schools and educates 8,500 children across Bedfordshire, in eleven schools. Prior to this, Adrian was a Headteacher and Executive Headteacher for thirteen years, leading his school to three consecutive Ofsted outstanding ratings and setting up a Multi Academy Trust, sponsoring five other schools. Adrian has been a National Leader of Education for over ten years and set up and led an innovative Teaching School providing services to all 138 schools in Central Beds. From 2005 to 2015, Adrian was also employed by Beds CC and then Central Beds LA as a consultant Head, and in 2009, he led the work on setting the Educational vision for Central Beds. Adrian has spoken at many national conferences and events.

Dr Emma Kell

Dr Emma Kell is director of Those That Can limited. She has over 20 years' experience as a teacher and is Head of English with senior leadership experience at a school in North London. She is also a former Head of MFL. Emma is senior teaching fellow for the IoE, a Specialist Leader in Education, Teaching School Lead for an AP teaching alliance in Bucks. She works as an associate for the National Foundation for Educational Research and Education Support Partnership to support teacher recruitment and retention. She has written several articles and blog posts on school leadership and the joys and challenges of teaching, and has recently completed a doctorate on teacher well-being and work-life balance at Middlesex University. Emma is author of How To Survive in Teaching (Bloomsbury, 2018) and writes regularly for the TES and BBC Teach.

Pranav Patel

Pran has 16 years’ experience in education, mainly at Secondary and University level. He has also worked with primary schools through leading on transition. Pran studied for his initial degree in Physics at the University of Birmingham, later pursuing a career in teaching after falling in love with the profession. Upon completing a GTRP (placement) in a local school in Wolverhampton he held a variety of positions and responsibilities, including Classroom Teacher, Lead Coach, Head of Department, Lead Practitioner and as an Assistant Principal/Headteacher. Pran has led an interesting career to date focussing in areas such as leadership, leading standards, behaviour management and professional development and curriculum. His NPQSL (National Professional Qualification for School Leadership) project was to lead whole-school coaching.

In 2017, Pran featured on the BBC London’s Inside Out program, where he addressed teacher workload and stress. For Pran, teaching is fundamentally a game of people and he believes that having happier teachers and pupils mean its more likely that both relationships will thrive. Pran is a Mental Health and BAME advocate and has talked recently Norwich Ed TEDx

Kat Howard

Kat is an Assistant Principal at The Duston School, Northampton. In addition, Kat is Founder of Litdrive, an international non-profit organisation that supports English teachers worldwide with continuing professional development and resource sharing to support effective teaching of English in schools. Prior to teaching, Kat was a Senior Manager in one of the leading high street banks, taking strategic oversight of staff recruitment and retention for the retail sector. The author of Best Seller book Stop Talking About Wellbeing: A Pragmatic Approach to Teacher Workload, Kat has a vested interest in the importance of staff investment and the impact that can have on student outcomes, as well as reducing workload for teachers so that time can be spend on practice that feels fulfilling and develops teachers’ capabilities in schools.

Vic Goddard

Vic Goddard is proud to be a council estate boy from South London but suffers the curse of therefore being a Crystal Palace Fan; if you caught any of ‘Educating Essex’ he was probably the one crying. Vic, from a young age, wanted to be a PE teacher and following his degree course in Chichester enjoyed 2 years working on the south coast at Angmering School learning from two of the best PE teachers you could ever wish to meet.

During this time Vic realised that he wanted to be a headteacher and set himself the target of being a head by 40 and on the golf course by 50! This led to him moving on from jobs sad to leave but determined to make the next career step. Four years in Cheam followed by a three year stint working in an international school in Cairo followed where he took on the role of Head of Faculty. On returning to the UK Vic was fortunate to work with a truly inspiring headteacher, Kevin Sadler in his first SLT role and in 5 years went from Assistant Head to Head at Passmores School (now Academy) in Harlow. Vic feels privileged to be a headteacher and is humbled everyday that parents/carers are willing to trust him to educate their children.

Penny Rabiger

Penny is a committed educationalist. After ten years as an English teacher, Penny became Research Team Leader and later Director of Business Development at The Key for School Leaders. She has since worked with a number of third sector and social enterprises including Challenge Partners as Head of Membership, and is currently Director of Engagement at the Finnish education organisation, Lyfta. Penny is chair of governors at a primary school in Tottenham and a MAT trustee in Greenwich. She is a steering group member of the BAMEed Network and part of the Haringey BAME achievement group.

Sam Strickland

Sam is the Principal of a large all-through school and has helped to guide its GCSE results from the bottom 20% nationally to the top 20% and A Level outcomes to the top 5% nationally. His school is in the top 30 most improved schools in the country and has received three commendations from the SSAT. Sam began his teaching career as a history teacher in Bedfordshire having completed his PGCE in secondary history at the University of Cambridge under Christine Counsell. His career quickly accelerated and he became Head of history and classics. He then moved on to become a Lead Professional and worked for a SCITT Consortium .

During his time as an Assistant Head, he had responsibility for the Sixth Form and led a Post 16 consortium arrangement. In 2015 Sam served as an Associate Principal, with GCSE and A Level results under his tenure receiving commendation from the DFE, Nick Gibb and the SSAT. Sam also served as a Vice Principal, where he directly oversaw student care, the Sixth Form, the curriculum and served as the safeguarding lead for an entire trust. The organiser of ResearchED Northampton, he is a leading voice in the current conversation in education. He has had educational resources and research published, most notably his new book Education Exposed, and he has also delivered courses nationally and served as a lead facilitator for NPQSL.

Naureen Khalid

Naureen started her governance career as a parent governor in a foundation school. She is now a trustee in a primary MAT and chairs Local Governing Bodies of a primary and a secondary school. Naureen is the co-founder of @UKGovChat, a Twitter forum for governors, providing networking opportunities, help and support to governors. She blogs at Governing Matters and posts regularly on governance related issues. Naureen trained as a geneticist and has a background in education. Naureen is the mother of three beautiful daughters.

David Weston FCCT

David is the founder and Chief Executive of the Teacher Development Trust, the national charity for effective professional development. He is Chair of the Department for Education’s Teachers’ Professional Development Expert Group and, alongside Bridget Clay, wrote Unleashing Great Teaching: the secrets to the most effective teacher development. David taught Maths and physics for ten years in two schools in London and the South East. He is a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching. David speaks and writes frequently for the education sector and national media and has had a number of radio and TV appearances on the subject of teaching, teacher development and LGBT issues.

Dr Patrice Evans

Dr Patrice Evans is currently Deputy Headteacher at Challney High School for Boys where she has served for a number of years. She has loads of energy and is relentless in her support of staff and students as she works tirelessly with teams to help students meet and exceed their targets. Her keen interest in the way in which boys learn has helped shape the focus of her doctorate thesis when she studied at the Institute of Education, University College London. Formerly the Course Manager: Curriculum of an outstanding Initial Teacher Training provider - the Chiltern Training Group - she is also the English Co-ordinator, working diligently with a variety of departments to foster excellence in teaching and training English trainees across Luton and Bedfordshire. She has served on a range of committees including the Department for Education’s Minority Ethnic Achievement committee. As Deputy Headteacher she is responsible for driving school outcomes and also the quality assurance for the ‘Quality of Education’. Firmly believing that every child can succeed once we find their ‘cookie’, she is keen to trial innovative approaches to help her students learn.

Dr Evans also coaches adults, helping them take proactive steps towards fulfilling their aspirations. She hastens to say that she does indeed have spare time in which she is an avid reader, who loves helping at Sunday School in her local church, walking and trying to run ☺.

Daniel Connor

Daniel is currently the head teacher of Challney High School for Boys, an Ofsted outstanding (December 2019) 11-16 boys’ academy in Luton. He has extensive experience of teaching over many years. He has taught in Sierra Leone and in Malaysia, in Brent and in Luton and he has been a head in the Orkney Islands, the Associate Principal of Denbigh High School in Luton for five years and the very proud head of Challney Boys since 2013. He originally qualified as a teacher of English and drama. In his approach to school leadership, he tries consistently to subscribe to a truism he first heard from Professor Bart McGettrick, “Children learn from the smiling eyes of their teacher.”

Will Smith

Will Smith is Chief Executive Officer at the Greenshaw Learning Trust having previously been a successful headteacher. He led the PiXL network for a number of years and more recently is the inspiration behind the growing collaborative, By Leaders for Leaders. Will regularly speaks at educational events and as well as an established executive coach is a father to three children who are his primary source of inspiration.

Gamiel Yafai

Gamiel is more than an engaging, passionate, seasoned Diversity & Inclusion expert. He was the proud recipient of the Global Diversity Leadership Award presented by the Global HRD Congress 2017 and the author of ‘Demystifying Diversity’ and ‘Yemen Proud’.

Gamiel’s first foray into the world of Diversity was in 2000 when was in publishing and did a collaboration with the then Commission for Racial Equality to promote the Amendments to the Race Relations Act which require public bodies to take action on Race Equality. Now almost two decades later, Gamiel has built a successful Diversity and Inclusion practice working with companies that include: Channel 4, Siemens, Rolls Royce, Historic Royal Palaces, Cranfield University, Eon, First Direct, Aviva, the Civil Service, Go Compare, MOJ, News UK, Auto Trader, Barclays Business, FCO Services, First Direct, the Welsh Assembly, Local Authorities, the NHS, Schools, Colleges and Universities and more...Gamiel works with these employers to create D& I strategies and has designed and implemented Change Leadership/Positive Action initiatives to attract both new talent from diverse backgrounds and to support existing talent to reach their potential through leading themselves as well as role modelling for others to follow. Gamiel has worked on some of the largest inclusion projects in the UK. He has been called a subject matter expert in the area of Inclusion and Diversity and talks at many conferences as a key note speaker or chair. Gamiel also designs and facilitates the Club Members workshops and run training event for ‘d&I Leaders’ which has a network of over 500 Diversity and Inclusion professionals.Gamiel spent 15 years in business magazine publishing where he revitalised failing magazines. This is where he developed an interest in Diversity as a means attracting new audiences and giving fresh content and perspective to readers. Gamiel was head hunted by Havas to head up their Diversity and Inclusion practice before being head hunted by Barkers (now Penna) where he accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience in the areas of diversity and inclusive leadership.

Gamiel is also an Ambassador for the Global poverty charity The Hunger Project, and is on the Boards of Trustees for The Parks Trust and Women Leaders UK.

Nikki Goodman

Nikki has been an English teacher for 12 years since qualifying in 2007. During this time, she has worked in a range of educational facilities and schools. She has been and had experience as a Key Stage 3 and 4 lead in English, as well as being Head of Department in an Outstanding school. In her current role as an SLE for the Chiltern Learning Trust based in schools in and around Luton, Nikki delivers and facilitates courses on curriculum development, outstanding teaching and learning practice as well as mentoring.

Andy Buck

Author, speaker, former headteacher and director at National College, now the CEO of Leadership Matters, creator of the BASIC coaching model and founder of Cadogan Press and The StARTed Foundation.

A geography teacher by trade, Andy went on to become a headteacher for thirteen years at two schools in east London. In his second headship, his school was judged outstanding and he was designated a National Leader of Education. In 2009, he was appointed as a director at the National College for School Leadership and in 2012 was made Managing Director at one of the largest academy groups in the UK. Andy has subsequently founded Leadership Matters which aims to improve the educational outcomes for pupils by supporting great leadership development. He has written seven books on leadership and coaching, including the best-selling ‘Leadership Matters’. In 2018, Andy was invited to become a Founding Fellow of the College of Teaching and in 2019 established The StARTed Foundation, which aims to support young talent in the performing arts. More recently he has set up a small independent publishing company, Cadogan Press.

Diana Osagie

With 16 years’ experience leading secondary education, including six years as a successful head teacher in a London secondary school; Diana works at the cutting edge of education and school improvement. She is known as a resilient school leader, skilled in urban leadership under challenging circumstances. Diana has substantial success in developing school wide models that strategically enhance the quality of teaching and learning across the curriculum and can couple sound strategic vision whilst giving clear operational direction. She lectures on a MEd in Educational Leadership for a UK university. Diana is also school inspector with developed expertise scrutinizing school wide systems.

With a proven track record of developing leaders via bespoke training programs, Diana specializes in supporting organisations to grow their leadership culture in order for leaders already established and those improving to flourish. She and has established capability in mentoring and supporting leaders facing challenging circumstances and change.

Bob Cox

Bob is the author of the award winning ‘Opening Doors’ series and has been presenting ideas about high quality learning and English at regional, national and international conferences for thirteen years. Bob was a teacher for 23 years, then worked in school improvement for 5 years for an LA. Bob’s five books support moves towards a richer, deeper and more creative English curriculum. Bob also works in schools to stimulate approaches using quality texts: picturebooks, children’s fiction, poetry and great literature. In a number of areas, Bob and his team deliver planned sessions to support ongoing curriculum development and creativity. The Hubs are becoming Learning Centres where very exciting thinking about the teaching of English is becoming rooted.

Everywhere, Bob emphasises a love of literature, past and present and a knowledge of great writers as springboards to excellence.

Anita Devi

As a former SENCO, Senior Leader, School Improvement Advisor and local authority SEND Advisory Teacher and Healthwatch Trustee Anita Devi carries a wealth of experience in developing leaders of learning. Her own teaching career spans early years to post grad in the UK and overseas and Anita lives her why through her belief in the joy of learning. In 2017, Anita was awarded the prestigious international Influential Educational Leaders Award for her SEND Pipeli ne strategy developing professionals from initial teacher training to advanced and experienced SENCOs. Currently a PT PhD student, Changemaker Education Consultant & Founding Director of #TeamADL CIC, who were 2019 Finalists for The Disability Awards.

Chris Nicholls

From 1980 until 2004, I worked in a variety of schools, including grammar, international (Rome) and comprehensive, initially teaching economics and working my way up, via leadership of sixth forms to the role of assistant headteacher. From 2004 until 2008 I worked as a school improvement advisor supporting lower, middle, upper and special schools in Bedford. The focus was on developing effective leadership and high-quality teaching and learning and occasionally supporting failing schools.

The experience proved to be excellent preparation for taking on the role of Vice Principal Curriculum and Quality at Luton Sixth Form College. After four years, in 2012, I became the Principal of the College and I enjoyed six successful years in that role before retiring at the age of 61. Since then I have been chairing the School Improvement Advisory Board and providing quality assurance of E and D leadership programmes for CTG. More recently I have been coaching middle leaders in local schools and I am currently completing a qualification with the Coaching Academy.

Claire Robins OBE

Claire taught at a number of schools in Hertfordshire before becoming head of Sir John Lawes School in 2006. In 2008, SJL became a National Support School and Claire was made a National Leader of Education, since when she has led on school to school support work with several local schools, leading to the setting up of the Scholars Education Trust, of which she is CEO, in 2011.

Claire has sat on the Regional Schools’ Commissioner’s Head Teacher Board for the NWLSC region since its inception and is also on the board of the Harpenden Secondary Education Trust, founders of Katherine Warington School in Harpenden, and the Atlas Academies Trust. She was a founding trustee of HertsCam Network, a group which aims to improve teaching through teacher leadership and also a member of the Executive Committee of UCET (The Universities’ Council for the Education of Teachers). Claire was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in June 2018 for Services to Education.

David Didau

The author of several books on education, David Didau is a prominent, sometimes provocative, commentator on social media. David taught in English schools for 15 years before becoming a full-time writer, speaker and consultant. His blog, The Learning Spy, is one of the most influential education blogs in the UK, and he has written a series of books that challenge our assumptions such as, What If Everything You Knew About Education Was Wrong?, What Every Teacher Needs To Know About Psychology and Making Kids Cleverer: A manifesto for closing the advantage gap.

Cat Scutt

A former English teacher, Cat’s roles have since focused on supporting teacher development both online and through face-to-face activities, with a particular focus on development through collaboration and through engagement with research and evidence. She has worked in education in both the state and independent sector, as well as in corporate learning and development. Cat leads on the Chartered College Of Teaching’s work around teacher development and certification, including the Chartered Teacher programme, and their research activities and publications, including their award-winning peer-reviewed journal, Impact.

Joe Richardson

Joe is the Strategic Executive Leader of the St Thomas Catholic Academies Trust set in the Diocese of Northampton. The Trust has 8 schools currently, but is set to grow rapidly as part of a Diocesan vision for change. In a career spanning over 25 years, Joe has served as Geography teacher, Head of Year, Head of Department, Deputy Head, Headteacher and now Executive Leader.

His work in senior leadership across the Diocese of Northampton has seen him work as Headteacher in Luton, Bedford and Northampton. His work in Northampton was in support of a school in need of rapid improvement and was one of the most challenging, but deeply rewarding times as Headteacher. As a result of his work supporting schools in different circumstances, Joe has gained a great deal of experience and understands the challenges of the school seeking to secure and maintain its Outstanding status just as well as the school seeking to recover from an inadequate judgement. In recent years Joe has overseen the formation of two academy Trusts and secured continued growth and improvement in standards across the family of schools. Like so many leaders, Joe is passionate about improving the schools he serves. He is equally passionate in his efforts to improve as a leader and is unapologetic in seeking to pick the brains of the best MAT leaders in the country. A Master of Education Leadership and Management under his belt, Joe is currently completing the NPQEL.

Lorraine Hughes

Lorraine is the Director of Education for Chiltern Learning Trust, responsible for ensuring the highest quality of education for the young people in Chiltern schools, with oversight of the Teaching School. Since joining CLT Lorraine has been part of a wider team who have gained two outstanding Ofsted inspections and improved a sponsored academy to Good. Lorraine has significant experience of transforming school standards, not just through this post, but through a range of leadership roles she has held and from teaching for twenty years across very different Luton and Hertfordshire schools.

Tom Rees

Tom is the Executive Director for School Leadership at Ambition Institute, a graduate school providing professional development for thousands of teachers, school leaders and system leaders each year serving children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Tom was a headteacher for ten years and then Education Director of a medium size Multi-Academy Trust before joining Ambition Institute in 2019. He served on the Regional School Commissioner’s headteacher board for the North West London and South-Central region and remains a trustee at two Multi Academy Trusts.

Jennifer Barker

Jen is the Dean of Learning at Ambition Institute where she oversees the design of the leadership suite of programmes. Prior to working at Ambition Institute she led the design team at Teach First for nearly 6 years and before that spent 7 years in various senior leadership roles in school. She is currently studying for a Doctorate at the University of Manchester.

Oliver Caviglioli

Oliver was a special school head teacher for a decade. While a teacher, he learned to combine the skills he learned from educational psychologists with the graphic know-how taught to him in childhood from his architect father. This unique combination resulted in Oliver becoming an information designer, visualizing educational ideas and processes. With this fusion, Oliver kickstarted the current transformation in teachers’ use of visual explanations with his book Dual Coding With Teachers.

He has also created a step change in how educational books are designed and illustrated, bringing to life the ideas of many eminent education authors. Among them, he has collaborated with Tom Sherrington on several projects, the latest of which is the Teaching WalkThrus book and CPD package.

Teresa Kelly

Teresa was appointed as Director of Finance and Compliance of the Chiltern Learning Trust in November 2013. She is a Member of Association of Accounting Technicians and has a Diploma in School Business Management. She was appointed Operations Director for Denbigh High School in 2004 and previously worked as a financial advisor for schools for Luton Borough Council. She led on the conversion of Denbigh High and Challney Boys to academy status and was instrumental in the set up of the Chiltern Learning Trust with these two outstanding secondary schools in Luton. The Trust and has grown steadily in recent years and now operates with eleven schools across Bedfordshire.

Mark Mailer

Mark is an exceptional teacher with 22 years in education with strong interest in teaching EAL. Currently Assistant Head Teacher and English SLE responsible for the quality of teaching & learning at Challney High School for Boys.

Emma Darcy

Emma is Director of Technology for Learning at Denbigh High School and across the Chiltern Learning Trust. Working on both the Leadership Team in the school and across the other ten schools in the Trust, Emma supports staff and pupils with their use of technology across the curriculum. Teaching practice at Denbigh featured in both the Chartered College of Teaching’s EdTech edition of Impact magazine and in the “Using Technology in Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning” and “Leadership of Education Technology in Schools” online courses. In 2019, Denbigh became an EdTech 50 School and was also selected by UNESCO as an international Best Practice Case Study for “Developing and delivering a successful technology for learning strategy in the UK.”

John Rees

A former school leader, John lead the development of a uniquely successful Health Education programme from Exeter University. Since 2006 he has worked across the UK and overseas to provide coaching and training, especially in PSHE, behaviour management and SMSC to support school improvement and improve the learning and life chances of children and young people.

Leora Cruddas

Leora Cruddas is the CEO of the Confederation of School Trusts – the national organisation and sector body for school trusts in England. She has advised successive governments and sits on several Department for Education Advisory Bodies. She is the vice chair of the Head Teacher StandardsReview Group. Prior to establishing CST, she was Director of Policy and Public Relations for the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL). Just before leaving ASCL, Leora established the Commission for Ethical Leadership, on which she served as a commissioner. She now sits on the Ethics Committee. She believes education is for the common good. Leora has six years of experience as a Director of Education in two London Local Authorities. She has extensive experience at senior executive level of working with schools and trusts to improve the effectiveness and quality of education.

Steve Munby

Steve is a self-employed consultant and speaker on leadership and on system reform, working with governments and with groups schools around the word. He has spent his whole career in education, commencing as a secondary school teacher in Birmingham. He went on to a be a teacher and then a lecturer in the North East of England and later became Director of Education for Knowsley Local Education Authority.

Steve was Chief Executive of the National College for School Leadership in England for 8 years and then Chief Executive of Education Development Trust, an international education charity working in Asia, India, Africa, the Middle East and Europe. In 2016 he wrote a think-piece with Michael Fullan: “Inside-out and downside-up. How leading from the middle has the power to transform education systems.” Steve is also the facilitator for the ARC summits (education systems from around the world committed to equity, excellence, well-being and social justice). He is Visiting Professor at University College London Institute for Education and is Chair of the Teaching Awards Trust. Steve’s new book: “Imperfect Leadership – A book for leaders who know they don’t know it all” was published by Crown House in July 2019.

Nadine Cotton

Nadine Cotton (BA Hons and PGCE Homerton) has previously worked as a secondary school leader and teacher for eighteen years in Hertfordshire, with six years experience as an Assistant Headteacher leading Teaching and Learning, CPD and as the school lead of The North Herts Teaching Alliance. She is currently the Teaching and Learning Leader in the Central Team of The Chiltern Academy Trust, Luton, supporting leaders and teachers across all phases of primary, middle and secondary to grow excellence in Teaching and Learning. This has recently included leading on the alignment of monitoring and evaluation processes of all Chiltern Learning Trust schools to the EIF and in particular planning and preparing leaders for 'deep dives'. In 2020, two schools within the trust have achieved an 'outstanding' grading by Ofsted. She is also currently training to be a Teacher Development Trust Associate in CPD leadership.

Tom Rogers

Tom Rogers is an experienced teacher and middle leader, having worked at schools in the UK for 9 years and internationally for 4 as a history teacher, head of history and latterly assistant headteacher. He is now back in the UK. Toms passion is in making schools better places for teachers to work in. This passion has inspired him to write more than 100 blogs for the TES and share with the profession through his own twitter account; @rogershistory. Tom has also produced videos for his youtube channel, has his own podcast and more than 20,000 students use his online courses. In 2015, Tom set up the teachmeet network “teachmeet icons” which now hosts free annual events for teachers across the UK. Teachmeeticons has expanded significantly and has become a notable force for teacher CPD in the UK.

Razna Choudhury

Razna Choudhury is currently an Assistant Headteacher at Denbigh High School having started there as a NQT in January 1998 and now line manages the Maths department. She is organised, meticulous, analytical, a problem solver and has high standards in every aspect of her work. She is a trusted colleague supporting teachers within the department, the school and beyond. Razna is the Director of Maths for the Trust and has been particularly supportive of new Maths Team Leaders providing guidance, encouragement as well as being a critical friend. She has undertaken learning walks in maths departments within the Trust and beyond identifying strengths and areas of development. Using her experience she is able to provide constructive feedback on how to improve teaching and learning in a maths department. One of Razna’s key role at Denbigh High School is ensuring all pupils make excellent progress at Key Stage 4, in particular working with the key pupils at grade 4 and 5 in Maths and English. Razna has presented to a variety of audiences, sharing good practices on developing Numeracy across the Curriculum and improving KS2/KS3 transition in maths. In her spare time, she likes cooking for her children and spending time with her friends and family in Birmingham.

Stuart Lock

Stuart Lock is CEO of Advantage Schools, a small School Trust in Bedford. He was previously Headteacher at Cottenham Village College and Bedford Free School. The Trust has taken a curriculum-led approach to running its schools since well before it was prominent in the Ofsted inspection framework. As a result both the section 8 and section 5 inspections that it has had this academic year have been very successful.

Professor Mick Waters

Professor Mick Waters works with the schools in the West Midlands in raising standards. This work began as part of the Black Country Challenge and has continued through the University of Wolverhampton’s involvement with the development of Academies and Teaching Schools. He works with schools in other parts of the country on innovative approaches to learning and on several other initiatives to push the boundaries for making learning better.

Mick is an Honorary Fellow of the College of Teachers and supports several educational causes. He is a patron of the Children’s University which offers a range of learning opportunities beyond the school environment. Mick is also a patron of the Curriculum Foundation, which seeks to promote a voice for the power and potential of the whole curriculum. During his career, Mick has been a teacher and headteacher before working at senior levels in Birmingham and Manchester Local Authorities. He worked at a national level with the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority where he was Director of Curriculum. Mick believes that learning should be treasured and valued and that it needs to be shaped to fit with children’s lives. People in schools need to set understandings of their children alongside the learning they should meet to create learning that is irresistible. He has written books on the curriculum, teaching and learning, and leadership, as well as making presentations at numerous national and international conferences. Mick’s most recent book, ‘Thinking Allowed…on schooling’ was published in 2013. He is passionate about the role of education in improving life chances for pupils. He also enjoys asking adults to look at learning through the eyes of a pupil.

Mick believes in being close to teachers, children and schools, and is often to be found in the classroom working with children. He has written books on the curriculum, teaching and learning, and leadership, as well as making presentations at numerous national and international conferences. Mick’s most recent book, ‘Thinking Allowed…on schooling’ was published in 2013. He is passionate about the role of education in improving life chances for pupils. He also enjoys asking adults to look at learning through the eyes of a pupil.

Cori Bateman

Cori began her teaching career in London, is currently based in Luton and has devoted her career to working with children in disadvantaged areas. In 2019 she set up the Pioneer Learning Trust in pursuit of ‘Excellence and Equity’ with a specific goal of redressing disadvantage. Serving as Chief Executive Officer of this Values based Primary Trust in Luton, Cori also leads two of the Trust’s large primary schools as Executive Headteacher and has over 24 years of experience in school leadership. A values driven National Leader in Education (NLE) with National Professional Qualification in Executive Leadership (NPQEL), Cori is passionate about professional learning and the evolution of the school system. As NLE and Headteacher of a National Support School, she has a successful track record in supporting numerous primary schools both in Luton and surrounding areas to improve educational provision, raise standards and achieve positive outcomes in terms of Ofsted gradings. Cori has a particular expertise in School Improvement, Pupil Premium and Values based Education.

Dr Neil Hawkes

Dr. Neil Hawkes is an International Consultant for Values-based Education (VbE) and Leadership. He is a doctoral graduate of Oxford University. As Headteacher of West Kidlington Primary and Nursery Schools, Neil worked tirelessly with both the school and its community to devise and implement a unique system of Values-based Education, which has since been internationally recognised as the foundation of excellent school practice. In 2008 Neil founded the International Values Education Trust (IVET) to promote Values-based Education in schools and other settings. He is well known as an inspiring speaker who is in demand throughout the world.

His website is www.values-education.com

Michael Pain

Michael Pain is the founder of Forum Strategy, an education consultancy delivering 6 CEO networks and leadership training nationwide. Michael is the author of Being The CEO, a book that draws on both his work coaching many dozens of CEOs and his experience in taking Forum from a fledgling start-up to a national organisation in five years. Michael trained as a lawyer, and was called to the bar in 2007.

Simon Webb

Simon was until recently, one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors for schools and is highly trained in the accurate evaluation of leadership, safeguarding, effective teaching learning and assessment and in data analysis. He led teams on inspection and held school leaders rigorously to account for the standards of education that students receive. He has extensive experience of leading inspection in primary, secondary, pupil referral settings and has his enhanced SEND training for special needs settings from Ofsted.

As headteacher of an international secondary school, vice principal roles in academies in challenging circumstances and primary school inspection leadership, he can offer an unique perspective on the educational landscape along with an MBA in Educational Management and his NPQH. As a lead governor trainer for several local authorities he undertakes governance reviews, performance management for CEO’s and headteachers and governor training across the region. He is also a trained SIP in Central Bedfordshire and for the St Georges Schools group.

As a senior leader his portfolios have included all aspects of raising achievement, improving teaching and learning, designing curriculum and pupil welfare in the delivery of the school’s vision. Through these roles, he led on the improvement of teaching, learning and assessment through peer coaching and learning communities, department reviews, attainment and progress monitoring to raise achievement and whole school consistency in assessment and homework policy.

Marcus Ray

Marcus has been in the teaching profession since 1997 completing many different roles within school. His passion has always been Mathematics and Computing and they are the specialist subjects he chose as part of his teaching degree. During his years in the profession he has been responsible for subject leadership of Maths, Computing and PE, whilst also taking a keen eye in leading school residentials, data and pupil voice. Marcus has worked as a Maths and Computing AST and transferred these skills into SLE support for schools in these subjects. He was part of the National Numeracy Strategy Teacher development team and worked closely with the NCSL, GTC and DFE on Mathematics and Computing curriculum development and leadership. In his senior leadership roles within school he has worked as key stage leader, deputy and assistant head and covered the heads role while the school transitioned between headteachers - learning a great deal about leadership skills. He has 15+ years experience as a school governor and enjoyed ensuring the quality of provision children have been given at Lark Rise Academy whilst doing so. Marcus has delivered CPD for staff in Central Bedfordshire, regionally and nationally within his many roles and also supported teacher training facilitation to local teacher training programs. He has participated in international education studies and learnt from experiences around the world - from Europe, Scandinavia, Asia and Australia.

Recently Marcus was made Primary Teacher Training lead for CTG which has enabled him to specialise in his other passion of ITT and developing the teachers of the future.

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