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Keith Adams
Keith Adams

Keith has been in Primary Education for over 40 years working as a head teacher in three schools, and a Local Authority officer, before joining Focus Education as a consultant. During his headships, he worked as an associate headteacher to two schools in vulnerable and challenging circumstances, established head teacher mentoring schemes and led national improvement programmes across the Local Authority. Highly sought after, particularly for his straight forward and open style, Keith draws on a wealth of national and international experience and has co-authored several of Focus’ publications, including the popular ‘Simple and Effective Monitoring’. Keith works with schools on all aspects of school improvement. Much of his work is linked to teaching and learning, curriculum, assessment and inspection issues. Safeguarding Keith has an enhanced DBS disclosure.


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Kayleigh Byrne
Kayleigh Byrne

Kayleigh is an associate consultant for Focus Education. She currently works as a Director of Pedagogy and Curriculum across two Focus Trust Academies. As an outstanding practitioner she now supports teachers in improving all aspects of teaching and learning. She is keen to provide an engaging and creative curriculum personalised for the learners. Alongside this she holds a responsibility for phonics across the schools. . Kayleigh has worked across a range of different schools and has developed a secure knowledge of how teaching and learning can be improved through rigorous planning, personalised delivery and accurate assessment strategies. She has led a number of training sessions for staff at all levels in the planning and delivery of phonics and spelling, creating a creative child-centred curriculum and all aspects of literacy teaching and learning. Kayleigh has a well established track record in the coaching and mentoring of students, newly qualified teachers and teachers who need additional support.


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Jo Corrigan
Jo Corrigan

Jo is an associate consultant for Focus Education. She has a wealth of experience from 17 years of teaching in Coventry and Warwickshire including 6 successful years in headship. Her school was judged by Ofsted to have made ‘significant improvements since the last inspection’ with 'School improvement planning being rigorous and linked to accurate and regular monitoring and self-evaluation.' Ofsted referenced her leadership and management as 'strong in a number of respects’. She has won the hearts and minds of the school community and is determined to give her pupils a well-rounded education. She has been instrumental in managing change effectively.' Jo is an able, confident speaker and has been invited to present at a range of national conferences. Jo is well placed to lead training days as well as provide individual school consultancy work to support leadership and management with school improvement relating to: outcomes for pupils, teaching, learning, and assessment and personal development, behaviour and welfare. She also has specific skills in working with schools to improve their approach to the teaching and learning of online safety and effective use of the school sports premium. Qualifications National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) B.Ed. Hons. Physical Education and Sports Science CEOP Ambassador Awards Jo has achieved local, national and international awards for her leadership and management of unique online safety projects for primary aged pupils. She is regularly invited to speak at National conferences on the subject of online safety. Safeguarding Jo has an enhanced DBS disclosure.


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Pamela Davenport
Pamela Davenport

Pam is an associate consultant with Focus Education. Her expertise lies in supporting school leadership teams as they strive to improve outcomes for their pupils. She draws on a vast experience, which includes fourteen years as a primary school headteacher, followed by work as an associate head, during which time she was required to develop a new leadership team and prepare the school for an imminent inspection. She works as a school improvement partner within an academy trust and also undertakes a similar role within a local authority. Pam delivers training, aimed at developing the leadership skills of middle and senior leaders in addition to those aspiring to leadership and management. Her work as a client-centred educational consultant, supporting leadership teams to evaluate their strengths and identify significant goals for managing change has been well received. Safeguarding Pam has an enhanced DBS disclosure.


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Clive Davies OBE
Clive Davies OBE

Clive has vast experience in primary education spanning 40 years, having inspected over 200 schools and serving as a head teacher, Ofsted inspector, Local Authority adviser, trainer and consultant. During his headship years, his school gained a National Curriculum award and was featured in the Times Educational Supplement, one of three schools recognised for their quality practice. Awarded an OBE for Services to Education in 2009, he is one of the founding directors of Focus Education, set up over 20 years ago. He still works with schools on an advisory basis, and is a highly sought after key note speaker at conferences both nationally and internationally. He is also the author of over 60 publications including the bestselling ‘Raising Standards by Setting Targets’ which over half of the primary schools in England bought. Safeguarding Clive has an enhanced DBS disclosure.


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Les Duggan
Les Duggan

Les is a highly experienced one-to-one executive coach, facilitator, strategist and leader. His motivation is to support schools in developing high performing cultures through strategic leadership and by enabling all staff and students to have those conversations, which make a positive difference every day in their schools. Les spent 25 years working for Cadbury Ltd in senior leadership positions and set up a new Russian subsidiary in 1995 and has worked with a wide range of businesses, including HBOS, Barclays, Siemens, Intel, Europol, and Deloitte. In sport, he has worked to develop coaching and a strategic leadership in UK Athletics, British Rowing and British Archery and the British Equestrian Federation. In 2006 Les set up the educational charity, 21st Century Legacy, with Olympian David Hemery and introduced the concept of leadership and coaching to Year 7 students. The programme has been further developed by Developing Potential as the Successful Lives programme www.succesfullives.co.uk, which now offers resilience and growth mindset training for pupils as part of the package. The most recent work has been to introduce coaching to year 5&6 in schools, which incorporate the recommendations of the Sutton Trust on peer mentoring and feedback. Les has also co-authored a book on resilience called Building Resilience –The Seven Steps to Creating Highly Successful Lives and has also written a workbook for schools, ‘The 5 Steps to Building A School Wide Coaching Culture’. Both publications are available to buy from Focus. In the last few year Les has been involved in whole school transformation through a systematic approach (V.E.G.A. alignment), which includes senior leadership teams, staff and students and has recently run Women in Leadership programmes for the Department of Education. He delivers individual workshops on: Leadership, Coaching, Resilience, Growth mindset, Performance Management, Behaviour Management, Project Management and Implementation. Qualifications Master practitioner of NLP. Trained in advanced coaching by Sir John Whitmore author of ‘Coaching for Performance’ Safeguarding Les has an enhanced DBS disclosure.


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Ros Ferrara
Ros Ferrara

Ros has over 30 years’ experience working in teaching and leadership roles in schools, both nationally and internationally, as well as consultant and leadership roles within Local Authority advisory teams. With extensive experience in all aspects of school improvement and contexts, as well as specialisms in English and EAL, Ros has developed inspirational, creative resources and training which puts English at the heart of the new curriculum and has gained her a reputation as a highly sought after consultant. Ros is also the author of over 16 publications including the bestselling ‘Grammar and Punctuation Subject Knowledge’ and 'Focus English'. Safeguarding Ros has an advanced DBS disclosure.


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Emma Ford
Emma Ford

Emma works as an associate consultant for Focus Education. Emma is currently headteacher of a school in Salford. Emma has a well-established track record working in Salford schools, including work as a headteacher in two schools and leading a school out of special measures in less than two years. She has completed school improvement work in a number of schools, including moderation of year six writing. Her main areas of work are linked to rapid school improvement planning, implementing and sustaining progress and embedding basic skills teaching. Safeguarding Emma has an advanced DBS disclosure


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Kirsty Godfrey
Kirsty Godfrey

Kirsty is an associate consultant for Focus Education. Kirsty has held leadership posts in a wide range of schools in Leeds. She has a proven track record of transformational leadership and in her last post as headteacher, brought about rapid change and improvement through an innovative approach to curriculum, teaching and learning, and learning-centred leadership. One year after taking up her post, Ofsted recognised the school as rapidly improving due to the quality of leadership and management. Kirsty has developed and implemented a robust and rigorous assessment system which provides diagnostic information about children’s learning and well being. This informs teaching and is the basis for professional dialogue about how to best meet the needs of individuals. The result is an in-depth knowledge of every child, ensuring a personalised approach, which is communicated to parents and effective in raising achievement. Safeguarding Kirsty has an advanced DBS disclosure.


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Adrian Gray
Adrian Gray

Adrian is an associate consultant for Focus Education. Adrian took in Essex, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire before joining Ofsted in 2002 as a HMI in the School Improvement Division. This intensive work took him to two schools every week, mainly supporting schools in Special Measures as they made the journey of recovery. Adrian then spent two years leading on policy and guidance covering maintained and independent school inspections, teacher training and Early Years, before leading a new team in Ofsted that investigated national issues and developed insight. In this role he played a key part in many high profile national publications, including the work done on the change to ‘Requires Improvement’, the ‘Unseen Children’ report and much of the analysis in HMCI’s Annual Reports. He wrote the initial guidance for the new ‘short inspections’. He now works as an education consultant in the UK and Europe where he is an executive committee member of the Standing International Conference of Inspectorates, leading on the impact of inspection. When not involved in education, Adrian plays an active part in a community heritage project and is a prolific author of local history books. Safeguarding Adrian has an advanced DBS disclosure.


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Vanessa Huws Jones
Vanessa Huws Jones

Vanessa is an associate consultant for Focus Education. She has a wealth of experience from 16 years of teaching in Doncaster, Lincolnshire and North Yorkshire including 9 successful years in Headship. Her school was judged by OfSTED to have made ‘outstanding progress since the last inspection’ under her ‘excellent leadership and management’. Vanessa also draws on a vast experience at Local Authority level having worked as an adviser/school improvement partner in North Yorkshire and Leeds for 7 years. Vanessa’s last post was Head of the School Improvement Service for 0-11 in Leeds leading a team of advisers and teaching and learning consultants. Vanessa also works with BI Business School in Norway supporting the London module of the Master of Management Programme in School Leadership, lecturing on a variety of themes with groups of senior leaders, aspiring head teachers and experienced head teachers. She has worked in a wide and diverse range of schools on a number of professional development projects and is an able and passionate speaker in front of an audience. She is well placed to lead INSET days as well as work alongside schools providing consultancy work to support high quality leadership. Safeguarding Vanessa has an enhanced DBS disclosure.


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Sally Leighton
Sally Leighton

Sally is an associate consultant for Focus Education. Sally has a wide range of experience at senior leadership level working in a variety of primary schools across the North West of England. Sally is currently in her third headship at a school in Bolton. She has worked as a coach having an executive coaching qualification and a Process Consultancy Diploma. In her most recent Ofsted inspection, October 2013, it was stated that ‘skilled leader and an effective headteacher’. Sally has a passion for the Arts and believes in making sure every child has access to a rich and varied curriculum, developing them as independent researchers. Safeguarding Sally has an enhanced DBS disclosure.


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Joanne Lennon
Joanne Lennon

Joanne is an Associate Consultant with Focus Education. Joanne has spent the last 10 years as a Year 6 teacher and has also taught Years 4 and 5. She has worked in 3 local authorities, including, Trafford, Salford and Tameside as a class teacher, Literacy leader and member of the Senior Leadership Team. Joanne is currently working as Deputy Headteacher and Year 6 teacher in a primary school in Tameside. Alongside class teaching, Joanne is responsible for leading Teaching and Learning and is Curriculum Coordinator. As Joanne arrived in her current school, Ofsted judged the school to be 'Requires Improvement' – mainly because attainment and progress were lower than national average. Since her appointment, the school has now received an Ofsted 'Good' judgement and significant improvements have been made with Key Stage Two data. Ofsted referenced Joanne’s work in raising attainment, 'Standards in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of Year 6 have rapidly improved since the last inspection. In 2014, standards for all three subjects were above the national average and English, grammar, punctuation and spelling was significantly above the national standard.' (Ofsted 2015)The quality of Joanne’s teaching has been consistently judged as Outstanding and she has participated in considerable coaching work around sharing good practice. Joanne has worked across the local authority alongside the School Improvement Team and has carried out monitoring visits in other local schools. She has spoken at local conferences about improving teaching and learning. Safeguarding Joanne has an enhanced DBS disclosure.


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Peter Marsh
Peter Marsh

Peter is an Associate Consultant for Focus Education. Peter draws on a wealth of experience from 33 years of teaching in the cities of Leeds and Bradford including 14 successful years in Headship where he led his school to two successive outstanding Ofsted judgements. Whilst a serving headteacher Peter was also involved in supporting schools via his roles as a School Improvement Partner and Local Leader in Education. Two Teacher International Personal Development visits to schools in Canada greatly influenced his own educational philosophy and thinking. Since leaving headship, through his role as an Associate School Improvement Advisor, Peter has continued to support a family of schools in Leeds. Peter also works independently with a number of schools in the Bradford Authority. Peter has experience as an accredited Ofsted Section 5 and SIAS Section 48 Inspector, skills from which he utilises to support schools toward improving the life chances of young people. Peter’s affiliation with Focus Education not only supports his up to date professional knowledge but allows him to deliver high quality CPD, INSET and consultancy for schools across England. His INSET days have been described as 'exemplary', leaving schools with an 'increased confidence in assessement capabilities'. Safeguarding Peter has an enhanced DBS disclosure.


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Steven McLean
Steven McLean

Steven is an Associate Consultant for Focus Education. He is a very successful Headteacher working in a thriving school in Middlesbrough. Steven has been effective in ensuring that a school in a demanding area has all the hallmarks of outstanding provision. Many of the day-to-day practice in his school is underpinned by common sense and excellent practice. He is gifted in taking the best of the educational theories that exists and ensuring that it is reflected in the practice in the school. The most noticeable attribute is the consistency in which the staff delivers high quality teaching, aimed at raising standards in all areas of the curriculum. Steven has been successful in providing his middle and senior leaders with the confidence of taking the best of the innovations that have been prominent in primary education and making it work for his school. Steven is now an associate consultant for Focus Education and bring his years’ of experience in primary education to this new role. He has been recognised for his excellence and now provides support for other schools within his own authority. His main focus has been on teaching and learning and he has worked tirelessly to provide the best possible opportunity for his pupils to succeed. This has resulted in the pupils’ achievement being excellent. Steven is one of these practitioners that will be at the forefront of educational innovation for some years to come and Focus is privileged to have his experience and expertise within its team. Safeguarding Steven has an enhanced DBS disclosure.


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Anne McNally
Anne McNally

Anne is an associate consultant with Focus Education. Her thirty seven years teaching experience of all year groups culminated in ten successful years as headteacher of a primary school. In 2006 Ofsted commented that, ‘An effective leadership team has been created under the outstanding leadership of the dynamic and energetic headteacher’. In 2009, the school was graded outstanding in all areas and in 2012, Anne was described as an ‘Inspirational headteacher (who) has the commitment and trust of all staff who share her drive for excellence’. The school was also graded as outstanding, three times over a ten years period, by Section 48, RE Inspectors. Whilst a Headteacher, Anne worked as a School Improvement Partner, a Local Leader of Education, a NCSL Professional Partner and an RE Inspector, supporting various schools in all aspects of school improvement and leadership. Since her retirement in 2012, Anne has continued to carry out RE inspections on behalf of the Archdiocese of Liverpool and supports individual schools with school improvement and the Headteacher Performance Management Process. As an associate consultant for Focus Education, Anne has led in-service days, training sessions and support packages for Headteachers, leadership teams, teachers, support staff and governors. These have covered a range of areas of school improvement including teaching, the national and ‘Learning Challenge’ curriculum, assessment and leadership. Safeguarding Anne has an enhanced DBS disclosure.


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Ewan McPherson
Ewan McPherson

Ewan has 20 years’ experience in primary education, leading many different aspects of school improvement. He is currently the principal of a primary school in Rochdale, which he successfully led out of special measures and is a school that is now regarded as good. Ewan has worked in four primary schools, all with very diverse catchments and challenges; English as an additional language, difficult social contexts. He has experience of taking a school through the academisation process and developing links and collaborative working with a range of other schools and academies in different social contexts. He has particular experience in peer assessment, working with a triad over the past few years. Safeguarding Ewan has an enhanced DBS disclosure.


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Janet Moffat
Janet Moffat

Janet is an associate consultant with Focus Education. She is a highly skilled and effective primary practitioner with over 30 years of experience of working in teaching and leadership roles in inner city schools in London. As the headteacher of a challenging inner city school in serious decline, she developed a strong ethos and corporate team and a model of teaching and learning which led to significant improvements in teaching and learning practices and was instrumental in moving the school to outstanding. Since 2012 Janet has been a School Improvement Officer for a local education authority in London and is also a freelance consultant. Janet is highly effective in supporting schools in challenging circumstances on their journey to securing excellent outcomes for all pupils. She has worked extensively with senior school leaders to strengthen school self-evaluation, with middle leaders to develop their confidence and expertise in monitoring and evaluation practices and with teaching and non-teaching staff to deliver training and support on implementing strategies to accelerate pupils’ progress. Bespoke work with a wide range of schools within and outside London include: •Training and coaching for senior and middle leaders to refine and improve the rigour of their monitoring arrangements which has resulted in leaders being more focused on the key actions needed to raise achievement and improve pupils’ outcomes. •Working extensively with a number of schools to develop a skills based curriculum which has higher order thinking skills at its core. This had led to significant improvements in teachers’ questioning skills and their ability to more accurately assess pupils learning and enabled their pupils to demonstrate depth of understanding. •Developing and delivering training on the teaching of reading and writing focusing on the teaching of explicit skills and providing a range of practical resources which can be immediately utilised to impact on learning outcomes. •External advisor for governing bodies to support the performance management of headteachers.


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Tim Nelson
Tim Nelson

Tim is an associate consultant with Focus Education. This role involves leading large scale national conferences, working with groups of schools and working with more than 200 individual schools across England and overseas. Prior to joining Focus Education, Tim worked as a head teacher. Tim’s last school had a reputation for innovation and their initiatives have been utilised by others and presented internationally. He has a proven track record of impacting on school improvement. This has resulted in work as a local leader of education, a school improvement partner, an Ofsted inspector and mentor for trainee inspectors and a professional partner. Tim is experienced at working with teams in school, with a focus on all core areas of school improvement, i.e. curriculum; teaching, learning and assessment; leadership and management etc. Recent comments from schools where Tim was worked include: ‘Very professional delivery and the ability to deliver messages clearly and succinctly.’ ‘Down to earth, realistic and refreshing.’ ‘Very approachable and answered all our questions fully.’ ‘Tim was very professional – it was a pleasure working with him! Staff all agreed the day was very useful.’ Tim is the author of more than twenty books, including most recently, School Governors: A Guide to Effective Practice, Evaluating SMSC development and the promotion of British values, Judging teaching, not the teacher, Judging the EY teaching, not the EY teacher (with Sarah Quinn) Safeguarding Tim has a DBS disclosure


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Rachel  Orr
Rachel Orr

Rachel Orr is an associate consultant for Focus Education, teacher, tutor and author with over 25 years teaching experience. As a former head teacher of 8 years and deputy head teacher for 9 years, Rachel has worked across a range of schools in deprived areas as well as schools in more affluent areas. Rachel has led successful inspection during her two headships. Both schools upon taking up headship were RI schools and under Rachel’s leadership became good schools rapidly. Rachel is experienced in curriculum design, supporting children’s well-being and differentiating learning. Rachel is published by Bloomsbury Education – 100 Ideas for Primary Teachers: Differentiation where the key messages are: ‘one size does not fit all’ and ‘not a worksheet in site’. Rachel has significant experience in multiagency working to support children’s well-being. Rachel believes that children need to know what it means to learn to be well, in order to be well to learn. She is skilled in supporting schools with every day strategies and resources to embed into daily learning practices so that children and staff well-being is at the forefront of learning. Rachel is passionate about training the future generation of teachers and has delivered initial teacher training for a local authority SCITT programme in reading, writing and phonics as well as supporting and mentoring NQTs across a range of settings. Rachel is skilled in supporting middle leaders in effective lesson observations in order to improve teaching, learning and assessment. Safeguarding Rachel has an enhanced DBS disclosure.


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Umesh Patel
Umesh Patel

Umesh works as an independent computing consultant, providing support to a range of schools. He has previously taught in challenging primary schools, for 11 years, prior to taking up his current position, which he has held for the past 6 years. Umesh has developed Computing as a vehicle to promote writing across subjects, and has showcased several projects that he has developed to enhance a creative curriculum. He can provide practical, solutions-based advice and support for schools wishing to use technology to unlock their own creative approaches. Working with Umesh, schools can make technology work for them to release the potential of their pupils, motivate ‘hard to reach’ individuals, provide challenges for children that are more able and drive up standards across the curriculum. His strength is in making the skills and techniques needed to use technology in the classroom achievable, even for the technophobes amongst us! He gives clear, straightforward and manageable advice that will make a real difference to the way in which you teach. He has worked throughout the North of England and has been part of consulting teams used to develop Literacy, through technology, in failing schools. He has also worked on personal support plans to help teacher’s improve their teaching of Literacy, through the use of technology. Umesh has also worked with a number of SCITT’s to train student teachers, to ensure they enter the teaching profession with a good understanding of the importance that technology plays in the lives of children today. Umesh is a specialist in handheld technology and provides training for all aspects of Computing from early years up to KS2, as well training for Computing subject leaders. More recently, Umesh has achieved Apple Teacher status as well as undertaking an Android Developers nanodegree. Safeguarding Umesh has an enhanced DBS disclosure.


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Diane Rochford
Diane Rochford

Diane is an associate consultant for Focus Education, with over 20 years experience working in the field of Special Education Needs and Disability. She has worked in senior leadership roles across a variety of schools and settings, including Home and Hospital School, and is currently an executive headteacher in a special school for learners with complex needs which is part of a Multi Academy Trust. She has also been commissioned to work with Local Authority School Improvement to help to identify gaps and develop provision. Her strength of experience is in developing different provisions for a wide range of learners with SEND, supporting strategic planning, leadership and management of special schools and specialist provisions within mainstream, assessment without levels for learners with SEND in a variety of settings, curriculum design for learners with SEND in a variety of settings and provision for pupils with LDD & challenging behaviours. Additionally, Diane has worked with the DfE developing Teachers Standards, representing special schools. More recently, Diane has chaired the Rochford Review which was to consider and define statutory assessment for pupils working towards the standards of the National Curriculum tests. She is a qualified and active Ofsted inspector with accreditation to inspect SEND. Safeguarding Diane has an enhanced DBS disclosure.


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Helen Rowland
Helen Rowland

Helen is the chief executive of the Focus-Trust and an associate consultant for Focus Education. She joined the Focus-Trust from the headship of a school judged outstanding in all aspects and worked as the Trust’s Academy improvement officer for two years. A former headteacher with over 12 years’ experience, Helen has experience of the full diversity of schools: English as an additional language, challenging social contexts, village and faith schools. Helen now works in partnership with academy leaders, governors and academy teams on developing & improving teaching and leadership for positive impact on pupil outcomes. Helen has led schools in moving from ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’ teaching and learning, preparing for Ofsted, implementing the Learning Challenge Curriculum, the new National Curriculum and Assessing without levels and worked with governing bodies to undertake headtacher appraisals. Safeguarding Helen has an advanced DBS disclosure.


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Katie Savage
Katie Savage

Katie is an associate consultant for Focus Education. Katie has worked in primary education for 10 years and has spent much of her career as a highly successful senior leader. Her roles have included that of phase leader, inclusion leader, deputy headteacher and most recently Acting headteacher. Katie has also worked across Bradford as a leading maths teacher and as a moderator for KS2 English. Katie was promoted to her first leadership role following her school being graded as satisfactory by Ofsted. As a key member of the leadership team, she was instrumental in developing a rapid, yet sustainable programme of school improvement which resulted in the school being graded as outstanding just three years later. In 2013, during her time as acting headteacher, the school was re-inspected and again judged to be outstanding. She was described by Ofsted as having ‘a very clear vision of excellence’ and also showing ‘a relentless commitment to continue improving the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement’. Safeguarding Katie has an advanced DBS disclosure.


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John Shute
John Shute

John is an associate consultant for Focus Education. John is currently the director of Greenview Coaching, Training & Development Ltd. Based in a training centre set up in a Leeds primary school, the company has been running consultancy and training since 2011. It provides a range of bespoke school improvement and staff development training. John also works closely with higher education establishments on a range of research-based projects, to bring the benefits of research to practical applications in schools. John is a visiting lecturer on initial teacher training courses at Leeds Trinity University. Prior to this, John worked as a National Strategy mathematics consultant, an Improving Schools consultant and latterly as an Every Child a Reader teacher and leader. This work involved the management, training and continued development of teachers and schools to ensure focus on children and families, who were the most vulnerable in schools and through education, to improve their life chances. John has extensive experience in the writing, planning and delivery of staff continued professional development and is able to make this accessible to all involved through his relaxed delivery and facilitation style. Safeguarding John has an advanced DBS disclosure.


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Adrian  Stygall
Adrian Stygall

Adrian was a successful primary school leader for 19 years in Leeds. The first school he led saw raised standards, numbers and a better Ofsted category. After two years working as an IT adviser Adrian was asked to lead a school that was in difficulties. The school moved from ‘causing concern’ to good with some outstanding features, and with excellent value added measures. Having worked in two schools with very challenging environments Adrian has had to take a keen interest in health and safety issues.This was particularly important through a three year complete rebuild programme, for which Adrian was the school’s leader. Through working in an area with high levels of domestic violence, and with a lifelong interest in children with social emotional and mental health additional needs, Adrian has developed an expertise in child protection. His was the first school in the country to introduce an IT-based system for recording, analysing and recording child protection concerns, indeed Adrian worked closely with the system’s developer to shape the package. This is an area in which Adrian still takes a keen interest. Adrian has gained accreditation in team teach, as a designated lead professional for child protection, in First Aid at Word, Paediatric First Aid and with the Institute of Safety and Health. He is also an accredited Prevent trainer. Since becoming a consultant Adrian has supported a school through a complete redevelopment of all safeguarding procedures (using the Focus-Education child protection audit documentation) and supported an IT company to develop child protection procedures. He is currently developing an audit based on all the safeguarding documents cited by the DfE. Adrian sees safeguarding as encompassing anything that might affect the welfare of the child. He also believes that a school which has a strong focus on pupil welfare will naturally also take good care of staff and other school users.


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Rebecca Teiger
Rebecca Teiger

Becky is an associate consultant with Focus Education. Before moving into advisory work, Becky taught at a faith school in Leeds, leading provision for 2 to 7 year olds, including on-site PVI provision, Foundation and Key Stage 1. She worked for Leeds LA as an early years profile moderator with both state and independent schools and, under her leadership secured an 'outstanding' judgement for her early years foundation stage with inspectors commenting that she 'provides excellent leadership and work well with all staff to ensure that children achieve outstandingly well'. She can also offer wide experience of school improvement work at a Local Authority level, having worked for North Yorkshire as an early years consultant, prior to a secondment as an EY adviser, leading the team she joined only 10 months previously. Following a full team restructure, she took on a role as a 0-11 education development adviser, working with head teachers and senior leaders across school clusters and teaching schools around the Harrogate, Skipton and Ripon areas. Becky has offered guidance to audiences including local authority colleagues, head teachers, teachers, governors and early years practitioners. Her training covers a wide range of subjects including teaching, leadership and management, transitions, preparation for inspection and improving provision and practice. Safeguarding Becky has an enhanced DBS disclosure.


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Christine Turner
Christine Turner

Christine is an associate consultant with Focus Education. This work involves working as a trainer and consultant with schools across England. She has a wealth of experience teaching in both primary and secondary schools and in school improvement roles in a number of local authorities. As a headteacher, Christine led a school out of Special Measures, an experience that has been invaluable in supporting schools in similar difficulties as a school improvement adviser. As a local authority officer Christine fulfilled roles as a school improvement adviser and school improvement partner. She has worked with a wide range of schools in very different contexts a number of who were in Ofsted categories or whose challenging context made them vulnerable. She also led on authority-wide projects and aspects; including statutory assessment at key stage one. For the past 7 years, Christine has been part of the School Improvement Team in Leicester as an associate adviser. Her work with schools is on all aspects of school improvement including the development of leadership and management, teaching and learning, curriculum, assessment and inspection issues. Christine has co-written several publications. The most recent of which help schools to improve the quality of their monitoring of the effectiveness of teaching and improve the impact teaching assistants have on pupil progress. Safeguarding Christine has an enhanced DBS disclosure.


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