Janet Moffat

Janet Moffat

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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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"Janet has been the Link Officer for our school since the 2014. She is an inspirational advisor, whose attention to detail, and passion for children and education shines through, and you cannot fail to be motivated by her energy and enthusiasm. Her advice and support for the school has been invaluable; high quality staff training sessions to raise standards in English, a wide range of resources to support teaching and learning, professional development and coaching for middle and senior leaders to help them become more effective leaders, and drive school improvement, and always has words of encouragement for everyone."

 

"Janet has provided outstanding support to leaders at all levels, particularly in the planning, assessment and delivery of English, both reading and writing. She has been a fantastic coach and mentor to me as Head Teacher and her expertise and generosity in sharing good practice is second to none. With her guidance and support, the school is rapidly improving in terms of outcomes in English. Perhaps more importantly, she has guided us in our desire to engender in our children a true love of reading. The ideas, experience and the high quality resources she so generously shares have given us a firm structure on which to create a reading school."