Heather has over 25 years’ experience in the public and private sectors in a variety of roles: headteacher (3 schools); Ofsted inspector; NPQH trainer and assessor (NCSL); Senior School Improvement adviser in a small local authority; Interim Strategic Leader for school standards and effectiveness and curriculum innovation in a large local authority and; service transformation and design consultancy in a north west of England Council. A diverse career characterised by success both in engaging people and generating high levels of confidence and commitment in order to support rapid improvement in outcomes for pupils.
Heather’s most recent work has developed through her action research into national and international models of curriculum design with a particular emphasis on how an understanding cognitive psychology drives effective design, implementation and monitoring impact. Heather has published a report from the outcome of her research which has been acknowledged by Amanda Spielman as being ‘interesting and thought provoking’. Heather has supported both school leaders and governors in strategic development in relation all aspects of the curriculum in order to successfully meet the expectations of the Ofsted Inspection Framework (September 2019). A passionate advocate of the development of ‘character’ alongside academic excellence, Heather relishes opportunities to work with staffing teams at all levels in bespoke curriculum design.