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Martin Cresswell

Senior Cross-Phase Adviser

Martin has a professional background in both in teaching and social work. Before joining Camden's School Improvement Service as Behaviour and Attendance Consultant he worked for over 8 years at Chalcot ESBD School as DHT and HT. Throughout his career he has explored ways to support disadvantaged young people and families to challenge and overcome barriers to learning which lead to educational and social exclusion. He continues to share his experiences and learning with Camden professionals to develop confidence skills and practice, particularly in challenging contexts.
Martin's current role is Cross Phase Transitional Adviser for the Camden Learning Partnership. He is the lead for Safeguarding/Behaviour Reviews, Camden's Secondary Inclusion network, Camden's 'Growth Mindset' Learning and Development hub and Camden's White British Achievement Project, which has been recognised for its innovative work. He is also a qualified 'Team-Teach' tutor (physical intervention and de-escalation training) and is an accredited trainer in use of Restorative Approaches in schools.

Kellyanne Wray

Data Consultant

Kellyanne has worked at Camden for almost 10 years in a range of analytical roles and can offer support in educational data analysis and interpretation, including RAISEonline and FFT Aspire, to raise school improvement, improve school self-evaluation and the use of data to evidence OFSTED outcomes. With a Masters in Research Methods, Kellyanne has a proven track record of providing solutions in different school settings as well as delivering bespoke training / leading meetings for school leaders and governors around school performance data.

Gill Morris

Senior Health and Wellbeing Adviser

Gill has over 30 years' experience in education developed through a range of school and health improvement roles, as well as the PSHE Adviser for the DfE. As Senior Adviser for Health and Wellbeing she has particular expertise in providing advice, guidance and training on planning, policies and teaching PSHE, sex and relationship education, drug and alcohol education, mental and emotional health (including bullying prevention and circle time), safeguarding issues (including FGM and CSE) and supporting schools to be recognised as healthy schools and achieve the Healthy School London silver award. Gill also provides advice and training on schools councils.

Helen McNulty

Senior SEND Adviser

Helen has over twenty years' experience of working with children, young people and adults with SEND in both educational and social care settings. She has held senior positions co-ordinating 14-19 and SEND provision in local authorities. Helen has enabled agencies to work more effectively together with her understanding of the different stakeholders' viewpoint. Currently she is working with senior leaders in schools and the relevant agencies to develop strategies to improve the teaching' learning and assessment for pupils with SEND. She is enabling schools to take the lead for these pupils and not be limited by SEND statutory requirements frameworks

Owen Rees

School Complaints and Governance Consultant

Owen Rees has over 10 years of experience in governance roles, including 5 years in school governance roles. He has worked to deliver high-quality governance in a number of London Boroughs and in a variety of settings and is able to offer advice and training on all areas of school governance. He leads the Complaints and Information Governance SLA. He has expertise in complaints policy and handling, including investigation and panel administration, and is a certified Data Protection Practitioner.

Lorraine Lawson

Brokerage Manager

With a background in education and regeneration, Lorraine has engaged businesses – from large to small enterprises; to work with schools, colleges, universities and youth charities. As a former head of two London education business partnerships, she managed programmes focusing on diversity and inclusion, to raise the aspirations and achievements of young people from 5-19. Both EBPs were awarded the national quality standard.
Lorraine has experience of supporting schools to deliver real-life careers education and work related learning through business partnership. This includes:

  • Curriculum projects, especially in science, technology, engineering, arts and maths
  • CPD opportunities for teachers
  • Work experience
  • Mentoring

EARLY YEARS

Leonie Holt

Early Years Consultant

Leonie Holt is the EYFS Consultant for Camden Learning. She has worked in Camden for the past twenty five years in schools and the local authority in advisory /consultancy roles and has developed expertise working with schools to improve the wellbeing and outcomes for young children. Leonie provides a comprehensive programme of central training and termly EYFS leaders courses. She can provide bespoke support packages and training for schools including induction support and coaching for EYFS leaders new to the role and sign post schools to outstanding practice in other Camden schools.
She recently facilitated a two year early years lesson study project and is committed to this empowering approach improving practice and creating reflective cultures amongst practitioners in the early years.


PRIMARY

Rhian Swain

Senior Primary Adviser and Consultant on School Governance

Rhian has extensive and successful experience having taught and led schools across the primary age range with experience of leadership in maintained, Catholic and C of E schools. Following 8 years as a successful Headteacher in Croydon she sought a new direction working with schools in challenging circumstances in Croydon and latterly in Yorkshire, Kent and Camden. With her wide ranging experience and personal qualities, strategic skills and vision Rhian has impacted on many schools making rapid improvement; raising attainment, developing quality first teaching and creating a positive inclusive learning and behaviour culture. Currently Rhian is working for Camden utilising her experience as senior primary professional adviser and consultant on school governance. Rhian has expertise in leadership and management and school improvement, with a particular interest in primary pedagogy, school governance, safeguarding and behaviour.

Tracey Goldblatt

English

Tracy Goldblatt is the Primary Literacy Consultant for the CL. She has a wealth of experience working in primary literacy across a number of schools and local authorities. Her expertise is working with schools to improve teaching and learning in literacy and improve pupils outcomes. Tracy can provide in school support as well as bespoke school based training on a number of key initiatives. She also runs central training as well as termly literacy leader courses. She is currently working with primary and secondary school representatives to establish an effective Camden approach to assessment without levels.

SECONDARY

Alison Pyle

Secondary Teaching and Learning Consultant

Alison has worked in Camden for twenty-two years and has expertise in improving teaching and learning through literacy and language development across the curriculum. She has developed approaches to improving reading and writing skills to ensure stronger student outcomes , linking assessment, pedagogy and curriculum. She is currently working with primary and secondary school representatives to establish an effective Camden approach to assessment without levels. Her experience as an Ofsted inspector adds insight to her school improvement work.


HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Chrissie Dillon

Health and Wellbeing Cross Phase Consultant

Chrissie has worked in Camden for 12 years and is a Health and Wellbeing Cross Phase Consultant supporting schools to improve health and well being outcomes of their school communities.

Chrissie's main areas of responsibility include advising and supporting schools to gain recognition as a Camden Healthy School and achieve the Healthy Schools London Bronze Award and develop actions plans for the Silver Award. Chrissie also has extensive experience assessing funding applications and can support schools to write funding bids.

Jude Clements

Health and Wellbeing Cross Phase Consultant

As well as 12 years teaching experience in both primary and secondary education, Jude has extensive experience of supporting schools on health and wellbeing. She has expertise in helping teachers effectively plan, teach, monitor and assess PSHE, with a particular focus on PSHE subject leadership. Jude is able to offer advice and guidance to classroom teachers and PSHE Coordinators and provide lesson modelling, co-planning and team teaching. Jude has also extensive experience of supporting schools in achieving Healthy Schools recognition and Healthy Schools London Silver award.

Alison Purchase

Health Improvement Lead

Alison has over 8 years' experience in Public Health roles with a focus on obesity prevention. Alison has worked in Camden since March 2012 and is the strategic and operational lead for health improvement activities in early years settings, schools, youth centres and after school clubs as part of a Public Health commissioned offer
Alison supports settings to improve health using a whole settings approach including leading on the development and implementation of the Little Steps to Healthy Lives award in children's centres and nurseries.

Mike Mortlock

Specialist Health Improvement Practitioner

Mike has worked in Camden since March 2012 and is the strategic and operational lead for the health improvement team and healthy eating team and coordinates health improvement activities in schools, children's' centres, youth centres and after school clubs focused on obesity prevention and smoking prevention as part of a public health commissioned offer.
Mike also leads on the Race to Health programme with Camden Primary Schools.

Rachel Isted

Health Improvement Practitioner

Rachel has been part of the Camden Health and Wellbeing Team in her Health Improvement Practitioner role since January 2014. Her current responsibilities include delivering obesity and smoking prevention programmes in early years settings, primary and secondary schools and after school clubs. Rachel is a Registered Associate Nutritionist and can also offer support to schools with the Cooking and Nutrition curriculum and adhering to the School Food Standards.

Rachael Biddulph

Health Improvement Practitioner

Rachael has worked at Camden in the Health and Wellbeing Team since November 2014. Her current responsibilities include delivering obesity and smoking prevention programmes in early years settings, primary schools, secondary schools, after school clubs and youth centres. Rachael has supported a number of Camden schools to improve packed lunches and implement Mini Health Champions focusing on healthy eating achieving outstanding results.
Rachael can be contacted for advice or support on healthy eating, physical activity and smoking prevention programmes

Lee James

Health and Wellbeing Consultant

Lee has 7 years teaching experience in primary schools covering both Key Stages 1 and 2. Lee’s main responsibility is to introduce the Mental Health and Resilience in Schools (MHARS) framework to Camden primary and secondary schools. This is a whole school approach that supports schools in developing their provision for positive mental health and wellbeing.

PRIMARY CPPs

Marion Hunter

Primary CPP

Marion was a head teacher for fifteen years, first in an infant school and then in a primary school. She has worked as an additional Ofsted inspector and a SIP and has been a SIP and CPP in Camden for six years. She has particular expertise in leadership and management, helping senior leaders monitor and evaluate provision accurately and then supporting them in making rapid improvements in all aspects.

Maggie Donaldson

Primary CPP

Maggie was a head-teacher of a primary school for fifteen years. During her headship she was also appointed as executive head to two local primary schools. In 2006 she was seconded to work with the Proportional Inspection Project team at Ofsted. She has worked as a SIAMS inspector and as a SIP. For the last three years of her full time work Maggie was senior primary advisor and senior SIP for a local authority. More recently she has been a CPP in Camden for 6 years and works with an academy trust in an advisory capacity. She has supported many schools through to good and outstanding and works as part of the school team.

June Haddock

Primary CPP

June has 12 years’ experience at senior leadership level in primary schools, including two periods of headship. During this time she led cross-school networks focusing on Assessment for Learning and ‘Narrowing the Gap’. From 2012 she was the Head of School Improvement in the London Borough of Redbridge and in addition has acted as an improvement adviser in three local authorities including her current CPP role in Camden.
Her particular areas of expertise are:

  • School review and self-evaluation
  • Support for senior leaders to make rapid improvement
  • Coaching and training for middle leaders, senior leaders and governors
  • Assessment (Assessment for Learning, Assessment without Levels)

Andy Redman

Primary CPP

Andy is an independent consultant and Church Schools' Inspector (SIAMS).He worked as a head teacher, and executive head teacher, within the Diocese of Southwark for 16 years during which time he supported schools to emerge from challenging circumstances and move 'onwards and upwards.' Andy currently works one day a week for Camden as a Senior Adviser; he is also a Standards Adviser and Hub Lead in Suffolk and provides appraisal support for HT colleagues within the STEEP partnership of Nursery Schools and Children's Centres in SE London.


SECONDARY CPPs

Jenny Francis

Secondary CPP

Jenny has extensive in-school experience as a head of maths and a headteacher. She has also provided LA support and consultancy In leadership and management.

General education roles:
SIP / CPP covering 4 LA and 12 schools Ofsted inspector for 2 years around 2005 Independent consultant. Current roles:
Lead the national programmes in leadership training for NPQML / NPQSL and NPQH at UCL IOE London.
Currently liaising with DfE and national bodies about reform of these programmes for 2017
Current CPP for CsfG and Parliament Hill Work for Teaching Leaders as coach and facilitator Work as a governor and as a director of a MAT in 2 distinct LA in London.
Areas of strength:
Leadership development,
Coaching leaders to widen and strengthen their skills in areas such as leading a team, holding to account, giving feedback

Mary Waplington

Secondary CPP

Mary Waplington has extensive experience of school leadership and of working with school leaders to support effective teamwork at all levels. She was a headteacher for more than ten years and has worked as an education consultant with schools in Brent, Camden and Islington. This has included work both with schools in challenging circumstances and outstanding schools with a proven track record of success.
Mary’s expertise lies in the development of leaders, in particular:

  • Undertaking leadership reviews at all levels
  • Support for new leaders, including new headteachers
  • Supporting governors in headteacher performance management
  • Working with faith schools


ASSOCIATE CONSULTANTS

Katy Marshall

Mathematics Crossphase Consultant

Katy is dedicated to mathematics education and the mathematics achievement of all young people, and is an experienced teacher who has taught in Islington, Hackney and Haringey. As well as considerable teaching experience in secondary schools, Katy has taught mathematics intervention classes to KS2 primary pupils . For the last three years, Katy was the KS4 Mathematics co-ordinator in a Haringey school and prior to that was LA Mathematics adviser for Haringey where she supported and worked with both primary and secondary schools. Katy was also National Strategies Secondary Mathematics consultant for several years. She has expertise in running central courses and training sessions and in designing and delivering bespoke training for schools and departments She has been involved in curriculum development and had been a Mathematics subject adviser for an awarding body. .


Mark Vickers

SEND/Secondary Consultant

Mark is a former Head teacher of mainstream and alternative provisions in London and the South-East. He has worked in a range of school improvement roles over the last seven years including as a school improvement partner, Camden Professional Partner and school inspector. Mark has worked with Camden schools and PRUs for all of this time where he has built up considerable knowledge and experience to help schools develop their capacity to improve further.

Rob Robson

Associate Consultant

Rob Robson has taught and led in schools for 26 years. He has spent 15 of those as a head teacher during which he spent 10 years leading a 13-18 upper school with 1,750 students. . Rob founded the Bedfordshire East School Trust and was Executive Principal of (BEMAT) which he set up four years ago and now consists of 6 schools and 3 nurseries which educates 3,500+ children.
Rob can advise on:
• leadership development at all levels,
• improving standards & Ofsted ratings,
• post 16 education,
• networks and partnerships,
• structured ways of working together,
• designing the curriculum with fewer resources

John Greevy

Associate Consultant

John has a wealth of experience in supporting school improvement. He is able to analyse situations quickly, determine priorities and define a clear action plan to deliver successful, measurable outcomes. He has held a range of senior leadership roles, been a LA School Improvement Adviser and an Ofsted Inspector. He undertook in excess of 70 school inspections and mentored trainee inspectors. He has been praised by HMI for the impact of his recent work with a number of schools. He also supports Governors in Head teacher performance reviews and has been a tutor for PGCE trainee teachers.

Lisa Gorman

Associate Consultant

Lisa has worked the education sector for over 25 years and has undertaken a wide range of senior roles of responsibility in challenging secondary schools across London and the LEA Advisory Service. Lisa has extensive project management and school improvement experience at school and LEA level and has worked in interim senior leader roles. Lisa is also a qualified Additional Inspector (Ofsted) and is currently a part-time deputy head in a large successful secondary school in Barnet. In her consultancy role Lisa has undertaken a wide range of school improvement work both nationally and internationally.

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