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Our school improvement specialists provide expertise in a number of areas. Find out more.

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Julie has over 33 years experience in education in a variety of roles, including being a member of the senior leadership team in a secondary school with responsibility for wider-community education programmes. Julie also undertook local authority advisory work for Northumberland County Council working with pre-schools, first, middle and high schools. She was the Research UK Manager at the Science Learning Centre North East and Ofsted and Partnership ITE Lead at the University of Sunderland.

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Malcolm has 17 years experience as a primary headteacher, leading his first school from satisfactory to outstanding, and maintaining this over 12 years, and his second from inadequate (LA judgement) to good within three years. Developing others to maximise their effectiveness whilst balancing the wellbeing and motivation of his teams and the overlap between personal and professional development have always been keen interests and areas of learning.

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Opal is a highly skilled and successful school improvement adviser, with over 35 years of experience in education. She has extensive leadership and management experience, having held two primary headships. Opal has worked effectively at all levels in local authorities as a principal adviser and school improvement partner. In one borough, Opal led her team to improve the number of schools judged to be good or outstanding from 66% to 94%. She has been an independent schools inspector and is currently a primary school governor.

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Craig has 25 years’ experience in primary education, with 13 of those spent as a headteacher. He now combines work for a local authority in the East of England with education consultancy. Craig is particularly focused on leading teacher training, middle leadership development, supporting early career teachers and reviewing governance. He also carries out SEND and disadvantaged pupil reviews.

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Jeremy is an experienced and successful primary headteacher. He left headship in 2014 to be involved full-time in school improvement, working with a range of schools including special and independent schools, as well as undertaking local authority work in Solihull.

Jeremy is a dynamic, pro-active leader. He has particular expertise in headteacher induction and training while also being committed to empowering staff at all levels to take ownership using coaching and mentoring techniques.

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Steve is a highly skilled leader with nearly 40 years of experience within education, more than 20 of them as a primary headteacher. He possesses headship and interim headship experience across the full primary range including mainstream, special, faith and multi-ethnic schools, in both challenging and affluent areas as well as rural and urban settings. Steve is an approved assessor for the Governor Mark assessment and is an experienced governor trainer.

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