All of the training and support we deliver to partnerships is through a core team of experienced education consultants (SPP Associates) who have a background in school improvement and who work with partnerships of schools, MATs, TSAs and local systems to develop high quality and robust peer review practice.
Andrew is Head of Collaborative School Improvement at Education Development Trust. He oversees the organisation's collaborative school improvement strategy and portfolio, which includes the Schools Partnership Programme.
Prior to this, Andrew was Director of Leadership Development at Ambition School Leadership, leading the design and delivery of the Teaching Leaders and Future Leaders programmes, and Ambition’s NPQ qualifications. Before joining Ambition, he was a policy advisor at the Department for Education with responsibility for enacting the Raising the Participation Age legislation in England and a professional officer at the Teacher Training Agency leading on school and ITT provider partnerships.
Maggie Farrar is a Lead Associate for the Schools Partnership Programme, having previously worked with the National College for School Leadership for over 10 years, including a period as Interim Chief Executive. She has been working on cluster-based school improvement and the development of peer review in England and internationally for a number of years and is a passionate advocate for the power and potential of great teachers and great leaders to work together to transform a whole system.
Formerly a primary Headteacher, Niki has substantial experience of working on collaborative school improvement and leadership development, through roles such as a Lead Associate for the National College for Teaching and Leadership for Southern England, as a co-leader of a networked learning community and an LA consultant advisor (with a particular focus on collaboration and networks). As an SPP associate, Niki has worked with a range of clusters including TSAs, MATs and local systems.
Pam Butterfield has been integral to the development and delivery of peer review training for Education Development Trust. Having taught in London schools for 35 years, Pam led a secondary girls' school in West London to outstanding status while serving as Head. She provided school to school support for many years as part of the London Challenge and as a National Leader of Education. From 2009 to 2016, Pam was also a College Associate for the National College of Teaching and Leadership both in London and internationally.
Jane is an independent consultant with experience of educational leadership at school and national level, specialising in supporting school and children’s services leadership learning, policy development and school improvement. She has worked with national organisations, local authorities and schools, focusing on the development and delivery of leadership programmes, facilitating and designing conferences, think tanks and seminars, and on leadership coaching. Jane also regularly facilitates large conferences, including the Inspiring Leadership Conference.
Vanessa has a wealth of experience from 16 years of teaching, including 9 years' Headship where her school was judged by Ofsted to have made ‘outstanding progress’ under her leadership. She also draws on a vast experience at Local Authority level where her last post was Head of the School Improvement Service for 0-11. Now an independent education consultant/adviser, Vanessa works in a diverse range of schools and MATs on a number of professional development and capacity-building projects, including the BI Norwegian Business School in London, Leeds, Oslo and Stavanger. Vanessa leads on the Master of Management Programme in School Leadership as a lecturer and facilitator.
Nicola has extensive experience working in Education. She has worked in schools and in Local Authorities delivering training at all levels and advising on school improvement. As Headteacher, she led her school to ‘outstanding’ where leadership was described as ‘exceptional.’ As well as being an Associate for Education Development Trust, she is Assistant Director of Education in Essex where she is responsible for the School-Led Improvement Strategy and School Partnership working. She has developed peer review across the county and supported partnerships in other areas.
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