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.
Anne is SPP Programme Lead, providing operational leadership and driving end-to-end delivery and development. She works closely with our highly experienced team of Associates to ensure the quality, impact, authenticity and sustainability of the programme and its positive contribution to the sector. Prior to this, Anne was Programme Lead for Care Experienced Children at education charity Achievement for All, where she led the design and delivery of school-based leadership coaching programmes to improve outcomes for children vulnerable to disadvantage, in partnership with virtual school heads around the country. Anne has also developed and run professional learning networks in environmental sustainability, managed key accounts in the media sector both in the UK and Australia, has served on the board of trustees at Become - the charity for children in care and care leavers - and volunteers as an advocate for children subject to local authority care orders and child protection plans.
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.
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.
David Horn was a secondary headteacher at Beckfoot School for 19 years in the city of Bradford and the founding CEO of Beckfoot Trust, a multi-academy trust serving 7,500 Bradford young people and employing 1100 staff. Since retiring from his role as CEO in 2021, he has established a business in executive coaching, peer review facilitation and consultancy within education settings. He is particularly interested in the potential of multi-academy trusts to harness the talent of leaders across schools to secure the benefits of working at scale. He believes that if they do so, far more young people, particularly from disadvantaged communities, will be able to attend a good school.
He has an MBA in Educational Leadership and is an ILM L7 qualified Executive Coach. He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in the 2020 Pearson Teaching Awards and a Special Recognition Award by Forum Strategy in 2021.
Sarah is Programme Manager for the Schools Partnership Programme. She ensures the robust project management of the end-to end development and delivery of the Programme and other related commercial offers. She has previous experience of working in the Financial and Charity sectors, as well as working in the Early Career Professional Development Programme within Education Development Trust.
Kate provides coordination and administrative support for the Schools Partnership Programme. This involves liaising with a wide range of stakeholders, including schools, delivery partners and facilitators, and supports the day-to-day delivery of the programme.
Jo has worked with the Schools Partnership Programme since 2015, providing programme support and assisting in developing and implementing our marketing and communications strategies, including managing SPP's social media, communications and website.
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