Welcome to the Professional Development Service at The Education People. We provide an extensive teacher training programme for educators working in early years settings, schools and colleges, supporting them to achieve successful outcomes. Through a robust quality assurance process we know that our training is of the highest quality, and, as recent members of CPD UK, we will begin to deliver accredited CPD courses for teachers. Our highly regarded conference programme attracts national and international keynote speakers. We have converted our face to face programme into online learning solutions for the autumn, which we trialled successfully in the summer term, and we will also be trialling online conferences. We have made online teaching courses via zoom as interactive as possible, and those who have already attended courses were very positive. We are learning all the time and our programme is still dynamic - changing to meet national agendas where necessary, and delivering these messages locally. We will begin to run some face to face training when we are satisfied that it is safe to do so, using venues that meet all the COVID safe requirements. In addition, we offer a range of E-learning and online learning webinars where this type of delivery is more appropriate. The Education People tutors are all experts in their field, working daily with early years settings, schools, colleges and businesses, and you can learn more about them by scrolling down on this page.
Visit our dedicated area for Early Careers Teachers (ECTs), where you will find detailed information on our ECT Induction & Support team and how they can help you and your new teachers.
Rebecca has worked in the field of online safety since 2008 and provides specialist advice, training and guidance... >>
Joanne currently works for the Education Safeguarding Service supporting the North and West of the... >>
Penny has worked as a local authority English adviser and specialist for 11 years. Prior to that she was an AST (Advanced Skills Teacher)... >>
Robin has previously worked in frontline children's services for Kent County Council for over 19 years in a wide variety of roles before joining... >>
Ben started working for KSE in 2007 as a job coach. After a period of support from the service he realised that he could use his own ... >>
Sarah has worked as a local authority adviser for 11 years, initially in West Berkshire, where she led improvement... >>
Matt was a head and executive head before becoming a consultant working with Multi Academy Trusts and local authorities... >>
Julia has been involved in school governance for 18 years starting as a Governor, becoming Chair and subsequently appointed by the... >>
Helena has extensive experience in primary education gained from working across a number of Local Authorities as a practitioner and... >>
Tina began her career in School Governance in 1998, having worked in Early Years and Primary Education since 1987. She joined the ... >>
Jude started working in the primary education sector as a children’s worker with a charity delivering assemblies... >>
Jenny prides herself on building long-term relationships with schools. She has a profound respect for the complexity of... >>
Mitch started working for Kent Supported Employment in 1993 when he joined the service as a Job Coach. Within a few months he went on his first TSI course... >>
Lorraine has been working within the Governor Services team since 2014, initially for Kent County Council and more recently...>>
Mary has extensive leadership experience in Primary Education, including 13 years of headship and two executive... >>
Ruth has over 25 years’ experience in primary education. She has worked as a School Improvement Advisor, Early Years... >>
Gemma has been an Area Adviser with the Education Safeguarding Service since August 2018. Prior to this she was team manager of a... >>
Andrew has worked in a variety of school contexts. Starting his career in Walsall (West Midlands) he taught maths...>>
for educational settings. Rebecca provides bespoke training for professionals in relation to online safety and believes in empowering professionals to support children to use the internet safely and responsibly through a practical and pragmatic approach.
Rebecca has led on the development of a suite of online safety policies and guidance documents for Kent which are used by agencies, authorities and educational settings throughout the UK and beyond.
Rebecca is a nationally recognised online safety guidance and policy author, and is member of several panels and groups which provide advice and guidance to educational settings. She is a member of the UK Council for Internet Safety (UKCIS) Education Working Group and has contributed towards and coordinated the development of national guidance documents for educational settings.
Rebecca is also a member of the Internet Matters ‘Expert Panel’ and Childnet Internationals Project DeShame Expert group. Rebecca has received several local and national awards recognising her work, including CEOP's “Children's Champion of the Year” and a certificate of Merit from Kent Police. In 2015, she completed a Master’s in Advanced Child Protection with the University of Kent.
Rebecca is a committed and professional trainer with excellent communication and presentation skills and speaks publicly at conferences on various issues related to online safety. She works closely with local and national agencies to develop forward thinking about online child protection and safeguarding and is passionate about the importance of professionals working in partnership with children to shape and develop an effective and embedded approach towards online safety.
county, delivering training for Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) and bespoke safeguarding training for schools and early years settings.
She writes guidance and procedures for early years to support their best practice. Prior to this she worked from 2001 as an Early Years Ofsted Inspector to register, inspect and investigate a wide range of early years provision and schools. Joanne has a BA (Hons) Degree in Early Childhood Studies. She has extensive knowledge and understanding of early years issues, particularly with reference to her dissertation examining children’s school readiness for school in respect of their personal, emotional and social wellbeing.
for Literacy in Kent schools. Penny leads seasonal meetings for the county’s English Subject Leaders, together with in-school support and training in all elements of the teaching of English. Penny has secure subject knowledge and experience in Literacy, and enjoys working with schools to help them to achieve their great potential.
Her specialities include:
The Education People as an adviser in August 2018. He has been a frontline social worker working in child protection, children in care and adoption. He has also been a team leader in charge of social worker both in mainstream children’s services and within disabled children’s services. He has also worked as a Local Authority Designated Officer in Kent for 18 months.
Robin has experience in lots of different disciplines and areas of children’s social care. Within these roles he gained the skills and knowledge to be able to make sound judgements about when children can no longer be safeguarded at home and the ability to escalate matters to a legal arena. As a consequence he has given evidence in court and provided numerous legal reports to a high standard for this purpose.
He is currently an Area Safeguarding Adviser in East Kent which is a role that provides a consultation service to a variety of educational settings. He also provides training to staff in educational settings such as Designated Safeguarding Training. He also offers whole settings training for schools and nurseries. Robin currently has a lead role in the areas of harmful sexual behaviour and safer recruitment for the service. Robin delivered a workshop on Harmful Sexual Behaviour in Children for the recent The Education People Show held in Maidstone in 2019.
He lives in East Kent is married with two adult children.
experience of disability to support and empower others. Ben moved to the position of ESO in August 2008, a position he still holds. Due to his extensive experience of supporting people in the workplace as a job coach, Ben was asked to co-deliver his first TSI course in 2009 when, along with his co-trainer, he delivered TSI internally within the service. Since then he has delivered TSI training for over a hundred participants.
Ben has regularly delivered training on behalf of the organisation and along with TSI has delivered other courses including travel training, disability confident and job coach best practice courses.
Ben is particularly passionate about the in-work support within the service due to the empowering nature and the impact it can have on people’s lives. Ben gets great satisfaction from passing on his knowledge and strong values around TSI to as many other individuals and services as possible.
in a range of areas including Early Years (Communication, Language & Literacy Development), SEND, Maths and Literacy, before moving to Kent.
She leads seasonal meetings for the county’s Maths and English Subject Leaders, together with in-school support and training in all elements of the teaching of Maths and Literacy. Sarah keenly follows the latest developments and pedagogic research and is passionate about ensuring Kent pupils receive the very best teaching possible specialising in:
English subject knowledge:
Maths subject knowledge:
Subject Leader support and development:
to develop school leadership and improve teaching. Matt spends most of his working time in schools with children teachers and leaders looking at ways to improve outcomes for all. He has also inspected schools. He draws on this wealth of experience to add practical examples to all his training sessions.
His relaxed yet knowledgeable delivery ensures people come away well informed, excited and empowered to implement new ideas back at school.
DfE as a National Leader of Governance and trained external reviewer. Her experience spans both the maintained and academy school sectors as Chair of a Trust and a Maintained School.
Julia’s passion for governance led to her employment in Governor services in 2016 in which she provides support, advice and legislative guidance, working closely with the School Improvement Team and leads The Clerking Service. She uses her wealth of ‘hands on’ experience and knowledge within her training and facilitated sessions to Governors, Clerks and Headteachers as well as delivering on the National Governance Association Leading Governance programme.
a primary headteacher. Following headship her focus has been in advisory and consultancy work in advisory and consultancy work. Roles have included:
Helena has worked in Kent since 2009 across all districts either as a School Improvement Adviser or as a Consultant. She co-ordinated the Deputy Headteacher network meetings in Ashford and managed a county wide mathematics project which involved leading a design and delivery team whose remit was to support schools in the implementation of the new mathematics curriculum (2013-2014). During this time she was accredited with the NCETMs Professional Lead Qualification in mathematics.
She has been based in East Kent since September 2014, specialising in the following areas:
Governor Services team in 2008. Tina has degrees in Lifelong Learning and also Children and Families (Childcare Management).
In her role within the Governance team, Tina provides legislative support, advice and guidance to governing boards across South Kent, supporting School Improvement and Leadership and Management. She also promotes Effective Governance and facilitates training and development opportunities, including for the National Governance Association and for Clerks and Governing Boards across the County.
and afterschool clubs across Kent before moving to support families within Children’s Centres and the Early Help & Intensive Support Service.
Jude has been a school governor since 2002 and it was her interest in developing governor skills that led her to apply for the role of Area Governance Officer. Jude is a charity trustee and chair of governors. Jude is passionate about improving outcomes for children and young people and believes good governance and leadership is at the heart of school improvement.
educational change and the day-to-day challenges faced by teachers and leaders who are driven to meet the needs of their children.
Jenny brings expertise from her teaching, consultancy and leadership experiences within Kent which include roles as both a headteacher and executive headteacher.
Jenny has devoted 24 years of her career to education and holds a Masters in Education.
Her specialities include:
• Supporting school self-evaluation and improvement planning
• Change management
• Systems leadership
• Development of leadership at all levels to drive school improvement
• Coaching and mentoring
• EYFS and KS1.
which would have a huge impact on the rest of his career. Mitch was fortunate enough to undertake the Diploma in Supported Employment during its pilot year. In 2009 he was asked to write The KSE Training in Systematic Instruction (TSI) course which he now delivers with co-trainer Ben Carne.
Mitch is the lead trainer for KSE and runs a number of our Supported Employment courses as well as Disability Confidence sessions for employers. In 2018 Mitch was awarded BASE Practitioner of the year award. In his spare time he enjoys cooking and playing guitar, but not at the same time.
for The Education People. Lorraine has over ten years governance experience and has held a number of positions on a governing board. Lorraine was previously a Primary School teacher in Kent following the completion of her degree at Canterbury Christchurch University. Lorraine has also worked in the Civil Service in the Home Office and Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
headteacher roles as a Kent Leader of Education. Her motivation for success has been built upon a passionate belief that every child is unique and deserves an outstanding education.
As a leader, Mary has led school improvement across a wide variety of schools with a focus on staff development and curriculum innovation.
She has worked closely with a wide variety of partner organisations including local universities, Teaching Schools, Kent Association of Headteachers and the Education Endowment Fund, supporting school improvement through the development of collaborative, self-sustaining school groups.
Mary's specialities include:
Advisor, Consultant and Moderator in several Local Authorities. supporting leaders and teachers to improve outcomes for pupils. Passionate about primary education, Ruth has taught from Nursery to Y6. In 2014 she left headship and trained as an OfSTED inspector, combining this role with a number of other roles in education. Ruth is a nationally renowned trainer, writer and speaker, with a particular interest in Early Years.
children’s social work team managing a team of social workers who work with children open to children’s social care.
She has been a qualified social worker since 2009 and has worked for the Local Authority in children’s social work teams across Kent. Gemma has always had employment working with vulnerable children such as working in a residential children’s home, with young offenders and at an alternative provision for education. Gemma obtained a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, MA in Social Work and a Graduate Diploma in Children and Families at University. In her current role Gemma delivers safeguarding training to education settings, conducts safeguarding reviews and advises settings about safeguarding children. Gemma has also written reports for safeguarding practice reviews and domestic homicide reviews.
and as part of the teaching and learning team worked as a coach coaching staff in a special measures school. Andrew quickly moved into department leadership when he moved to Bristol and made significant changes to the KS3 maths curriculum and assessment ensuring it reflected the changes in the national curriculum at KS2 and the changes in assessment. The Maths department were recognised for their success and were shortlisted for Maths Department of the Year in the TES awards. While doing this Andrew completed a Masters in Leadership in Education from the University of Bristol. This was with a particular focus on assessment and specifically formative assessment.
Andrew embraced more challenge and moved to be Head of Maths in another area in Bristol. There, he led through reform at KS4 and implemented many effective changes which resulted in praise in the 2019 Ofsted for helping the school achieve a Good rating.
More recently, he has been a Lead Practitioner supporting Teaching and Learning in a Grammar School in Canterbury and teaching the Further Maths A-level as well as developing stretch and challenge resources for high attainers.
Andrew believes that without trying new things we don't improve. It is through trying and experimenting with teaching and learning and pushing our comfort zones that we develop the habitats that make us effective teachers.