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Secondary School Improvement

Our Improvement Advisers, Specialists and Consultants have a proven track record of supporting, promoting and achieving improvement, providing expertise, training and consultancy to support secondary schools.

Our experienced and skilled staff are able to quickly respond to schools’ needs and tailor training and support for all staff. Our Specialist Advisers have a proven track record and are highly regarded in their field.

We are passionate about raising school standards and that drives us to strive for excellence in our support of schools in all contexts. We believe that strong collaboration is the key to success, and we endeavour to work closely with all schools to achieve the very best for their pupils.

The Education People work closely with headteachers in Kent to ensure the quality of education and its delivery is of an outstanding nature. The context of every school is different, and our bespoke approach enables us to maximise the impact of our support.

Who Can We Support?

We are available to work with individual secondary schools and multi-academy trusts across Kent and beyond.

All the work we do is based upon supporting schools to provide the best education for their students. We do this by:

  • being readily available to offer expertise and guidance in leadership, curriculum, assessment and pedagogy
  • supporting leaders to review, evaluate and update their curriculums in line with best practice
  • planning and coordinating in-school reviews, providing key recommendations & resources for development
  • providing bespoke, research-informed CPD appropriate for each school’s context
  • creating and curating networks of professionals to share best practice beyond their own setting
  • working closely with Kent County Council and our other partners to ensure that schools are receiving the most up-to-date information, and in turn supporting schools to adapt their approaches where necessary
  • keeping up to date with all research-informed developments so that the support we provide is current, relevant and specific to those schools with whom we work.

Our bespoke approach to working with schools means that we can offer support in the way that best suits each context. Remote or face-to-face, intensive or longer term, we offer a flexible service, including:

  • curriculum reviews and audits
  • ECT induction and support
  • leadership training and support
  • bespoke in-school training and CPD
  • Ofsted preparation and support
  • governor support advice and guidance.

Meet the Team

Louise has over 15 years’ experience working in a variety of school contexts in Kent and Medway. She has experience in subject and senior leadership, with a specialism in curriculum and assessment design.

She has a Masters in Leadership in Education which focused on departmental leadership. As a senior leader, Louise has held key stage responsibilities and redesigned how schools monitor academic progress through carefully aligned curriculum and assessment models. Through her career, Louise has supported a range of curriculum areas to secure excellent outcomes beyond her specialism of English. This success enabled Louise to focus her attention more broadly within a MAT and develop a Trust-wide Key Stage 3 assessment model focused on responding to ‘life without levels’.

Beyond this Louise has delivered and assessed a Masters qualification and is a governor of a local primary school. These further commitments have enabled her to successfully support schools and individuals as they drive to make continued improvement. Working with staff across a range of schools of all phases, Louise has delivered bespoke CPD focused on curriculum, assessment and pedagogy and has worked with staff at all levels to implement changes to make maximum impact.

Louise believes that all students have an entitlement to a high-quality curriculum, regardless of background or circumstance. She is passionate about supporting all subject areas to align their curriculum, pedagogy and assessment approaches to enable all pupils to meet ambitious end points.

Her main role within the Education People includes supporting leaders to audit their provision, enhancing teachers’ confidence in their subject and pedagogical content knowledge and providing support to monitor and quality assure implementation and impact.

Andrew has worked in a variety of school contexts. Starting his career in Walsall (West Midlands) he taught maths 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.