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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 training and consultancy to support secondary schools.

We are committed to working with a wealth of providers, sharing our moral purpose to improve the life chances of children and young people and tailoring our support to quickly respond to schools’ needs.

The support we provide to schools is of exceptional quality such that, in Kent, 92% of establishments are now rated good or outstanding by Ofsted.

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Specialist Resource Provision

Specialist Resource Provision provides learners with special educational needs the opportunity of attending a mainstream setting. In Kent, The Education People monitors the quality of education and its delivery, the personal development of SEN learners within the mainstream setting and with specialist colleagues encourage participation within the mainstream classrooms ensuring the opportunity for integration helps the learners experience the best education possible.

In addition, our team can conduct full, rigorous Special Education Needs Reviews working with the Headteacher, their SENCo and the wider leadership team to promote inclusivity for all.

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Meet the Team

Kim has extensive experience in education, having held senior leadership roles for over 20 years in mainstream non-selective schools, including seven years as an Academy Principal.

Kim has also worked as a consultant for The Schools, Students and Teachers Network (SSAT) and delivered on the suite of National Professional Qualifications for the Institute of Education and Ambition Institute.

Kim has chaired her local Headteachers Board for four years and has also sat on the Schools Forum as well as, Teaching Schools Alliance Strategic Boards and the Strategic Board for Kent and Medway Progression Federation, the latter of which has successfully increased the number of children from disadvantaged backgrounds attending university. She holds National Professional Qualification for Headteacher and an MBA.

Kim’s work has focussed on schools in challenging circumstances and has devised and led strategic change which has resulted in improved and sustainable change. She has particular experience and interest in the curriculum, data, vulnerable groups and the development and training of staff, including Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs).

Peter is the Principal Lead for Special Schools, PRUs and SRPs.

He has extensive experience within the SEN field, notably the field of SEMH which qualifies him to support and monitor the PRUs and SRPs. His work in mainstream ranged from class teacher to Head of Department and Head of Year over a 12 year span.

His career then took him into Special Schools. He has held SLT positions in different SEMH schools that were in difficulties and within teams that put rapid improvement measures in place in each school, moving from class teacher, Assistant Head, Deputy Head and then Head teacher of 2 SEMH schools both judged as ‘Good’ by Ofsted over an 11 year period. During this time, he achieved a Masters Degree in the Management of Pupils with SEBD and has used his experience and understanding of these SEN pupils to help and support many Young People with SEN with their futures.

His main role within The Education People is to monitor and support the curriculum development, delivery of quality of teaching, relevant personal development, to support leadership and to ensure that destinations are realistic and achievable for all pupils. He also supports schools with SEN reviews so schools become aware of their strengths and where they could improve their provision for disadvantaged pupils in relation to Inclusivity.

Lisa has over 13 years’ experience in the UK and overseas across all phases as a SENDCO, school leader, adviser and executive inclusion lead.

She started her career as a Modern Foreign Languages teacher before quickly moving into department leadership, ITT mentoring and EBACC faculty coordination. Following her volunteering and fostering experiences, Lisa realised that her interests focused on student support and so she progressed into an Associate Senior Leader role, taking on responsibility for Pupil Premium and Looked After Children. During this time she completed her National Award for SEND Coordination.

Lisa stepped up to the challenge of Assistant Headteacher responsible for Inclusion and in that time, became the Secondary lead on the academy SEND strategic group. Her inclusion role was extended to include a SEND advisery position within the academy. As a SENDCO, she has designed and implemented enhanced alternative curriculum pathways, ensuring young people with additional needs are fully integrated into the mainstream provision. Lisa has also enjoyed roles as a citywide young carer schools lead and a qualified specialist assessor.

More recently Lisa has been working overseas in the Middle East, initially in an Autism specialist provision and then as an Executive leader for Inclusion. This role focused on implementing a mainstream Autism transition provision, the first of its kind in Abu Dhabi. Her work overseas extended to an advisory role; supporting the development of new to post SEND leaders and creating robust CPD for the development of teaching assistants.

Lisa believes wholeheartedly in the need for full and meaningful inclusion for all young people with additional needs. She is passionate about supporting mainstream schools to develop and enhance their curriculum offer with innovative ideas that will lead to amazing outcomes.

She supports schools with reviews, advice, guidance and training; providing solution focused ways in which to secure a fully inclusive community.

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.

Christina spent over 25 years as a school teacher and leader.

In her advisory/school improvement capacity she has since helped science faculties both in the UK and overseas improve their teaching and leadership to deliver better outcomes for students, and is the Secondary Science Advisor for Kent. She is a sought-after leader of physics teacher training.