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Special 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 special schools and pupil referral units.

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.

In Kent, there is a very strong network of special schools and The Education People work closely with Headteachers to ensure the quality of education and its delivery is of an outstanding nature. The strategies implemented by each special school can be very different and that is why we monitor the appropriateness of the curriculum with leadership team of the special school to maximise the chances of a realistic destination for each and every learner.

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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Meet the Special School Improvement 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.