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School Evaluation Partner's

Pam Davenport - School Evaluation Partner

My expertise lies in supporting school leadership teams as they strive to improve outcomes for their pupils.  I draw on a vast experience, which includes fourteen years as a primary school head teacher.  I led the school through four successful Ofsted inspections before moving on to an associate headship, with a requirement to develop a new leadership team and prepare the school for an imminent inspection.   For 8 years I have worked as a school improvement partner in two different authorities, providing challenge and support for both outstanding schools and those in special measures.  I have provided intensive support for the new leadership team of a large primary school, serving a population with a high proportion of minor ethnic groups, to raise attainment and progress, to improve the quality of teaching and to develop the capacity of leadership and management to provide a good quality of education.  The school is now out of Special Measures and although improvement is still required, the quality of teaching, leadership and management was judged to be good in April 2013.


I have an enthusiasm for learning and a desire to further my knowledge and expertise to enable me to challenge and support colleagues even more effectively.  It is for this reason that I chose to complete the MA in Process Consultancy with The Centre for Educational Leadership (CEL).  I am also now employed as an associate consultant by CEL, Leadership and Change. I deliver leadership programmes, including Primary Executive Headship, Leading for Results, and bespoke consultancy packages for individual schools and school networks.  My work with Focus Education also gives me the experience of school-to–school collaboration and I have delivered training on the new curriculum in addition to working with leadership teams, class teachers and teaching assistants to improve the quality of teaching and pupil achievement.


Can I thank you for an incredibly informative and motivational staff meeting.  The staff are keen to move forward and I am eager to implement and drive some of your excellent ideas and advice.  We agreed that the inset day was probably the best PD day we have ever known in relation to staff discussions, positive responses and an eagerness to put new actions into place. (Dewsbury 2014)


I completed my training for school inspection in October 2012 and since then I have received positive feedback from schools, additional lead inspectors and HMI regarding my professionalism and personal competencies during the inspection process.  My work as an inspector has greatly enhanced my skills in school improvement and has increased the level of support and challenge I am able to provide for schools and their leaders.

My work as a client-centred educational consultant, supporting leadership teams to evaluate their strengths and identify significant goals for managing change has been well received:


The impact has been powerful. Pam has helped me to get better at managing change. People feel more empowered and confident. I now feel empowered and confident I can manage things. (Liverpool 2012)


Steven Cartlidge - School Evaluation Partner


Steven Cartlidge is an Education Consultant who has held senior positions in schools for over 15 years. He currently works with governors, headteachers, senior and middle leaders in school improvement. He also works with a local University advising on initial teacher training programmes.


His most recent work includes supporting primary and secondary schools in the following:

• Lesson observation skills

• Data analysis and the identification of developmental priorities

• SEF writing

• School improvement planning

• Pupils’ personal development, well-being and welfare

• Safeguarding

• School leadership including governance

• Advice on implementation of pupil premium and sport funding.

Steven is passionate about school improvement and believes that every child has the right to attend an educational establishment which seeks to achieve excellence. In his role as a consultant he has worked with a range of schools leading reviews, delivering leadership training and supporting school self –evaluation. He enjoys an ongoing relationship with a number of schools who value the quality of his support and advice


Andrew Lagden - School Evaluation Partner

Andrew Lagden has been an independent educational consultant and school inspector for over fourteen years.  With extensive consultancy experience, he currently works in two main areas, the academies programme and support for school improvement.  He is an education adviser for the Department for Education, a national academy chain and individual academies and schools.


Additionally, he delivers high quality education leadership training on behalf of many well-known organisations, including in 2014, on the current Ofsted inspection framework and the new regulations for appraisal, performance management and performance related pay.


Andrew is also an associate for the National College for Teaching and Leadership and has been a school improvement partner (SIP) for eight secondary schools.


He has a detailed knowledge of current education policies, outstanding communication skills, proven ability to form excellent relationships very quickly and high levels of credibility with governors, headteachers and all staff.


Recent experience


• Education adviser for the Department for Education – for the academies and free schools programme

• Consultant for Educate – supporting senior leaders in implementing the changes in appraisal, performance management and performance related pay

• Education adviser– for the Ormiston Academies Trust and individual academies and schools

• Training on behalf of leading national education organisations – on the current Ofsted inspection framework, self-evaluation and developing lesson observation skills

• Inspector for Serco – significant primary and secondary inspection experience in all aspects of the current Ofsted framework

• School improvement partner for eight secondary schools in Staffordshire LA – with a proven impact of challenging schools at a strategic level

• Consultant for SSAT – consultancy for senior leaders in academy conversion and improvement issues such as self-evaluation and development planning

• Regional team leader for the Trust and Foundation Schools Programme – supporting schools converting to trust and foundation status

• Consultant for the DfE/Tribal value for money in schools programme – supporting senior leaders to consider how schools can become more efficient

• Associate for the National College’s leadership models and partnerships programme – with a focus on the development of academies, trusts and federations


Clive Hurren - School Improvement Partner

Clive is a former secondary Headteacher, who has 35 years’ experience of work in secondary schools. For 12 years from 2000 Clive worked as an intervention adviser for Lancashire Local Authority, specialising in intensive support for schools in difficulty and in Ofsted categories. In this role, he successfully supported 7 schools to come out of Serious Weaknesses and 6 out of Special Measures.


Clive was also SIP to several good and outstanding schools and 2 with Sixth Forms. He has conducted Headteacher appraisals for many years. He also has considerable experience of working with and developing Governors. Clive is a hugely experienced trainer with a strong track record of delivering successful whole-school, small group or individual training.


Clive’s subject specialism is Modern Languages. Before returning to work in schools as a senior leader, Clive gained 10 years’ experience in advisory work for Languages, and was recognised nationally as an effective, charismatic trainer on Modern Languages.


Since 2012 Clive has been an independent consultant, supporting schools in a variety of situations, including academies, and in a variety of local authorities. He is a practising school inspector.


Clive has particular expertise in:-

• Capacity building, training, coaching and support for SLT and middle leaders in

leadership, self-evaluation, school improvement planning, lesson observation, work scrutiny, the interpretation and use of data, learning walks, department reviews, Ofsted and preparation for inspection;

• Working closely with senior and middle-leaders to enhance their performance, especially the quality and rigour of line management, monitoring and evaluation, quality assurance and development planning;

• Intensive specialist support for schools in difficulty or in Ofsted categories, including ‘requires improvement’ schools;

• Pre-Ofsted health-checks and post-inspection follow-up, including action planning and monitoring; pre-Ofsted preparation for staff;

• Supported self-review / audit of provision for most aspects of provision;

• Monitoring the effectiveness of school improvement plans;

• Monitoring the effectiveness of interventions to raise standards;

• Assisting staff to judge lessons and the quality of teaching accurately;

• Training and support for Governors in their school improvement role and analysis of data;

• Support in evaluating and developing Modern Languages provision.

Graeme Hollinshead - School Improvement Partner

Graeme Hollinshead retired in 2008 as Headteacher of Grange School, a town centre 11-16 comprehensive school in the centre of Oldham.  The school was a Visual Arts College, had a second specialism in Languages, gained Leading Edge status and was a Consultant school for SSAT with one of the highest KS2-KS4 contextual value added scores in the country.


His role also included that of Chief Executive of the Central Oldham Federation from 2003-2006, a DCSF-funded federation including Grange and four primary schools. He was member of the DfES Federation Advisory Group during the same period.


His impact as a Headteacher and the success he brought to his school was recognised by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust in 2007 when they invited him to become a Consultant Headteacher. He also became an accredited School Improvement Partner working in Manchester secondary schools and following his retirement in 2008, Graeme continued to work for the SSAT and Manchester LA.


During this period Graeme was responsible at the SSAT for allocating other consultant headteachers to support over 120 underachieving schools identified by the DFE schools across the country and he personally supported 15 schools to come out of an OFSTED category and/or improve their OFSTED grade.  An executive report prepared by SSAT to the DFE in April 2010 indicated the success - ‘of the 63 schools that started the programme in an Ofsted category, 53 (84%) were now out of a category’.


Graeme always received good feedback from Headteachers at schools where he was a consultant and two examples are : ‘Graeme was very supportive in all that he has done with us. He has kept us up to date with what we need to be on top of and was always ready to offer advice or ideas on how others had approached some of the problems we faced.’ (Secondary School in Croydon)


‘The regular visits were a welcome source of support and encouragement. Relevant, non judgemental advice was given that helped the school focus on raising attainment’ (Secondary school in North East)


Graeme also has considerable experience as a Consultant Headteacher working with good and outstanding schools on the Leading Edge Programme.


Since 2011, Graeme has been contracted as an associate advisor/quality assurance professional for Manchester, Harrow, Slough, Croydon and Cambridgeshire LAs working with Headteachers and senior and middle leadership teams in primary and secondary schools.


Graeme is fully conversant with judging schools using the OFSTED framework his quality assurance reports have always been held in high regard by both the school and where appropriate, the relevant local authority.


He has led teaching and learning reviews; reviewed and evaluated the robustness of a school’s self evaluation and quality assurance systems, supported schools preparing for OFSTED; worked with senior teams on the strategic use of data and the robustness of target setting and monitoring and tracking of pupil progress and supported senior leadership teams and appointments.


He has considerable experience in Headteacher performance management in both primary and secondary schools.


To conclude, he has supported several senior leadership teams on a range of school improvement strategies using a variety of materials and has worked closely in the mentoring of new headteachers. 1 2


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