A group of experienced professionals who have come together to offer a range of programmes to support schools in developing collaborate partnerships
Julie Bowdidge has over 25 years’ experience in Education and Children Services, much of this in senior leadership roles, covering areas such as Leadership and Management, Strategic CPD & ICT, Support Services, Business Planning and Traded Services. This has included working with Headteachers and school leadership teams, unions and professional associations and external organisations such as the National College and TDA.
Helen Butler has worked in and around Kirklees for 24 years in Primary, Secondary and Special Schools. She was judged an "outstanding" teacher and SENCo by OFSTED. Helen was formerly the Kirklees Partnership Manager for the University of the First Age, a national educational charity. She managed the Extended Learning Service and is currently School Improvement Officer for Extended Learning, helping schools develop their Extended Services, including Parenting provision and a Varied Menu of Activities supporting school improvement.
Ann Likeman started her career in 1975 as a teacher and Progressed to leadership roles in secondary education. After joining a Local Authority in 1999 as a School Improvement Officer she was promoted in 2003 to Senior Improvement Manager, working successfully in all phases of education supporting headteachers and governing bodies in their school improvement strategy. Ann also specialised in workforce strategy and continuing professional development working closely with schools, regional and national organisations on workforce priorities.
Two very skilled professionals, each having over thirty years’ experience in the field of education. Noble and Brown offer the following support:
Improving Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) Development
Health Skills for Staff
Raising Boys Achievement
Expert support and guidance on the use of performance data
Colin Noble was previously:
- a senior adviser with the National Strategies’ Behaviour and Attendance
- national coordinator of the National Healthy Schools Programme
- an education adviser with Kirklees Local Authority
- Co-writer of four books on education
Jerry Brown was previously:
- a national expert on pupil performance data
- Head of Assessment and Performance to Kirklees Local Authority
- Co-writer of two books on education
Mark Colley - Independent Consultant
Mark Colley has over 20 years’ experience in education, working in a number of secondary schools holding whole school responsibilities and senior roles. He has worked within a number of local authorities involved in school improvement work across both the primary and secondary phases. Mark is an Ofsted inspector working in schools and children’s centres nationally and therefore has a strong knowledge of the inspection process. He has most recently been involved in work surrounding the proposed new Ofsted framework due for implementation in January 2012.
Mark also specialises in support surrounding schools self-evaluation, monitoring and quality assurance.
David Raven-Hill - Independent Consultant
David Raven-Hill is a former Head in two successful primary schools, he is a well respected educationalist who has taught in Sussex, Cambridgeshire, Cumbria and Kirklees and been judged "outstanding" by Ofsted. As a local authority School Improvement Officer and School Improvement Partner (SIP) he has extensive experience of supporting schools to improve outcomes for pupils.
David believes in inclusive education with equalities and human rights at the heart. He has a passion for leadership development, school cluster and partnership working and transformational change through whole school improvement.
He has led the development of community cohesion, Prevent, interfaith understanding and RE both locally and regionally. He set up and the partnership resulting in the nationally recognised award-winning Interfaith Kirklees (Schools), he sits on the national executive of the Association of RE Inspectors, Advisers and Consultants, and contributes to national strategy. He helped to develop an extensive school linking programme across the district and as a result has been commissioned to write national resources around critical literacy and controversial issues.
Dick Palfrey - Independent Consultant
Dick Palfrey began his career as a secondary Geography teacher in 11-18 schools and was Head of Geography for 17 years and an Advanced Skills Teacher for Geography & Environmental Education. Has taught Geography and Geology to Advanced Level, and is a consultant of the Geographical Association. Dick subsequently became a local authority subject leader for Geography & History, primary & secondary and had over 11 years’ experience in this role.
Dick specialise in Humanities Education, Global Citizenship, Outdoor Learning and Philosophy for Children. He is fully accredited by SAPERE (The Society for the Advancement of Philosophical Enquiry & Reflection in Education) to run bespoke Level I Philosophy for Children (P4C) courses that can be offered to staff and/or learners.
Joe Walsh - Independent Consultant
Joe Walsh has over 30 years’ experience in primary and secondary education, working in the key curriculum area of English. As a teacher of English and Head of English in schools for twenty years he taught across the age and ability range from 9 -19. During more than thirteen years as a Local Authority Officer and English Adviser, Joe supported primary and secondary schools in raising standards of literacy and developing creative approaches to the teaching of English for all children from 4 to 19. As a link adviser, Joe has provided advice, guidance and support to headteachers, teachers and governors in many primary and secondary schools in developing their policies and their practice. He also helped all of them to prepare for and undergo OfSTED inspections successfully.
Joe specialises in English and literacy and has always worked on developing innovative teaching and learning programmes which engage pupils and raise standards. He is currently Vice-Chair of the National Association for the Teaching of English.
Since being established in 1998, Sportmed has developed a national reputation for the excellence of its practice. Sportmed offers:
Sportmed also takes medico-legal and GP referrals.