Paul Burnett was Corporate Director for Children and Young People in Northamptonshire County Council from 2007 until 2011.
He began his career as a secondary school teacher in Northamptonshire holding a variety of roles including pastoral, staff development and special educational needs support posts. His local government career began with East Sussex County Council where he held a variety of posts covering in-service training, special educational needs, resources, strategic planning and support services as well as spending a period in the Executive Office. From 1997 he was Assistant Director in the new unitary authority in Brighton and Hove. Initially responsible for Parent and Pupil Services he took a lead role in the strategic planning for Children’s Services and the creation of the Children, Families and Schools directorate that drew together education and children’s social services. Between 2003 and 2007 he worked in the London Borough of Greenwich first as Director of Education and subsequently as Director of Children’s Services.
Paul has sat on a number of national groups focusing on provision for children in public care.
Her success within Foundation Phase led to Rebecca being called upon by Wrexham LA to offer advice and support to other schools in the county. She presented at conferences and shared her expertise with both existing teachers and those training to be teachers at Glyndwr University. In 2014 Rebecca gained the National Professional Qualification for Headship following a gruelling exam and interview which she describes as “just like being on BBCs The Apprentice!!”
Rebecca has undertaken consultancy work for the company INCERTs which strives for excellence in assessment. As an Ambassador for the British Council she has travelled to Berlin, Swansea and York to share good practice with teachers from across Europe. In 2014-2015 Rebecca undertook work for the Welsh Government, supporting Newly Qualified Teachers in their Induction across North Wales.
Rebecca is often asked why she hasn’t moved on from Ysgol Heulfan: “The simple answer is I enjoy my job too much to leave! I work with some fabulous people and the children are wonderful. At Heulfan we keep abreast (and sometimes ahead of) the latest initiatives within education and as a Senior Leadership Team we are strong enough to embrace these new ways for the benefit of all. There’s never a dull day, I’m happy and have a great work-life balance.”
From 1989-1990 Teresa was seconded to Belfast Education and Library Board to support Special schools with the new NI Curriculum. These 2 years out of school (no doubt for good behaviour) were a wonderful insight into teaching and learning in an environment which was a new experience for her.
Teresa further enhanced her professional development by completing a PQH and was fortunate to be appointed as VP of St Rose’s Dominican College, then Principal where her school was the first Post Primary school in Belfast to be awarded the IQM. This award was a tribute to the wonderful work of all the staff. The school also held the prestigious Charter Mark and Investors in People.
Teresa successfully applied for European Peace money of over £250,000 for both parent and student projects ensuring that special needs students were a high priority for support. Additional funding also came from the Big Lottery, American Philanthropists and the Dept for Social Development which enabled a very successful link with Invest NI.
After a busy professional career Teresa retired in 2013 to take life a little easier. This definitely gives time for some lunching but Teresa is not a lady to rest on her laurels. She works part time at BMC in their Inclusive Learning Department mentoring students, is on the Board of Governors of a post primary school and works with a charity Families First.
This is a snapshot of a lifestyle still dedicated to the most vulnerable of young people but an enjoyable time of life with plenty of socialising, travelling, learning new skills not forgetting a ‘wee’ bit of pampering!
I worked with the LB Brent ‘Building Schools for the Future’ which was very close to success when the programme was withdrawn in 2010. However, the work was not in vain as another Head and I took one of the key aspects of the bid and put the plan into action. We devised a transition programme between a special school and a mainstream school where pupils at the end of KS3 from Woodfield transfer as a group to the additionally resourced provision at Alperton Community School for KS4 and then move onto KS5. This programme has worked successfully since 2012 when the first cohort moved to mainstream.
In 2013 Woodfield became a Teaching School with the aim to raise standards for all children in Brent through training teachers and non teachers to be experts in SEND. All trainees have a school experience in a special school and all NQTS have a balanced induction programme of SEN and mainstream pedagogy.
In 2014, Woodfield converted to academy status to ensure that the curriculum would continue to meet the needs of pupils and in 2016, I worked with two HT colleagues to submit an application for a free school ‘The Avenue’ to enable Brent parents to have more choice for their children and to increase capacity of the existing special schools. This was approved in July 2016.
As a development partner, Andrea can work with established schools or start-ups, with trusts, academy groups and education providers, to deliver successful and effective change management and improved outcomes for children at all levels of ability and need.
Andrea is an accredited Visible Learning Plus Consultant (Cognition Education), a Consultant Principal for Kunskapsskolan Education (UK) and an IQM (Inclusion Quality Mark) Assessor.
Jo is the Head of School at Fairchildes Primary, an outstanding school in New Addington, Croydon. She has worked at the school for the last 26 years, working her way up from NQT to Head and has had many coordinator roles within that time including SENCO and Inclusion Manager. Jo believes that the success of Fairchildes is based in its Inclusion. “No child is left behind!” was a quote from the last OFSTED report. Fairchildes has had three successful Inclusion Quality Mark Flagship reviews which have helped the school to focus on its provision for gifted and talented, its role in the community and its pastoral care.
Jo enjoys music and runs a large choir for junior pupils at her school, as well as a smaller choir for staff. When Jo is not at school she enjoys playing the steel pans as part of the Croydon Steel Orchestra.
I have been a teacher for over 30 years and have enjoyed working in a range of primary schools and across all the age groups.
My most recent role in school was as the Head teacher of a successful and forward thinking primary school in Northampton. During my twelve years of headship, I introduced the Inclusion Quality Mark and was so proud that we achieved Flagship Status twice, most recently in 2017.
I am passionate about sharing good practice and recognising positive school development. I feel very privileged to be able to do this as an assessor for IQM.
I chose to retire from school in August 2017 and enjoy making the most of travel opportunities out of term time! With my husband retired, and our grownup children living in Switzerland and Holland, I feel very fortunate to have time to visit them, while continuing my passion for education.
I was headteacher of an Ofsted ‘outstanding ‘primary school for 15 years and during this time gave support to staff in other schools wishing to develop their vision and effectiveness. I led training sessions for other professionals and particularly enjoyed sharing expertise and success stories. I first became involved with IQM in 2004 when my school became one of the first 4 schools in Hertfordshire and one of the first 12 schools nationally to achieve the award. I am passionate about the inclusion of all pupils but especially the most vulnerable who often need a great deal of specialised support to achieve their potential. As a classroom teacher I taught across Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 with a special interest in the arts and in particular dance and drama. Earlier in my career I studied for and achieved a post graduate Advanced Diploma in Arts Education at De Montford University.
I have been an Associate Headteacher for a primary school preparing for inspection and was proud to be part of that school’s journey from ‘requiring improvement’ to ‘good’.
I am a school governor chairing the Teaching and Learning Committee with special responsibility for the monitoring of the inclusion and progress made by pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium funding. I also serve on the Safeguarding Committee.
For me preparation for the IQM award incorporates the essential elements of great schools determined to focus on the needs of every pupil. Involvement in IQM assessments continues to be a highly valued experience and it has been an honour to visit so many incredibly inclusive schools.
Ralph retired from teaching after thirty-nine years service. He started and finished his career in the London Borough of Enfield. He became a deputy in Upshire Primary School in 1990 and later became the headteacher there. He then became head of Honilands Primary School in 2007 and retired in 2017.
He saw the school through many changes and helped raise it from Requiring Improvement to Good. He oversaw the transition from a two-form entry school to three forms of entry. Honilands has a high level of deprivation and Ralph believes that children should be given as many opportunities as possible to succeed in life. The children are divided into three ‘families’ (one class from each year group) and each is led by a family leader. Each family has its own playground and area within the school. The parents like it as it makes the school appear to be smaller. Honilands welcomes many visitors to see its IQM Flagship school. It operates a fully inclusive ‘College’ for its KS2 students every Wednesday afternoon. Parents are invited to see their children graduate at the end of each half term.
As the college was so successful we created a parents’ college and each term we hold a graduation evening when children are invited to see their parents succeed.
Ralph now lectures for the Forest Independent Primary Collegiate running their Professional Studies Course. He mentors School’s Direct trainees and is delighted to support new teachers at the outset of the careers.
Pat has 40 years’ experience in the teaching profession across schools in London. She has been Headteacher of an outstanding Primary school for the past 14 years, having previously been a Deputy Headteacher and SenCo for 10 years. She is proud of the inclusive ethos of her school, which is underpinned by values education. The school achieved IQM Flagship Status in 2014. It is also the lead school in a Teaching School Alliance, which includes a school for children with autism. The Teaching School trains new teachers and leads a range of CPD.
Pat is a National Leader of Education, with a proven record of supporting schools across London, helping them to secure improvement. She also shares the role of London Pupil Premium Champion, with a fellow Headteacher. Together they carry out Pupil Premium reviews, deliver training on best practice in Pupil Premium and train Pupil Premium Reviewers from across the country.
Kevin O’Neill is Principal of St. Colman’s Primary School and All Saints Nursery Unit which gained the prestigious IQM Flagship Award in 2017. Over a 16 year career Kevin has worked in schools in Manchester, Belfast, Dubai, Auckland (N.Z.), Leeds and since 2013 in Annaclone, Northern Ireland.
Kevin is a current ETI Schools Associate Inspector in Northern Ireland and holds a Masters in Catholic Schools Leadership. Kevin is an eTwinning Ambassador for the British Council and remains heavily involved in ERASMUS+ and connecting international schools through Global Learning projects. Kevin is also married to Sinead and has two young children Katie and Eabha.
I am an Inclusion Manager and SENCo at Whitefield Primary School in Liverpool. Whitefield Primary is a highly inclusive school which gained status as an IQM Flagship school in 2016. Whitefield Primary was also judged to be ‘Outstanding’ in all areas following an Ofsted inspection in 2017. I have always been passionate about working with children with special educational needs and finding innovative ways to ensure they reach their best possible outcomes. After starting out as a mainstream teacher, I soon moved to teach in a specialist resource base for pupils with speech, language and communication needs and became SENCo. I started working at Whitefield Primary in 2011 and have enjoyed working with pupils from very diverse backgrounds and a wide range of additional needs. It is also wonderful to work with staff who truly understand the needs of the children and are always willing to try any alternative arrangement that may make the difference. No child is left without the support they need to flourish and the person-centred, holistic approaches ensure that the school motto of ‘Nothing But the Best’ is truly realised.’