The CTC Team

CTC Training & Consultancy provide exciting training opportunities for teachers, engaging learning opportunities for students and support for schools.

We are a company with a growing reputation for excellent customer service, first-class events and value-for-money. We believe that education and training is about much more than numbers and processes. It is about people. This belief likely drives you in your day-to-day work and it is what drives and guides us in everything we do.

CTC has been in existence for two years now. It was formed to help schools to achieve their goals and to help teachers working in a very demanding system. We received very positive feedback from teachers and our interventions in schools contributed to some very impressive results, especially in the core subjects. We appreciate all suggestions made in our first years by our customers. CTC’s main focus as a company is to listen to our customers, to serve and support them. We are confident that you as a professional, allied with our expert trainers and consultants, will prove to be a formidable team able to provide the outcomes our young people deserve.

Leadership Team

Steve Newlands

Managing Director

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Steve is an experienced teacher, Senior Examiner, trainer & consultant; he has served as a Head of Faculty twice, the first being in the largest ‘fresh start’ school in the country, and as a Head of Year.

He has held all of these posts in large, urban comprehensive schools in Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Leicester and London. Steve has vast experience of working with teachers and students as a teacher, as an LEA Adviser and more recently as an Improvement Director for a large, nationwide Academy Chain.

Recently, he has worked as an Education Adviser on several International projects. He is the co-author of the West African Literature Study Guides series, funded by The Ford Foundation, and has delivered CPD for teachers and students across West Africa in support of an educational charity.

Steve continues to work in schools on a daily basis. He is the founding Director of CTC Training & Consultancy and is a graduate of The University of Birmingham.

Yvonne Blake

DIRECTOR OF POLICY & STRATEGY

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Yvonne has been a teacher of English at both GCSE and ‘A’ Level for over 35 years, including time as a Head of English working in England & in International Schools. She has been an Examiner for GCSE English Language & Literature for over 20 years and was a Senior Examiner for 15 years.

Recently, Yvonne has been the Assistant Principal Examiner for GCSE English Literature for a major examination board in the UK. She has appeared at Poetry Live ©Conferences and has presented many sessions for students and teachers. In addition to this, Yvonne has co-authored a series of West African Literature Study Guides and has provided CPD on their use across West Africa to students and teachers.

Andrew Benjamin

DIRECTOR OF SALES & COMMISSIONING

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Andrew has worked in the education and the corporate sector, with over ten years’ experience in the leisure and services industry. His key focus was to provide excellent service to his clients and look after them ensuring that the service and products they had requested were delivered to them at the highest possible standards; he won national awards for his service in previous roles.

At the Assessment Box Andrew is responsible for designing the right package for your assessment needs and ensuring that it is delivered to the highest possible standards. Andrew excels in client service and will always go above and beyond to ensure that schools and academies are happy.

As a practising teacher of English, part time at a local college, he understands the education sector and the pressures and requirements that those that work in education face on a day-to-day basis. He has also worked successfully on a traineeship scheme in partnership with Derby County Football Club and Toyota, helping many learners in his local community progress with their English and Maths.

He loves the outdoors, cycling or long walks with his three dogs in the Derbyshire countryside and visiting heritage sites in the UK. He has a degree in History & Archaeology from the University of Leicester, has a keen passion for travel, recently visiting the Egyptian Pyramids, the Mayan ruins in Mexico and taking part in an around the world tour in 40 days, taking in Canada, Austalia and Asia.

Fiona Jeffreys

DIRECTOR OF RESOURCES & FINANCE

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Fiona enjoyed a career of 37 years in the Civil Service working with the public and helping engage and support many hard-to-reach groups. After this she went on to work in the field of Further Education, support many of those who have faced significant barriers to accessing education.

Fiona is an expert in the field of employment practices and is passionate about finding the right talent to help the business grow and supporting the learners we work with. In her spare time Fiona is a passionate follower and player of tennis.

Vincenzo De Salvo

HEAD OF SPECIALIST MFL INTERVENTION SERVICES

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incenzo has been a teacher of French, Italian and Spanish for the past ten years. Throughout his career, he has mentored ITT students and NQTS and has held responsibility as Second in Languages in his last post. Vincenzo has been an examiner for Italian GCSE and A-Level for a major examination board and has worked as language consultant on several projects for Harper Collins Publishers.

Vincenzo is an outstanding classroom practitioner and his main strength is that, as a linguist, he knows where students struggle and is able to provide the necessary support and skills to help pupils develop self-confidence and resilience.

Vincenzo has also worked on the production and marking of French and Spanish GCSE-style exam papers, as well as Key Stage 3 assessments, for our client schools, and his reports on how to improve teaching practice and exam preparation have been highly commended.

English Consultants

Dr. Peter Buckroyd

English Consultant

DrBuckroyd is one of the country’s leading assessment experts in the field of Secondary English. Having been an examiner for nearly forty years, including Chief Examiner at A-level English/ Literature for over 20 years and Chief Examiner for GCSE English for 26 years, he has unparalleled experience.

Most recently he has served as Chief Examiner of AQA GCSE English, Specification A. He is the author of numerous publications, including the Heinemann series for the new AQA GCSE English Language Specifications. Peter now focuses on delivering training for teachers and combines this with his role as a professor at The University of Washington. He is a regular contributor to Poetry Live © shows around the country.

Peter is known and respected for his realistic, down-to-earth approach to teaching and learning.

Tonita Salmon

English Consultant

Tonita is an independent Education Trainer, QTS Assessor, Professional Mentor, AQA Examiner (GCE English Language) and Lead Practitioner in English. Her work encompasses cross-curricular CPD, teacher training and the implementation of teaching and learning initiatives within English departments to secure high levels of student progress. When delivering training courses, Tonita draws upon her seventeen years’ experience in the education sector as a teacher, Head of English department, Advanced Skills Teacher and Secondary English Advisor.

Tonita believes that ‘one size’ CPD does not fit all. For lasting impact, she aims to deliver training courses that are targeted, evidence-based and collaborative with a view to being sustained and evaluated long term. She is also of the belief that high-calibre content and delivery of CPD courses are of equal importance. Tonita brings training sessions alive with an enthusiastic, honest and practical approach. She is passionate about health and wellbeing; she regularly attends a local tennis, squash and leisure club. Eating a nutritious diet is of great importance to her – she enjoys getting creative in the kitchen and has a particular interest in raw vegan food. In addition to this, Tonita enjoys public speaking and is a member of Toastmasters International. She also works as a shift manager for Coventry Open Christmas homeless shelter during the festive period.

Tim Hayden

English Consultant

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im has over 33 years of experience in Education. 25 years of which were spent in Secondary schools. He has been Head of English and an English Adviser for an LEA and more recently on a national school improvement project in Wales. He has experience of working for a number of examination boards and has worked for AQA and Edexcel as a senior examiner and moderator.

Tim has been successful in providing support to Heads of Faculty and English teachers in departments where the school is in special measures or requires improvement. He is able to identify strategies for departmental improvement and to develop high-impact action plans, including analysis of data to identify department priorities for improvement. He also is involved in providing teaching support to targeted groups.

He is currently providing CPD to colleagues in how best to deliver the new English Language and Literature specifications, with a focus on the requirements of each question and how to support students to move from grade 4 to grade 5 and what students need to do to achieve grade 8 and 9.

Tim also offers ‘masterclasses’ to targeted groups of students in preparation for mock examinations and the final examination, focusing on strategies to respond to questions successfully.

Neil Stanley

English Consultant

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a career spanning 25 years, Neil has worked in schools in inner London and deprived coastal towns. A former adviser for London Challenge, Neil designed and delivered targeted intervention programmes that led to sharp and sustained gains; schools' 'good' GCSE pass rates typically improved by 15%. Having previously spent 3 Years as an Ofsted inspector, including leading inspections, Neil can quickly identify a school's strengths and areas for improvement. Neil has worked as an interim subject leader and is able to motivate teams of teachers through his inspirational leadership.

Neil is currently Head of English and Literacy at a leading dyslexia specialist school. He has demonstrated how quality literacy teaching can transform the life-chances of children who have been failed by mainstream education.

Marvin Walters

English Consultant

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arvin is a forward-thinking, driven leader of English and is currently an Improvement Director for a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT). Having completed a BA(Hons) in joint English Literature and History, he spent one year living and teaching in Madrid before returning to the UK to begin his teaching career. In a space of five years, Marvin has progressed from NQT to becoming a successful Head of English, Drama Studies, Media Studies and Modern Foreign Languages. In his current post he also has responsibilities for mathematics and improving ‘Learning and Teaching’ across the Academy.

Marvin has a proven record of improving results in his subject areas. In his previous post, he helped to raise attainment in English (A*-C) from 57% to 74% in just two years, which was highly commended by Ofsted. He has worked on pupil-premium achievement strategies as well as working closely with exam boards on developing the curriculum for the new 9-1 specification. He is an outstanding classroom practitioner.

Marvin is an avid reader, has a passion for films and enjoys travelling in his spare time.

Neill Ford

English Consultant

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eill is a highly experienced and successful teacher of English and Media Studies (at GCSE and A Level) with over 15 years of classroom experience. He is an innovative and reflective classroom practitioner and has an exceptional record of helping students exceed their potential grades at all levels. He has held a variety of posts, including Head of Faculty and Lead teacher with responsibility for pupil progress. He has expertise as a coach and has mentored ITT students and NQTs. He is committed to a positive and inclusive approach to teaching and learning. He has delivered CPD for teachers and students. He currently works in schools as a teacher and as a consultant encouraging self-reliance, confidence and motivation in his sessions.

Neill enjoys running, martial arts and music. He is an avid reader and has a keen interest in educational development.

Helen Rees-Bidder

English Consultant

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elen Rees-Bidder studied English Literature and Education at Homerton College, Cambridge and was a teacher for twenty-seven years. She is currently an Educational Consultant, working with a number of schools in the UK advising English departments. Helen is also a highly experienced assessor across a range of specifications. Her current posts include Principal Examiner of GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.

Helen trains teachers, both in the UK and internationally, and develops assessment materials and online resources for teachers. She was extensively involved in the development of the new 9-1 specifications in GCSE English Literature and GCSE English Language.

Liz McCabe

English Consultant

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iz has worked in the education sector for 12 years. She has spent time as Curriculum and Assessment co-ordinator for English, as well as Head of Faculty for Drama.

During her time as a classroom teacher, she specialised in creating and implementing schemes of work for GCSE and A- level and in targeted intervention with under-achieving students. Her results were always well above the national average and she also successfully mentored and coached many ITT students within the faculty.

Liz has been an examiner and moderator for various exam boards for 11 years, including AQA and Eduqas and has recently enjoyed working as an examiner for NFER.

As well as English consultancy and masterclasses, Liz still teaches part time for a UK based online learning platform and also provides targeted intervention for underachieving GCSE and A-level students in a local high school.

She firmly believes that all young people, regardless of their ability and background, can achieve and grow in an environment where they feel safe and valued and uses her extensive knowledge and experience to help them work towards their highest potential.

Liz enjoys reading, films, travelling and baking and volunteers as a Drama coach and stage-hand for Lipa 4:19 when time allows!

Maths Consultants

Dr. Yvonne Birch

Maths Consultant

DrYvonne Birch has worked at all levels of education for over 30 years, as a classroom teacher, Examiner, Head of maths in 2 schools, Deputy Head, Principal, Consultant and London Challenge Adviser. She has delivered a wide range of CPD courses and keynotes in this country and abroad for teachers, Heads of faculty and Headteachers. Throughout her career she has worked predominantly in state schools facing challenging circumstances but more recently home-schooled one of her daughters through year 9 and spent another year as a maths teacher in the independent sector to get an even wider perspective on educational provision. She has a PhD in education from Cambridge University.

Yvonne has an exceptional track record of helping young people, departments and schools to reach their goals. She continues to develop a wide range of classroom resources including videos, internet-based materials for independent learning and good old fashioned board games and puzzles to engage young people in revision and practice for exams and to reinforce the spiral curriculum. She has a profound interest and enthusiasm for teaching and learning in general and mathematics education in particular.

Moncef Fakhfakh

Maths Consultant

Moncef has an excellent record as a Maths teacher and as a school leader. He has taught the subject to all abilities and ages ranges from Year 5 up to and including A-Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics. Moncef has vast experience experience of teaching at this level and preparing students for further studies in Mathematics and Mathematics-related subjects at all the top Universities in the world. He was recognised as a Lead Mathematics Teacher for the City of Leeds from 2001 to 2006 and as a National Lead Practitioner for SSAT from 2008 to 2010. During this time, he supported many schools with their delivery of Mathematics and their preparation of their students for public examinations. An accomplished linguist, Moncef is fluent in four languages and can speak competently and confidently in three others.

Moncef is the very proud father of three children and the very fortunate to be married to a fantastic lady who also happens to be the most outstanding Mathematics teacher he has ever met! When not teaching Maths, he is a very keen sportsman and for his sins a very big Leeds United Fan!

Olimi Obonyo

Maths Consultant

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limi is an inspirational and well organised former Head of Maths at a school in North West London. Upon completing a BSc in Economics and Mathematics at the University of Leeds he returned to London and went on to complete a PGCE in Secondary Mathematics from South Bank University.

Olimi’s primary strength is creating strong and positive relationships with those around him and inspiring students to see the best in themselves and value hard work as a means of achieving one’s goals. Through his own hard work and determination at just 24 years old he went on to become one of the youngest Heads of Maths in the country. Now with a wealth of experience in the role he has taken an underperforming department into a department achieving well above national average in just two years.

Not only does he have a head for numbers but he began as a drama teacher and is a passionate filmmaker and actor, having worked on and written a number of short films, documentaries and web-series. Through these extracurricular hobbies and interests he really brings his maths lessons to life.

Phil Kurinczuk

Maths Consultant

Philip is a highly qualified, enthusiastic and successful teacher of mathematics, and has held a variety of posts in five secondary schools, including Head of Mathematics, Advanced Skills Teacher (AST), and Vice Principal (Teaching and Learning) of a large Upper School and Community College.

Philip is a Chartered Mathematician and has taught the whole ability range up to A level Further Mathematics and University Entrance, his teaching consistently being judged as ‘Outstanding’ by OfSTED. Philip has run in-service training courses for teachers, and worked with all of his local universities for Initial Teacher Training.

Alison Footman

Maths Consultant

Alison has worked as a Senior Mathematics and school improvement consultant since September 2009, having previously taught in schools in challenging circumstances. She has worked with Headteachers, senior teams, HODs, teachers and pupils in a range of schools across England. Alison’s strengths lie in her flexibility of approach and her ability to strategically plan and improve practice to maximise pupil outcomes. She has also been an Ofsted inspector.

Alison’s specialist curriculum area is mathematics. The areas of support Alison offers include developing teaching and learning across the curriculum, leadership and management of mathematics, tracking pupil progress, teaching mathematics and behaviour management.

SEND Consultants

Ann Clucas

SEND Consultant

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nn Clucas has been a teacher and youth worker for nearly forty years. Her areas of expertise are Religious Education, Special Educational Needs and positive behaviour management. Ann has been a Head of Department, a SENCo and a member of an Early Intervention team as well as teaching in a Pupil Referral Unit and a Social Services Education Unit.

Alongside this she has written resources for OUP and recently published a book called, ‘How to Teach Everybody’ – a guide to simple strategies to enable effective differentiation.

Ann enjoys delivering training full of practical strategies which also enables participants to develop their knowledge and understanding. This means participants  can return to their classrooms refreshed and motivated with new ideas about how to improve the learning of their pupils.

In her spare time, Ann enjoys volunteering regularly as a youth and children’s worker as well as spending time with her family, reading, sewing and playing the piano.

Science Consultants

Karen Collins

Science Consultant

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aren Collins is an experienced teacher of science for 11-18 year olds; including GCSE Triple Science and A-level Biology and Chemistry. She has 20 years science teaching experience, including 10 years as an Assistant Head Teacher. Devised and delivered training to large groups of teachers and school leaders through work with PiXL and school CPD programme.

Detailed knowledge of training principles and processes within the educational environment. Proven interpersonal skills and the ability to develop and maintain close working relationships with fellow practitioners and stakeholders. Excellent written and oral communication skills exemplified by a level 7 academic background with distinction, and the delivery of training in venues such as Central Hall (Westminster).

Robert Brooks

Science Consultant

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obert has been a Science teacher for 7 years in three schools. During this time, Robert has improved students' progress in GCSE Science, BTEC Applied Science and A Level Biology.

Robert has contributed extensively to resource writing and intervention sessions for CTC and the Assessment Box. Robert is currently an Associate Assistant Headteacher in a large Multi Academy Trust and is a Senior Examiner for a major awarding body.

Amanda Fleck

Science Consultant

Amanda Fleck is an Educational Consultant and part-time Science teacher based in South London. Amanda has two decades’ experience of teaching science from KS2 to KS5 and is a former Head of Department in two schools in and around the London area.

Much of her current consultancy role involves visiting science departments in England to provide support and advice on effective teaching strategies. Another of Amanda’s main roles coordinating the writing and production of science resources for an educational company. She is also a delivers CPD for a range of providers and has worked in a consultancy capacity for the BBC on the KS3 and GCSE Bitesize resources.

Andrew McAvoy

Science Consultant

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ndrew McAvoy has worked in education for 25 years as a teacher and as an educational researcher.

He graduated with a degree in Chemistry in 1986 and has taught chemistry, physics and maths in a range of schools including academies, grammar schools and comprehensive schools. This has also included leading several departments including chemistry, science and design technology as well as leading Initial Teacher Training and sitting on PGCE selection panels.

In 2007 he completed his MSc in Science Education and his research focussed on education policy and has included the following publications.

McAvoy, A. (2014). A Discourse On Broadband Technologies And Curriculum Access In Elective Home Learning. Journal of Un-schooling and Alternative Learning, 8(16), 18-33.

McAvoy, A. (2014). Broadband Technologies And Curriculum Access In Elective Home Learning. In P. Rothermel, International Perspectives on Home Education: do we still need schools? London: Palgrave Macmillan.

June Evans

Science Consultant

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une is a scientist with 16 years’ teaching experience; 9 years as head of a successful science department and 3 years as a private tutor, to both UK and international students. She is also a GCSE examiner for two major UK exam boards. Prior to becoming a teacher, June was a post-graduate researcher with The Oncology Research Group at Nottingham Trent University.

As Head of the Science Department, June strived to drive up standards in teaching and learning, improve pupil engagement and attitudes to learning, and developed effective monitoring and intervention strategies that were consistently applied by all science teachers in the department.

Phil Rolaston

Science Consultant

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hil is currently working part time at Greenshaw High School in Sutton, Surrey. He has over 20 years’ experience teaching Science from KS3 to KS5 including A level Biology, GCSE Biology/Combined Science and Level 2/3 BTEC Science. He was Head of Biology for several years in a Sixth Form College where he significantly improved A level Biology outcomes. Phil has led two large school science departments in the South East and has recently joined the PiXL Science Executive Group where he helps develop teaching resources for member schools.

Computer Science Consultants

Brian Lockwood

Computer Science Consultant

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rian has taught Computer Science and various aspects of IT for over 30 years. He is a subject expert in Computer Science for OCR and is a regular contributor to Computing at School. In addition, he is an examiner in A-Level Maths and Further Maths.

As Head of Faculty with responsibility for the IT Department he led his school to winning The National Award in whole-school IT. This success being based on his efforts in delivering IT facilities based up the way that teachers would like to use them.

Brian is very familiar with the challenges associated with the transfer to Computer Science from IT through his work with exam boards. He sees the educational benefits of giving young people the opportunity to code as well as using IT in many other aspects of the school curriculum.

In addition to working as a subject consult for Computer Science Brian teaches Maths part time, delivers training in Python for a commercial training organisation, writes programs and  works as a freelance systems administrator for Linux based systems.

In addition, he is a beekeeper, and has aspirations to eventually finish restoring several classic motorcycles.

John Insley

Computer Science Consultant

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y name is John Insley and I graduated from Aston University with a degree in Computer Science and Business. I qualified as an ICT teacher in 2008 and became a head of department in 2009. I then moved to become Head of Directorate including ICT / Computing / Business Studies.

I became a Computing at School Master Teacher Level 2 in 2014 and have been Lead School Status by Computing at School In addition to this my school was also awarded Network of Excellence lead school for Computer Science teaching.

Stuart Davison

Computer Science Consultant

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tuart has been teaching ICT and computer science in Secondary schools since 2004. He has been Head of Department and is currently a Lead Practitioner of Computing at a school in Wolverhampton.

Previously Stuart lead a PGCE Secondary computer science course for a number of years and has been an active member of the subject association Computing at School, becoming a Master Teacher running training for teachers and later helping to run the CAS Regional Centre for the West Midlands.

Geography Consultants

Scott Goldstein

Geography Consultant

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cott is an extremely experienced GCSE and A-Level geography teacher.  He has successfully run geography departments in two outstanding academies, with his most recent department ranked in the top 5% of the country.

Scott is currently a geography consultant for one of the largest multi-academy trusts in the country and is responsible for rapidly improving departments, training teachers and providing exam-focused workshops and interventions for students across a large number of schools.

On top of his teaching career, Scott is an experienced AQA geography examiner. He has marked Paper 1, 2 and 3 and can offer a range of tips for the entirety of the course.

Outside of teaching, Scott is an avid sports fan and plays tennis for his local club.  In recent months most of his time has been taken up by a new addition to his family!

Steve Johnson

Geography Consultant

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History Consultants

David Braniff

History Consultant

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avid graduated from Nottingham University with a degree in Economics and History and then completed his PGCE in Secondary Education specialising in History. He has been head of department at a successful secondary school for almost 15 years where GCSE and A Level History results have improved by 30% since he took the post.

His teaching style is thorough and precise, enhanced by his position as lead examiner for two of the UK’s major exam boards. His excellent subject knowledge, combined with his unparalleled experience as an examiner and fun teaching style, makes him a very popular teacher and an important addition to our team.

Mark Foley

History Consultant

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ark is an experienced and Ofsted 'Outstanding' history and politics teacher. A graduate in history, Mark is currently employed as Head of Politics at an Outstanding comprehensive school in Essex. Mark has created an extensive set of resources for the new Edexcel and AQA History GCSE 9-1 curriculum and the new Edexcel Politics A-level curriculum. Mark has a 100% pass rate with his GCSE and A-level classes and leads pre-examination intervention classes to ensure outstanding results.

Mark is also an experienced examiner, having worked for Edexcel as a Team Leader, examiner and moderator. Mark runs engaging and results-oriented CPD and intervention sessions for staff and students within his trust.

Ros Farrell

History Consultant

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os has over 20 years of experience as a classroom teacher, subject leader, trainer and Senior Examiner; recently appointed Assistant Principal Examiner. She has worked in large comprehensive schools in Yorkshire in some of the most socially deprived areas in the country.

Recently, Ros has been supporting schools seeking to improve the attainment of most able students as well as supporting staff making the difficult transition to the new specifications. She has wide experience of delivering CPD to teachers across the country both face-to face and online and is involved in the GCSE Feedback training available to teachers.

Tom Pattison

History Consultant

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trained as a History teacher at Cambridge University before embarking on a teaching career which is now in its tenth year. During that time I have worked in secondary schools as a subject leader for History and Government and Politics, a whole-school co-ordinator of SMSC and enrichment, and a lead practitioner for Teaching and Learning. My present role is Director of Humanities at a successful academy in Essex. I have a passion for developing strategies to both enrich the learning of students and enhance the capability of teachers to deliver practical and positive pedagogy.

MFL Consultants

Vincenzo de Salvo

MFL Consultant

Vincenzo has been a teacher of French, Italian and Spanish for the past ten years. Throughout his career, he has mentored ITT students and NQTS and has held responsibility as Second in Languages in his last post. Vincenzo has been an examiner for Italian GCSE and A-Level for a major examination board and has worked as language consultant on several projects for Harper Collins Publishers.

Vincenzo is an outstanding classroom practitioner and his main strength is that, as a linguist, he knows where students struggle and is able to provide the necessary support and skills to help pupils develop self-confidence and resilience. Vincenzo has also worked on the production and marking of French and Spanish GCSE-style exam papers, as well as Key Stage 3 assessments, for our client schools, and his reports on how to improve teaching practice and exam preparation have been highly commended.

Carina Balbo

MFL Consultant

Linguist and educationalist at heart, Carina’s love for languages led her to pursue a degree in Translation and in Teaching English as a Foreign Language at the National University of Córdoba, Argentina. She worked part-time as a freelance translator and full-time teaching English and English Literature, and worked at the University of Córdoba as an EAP and ESP Tutor. After moving to the UK, Carina gained an MA in Applied Linguistics & TESOL at the University of Leicester, with a dissertation on Bilingualism and Language Acquisition.

She then became a full-time translator, and started being involved in assessment. Carina is currently an IELTS examiner at Anglia Ruskin University, and a Spanish examiner for AQA, the International Baccalaureate, and Cambridge International Examinations. She is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors, and a Member of CIOL since 2007. In 2010, Carina became a Certified Localisation Professional (via TILP), was awarded an MA (Merit) in Management by the London Metropolitan University in 2012, and became a Chartered Linguist (Translator) (Education) in 2015.

Chris Lowe

MFL Consultant

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hris is an experienced MFL teacher, Head of Department, examiner, University tutor for PGCE students and trainer/consultant. He has served as Head of Department in three different schools, of varying sizes. His career started in a large comprehensive school in a coastal town in the South West before relocating to London where he has primarily worked in the Independent sector.

Whilst working as a middle leader, Chris has been involved with a range of in-house projects looking at a range of teaching and learning and staff development priorities and was one of the original members of that school’s teaching and learning group, a group which delivered CPD on INSET days. In addition to his in-school role, Chris has worked as an examiner for GCSE French and Spanish as well as A level French, something that has proven to be invaluable when considering the leadership of MFL in the schools that he has worked.

Furthermore, he has worked for two universities as a PGCE tutor, delivering in-school and out-of-school lectures and training sessions as well as conducting lesson observations for trainee teachers, one of these training programmes was with Teach First in London. Chris has also completed a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership with a focus on change management and values-based leadership.

R.E. Consultants

Craig Wright

R.E. Consultant

Craig graduated from the University of Manchester with first class honours degree in Theology. He went on to study Education at master’s Level at Durham University and continues to study towards the Doctor of Education award.

Craig is a teacher and Senior Leader in the North East of England. He has over five years experience as an examiner for two of the major exam boards and in a variety of subjects. As part of his role he leads Teaching & Learning across an Academy which is part of the highest performing Multi-Academy Trusts in the North.

Through both his role as a consultant, a senior leader and an examiner he has created assessment materials and mark schemes, marked a wide variety of exams and provided insightful feedback and next steps and devised engaging and informative revision programs for students. Craig believes deeply in the right for all children to succeed and supporting teachers and leaders to give students the best life chances.

Craig graduated from the University of Manchester with first class honours degree in Theology. He went on to study Education at master’s Level at Durham University and continues to study towards the Doctor of Education award.

Craig is a teacher and Senior Leader in the North East of England. He has over five years experience as an examiner for two of the major exam boards and in a variety of subjects. As part of his role he leads Teaching & Learning across an Academy which is part of the highest performing Multi-Academy Trusts in the North.

Through both his role as a consultant, a senior leader and an examiner he has created assessment materials and mark schemes, marked a wide variety of exams and provided insightful feedback and next steps and devised engaging and informative revision programs for students. Craig believes deeply in the right for all children to succeed and in supporting teachers and leaders to give students the best life chances.

Shauna Rose Pickering

R.E. Consultant

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hauna Rose graduated from St Marys University College, Belfast in 2004 and since then has been employed as a Religious Studies teacher in St Louis Grammar School in Ballymena.  During her fourteen years teaching Shauna Rose has taught GCSE and A Level Religious Studies through both the CCEA and AQA exam boards and has also examined external examinations at both levels.

She has been subject leader for the Religious Studies department in her school for the past nine years and has also had experience of being Head of Year, having been keen to enhance her pastoral experience.  Shauna Rose is always looking for new opportunities for her own Continuous Professional Development ensuring she keeps up to date with new initiatives in Education.  To date, this academic year, she has received her Microsoft Certified Educator Award, has been accredited as a Microsoft Specialist in OneNote, and is currently completing Level One TEEP training.

Citizenship Consultants

Anna Myatt

Citizenship Consultant

Anna has worked in a variety of secondary schools in London where she has had responsibility for a range of areas including Citizenship, PSHE, SMSC and Careers.

Her passion for Citizenship education stems from a deep rooted belief in the importance of teaching students about the workings of the democratic system and how they can become responsible and active citizens in their communities.

Anna has a range of experience in both teaching and leading Citizenship education across Key Stages 3 - 5 and has also taught GCSE and A Level Citizenship. In doing so she has gained experience of delivering Citizenship through a variety of different curriculum models including discrete lessons, collapsed timetable events and examination classes.

In her spare time Anna loves travelling and has just returned from a summer in Laos where she had the opportunity of delivering training to local teachers on topics such as growth mindset and behaviour for learning.