In order to ensure the best outcome for each and every pupil in our care, and to support our staff to be the best that they can be we draw on the knowledge and experience of a broad range of educational experts.

External experts

We work with some of the education sector’s most experienced names to deliver unrivalled support and training, not only to LAAT staff but also to staff from other schools in our area.

Christine Counsell

Christine has worked nationally and internationally, as consultant, trainer and speaker, working with policy-makers, teachers, leaders and scholars. She has specialised in the teaching of history in post-conflict zones, particularly in Cyprus and Lebanon. Christine regularly advises the DfE and Ofsted, including in 2016 serving on the DfE Workload Solutions group, from 2017-19 on the Ofsted Curriculum Advisory Group that developed the current inspection framework, and subsequently delivering curriculum training for HMI. Christine has published and edited many textbooks, academic books and articles on curriculum.

Adrian Gray

Adrian is a creative and original thinker with an interest in using evidence to deepen knowledge and understanding of what works in education and inspection. Adrian has over 13 years of inspection experience with Ofsted where he worked as a Schools Inspector, then as senior manager responsible for developing school inspection policy and guidance nationally, and most recently led on the evaluation of inspection performance across all of Ofsted’s remits and national analysis informing the Annual Report and survey publications. Adrian was on the Executive Committee of ‘The Standing International Conference of Inspectorates’ and has written the definitive history of school inspection in Europe. He currently advises schools in several local authorities and works with individual multi-academy trusts as well as with the National College and other training providers.

Bennie Kara

Bennie speaks, writes and trains on diversity in the curriculum. Alongside supporting schools to diversify their curriculum, she is the author of ‘A Little Guide for Teachers: Diversity in Schools’ (Sage Education). She has written on the subject of diversity for publications such as Schools Week and the Chartered College of Teaching’s Education Exchange. She has featured as a keynote speaker for @DiverseEd2020 and the Team English National Conference. She has consulted on diversity in the English GCSE and A-Level Curriculum for OCR. Her second book, ‘Diversity in the Curriculum’ is due for release in 2022.

Sue Arnold

Sue is a dedicated educationalist with a strong desire to help ensure the most vulnerable pupils receive the best life chances. This motivation has led to a varied career in education, with over 30 years of practical experience backed up with ongoing theoretical study, including the completion of an MEd in 20184 which had a focus on the impact of interventions outside the classroom. She is currently working as a coach supporting 9 schools and headteachers to help improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. As part of her work, Sue has led 5 schools in a detailed review of their TAs through a MITA project in 2013-15 and gone on to write extensive training materials for schools to develop their TA workforce which have been published online. Further work with UCL and the London Leadership Strategy in 2017-18 led to a further 6 school reviews for MITA. Pupil Premium Review training was also completed in 2018 and a number of reviews have been undertaken in a variety of schools.

In her career to date Sue has experience of; leading subjects and literacy across the curriculum in secondary schools; teaching and supporting pupils unable to cope in mainstream secondary education; working with children with low literacy levels in primary schools; supporting governing bodies in schools placed in RI or special measures. With her commitment to ongoing professional development, Sue’s current work in coaching and supporting schools is underpinned by her extensive theoretical understanding of education alongside her wealth of practical experience.



Internal experts

Within our Trust we are lucky enough to have a number of Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) , these are outstanding middle and senior leaders who have the skills to support individuals or teams in similar positions in other schools. Each has a particular area of expertise (such as a subject area, early years, behaviour or school business management) and a successful track record of school improvement. SLEs support leaders in other schools. They have excellent interpersonal skills, are able to work sensitively and collaboratively with others and have a commitment to outreach work. They understand what outstanding leadership practice in their area of specialism looks like and can help other leaders to achieve it in their own context. 

Jayne Carter

Jayne has over 25 years’ experience as an educational consultant working across a diverse variety of schools and settings, both locally and nationally. She is also a qualified Elklan speech and language trainer as well as an author for Oxford University Press and an award-winning writer for Nexus Education.

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