TKAT Teaching School Alliance

Lead Professionals

Lead Professionals

Deploy a Specialist Leader into your Academy to work with a middle or senior leader to help them raise standards, improve their departments and outcomes for your students.



Avril Crane

Areas of Expertise:

  • Leading whole school training for Special Education Needs
  • Working with all subject staff to ensure effective deployment of support staff
  • Assessing areas of need and advising on appropriate action plans
  • Inclusion of highly vulnerable children
  • 2nd in charge of Safeguarding team
  • Designated Teacher for Looked After Children

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Briony Dixon

Areas of Expertise:

  • Teaching and Learning at Key Stage 1
  • Key Stage 1 English / Literacy
  • Phonics

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Laura Stevens

Areas of Expertise:

  • Leading whole school NQT induction
  • Subject area of Science
  • Leading whole school teaching and Learning & CPD

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Melanie Snodin

Areas of Expertise:

  • Development of Teaching and Learning in the Primary setting
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Maths subject leadership areas of experience
  • Planning alongside year groups, following a data analysis to move progress and learning forward

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Ian Tilbury

Areas of Expertise:

  • Whole school CPD
  • Visible learning
  • Accelerated learning
  • Embedding Assessment for Learning

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Kate Couldwell

Areas of Expertise:

  • Talk4Writing
  • EYFS
  • Leading whole school teaching and learning
  • Working with subject leaders to raise attainment


Kate is currently Head of School at Front Lawn Primary Academy. She joined the school in 2013 and was part of the leadership team that transformed this failing school to a ‘Good’ school in just four terms.  Kate introduced Talk4Writing at Front Lawn and the school in now a National Talk4Writing Training Centre offering support to hundreds of schools every year.

Prior to this role, Kate has worked in numerous EYFS settings ensuring that the provision is consistently ‘Good’ or better.

Recent deployment/outreach work:

Kate has just finished a two term secondment to Portfield Primary Academy where she took on the Head of School role. During this time, with Kate’s focus on teaching and learning, the school moved from ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Good’.

Currently involved in:

  • Leading whole school development of teaching and learning
  • Supporting schools with the implementation of Talk4Writing
  • Facilitating NQT south coast regional hub for TKAT
  • Delivering NAML training (SSAT)
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Amy Sayer

Areas of Expertise:

  • Development and evaluation of Pupil Premium strategy in the Secondary setting
  • Student voice
  • Philosophy and Ethics subject leadership experience


Amy is currently Pupil Premium Leader and Head of Philosophy and Ethics at Chichester High School, West Sussex. Amy has worked at the school for seven years and also has responsibility for leading the Junior Leadership Team which is a key aspect of student voice in the school.

Amy has been part of a team which achieved ‘Outstanding’ in all categories in July 2015. She is dedicated to ensuring that the whole school strategy for Pupil Premium removes barriers to learning so that the most disadvantaged students are able to fulfil their potential and develop into happy young adults.

In August 2016 Amy achieved her NPQSL qualification on improving Pupil Premium outcomes and has worked with many Senior Leaders in schools to help them to develop and evaluate their own Pupil Premium strategy. Amy has used this as a basis to run a Joint Professional Development Day on Pupil Premium which was delivered to various staff from TKAT schools.

Recent deployment/outreach work:

Amy has been involved with other Pupil Premium Leaders to help them audit and evaluate their current provision.


Juliet Morris

Areas of expertise

  • Developing the profile of the SENCo in the whole school setting
  • Promoting a whole school approach to wellbeing
  • Providing staff training on areas of SEND including ADHD. Speech and Language issues, Attachment Disorder, teenage mental health.

Juliet is currently the Deputy Head in charge of Learning Support at Kemnal Technology College and designated safeguarding lead for the college. She has developed her expertise in aspects of management of SEND, Safeguarding and Wellbeing over the six years she has been in post and through her academic investigations at Canterbury University. She is committed to developing a whole school approach to supporting students who display the need for extra support. She considers teacher wellbeing as being a vital aspect of this cohesive approach.

Recent deployment/ outreach work

Juliet has supported two schools within the trust over an extended period of time, one secondary and one Primary. She has delivered training on Safeguarding and Attachment Disorder for the SCITT trainees.


Currently involved in

Working as part of an emotional wellbeing forum to improve whole school approach to wellbeing

Delivering mental health presentations to parents

Developing safeguarding training materials

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Matthew Jones

Areas of expertise:

  • Leading whole school primary English.
  • The subject area of Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation.
  • Preparation of Key Stage 2 SATs.


Matt is currently a Senior Leader at Horizon Primary Academy in Swanley, Kent. He was English Lead at this particular school for two years and is currently mentoring the current English Lead. In his time as English Lead, Matt implemented new schemes of work and programmes, which have had a significant impact on pupil outcomes, displayed in results across the school. Matt has been the Year 6 teacher at Horizon Primary Academy for the past two years, achieving results of 80%+ combined both years.

As a member of the SLT and English subject lead, Matt has worked closely with the Mathematics lead in developing his leadership skills. He is also currently a fellow of the Future Leaders programme, which has also developed his skills in leadership. He has worked alongside other senior leaders in the whole school development of Teaching and Learning within the school.

Matt is keen to make a difference to other TKAT schools and have a positive impact on both the children and staff across the Academy Trust. Matt gained SLE Accreditation in November 2016.

Areas of expertise:

  • Leading whole school primary English.
  • The subject area of Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation.
  • Preparation of Key Stage 2 SATs.


Recent deployment/outreach work:

Matt has led Year 6 Writing moderations for TKAT and the local cluster schools. He is currently working on a new Grammar programme to aid Primary Schools in that particular subject.

Currently involved in:

  • Leading whole school curriculum
  • Coaching Middle Leaders
  • Developing a Grammar programme for the Academy Trusts.
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Sebastian Ventura

Areas of expertise:

  • Developing and delivering whole school INSET
  • Leading CPD to develop active learning strategies for staff
  • Creating cross-curricular collaboration using the arts
  • Developing local community links through the arts
  • Leading Drama and Expressive Arts Teams
  • Setting up a School News TV Programme



Seb is currently Director of the Performing Arts Specialism and Team leader of Expressive Arts at Debden Park High School.

Previously he taught Drama for over 13 years and has been working in a whole school capacity since his appointment at Debden Park in 2006. Initially using drama techniques to develop active teaching and learning with a cross-curricular approach, Seb later took more of a leadership role in whole school CPD.

He then began collaborating with various schools within TKAT to deliver staff CPD modifying his sessions to cater for the requirements of the SLT and context of the individual schools. He is driven by a passion for helping young people and developing adults in equal measure and believes the two are not mutually exclusive!

Recent deployment:

Collaborating with P Greendale at King Harold Academy to run twilight INSET sessions.

Drama moderation and support with Hylands School

Helping to run the in-house training Debden Minds and Debden Beacons.


Currently involved in:

Seb has recently designed and delivered a whole school focus week looking at the strategy –“Teacher in role”. He managed to play over 15 characters and collaborated with every different subject area in the school in one week.

He is planning to collaborate with I Tilbury in the near future on helping Teachers use active strategies to engage boys, after the annual school Christmas concert of course!


Seb’s input into the process of developing teachers’ expertise across a range of pedagogical techniques has been invaluable. Moreover he is a highly effective presenter able to inspire teachers, from trainees to senior leadership and across schools who have different contexts and needs. He has a deep understanding of teaching and learning and has the skills to change teachers' practice.

 I Tilbury Deputy Head - Debden Park High School

Seb has been fundamental to the successful collaboration between DPHS and KHA, especially in sharing best practice through active learning and using the arts with regards to teaching & learning.    

P Greendale – King Harold Academy

Seb has held mentoring/coaching sessions with staff via one to one, whole school CPD and school to school support, at both Debden Park High School and King Harold Academy. Seb always maintains a highly professional approach to his work and is able to foster positive and productive relationships with both students and staff alike.                   

K Thackray -Headteacher – King Harold Academy


Andrew Parry

Areas of expertise:

  • Data Tracking Systems
  • Attainment and Progress at Key Stage 3 & 4
  • Whole school ICT systems
  • Curriculum


Andrew is currently a Senior Deputy Head at King Harold Academy.  His main responsibilities include the overview of attainment and progress in Key Stage 3 and 4, leading the progress team, whole school ICT and data systems.

Andrew has been involved in many initiatives including e-learning, foundation learning, workforce reformed and has worked with many organisations including Oxford University, Macquarie University in Sydney and the SSAT.  He was part of the original team that was seconded from Kemnal Technology College to Debden Park High School and helped turn the school from special measure to outstanding in three years.  Andrew has completed his NQPH.  In his current role, Andrew has helped transform King Harold Academy allowing it to achieve good from OFSTED for the first time in the school’s history.  Andrew gained SLE accreditation in 2011.

Recent deployment/outreach work:

Andrew has supported a number of school in the south east in developing and using effective systems to track and monitor attainment and progress of all students.

Currently involved in:

Andrew is currently working with schools on the effective use of data to monitor progress and inform intervention.  He is also working on developing joint ICT systems across two schools.


Paul Greendale

I am Assistant Head teacher at King Harold Academy and have worked here for 3 and a half years. Before moving down South, I worked at schools in Kingston upon Hull. My subject specialism is science. I've worked in collaboration with Ian Tilbury at Debden Park to drive Teaching & Learning across both schools. I successfully led Teaching & Learning at King Harold to achieve their first ever Good judgement by Ofsted in May 2016.

I have spoken about leading learning at TKAT Head teacher and Advanced Pedagogy Conferences and the Thinking Curriculum conference. I pioneered strategies now used across the trust such as Teaching & Learning on toast. I have led King Harold Academy to be known as 'The Thinking School'.

Outside of work I enjoy travelling to exotic locations on holiday and non-exotic locations following my football team, Hull City. I hope to one day speak at the Festival of Education.

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Robin Barclay

Having been a teacher for over 20 years and HoD for 15 years +, Robin Barclay brings a wealth of knowledge to the table. He teaches Key Stage 3-5. Robin’s key area of teaching is Geography, however, he particularly enjoys the e-learning part of education becoming the Head of eLearning for CHS 10 years ago.

He has established himself as a GCSEpod expert and more recently an MIE (Microsoft Innovative Educator).  Chichester High School has benefited greatly from his expertise in these areas. Robin is a prolific trainer and regularly supports our staff at CHS with informative and enjoyable sessions. He has recently been working collaboratively with five other TKAT schools for Geography

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Paul Meridith

I qualified as a teacher at Sussex University in 2007 and completed my degree in Applied Biology at Greenwich University.

During my career I have held a variety of different roles in teaching including: second in department, lead practitioner, a member of the whole school teaching and learning team, head of faculty and SLE.

I am proud to be head of faculty at Chichester High School because I am lucky to lead a team of talented and dedicated subject specialists, in a really well equipped department, in a school that is moving from strength to strength with engaging and determined students. As a passionate teacher of science I thrive on surrounding myself with others who share my commitment to teaching this rich and fulfilling subject and seeing those we teach develop a love of science themselves.

I believe that no teacher should operate as an island and that we are made stronger by sharing ideas and best practice. This approach has made me a more complete leader and I enjoy working with others to improve their practice. I have benefitted by working with colleagues who have been able to see through obstructions in my path that may not have been obvious to me and I enjoy offering the same to others in my role as an SLE.

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Assheton Woodall

I am a qualified Maths teacher, gaining my PGCE at Portsmouth University in 1999.  Over the past 16 years, I have taught in three schools in and around the Portsmouth area.

During my career, my posts of responsibility have ranged from being a Numeracy coordinator in my first school to working alongside other Heads of Maths in an advisory capacity before joining Chichester High School for Girls in 2009.  In 2015 I gained my National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPSQL) and became a Vice Principal for the new Chichester High School.

My current roles and responsibilities lie in the area of curriculum planning and ensuring the school curriculum meets the needs of our students; this also means I have the unenviable job of constructing the timetable for the school!  Alongside these areas of responsibility, I manage and oversee the IT provision of software and systems to ensure they are fit for purpose. 


Julie Silcock

Area of Expertise

  • Subject area History
  • Leading a History and Humanities Department
  • Assessment at KS3
  • Transition from primary school


Julie is currently a Vice principal at Chichester High School with particular responsibility for KS3 progress, assessment and transition. She led the very successful History and Humanities Department for ten years contributing to an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating in all categories for the school. Results are consistently above the national average for both Geography and History at both KS4 and KS5, and she continues to line manage both. Julie delivered the Joint Professional Day focus on History Assessment in January 2015 to TKAT History leads. She has also overseen the implementation of a new assessment system for KS3 for all subjects replacing levels at Chichester High School. She is committed to raising achievement for all students and improving the transition process between primary and secondary school.

Recent Deployment/Outreach work

Julie supported the Humanities Department Review process at Miltoncross Academy.

Currently Involved In

Developing a new approach to improving progress for ‘able’ and ‘more able’ students in partnership with Bourne Community college



Claire Porter

Areas of Expertise:                                                                                                         

  • Leading Alternative Provision for key Stage 4
  • Creating individual learning programmes to suit the learners needs
  • Tracking and Monitoring Alternative Provision, Students Progress, Attendance and pathways in to Post 16  
  • Leading West Essex Schools Alternative Provision providers to work together to create engaged learners and achieve qualification 


Claire is currently a Director of Behaviour for Learning with responsibility for behaviour in key Stage 3 and 4.  Claire’s role consists of working with students, parents and staff on whole school behaviour and creating learning environments to prevent negative behaviour.  In order to allow all students to achieve Claire works with Alternative Providers within the West Essex community to create individual curriculums for a select few students who due to various reasons have become disengaged from learning in the school environment.  Claire also develops and trains other lead professionals within the West Essex Secondary schools on new Data systems to enable them to track student progress and attendance in line with the Ofsted’s guidelines towards Alternative Provisions.  Claire works in Line with the Alternative Providers and is part of Quality Assurance for the schools with regard to the teaching and learning within each provider.

Recent deployment/outreach work:

Claire has supported and mentored Lead Professionals within Davenant Foundation School. This has enabled them to develop students individual learning curricular within Alternative Provisions. It has also enhanced their tracking of attendance and the progress of each learner within the guidelines of Ofsted criteria   


Claire is working with the Hawkswood group in delivering Quality Assurance with their Alternative Providers within the West Essex area


Elaine Seymour

Areas of Expertise: 

  • French
  • Spanish


A French and Spanish specialist, Elaine is Head of Modern Foreign Languages at Miltoncross School in Portsmouth and she gained SLE Accreditation in 2016.   Offering a wealth of experience from leading MFL teams in previous schools and in the role of PGCE tutor, Elaine is particularly keen to share and adapt best practice across both subject areas and schools with the aim of raising standards.

Elaine is a key member of the teaching and learning team at Miltoncross dedicated to providing training, support and coaching to enable teachers to deliver the highest quality experience for students in the classroom. With the experience of managing a large successful department, she has also acted as coach and mentor to other middle and aspiring leaders in school and within the local area.

Elaine frequently contributes to the delivery of whole school CPD and has recently delivered sessions on Developing Independence, Taking a Risk to Provide Challenge, Demonstrating Progress, Marking and Assessment Strategies and AQA MFL GCSE.


Andy Lazenby


Amanda Grant

Areas of Expertise: 

  • Talk for writing
  • Whole school development of teaching and learning
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Working with Middle leaders


Amanda is currently a Deputy Head at Front Lawn Primary Academy.  She is part of a leadership team that has transformed the school into a 'good' school in just 4 terms.  Amanda introduced Talk4Writing at Front Lawn and the school is now a National Talk4Writing Training Centre offering support to hundreds of schools every year.  

Recent deployment/outreach work:

Amanda has supported teaching and learning at Portfield Primary Academy, helping the school move from ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Good’. She has also spent time support the English lead at Seal as well as developing the middle leader role at Front Lawn.

Currently involved in:

  • Leading whole school development of teaching and learning
  • Supporting schools with the implementation of Talk4Writing
  • Facilitating NQT south coast regional hub for TKAT
  • Delivering NAML training (SSAT)

Penny Holmes


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