School to school support

Specialist Leaders of Education.


Kate Roberts

specialism: primary science

Kate is Director of the HTSA and has worked as a Leading Science Teacher and Science Subject Leader supporting schools in Haringey. Following this, Kate was as a Teaching and Learning Consultant for Hackney Local Authority. Kate has supported a number of schools in Hackney as an Associate Deputy Head and is now Deputy Head at Millfields Community School.

School: Millfields Community School



Janne Cornish

specialism: primary english

Janne is the Leader of Learning for English at Kingsmead Primary, where she has been teaching for over 20 years. Part of Janne's role is to support classroom teachers in all aspects of literacy teaching and is instrumental in maintaining accurate and consistent literacy assessment across the whole school. Janne's has an interest in applying assessment to plan for effective targeted teaching in English; to plan for progress. Janne is Reading Recovery trained and specialises in planning literacy interventions.

School: Kingsmead Primary School



Sarah Betney


Sarah Betney is a maths specialist with over fifteen years’ experience of working in schools in Hackney. She is a qualified ‘Numbers Count’ teacher who is currently the Leader of Learning for Maths and joint Year 6 teacher in Kingsmead School. She has lead the maths team through two Ofsted inspections, the last resulting in a grade of ‘Outstanding’ for the school. Sarah has provided maths training to NQTs, teachers and trainee teacher across a number of the alliance schools. She has also played a key role in creating a scheme of work and assessment materials for the new curriculum for KS1 and KS2

School: Kingsmead Primary School



Lucy Michaels

specialism: early years

Lucy is an Early Years practitioner with over twenty years of working with young children in various educational settings. Lucy is currently the EYFS Lead at Kingsmead Primary School where she led the Early Years through a very successful Ofsted and achieved ‘Outstanding’ grades for all areas of EY practice at Kingsmead.

Lucy has supported other Early Years leads in many areas including:

  • developing and improving their settings in a range of ways including new assessment and tracking systems to meet the demands of the curriculum

  • developing outdoor learning

  • improving the on-entry assessments for nursery aged children

  • managing and turning around reluctant staff

  • creating creative learning environments

  • creating and monitoring support plans and modelling best practice

Lucy is also part of the our very successful and nurturing School Direct Programme with fellow SLE Lisa Clarke.

School: Kingsmead Primary School



Lisa Clarke

specialism: ITT Primary

Over the past twelve years, Lisa has successfully mentored a wide number of trainee teachers studying a range of teaching courses, such as BA, BEd, PGCE, GTP and SCITT. Lisa has worked with many HEI’s: The University of Cumbria, London Metropolitan, The University of East London, The University of Gloucester and The Institute of Education. In her role as mentor she has supported colleagues through the use of clear support plans and has used the IRIS Connect web-based CPD to move new trainees on.

Lisa leads on our amazing and nurturing School Direct Programme with fellow SLE Lucy Michael.

School: Gayhurst Community School



Helen Edwards

Specialism: Business Management

Helen has over 13 years of experience as a School Business Manager/Specialist Leader at Clapton Girls’ Academy. Starting out in her role when Clapton was a Local Authority maintained school. In 2011 Helen saw the school through its business transition to Academy status. Helen has experience of planning budgets, linking them to School Improvement Planning and strategic finance as well as HR management. Part of the building schools for the future project, Helen has a wealth of building work and premises management experience.

School: Clapton Girls' Academy