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



Katherine Turley


Katherine is the Humanities lead at Mandeville Primary School, part of the LEAP federation. She has recently updated the LEAP history and geography curriculum so that it reflects the enquiry based process and is working with LEAP leaders to successfully embed the updated curriculum across the federation. Katherine has worked with School Direct students and led the HTSA Humanities Forum over the past year. She is also a Year 3 and 4 Phase leader.

Katherine read history and politics at Trinity College Dublin and takes a keen interest in the humanities in her personal life.  

Katherine has expertise in:
1. Developing methods of teaching the enquiry based process
2. Improving ways of teaching chronology, from EYFS to KS2
3. Working with struggling teachers to develop their subject knowledge and skill set in the humanities.

School: Mandeville Primary 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



Olivia Silver

Specialism: PRIMARY ART

Olivia is long term practising artist, specialising in Visual Arts. She is the Art, DT and Humanities Coordinator at Kingsmead Primary School and likes to spread passion about her subject wherever she goes.

Olivia leads Creativity Week at Kingsmead, in association with the National Gallery project ‘Take one Picture’ and delivers art training to all levels of teaching staff. 

Olivia has expertise in:

  • Supporting Early Years to year 6 in embedding art into cross curricular practice.

  • Embedding creativity into the History and Geography curriculum.

  • Promoting progress in art skills and understanding school wide.

  • Supporting all levels of teaching staff: Experienced teachers, NQTs and School Direct students in their creative teaching practice.

  • Making art purposeful, meaningful and easy to manage.

  • Reducing art spending and resourcing.

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



Louise Charles

Specialism: Closing the Gap Cross Phase

Louise is Pastoral Engagement Lead at Clapton Girls’ Academy.   She has 7 years’ experience as a middle leader.  Her work as Pastoral year group lead in 2017 gave the highest GCSE results that had then been achieved at the academy.  She worked with the year group from year 8 to 11 and she fully understands the changing needs at key transition points in school.  She has experience guiding pupils’ and staff through changes to the curriculum.

A key focus is ensuring effective interventions to support pupil premium students’ both at whole cohort level and strategies for 1 to 1/small group support (and in her most recent year group pupil premium student outperformed the rest the cohort by 1% in English and Maths). 

She now works to support other heads of year in achieving similarly outstanding results.

Louise has expertise in:

  • Managing year groups with a particular focus on assessment for borderline students

  • Identifying key students and implementing bespoke interventions to suit the needs of an individual

  • Managing wider school participation projects to raise students aspiration

  • Promoting cultural competency within school and facilitating staff training on cultural competency

  • Utilising the expertise of outside agencies to support pupil  progress

  • Providing strategies to encourage parental engagement

  • Providing training and coaching for staff in need to behavioural support.

School: Clapton Girls’ Academy



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



Danielle Hughes

Specialism: EARLY YEARS

Danielle is currently the EYFS lead at Mandeville Primary School, which is part of the Leap Federation.  Danielle’s passion is the EYFS and studied Primary education at Canterbury Christ Church University. She has led the EYFS through lots of change over the past seven years and is always looking for ways to improve and enhance the EYFS. Danielle has led the EYFS through moderations and two successful Ofsted visits. She has provided EYFS training to NQTs, teachers and trainee teacher across a number of the alliance schools.

Danielle can support the EYFS by:

  • Leading Nursery from one form entry to two form entry

  • Managing and supporting staff in the EYFS

  • Developing the EYFS curriculum and structures

  • Creating new planning formats and documents to best support the EYFS

School: Mandeville 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



Tanwen Batchelor

Specialism: PE

Tanwen is Head of PE at Clapton Girls’ Academy and is an experienced middle leader. To increase the provision for PE in her role Tanwen has mentored NQTs, regularly collaborates with external agencies and co-ordinates two successful coaching programmes. Tanwen’s focus has been to raise the profile of high quality PE through curriculum development as well as extra-curricular opportunities. Tanwen has also engaged with the wider benefits of sport for student wellbeing and attendance outcomes.

Tanwen has expertise in:

·         Leading a department through curriculum changes

·         Leading on planning and assessment for the 9-1 GCSE specification

·         Developing new KS3 assessment measures

·         Developing and mentoring staff (NQTs, experienced staff, external coaches, ITT)

·         Contributing to whole school policies

·         Promoting outstanding teaching for learning

·         Liaising with outside agencies to support student progress 

School: Clapton Girls’ Academy



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