Claire Callow is a qualified teacher with a broad experience in teacher training and consultancy. She was formally the Head of an English Faculty in a large Essex Comprehensive. Following this, she has been involved in the development and delivery of training and development programmes for teachers, teacher trainers and support staff across the lifelong learning sector.
Claire also delivers CPD training on: embedding literacy within post-compulsory education learning programmes; Functional skills English; GCSE English; behaviour management; building resilience in learners and coaching and mentoring.
She has also been involved in a number of national evaluations and research such as: the DfE Evaluation of GCSEs and A Levels; the DfE Linked pair of GCSEs in mathematics evaluation project and the BIS commissioned randomised control trial into teaching methods used in adult education.
Claire also authors English assessments for a national consultancy company. Her authoring work to date includes: Functional skills English papers for various awarding organisations; Primary English Level 6 Reading SATs papers for the STA; Literacy Skills test items for teachers entering the profession for the National College of Teaching and Leadership; work on the Ofqual National Reference Tests for GCSE English.
Since 2014, Claire has been a trainer and assessor for the ETF English Enhancement Programme, supporting teachers to deliver GCSE English. She is also an assessor for the Coaching and Mentoring award which is offered within the EEP.
David Crabtree is an inspirational trainer and coach, his message is that by knowing about learning and cognitive differences, we can enable all learners to achieve and be successful. David has worked for over 30 years in the FE and Skills sector; 10 years in Senior Management and 20 years teaching in General FE Colleges. David is now based at the University of Westminster and The British Council as a specialist advisor on SEN and inclusive education. In the region, David has previously successfully managed projects and programmes for SfL and LSIS working with a range of vocational sectors such as health and social care, beauty therapy, catering, construction, hairdressing and engineering. In recent years he has been involved in national and international projects exploring approaches to whole class teaching with neurodiverse learners. David has an MA in Vocational Education and Training, PGCE (Secondary) in English, and a Diploma in Teaching students with SplD (Dyslexia).
Jenny Hunt has over 30 years experience across a wide range of educational settings. She provides research, consultancy and training, specialising in literacy, Functional Skills English, self-assessment, teaching and learning and coaching. Working with managers and practitioners Jenny strives to improve and develop the quality of delivery through coaching and resources that engage and motivate.
She is an experienced teacher and has taught in the primary, secondary, further and adult education sectors. She has worked at senior management level in further education, adult education, the BBC and UfI (learndirect). Jenny’s clients have included government departments, multimedia companies, teachers, trainers, broadcasters, businesses, educational establishments and work-based learning providers. Jenny has managed, trained and consulted on a variety of projects for organisations such as CfBT, LSN, LSIS, NIACE, DoE and Becta.
In particular she worked on the Quality Champions Programme, the Skills for Life Improvement Programme, the National Teaching and Learning programme and the Functional Skills Programme. She is currently working towards her Level 5 Qualification in Coaching and Mentoring to reinforce her established coaching experience. She has developed a range of self-assessment toolkits including for the NHS and LSIS. The latest one is for further education and skills and is linked to the new Common Inspection Framework. She was an ALI inspector for five years and has just completed ten years as a governor of Bedford College where she was chair of their Quality and Standards Committee.
Janet McGready has over 30 years’ experience in education starting out as a science teacher and was later a teacher educator. She is a qualified coach and acts as a Career Development Mentor with the Network for Black Professionals. Janet has extensive experience as a curriculum manager for STEM subjects including vocational, A level and HE. As a senior manager in FE she has held responsibility for Quality Improvement and Professional Development. She was trained as an additional inspector by Ofsted, inspecting science and mathematics provision. Most recently as Director of Teaching and Learning in an FE college, Janet led an improvement strategy together with a team of Advanced Teaching Practitioners which treated teachers as learners, employing team-based and informal approaches whilst increasing expectations and performance management. Formal observations were judged rigorous by Ofsted and rated highly by teachers for quality of feedback. Janet trained and accredited all observers and personally carried out over 30 observations each year as well as other QA activities including review of self-assessment and schemes of work, evaluation of assessment practice and student focus groups. During this time Janet also chaired the ACER Teaching and Learning and Quality Improvement Network.
Dr Beverley Morris leads consultancy teams providing support and challenge to private, public and voluntary sector organisations in the learning and skills sector. Her passion is to bring about effective, long-term change through creative learning and persistent management approaches.
With twenty years of teaching and management experience in education and skills, she now specialises in working with senior leadership and management teams to introduce strategic vision and operational plans that have a direct impact on the resilience, flexibility and success of teams and individuals. Beverley has been involved in the largest national improvement programmes in post-16 education (World Class Skills, Skill for Life Initiative, Organisational Health Checks), led on the largest individual college-based improvement programme (Year of Learning) and is currently introducing leadership and development programmes at the British Antarctic Survey.
Beverley is a qualified teacher, coach and mentor, delivering bespoke Level 5 management, mentoring, coaching, counselling and teaching qualifications.
John Morris is a freelance consultant who has extensive successful experience of promoting effective teaching, learning, engagement and assessment strategies that have resulted in a positive impact on learning outcomes in a wide range of colleges and secondary schools. He has a national reputation as a conference and CPD presenter who catches the attention of his audience, by his enthusiasm, knowledge and practical experience. His extensive experience and inter personal skills effectively challenge, support and enable staff at all levels to gain skills and confidence to move practice forward.
Bob Read has over twenty five years’ experience of English and maths support in schools, in FE and ACL settings as well as in the workplace. He joined ACER in 2004 as a founder member of the regional Skills for Life teacher training team which supported providers across the region in offering subject specialist qualifications in Adult Literacy, Numeracy and ESOL. Since then he has specialised in embedded approaches to English and maths and in the use of digital technology, continuing to work alongside teachers and assessors in exploring different models of support both in the classroom and through blended learning. He has extensive experience of working within a range of vocational sectors such as beauty therapy, catering, construction, hairdressing and engineering. In recent years he has been involved in a series of regional, national and international projects that have explored embedded support for staff in the Health and Social Care sector.
Since 2014 Bob has been the ETF Specialist Lead for English for the eastern region, overseeing the first phase of the ETF English Enhancement programme and running a series of regional Teaching and Learning Network events for English specialists. Bob is also an Advanced Teaching and Learning Coach.
Rob Shaw has worked for over 20 years in the FE and Skills sector. He has a BSc (Hons) degree in Mathematics & Statistics and a PGCE (Secondary) in Mathematics. Rob spent 12 years teaching in a General FE College specialising in Mathematics, Numeracy and Information Technology; latterly as an Advanced Practitioner. For the last ten years, he has worked for ACER, initially as a regional Training and Development Adviser sharing his maths experience and expertise and for the last five years, as their Professional Development Services Manager. Rob is also a qualified Prince2 project manager who has successfully managed a range of projects and programmes in the region, including the LSIS Functional Skills Support Programme and the Support for English, Maths and ESOL Programme as well as other projects funded by LSIS, NAS and the ETF. He is currently the East of England FE Maths Lead working in partnership with the ETF, regional CETTs and the NCETM developing and delivering maths programmes. He is an accredited national Maths Professional Development Lead for the FE GCSE Maths Enhancement Programme.
Julia Smith has a wealth of experience in both the FE and Secondary sector, being a former Head of Maths in a Secondary School,former Curriculum Manager at Colchester Institute, maths teacher in a Pupil Referral Unit and Local Authority Advisor. She now currently works in a variety of roles; as Teacher Trainer for Suffolk and Norfolk Initial Teacher Training; Maths Author for Cambridge University Press, BBC GCSE Bitesize as well as writing for various publications such as the NCETM Secondary/FE magazine and Teach Secondary. She regularly sits on and presents at national panels and conferences.
Her role with ACER focuses upon excellence in teaching GCSE maths resits having project managed the programme makingthegraded2c.wordpress.com. Her role entails the delivery of specialist GCSE maths and Functional maths training to colleges throughout the Eastern Region. As Head of Governors at Writtle College another aspect of Julia’s role is to provide support for SLT and Governing Bodies with the CETT and ETF through ACER.
Julia is also a rabid educational tweeter @tessmaths