Meet the team

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Stephen Hall

Assistant Director (School Standards & Improvement)

Stephen Hall is the Assistant Director for School Standards and Improvement at Hackney Education. He has worked in inner city schools for over 20 years and was previously a National Leader of Education and an Advanced Skills Teacher specialising in Primary Mathematics.

Stephen has extensive experience in school leadership, particularly in schools in challenging circumstances. He has been the Headteacher and Executive Headteacher of several high performing inner city primary schools and has led schools both out of Special Measures and to Outstanding judgements. Most recently he was the Executive Headteacher of a hard federation of three Hackney Schools. He has worked as an Ofsted Inspector of both Primary and Secondary Schools since 2012.

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Anton Francic

Principal Secondary Adviser, School Performance & Improvement

Anton Francic has a respected successful track record in school improvement. He know well this field and has over 36 years’ experience, including advisory work in different and contrasting local authority settings.

Anton led school improvement in Haringey and Kent to drive up standards and inspection outcomes in all phases. In Hackney, between 2005 and 2013, he designed an adviser programme and instituted a dashboard approach to intelligence gathering and risk assessment. This ensured that service areas knew well their schools and that they could analyse and diagnose needs. This allowed high quality support to be accessed. The partnerships, trusting relationships, advice and professional challenge from this period led to rapid school improvement, transforming Hackney into one the highest performing authorities in the UK.

In leading the secondary team, Anton is driving work on improving outcomes for Young Black Men, as part of a ten year programme. Last year’s conference on this theme was attended by schools from 13 different local authorities and reported as outstanding and inspirational. He is currently working on a mentoring-coaching framework and training aimed at developing urban leadership.

Jason Marantz, Senior Primary Leadership and Management Adviser

Jason Marantz

Senior Primary Adviser

Jason is a senior primary adviser and an experienced school improvement partner who has helped schools develop strategies to improve teaching, learning and leadership. He is the strategic lead on primary assessment, and has established an assessment network of primary schools which considers research and develops and shares good practice in assessment.

Jason has worked as a senior leader for 15 years, including headship of two primary schools. During this time, he developed teacher training programmes in partnership with universities. He has trained emerging and established school leaders and governors to be effective and evaluative. Jason has an MA in Literacy Learning and Literacy Difficulties. The focus of his research was on methods for improving writing.

His areas of expertise are:

  • Using coaching to improve teaching
  • Primary assessment including assessment for learning and data analysis
  • Coaching and training for middle leaders, senior leaders and governors
  • Literacy learning including reading and writing at the primary level
  • Systems to improve teaching and learning
  • School review and self-evaluation
  • Facilitating headteacher performance management
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Tim Wooldridge

Early Years Consultant

Tim holds a focus on raising standards and improving outcomes for all children in Early Years settings. He has been supporting Hackney schools and Early Years settings since 2008. Prior to this Tim has had 18 years’ experience as a teacher, senior manager, mentor and trainer across the primary age phase. He has an MA in Urban Education and understands the complexities and demands of ensuring continually improving outcomes alongside supporting individual children with multiple deprivations. Tim is a motivational trainer with a record of improving provision whose courses are packed full of useful ideas.

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Jo Davey

The LIT Programme Lead

Jo has worked in education as a teacher, subject lead and intervention programme manager since 2009.

She is an experienced Literacy Specialist with a background in supporting both Primary and Secondary schools and is skilled in educational assessment, interventions, research, and tutoring. As a literacy lead she has experience of guiding schools through re-evaluating their phonics provision and implementing assessment processes. Her interest in early reading and supporting children who struggle to gain the skills to read, led to her studying for, and gaining, a Masters in Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) from The Institute of Education, London and she is a qualified dyslexia teacher.

Jo manages the Literacy Intervention Toolkit (LIT) Programme, which employs evidence based strategies to increase progress in English, Literacy and the wider curriculum for the lowest achieving students in year 7. She also offers advice on assessment and intervention for reading and writing, and developing literacy across the curriculum.

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Ivor Kallin

Early Years Consultant

Over the last four decades Ivor has worked in a range of Early Years settings as a practitioner, teacher and centre manager, and latterly as an Early Years Consultant with Hackney (12 years)

As well as advising nurseries, playgroups and children’s centres on teaching and learning matters, Ivor has also run training on:

  • Working with children with EAL
  • The role of the key person and working with parents
  • Promoting effective adult/child interactions
  • Meeting the needs of boys in early years provision
  • The benefits of Forest School
  • Promoting cultural diversity
  • Meeting the needs of the Charedi (Orthodox Jewish) community with regard to early years provision
  • Creativity in the early years
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Bernadette Clinton

Modern Foreign Languages Consultant

Bernadette has taught at primary, secondary and university levels, currently teaching primary trainees at Middlesex University. She has vast experience of supporting schools to implement primary languages as the Adviser in Enfield and as a consultant in Westminster and Hackney. She co-wrote the CILT book “Leading the Way: Coordinating Primary Languages”. She has secured EU funding for study visits to Spain, France and Turkey and run international courses in Ghana, China and USA. She is a British Council Ambassador with particular expertise in primary languages and the global dimension.

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Hilary Ryan

Primary Leadership & Management Adviser

Hilary is a part-time Leadership and Management Adviser at Hackney Education. Her teaching and leadership experience culminated in twelve successful years as headteacher of a large urban primary school.

During her time as head of this school there were major changes including two moves of building and a doubling of the pupil roll. During the last inspection, Ofsted judged the leadership of the school as outstanding. The school was invited by the National Education Trust to be an Advocacy School to ‘facilitate and promote the sharing of best practice.’

Whilst a headteacher Hilary worked as a School Improvement Partner and a Local Leader of Education. During this time Hilary was also seconded for a year to work full-time as a consultant with Focus Education when she gained experience of supporting schools across England in all aspects of school improvement.

Hilary has worked at Hackney Education since September 2012 and has had the privilege of working with a wide variety of schools in Hackney, London and beyond. Hilary has also worked as an Ofsted inspector in both the Midlands and London Regions.

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Maggie Kalnins

Head of Governance Services

Maggie Kalnins became the leader of governance services after an extensive career as a science teacher and school leader within complex urban secondary schools. Maggie provides strategic advice and support to Chairs of governors and school leaders, across a mixed economy of maintained and academy schools. She has developed an Hackney governance system review and risk assessment to support school boards in developing their effectiveness and also leads and delivers a comprehensive governance training programme and our popular and highly successful annual governors’ conference.

Maggie previously served as the CEO of an education charity which develops alternative models of learning. During this tenure, she introduced the term ‘pushed out’ to provoke a debate amongst practitioners focusing on the weaknesses in our education systems rather than the ‘abnormality’ of the individual child. Aware of the excuses used to explain student disengagement from mainstream education, in 2015, Maggie commissioned the publication of ‘The alternative should not be inferior: What now for ‘pushed out’ learners?’, which called on schools and alternative providers to find innovative solutions that support England’s overlooked pupils.

Maggie has dedicated more than 20 years to serving as a school governor. For the past 15 years she has been a member of the Mossbourne Federation Governing Board in Hackney. With a clear understanding of how strong governance can play a crucial strategic role in supporting and challenging leaders to drive school improvements, Maggie offers knowledge and expertise on how governance can make an exceptional contribution to ensure that no child is left behind their peers.

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Stacey Burman

SACRE Advisor

Stacey Burman is an enthusiastic adviser with almost twenty years’ experience of making a positive impact on the learning of pupils from Early Years all the way up to A Level. She is passionate about the importance of valuable and measurable learning experiences that instigate a life-long love of learning. She has a track record of success in a wide range of schools, including SEND, Faith and PRUs, across the spectrum of State, MAT and independent schools. Stacey has recently been elected onto the executive committee of the national organisation for Religious Education Consultants, Inspectors and Advisors and has links with Ofsted and the DfE. Using her working relationships and recognition from several national organisations, museums (including the British Library) institutions, charities and networks, she has supported schools in achieving national awards for RE and humanities. She also supports the DfE ITT programme as a tutor and is a qualified assessor for the RE Quality Mark.

Stacey currently works across a range of London Boroughs. As a SACRE Advisor she works closely with stakeholders at all levels and from a variety of backgrounds: parents, faith community leaders, the Mayor’s Office and local Councillors, and even an OBE! Her work includes writing Ofsted aligned syllabus and learning materials, running popular training for teachers in RE and humanities in both primary and secondary, and supporting leadership in schools to develop SMSC and British Values across their wider curriculum. She has written several published articles in nationwide academic journals and teacher magazines and is qualified in teaching swimming (ASA), Philosophy for Children (P4C), and organisation Coaching & Mentoring (ILM).