Meet the team

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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.

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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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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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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).

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Kate Moorse

16-19 Consultant

Kate has over 40 years’ experience in curriculum, assessment and professional development at school, local authority and national levels.

Specialist in history and the humanities curriculum, she has worked cross-phase as adviser/inspector for 3 local authorities; as Ofsted inspector and Curriculum Adviser for the Qualifications Curriculum Authority (QCA). Since leaving QCA, she has worked as a consultant to schools, local authorities and national bodies. She currently works with primary humanities co-ordinators in a number of London local authorities, as 16-19 consultant for Hackney Learning Trust and as a volunteer, developing training programmes for rural young women to teach EY/KS1 classes in rural north India and cross-phase professional development programmes in Delhi and other urban centres. She is also an Honorary Fellow for the Schools History Project.

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Wendy Finan

Secondary Maths Consultant

Wendy has been involved in secondary and post 16 Maths education in the London area for thirty years, working in Redbridge, Walthamstow and Havering boroughs as a teacher and departmental leader in various schools and a post 16 college. Most recently she was Director of Maths in an outstanding Secondary school in Redbridge.

Wendy leads on Secondary Mathematics for Hackney Learning Trust, working with schools within and beyond the borough of Hackney. Her role involves supporting and delivering school improvement; working in schools supporting departmental leadership as well as individual maths teachers.

Wendy is responsible for developing Mathematics subject leaders and delivering Mathematics network meetings. Wendy works alongside schools developing their departmental processes and ensuring that departmental leaders are aware of and able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of and rationale for the intent, implementation and impact of their curriculum.

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Marlene Wylie

Creative Education Consultant

Marlene works across a wide variety of regional and national organisations. Having trained originally as a textiles designer she has taught art, craft and design in schools at primary and secondary level for over 20 years. Operating in a strategic and co-ordinating role has resulted in the forging of professional relationships and contacts at key institutions in the field of Art, Craft and Design advocacy. She is recognised as a Consultant Member of the National Society of Education in Art and Design (NSEAD) as well as The Design & Technology Association (DATA) and having served as Vice President for (NSEAD) continues to support the growth and objectives of these organisations through a network of school meetings, events and activities across the country.

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Anjna Kotecha-Karia

Secondary Science consultant 11-16

Anjna has over 30 years’ experience in a wide range of schools across London, Southampton and Leicestershire. She has been a Head of Science, Advanced Skills teacher, Assistant Head teacher and Deputy Head teacher in a number of schools.

She is passionate about science education and balances her consultant work and her post as Radioactive Protection Officer for Hackney with teaching in a local Hackney school.

Her area of expertise includes: Teaching and learning, facilitator, training provider, coaching and mentoring and working with science departments to raise standards and bring about school improvement.