Meet the team

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Rosie Condon

Associate Deputy Head

Rosie has worked in Primary education in London for 20 years, for the last 14 based in Hackney. Her first post of responsibility was Literacy Lead, so her love and knowledge of reading has been a constant strand in her career. She taught for 11 years in a Hackney school in various roles, including Literacy Lead, Deputy Head and Head of School, successfully completing her NPQH. She also trained as a Reading Recovery teacher which extended her knowledge and understand of the varied skills involved in reading. She joined Hackney Education 3 years ago.

In her current role, Rosie’s reading knowledge and love of books has been utilised by working alongside the Destination Reader and Daily Supported Reading team. As part of her role she develops, trains and supports schools in reading. Since joining Hackney, Rosie has worked closely with schools, both in Hackney and outside of the borough, to develop and support leaders and also to model and build effective teaching, particularly in reading but also in other areas.

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Kathleen O’Connor

Teaching and Learning Consultant

Kathleen has worked in primary schools in Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Australia for over twenty five years, working as a senior leader and subject lead on various areas of the curriculum.

Kathleen is an Associate Deputy Head teacher for Hackney Education and has worked intensively with schools requiring support including supporting leadership in addition to training, monitoring and coaching teachers.

Kathleen advises on Primary Literacy, providing training and support for literacy leads. Kathleen worked with a group of Hackney teachers to develop a KS2 model for teaching reading called ’Hackney Loves Reading.’ This became ‘Destination Reader’ which is now used by schools in London and the South East. Kathleen works with colleagues to oversee the approach through training, resourcing the website, visits to schools and ongoing support.

Kathleen has worked strategically to improve reading in other local authorities and academy trusts and worked with schools in London and Sussex as part of the School Strategic Improvement Fund.

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Joanna Murray

School improvement project officer

Jo has worked in education settings for over 20 years. Since graduating in media communications she has worked on various projects, ranging from company CPD to University recruitment within the UK and internationally.

Jo has worked for Hackney Education since 2007 starting in the HR department before joining the School Improvement team in 2008. She is a project officer for the Hackney Education traded literacy projects: Destination Reader, Daily Supported Reading and The Lit Programme. The projects are used by schools across the UK, China and Denmark. Jo works with colleagues to ensure a high level of support across all aspects of the programmes.

Jo has also worked with members of the team and provided support to projects funded as part of the School Strategic Improvement Fund and the Education Endowment Foundation.