Speakers

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Our growing list of ‘education speakers’ are available for teacher training, conferences, and school workshops. If you are looking for a connection, please get in touch.

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Ross McGill

Ross McGill is the founder of @TeacherToolkit; an experienced teacher and school leader who has worked in some of the most challenging schools in London over the past three decades. He is one of the ‘most followed educators on Twitter in the UK’ and managing director Teacher Toolkit. In December 2015, he was nominated for The Sunday Times ‘500 Most Influential People in Britain 2015‘ and remains the only classroom teacher to have featured … He is currently training teachers across the U.K.; a PGCE tutor and studying for his EdD at Cambridge University.

Specialism

  • Whole-school leadership; teaching and learning; social media
  • Teacher workload, wellbeing, and mental health.

Chris Moyse

Chris Moyse is an education consultant and SLE with over 30 years experience. He has been a senior leader for the last 7 years in a successful all-through academy working across 5 key stages. He also runs his own consultancy business, TLC Education Services Ltd and for several years working alongside the late, great Paul Ginnis, author of ‘The Teachers’ Toolkit’. Chris has now worked in over 275 schools across England and Wales.

Specialism

  • Coaching for teachers and schools
  • Whole-school professional development.

Tom Sherrington

Tom Sherrington is a teacher and school leader with 30 years of experience, working with schools and colleges across the country. He writes the popular blog, covering a wide range of issues including contemporary ideas about teaching, curriculum and assessment and aspects of school leadership.

Specialisms

  • Teaching and learning; research and teacher professional development
  • Whole-school leadership.

Dr Tim O'Brien

Dr. Tim O’Brien is a Visiting Fellow in Psychology and Human Development at UCL Institute of Education. He is also a researcher and CPD leader for The Chartered College of Teaching. He is a former teacher and senior leader in mainstream and special education [SEMH]. His first book was published in 1998, his most recent book in 2015.

Specialisms

  • Research-based learning
  • Psychological insights: what, why and how pupils learn.

Vivienne PorrittVivienne Porritt works with school leaders on impact, vision, strategy, professional learning and development. She is the national leader of #WomenEd and is the former Executive Director for the London Centre for Leadership in Learning, Institute of Education, University of London.

Specialisms

  • Leadership, especially for women
  • Professional learning and development and its impact.

Angela BrowneAngela Browne has been a senior leader since 2006 and has experienced headship in mainstream secondary, all-through and pupil referral settings. She participates in Ambition School Leadership headship panels and is a Leadership Matters Ambassador.

Specialisms

  • Women in education; diversity and inclusion
  • School leadership; coaching.

Kathryn MorganKathryn Morgan is the Director of Professional Development and Research-Based Learning at the Prince Albert Community Trust in Birmingham. Currently, Kathryn is in her 12th year of teaching and has taught in four diverse primary schools in both North Solihull and Birmingham, leading on developments in teaching, learning, and CPD as a deputy headteacher. She believes that the quality of a school can only truly be measured by the effectiveness of its teachers

Specialisms

  • Primary teaching and evidence-based learning
  • Whole-school leadership.

Adisa The PoetAdisa exploded onto the spoken word scene in the summer of 1993. His mango-flavored metaphors and his larva-fuelled performances soon became legendary on the London performance poetry circuit. Adisa is a published poet who has worked inside the walls of education as an art educator for over twenty years. He specialises in creative writing workshops aimed at helping students find and share their unique voice through live performance.

Specialisms

  • Raising aspirations in pupils
  • Whole-school literacy.

Stephen TierneyStephen Tierney, who is currently CEO of the Blessed Edward Bamber Catholic Multi Academy, containing three academies in Blackpool. Christ the King and St. Cuthbert’s Catholic Academies are primary schools and St. Cuthbert’s has an attached Children’s Centre. St. Mary’s Catholic Academy is an 11-18 school. Stephen chairs the Headteachers’ Roundtable Group and the SSAT’s Vision 2040 Group. He is also an avid tweeter, blogger and author of Liminal Leadership.

Specialisms

  • Rethinking school leadership
  • Multi-Academy Trust leadership.

Pran PatelPran Patel has 14+ years of teaching experience working recently as an assistant principal. He has an interesting career in leadership; leading standards; behaviour management; professional development and curriculum. His NPQSL project was to lead whole-school coaching and as a mental health and BAME advocate, he recently featured in a documentary ‘Why teaching is making me ill’ and ‘Black teachers are leaving the profession due to racism’. He is a self-professed, outward-facing leader.

Specialisms

  • Mental health and teacher wellbeing
  • Diversity and inclusion.

Alex AthertonAlex Atherton is an experienced secondary headteacher and senior leader; including two headships in large and diverse inner London schools over an eleven year period and an interim headship in alternative provision. He achieved his first headship after only ten years in the profession. Alex is highly energetic, resilient and passionate with strong presentation and public speaking skills. He has significant experience in taking on schools working in difficult circumstances and for being able to generate momentum. 

Specialisms

  • Whole-school leadership; behaviour.
  • Teaching and learning, curriculum and assessment.

Abigail MannAbigail Mann is the director of learning for English at a state school in London. She has 10 years teaching experience and her debut book, Live Well, Teach Well was a number one bestseller on Amazon in 2018. She has held a variety of leadership roles in schools up to senior level. Abigail has led on whole-school teaching and learning; planned and delivered a training course to over 56 NQTs and over the years has presented at many national conferences on the topic of wellbeing and workload. 

Specialisms

  • Wellbeing and workload
  • Leadership at all levels.

Amjad AliAmjad Ali is a senior teacher, trainer, and keynote speaker; including TEDx. He works four days a week in a startup secondary school and offers CPD/INSET on his other day. He has spent his teaching career working in challenging, diverse schools and is a qualified, practising SENCO, completing the National SENCO Award in 2016. Amjad is completing his specialist leader in education accreditation for January 2019.

Specialisms

  • Teaching and learning; diversity and inclusion
  • School leadership; staff professional development.

Andy GoodeveAndrew Goodeve is an experienced school leader, teacher trainer, and coach. He is passionate about inspirational teaching and learning. He has an extensive background in diverse service organisations, managing opportunities and cultural change across all levels.

Specialisms

  • Teaching and learning; diversity and inclusion
  • School leadership; staff professional development.

Rachel HigginsonRachel Higginson is a passionate teacher, qualified headteacher and now working as an education consultant. Her experience spans from early years into secondary teaching and dedicates her time to supporting leaders, schools and colleges to be more innovative and autonomous in their practice.

Specialisms

  • Innovating systems and practice and curriculum design
  • Cultural and mindset change and oracy development.

Alison Kriel Alison Kriel is an experienced head teacher with experience of working within the education management industry.  She has a passion for staff and pupil wellbeing, the celebration of the teaching profession, inclusion and diversity and she enjoys supporting school leaders and schools facing demanding challenges.

Specialisms

  • Leadership; staff and pupil wellbeing
  • Diversity and managing people and schools.

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