Iain Simper – Director of The Learning Partnership

Iain is an experienced school and local authority education leader, running the successful and popular Peterborough Learning Partnership on behalf of Peterborough City Council between 2010-2018 before establishing The Learning Partnership.

I started my teaching career (B.Ed. Hons. from the University of Hertfordshire) in Peterborough as a class teacher at Thorpe Primary School in 1998, moving to Fulbridge Academy in 2002 and working as part of the senior leadership team.

In 2005 I was seconded to Peterborough Local Authority to lead on Able, Gifted and Talented provision as part of the Excellence in Cities programme. Subsequently, I led on Learning Innovation across Peterborough schools.

In 2010, I took on the role of Peterborough Learning Partnership Manager working closely with many schools in and around Peterborough on school improvement via developing effective and responsive CPD programmes, collaborations and links to other organisations.

During the period 2010 to 2015, I also had the privilege to work as a regional advisor on behalf of Excellence East, via the DCSF as was, supporting schools across East Anglia with their able, gifted and talented provision. More recently, as Chief Executive of the Peterborough Learning Partnership, I was responsible for creating, communicating, and implementing vision, mission, and overall direction. Supporting over 150 schools and providing membership services to over 80 schools during its’ 8-year lifespan, the PLP was a cornerstone of the professional development sector in the region.

I also support schools in a voluntary capacity having recently supported Stilton Primary Academy, Cambs, as Vice-Chair, by having active trustee status of a local charity (8th Earl of Sandwich Trust) and directorship of a local cultural education partnership (PHACE: Peterborough Heritage, Arts and Cultural Education).

I am now supporting schools on their development journeys, offering a suite of professional development opportunities bringing the very best consultants and organisations to schools. Schools also benefit from bespoke services which include working with schools to understand their CPD needs, map against their SDP and then signpost/engage the school to/with experts in their field or in the local area.

I am passionate about helping schools to use CPD to drive improvements. I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you, your school or Trust leaders, to identify the best programme of CPD to support your school’s needs.”


Art support led by Paul Carney: Paul Carney is a nationally recognised art consultant having delivered specialist art INSET CPD in schools across the UK and for the UK’s leading training providers. He is a board member for the NSEAD and runs his highly successful art website; paulcarneyarts.com which provides high quality teaching resources and advice to teachers around the world.

Behaviour management support led by Jogo Behaviour: Jogo Behaviour Support’s strengths lie in both the expert knowledge and experience of their team, and also the content of the support and training they provide. All of their team have spent their careers supporting and succeeding with children, young people and families that are experiencing issues around social, emotional, mental health and behaviour

Computing support led by TBC

Drama support led by Patrice Baldwin:

  • Teacher trainer (ITT, INSET, CPD)
    ● An internationally acclaimed ‘Drama for Learning’ expert
    ● International Conference Speaker and Workshop leader
    ● Author
    ● A Director of the Council for Subject Associations (CfSA)
    ● Director of Drama for Learning and Creativity (D4LC)

EAL support led by the EAL Academy: The EAL Academy – school improvement specialists and leaders in the fields of academic literacy, ethnic minority achievement and English as an additional language

EYFS support led by Early Excellence: Early Excellence is the leading Provider of Early Years Resources, Furniture and Training in the UK. To Childminders Nursery, Infant and Primary Schools.

EYFS support led by Dr Sue Allingham: https://eyoutofthebox.com/

Family engagement support led by Julie Westrop: Julie’s 22 year very successful teaching and senior leadership career saw her working in both primary and secondary schools in West Africa, London and East Anglia. She always preferred to work in schools serving communities with more disadvantage than most, welcoming the opportunities to work with families and the wider community in enhancing educational experiences, raising both aspirations and achievement and
creating strong communities of learners.

Geography support led by Nell Seal: Salix is an Education Consultancy specialising in facilitating CPD training for teachers and other practitioners in the areas of learning for sustainability, outdoor learning and primary Geography. Based centrally in England we are able to work with schools and settings in a variety of locations

History support led by Andrew Wrenn: Andrew Wrenn is a freelance History Education consultant. He is also a Teacher Fellow and recent trustee of the Historical Association, a UK subject organisation which promotes the teaching of history cross-phrase. He is a former LA advisor for history and humanities and is an experienced teacher, trainer and writer.

Leadership support led by Colin Tapscott: Everyday Leader believes that great leaders are passionate about their calling and their cause. They believe that good leadership qualities inspire action and drive positive change. Founder, Colin Tapscott, established Everyday Leader on the ethos of leadership empowerment and a fundamental belief that anyone can be a great leader.

Literacy support led by PLTA: Andy has worked in primary education in Peterborough for 30 years. He has a proven track record of excellent teaching and phase/subject leadership. As a learning & teaching adviser with Peterborough City Council, he provided high quality advisory support to teachers and middle leaders in a wide range of schools. Andy’s specialisms are English teaching, AfL and middle leadership development. Much of Andy’s current work involves team teaching in various schools across Peterborough from Y1-Y6.

Mathematics support led by Liz Gibbs: Liz Gibbs Author, independent national & international mathematics adviser/trainer and supporting member of COBIS. More recently, Liz has been writing lessons for BBC Bitesize and script writing for BBC Teacher Talks.

More able support led by Potential Plus UK: Potential Plus UK is an independent charity that has been working with families and schools for the benefit of young people with high learning potential since we were established in 1967.

Nurture support led by Nurcha: nurcha is a new organisation supporting children & young people to be the best they can be. The nurturing change approach has its foundation in the six principles of nurture, and a deep belief in the power of adults to support change in the lives of children and young people.

Pastoral support led by Steve Russell: Steve Russell has nearly 25 years of experience, ranging from classroom teaching through to behaviour support and leading a team of school improvement consultants. More recently, he has expanded beyond schools to include other organisations, as well as coaching individuals.

Reading and SEND led by Dr Sarah Moseley: Sarah is an experienced headteacher who Ofsted described as “ambitious for the future of the school….. working tirelessly to improve pupils’ achievements through high-quality training and checks on teaching which has led to improvements in pupils’ learning”. Now an independent Educational Consultant specialising in school improvement and raising outcomes for all learners. Sarah has over 25 years’ experience of working in special and mainstream education, in roles from teaching assistant to Headteacher. With a solid research background which includes a Master’s Degree and PhD in Special Education, focusing on the teaching of reading for pupils with SEN and inclusion, Sarah has also presented nationally and internationally at conferences and is a published author.

SEND support led by Anita Devi: #TEAMADL are a multi-agency team of specialist practitioners. As a not-for-profit, we use our expertise to capacity build in schools and colleges to bring about growth and change through innovative, yet simple solutions. We use our profits to resource schools and colleges.

Science support led by Jane Banham: Chartered science teacher. PSTT Fellow, Primary school teacher. Primary Science Lead Derbyshire ,Notts &Greater Linc. Science Teaching and Learning Consultant.