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. Prior to this Iain supported schools across the eastern region on behalf of the DCSF as part of the Excellence in Cities programme. Iain also supports schools in a voluntary capacity having recently supported Stilton Primary Academy, Cambs, as Vice-Chair of Governors, enjoying 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). Iain is passionate about helping schools to use CPD to drive improvements and 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 John Jefferies: John is a lead assessor for the ICT Mark and an EPICT accredited eSafety trainer and adviser.  His skill set includes all aspects of computing and eSafety, D&T curriculum for primary settings, the creation and use of film to raise standards in reading and writing. He is an experienced SCITT tutor, trainer and assessor, and he has successfully delivered the Developing Teacher Program for a number of years. John has a nurturing nature and has provided bespoke intervention to support struggling trainees and NQTs. He has worked in special school settings and was the lead practitioner on CfBT’s Special School Project with the aim to raise standards in phonics, maths and writing. 

 Design and Technology led by Greenfields Education: Greenfields Education Ltd is a small collective of educational professionals that was founded in 2017 to support schools in accessing high quality, focussed school support for leadership, curriculum and assessment.

Drama support led by Patrice Baldwin:

Patrice Baldwin is Chair of the Council for Subject Associations (CfSA).  She was a Primary Headteacher, Arts Education and School Improvement Adviser (Norfolk) and an Ofsted inspector. She was Sir Jim Rose’s Editorial Expert for Drama in his proposed primary national curriculum and Oak National Academy’s Primary Drama subject leader during the pandemic. She worked regularly with Pie Corbett for several years, delivering ‘Talk and Drama for Writing’ conferences. From 2012 until 2020, she arranged and offered primary curriculum courses and leadership conferences for Norfolk schools, through Inspiring Professional Development and School Improvement.

Patrice is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts and is a specialist in using Drama for learning. She has worked in almost 40 countries at conferences and in universities. She was Chair of National Drama (2004- 2015) and President of the International Drama Theatre and Education Association (IDEA) from 2010-2013. She founded and directed, Drama for Learning and Creativity (D4LC), supported by Norfolk County Council, QCA, Arts Council England, Creative Partnerships and NESTA and presented it at UNESCO’s 2nd World Arts in Education Conference in South Korea.

Patrice was a BBC Education scriptwriter and series consultant. She is a prolific author. Her most recent book is Process Drama for Second Language Teaching and Learning (Bloomsbury Academic, 2022) and her next book will be published in Autumn 2023 by Taylor and Francis. Her website is www.patricebaldwin.net.

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

English support led by Andy Hawes: Andy has worked in primary education in Peterborough for over 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.

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/  Sue started as a teacher, finally becoming a Senior Early Years Lead in a Primary School and Lead Teacher for her Local Authority.  Moving into research Sue gained an MA then a Doctorate, both in Early Childhood Education, from Sheffield University.   This led to becoming a Local Authority Early Years Adviser enabling her to develop her practice working with provision across the EYFS.   As an Independent Consultant, Author and Trainer, Sue is known for her practical style of working through coaching, mentoring, modelling, training and working alongside teams to develop practice and provision.  Her interests in teaching and learning have led to work on emotional and physical environments that will support informed teaching and learning.  This work has recently led to her being trained and accredited in the Brain-SET approach.  This approach is rooted in early brain development and has added a new dimension to her work.  As Consultant Editor of EYE (Early Years Educator) her writing is familiar to many and she has written two books that support practice across the Early Years and into Key Stage One – Transitions in the Early Years and Emotional Literacy in the Early Years.  Both published by Practical Pre-School Books

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

Governor support led by #TeamAdl: TeamADL is a multi-agency CIC that offers a wide range of expertise and services to support education, employment and life skills.

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.

Leadership support led by Andy Hind: Further to his headteacher career, Andy, since 2003, has been supporting schools and other educational institutions throughout the world.  His primary focus is supporting educational leaders, teachers and other staff in how they create a professional culture that ensure the very best outcomes for pupils. He supports a significant number of Multi-Academy Trusts, Teaching Hubs, Learning Alliances, Local Authorities and individual schools across the U.K., Europe, The Middle East and Asia. The support he offers is either face-to-face or virtual, but is always highly engaging, motivational and full of research-backed practices and practical suggestions 

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.

Modern Foreign Languages led by Primary Languages Network: Kate Percival: Kate is a primary MFL specialist, an experienced classroom practitioner and is nationally recognised as a well-respected figure in the world of primary languages. 

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 Jeni Barnacle: Jeni has a proven track record of fifteen years as a head teacher, including leading and managing a primary school through significant change and challenge using the nurture principles and whole-school Boxall Profile assessment screening. Jeni set up her own business Nurture4all in 2013 an educational consultant and trainer in the East of England before working in a variety of roles regionally and nationally for the charity nurtureuk until 2021. She then became a Director of Nurturing Change CIC (Nurcha) until her retirement in May 2022 . Jeni has a long term commitment to inclusive practice, nurturing all within the whole school community so is delighted to be coming out of retirement to work exclusively with Learning Partnership supporting schools with their nurturing journey

Pastoral support led by Steve Russell: There has perhaps never been a greater demand placed upon schools in relation to pastoral care than that which exists now. Attachment-related needs, emotionally-based school avoidance, low self-esteem are just a few areas that schools can feel like they are wrestling with, with colleagues sometimes feeling they are being more of a psychologist or counsellor than an educator! This is where Steve comes in. His courses blend his extensive understanding of psychology with over thirty years experience in schools and support services. Participants frequently speak of how they feel empowered, encouraged and enthused, with clear ideas to take back into their settings.  Alongside the CPD, Steve is also highly skilled at creating reflective safe spaces for pastoral practitioners to be able to off-load and gain a ‘super-vision’ of tricky situations they are dealing with. The emotional labour involved in pastoral care is so very real, often taking its toll, sadly, on staff – and the pastoral leaders’ network aims to provide much needed support.

PSHE support led by PSHE Solutions: John Rees is passionately committed to enhancing the learning and life-chances of children and young people, through school improvement and the professional development of individuals and organizations. Having taught for 12 years, latterly as a senior leader, John led the transformation of a theory driven,  evidence-informed health education research project from Exeter University to eventually involve 200+ schools across the UK and overseas, with unique evidence of health benefit and educational improvement.

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.