What We Believe
- Teachers as learners
- Practical strategies that are backed by research
- On-going support
- Keeping things simple
We are Literacy and Numeracy specialists with over 35 years combined experience in teaching and education. We provide workshops, bespoke support and curriculum resources that have direct impact on standards.
Who are we?
Jane has 25+ years' experience as a teacher and senior leader, as well as extensive experience of developing and embedding new teaching and learning strategies.
Jane is a Numeracy specialist and has more than 15 years' experience as a Head of Mathematics and Assistant Head in charge of data and assessment, mentoring curriculum leaders in the analysis and use of data to improve standards. She is also Deputy Project Lead for NFER for the national Numerical Reasoning tests and has developed support materials for and delivered the marking events for teachers and advisory staff across Wales.
In her role as an NSP Partner for CfBT Education Trust, Jane was the strategic lead for developing numeracy and numerical reasoning across the curriculum.
Jane has created and delivered a range of bespoke numeracy and assessment training workshops for schools across South Wales in both the primary and secondary sectors and has worked with senior leadership teams to ensure that literacy and numeracy is strategically and effectively embedded.
Finola has a unique skill set and is highly unusual in having taught both English and Maths in KS3 and KS4. Finola has over a decade's experience as a Language and Literacy specialist and has taught English from KS2 to KS5, specialising in A Level English Language and Linguistics.
Finola is an expert in coaching and mentoring having studied Psycho- Linguistics and Transactional Analysis and spending several years training coaches for UK Athletics.
In her role as Senior NSP Partner for CfBT Education Trust Finola was the strategic lead for Assessment, Recording and Reporting across Wales and has worked with numerous schools to develop and enhance assessment skills.
Finola is also an experienced project manager in both the private and public sectors working with NGOs and community groups across South Wales.
Marc Bowen is Year 4 teacher and Deputy Headteacher at Raglan CiW VC Primary School. He has been a teacher for nearly 20 years, whilst also regularly contributing to local and national curriculum development projects, advising on curriculum innovation and writing for a range of educational publishers.
Dan has over eighteen years’ experience of teaching Welsh in a large and successful secondary school. He has held the post of Literacy Co-ordinator for ten years before spending two years on secondment with the National Support Programme for Literacy and Numeracy. He has particular interests in developing cross-curricular teaching and researching effective strategies for including learners with neuro-developmental challenges. Dan is currently enjoying being back in the classroom at such an exciting time for education in Wales.
Robin is an educational consultant who advises private and public sector organisations. He has over 15 years experience in various roles within an examinations board and has been a School Governor for over 10 years. He is a former Secretary in Wales for senior school leaders’ association ASCL. Robin is a Welsh-speaker and has one child at university and another at Sixth Form. Robin’s twitter address is @Robinhughes66 and he blogs at http://asgoasgo.wordpress.com
Carl has been teaching ICT and computing for 10 years after starting as a PE teacher. He has been head of ICT and Computer Science and is currently Head of Faculty.
Carl is keen to develop digital competence and confidence within both students and those who work with children and is an advocate of computational thinking. He is the creator of the popular Rob-bot teaching resources that are designed to support other educators to deliver lessons in ICT, Computer Science, Digital Competence and Computational Thinking.
Carl is also an international athlete and has played water polo for Great Britain and Wales.
Lisa Jones is a Year 1/2 teacher and Deputy Headteacher at Fochriw Primary School. She has over 25 years teaching and leadership experience mainly working within the Foundation Phase. She is a literacy specialist and has a keen interest in the issues facing pupils with additional learning needs. Lisa has seen the benefits of undertaking action research in her own classroom and is excited by the current challenges involved in the of development of the new 'Successful Futures' curriculum within Wales.
Louise is a mathematics and assessment co-ordinator and head of key stage 2 at Ysgol Pen-y-Garth. She has been teaching for 20 years, including a period on secondment as Numeracy Development Officer at Central South Consortium. As part of her role at CSC she was involved in providing various training programmes, supporting schools and developing curriculum mapping documents. She currently teaches Year 4 and is involved in providing school to school support by running a Welsh language numeracy intervention programme for LSAs. She is very interested in utilising educational researching in the classroom and ensuring every child develops a love of mathematic.
Lucy is a Head of English at a Secondary School in South Wales. She has eleven years’ teaching experience, four of which have been as head of department. Lucy has taken an active role in GCSE and A level examining and moderating over the past decade; undertaking a variety of examining positions for several exam boards across England and Wales.
Lucy’s main professional interests lie in Literacy and Vocabulary improvement strategies across certain groups of learners – particularly underachieving boys. She is currently undertaking a Research Masters on the topic of Boys’ underachievement in Literacy, and usable strategies to overcome this at Cambridge University from September 2018.
Sian has been a science, biology specialist, secondary school teacher for 18 years. During this time, she has held positions of responsibility including head of biology and second in science. She has a particular interest in KS2 transition and over the last 3 years has introduced a range of structured investigations through INSET, team teaching, moderation (with feedback) and sharing good practice with the large cluster of feeder primaries for her secondary school. She has also successfully replicated the KS2 science project with another cluster within the county.
Matthew is currently a senior leader at a large secondary school in Swansea having previously been Head of Mathematics at the school. Prior to this he worked in a secondary school in Cardiff for ten years. Matthew is particularly interested in the use of video technology to support improvements within the classroom as well as the effective use of data to support improvements in teaching & learning, pupil progress and wellbeing.
What we offer
We create bespoke support for schools designed specifically to address each school’s needs. Our support is designed to ensure there is a lasting impact on pupil outcomes. Research shows the most effective form of CPD allows for regular review and evaluation and is delivered over at least two terms. To sample the kind of bespoke support we can offer your school book on to one of the handful of workshops we offer each year by clicking on the link below:
See our case studies
An excellent day that fully met our needs and met many of the recommendations from our LA review. Thank you very much! – Jenna Jones, Deputy Head Teacher Tonyrefail Primary School