CPD Course Partners
A unique partnership of two highly successful education specialists with a proven track record of raising standards in schools with improved inspection outcomes.
With extensive experience of securing sustainable school improvement across local authority schools, multi-academy and independent trusts, we offer high quality consultancy, continuous professional development, leadership development, and bespoke events for the complete primary age range.
Kate has been successfully leading and advising schools in mathematics from EYFS to year 6 for nearly twenty years. Her interventions and support have resulted in schools improving their Ofsted outcomes. She researches, writes and delivers bespoke mathematics training which focuses on deepening subject knowledge and enhancing pedagogical practice. Kate also provide subject leaders with regular updates on national and local priorities as well as current trends in mathematical development. She is a strategic partner in Click4Teaching working collaboratively with Chris Ogden (English) to offer creative curriculum projects, innovative learning continuous professional development and events for pupils.
Kate also writes and delivers the mathematical programme for PGCE on behalf of The Severn Teaching School Alliance and The West Midlands Consortium.
Chris has been successfully leading and advising schools on all aspects of English and quality first teaching from EYFS to year 6 for the past thirteen years. This support has resulted in improved Ofsted outcomes for schools. Using the latest research, he writes and delivers specific English training which focuses on developing subject knowledge and effective pedagogical approaches. He also supports schools identifying how reading (including phonics), writing and grammar can be applied to a range of subjects as well as improving test scores in SATs.
Chris provides schools with information on emerging national and local trends in English.
He is a strategic partner in Click4Teaching working collaboratively with Kate Burton (mathematics) to offer innovative creative learning contexts and approaches delivered through continuous professional development and Roadshow events for children.
Chris also works for Ofsted as an inspector, The Severn Teaching School Alliance, The Marches Teaching School, West Midlands Consortium, and Chester University.
Spectra Inclusion Support Team offers personalised support and advice for children and young people with needs related to the autism spectrum, social interaction and communication difficulties, speech and language difficulties, challenging behaviour, anxiety and low self-esteem.
Our team continues to grow and develop since initially being established as Spectra Autism Inclusion Service Ltd in the Spring of 2013.
Our high-quality service is a social enterprise and is available for schools and other organisations in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and vicinity. A wide range of support services can be provided including direct intervention, staff support and training. Spectra also delivers a range of training courses at St Peter’s learning Centre in Wem.
Best Practice Network
Best Practice Network is one of the UK’s largest providers of training, development and support for education professionals.
We share the desire of every practitioner that every child, regardless of their background, should benefit from an excellent education.
We do this by working in close partnership with practising education professionals to develop and deliver high-quality CPD and qualifications that help school leaders, early years practitioners, business managers, support staff and SENCOs be the best they can be and transform the lives of children and young people.
Our comprehensive range of programmes includes the government-approved National Professional Qualifications for school leaders, Early Years Initial Teacher Training and the National Award for SEN Coordination (NASENCO).
Chris Quigley Education
Chris Quigley is a specialist in primary education. He has been a Teacher, Head Teacher, Lead Inspector and Trainer of School Inspectors. He is best known for his inspiring talks and his clear, easy to use support materials. He is also a publisher and a Director of Chris Quigley Education, where he leads a team of specialists, delivering inspiring training and talks all over the world.
Local Headteacher and National Leader of Education.
Mark has been the Headteacher of Oxon CE Primary School in Shrewsbury since 2001. In 2016, the school was judged by Ofsted to be outstanding in all areas. He was appointed as a National Leader in Education in 2016. Mark has supported many schools in Shropshire over the last fifteen years and continues to be deployed in this capacity as an NLE. Prior to becoming a headteacher, he taught in three primary schools undertaking the role of Deputy Head in two of them.
Richard Smith- Amazing ICT
An Educational ICT Consultant who set up his own company, AmazingICT, following a career in teaching and LA consultancy. This has included work as a school improvement adviser, ICT Mark assessor, a DfE accredited consultant for schools and four years of leading a team of consultants supporting the appropriate use of ICT in 60 schools. Richard works in 8 schools each week delivering Computing, coding, E-safety and technology lessons.
Richard runs Primary and Secondary Computing Network meetings for the University Centre Shrewsbury.
He is a STEM Learning Associate Facilitator delivering courses for the new National Centre for Computing Education and has recently written a blog post on this. He is a Computing at School Community Leader (CAS). In June ‘19 one of his teams came 2nd in the Young Coders Competition.
In 2019 he was made a facilitator for STEM Learning & the National Centre for Computing Education.
He leads on writing Computing materials for Cornerstones Education (in over 2000 Schools).