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Our vision is to provide high quality bespoke support that addresses current educational challenges and practices.

Our vision is to enable school leaders and staff to provide the best possible outcomes for all their children.

We aim to offer down to earth, interactive, innovative and practical solutions.


Our trainers are all high quality independent consultants with many years of successful experience in schools. Most have been headteachers, and all have a distinguished track record in promoting school improvement. They have expertise in curriculum development, early years, SEND, governance, mental health and well-being, school improvement strategies and preparation for Ofsted. They are steeped in the latest educational research and have contributed articles to national publications. Several have published books. They provide impartial and rigorous support to individual schools and trusts, local authority improvement partnerships and the DfE. They welcome lively professional dialogue, encourage reflection and promote innovative approaches. 


Nick Butt (Director)

Specific Areas of Expertise: Leadership, SEN, EYFS, curriculum, teaching and learning, governance, a wealth of Ofsted experience (lead inspector from 2005 to 2020).

Nick is a very experienced school improvement partner and primary headteacher. He supports school improvement in schools and multi-academy trusts across London, the East of England  and the East Midlands. He is a lead reviewer for Challenge Partners and was part of London Challenge, working with the DfE and LAs, to improve vulnerable primary schools across London. His schools made significant gains in their performance and several have now been rated outstanding. Nick has a successful track record both as a headteacher and in school improvement. Schools value his professional expertise and friendly but no-nonsense approach. His overseas experience includes New York, Abu Dhabi and the Cayman Islands.

Laurence Keel (Director)

Specific Areas of Expertise: Leadership, models of teaching , curriculum, learning behaviours, assessment, art & design, DT.

Laurence has worked in London schools for over thirty years. He has held the post of headteacher in several London schools for the past twenty years and has worked for school improvement services as an attached inspector of schools. Laurence has authored several educational books in art and design, design technology and science. He authored the STEM project boxes that were category winners at the 2019 Teach Primary Awards.

We have a team of independent consultants that are matched to the individual needs of each school and setting that we support.

Sophie Allen (Associate - Safeguarding)

Sophie Allen is a former headteacher from North West London who has wide expertise in safeguarding. Sophie was a safeguarding lead for over 20 years, a role which she never relinquished even as a headteacher. She set up her school as a Specialist Centre for safeguarding; offering training and bespoke support to other schools. Sophie developed a broad and innovative safeguarding team to ensure all aspects of safeguarding were met within a complex and challenging context. Sophie's school was highlighted as an example of good practice in the field of FGM awareness and development work. Sophie has a wide range of experience facilitating and organising training on a range of safeguarding issues to a variety of audiences. Sophie has the experience of being the primary education representative on a variety of local authority safeguarding panels and facilitates support and development for Designated Safeguarding Leads. She has instigated work with social care to improve communication and effectiveness and has contributed to and written articles on safeguarding in schools and on FGM awareness. Sophie Allen Safeguarding offers strategic support, action planning, supervision and training to schools and to organisations with an interest in and responsibility for child safeguarding and welfare.

Jan Martin (Associate - SEND)

Specific Areas of Expertise: Special Educational Needs, Inclusion and Behavioural Support.

Jan Martin is an independent school improvement adviser, specialising in SEND.  She was a SENCo in three secondary schools and a Deputy Head in a special school, and Executive Headteacher of a special school in Hong Kong. She was a Local Authority SEN inspector (primary & secondary mainstream and special schools), and has held Local Authority senior leadership roles as Head of Inclusion and Head of School Improvement. Jan is an experienced trainer in SEND, Inclusion and behaviour. In addition, Jan is an External Adviser to a number of special school headteachers, and MAT Executive Headteachers for HT Performance Management.


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