Meet The School Improvement Team

Damian Burke
School Improvement Leader (Literacy)

Damian joined the team in May 2017 after 22 years in primary education. 

19 years were in senior leadership roles, the last 15 as a headteacher in London 

Damian holds the NPQH and is an EEF accredited Evidence Leader in Education. 

Damian manages the School Governance team.

Suzanne Connolly
School Improvement Leader (SEND)

Suzanne joined the team in January 2022 after 31 years in primary education.

27 years were in senior leadership roles, the last 14 as a headteacher in Northumberland.

Suzanne holds the NPQH and will be an EEF accredited Evidence Leader in Education shortly.

 

Dave Cookson
Head of School Improvement

Dave joined the team in January 2016 after 21 years in secondary school education. including 18 years in leadership positions. 

Dave holds NPQH, is a Senior Associate with the Association of Education Advisers, and is an EEF-accredited Evidence Leader in Education. 

Dave is the Lead Officer for SACRE (Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education) and leads the Appropriate Body service for Early Career Teachers. 

Hannah Couper
School Improvement Team Administrator

Hannah joined the team in March 2020. She has a substantial amount of administrative experience, supporting a variety of high-performing teams across the country. 

Hannah manages an extensive range of administration duties, including supporting school improvement partners, finance, training, the ECT Appropriate Body and headteacher recruitment.

Jane Kennedy
School Improvement Leader (Disadvantage)

Jane joined the team in January 2022 after 21 years in secondary education. 

13 years were in senior leadership roles, the last 7 were as a headteacher in a Northumberland.

Jane will be an EEF accredited Evidence Leader in Education shortly.

 

Louise Mallin
School Improvement Leader (Assessment)

Louise joined the team in April 2017 after 20 years in primary education.

17 years were in senior leadership roles, of which the last 7 were as a headteacher in Northumberland.

Louise holds the NPQH and is an EEF accredited Evidence Leader in Education.  

Louise is the Moderation Manager for KS1 and KS2, and manages the Equalities Team.

Claire Williams
School Improvement Leader (Mathematics)

Claire joined the team in April 2017 after 19 years in middle and primary education.

16 years were in senior leadership positions across three local authorities in the north of England.

Claire holds the NPQH and is an EEF accredited Evidence Leader in Education. 

Claire sits on the board of the Great North Maths Hub and manages the ICT Team.

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