Contributing Authors

Keith Wright is managing director of school information management specialist Bluewave.SWIFT. He has worked with hundreds of schools during the past decade supporting institutional leadership and management. For further information go to



Stuart Loudon’s career in education spans 25 years, working with a large county council, a unitary authority and then in a public/private partnership working with a local authority. More recently, Stuart has established his own company, HR Services Ltd, providing a range of services to schools and academies, including advice, guidance and support in a variety of areas. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Maria Sharratt has been deputy headteacher at Litherland High School since 2009 and has been acting headteacher for two days per week since 2012. Maria has taken leading role in two Ofsted inspections that led to an 'outstanding' judgement on each occasion.



Kenny Frederick has been Principal at George Green’s School in the Isle of Dogs for over 16 years. She is also a governor of a local primary school. Previously, she taught for 16 years in two Haringey schools before becoming deputy headteacher of a girls’ school in Hackney, where she remained for six years. Inclusion is her passion and is at the heart of her vision as headteacher.



Dai Durbridge specialises in advising schools, academies and other education providers on all pastoral matters, including admissions, exclusions, allegations against staff and all safeguarding matters, with a specific interest in vetting and barring. He is a recognised expert and delivers training and workshops on all pastoral matters. Browne Jacobson offers schools and academies locally tailored HR advice on all employment law and HR issues. For more information visit


Kate Foale is an education consultant and adult education lecturer specialising in leadership and management, facilitating change and organisational development. In additional to her NLG work, she is Chair of Governors of two high-performing schools in Nottinghamshire: Tollerton School and The South Wolds Academy.
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Jayne Lowe is Director and Principal Consultant of Bright Green Learning and an experienced strategic leader and practitioner. She has successfully developed and implemented leading practice with local authorities, schools, PRUs, independent and alternative education providers. Jayne provides consultancy support on leadership, inclusion, SEN, safeguarding and behaviour, and attendance to a whole range of providers and organisations.


Helen Howard is an Educational Consultant specialising in leadership and management, inspection, behaviour management and special educational needs. She previously held senior leadership positions in special and mainstream schools, including as an associate headteacher, and was a senior school improvement officer in a local authority.



Jenny Townsend is a freelance education adviser to schools across the UK supporting various aspects of school improvement. She has extensive experience of supporting schools in the following areas: Continuing Professional Development, community engagement, inclusion, adult and family learning, and parental engagement.



Ben Whitney is an Independent Education Welfare Consultant with over 20 years experience of senior LA roles promoting attendance and supporting schools with child protection. He is the author of several books including ‘A Guide to School Attendance’ (Routledge Falmer 2008) and offers flexible training packages for school staff and Education Welfare Services, especially in the Midlands area. Ben’s new book 'The Truancy Myth' was recently published by York Publishing Services.


Dr Suzanne O'Connell is a freelance writer specialising in education. Prior to this she taught for 23 years and was a headteacher of a junior school in Nuneaton for 11 years.



Mike Dixon is a former secondary school headteacher working as an education consultant to schools and LAs. His former school is one of the few to have gained ‘outstanding’ in four successive inspections. He is based in the north west of England.



Tony Powell is an experienced Additional Inspector and local authority adviser. He writes extensively on education management, but his main work is supporting schools to develop systems for self-evaluation, school improvement and continuing professional development.



Emma Knights is Chief Executive for the National Governors’ Association (NGA). The NGA is a membership organisation representing school governors from state funded schools, both academies and local authority maintained schools, in England. NGA’s aim is to improve the effectiveness of governing bodies by providing expert and tailored information, training and advice and, where relevant, challenge.
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