After a period as Director of Education and Director of Children’s Services, and a national role with the Local Government Association (LGA), I’m currently an independent consultant, commentator and writer on education and children’s services. I remain active within ADCS and am...Read More
I consult on education and children’s services for local authorities, working in areas such as school improvement, post-16 school organisation and change management. I take on commissions where improvement is needed, and where I can make a real difference through my work; I’m...Read More
I have produced a number of free publications on various topics. I have also contributed to external publications listed at the bottom of this page. Improving Educational Outcomes for Children in Care – Research Implications for Local Authorities This paper is a personal...Read More
Drawing on more than 30 years in education and children’s services I work as an independent consultant, write on issues around children and education, and speak regularly at and chair conferences in these areas.
Reflecting my interests in the strategic use of data, I became Chair of the National Consortium for Examination Results (NCER) in April 2015. NCER is the Community Interest Company co-owned by local authorities which carries out education performance data analyses for schools and local authorities.
Also in April I became Chair of the ADCS Associates Network.
By sharing my experience and a fresh perspective I help professionals discover and develop their own best solutions built on local knowledge and capacity. I am committed to making a difference, not just analysing and reporting on problems, and I promote solutions that are robust and sustainable.
My most recent publication is ‘Improving Educational Outcomes for Children in Care – Research Implications for Local Authorities. I have also recently produced an analysis of the 2015 Schools Causing Concern Statutory Guidance, which forms the next section of the ‘The Role of the Local Authority in Schools Quality Assurance’ series. I’ve also written on the same topic for the Local Government Information Unit.
Last year I completed a major piece of research for CIPFA on ‘Research on Children’s Services Spending and Budgeting – Section 251 Returns’.