School Improvement Team

Dan Thomas

Dan Thomas

Chief Executive Officer

As Chief Executive, I work across the trust to help make sure we meet our ambitious goals. As well as setting forward-looking direction, and assisting The Learning Partnership's experienced and knowledgeable trustees, my role includes ensuring that schools are supported very well, including in relation to their leadership

David Twambley

David Twambley

Deputy CEO

As Deputy CEO I work closely with the CEO and headteachers developing the overall strategy for the trust whilst embedding our values and objectives. I also lead the Central Services team with combined responsibility for finance, people, estates & marketing, school improvement and training & development.

Kate Baddeley

Kate Baddeley

Director of Education

As the Director of Education I work closely with the CEO, Deputy CEO and Headteachers developing the overall strategy for the trust whist embedding our values and objectives. I am also responsible for the overall provision of the Quality of Education across the trust, leading the education team, ensuring we deliver the very best education we can to transform the lives of young people.

Jo Young

Jo Young

Director of Primary Education

My role is to support primary school leaders in a cycle of continuous improvement, with a focus on knowing, supporting and challenging schools. I work with each primary head teacher to ensure pupils are receiving the best possible education. I also work closely with the Director of Secondary and the Director of School Improvement to ensure each school has the capacity to improve the support they need and access to evidence based professional development.

Jim Barlow

Jim Barlow

Director of Secondary Education

Through a process of knowing, supporting and challenging our schools, I work closely with the secondary headteachers across the trust to improve outcomes for all students. I ensure that school leaders have access to evidence based professional development and support schools to deliver their School Improvement Plans. I also work with external consultants to carry out quality assurance activities within our schools as part of our schools’ self-evaluation processes.

Emma Hooley

Emma Hooley

Director of Safeguarding and School Improvement Co-ordinator

As Director of Safeguarding and School Improvement Co-ordinator, my role focusses on ensuring that Safeguarding policy and processes are effective and that Designated Safeguarding Leads feel supported in their school based roles. Additionally, I also lead a central team to deliver improvements in SEND, Behaviour, EYFS and Personal Development. We work closely with the Directors of Secondary and Primary to support schools in meeting their identified school improvement priorities.

Cathy Lord

Cathy Lord

Director of Pupils

As Director of pupils I support schools in fostering positive pupil Mental Health and Well-being and in addressing challenging behaviour. I am also Deputy Safeguarding Lead, and support schools in the implementation of safe working practices across the trust.

Sally Earl

Sally Earl

Early Years Lead

As Early Years Lead, I support each of the primary schools to provide high quality early years education. Working as part of the School Improvement Team to offer challenge, advice and training to staff who teach our youngest children. I also lead the Early Years Network bringing practitioners together to self-reflect, share best practice and to learn with and from each other.

Julia Gawn

Julia Gawn

SEND Lead Primary Schools

As the Primary SEND Lead, I work across the primary schools in The Learning Partnership to review, oversee and support their Senior Leadership and SENCOs to deliver the best quality provision for children with Special Educational Needs. I am part of TLP's School Improvement Service which ensures schools deliver best practice in Special Educational Needs and meet their statutory requirements around SEND. I aim to ensure that all the schools feel confident with the support that they are giving to SEND pupils so that the best outcomes for these pupils can be achieved across the Trust.

Alison Hooper

Alison Hooper

School Improvement Advisor

As a School Improvement Adviser I work with the School Improvement Team, Trust Officers, Headteachers and teachers to ensure strong outcomes for all pupils. I specialise in Personal Development to support schools in providing effective programmes which are coherent, well sequenced, organised with connected curricula that demonstrate impact in teaching conduct, building character, fostering cultural capital and supporting wellbeing, creating a lasting legacy into adulthood.

Gill Josephs

Gill Josephs

SEND Lead Secondary Schools

As SEND Lead for Secondary, I work across the Trust reviewing, overseeing and supporting SLT and SENCOs within the secondary schools in the Trust. In addition to this supportive role I am also part of the Trust School Improvement Service which ensures school deliver best practices in Special Educational Needs and meets the statutory requirements around SEN. I aim to ensure that all the schools feel confident with the support that they are giving to SEND pupils so that the best outcomes for these pupils can be achieved across the Trust.