Meet the team and get in touch
Helen Robinson – Head of Training and Assessment Insights
Following a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience, Helen joined the teaching profession through Teach First and worked as an Assistant Learning Director, Science and Psychology teacher. Since leaving the classroom, she has supported a wide range of schools and Multi-Academy Trusts as an Education Adviser. She is passionate about supporting schools to make the best use of their assessment data to help improve pupil outcomes. Helen believes that understanding each schools’ individual needs is key to ensuring that assessment data can be used in the most time efficient way for the biggest impact from whole-school to individual pupil level.
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Jessica Watson – International Training Content and Delivery Manager
Jessica Watson develops the GL training programmes which support schools across the globe to analyse, understand and maximise the use of their assessment data. Jessica has previously worked in inner-city schools as a Mathematics and Spanish teacher and as a Head of Maths. It was in this role that she realised how powerful data is in informing school development planning, teaching practice, and in recognising where our attention is most effective.
Wendy Orton - UK Training Content and Delivery Manager
Wendy’s career has been founded on the belief that a thorough understanding of each child through quality assessment is integral to bringing down barriers to learning and supporting all students to achieve their full potential. She has worked as a Lecturer in Initial Teacher Training, Specialist Leader in Education for Science (SLE) and whilst in the classroom she was a Science Lead, a Leading Literacy Teacher and SENDCo Teacher. Her belief is that each school is unique; she is passionate about working with schools to gain a better understanding of their needs and how to use their data effectively and efficiently to ensure the best outcome for each child and the whole school. Wendy’s experience, both in the classroom and in an advisory capacity, helps her to work with schools to maximise the impact from the data to inform interventions and student support.
Annie Hall - Training Coordinator
Annie helps our schools across the globe find the right training for them and ensures delivery of our suite of training options – from free online materials that can be visited on-demand, to in-depth one-to-one data consultations and face-to-face group workshops. Having been at the core of the training department in her previous role, she knows just how important it is to understand training needs and ensure the right training is delivered at the right time. Assisting the wider Training and Assessment Insights team, Annie brings a wealth of customer service experience and administrative support. She’s loves getting lost in a good book, which is fuelling her studies at the Open University, where she is currently completing her English Language and Literature degree.
Formerly Principal at an award-winning international school in the Middle East and Adjunct Lecturer in School Leadership at the University Brunei Darussalam, Matthew has enjoyed headships in British and IB schools globally. Through his expertise in the use a triangle of student-level data, and his passion for a #wellbeingfirst and #earlyyearsup approach to learning, Matthew has written and presented across the globe on #themonalisaeffect®, which aims to enable schools and school leaders to help every single child to thrive. Matthew also has a global voice on, and is actively engaging in constructive conversations about, child and adolescent mental health, wellbeing, involvement and belonging. He is in increasingly high demand as a trainer of choice to premium schools and school groups worldwide.
Neil is an international freelance educational consultant providing training around the world. In 2019 he worked with teachers and schools in Singapore, Laos, Indonesia, India, China, Vietnam, Nepal, Malaysia, South Korea, Oman, Hong Kong and the UAE. He is currently involved in developing online projects in a number of countries including India, Mexico and China.
Neil firmly believes that the most successful teaching strategies can work for teachers of all subjects and ages of students, and both his conference presentations and school training programmes always provide practical guidance and resources that teachers can use directly in their classrooms.