Headteacher Performance Management Consultants

We know how difficult it can be to find someone with the experience that governing bodies look for when considering the performance management of their headteacher. All too often it leads to a series of increasingly desperate emails circulated between headteachers as the Autumn Term progresses: ‘Who did you have to do your PM? Were they any good? Are they available to do mine, do you think?’
Well, SWALSS’s PM Consultants may be the answer you are looking for. Working to our tried and tested documentation and processes, our consultants can offer special schools a performance management experience that is both fair and rigorous for all parties. Two levels of service are offered: support for the process on the day or, for an additional fee, SWALSS consultants will also draft the PM Review Report, thus saving the governors an onerous task and ensuring that the process is concluded within the required timeframe.
If you would like to book one of our PM Consultants please get in touch through the Contact Us page of this website or alternatively, click the button below which will redirect you to the appropriate place.

Take a look at our Performance Management Consultants below:

Andrew Buckton

Andrew is currently the CEO of The Enable Trust (a special school MAT in South
Gloucestershire) and an Ofsted Inspector. He has taught in both mainstream primary schools and in special education in both primary and secondary schools for pupils with complex learning difficulties, including children on the autism spectrum. As headteacher, he has taken his SLD/PMLD school to Outstanding. He has a Masters in the Psychology of Special Educational Needs and the Professional Qualification for Inspecting Schools.  He is a research fellow of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust and holds the SSAT Executive Headteachers Diploma.

Deirdre Fitzpatrick

Deirdre has worked in the education field for over three decades, most recently as the Head Teacher at the Uplands Special School in Swindon.  During her
tenure, Uplands won the prestigious TES School of the Year Award. She is an Ofsted Inspector, a National Lead for Education, and an Advisor at the Department for Education (DfE) for schools in challenging circumstances. She is currently a school improvement partner to over 16
schools. She sits on the SWALSS executive committee and the Special Schools Voice advisory group. She previously acted as a local authority advisor, overseeing special schools, PRUs and mainstream secondary schools.

Catherine Leahy

Catherine became an HMI in April 2014 and a Senior HMI in 2018. She has significant experience of inspecting all types of schools, including many special schools. She has also led SEND area reviews for Ofsted. Prior to joining Ofsted, Catherine held senior management positions in schools, including nine years as a mainstream headteacher. She also has particular expertise of working with pupils with special educational needs. She worked as a Local Leader of Education, supporting schools causing concern and training school leaders. She has served as a governor in a large secondary school and is currently working part time for a large multi academy trust.

Andy Lole

Andy was headteacher of The Mulberry Bush School for pupils with social, emotional and mental health difficulties for over twenty years. He now serves as their Executive Headteacher, with oversight of the organisation’s education provision. He is currently also a lead Ofsted Inspector and a National Leader of Education. He is an accredited School Improvement Partner, working with a number of schools in this capacity. He has extensive experience of working on behalf of local authorities providing challenge and support to their SEND provision both in mainstream and special schools.

Andrew Penman

Andrew has recently retired as headteacher of Westfield Arts College, a large special school for pupils with moderate/complex learning difficulties and autism. Previous posts included headship of an all-though mainstream school and deputy headship in a non-maintained special school for young people with visual impairment and other complex needs. Andrew also stepped down from his roles as a National Leader of Education and Ofsted Inspector on leaving Westfield. Andrew currently works part time in a number of roles: as CEO of SWALSS, as Chair of the Network of Special Teaching School Alliances (NeSTSA) and as an NPQ Course Facilitator.
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