Courses written by experts
All the courses in the CPD Library have been written by well-known experts in the field. Read about our growing list of consultants, editors and authors below.
Martin Barwise - Consultant Editor
Martin is an Assistant Headteacher at a large comprehensive school. He has worked in state and private schools in Australia and England. In his current role he oversees staff appraisal, professional development and teacher training, through a wide range of Initial Teacher Training providers. He is also co-director of a SCITT. Martin is passionate about personalised professional development and recognises that some of the best professional development is developed by teachers for teachers. He is the author of ‘Managing Behaviour - Survive and Succeed’, one of the titles within the CPD library.
Mark Soames - Consultant Editor
Mark has been a teacher of Science in secondary schools for over 30 years. During this time he spent 15 years as Head of Science, leading the department through significant expansion and to an outstanding OFSTED rating. He has written and led training workshops with Science teachers locally as well as overseas. In his current role of Assistant Principal his areas of responsibility include whole school CPD, leadership development, Initial Teacher Training and NQT induction. He is an SLE and accredited facilitator for NPQML with extensive experience of developing and delivering middle leader development programmes and mentoring middle leaders. Mark is involved in managing a Science Learning Partnership and national schemes for science teacher recruitment.
Authors and contributors
- Bernard Barker is emeritus professor of Educational Leadership and Management at the School of Education, University of Leicester. He was educated at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, the University of York and the University of Leicester. He taught history at three Hertfordshire schools before becoming principal of Stanground College in Peterborough, a large community comprehensive. After seventeen years at the college he moved to lead Rowley Fields in Leicester out of special measures before joining the university's Centre for Educational Leadership and Management. He became Director of Post-Graduate Studies at the School of Education and taught doctoral and masters students around the world. He has published widely in journals and magazines and his recent books include his critique of education policy (The Pendulum Swings, Trentham Press, 2010) and an investigation into social mobility (Education and Social Mobility, 2014, IoE/Trentham Press, with Kate Hoskins, 2014).
- Corinne Davidson is an Assistant Principal with over 10 years of teaching experience. She has been a Designated Person for child protection since June 2013 and has been the Designated Safeguarding Lead since January 2014, overseeing a team of staff in a large school to ensure the highest standards in child protection. As Inclusion Lead, she works closely with the Local Authority to ensure the wider needs of young people are met by working collaboratively with a range of external agencies.
- Eileen Fursland is an independent researcher and influential writer on social issues, children, care and adoption.
- Linda Gower, now retired, was previously Educational Achievement Manager for the Virtual School, Suffolk County Council.
- Joe Hales has been teaching for 20 years and has, in that time, been a teacher of pupils with Special Educational Needs, head of two different departments, head of faculty and head of year. He has worked as an advisor for Essex Local Authority and is currently on the senior leadership team of an Outstanding OFSTED school having been the Head of Department for PSHEE and Citizenship. He recently completed his Masters in Education.
- Kamal Hanif OBE is the executive principal of Waverley School, an Outstanding school in Birmingham. He has presented nationally and internationally on community cohesion and preventing radicalisation. He is also a National Leader of Education and has received national awards for teaching and school leadership.
- Matthew Mannas studied a computer science degree and worked in industry for a few years developing and maintaining computer systems. He moved into teaching as he was looking for a new life challenge. He is an (AST) advanced skills teacher in IT and this role has enabled him to work with staff from different schools. Matthew is an SLE for his work with continuing professional development. His SLE designation relates to the number of teaching and learning courses he has written and delivered. He has written courses for cover supervisors, SCITT trainees, newly qualified staff and highly experienced staff.
- Following a successful career in teaching, Matthew Nall worked in local government information systems for a number of years before returning to supporting schools’ use of ICT. He is currently Professional Services Manager in The ICT Service, a traded team in Cambridgeshire County Council. A significant part of his role involves advising schools about their use of information, including safe handling of data and ensuring privacy is built into the design of systems.
- Nicky Spencer-Hutchings is a mental health occupational therapist specialising in children and young people with SEMHD. She is a Thrive trainer and practitioner and an adoptive mum of two boys.
- Unitas is a charity registered in England and Wales which provides training to youth justice practitioners. Unitas also offers the Youth Justice Effective Practice Certificate, an approved learning programme for both current youth justice professionals and those who wish to work in youth justice.
- Iain Walker has worked as Head of English and Literacy Co-ordinator in two schools and as a National Strategy English Consultant. He is currently working as an SLE (special leader in education) at Comberton Village College in Cambridgeshire.
- Gareth Williams-James is an Education Specialist for Children Looked After and In Need. After ten years as a Virtual School Head and having established one of the first virtual schools for looked after children, Gareth started working independently in September, 2015 to provide interim management and support to local authorities and other agencies including schools. Making use of the network of contacts he has developed over the years, he also brings his experience to the DfE and charitable organisations. He is a Centre for Excellence and Outcomes Associate to the National Children’s Bureau, a voluntary member of Lord Nash’s DfE working group on the boarding opportunity for vulnerable children and a member of the Institute for Recovery from Childhood Trauma.
- Felicia Wood is a researcher and lecturer at Bath Spa University. She works on the Attachment Aware Schools project, and is also a Thrive practitioner, an associate of Kate Cairns Associates and a founding member of Emotion Coaching UK.