Super excited about our shiny new Advisers

We are delighted to be welcoming three new advisers to our team this term. Each brings a substantial body of experience to the service, and will enable us to broaden the support we offer to schools.

Linda pic 2 Linda Brown

Linda is a qualified teacher and has extensive leadership experience in the West Midlands including seven years as a primary head. More recently she has run her own independent consultancy and undertaken primary inspection work.

Key skills include supporting and developing NQTs, including those in the early stages of their career; working with middle leaders to develop skills including quality assurance, action planning and evaluating the impact of their work; support for senior leaders in school improvement and progressing curriculum and assessment;  training and support for governing bodies.

Linda can be contacted on

Jo P pic Jo Perrin

Jo has many years teaching experience, teaching MFL (French and German) with a smattering of English, Humanities and Music along the way but her passion and main focus was working as a pastoral lead in a large secondary school involved with Safeguarding, PSHE and RSE.  Jo is  committed to a holistic view of education, putting the child’s lived experience at the centre and working with staff to understand and apply strategies relating to active learning and assessment techniques in PSHE, with a particular interest in mental health considerations (of students and adults), self-harm and attachment disorders.  Jo has experience in working on Transition between primary and secondary and engaging staff in sharing information and working together at this crucial time to facilitate transfer of pastoral as well as academic data.

Jo can be contacted on

Helen Grundy pic Helen Grundy

Helen was a Primary School teacher in Staffordshire for 16 years, working across both Key Stage 1 and 2 in a variety of schools undertaking a number of roles – Key Stage 2 co-ordinator, subject leader for Maths, RE, PSHE, Art, History as well as being school SENCo for 6 years and member of the SLT for many more. After teaching Year 2, delivering and assessing KS1 SATs, her career developed as a Senior Teacher in Key Stage 2. During this time Helen led many initiatives in school including the Dyslexia Friendly Award, Healthy Schools Award and a multi-cultural link with a school in Southern India. Following a recommendation from OFSTED, Helen became a Leading Maths Teacher for Staffordshire in 2012.

Helen will be the initial point of contact for TRACE, S4E’s planning, assessment and reporting package. She will also be providing support to our NQT team, Maths and RE advisers, and leading the Pupil Voice Project which has run in Birmingham in 2014-15 to develop this in a broader base of schools to continue its success.

Helen can be contacted on

If you would like to discuss working with any of the new advisers then please contact them directly


Welcome back – first week done and dusted!

We would like to take the opportunity to welcome you back after the school summer holidays and to let you know about some of this terms training and events which may be of interest to yourself and/or colleagues.

Click here to download the Autumn Calendar.

Please be reminded that the 2015 Conference for Birmingham Primary and Early Years Leaders is taking place on the 5th and 6th November at the Chesford Grange Hotel in Kenilworth. Please click here to view the conference programme and booking form

We are pleased to advise that the dates and venues for the Autumn Term Birmingham Local Authority Headteacher Briefings – please click the dates below to book a place.

5th October 2015, 15:30 – 17:30 – Birmingham City Football Club
6th October 2015, 08:00 – 10:00 – Beeches Hotel and Conference Centre

Following the success of the first meeting of the SLT Research Group details of the second meeting for new and existing members can be found here.

A full list of our courses can be found in our 2015/2016 prospectus – click here to view and download.

SLT Research Interest Group 2nd meeting on Growth Mindsets

If evidence-informed teaching is to become a reality, we need to create time and space to engage with the research evidence. But, more than that, we need to be able to discuss the research collaboratively and especially, discuss how to translate research findings into practice in the classroom.

The HES, in collaboration with Birmingham City University (BCU), is proposing to create a forum for SLT members to meet to discuss research topics – akin to a book club. We (the group) will choose a research topic, BCU will supply key background information on the research topic and we can come together to discuss the implications of the research, its strengths and limitations, and the practicalities of implementing in the classroom (or not).

The sessions will be free to attend. The second meeting of the SLT Research Interest Group will be on:

Date: Thursday 24th September 4 – 6pm

Venue: HESTC, Midland Croft, B33 0AW

Topic: Discussing the evidence for Growth Mindsets and its implications in classrooms

If you wish to join the group please contact Dr Sandra Passmore, Education Adviser:

Future meeting dates are Thursday 4th February 2016 and Thursday 9th June 2016