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Phil Beadle

Lead Consultant - Phil Beadle

Phil is an inner city English teacher and an internationally recognised expert on teaching and learning. Specialising in working with students in challenging circumstances, his contextual value added scores are year-on-year amongst the highest of any teacher in the United Kingdom. His specialisms are in literacy, behaviour management and improving teaching and learning.

He has won national awards for both teaching and broadcasting and an international award for his journalism. His seven books on teaching and learning have been translated into several different languages, and he wrote a column 'On Teaching' for the Guardian between 2004 - 2013. He has written for the Times, Independent on Sunday, Sydney Morning Herald and The Telegraph; and been profiled in The Observer, The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Express and The Australian. He is a columnist for Teach Secondary and for the TES.

His work for Teachers TV included three of the twenty most popular programmes in the channel's run, and his Lesson from the 'Best Teachers' TV programme is used in Universities across America. There is a substantial period dedicated to his work at Adelaide University in Australia, and he has lectured in Australia, Sweden, Finland, Germany and Switzerland, as well as at Universities in the UK.

Director - Rob Cooper

Rob Cooper is a highly successful school leader, has been a member of six leadership teams, a Consultant Headteacher and Head., This experience includes leading John Paul II school in Wandsworth from special measures to having the highest CVA of any school in London in 2011. A former London Challenge Consultant, he also set up the successful Sheffield Challenge alongside Professor David Woods in 2012.

His areas of expertise are in raising attainment strategies to secure radical improvements in results, identifying intervention, Ofsted preparation, staff mentoring and implementing the appraisal and capability policy. He also has a specific strength in strategic curriculum development and timetabling (for which see our partner company education-time).

John Murphy

John Murphy

John Murphy is the National Director of Academies for Oasis Community Learning and has been a school leader with over 24 years' experience across all school contexts including successfully leading 6 schools facing challenging circumstances. He has the complementary skills, experience and leadership styles that enable colleagues, schools and organisations under pressure to succeed and build as communities with a new shared and collaborative vision.

John has particular expertise in behaviour management and has recently co-authored the bestselling 'Why are you Shouting at Us' a self-help guide for all teachers. John is also an accredited coach and actively supports future leaders as a Leadership Development Advisor.

Kevin Ducker

Kevin Ducker has worked for nearly twenty years teaching in inner-London schools. He is an English specialist (particularly in I-GCSE) who has worked as an Advanced Skills Teacher, consultant and as a member of various leadership teams, leading on literacy, behaviour and on teaching and learning. He has mentored over 50 trainee teachers and trained loads of Advanced Skills Teachers, and has written articles for academic journals, newspapers and magazines. He has also written poems that he thinks are good, but only a few have been published. He enjoys films from the 1940s and watching West Ham.

Nick Mistiades Dunn

Nick Mistiades Dunn

Nick is an expert in every aspect of behaviour management. Currently working at New Horizons, a pioneering special school in Warrington, he is responsible for emotional/social and well being issues of a group pf young people who have been referred from PRUs. A skilled counselor and mentor, Nick has an extensive background in working with young people who present anger or model closed communication. He is expert in non verbal communication, and is able to provide training in loss, separation and grief, child protection, self-awareness/esteem, relationship skills, anger management, managing conflict/abuse in the workplace, parenting skills, family work dynamics, depression and anxiety, domestic violence awareness, parenting/using your support network. depression in men, anger issues, relationship breakdowns, confidence and anxiety issues, stress and personal development. He combines this incredible skill set with immense personal charm and charisma and the absolute certainty that he does not just talk a good game: Nick has seen it, done it, been there, got the T-shirt and is able to tell teachers who want to manage really functional relationships with even the most challenging students exactly how he does it.

Nick Tiley Nunn

Nick Tiley-Nunn is Deputy Head at a school in Suffolk, having previously been Assistant Head and SENCo at a school in London. He has been described as "A nationally significant talent at Maths teaching."