Meet the team - District School Effectiveness Advisers (DSEAs)
Kate has over thirty years of experience in primary education. She has worked in a variety of school settings, including international schools and across three local authorities. Kate has been a successful headteacher in three primary schools, including being the founding headteacher of a four-form-entry primary school in London, which achieved an Ofsted grade of outstanding under her leadership four years after opening.
Kate is passionate about bringing schools together to find synergies and effective working practice, for the benefit of all pupils across Hertfordshire. She has extensive experience leading initiatives bringing school leaders together and inspiring a vision for education which allows children to be well prepared for the future.
Joanna joined the DSEA team as the district lead for Watford in September 2019 having previously been a headteacher improvement partner. She has over 25 years of experience in primary education working in two Inner London boroughs before moving to Hertfordshire as a headteacher. Although the majority of Joanna’s teaching and leadership work has been in schools with high levels of deprivation, she has also worked in a small village school as an interim headteacher. This gave her the opportunity to see first-hand the challenges that face small schools.
Joanna is passionate about ensuring that all pupils reach their potential through a good education and has a particular interest in special educational needs and disabilities, and in the ways in which schools support and improve pupils’ behaviour. She has a master’s level degree in school leadership and is dedicated to developing successful school leadership at all levels.
Anne Gorolini (Primary)
Anne joined the Primary Achievement team at Herts for Learning in September 2017 having been in the teaching profession for over 22 years. Prior to taking up a post in Hertfordshire, she taught in Luton. Anne has held a number of leadership positions including that of a headteacher. She has provided a range of support to Hertfordshire schools in a variety of roles. This has included providing leadership support through an educational improvement partnership to help leaders drive improvement from an Ofsted ‘requires improvement’ judgement to one of ‘good’. She is the District School Effectiveness Adviser for schools in the East of Hertfordshire.
Linda Hardman (Primary)
District School Effectiveness Adviser (Three Rivers)
Linda Hardman (Primary)
Linda is passionate in her understanding that education is the route out of poverty, by raising aspiration and removing inequality. She aims to improve disadvantaged pupils’ outcomes through supporting systemic school improvement and providing practical support and challenge to the schools she works with. Linda has 17 years of successful headship experience in three schools, all of which presented highly complex challenges. She has worked in seven schools, in four local education authorities, holding a variety of senior leadership roles in each phase from Early Years to Key Stage 4. Her last headship was of a school judged an outstanding Anglican school under her tenure.
Linda is also Lead Adviser for Disadvantaged Pupils.
Jeremy is the Deputy Education Services Director in the Primary Achievement team, providing school improvement services to schools in and beyond Hertfordshire. Having started his teaching career in London, Jeremy has taught across the primary age range, having held teaching and leadership posts in Hertfordshire and London schools. Prior to joining Herts for Learning, he was one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors, based in the London region. The role involved leading inspections of maintained schools, independent schools and academies, reviewing local authority arrangements for school improvement, and inspecting initial teacher education providers. It also involved quality assuring the work of Ofsted Inspectors and providing training for inspectors, school leaders and governors. Before working for Ofsted, Jeremy was the headteacher of a Hertfordshire academy judged outstanding by Ofsted.
Lisa Massey (Primary)
Lisa has worked in education for over twenty four years. Starting her career in south London, she has taught in a wide and diverse range of schools from large three form inner city settings through to small rural schools. Lisa has held leadership positions for over seventeen years and has been headteacher in two schools, one of which was an outstanding Church of England school. She was an active member of the Hertfordshire small schools group, developing conferences and work triads. In 2011, she was an integral part of helping to establish Stevenage Educational Trust (SET) working with settings from pre-schools through to further education colleges. Lisa has a special interest in the education of disadvantaged pupils and has worked with Hertfordshire Adoption Services to write a book to support schools in their work with adopted children. Lisa leads the HfL Executive Leadership Programme and is the district lead for St Albans and Harpenden.
Kelly Moss (Primary)
Over the past seventeen years, Kelly has worked in a variety of positions and roles within education. She started her career as a secondary English teacher and Head of Department, before working across the primary and secondary sectors as Lead Adviser for Literacy for four schools; and transferring to the primary sector in 2010 as Assistant Head, Deputy Head and Headteacher in inner London. Her belief that a high-quality and empowering education is a right for all children makes her passionate about school improvement. Having mentored many teachers, senior leaders, middle leaders and support staff in both primary and secondary settings, Kelly strives to build capacity and develop skills and knowledge, so that all pupils are given the very best life chances.
Heidi Otranen (Primary)
Heidi has over ten years of leadership experience having worked in a range of primary and junior schools, including church schools. Prior to leaving headship, to join Herts for Learning, she was a headteacher improvement partner, as well as a professional partner for those new to headship. Heidi is passionate about school leadership in her drive to achieve the very best for every pupil and has worked with and supported a range of professionals to improve pupil outcomes. Heidi is the District School Effectiveness Adviser for Broxbourne.
Anne Peck (Primary)
District School Effectiveness Adviser (Stevenage)/Regional Lead
Anne Peck (Primary)
Anne has 22 years’ experience of education in Hertfordshire schools from small village Church of England schools to larger schools in urban settings. Throughout her career, she has been passionate about ensuring that every day and every lesson counts for every child in HfL's care so that all pupils can fulfil their potential and ‘be all they can be.’ She is currently DSEA for Stevenage and co-leads HfL’s ‘Champions for Excellence’ programme, which includes client-based consultancy. She is also the team lead for small schools.
Michael has thirty years of experience in primary education. He has worked in a variety of school settings and has been a successful headteacher in three primary schools.
In addition to working in schools, he has also been a senior lecturer in primary education. Michael has a keen interest in the role that drama can play in children’s learning, particularly with regard to supporting children’s writing; this was the focus of his master’s degree research. His doctoral research was focused on children’s engagement with peer feedback and its impact on them as writers. Michael has previously worked in Hertfordshire as the County Primary English and Drama Adviser, as well as a school improvement partner. He is co-author of several resource books for primary school collective worship.
Tracy has extensive experience in education, having worked in five different local authorities; two of them London boroughs. She has been the successful Headteacher of three primary schools, all in challenging circumstances, including taking a school from an Ofsted category to being judged as good in less than three years. Prior to working in Hertfordshire her consultancy work included developing schools’ use and understanding of assessment data and being an assessor for the Inclusion Quality Mark.
As Education Services Director for primary schools, Tracy leads the extensive team of District School Effectiveness Advisers, the Hertfordshire Improvement Partners (HIP), the Teaching and Learning Advisers for English and mathematics, the Assessment team and the Adviser for Primary NQT's.
Tracy leads training in and out of county, is a qualified coach and one of the Hertfordshire Improvement Partners.