Rachel joined the Herts for Learning Executive team as Director of Education Services in April 2018, bringing with her a wealth of experience from an extensive and varied career in education.
As Director of Education Services, Rachel is the strategic lead for all of our education services to schools across all phases.
Prior to joining HfL, Rachel was the Principal of Isaac Newton Academy in Ilford, in the London borough of Redbridge. She opened this non-selective Ark all-through academy for 4-18 year olds in 2012 and the school was rated Outstanding by Ofsted when inspected in 2014. Previous to this, Rachel held successful headship positions at the Walthamstow School for Girls for seven years and at Francis Bacon School, now called the Samuel Ryder Academy, in St. Albans between 2002 and 2004.
Alongside her headship experience, Rachel has been extensively involved in leading school improvement programmes and system leadership both in primary and secondary phases. She joined the London Leadership Strategy in 2007 as a Consultant Headteacher, supporting new headteachers through The London Leadership Strategy’s (LLS) Moving to New Headship programme. In 2009 Rachel set up Going for Great (G4G), now a flagship programme designed for leaders of outstanding primary, secondary, mainstream and special schools to continue to develop and learn from each other and support the schools around them
Rachel is a Senior Lecturer at the London Centre of Leadership and Learning at the Institute of Education. She also served as a member of the Regional Schools Commissioner’s Headteacher Board for the East of England and North-East London region.
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.
Mireille MacRaild, Education Services Director (Early Years), is the strategic lead for early years in Hertfordshire and leads the early years team which supports schools, children’s centres and early years settings to develop high quality provision and improve outcomes for young children and their families.
Mireille’s expertise includes the strategic use of data to support leaders in improving the quality of provision enabling children to maximise their potential. She leads training sessions, coaches staff teams and develops appropriate planning and assessment systems and procedures to meet the requirements of the EYFS. She is a Hertfordshire Children’s Centre Improvement Partner.
Mireille has taught in the foundation stage and key stage 1, has supported PVI settings as a qualified teacher and has led and managed large day care settings. Mireille’s participation in the EEL research project fostered her interest in analysing children’s well being and involvement to support and enable learning.
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.
Liz is the Deputy Education Services Director (Secondary) with over twenty years’ experience of teaching and supporting English and literacy in schools. Her work with schools comprises a mixture of support and challenge. She is passionate about improving and enhancing students’ enjoyment and experience of English, drama and media and has a proven track record of leadership as a head of English, literacy co-ordinator and induction training co-ordinator. Liz specialises in supporting English teachers across key stages 3, 4 and 5 working with NQTs, through to heads of English and senior leaders to ensure that students across Hertfordshire maximise their potential.
As Lead SEND achievement adviser, Louise brings over 25 years of experience in working with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities to her role. During a successful teaching career, she worked in a wide range of secondary schools enabling students with special educational needs to achieve the best possible outcomes, and teachers to feel knowledgeable and confident in planning and delivering lessons. Louise has particular experience in developing inclusive, specialist provision for young people with moderate learning difficulties, physical disabilities and complex medical needs. She believes strongly that all young people should experience a great education regardless of their circumstances. Since joining Herts for Learning, Louise has used her experience to develop and deliver a range of thought-provoking and informative training courses, and to create resources and products to support everyone who wants the best for children with special educational needs and disabilities.
Caroline is committed to ensuring that all children feel safe and secure within their Early Years provision, thereby being ready to learn. She works closely with the Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Board (HSCB) to ensure all Early Years settings receive information, guidance and support regarding safeguarding children. Caroline has over 30 years’ experience in the strategic development and management of childcare in Early Years education, for the health service and in a large national voluntary organisation. This has included projects for the DfE, inspecting for Ofsted, delivering the Children Centre Quality Assurance programme in Hertfordshire and national development work promoting quality childcare provision for children aged 0–14 years. She has used this experience to develop and deliver a range of services for the Early Years PVI sector to promote high-quality provision for all children.
David is passionate about the power of education to transform pupils’ lives - in particular, mathematics. He believes that all pupils can enjoy and be successful in mathematics learning. He is driven to support school leaders and teachers to make this a reality through highly effective teacher professional development. Having over 25 years of experience working in a range of educational settings and in a variety of local and national projects, David has led a highly effective and innovative mathematics team for nine years, who have a proven track record in supporting schools to improve learning.
Ben joined Hertfordshire’s assessment team as an adviser in 2005 and became the Lead Assessment Adviser at Herts for Learning in 2014. He served as the President of AAIA (the Association for Achievement and Improvement through Assessment) from October 2015 to October 2018. He is a firm believer in the power of good assessment practice to inform and improve teaching and learning. Ben has supported schools in developing their formative assessment practice through action research. He takes an analytical approach to the use of school data to inform self-evaluation and pinpoint areas for improvement. In 2014, he led a team of colleagues (school leaders and advisers) to develop an approach to assessing and tracking pupil progress in a post-levels world, which became the basis of the assessment tools in PA Plus. Ben supports schools in all phases of education to develop their assessment practice, including both the formative elements of classroom-based assessment and the summative side of tracking pupil progress and analysing performance data.
Kerry is proud to lead an eleven strong Primary English Advisory Team who support schools to develop high-quality provision and improve outcomes for children. The team work effectively with mainstream, independent and special schools, nationally and internationally, ensuring that they remain at the forefront of outstanding practice. Her interests lie in the teaching of reading comprehension, visual literacy and the use of quality texts as a stimulus for writing. She has experience in Key Stage 1 and 2 moderation and participate on the STA Expert panels for KS1 and KS2 Reading SATs. As English specialists and teachers Kerry, and her team, deliver central training; present at national conferences as well as hosting their own, create excellent resources for teachers, contribute articles to a range of educational publications and write widely-read blogs.
Before becoming part of Herts for Learning, Karin worked as an adviser to schools across all phases in four local authorities, including two London boroughs. Her support for schools is rooted in solution-focused approaches and a commitment to equalities, safeguarding and humanity. Her expertise for supporting school leaders in responding to and resolving complex bullying cases and parental complaints has been highly valued by Hertfordshire’s schools throughout her time in HfL. Karin oversees the delivery of a wide range of pupil wellbeing support, including anti-bullying, anti-prejudice, on and offline safety, emotional wellbeing, behaviour for learning and relationship and sex education. She recognises that pupil wellbeing is core to aspiration, high attainment and achieving the best possible future life chances. Across the years, her work has consistently received recognition for being high quality, practical and cutting edge.
Lucky is passionate about young children’s learning and believes that every child can flourish, grow and develop when given the right foundations. She has been in education for over 20 years and has significant experience leading teams and supporting schools through her current and previous roles where she was an Advanced Skills Teacher. Lucky has led and managed teams, and been part of a primary senior leadership team. In her role as a Senior Adviser for the Early Years team, Lucky works in partnership with schools, headteachers and leaders to provide tailored school support that includes the bespoke annual CPD programmes and coordination of advisers. She is a highly experienced moderator for the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile assessment process and has been a Hertfordshire Children’s Centre Improvement Partner.
Caroline is an experienced Early Years and primary teacher working within schools to raise standards in Early Years classes in schools and PVI settings. For the majority of her career, she has worked within the Early Years sector across East London and Hertfordshire. Caroline has worked as a teacher, EY Leader, Deputy Head and Acting Head and know the importance of ensuring effective assessment practice within schools to provide accurate data on attainment and progress, and as a result good or better achievement for children and schools. Caroline has the role of Early Years adviser and Assessment Lead for the HfL Early Years team including the role of EYFSP moderation manager for over 10 years. In addition, her knowledge of assessment has allowed her to work for the DfE/STA moderating Early Years Foundation Stage Profile practice for different local authorities.
Kay Leach (Secondary)
Kay is privileged to support schools across a comprehensive spectrum of contexts, including MATs, special schools and ESCs, both within and outside of Hertfordshire. She has worked intensively with schools judged to require special measures and continued this improvement work to guide them through to ‘good’. She has worked with senior leaders, middle leaders and governors to assist with effective self-evaluation, shaping school development plans, evaluating the impact of the curriculum and conducting quality assurance across the school. This support is to enable school leaders to bring about rapid, sustainable improvements in their provision to enhance the life chances of the young people in their care. Kay has a degree in Economics and prior to joining the world of education, worked as a full-time legal adviser for the Citizens Advice Bureau. She has taught both in London and Hertfordshire, and has worked as a middle and senior leader in outstanding schools.
Becky has over 25 years’ experience of teaching and senior leadership in Hertfordshire secondary schools, and is passionate about the power of education to make a difference and to effect social mobility. She works with senior leaders, middle leaders and governors to develop capacity and bring about rapid improvement through supporting them in effective self-evaluation, evaluating the impact of the curriculum and conducting quality assurance across the school. Her particular areas of focus are the quality of post-16 provision and reviewing the impact of pupil premium strategies. Becky also works with special school improvement partners.
Sam is a School Effectiveness Adviser with 13 years’ experience of teaching and senior leadership in Essex and North London secondary schools and completed his NPQH in May 2019. Sam believes that working in education is about having a passion for improving the lives of all young people and championing their right to the very best quality education. He has worked with senior leaders, middle leaders and governors to review curriculum provision, the impact of data analysis systems and timetabling in schools. His particular areas of focus are data analysis, examination predictions and safeguarding reviews. Sam also works with the Wellbeing and SEN teams at Herts for Learning.
Liz Shapland - Deputy Education Services Director (Secondary) - (see profile)
Tamsin Church - Secondary English Adviser
Alison Wood - Secondary English Adviser
Funda Shibli - Consultant English Adviser
William Thallon - Secondary Maths Adviser
Karen Gordon - Consultant Maths Adviser
Jo Conn - Lead Adviser Science
Charlotte Jackson - Science Adviser
Helen Russell - NQT Adviser
Suki Gill - 16-19 Curriculum & Funding Adviser
Yvonne Kennedy - Languages Adviser
Karin Hutchinson - Lead Wellbeing Adviser (see profile above)
Kate Stockdale - Wellbeing Adviser
Rachel Macfarlane - Director of Education Services - (see profile)
Liz Shapland - Deputy Director of Education Services (Secondary) - (see profile)
Kay Leach - SEA (Secondary and Special) - (see profile)
John Daniell - Consultant SEA (Secondary)
Nick Daymond - Consultant SEA (Secondary)
Becky Cox - SEA (Secondary and Special) - (see profile)
Sam Orsborne - SEA (Secondary and Special)
Martin Brown - Consultant Headteacher SEA (Secondary)
Alison Saunders - Consultant Headteacher SEA (Secondary)
Helen Loughran - Consultant Headteacher SEA (Secondary)
Kay Leach - SEA (Secondary and Special)
Rebecca Cox - SEA (Secondary and Special)
Sam Orsborne - SEA (Secondary and Special)
Anne Spencer - Consultant HIP (Special)
Declan McCarthy - Consultant HIP (Special)
Margaret Goodchild - Consultant HIP (Special)
Richard Hill - Consultant HIP (Special)