Julie Sargent, English Consultant

Julie Sargent, English Consultant

Julie is an established English consultant with an extensive knowledge of the curriculum, assessment and effective learning and teaching approaches. Prior to this role, her experience of teaching in primary schools in both Oxfordshire and Devon included key roles in piloting and developing many aspects of English. She has been awarded the Gold Quality Mark for Professional Development by the London Institute of Education and is an accredited Edge Hill Every Child Counts trainer for 1stClass@Writing. Julie’s work with focused English projects, such as Every Child Writes, and individual schools enables her to offer high quality school support. She has designed and delivered many professional development programmes and training materials to support schools in English. Her passion and enthusiasm for engaging children in the curriculum is seen through her creative approaches, which inspire both teachers and learners. As a firm believer in working alongside teachers, Julie is keen to ensure that support provided is bespoke to individual school needs. Julie has worked as an associate trainer for Birmingham Services for Education and is currently providing training on behalf of Rising Stars, Quest for Learning and Oxfordshire Teaching School Alliance. Julie also reviews documents relating to English and assessment for educational publishers.


Nathan Crook, Maths Consultant

Nathan Crook, Maths Consultant

Prior to becoming a maths consultant, Nathan taught children in Years 1-6 across three Oxfordshire primary schools, including those in both urban and rural settings. During this time, he qualified as a Maths Specialist Teacher (MaST). It consequently led to him becoming part of the National College for Teaching and Leadership’s ‘small schools making an impact’ programme.

Driven by his passion for helping to ensure that all children access mathematics learning to the full, Nathan has more recently worked as an NCETM accredited independent maths consultant to support schools across the country in delivering high quality teaching and learning. As well as providing training, he continues to work alongside classes and groups of children to explore how they learn best.

Nathan also believes in the power of mentoring and coaching, around which he has refined his skills whilst working to complete the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) programme. He now provides leadership training to support schools with growing capacity.

In addition to his day job, Nathan volunteers as a school Governor and works on the Executive of the National Association of Mathematics Advisers, which develops his understanding about the national mathematics landscape.


Joe Burbank, Associate Maths Consultant

Joe Burbank, Associate Maths Consultant

Joe Burbank qualified as a primary school teacher 13 years ago after a degree in Business and Management and is currently the Assistant Head Teacher at Stockham Primary School in Wantage. He played a pivotal role in its recent Ofsted Outstanding judgement (March 2019).Joe has taught extensively across Key Stage 2, and has also developed an in depth knowledge of effective learning and teaching in Early Years/Key Stage 1 through his work as a Leading Maths Teacher (LMT) in Oxfordshire schools. He qualified as a Maths Specialist Teacher (MaST) in 2012. In his LMT role, he has supported a number of local schools as they developed consistent maths practice making a demonstrable and positive difference to pupil outcomes. More recently, Joe has supported schools and teachers across both Key Stage 1 and 2 in Oxfordshire by planning and running work groups for the (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire) BBO Maths Hub. In addition, he has led the successful development of Mathematics Mastery throughout Stockham Primary School while being part of a BBO Maths Hub Teacher Research Group (TRG). Joe has extensive leadership and management experience through his work as the Maths Subject Leader and Assistant Head Teacher: he also took on the role of Acting Head Teacher at Stockham for one year. He has successfully completed his NPQH (2016) as well as the NCETM Professional Development Lead qualification (2018).


Nilofer Khan, Leadership and Management Consultant

Nilofer Khan, Leadership and Management Consultant

Nilofer is an experienced and inspirational Headteacher of a Junior School in Wallingford Oxfordshire. She has taken the school from Satisfactory to securing a Good Ofsted judgment with outstanding features in two successful inspections. She has extensive experience in leadership and management, learning and teaching and in assessment. Prior to taking on her Headship, Nilofer worked as a Lead Literacy Consultant and School Improvement Leader for Oxfordshire.  These roles involved: working with schools to improve standards in learning, teaching and assessment; working closely with leadership teams and governors to raise standards and conducting Headteacher Performance Management.  As a Headteacher, she has continued to provide school improvement support and has worked alongside senior leadership teams, middle leaders, teachers and governors, which has resulted in dramatically improved school systems and educational outcomes for all pupils. She helps schools to analyse their current situation and offers support tailored to the specific needs of the school and its pupils.  When working with schools, Nilofer provides the relevant balance of challenge and support, empowering leaders with renewed confidence to move their schools on. Nilofer has an infectious passion for education, with a determination to ensure every child is given the best all rounded education available. She has a relentless drive for school improvement and curriculum development. In addition to the wealth of experience Nilofer has, she has also worked with schools in Singapore, Bangkok and Dubai, in reviewing their school systems and delivering training for school leaders and teachers.