Specialist Course Providers 2018-2019

  • Cath Delve

    Cath Delve has 26 years of teaching experience in three very different primary schools. She has been a senior leader in all three schools, a deputy head teacher in two and an acting head teacher in one. She has provided training and presented to many audiences on a wide range of topics all over Wales. She has been writing and presenting courses for the last 10 years on subjects such as: outdoor learning, pupil voice and well-being, raising the attainment of boys, progression in continuous provision, planning and the curriculum, being an effective Foundation Phase leader, literacy, numeracy, creativity, assessment, raising standards through display, transition, developing the role of the teaching assistant and the exemplary delivery of the Foundation Phase. She is very interested in and has completed a lot of work on, children’s well-being and engagement and how they have an impact on standards and life-long learning.

    Some of her initiatives such as ‘Freaky Friday’ and ‘Messy Monday’ have been implemented and used by schools all over Wales and into England.

    In addition to working for Collective Learning as a course provider she is also an independent consultant working alongside schools all over Wales providing help, support and guidance on the successful delivery of the Foundation Phase. 

  • Claire Osbourne

    Claire has 30 + years of experience in education. A teacher and behaviour consultant for many years specialising in the area of SEMH in mainstream school settings. 

    Claire has also worked as a Team Leader of the Behaviour Support Advisory Team, Telford and Wrekin supporting schools to meet the needs of young people with SEMH in mainstream and special schools. Claire is also a keen solution focused practitioner and LEGO Education Academy Trainer, working to engage and motivate teachers, support staff and learners to use LEGO education in a creative curriculum to meet Ofsted and Estyn curriculum guidelines. 
  • Debbie Henry

    Debbie Henry has worked in primary education for 30 years as a teacher, senior leader and adviser, with extensive experience in the Foundation Phase and early years.  Debbie became a member of the Newport Numeracy Team in 2008 before being appointed as Primary Adviser for Numeracy in the EAS in 2012.  She has supported head teachers and other senior leaders in schools in assuring quality provision for mathematics and numeracy and has delivered extensive mathematics training for teachers in the Foundation Phase. She has several years’ experience of lecturing students at UWN and has been an Estyn Team Inspector.  

    Debbie is passionate about inspiring teachers to promote a love and fascination for mathematics in young children. She believes that children learn through practical experiences, rich and engaging contexts and opportunities to explore using a range of resources. In addition to mathematics, Debbie has a keen interest in the creative arts and has collaborated with several artists on various projects in primary schools. She is currently drawing on her background in the arts to develop a range of mathematics resources for teachers.

  • Don Trueman

    As a former LEA adviser, Don has been supporting primary schools with History and planning for skills development since the early 1990s. In more recent years he’s offered support for Geography at primary level and also runs his own consultancy, offering training, teaching sessions and planning/teaching/learning resources.
  • Gareth Coombes

    Gareth is an Educational Consultant, he has 17 years’ advisory experience. Previously he has worked as a Challenge Adviser, a Lead Adviser in Newport LA, with a key responsibility for leadership and teaching and learning across the city's 54 primary schools. Prior to that Gareth worked in Torfaen and in an earlier life was a very successful primary headteacher.
    Gareth is an Estyn Inspector of both Key Stage 2 and Foundation Phase. He is experienced in international working, particularly in the Far East, most recently in Dubai and Myanmar. 
    In his INSET, he will outline successful strategies, citing the many instances of excellent and good practices that he observes on his travels. His Inset is underpinned by up-to-date educational research. He believes in supporting schools with the 'how to do it' as opposed to the 'what to do'. His style is engaging and varied! He tells it as it is! He has presented at range of conferences.
    Gareth’s fields of expertise are all aspects of leadership and effective teaching and learning. He has created a series of supportive educational products, particularly Leadership Continua, Middle Leaders Continua, Continua for LSAs, Continua for Kids and materials to support effective self-evaluation and work scrutiny.  More recently he has been supporting schools with the writing of shorter, high-quality  SERs!
    In partnership, he has re-launched Teaching Continua, currently used in over 500 schools, as an on-line developmental self-evaluation tool for teachers and school development. He is currently working on materials to support schools in developing Successful Futures.
  • Gareth Morgan

    Gareth's primary school teaching career began in 1996, then in 2003 he joined Newport LA as ICT curriculum improvement adviser. For over 15 years he has worked across south Wales providing advice, support and training in the use of ICT as a curriculum subject, and also in its effective use across the curriculum to schools.
    He has an MSc in eLearning and is an ICT Mark assessor for NAACE. Gareth was also previously employed by the Welsh Government as their ICT subject adviser, where he worked closely on what it means for pupils to be digital competent. He was a past member of the National Digital Learning Council (NDLC), a body which provides advice to the Welsh Government on the use of technology to support learning and teaching, and also part of the group that produced the influential, "Find it, make it, use it, share it: learning in digital Wales" report.
    Gareth has a strong interest in the effective use of 'cloud technologies' such as G Suite for Education and is a Google for Education Accredited Trainer.
  • Gaynor Murphy

    Gaynor has considerable experience of working with primary schools in a variety of contexts to improve the quality of teaching and learning of mathematics. This includes providing subject specific training, support, advice and professional development both centrally and school based. She is passionate about engaging pupils through active, relevant and enjoyable approaches to mathematics which allows them to gain confidence in understanding key mathematical concepts and a deep love of mathematics. She considers developing teachers confidence in use of assessment in classrooms is crucial to raise achievement and ensure every lesson engages all individual pupils at an appropriate level.

    Through her work with the Welsh Government, Gaynor has trained and supported schools across Wales in various roles. As the primary adviser for the Welsh Financial Education Unit WFEU) she co-wrote Welsh Government guidance on delivering financial education in schools and provided training and resources for schools across Wales linked to this. Working as a National Support Programme Partner, Gaynor worked with schools nationally supporting teachers, headteachers, teaching assistants and governors in effectively implementing the National Literacy and Numeracy Framework (LNF). 
    Her experience as an Estyn inspector enabled her to develop the skills to evaluate the quality of provision and to provide advice on effective school improvement. She has a Masters degree in Education and holds a NPQH. She is also a Numicon consultant and a Let's Think and PCame tutor.and is keen to promote a collaborative problem-solving approach to mathematics.
  • Helen Bowen

    Teaching Experience Helen started teaching in 1994 and has 11 years’ experience as a Primary School Teacher in Bridgend. During this time, she was also a visiting lecturer at Bridgend College working with Learning Support Assistants.

    Advisory Experience Helen was a member of the Newport Literacy Team for 9 years and for 3 years led on English and literacy in the region across primary and secondary schools. She was the regional representative to Welsh Government for the South East of Wales from 2010 to 2013 and was the System Leader with responsibility for English and Literacy in the EAS.
    Other Experience
    An ESTYN Team Inspector, Helen has sat on a number of national advisory panels including National Drama and the Arts Review Panel, which reported to Welsh Government in the Summer of 2013. She has advised universities in Wales on developing literacy in Initial Teacher Training and was the Deputy Chief Examiner for KS2/3 Assessment from 2009 to 2012. Helen is an external consultant to Welsh Government, and has worked on a number of projects with them. This includes creating the National Literacy Framework representing South East Wales, writing the guidance for the revised English and Welsh PoS in 2015 and more recently creating two ‘mythbusting’ documents on the NLNF and the National Reading Tests. She is also the literacy consultant for the National Union of Teachers and has lead their annual ‘New and Young Teachers’ Conference’ across Wales with key notes and workshops on literacy. 
  • Helen Thomas

    Helen Thomas has considerable experience of successful classroom teaching and advisory work. She joined the Newport LA mathematics team in 2004 as an advisory teacher and, since 2012 has been a primary mathematics adviser in the South-East Wales Consortium (EAS).  

    Within this role, Helen has developed and delivered extensive mathematics training to both classroom practitioners and senior managers relating to curriculum, pedagogy and assessment.  She supports teachers to develop well-crafted, engaging lessons that bring mathematics to life. She also mentors mathematics co-ordinators and those leading numeracy so that they feel confident and equipped to move mathematics forward in their own schools. Her training and coaching sessions are highly regarded by schools as they demonstrate the teaching of mathematics through relevant, every-day contexts that support pupils in making connections in their learning.

    In addition to her work throughout the SE Wales region, Helen has led the development of primary exemplification materials for mathematics. This is part of a national programme to increase the rigour and consistency of teacher assessment throughout Wales.

    Helen is currently an independent mathematics consultant providing training, support and guidance to schools as they seek to embed numeracy within a ‘purposes-driven’ curriculum and enable learners to enjoy and excel in mathematics.

  • Jen Summers

    Jen Summers has over 30 years’ experience in primary education. During her career she has taught in and managed two large multicultural nurseries in challenging circumstances, and been a member of Senior Leadership Teams in large primary schools. She fully understands leadership and management structures and the processes involved in raising standards. She is an ‘Associate of the London College of Music’, an experienced musician and a great believer in the creative arts and the important role they play for young children in the standards agenda.
    Jen held the post of Foundation Phase Training and Support Officer for Newport from 2007 – 2013 and then became part of a vibrant Foundation Phase Team in the SEWales EAS Consortium, working closely with schools and settings to ensure high quality Foundation Phase provision for all children across the region.  
    She has delivered extensive training in all aspects of Foundation Phase pedagogy and practice to diverse audiences including head teachers, senior leaders, teachers, teaching assistants, governors as well as staff in non maintained settings.  She has also lectured Early Years MA students at UWN. 
    Jen is passionate about education and believes it should be an exciting journey for all children. She is keen to work with schools to promote the development of the whole child through rich, engaging and meaningful experiences where children increasingly take responsibility for their own learning in order to become confident, competent and resilient learners for the rest of their lives. 
  • Karen Mills

    Karen was the Curriculum Improvement Advisor for Science and ESDGC for Newport City Council as well as the regional coordinator for ESDGC Schools Networks. She has an M.A. in Early Years Education and was a Foundation Phase team inspector for Estyn.

    She was a member of the working party for DCELLS Science Curriculum 2008 She was co-author of Module 6 for the Foundation Phase and was a member of the WAG working group that developed ESDGC ‘A Common Understanding for Schools’.

  • Lynwen Barnsley

    Lynwen currently works as an independent numeracy consultant. An experienced practitioner she has taught across all primary age groups. She has been a deputy head and, most recently, a mathematics adviser where she gained extensive experience of providing training and support for teachers in mathematics and numeracy. She was part of the advisory group that originally developed the Literacy and Numeracy Framework. Lynwen is a consultant and trainer for Numicon and Inspire Maths and has many years experience delivering training in CAME and Let’s Think.

    Lynwen firmly believes that effective teaching places the learner at the centre and that in order to learn effectively children need to be active and to talk about their learning and thinking. She has developed approaches in mathematics that promote conceptual understanding and learner independence rather than an over-emphasis on the learning of procedures and techniques. In numeracy she has developed meaningful ways for learners to use their skills across the curriculum.
  • Nerys Tudor Jones

    Teaching Experience: Nerys has 20 years teaching experience in Foundation Phase and Key Stage 2 in five different primary schools and three authorities. She has been senior leader in 2 and Deputy Head Teacher for 6 years. During this time Nerys has also worked on Welsh Government projects to write new materials and produce resources, including assessments and examples of best practice. She has presented at a Welsh Government conference on cluster, transition and enterprise projects. She has presented at the Birmingham NEC on various successful design and technology projects including food technology, computer aided designs, healthy eating weeks, electrical and computer control. Nerys was invited to represent Wales in the James Dyson Innovation Group, which involved working on an innovative project, incorporating Literacy, Numeracy and thinking skills.

    Other experience: Nerys is an author of educational books and was a recipient of a prestigious National D&T teaching award. She has worked on various projects with the Design and Technology Association as her role in the Primary Advisory Group, which includes ‘Projects on a Page’.

    In addition to working with Collective Learning as a course provider, Nerys is also Primary Consultant in Design & Technology working alongside schools, running INSET and providing support for schools in the effective delivery of D&T. Nerys believes it is an exciting time for Wales with Prof Donaldson’s recommendations recognising the importance of Science of Technology as an AoLE.
  • Richard Clement

    Richard has many years experience managing and running ICT based educational projects and has worked extensively to promote the use of technology in teaching and learning. Richard has an MA in Education Leadership & Management and he runs Leadership and Management CPD courses, he also teaches ICT across all education sectors. Richard is also an ICT consultant on school new builds and refurbishment projects. Richard is the e-learning Manager for Cardiff Schools’ Service and  has run Inset and twilight courses on embedding iPads into the curriculum, coding and programming and all other aspects of ICT in schools across the consortium. He is also an accredited e-safety assessor/consultant for the SWGfL and runs e-safety courses for teachers, children, parents and governors.
    Richard was the originator, editor and co-author of the highly successful Computing Unlocked ICT & Computing scheme of work and is currently working as an IT consultant for Eastern High School in Cardiff.
  • Sarah Dawson

    Sarah is a professional educator with sixteen years experience of teaching ICT across all education sectors. Sarah also delivers CPD to teaching staff and Senior Management. Sarah discovered her desire to teach whilst travelling abroad, she taught TEFL in Taiwan and on her return to the UK Sarah gained a PGCE at Cardiff University.
    Since September 2012 Sarah’s role has been within e-learning support for Cardiff Schools’ Service. She has worked across the Consortium training and advising schools in their use of ICT.
    Sarah is an e-safety accredited assessor/consultant  for SWGfL and an accredited HWB  trainer. Sarah is a keen photographer and her interests lay in using imagery alongside ICT in imaginative and creative ways to engage learners this is evident in her design of VLE’s and e-learning resources.
    Sarah recently co-authored and designed the successful Computing Unlocked ICT and Computing scheme of work.
  • Sarah Davies

    Sarah is an experienced teacher and Additional Learning Needs Coordinator with 28 years experience teaching in Australia and the UK. She gained Associate Membership of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA) in 2010 after successfully completing an accredited qualification in teaching pupils with specific learning difficulties (dyslexia) and has a current Assessment Practising Certificate (APC).

    Until recently Sarah worked for Swansea Local Authority as performance specialist for SEN providing training for teachers and teaching assistants on all aspects of dyslexia. In 2013 Sarah was responsible for revising and updating the criteria for the new Swansea Dyslexia Friendly School Award and was the lead assessor for the award. 
    She was the course leader for the Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Teaching Pupils with specific learning difficulties, jointly accredited by the British Dyslexia Association and University of Wales Trinity St David (Swansea), and was a member of the steering committee for the Graduate Diploma SEN programme at UWTSD.
    Sarah is passionate in her belief that children with dyslexia should have opportunities to fulfil their learning potential within a mainstream setting. Her workshops include practical multi-sensory strategies to support children in developing literacy skills as well as exploring ways in which they are able to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding in all curriculum areas.
  • Stephanie Vaughan

    Stephanie has been working in education for over 25 years and is an experienced classroom practitioner, who understands the challenges teachers face providing a relevant and purposeful curriculum. She was, until recently, the Literacy Lead Advisor for Swansea; therefore, she has extensive experience of providing training and in-school support for primary teachers in English and whole school literacy. In addition, extensive pupil data from schools across Swansea proves that her training definitely raises standards.

    She is the author of The Eight Reading Behaviours and The Reading Journey, a new and comprehensive innovative resource that teaches pupils to read with enjoyment and purpose. She has also developed many of her own literacy strategies, such as The Writing Wheel and accompanying activities that help pupils to learn the steps in the writing process. She has written detailed progression models for aspects of reading and writing that help teachers to unpick the LNF.A belief that pupils need to understand how to read and write independently underpins her work and she offers literacy lessons that are enjoyable, interactive, and skill-centred.

    Stephanie’s training provides teachers with practical, easily implemented, and engaging solutions to literacy problems, and she provides schools with extensive and varied resources, which, according to feedback, have proved extremely popular with teachers and pupils.

  • Steve Lewis

    Steve Lewis is an experienced teacher working for over ten years in both the Foundation Phase and Key Stage Two. He is the Senior Student Mentor at Tondu Primary School and has been supporting students for over five years. He has delivered talks to PGCE students at the University of Wales, Trinity St David (UWTSD) on managing workload, taking ideas from industry and entrepreneurship and applying them to an education context. Steve has a keen interest in IT, experimenting in flipped and blended learning at Key Stage Two. He is a Raspberry Pi Certified Educator and is the Lead Educator at Sony UK, running the Digital Competence Programme and supporting the Central South Consortium’s Learn to Code project. He is keen to develop children’s thinking skills and has considerable experience in this area, conducting action research to support the Making Thinking Visible project at UWTSD. He has shared his research at Thinking Schools International conferences in Cardiff and Swansea. He is a Critical Skills trained teacher and has developed effective project-based learning approaches across the Foundation Phase and Key Stage Two.

    Steve is passionate about educating the whole child and utilising technology to have the greatest impact on children’s learning.  
  • Upbeat Music and Arts Gina Roberts

    Gina has had extensive experience working as a dance practitioner and throughout her career has developed and delivered many different arts projects for education authorities and arts organisations. She has worked closely with the PE & School Sport and Physical Literacy Teams as a Tutor and Mentor, taking her into many schools across South East Wales. Gina now works with Upbeat Music and Arts as a specialist in dance and creative movement and has a passion for embedding creativity into the lives of young people.

  • Upbeat Music and Arts - David Powell

    David Powell studied percussion and drum kit at Leeds College of Music followed by a post graduate course at the National Centre for Orchestral Studies, Goldsmith’s College London. On leaving college, he joined the critically acclaimed 50’s R & B band ‘The Big Town Playboys’ touring Britain and Europe and performing alongside Fleetwood Mac and Eric Clapton. 
    His teaching career started as an LA peripatetic teacher in 1989 which led to primary classroom teaching before joining the Gwent Music Service as Assistant Head in 2000. After a very productive and successful period in this role, David realised his passion for inclusivity and access by forming ‘Upbeat Music and Arts’ in 2013 to provide projects, workshops and regular tuition for whole classes of children focussing on high class delivery whilst not losing sight of educating the whole child.  Upbeat has a team possessing a wealth of talented and experienced teachers and facilitators and is developing a portfolio that inspires, invigorates and challenges pupils. Upbeat has built a reputation for excellent quality, child centred delivery through their constantly evolving portfolio viewable at 
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