FURTHER EDUCATION AND VOCATIONAL STUDIES

Our specialists (click on the name to view full profile):

Emma Brown

Emma is an experienced teacher, trainer and consultant with many years of experience of teaching English and Drama across the 11-19 age range in a variety of settings. In 2011, Emma established her own consultancy company: The Final Bow and has since delivered a range of contracts in both public and private sectors, including a number of FE colleges. Most recently Emma has lectured in initial teacher training settings, supported a large media department, delivered training on outstanding practice in drama and English and conducted a number of pre Ofsted reviews for FE providers. Emma is also working with the Buckinghamshire UTC providing curriculum support. She is an Assistant Principal Examiner for a leading awarding body, External Examiner for two well established PGCE courses and an Ofsted Inspector.

Judith McGrath

JudithMcGrath JoomlaJudith is Director of her own company having had both UK and international experience with KPMG, the British Council, Association of Colleges, the Learning and Skills Improvement Service, Ofqual and a UK Tourist Board.
She has a great deal experience in education and skills through working across the schools, FE and HE sectors on government-funded and private sector contracts. She has managed a curriculum area in a sixth form college (Leisure, Travel and Tourism and Customer Service) and also a Careers and Employability area of an HEI.
Her particular specialisms are in 14-19 Vocational teaching & learning, having supported over 250 schools and colleges in developing vocational education and employer engagement. She has managed projects on Employer Responsiveness, Apprenticeships and Partnership Working in FE and Skills, and has developed Quality Frameworks to improve the quality of education organisations. She is also an experienced event manager, running national events to disseminate education practice
Judith is currently a governor of a primary school and managing DfE projects on English and maths in Study Programmes.

Jenny Phillips

Jenny has more than 10 years experience as an educational consultant having engaged in more than 2,500 assignments working across the educational sector both in the UK and to a lesser degree, internationally. She also delivers bespoke training nationally and continues to work as an Additional Ofsted Inspector. She has held many regional and national roles representing government and private bodies. This has included monitoring state schools (from kindergarten to secondary) in the Middle East. Her work in further education includes residential provision, prison education, adult education, community learning, sixth form and further education colleges, plus work-based learning at local, regional and national levels.

Part of Jenny’s recent portfolio includes three local authority contracts as school improvement adviser and several regional and national leads including the National Teaching and Learning Change Programme, 16 separate contracts relating to the 14-19 Reform, Consortium Advisor, Specialist Leadership Consultant for collaborative working partnerships and quality frameworks, the role of critical friend working with coasting and underperforming teachers, teacher training to move good to outstanding and senior leaders to improve the quality of provision. In addition, she continues to work in a variety of quality improvement roles with post-compulsory provision having more than 20 years experience in a wide range of contexts: General FE; Specialist FE; Work-based learning (local, regional and national); HMYOI; Adult and Community Learning and LDD provision. Therefore her strengths lie in collaborative, partnership working and improving the quality and delivery of provision for learners across all age groups and subject areas. She has carried out many advisory and management roles in specialist and residential provision and is proud to author and co-write many books, e-learning materials and educational films for practitioners.