School Improvement Officers (SIOs)

We work closely with the University of Worcester to broker a wide range of school improvement work through Worcester's team of School Improvement Officers (SIOs).

Contact us to discuss your requirements and we will put together a bespoke package matching your needs to the appropriate SIO in consultation with Tom Whittingham, Head of External Developments at the University of Worcester.

Tom Whittingham (Head of External Developments, Institute of Education)

Before joining the Institute of Education at the University of Worcester in September 2011, Tom gained extensive experience across a wide range of educational settings and organisations.

Tom has been a Teacher, Senior Leader, Head teacher, Local Authority Advisor and OFSTED Inspector.  He has led on authority whole school reviews, was an external advisor for Head teacher performance and is a school improvement partner.  He has led consultancy work in a wide range of international contexts, e.g. from Trinidad to Toronto and Indonesia to Siberia, and is engaged in a project in Australia about school improvement and educational reform.

Currently Tom is leading the England section of a piece of international research (seven countries involved) on 'Trust and Verification: the key to school improvement'.  Tom's thirst for learning continues, working in collaboration and partnership with an extensive and ever growing number of national and international communities.

Tom is passionate about collaboration and works as a facilitator and external consultant for networks, collaborations and partnerships of leadership learning at local, regional, national and international levels.

Chris Harries (Sessional Lecturer & OFSTED Inspector)

Chris Harries has more than thirty years' experience in education and is Director of his own consultancy company.  His consultancy specialises in school improvement, particularly designing high quality leadership development.  He is able to provide bespoke support for leaders at all levels in schools and Local Authorities.

Chris was Manager for School Leadership at Wiltshire Council for five years and before that spent five years as a general advisor and senior advisor in Wiltshire.  Before joining the advisory service Chris was a headteacher for fifteen years in a range of schools in different parts of the UK, and a teacher for ten years.

Chris has worked with a number of providers to design and deliver leadership programmes and is currently a sessional lecturer for Worcester University.  Chris has an MBA in Educational Leadership and is a practicing qualified coach with the Institute of Leadership and Management. 

Chris is a trained OFSTED inspector and has significant experience of working with HMI, teaching school alliances, academies and education sponsors.  He has significant school improvement experience in England and Wales.

Harold Bailey`(Director, Shiloh Consultants Ltd.)

Harold has been a Headteacher of three schools, Consultant Leader with the NCSL and has many years experience in leadership posts in three countries. He has been involved with coaching/mentoring, distributed leadership and building effective team structures in schools and businesses for 22 years. He was a former Senior Consultant with Serco Ltd. and managed their Headteacher Induction Programme, which provided support/mentoring for newly appointed UK Heads and was an NPQH coach from 1994 until 2010.

Harold delivers performance coaching/mentoring workshops with leading educationalists and business leaders and has worked with the Scottish Executive. For the past eight years, as an independent consultant, he has provided strategic support for school improvement and has facilitated training courses in leadership skills and team development. He also provided personal coaching with Trainee Heads and succession planning training with Middle Leaders and Deputy Heads in 11 authorities. He held a part-time post in HT support for 4 years in South Gloucestershire, in which he mentored school leaders.

For the past three years, he has been a Coach and training specialist for Headteachers with the Abu Dhabi Education Council, United Arab Emirates. From 1998 until 2004, he facilitated Leadership Conferences with the British Council - Italy, Spain, France and Czech Republic. Harold organised conferences for 3 local Authorities and has carried out project work for two Joint Area Reviews and for the DCSF Aiming High Programme for Disabled Children, putting together a full-service programme with 8 Primary Care Trusts. He also reviewed Educational book proposals for a leading Publisher.

He designed facilitated mentoring sessions with NPQH graduates seeking Headship, and a 360 diagnostic leadership and coaching programme with ORM, an International organisation, working in the private sector. For the past seven years, Harold has been a facilitator for the Senco Award, delivered by Serco, partnering with University of Wolverhampton.

Ken Sansom (Independent Consultant)

Having spent over 20 years teaching and in headship in five Nottinghamshire primary schools, during which time he worked for a year in the Local Authority Computer Education Centre, Ken took up a secondment as an additional inspector with Ofsted working on the first wave of primary inspections. Following this he was appointed as a Primary Adviser in Cornwall. In 2001 he took on the challenge of a short term headship in a school with 'serious weaknesses', successfully bringing it out of the category during his seven month stay. In September 2001 he was appointed to the Cornwall School Improvement Team as a County Inspector with responsibility for the west of the county.  In 2005 he took up post as the Senior Primary Adviser with South Gloucestershire; a small, urban unitary authority on the northern fringe of Bristol. During his five years here he also took on the responsibility of Primary Strategy Manager; leading a team of advisers and consultants delivering support to over 80 schools.

During the last 30 months of his tenure the local authority had no primary schools in Ofsted categories. Ken was a senior member of the South Gloucestershire team that was awarded Beacon status for school improvement in 2007. He has also been fortunate enough to see first-hand the education systems in Trinidad, Spain and Abu Dhabi. Ken resigned from his local authority role in 2010 to take up life as an independent consultant; bringing to the role the unique experience of headship in community, Anglican and Catholic schools. His work currently takes him back into South Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Bristol and Cornwall. A significant proportion of this work is for Edison Learning, delivering the Aspire programme, and the Collaborative Academies Trust, as a School Improvement Partner, with remainder shared between L.A. schools and academies.

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