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Derventio Education, the home of SchooliP, would like to welcome Alison Halford to our experienced team of SchooliP consultants. Alison is passionate about enhancing educational opportunities for all, which she enables by developing teachers, leaders and support staff in educational establishments to be the best that they can be. Alison has a powerful commitment to the pipeline of teachers entering the profession and making education a supported and fulfilling career choice.
Alison commenced her career with a multi-national IT company and moved on to becoming a management consultant with Cap Gemini, Ernst and Young where her transition into supporting the Education sector began when she was asked to project manage the consultation on the Continuing Professional Development Strategy for Teachers for the Department of Education and Skills.
In 2002 Alison joined HTI, at the time the West Midlands regional centre for the National College for School Leadership, and was involved in the range of NCSL programmes as well as leading the development of bespoke training for schools. She subsequently supported CUREE to roll out it’s seminal research which created the National Framework for Coaching and Mentoring. This involved the development of a range of training across the UK, and internationally, which has underpinned the sector’s understanding and usage of coaching. Coaching continues to be a powerful approach to develop classroom practice as well as explore personal priorities and Alison is currently undertaking Master Coach qualifications.
Over the last decade Alison has been leading Professional Learning at a Multi-Academy Trust in the West Midlands. At Windsor Academy Trust she led both the strategy and implementation of Continuing Professional Learning (CPL). Core to this was the creation of a career-long journey of training opportunities for teachers and leaders. A significant part of this was the delivery of National Professional Qualifications. As the Programme Director for a DfE registered lead provider she has worked closely with many MATs and schools to create programmes of delivery which are bespoke to their stage of development and the needs of their staff. Alison was responsible for design, delivery, resourcing and quality assurance of NPQs and supported over 600 leaders to achieve their qualifications. She is also a qualified assessor for these programmes.
Alison is passionate about maximising Apprenticeships in education and is working on some research to guide schools and providers towards more effective usage of the apprenticeship levy to fund development opportunities for staff in education.
Other successes include the development of a practitioner-led research strategy which led to over 100 projects across a MAT each year including Pedagogy Champions, leadership projects and Masters research activities. Her work to create strong talent management strategies that offer staff flexible ways to work and continue developing have been used as a case study in Sir David Carter’s recent book.
Alison is highly connected to all of the changes in the educational landscape that are evolving through the implementation of the Early Career Framework and the establishment of Teaching School Hubs. Her blend of strategic understanding and operational capability means she can support many schools and Trusts in their desire to maximise on CPL, one of the biggest levers in schools (Robinson 2009).
SchooliP aligns with the requirements for the Early Career Framework and the National Professional Qualifications within the Teaching School Hubs. The SchooliP professional learning system seamlessly links staff performance, monitoring, evidence collection and CPD.
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