Amy Whittall

Amy Whittall is Deputy Headteacher at King Edward VI Aston School, a selective boys' Grammar school in Birmingham.  Her responsibilities include teaching and learning, as well as able, gifted and talented provision.   She was part of the Warwick University REDco Community of Practice, completing action research on teaching gifted and talented students in Religious Education.  Amy has worked in the north west network of Birmingham schools, sharing and developing practice for able, gifted and talented students.

Steve Clarke

Steve spent 25 years at James Cowper Kreston acting for some of the firm’s largest and most prestigious clients, covering a variety of industries and sectors and advising on a wide range of accounting issues and their commercial impact: strategic advice, structuring, business planning, and leading business efficiency programmes. Under his leadership, James Cowper Kreston was short-listed as the UK's best mid-tier practice 2010-2013. He now concentrates on non-executive appointments and project work.

Mary Fitzpatrick

Mary has been a Vice Principal in a large secondary school in Oxfordshire. She has many years teaching experience in secondary schools in both the inner city and the provinces. For a short period she held a research fellowship in the Westminster Institute of Education, Oxford Brookes University. She is especially interested in the kind of able individual, who does not conform to the traditional stereotype of high ability, who will not necessarily go on to higher education, eg, able entrepreneurs or students with autistic spectrum disorders.

Liz Allen CBE, BA, MA, FRSA

From her first teaching post in 1967, Liz has managed curriculum initiatives that have opened up opportunities for young people to aspire to high personal achievement. In her first headship at Altwood Church of England Comprehensive School (1993-2001), she worked on national guidelines for formative assessment and target-setting. Now, as headteacher of Newstead Wood School, she continues her commitment to raising achievement for all young people, especially for the exceptionally able.

Sue Mordecai

Having started her career as a history teacher, Sue Mordecai has worked in both primary and secondary schools, moving on to roles as head of school improvement in a local authority, associate tutor at Oxford Brookes University, and as an adviser to the International Charles Darwin Trust.


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