Stretch & Challenge the More Able - London - Speakers

Tuesday 3 Oct 2017
The Ibis Hotel Earls Court, London

Ian Warwick

Senior Director, London G&T

After teaching in inner city comprehensives for 20 years, Ian Warwick set up London Gifted & Talented ( as part of the groundbreaking London Challenge, which successfully worked to tackle issues of educational disadvantage across the city. LG&T have directly worked with well over 3,000 schools and 11,000 teachers nationally.

Sean Perrotton

Director of Key Stage 5, Chase High School

Working with and challenging the "Most Able" has been a real passion of mine throughout my teaching career. It started initially with my work as a Head of Year 7 at a selective Grammar School, it followed into my consequent role as Whole School Most Able Coordinator. This has involved setting up and running a bespoke "Most Able" programme that begins in Year 7 and follows through to our pupils in the Sixth Form. Alongside this I have been fortunate enough to work for Manchester United focusing on their youth education both in the UK and Internationally, building on the stretch and challenge for Gifted football players and developing coach education. My core belief is that by teaching to the top and supporting the bottom we can ensure all pupils make good progress!

Bob Cox

Education Consultant

Bob Cox, director of Searching for Excellence Ltd, has been inspiring ideas for enhancing able learner provision for many years. As a freelance educational consultant, he has presented at regional, national and international conferences and supported over 400 schools directly. He was an LA consultant for 'gifted and talented' and an English teacher for 23 years, reaching advanced skills status. In 2017 his 'Opening Doors to Quality Writing' book series won an Educational Resources Award in the 'educational book' category. Thousands of schools use the resources and build quality text to quality writing journeys.

Shabana Pervez

More Able Co-ordinator, Bordesley Green Girls' School

After graduating from the University of Cambridge, Shabana worked as a Business Development Manager in the Netherlands. She is now a Lead Practitioner with a focus on More Able students and subject specialisms in Religion, Philosophy and History. Shabana is passionate about teaching and learning, as reflected in her many ‘outstanding’ lesson observations and examination results. She has taught young people and adults and delivered CPD both at home and abroad.

Julie Taplin

Deputy Chief Executive, Potential Plus UK

Julie has worked with ‘more able’ students for over 12 years. Much of Julie’s work is in schools, running activities for high ability students, training teachers on identification and strategies for challenge in the classroom, and delivering workshops with parents on fostering resilience and supporting social and emotional needs.

Nick Warmoth

English Leader Churchfields Junior School

A" Teach First” graduate Nick is currently the English leader at a high attaining outstanding school in east London. He has already established a professional learning community in his previous school and is now delivering a high impact, innovative reading programme.  Directed at all learners the programme has an emphasis on challenge for higher attaining students.

Lee Shilton

Deputy Head, Lady Bay Primary School

Lee Shilton has worked in a variety of primary schools of varying sizes in Liverpool and Nottinghamshire since 1999.  He has taught across Key Stage 1 and 2.  He has been a mathematics leader for the majority of his career and has been a Deputy Headteacher for 9 years in 2 different schools. He has successfully carried out CPD and demonstration lessons across 3 different schools focusing on a ‘mastery’ approach linked to problem solving.

Andy Taylor

School Improvement Consultant, LPPA

Andy has worked in primary education for 22 years. During his career Andy served as Head teacher in two schools. His previous school was judged to be outstanding across all areas in its last OFSTED Inspection (2013).

Jacqui O’Connor MA (Ed), NPQH

Associate Headteacher, Westfield Academy

Jacqui is a successful senior leader with more than twenty years working in comprehensive secondary schools, most recently as Headteacher.  Jacqui is passionate about quality, personalised learning opportunities for all children and is bringing her significant experience as a teacher and trainer to support schools in developing strategies and practical techniques to adapt to their individual settings.