Our experienced Education Consultants, who themselves are in or have been in the teaching profession at a senior level, are our specialist team who are responsible for showcasing our system, hosting webinar support sessions and providing you with staff training. 

Karen Thompson

Karen is an experienced specialist consultant in Primary Assessment and Tracking and has worked with schools across the country for the past eight years as a Freelance Consultant. She now heads up our team of consultants and works closely with Educater advising in development, training, and sales.

Karen has a wide range of experience gained across her 35 years in the primary sector, including substantial Senior Leadership as both Head and Deputy, and as an Advanced Skills Teacher. Karen has taught in across the primary sector as well as science and maths in key stages 3 and 4.

More recently, Karen has lectured at the University of Leeds in Primary Education and supported the Teacher Training Programme at Manchester Metropolitan University. She is an experienced SATs marker and has supported work with the NFER in test development. She has provided school support in leadership and management as well as delivering in school training for Pearson.

Before joining Educater in 2019, Karen worked as a consultant for School Pupil Tracker Online for five years.

Gareth Webb

Gareth has taught across the age range from Reception to A Level and is an experienced Senior Leader within the primary sector. He has been commended by Ofsted for his understanding and presentation of data and how its analysis has been used to identify school priorities and secure improvement.

With a passion for assessment and data, Gareth was a practitioner in the DfE and NCTL Beyond Levels research project; investigating and presenting good practice models and solutions to the ‘Assessing Without Levels’ agenda. He has also worked alongside colleagues from various Teaching School Alliances to support schools nationally in developing their own understanding of ‘Life Without Levels’ and creating tracking and analysis systems specific to their particular needs.

In 2019, Gareth joined the Educater team following his work as a consultant for School Pupil Tracker Online. He currently divides his time between working across the schools in his Trust to support and develop leadership capacity, working with Educater and also as a freelance School Improvement Consultant. Gareth also supports school leaders across the country through over-sub-scribed ASP courses and 1:1 support to interpret and understand the range of official data available and together with providing training as part of the NPQ leadership pathways.

Sarah White

Sarah is a freelance Educational Consultant who has worked in education for over 35 years in both the UK state and private sector and also within international schools as a primary school teacher and Headteacher. For the last seven years Sarah has worked on developing the teaching knowledge and skills of the next generation of primary teachers by writing, teacher training and advising on curriculum development and assessment.

As well as working with teachers Sarah also produces teaching resources and courses for a major education publisher and now trains trainers. Sarah has consulted on assessment for the STA as part of their expert teacher panels for reading and grammar, punctuation and spelling and maths for KS1 and 2 SATs. Bringing her vast knowledge and experience as an Assessment Co-ordinator and Head teacher, Sarah is able to support schools in assessment with Educater.

Alan Yeoman

Alan is now in his thirtieth year working in education. His career began in Argyll and Bute as a primary teacher and he soon moved on to a variety of promoted posts including Education Officer with responsibility for supporting ICT across the Local Authority with a particular focus on video conferencing and developing a Local Authority Intranet – one of the first of its kind in the UK.

This led to a permanent position with SCET – now Education Scotland – as a Development Adviser creating, delivering and evaluating staff development courses, co-managing a NOF programme across Scotland together with day to day delivery of the Masterclass and Leadership for Learning Projects.

Since leaving Education Scotland Alan has worked in the software industry as an Education Adviser and eight years ago set up his own Education Consultancy business working with education providers to develop their Professional Development portfolio with a focus on raising attainment, assessment and effective record keeping.

Rob Partington

Rob Partington has 16 years’ experience of Headship in two different schools in North Manchester. Until September 2020 he was a serving Head of a large 600 pupil primary school, a role he held for 11 years, the final 4 of which he combined with working in other schools acting as a consultant, advisor and delivering training. His previous headship, which he held for 5 years was of a small one form intake primary school. In September 2020 he left his headship and began working full time for his own education consultancy business.

He has mentored new and interim Headteachers, acted as consultant to experienced heads and has guided newly and recently qualified Teachers on their journey to outstanding. Rob also regularly delivers training and INSET on Teaching and Learning, Assessment and Assessment Systems, Leadership and Management, Behaviour Management, Growth Mindset, LGBT+ Inclusion and Mental Health support for schools.

As well as supporting Heads and their Leadership Teams, Rob has also worked with large national organisations such as Stonewall, to help develop and deliver their education programmes, NAHT to support them with RSE 2020 – which included briefing DFE, OFSTED, Regional Schools Commissioners and MPs and has previously been a member of the advisory board for Leeds Beckett University’s Centre for LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Education.

Becky St. John

Becky is a school assessment and performance data specialist, who is passionate about helping schools and multi academy trusts use data effectively to improve outcomes. She started out as data manager in a large secondary school, and this eventually led to a role as principal consultant for SISRA Ltd, supporting 1,600 schools across the UK in the management and analysis of their assessment data and exam results through consultancy and training.

These days, Becky works with schools via a wide range of companies and bodies including FFT, GL Assessment, Rising Stars and ASCL, as well as supporting the ten schools in the Avanti Schools Trust as their Data Manager. She has extensive experience of helping schools make sense of ‘life after levels’, and a particular interest in making sure that assessment data leads directly to impact in the classroom as well as reducing the workload associated with data collection and analysis. She also trains governors for two local authorities, and is a school governor herself with responsibility for PP and SEND students.

We are proud to work alongside some of the best and most talented Education Consultants in the sector and our customers and team benefit hugely from their breadth of knowledge and experience.

Would being a consultant for Educater be something you would be interested in?