Our Teacher Advisory Groups
Our Teacher Advisory Group (TAG) comprises Heads, Principals and CEOs from schools and academies across the country. We consult them on all the programmes that the Trust runs. Their input, advice and guidance helps ensure that each programme will be well received by schools and school leaders and that the objectives for each programme will be met.
Heather Scott is the Chair of TAG.
The other members of TAG (alphabetically) are:
Gee Cook (Iceni Academy), Harry French (Ash Green School), Bruce Hain (The Mendip Studio School), Mohsen Ojja (The Crest Academy), Mattthew Partington (Roundhay School), Lynnette Parvez (Kelmscott School), and Justin Philcox (Fosse Way School).
Heather Scott - Chair
Heather Scott is currently working as an Interim Principal at her third interim role in the North-West. Working mainly with schools in challenging circumstances over the last two decades, she has previously led two schools in Yorkshire out of Ofsted categories. Heather is also the former Deputy President of the Historical Association and continues to be their compere at the prestigious Great Debate every two years, where students from all over the UK compete and debate on a key historical topic.
Gee Cook is Principal at Iceni Academy and has been instrumental in raising the standards of Education in West Norfolk.
Gee has a strong and proven track record of transformational leadership as Senior Vice Principal in two Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’ Academies, Ormiston Venture Academy (highest GCSE results in any Norfolk state school or Academy) and Barnfield West Academy (awarded Most Improved Academy by the SSAT), with direct responsibility for raising aspirations, improving learning and teaching, raising attainment, improving standards and independent learning skills to prepare students for a globalised workforce.
Before coming into teaching Gee worked extensively in industry getting an wide knowledge of terms of promotions, marketing, recruitment and personnel and this has proved invaluable to her work in education.
Harry French is currently Principal at Ash Green School, Coventry. Ash Green is one of the highest performing schools in Coventry & Warwickshire with a Progress 8 score of 0.38 in 2016. Ash Green School is Part of the Creative Education Trust.
Previously Harry was Executive Principal at Greenwood Academy and the Firs Primary School. Harry secured rapid improvement in both contexts but notably led Greenwood to secure a Good judgement from inadequate in just 15 months. Harry is a Future Leader for Ambition School Leadership.
Mohsen Ojja was appointed as Principal of The Crest Academy in January 2015 having been a senior leader in a number of challenging London schools. The Academy serves a community where over 80% of students speak English as an additional language and the proportion of students from minority ethnic groups is much higher than the national average. Since he started in post, the school has received positive judgments from Ofsted, notably major progress in the quality of teaching and learning, many examples of outstanding practice and students’ GCSE performance with a progress 8 figure of 0.26 this year. Mohsen has been teaching for 12 years, entering the profession to share the passion for education he gained from his degree at the Sorbonne University. He speaks several languages fluently and is particularly interested in the science of language learning. As a teacher and leader in school he aims to secure an education system that offers meaningful pathways and fulfilling learning to all students.
Matthew Partington took up the Headship at Roundhay all-through School in North Leeds in January 2017.
He was previously Associate Principal of Ossett Academy, Wakefield, which secured ‘Outstanding’ for Leadership in 2013. He then became Principal of Goole Academy in the East Riding of Yorkshire, securing its removal from Special Measures before leaving in December 2016 to take up the Headship at Roundhay.
Lynnette Parvez is the Head Teacher of Kelmscott School, an 11-17 mixed comprehensive in Waltham Forest, East London. Lynnette was appointed to the Headship in 2007 having previously been interim Head Teacher at Aveling Park School in Walthamstow.
Lynnette has been a member of the teacher advisory group for the Transformation Trust for over 8 years, having joined as one of the very first members. Her career has been predominantly in East London and in schools with a diverse range of cultures and backgrounds. She understands the unique challenges such schools face and is able to bring that understanding to the table when the advisory group meet.
Justin Philcox is Headteacher of Churchfield Church School, a large primary school with a nursery in Highbridge, Somerset. Previously the Principal of a large outstanding special school near Bath, he has worked in a variety of schools across the south and south west, gaining experience of teaching Years 4 – 14. As Head of Regional Development for the SSAT for 5 years, he developed CPD programmes to support schools across the country. He is passionate about inclusive education and promoting a greater understanding of the needs of young people with additional needs.
Richard was appointed Headteacher of Mexborough Academy Doncaster in September 2015. The Academy serves an area of high social deprivation and Richard is passionate about the transformational potential that an excellent education can have on young people from a disadvantaged background.
Prior to that he has held a number of senior leadership roles, including Deputy Headteacher at King James’s School, Knaresborough from where he was also seconded to Settle College to support the structural reorganisation of the college. Richard has played an active role in supporting a number of schools, particularly in the areas of leadership of behaviour management and pastoral support.