Our People


If you are interested in booking any of these or our other specialist consultant, please contact us.

Paul Burton

Areas of specialism: School Self-Evaluation process,Training in Effective Lesson Observation & Ofsted
‘Mocksted health checks’ for primary, secondary special and PRUs and other educational settings all within the School Inspection Handbook published May 2019; updated September 2019
Paul Burton has worked at advisory and developmental level with schools throughout Europe and Internationally. Within the UK Paul has worked for five LEAs and four significant, private educational companies and further to a recent successful period as an LA Senior/Principal Advisor for East London Schools, Paul is now a Senior Education Adviser Specialist (S.E.A.S) at Rhinoss.

Bringing experience accumulated through more than thirty years of working in education ranging from teaching Design Technology. IT and school Science to assessing Advanced Skills Teachers, School Improvement Management (S.I.P) for Primary and Secondary schools and just recently a retired Ofsted inspector with over 27 years both as a lead and team member. Paul brings a great depth and breadth of knowledge to his role with Rhinoss including being a Local Authority Governor on four primary schools and three secondary school governing bodies.

Paul delivers regular school based and National INSET courses and has developed unique materials to support Lesson Observations, Coaching Teachers, Pre-OfSTED ‘Health Checks’, School Reviews, Self-Evaluation, Governor Development Conferences in addition to Senior and Middle Management Training.

James Wilson

Areas of specialism: Secondary, school & subject reviews, science, Ofsted preparation, budget management and cost saving, curriculum design, staffing and HR issues, school SEF, exclusions support & training.

James Wilson has successfully worked at senior level in secondary for 13 years including 4 years as headteacher. James has a strong track record of school improvement and is able to advise schools impartially on areas for improvement and provide suggested actions. He has a wide experience of leadership and management including coaching, training, self-evaluation and school improvement planning. James has dealt with numerous sensitive staffing issues and is able to support school leaders in managing these processes. He is able to review performance at all levels and produce succinct reports grounded in evidence. James is also an IRP panel member and can support schools in exclusion cases. James has been through many Ofsted inspections and has sound knowledge of the new framework.

Neil Farmer

Areas of specialism: Implementing Quality Controls in the EYFS, The Characteristics of Effective Learning, Improved Ofsted results for all sectors of Early Years provision, he also worked closely with both the Maintained and Private and Voluntary Sectors – supporting the development of Children’s Centres.

Neil Farmer is an educational consultant supporting schools and settings across London and the South East. He is also an advisor to a number of schools and Early Years Settings in the Middle East. His previous role was Head of Early Years in Surrey. Neil is an experienced Early Years and Foundation Stage teacher – he has taught for many years in Nursery, Reception. He has been a Foundation Stage Co-ordinator, deputy head, he has completed his NPQH and as member of School Leadership Teams directed schools through successful OfSTEDs and transformations Neil is an accredited Effective Early Learning Trainer, has completed the EEL project and supports others through the process. He has had articles published on Involvement and Engagement, Narrowing the Gap, Implementing Quality Controls in the EYFS, The Characteristics of Effective Learning, Boys Learning, Transition, Active Learning and Implementing the EYFS. His book – ‘Getting it Right for Boys’ is now available.

Priscilla Benny

Areas of specialism: Implementing Quality Controls in the EYFS, The Characteristics of Effective Learning, Improved Ofsted results for all sectors of Early Years provision, he also worked closely with both the Maintained and Private and Voluntary Sectors – supporting the development of Children’s Centres.

Priscilla Benny is an Additional Inspector for schools since 2014 with a wide range of teaching experience in Inner London primary schools, including two substantive Headships. She currently works as an Education Consultant that includes advisory work for a range of schools, those primarily of schools causing concern [SCC] including Special Measures. She also provides training for school governing bodies and undertakes primary inspections in both Inner and Outer London. Priscilla is an Accredited Assessor for Governor Mark. Her other particular areas of expertise include working with leadership and management, evaluating creative arts and provision for gifted, talented and more able pupils.

Piers Ranger

Areas of specialism: RAISE online, data analysis and Inspection of Mathematics & Science

Piers Ranger has been a Headteacher with over twenty years experience of senior leadership. His particular areas of expertise are in Mathematics, Sciences, the curriculum and leadership and management. He has led INSET courses and Pre Ofsted 'Health Checks' and School Reviews. Piers responsibilities have included:- developing School Improvement plans; School Self Evaluation; Coaching on the Leading from the Middle Courses; developing a Full Service Extended School and designing curriculum models (including timetabling) which was used as an exemplar on the QCA website. Piers is a very experienced retired Ofsted and has sound knowledge of inspections under the New Framework and currently undertakes 'mocksted' inspections both in the primary and secondary school phases.

Rebekah Iiyambo

Areas of specialism:Primary Leadership Development

Rebekah Iiyambo is currently a Headteacher (Co-leader), in a East London Primary setting and a school inspector since 2003. Previously an Advisor for Science, Early Years and English as an additional language in two Local Authorities before becoming a Senior Advisor for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in London Borough of Newham, developing leadership capacity across schools. She completed research on effective practices for continuing professional development with the London Centre for Leadership in Learning (LCLL). Rebekah works with school leadership teams providing advice and support as well as, in Initial Teacher Education with Higher Education Institutes, such as the London Institute of Education.

Mirella Lombardo

Areas of specialism: Primary Numeracy, EAL, Langauge and Literacy development

Mirella has recently worked in a Local Authority as head of primary and early years. She managed a team of consultants and advisors across the early years and primary phases and led a number of national projects. As part of her role, she has liaised with the DfE on academy conversions and with City Challenge initiatives. She has held senior leadership positions across a number of inner London schools. She worked as a numeracy consultant for the National Strategies prior to her strategic role at local authority level, which included work on the DfE EAL Toolkit. She qualified as a School Improvement Partner and led the programme development across primary schools. She has worked for the National Strategies as a Regional Advisor for Communication, Language and Literacy Development. Her particular areas of expertise include the primary curriculum, in particular mathematics and literacy and leadership and management.

Glynis Bradley-Peat

Areas of specialism:: School reviews, mathematics subject surveys for primary and secondary education providers, all within the 2015 January Amended Framework for Inspection.

Glynis Bradley-Peat has worked at senior level across both the primary and secondary sectors. Glynis has a strong track record of school inspections as well as experience of training new inspectors. Her work to improve teaching also includes coaching, mentoring and team teaching bringing about particularly effective improvement. Advice about monitoring and evaluation techniques to boost teacher performance has had good impact across many schools. Her work especially in mathematic subject reviews have promoted more effective self-evaluation in schools and academies.

Vivienne McTiffen

Areas of specialism: Early Years Foundation Stage (EFYS) infant and nursery improvement profiling

Vivienne McTiffen has held Senior Leadership posts in several primary schools and worked with large Early Years Foundation Stage (EFYS) infant and nursery departments. Vivienne has worked as an associate tutor in BAQTS initial teacher training, involving lesson observations, professional development and liaison with schools. She has been a school inspector for over twenty years. Her particular areas of expertise are in Early Years, the primary curriculum and leadership and management. Vivienne is skilled at working with school leadership teams in ensuring high quality EYFS provision leading to outstanding improvements.

Graham Horsewood

Areas of specialism: School Leadership & Project Development

Graham Horsewoodhas considerable Headteacher experience of five schools, interim management assignments, Project Director and leadership consultancy in both state and private education.He has formerly been an accredited OfSTED inspector. Graham has initiated and led school improvement projects and school re-organisations both in his roles as a Headteacher and Project Director, He demonstrates the interpersonal and professional skills needed to engage a wide range of people by demonstrating his perception, sensitivity and analytical ability in his work. Graham is very familiar with supporting schools in managing demanding workloads, interpreting data and providing meaningful 'challenge and support '.

Dr. Jacques Mostert

Areas of specialism: Behavioural Management

Dr Jacques Mostert is currently a Student Progress Leader at a large comprehensive school in East London. He works at the front line of behaviour management and does consulting on positive behaviour strategies for teaching and learning, working with disruptive adolescents and Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties. Jacques publications include work on cross-curricular approaches to behaviour change in HIV/Aids awareness and he is the author of the blog Working with Disruptive Adolescents. He has been guest lecturer at the University of Johannesburg’s department for Educational Psychology. Jacques current research focusses on academic peer mentoring and Making Positive Choices.

Janev Mehmet-Christofides

Areas of specialism: Modern Foreign Languages

Janev Mehmet-Christofides has been involved in Education for over twenty years. Having worked in a number of challenging schools, as a teacher, trainer and senior leader with a specialist focus on Modern Foreign Languages ( MFL) . She has had an impact on school improvement within LAs on both primary and secondary based strategies, and has supported head teachers internationally through coaching, school improvement projects and inspection programmes. Janev is Section 5 trained and inspects primary, secondary, and special school settings as well as ITE and independent schools. Since 2008, Janev has also been involved in International projects in the UAE, working with both public and private schools. She has knowledge of Arabic and the UAE education system.

Susan Sutton

Areas of specialism: Senior Leadership Development and Curriculum Reviews

Susan Sutton is currently Principal Advisor in East London Schools and has lead the service for all Secondary Schools, All-through and Special School improvement, consultancy, advisors and specialist consultants. She has been responsible for Local Authority improvement interventions in Schools in categories or at risk of adverse inspection judgements. Susan has worked as a senior leader in 3 schools and an advisor in three local authorities. As a member of the founding team of the Secondary National Strategies, and as a Regional Director for London, she lead or contributed to many of the seminal publications in English, Pedagogy and Assessment for Learning. Susan has worked as a school inspector, a SIP across both primary and secondary phases, She is skilled in data analysis, improvement planning, working with Leadership teams and coaching classroom teachers. Susan has also delivered training to a wide range of audiences

Caroline Beasley

Areas of specialism: Phonics & Early Language Development

Caroline Beasley is an independent Educational Consultant specialising in developing Language and Literacy in the Primary Years. Working as a CLLD (Communication, Language and Literacy Development) Consultant in diverse multi-ethnic London borough for the three years, Caroline regularly supported teachers with the teaching of phonics and reading in the EYFS and KS1. Previously, having taught as both a class teacher and as an EAL teacher in the UK, she also taught English as an Additional Language in an International School overseas and later worked for several years for the “Teacher Development Centre? of the British Council in Singapore as a Teacher Trainer and Course Writer. She co-wrote a very popular course for practising primary teachers (commissioned by the Ministry of Education in Singapore) entitled: “Teaching Phonics in the Early Primary Years" and wrote successful in-house adult practitioner courses such as, “Using Drama to Teach English in the Primary Years". Caroline currently supports teachers with various aspects of Literacy, including effective teaching of EAL and regularly delivers training in the teaching of systematic, synthetic phonics, providing support for teachers as they prepare pupils for the Phonics Screening Check.

Sara Wrightman

Areas of specialism: Supporting colleges of further education to prepare successfully for OfSTED inspections. Working with managers and teaching staff all departments in colleges of further education - on self evaluation, lesson observations, achievement, employability and Functional Skills

Sara has spent the last twenty years working in a cross- section of colleges of further education as both a Curriculum Leader and Lecturer in Media and Functional Skills. She has recently trained as an OfSTED inspector for ‘Learning and Skills’ with Serco. As a teaching practitioner, manager, education consultant and additional inspector Sara has a comprehensive understanding of the current issues facing the further education sector. She is able to approach every college with a ‘fresh’ face to innovate new ways for each institution to share good practice and ensure that ‘teaching and learning’ is consistently at least ‘good’ across whole colleges. Sara brings a refreshing energy, a positive and ‘can-do’ attitude to all of her work ensuring she has a strong and successful proven track record of preparing colleges to achieve their potential during the inspection process.