Sue Hackman was the Chief Adviser on School Standards at the DfE between 2006-2013, and English inspector in Surrey for 7 years. Nationally, she was responsible for assessment, accountability, school improvement, pedagogy, catch-up, deprivation and core subjects. Her key contribution was the development of progression. Her experience as a teacher and inspector spans all key stages. She is also a well-known writer with over ninety titles.
Alan is a highly experienced educational consultant. He was a Senior Director with the National Strategies, leading national programmes on teaching and learning, assessment and intervention. He is currently working with schools to support changes to the English curriculum, moderation, literacy across the curriculum and classroom pedagogy. He is widely published.
Jo Shackleton was a core member of the DfE Effective Practice Team, leading school-based investigations into areas of government priority and leadership of the national Assessment for Learning Strategy. She advised the National Curriculum English Review. She has worked nationally on Key Stage 2 teacher assessment and moderation, and is a Curriculum Adviser for the grammar, punctuation and spelling test.
Patrice Baldwin has been a primary headteacher, LA adviser for Arts and Cultural Learning, Ofsted inspector, school improvement partner and Head of Music service. She developed and directed Drama for Learning and Creativity (D4LC), an innovative national school improvement initiative involving National Drama, local authorities and more than 300 schools in England, Wales and Iceland.