Our core team combines exceptional teaching and inspection experience in the independent and maintained sectors with strategic expertise from some of the best management consultancies in the world.
Our team includes:
ISIC Head of Operations
Educated to MBA level with experience gained in the UK, USA and Poland, Marta leads ISIC's operations and marketing strategy. Recent examples of her work include coordinating the review of 15 schools in the Cayman Islands and the delivery of a national training programme for over 700 delegates for the Ministry of Education in Brunei.
EYFS, BSO, Day, Boarding and Overseas Inspector
Christopher Sanderson is a reporting inspector and early years lead inspector. He has extensive experience in primary and secondary education and in early years. He has worked overseas and in boarding education. He has held headship posts in primary and secondary education and has recently returned from an interim headship of an international school in Switzerland.
Curriculum, Assessment and SEND
Dr Joanna Goodman is an educationalist with a vast experience of school leadership, both in maintained and independent sectors. She has worked at every key stage in education. She graduated with a Doctor in Education degree from University of London, King’s College London, where she researched the role of assessment in improving learning. Her assessment expertise is internationally recognised, and she has been widely published in the UK and abroad, including peer-reviewed publications. She is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors and a school governor.
Overseas Inspector, Health and Safety Consultant, Data and Prep Specialist
She recently retired as Headmistress of Devonshire House Prep School, Hampstead, London, an IAPS Co-educational Prep School for 600 children from 2-13. She is the author of Maths Prep I, II and III, the ISEB approved text for Common Entrance. She has been inspecting for ISI for over ten years and has been retained as a consultant for the group of schools, working closely with the Heads, checking policies and ensuring regulatory compliance. She is the author of the ISEB set texts for mathematics, Maths Prep 1, 2 and 3. She joined Newton Prep as Deputy Head and director of studies, before being appointed headmistress of Devonshire House School.
Governor, SEND, Trainer, Curriculum and Assessment Specialist
Gwen is a reporting inspector for ISI. She has extensive experience in all-age schools and in boarding education. Previously, Gwen has held senior leadership and management posts in education, including as a deputy head, pastoral, in a large state school, then director of studies, head and acting head of independent schools. She has been a governor in two state primary schools and chair of governors in an independent school. Her particular areas of expertise include curriculum and assessment; work with children with learning difficulties and English and drama. She has also worked as a team inspector and assistant reporting inspector, as a consultant and trainer, for both ISI and ISI Consultancy.
EYFS, International Curriculum, IB and A level and Boarding
Pat is a reporting inspector for ISI and is experienced leading inspections of all ages. Previously, she has been head in both large and small independent and states schools catering for children from 3 months to 18 years including boarding. The curricula in these schools included EYFS, International Curriculum, National Curriculum, Common Entrance, IB and A level. Her extensive career in education includes being a global Chief Academic Officer for early childhood education and Head Teacher of one of the first Beacon Schools in the UK. Pat has spearheaded several projects including developing senior leadership, performance management and Neuro-Developmental Delay – the link between movement and learning. She was also part of the team that developed the performance indicators in primary school’s value added baseline assessments (University of Durham CEM centre). Currently Pat is leading an independent and state school partnership project through Loughborough University. This work involves assessing the physical development of children on entry to school and then measuring the impact of a specific physical intervention programme.
SEND and EYFS Specialist, Boarding Inspector and SMSC Development
Diane is a reporting inspector and an early years lead inspector. She has extensive experience in primary and early years and boarding education. She has held management posts including headship in education for 25 years mostly in the independent sector. Her particular areas of experience and expertise include the early years through chairmanship of an advisory group which supports early years settings nationally, pastoral care and personal development through many years’ service in boarding schools and support for children with additional needs. She has also served on the education committee for one of the largest organisations representing Preparatory Schools in the UK and organised and run several national conferences to support teachers in independent schools.
EYFS and Prep Inspector, Editor, Most Able Pupils Specialist and Trainer
Steven is a freelance inspector and educational consultant. He has a range of post-graduate qualifications including an Advanced Diploma in Early Childhood Studies and an MA in The Expressive Arts in Education. Previously, Steven taught children from Nursery upwards for a period of 11 years and held leadership and senior leadership posts in several infant and primary schools. He established and led the University of Chichester’s highly successful Early Years initial teacher education route and was the deputy co-ordinator of the university’s Masters-level Primary PGCE programme. Steven was seconded to HMI from September 2012 to August 2013 before becoming a freelance Additional Inspector and Tribal Complaints Investigation Officer. He now works as a reporting inspector and editor for ISI, and has led over 90 school inspections. Steven has particular expertise in school inspection, initial teacher education, quality assurance, high quality early years and primary teaching and learning, meeting the needs of the most able pupils and creativity in education.
Appraiser of Heads, Trainer, Day & Boarding, Governance and CPD
Janet Pickering is a former head of Withington Girls’ School (GSA) and St Bees School (HMC). She has extensive experience in secondary education (day and boarding) and in higher education. She is also an experienced appraiser of heads and is an Ogden Trust regional consultant, overseeing school science partnerships. She has 20 years’ experience of governing preparatory and senior schools. Janet has been a school inspector since 1994 and became a reporting inspector in 2010. She has run numerous training courses for ISI and undertaken consultancy work for ISIC both in the UK and Oversea. Her particular areas of interest include social responsibility, pastoral care, quality of teaching and learning, governance and CPD.
Reporting Inspector, Editor and Trainer, both in the UK and Overseas
Ian Newton has been a reporting inspector since 2000 and has led approximately 130 inspections across all ages, in the UK and overseas. He has extensive experience of inspecting in primary, secondary and all-through day and boarding schools. Ian is a member of the consultancy, training, monitoring and editing teams. He has held senior leadership posts in education as head, housemaster and head of department, and has been a school governor and member of a Diocesan Board of Education. His particular areas of interest include governance as well as leadership and management. He has a degree in physics, interests in geography and history, and an MLitt in Island Studies. He has led sailing expeditions to the Faroes, Arctic Norway and around Iceland.
ISI and Ofsted Inspector, EYFS, Overseas, Trainer and Former director of AGBIS
Joy is a reporting inspector who has worked extensively with ISI and Ofsted, leading inspections and training inspectors. She has run teacher training courses and led in-service training programmes for experienced teachers in areas including the early years, literacy, assessment and effective classroom practice. Previously, Joy has contributed to national research projects in both maintained and independent sectors, and has led a range of international inspections and reviews. She has been a director of AGBIS, the Association of Governing Bodies in Independent Schools, and is an experienced governor.
All-age Inspector and Consultant, Trainer, Mentor to Heads and School Governor
Paul Spillane has been a reporting inspector with ISI for eight years and during this time has completed over 100 inspections. He was previously headmaster of Silcoates School for seventeen years, having held senior posts at Trent College, Wellington College and St Andrew’s School, Eastbourne. He has extensive experience of primary and secondary schools and of boarding education. As well as leading ISI inspections, he also trains inspectors. His consultancy work has included whole-staff training in teaching and learning, advising schools on matters of regulatory compliance and helping schools to prepare for inspection. He has also mentored and appraised heads, and he has been a governor of two schools.
Trainer, Junior Specialist, Team Inspector and Consultant, BSO
Mark Albini is a Deputy Head (Curriculum) of the Junior Branch of University College School, Hampstead, London, an independent boys’ day school. His initial post there (1996) was Head of Science. Mark previously worked at Highgate School where he taught science and maths, as well as being Head of Lower School Games. He has been inspecting schools all over the world for 16 years and has most recently been training school senior leaders from across the country in ‘Lesson Observation Skills’ and ‘What Makes an Excellent Lesson?’ on behalf of ISIC. Mark has always had an active interest in assessment for learning.
International Baccalaureate (IB), Boarding, Overseas, Trainer and Former Chairman of Society of Heads
John Dunston studied at the universities of Cambridge and York, beginning his teaching career in Germany before taking up posts at both maintained and independent schools in the UK. He was Head of Sibford School and then Leighton Park School between 1990 and 2010. John has been a reporting inspector for ISI since 1999, leading over fifty inspections in the UK and overseas during that time. He has been a trainer of ISI inspectors and a consultant for ISI Consultancy since 2010. In recent years, John has led educational assignments in the UK, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Central America and Africa, including the introduction of national Teachers' Standards in Brunei. He is a former Chairman of the Society of Heads, a Winston Churchill Fellow, and a Tutor for the Farmington Institute at Harris Manchester College, Oxford.
Quality Assurance Monitor, Boarding, School Development and Governance
Richard Johnson is currently an ISI reporting inspector, quality assurance monitor and report editor, having inspected for ISI since 2001. He is a former prep school headmaster, with over thirty years’ experience in both independent boarding and day schools. This has included experience in varied senior leadership positions with responsibility for school development planning, curriculum, teaching, pastoral care and regulatory compliance. He has previously been a local authority governor of a large 11-18 maintained IB world school and led inspections for Ofsted. He has also organised and led numerous school trips and expeditions in the UK, Europe and North America.
Senior Specialist, Physics tutor to A level and IB, BSO Inspector and Safeguarding Specialist
George Fisher is a Reporting Inspector for ISI and has been since 2013. He has worked in the selective maintained sector for almost twenty-five years, including four years as headmaster. George then migrated to the independent sector and was head of King Henry VIII School, Coventry for ten years. He was educated at Bradford Grammar School and Brasenose College, Oxford, where he studied physics. George’s teaching has included physics, RS at junior level, games, critical thinking and general studies. He is a physicist by training. Since his retirement, besides inspecting for ISI, George has walked the South West Coastal Path and is in the process of reducing his golf handicap.