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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:

  • Dr Joanna Goodman

    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.  

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  • Serena Alexander

    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.

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  • Patricia Preedy

    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.

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  • Diane Gardiner

    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.

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  • Steven Popper

    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.

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  • Paul Spillane

    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.

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  • John Dunston

    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.

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