Chris is an education consultant with over 25 years of experience. A teacher for 18 years, he was a successful Head of Physical Education and went on to become Teaching and Learning Consultant for Somerset Local Authority. Chris now divides his time between managing his own consultancy business, TLC Education Services Ltd, and his position as Head of Staff Development at Bridgwater College Academy – Somerset’s first ‘all-through’ 3-16 academy.
His work is focused solely on school improvement and is mainly based in Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 although at his own academy he does support teachers in EYFS, KS1 and KS2. Chris predominantly works alongside colleagues in their classrooms, helping raise standards by improving the quality of teaching and learning.
The courses and whole-school training days that Chris provides are always very well received and highly rated. They are active, engaging, informative and full of proven practical classroom strategies. Apart from leading one-off training, Chris specialises in long-term consultancy, focusing on issues ranging from the quality of teaching to formative assessment, learning-to-learn, differentiation, thinking skills, classroom management, middle leadership and coaching.
While schools always report that Chris’s training sessions have significant impact, the most impressive improvements to practice and results are achieved through his longer-term partnerships with schools, individual teachers, departments and leadership teams. Chris’s senior part-time role at Bridgwater College Academy, where he provides personalised professional development for the whole staff, ensures that his work remains ‘chalk-face’ and in touch with the ‘real world’.
As Ofsted recognised, Chris was instrumental in guiding this school away from ‘notice to improve’ by dramatically improving the standard of teaching and learning across the school; the percentage of lessons deemed to be ‘good’ rose from 20% to 70% in six months. ‘Quality of teaching’ is now good and ‘leadership and management of teaching’ is now good. All this on just three days a week.
In addition, he maintains a link with his own subject area, Physical Education, where he has a proven track record of raising standards at examination level.
Chris is married with three children, supports Bath Rugby, follows the fortunes of The Hammers and, like Paul, is music mad (though his taste is slightly better).