The Heath Family Multi-Academy Trust, The Heath Teaching School and it’s wider alliance work together to provide an extensive and dedicated service to school-to-school improvement.

Gill Bennett

Gill has 16 years’ experience of teaching and senior leadership, including headship, in primary schools followed by 14 years working as a Local Authority school improvement officer for Halton Borough Council. Whilst working for HBC Gill was accredited as both a primary and secondary school improvement partner and for a time was also accredited as an Ofsted inspector. Prior to leaving Halton Council in February 2016 Gill was employed as Head of Service for Education, 0-19. Following 30 years of fulltime employment in education and school improvement Gill is now an independent consultant and trainer.

As well as her strategic school improvement role Gill also provided support, advice and guidance as a school improvement link officer for a number of schools. Gill has developed her knowledge of governance and has served for more than 7 years as a governor. She has been a member of 2 Interim Executive Boards (primary), 2 Interim Executive Committees (secondary) and over time has sat on 8 governing boards. Gill is currently serving on 3 primary governing boards, including a primary academy within a multi-academy trust (MAT), and she is vice-chair on one of the maintained school boards.

In her role with the Local Authority Gill led on the recruitment of 20 headteachers across the nursery, primary, special and secondary sector and has also experienced the recruitment process in her role as a governor.

Gill’s specialist areas include data, self-review and evaluation and support for inspection, schools causing concern, school to school support and strategic system leadership. Gill has recently completed training to undertake Pupil Premium Reviews.

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