Nic Abery is the Director and founder of LooktoLearn: an integrated education platform offering education consultancy, teacher training, curriculum development and facilitated museum experiences. She uses innovative creativity and years of teaching experience to fuse Jewish and Secular learning for children, teachers and families.
Having taught in both British and American Jewish primary schools, Nic has the experience of making meaningful sustainable links between Jewish and Secular teaching and learning. She now works with primary and secondary schools, synagogues, communal organisations throughout the UK and Europe.
She holds a B’Ed (Hons) Cantab and a diploma in Museum Studies from Leicester University. She currently resides at the JHub, is a teaching fellow at LSJS and part of the education staff at both the Jewish Museum and Wallace Collection.
Dr Leon Bernstein has been teaching for nearly 30 years in a variety of schools. His experience spans both State Comprehensives and Private schools, religious and secular, mixed and single-sexed.
He has been Head of Modern Languages, Head of Upper School and has represented staff on several Staff Advisory/Executive Committees. Having completed his M.A. in Modern Languages and Literature in Education, he embarked upon a PhD, investigating the development and application of a pedagogic (French) grammar, and its role in the reduction of learner errors.
Dr. Bernstein holds a doctorate in language teaching pedagogy, and his research has ramifications for a multitude of educational initiatives. In October 2002, he was awarded an Ashdown Fellowship, after an intensive year of training and research into educational leadership for the future. He has been Assistant Director of the Graduate Teacher Training Programme at the MST College, Hendon, London and in March 2006 was appointed National Advisor on Modern Foreign Languages for FOCUS schools in the UK.
His teaching subject is French, he was Deputy Head at the Menorah Grammar School, London, and was the co-ordinator for staff in-service training (INSET). As a teacher trainer, he has run many INSETs and has organised seminars and residential training conferences.
In January 2007 he spent two years in Sydney, Australia, as Principal of a Jewish High School, and in January 2009 began Headship in Broughton Jewish Primary School in Manchester, UK. He was awarded his NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Head teachers) in 2010 and, as well as his duties at school, is an Inspector for PIKUACH (the Jewish Schools' Inspection Agency) while also finding time to run parenting talks and courses.
Esther Colman is one of the UK's leading Limmudei Kodesh educational
consultants, and is the programme leader of the outstanding Heads of LK
As a teacher, Esther has taught Limmudei Kodesh in a wide range of schools – from Foundation Stage to Year 6 and even a short stint in a secondary school. She was Head of Jewish Studies and Deputy Head for 14 years at the mainstream Wolfson Hillel Primary School in North London. Since entering consultancy, she has focussed on CPD and curriculum development, working in many roles including that of teacher trainer for the Jewish Studies component of the SCITT programme at LSJS. She has supported teachers in Orthodox schools to gain QTS through lectures and tutorials. Over the past 30 years, Esther has been actively involved in developing and monitoring various curricula for the Jewish primary school. Esther has been a SKIP (School Kodesh Improvement Partner) in various primary schools working closely with the Senior Management and Heads of Kodesh. She is a qualified Pikuach inspector and is committed to raising Limmudei Kodesh standards in our schools. Esther is a Lookstein fellow, having completed the Bar Ilan Lookstein Leadership Programme.
Chana Kanzen B.Ed(hons) has been in education as a class/JS teacher for 20 years practising in every year group from EYFS to Y6, and most recently heading Jewish Studies in Morasha Jewish Primary school and lecturing/mentoring for SCITT, JCP and UJIA. She is a trainee PIKUACH inspector and recently led an audit for the UJIA on Hebrew Reading.
Chana is currently UK Director of Jewish Interactive, based in South Africa, with branches in London and New York, helping to create a global collaboration that unites Jewish educators and students with cutting–edge gaming and e-learning technology, helping to bringing religious education up to date. Chana also consults, lectures, tweets and blogs on a variety of educational topics with particular focus on interactive learning, 21st century learning and Hebrew literacy.
Jeffrey Leader is an education consultant with extensive experience in both Jewish and secular education. His roles have included headship of a London Jewish Primary school, Directorship of the Agency for Jewish Education initiating a range of professional teacher training programmes including, the Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP), the Registered Teacher Programme (RTP) and School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) in partnership with the Hertfordshire and Roehampton Universities. He also initiated Jewish educational leadership programmes in partnership with the Lookstein Centre at Bar Ilan University. Jeffrey was a member of the Teaching Agency’s Advisory Board for School Centred Initial Teacher Training. He was also, for many years, an Ofsted Lead Inspector before leaving to focus on teacher training.
Jeffrey currently supports BEd, PGCE and GTP student teachers for Hertfordshire and Middlesex Universities. He also supports headteachers and Heads of Jewish Studies in London and Manchester schools. Jeffrey is a founder member of Pikuach and is jointly responsible for training new inspectors and leading Pikuach inspections. He has professionally evaluated Jewish educational organisations and is currently a member of a team conducting long term research into the impact on families of Jewish secondary education.
Susan has worked in the education sector for over 30 years, culminating in Deputy Headship of Rosh Pinah Primary and Headship of a multicultural state primary school.
On leaving Headship 12 years ago, Susan started a new career as a professional coach and trainer and has worked with school staff and senior leadership teams across the country, helping them to realise their visions for the schools that they serve. She has served as a senior coach for the National College of School Leadership.
She has pioneered the concept of peer coaching for young people in London schools, having designed and led a successful pilot in Tower Hamlets secondary schools. Susan is also known as the Teenager Coach and has a busy practice helping young people with their study skills and confidence.
Susan lives in Mill Hill in North London.
Sharon is a teacher with over 30 years experience. She has been a successful LEA manager and advisory teacher gaining a wide experience of working from a local authority perspective and Assistant Principal of an all age Academy School with a co-located special school. As an education officer she co-ordinated the physical, medical team and advised schools on SEN and disability issues for the London Borough of Barnet. She was a member of the senior leadership team of MST Teacher Training College with responsibility for secular education.
Sharon is now a full time educational consultant working on projects that match her passion for improving educational provision for all. She is particularly interested and experienced in: school management; Access and Inclusion and Special Educational Needs; raising levels of achievement and school buildings design. She is a trained Pikuach inspector.
Until recently she was the manager of the Jewish Teacher Training Partnership Graduate Teacher Programme for teachers of Kodesh in secondary schools, tutoring the GTs and newly qualified teachers and working closely with schools and mentors providing coaching and training as needed. She is currently working with teachers who are following the Assessment Only route to qualified teacher status and supports some through their NQT year.
Sharon provides INSET to teaching and non-teaching staff on a variety of topics and works with a number of schools to assist Senior Management in raising levels of achievement and implementing school management strategies. She undertakes the role of mentor to teachers who are working towards Senco qualification
She has provided educational consultancy to schools applying for both free school and voluntary aided status and is a visiting lecturer at Southampton University.
Since September 2007, Andrew has been working as an Educational Consultant after a number of years as Senior Deputy Headteacher in a large north London comprehensive.
He currently undertakes a range of school-based and external training delivering bespoke workshops and training programmes in consultation with the school. He has been a Facilitator for the National College of School Leadership delivering LfTM and LP programmes through the Institute of Education. Andrew worked on the former Fast Track accelerated leadership programme, supporting colleagues in Buckinghamshire and Hillingdon and most recently as a Leadership Development Adviser on the Accelerate to Headship: Tomorrow's Heads Programme
Andrew works on a consultancy basis in a wide range of schools, supporting the senior leadership on the production of the SDP, SEF and wider support to the senior team. This is essential for his own work and helps to ensure his knowledge and skills remain relevant. He is the Project Lead for the the London Borough of Barnet's Leadership Succession initiative delivering workshop training to senior leaders in primary, secondary and special schools. For the past five years he has been the External Consultant to a school-based GTP programme in Surrey. More recently in their work as a Teaching School, Andrew is leading a National College research and development project exploring the use of coaching to support the professional development of ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ teachers. He is currently preparing to deliver the new modular curriculum. His own coaching role has included work with teachers at all levels, including work with Deputy Headteachers and Headteachers, supporting both their professional day-to-day work as well as supporting them in career consultations and interview support. This has included a range of schools phases and school types.Andrew thoroughly enjoys his work in supporting school leaders in helping to ensure high quality education for our young people.