Clive Robson

Experienced school improvement adviser with particular expertise in teaching and learning and SEN, now working freelance.

Consultancy experience

  • Worked as an Ofsted inspector for 20 years, inspecting special schools and SEN provision in mainstream school (1998 – 2018).
  • Lead reviewer for Challenge Partners (2017 – now).
  • Working as external adviser to schools across the UK.
  • Moderating the judgments by senior leaders of the quality of teaching and modelling effective feedback.
  • Coach of senior and middle leaders, governors, and classroom teachers.
  • Self-evaluation and school improvement planning.
  • School and departmental reviews, for example the quality of teaching, the curriculum, personal development, behaviour, leadership.
  • Specialist in SEN – review of provision, evaluating pupil progress, providing practical advice.
  • Completed several local authority wide reviews of aspects of special educational needs provision such as specialist learning centres.  Collection and analysis of student voice.
  • Delivered whole school training in mainstream secondary and primary schools, special schools and PRUs.
  • Head, deputy head teacher and other senior appointments.
  • Extensive governor training.
  • Safeguarding reviews.
  • Conference presentations eg for SSAT, NAHT, London Challenge and academies.
  • Particular interest in the needs of able pupils.
  • Extensive head teacher performance management.

School improvement experience

  • School improvement adviser for Wiltshire Local Authority leading on special educational needs, cross-curricular issues, middle leadership training, secondary NQTs, teaching assistant professional development, G&T provision, workforce reform (1997 – 2007) and focusing particularly on schools in difficulty.
  • Led whole school reviews.
  • Experienced trainer on a wide range of subjects- SEN, pedagogy, governor training.
  • Assessor for national Challenge Award for able, gifted and talented pupils.
  • Lecturer on teacher training courses.
  • School Improvement Partner (and equivalent) in a range of secondary schools (including an all boys’ school and a girls’ grammar) pupil referral units and special schools (including complex, ASD and BESD schools) (2004 – 2010).
  • Senior education adviser for I CAN, the national charity for children with communication difficulties (2007 –2014) which has special schools for children aged 5-19 with complex communication difficulties.  Delivered a range of I CAN whole school programmes such as Secondary Talk and Talk Boost which develop the schools’ ability to improve children’s communication skills.
  • Special needs coordinator in a mainstream secondary school (1990 -1997).

Qualifications and Teaching Experience

  • Degree, University of Durham, PGCE, University of Bristol, M.Ed, University of Bristol.
  • 14 years in secondary, special schools and working with adults, including one year in a multi cultural school in Australia. Class teacher of English, Maths, French, Humanities.

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