Here at Great Oaks Education we only employ the highest qualified presenters to deliver the best training for your teaching needs. All our presenters are highly qualified and experienced in teaching within the creative arts.
Please view their profiles below.
Great Oaks Presenters
Roy Smith has over twenty five years experience as a teacher and as an artist and has exhibited nationally and internationally. Roy is an expert in the research processes connected to art and design and has an MA in Fine Art and an MPHIL in Art and Communication. He has worked with the Tate Modern to publish a guide for schools in order to contextually explore art in galleries called Looking For Change and devised and project managed the Turbine Generation Project. He has also worked as a creative practitioner and advisor for Creative Partnerships.
Roy has worked in special education, secondary comprehensives, grammar and independent schools. He is passionate about art and education and is a specialist getting the best from students across the ability range through the practical understanding and interpretation of art.
Amanda Williamson has worked as an artist and educator since the year 2000, specialising in textile, print and mixed media techniques using unusual and unique methods to motivate and challenge students. With 12 years’ middle management and leadership experience she understands how to raise standards by engaging and enthusing the most reluctant learners to achieve above their target grades.
In 2004 she gained Master’s Degree in secondary education which focused on the reasons behind underachievement in Art and Design. Since then she has carried out several research projects in this area in order to raise pupil’s attainment in their GCSE and A level grades. Amanda maintains a strong emphasis on the individual learner and works continuously to achieve success for all.
Marc Newton is an Advanced Skills teacher in Photography and has been teaching Art and Photography since 2002. He has over 10 years’ middle management experience and through his leadership and teaching techniques he consistently achieved some of the highest Photography GCSE results in his county and his lessons were graded as Ofsted Outstanding.
He is an award winning professional Photographer working in the London and Essex areas of the UK. Graduating with an honours degree in Fine Art Photography in 2000 his work ranges from social documentary projects to landscapes and more recently pinhole photography. He exhibits much of his art around London and the UK and has his work published in books and magazines. He is also the founder of www.theschoolofphotography.com. View his website here www.marcnewton.com
Sam Munday-Webb is currently working on research towards starting a PHD in Drama and Education and has been involved in making vast and positive changes to several schools' internal and wider development. He has progressed fast though Head of Department, Head of Faculty and now is a successful Senior School Leader. Sam has worked in inner city, rural and schools in special measures maintaining and sustaining improvements and outcomes for students and the school. In one school his leadership moved results from below 50% to 100% A-C’s. In addition to teaching in schools, Sam owns a theatre school for young people called Arts Academy Theatre School www.artsacademytheatre.com where he works to develop creativity and performances. With a directing and theatre background, his energy and commitment to Drama and Education is exemplary.
Jo Keen is a freelance education consultant specialising in Drama. Before moving into consultancy, she was an Advanced Skills Teacher in Drama and Behaviour, Head of Drama, Assistant Head and was runner up in London Teacher of the Year. Whilst HOD, she increased the GCSE results by 50% and her department was graded as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. Jo is also an English specialist and has done extensive work on literacy in Drama as well as the use of Drama in English.
Jo has worked with a number of companies including The National Youth Theatre and the RSC whilst directing shows for the Shakespeare Schools Festival and has worked alongside a playwright to devise and then tour an original play with students. Jo has extensive experience in engaging and inspiring students, her commitment to Drama education is exemplary.
Linda Bamford is a proven outstanding leader having had 18 years of headship in two schools with outstanding results. A former Art teacher she is passionate about the importance of the creative arts in modern education. She is one of the original members of the London Challenge Consultant team and has delivered training and led conferences on the NPQH, New Visions and Black Country City Challenge programs for the National College. She has also delivered many middle leadership programs and worked in China and Ghana on international leadership projects. Linda continues to be a well sort after consultant in this specialist area of education.
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John Kelleher is a freelance education consultant specialising in music and music technology. Before moving into consultancy work, John has been a successful Head of Department, Director of Music and member of SLT. In one school he established a brand new, thriving music department, which was recognised as a Musical Futures Champion School in 2010.
John presents at music education conferences, works as an expert practitioner for Music Mark, writes for Music Teacher Magazine and maintains a successful music education website called Teacher and Musician www.teacherandmusician.com and can be followed on Twitter as @johnskelleher.
Gavin Kensit is currently Head of Faculty in a London comprehensive School. He has a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and through his leadership he regularly achieves over 50% A*-B grades which is some of the highest in the school. He has coached many drama teachers to lead successful departments and in 2014 was awarded a Jack Petchey Outstanding Leader award for his services to Drama. Gavin is passionate about drama being an important part of a student’s life and his constant focus is on sustained engagement to gain outstanding results.
Kerry Evenden is an excellent practitioner and teacher of music with a Master’s Degree in Music at distinction level. Kerry is a successful Head of Music with her department being graded ‘Outstanding’ in a Music specific Ofsted inspection. She works as an expert practitioner for the Music Mark ‘Peer to peer’ program and has lead training sessions for PGCE students at Sussex University. She is also an examiner for Edexcel. Kerry’s commitment, passion and excellence in Music education is exemplary.
Barbara Cunningham is a freelance education consultant specialising in the Extended Project Qualification and the Performing Arts. Before moving into consultancy work, Barbara has been a successful Head of Department, EPQ coordinator and member of SLT. She is an experienced moderator for AQA, EPQ and a Senior Examiner for Edexcel. She has an MA in Modern Drama and is passionate about the importance of the creative arts in our modern education.