Education
Review

Optimising the impact of review frameworks
for accountability and long-term developments.

Optimising education policy, driving institutional enhancements and fostering system-wide accountability.

Etio’s approach not only assesses educational quality but also drives systemic and institutional enhancements. We prioritize collaboration, delivering high-quality processes, outputs, and feedback. Ultimately, our systematic approach serves as a cornerstone for advancing the success of educational systems, making it an indispensable tool for policymakers aiming to optimise education policy and its outcomes.

Accountability mechanisms within these frameworks ensure that all stakeholders, including policymakers, educators, and administrators, understand and are equipped to take responsibility for their actions and outcomes. This fosters system-wide trust, transparency, and continuous improvement. Additionally, Etio aids in aligning accountability mechanisms with quality review processes, ensuring they work together to drive continuous improvement and high-quality education delivery. Ultimately, our work supports equity, access, and quality in education, promoting a shared commitment to excellence.

Our Specialists

Matt Davis
UK
Europe
Asia
Australia
Middle East
New Zealand
US
Matt Davis
Dr. Gordon Carver
UK
Dr. Gordon Carver
Daniel Palmer
UK
Daniel Palmer
Jo Cheadle
US
Jo Cheadle
Ahmed Saeed
Middle East
Ahmed Saeed
Masooma Fadhul
Middle East
Masooma Fadhul
Sue Madgwick
UK
Sue Madgwick
Jonathan Longstaffe
UK
Jonathan Longstaffe
Roger Gilbert
UK
Roger Gilbert
Amber Leage
US
Amber Leage
Nicola Morris
UK
Middle East
Nicola Morris
Lee Northern
Middle East
Lee Northern
Liz Boyce
US
Liz Boyce
Cherie Pham
UK
Cherie Pham
Venessa Sixbery
UK
Venessa Sixbery
Holly Yorston
UK
Holly Yorston

Matt Davis

Managing Director
Location: UK, Europe, Asia, Australia, Middle East, New Zealand, US

Matt has worked with governments globally on designing and implementing large-scale education transformation projects to develop teaching and leadership capacity. Through his experiences in this work, he is passionate that Etio addresses the challenge of turning policy into practical action and making change stick by implementing in a way which is respectful of the context.

Matt has worked in education for his entire career. After more than 10 years youth work, teaching and training teachers, Matt spent a decade at Education Development Trust in a range of senior roles. He joined Tribal Group in 2022 to run its Education Services division: as we become Etio, he maintains responsibility for our global portfolio of programmes, ensuring we keep our promises to customers so that they in turn can deliver on their strategic ambitions.

Specialist Areas:

  • Education Review
  • Education Transformation
  • Education Workforce Development
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Dr. Gordon Carver

UK Managing Director 
Location: UK

Gordon has worked in the education sector, both internationally and in the UK, for over 16 years, and his experience ranges from front-line school-level leadership to policy formulation and system-wide reform alongside government Ministers.

Previously, Gordon has been CEO of the United Westminster & Grey Coat Foundation (a UK charity operating both independent schools and Academies), as well as the Co-Founder and CEO of Silverleaf Academy, an affordable pre-primary and primary school chain in Tanzania.  Prior to joining Tribal, Gordon started his career as a Strategy Consultant at PwC UK, worked for GEMS Education and the Varkey Foundation internationally, and worked as Consulting Partner for Capita’s Education & Learning division, with a key focus on the Department for Education (DfE).

Gordon is a Trustee of the early childhood development charity Lively Minds, and a Trustee of the 53 school multi-academy trust Oasis Community Learning.   Gordon has technical interests in education system financing, girls’ education, STEM support, teacher training, and system-leadership reform.

Specialist Areas:

  • Education Review
  • Education Transformation
  • Education Workforce Development
  • Other
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Daniel Palmer

Director of Business Development
Location: UK

Dan started his career as a research analyst at political polling agency MORI in London, before moving into the international education sector at leading digital skills qualifications provider ICDL Foundation, working with governments and education institutions in over 100 countries worldwide to design and deliver large-scale education and skills development projects.

After over a decade in senior market development roles leading ICDL’s businesses in Europe (Dublin), Asia (Singapore), and Middle East (Dubai), he returned home to the UK but continued to work internationally, spending five years in senior roles at Education Development Trust. In 2023 he joined Etio to lead its global Business Development function.

As a neurodivergent leader, Dan has a particular interest in championing equitable education access and outcomes for autistic children, as well as those with other special educational needs.

Specialist Areas:

  • Education Review
  • Education Transformation
  • Education Workforce Development
  • Other
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Jo Cheadle

Managing Director - US
Location: US

Jo holds a British Honors Degree in Education with a focus on culture and linguistics. From a position with the Office of Standards in Education for the UK DOE, Jo came to the US over 12 years ago and has developed her knowledge of what makes a great school as teacher, principal, chief academic officer and school improvement project lead. She is a passionate and knowledgeable educator with experience in over 20 states across the US. She specializes in school and district transformation, with a drive to ensuring equitable access for all students. Jo’s vision, strategy creation and divergent thinking motivate and drive change.

Specialist Areas:

  • Education Review
  • Education Transformation
  • Education Workforce Development
  • PRPIL
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Ahmed Saeed

Managing Director – Middle East
Location: Middle East

Ahmed has more than 24 years of experience contributing to different nationwide Education Transformation initiatives and projects across the Middle East region to transform teaching and learning. This includes rolling out learning platforms for general and higher education, teacher professional development, and training management, contributing to the advancement of the quality of education in countries including Qatar, UAE, KSA and Egypt.

Ahmed has worked with international education leaders like D2L, as well as regional leaders like ITWorx Education, Almentor.net and YAS Holding education division, leading on all aspects of delivery in the education and training domain. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Systems & Biomedical Engineering from Cairo University and an MBA from Hult International Business School.

Specialist Areas:

  • Education Review
  • Education Transformation
  • Education Workforce Development
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Masooma Fadhul

Operations Manager
Location: Middle East

Masooma has 15 years’ experience inspecting public and private schools, Universities and TVET institutions, where she has acquired in-depth, practical knowledge of the education and vocational training.

Since January 2022, Masooma joined Etio, and currently managing the operations of a number of projects in the UAE, Oman, Saudia Arabia and Bahrain relevant to inspections, schools’ improvements, and research. In 2022, Masooma worked closely with the Ministry of Education in Bahrain to design, and project manage a major programme to establish a systematic and sustainable school improvement strategy; and in 2023, she completed a project of 110 private schools’ inspections for Sharjah Private Education Authority.

Masooma is fluent in Arabic and English, a confident speaker and has hosted, and participated in, numerous short courses, workshops, and conferences.

Specialist Areas:

  • Education Review
  • Education Transformation
  • Other
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Sue Madgwick

Deputy Director, NCETM
Location: UK

Sue has over 30 years experience working in education. Sue combines a problem solving approach with innovative and creative strategies, keeping improved outcomes for children, young people and communities at the heart of everything she does. Sue uses her in depth understanding of mathematics education and skills developed as a maths teacher, adviser and inspector in her current role as Deputy National Director at the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics: a contract held by Etio.

Specialist Areas:

  • Education Transformation
  • Education Workforce Development
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Jonathan Longstaffe

Programme Director Advanced Mathematics Support Programme
Location: UK

Jonathan leads the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme (AMSP) contract for Etio which aims to engage teacher and students from state-funded schools or colleges with level 3 Mathematics. The regional AMSP team, provide student enrichment and teacher professional development within a region focusing on equity of provision across the country.

Previously, Jonathan has been a successful Headteacher, university lecturer and leader of a regional mathematics teams. Jonathan has also worked with the Welsh government, supporting the development of mathematics materials written in Welsh.

Specialist Areas:

  • Education Review
  • Education Transformation
  • Education Workforce Development
  • Other
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Roger Gilbert

Project Director: NPQ External Moderator
Location: UK

Roger has worked in Education for over 40 years, starting as a teacher of PE, in teaching and leading schools as an Headteacher/Academy Principal. Included in the four schools he led is one of the country’s first All-Through Academies (3-19, including nursery provision). As well as teaching Roger has spent time as an Educational Consultant working for Local Authorities and multi-academy trusts as a School Improvement Partner and the DfE as an Education Adviser for the South West.

His work on the Quality Assurance of the profession’s National Professional Qualifications has provided continuity and progression of these ‘gold standard’ programmes of professional development for teachers and leaders in schools and academies.

He continues to strive for excellence in the current education system in the belief that every child deserves the very best start in life through the very best education system, and that high quality professional development of teachers is integral to that.

Specialist Areas:

  • Education Transformation
  • Education Review
  • Education Workforce Development
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Amber Leage

Director of Educational Transformation
Location: US

Amber Leage, M.Ed.

Amber is an educational consultant providing program development, sustainable change management and support services to schools throughout the United States and abroad. She has been an educator for over 20 years.

In that time she has played many roles within the educational environment and worked as a teacher, school leader, university instructor, and school evaluator. Through this work she has managed large-scale projects in more than 20 states, gaining insight into the educational landscape across the US. These insights inform her current transformation work within five key service areas to support education transformation including collaborative needs assessment, strategic planning, data analysis, design for learning, and leadership capacity building.

Her work focuses on growing the capacity of people to create brave, joyful schools within supportive, responsive systems. She is committed to building organizations that empower others to lead with the ultimate goal of making stronger communities, students, families, and educators.

Specialist Areas:

  • Education Review
  • Education Transformation
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Nicola Morris

Project Director – Isle of Man External Validations
Location: UK, Middle East

Nicola has significant education and commercial leadership experience in the UK and international education market. Having led a number of schools herself and supported improvement of both educational organisations in challenging circumstances and those going through organisational change, Nicola understands the demands of education.

Nicola coordinated the development of global talent across Asia, North America and Europe for Nord Anglia Education, including creating a hybrid suite of leadership programmes for middle, senior and executive leaders and developing professional development pathways across the organisation.

Nicola has significant experience assessing the quality of education across the globe and targeting rapid improvement in both the academic offer and the operational delivery. Significant roles include Principal Inspector, Quality Assurance Lead and Project Director for External Validation.

Specialist Areas:

  • Education Review
  • Education Transformation
  • Education Workforce Development
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Lee Northern

Principal Inspections Consultant
Location: Middle East

Lee has an in-depth knowledge of education in the UAE, including school and curriculum organisation, in both the private and government sectors.

Previously, Lee has been Director of Education Strategy for E-ACT multi-academy Trust, and was responsible for curriculum and assessment across 28 schools, as well as designing the Trust’s National Framework for academy improvement and quality assurance.

Prior to E-ACT, Lee was one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI) for Ofsted for nearly nine years, leading over 150 inspections in England and overseas, and was also a member of the Schools Policy Directorate for Ofsted in London, playing a pivotal role in designing and writing the 2015 and 2019 Ofsted inspection frameworks.

Specialist Areas:

  • Education Review
  • Education Transformation
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Liz Boyce

Project & Administration Manager - US
Location: US

Liz possesses a comprehensive understanding of the U.S. educational landscape, with specific expertise in transforming K-12 public and charter schools nationwide. She plays an instrumental role in state and district-wide educational initiatives, delivering a diverse set of critical services that range from strategic planning and data analytics to technology implementation and comprehensive reporting. As an integral part of the team, Liz collaborates with educators from across the country, working towards the development of teachers and leaders, bridging achievement gaps, ensuring equitable access, and fostering the growth of all schools.

Specialist Areas:

  • Education Review
  • Education Transformation
  • Education Workforce Development
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Cherie Pham

Senior Project Manager
Location: UK

Cherie has delivered and managed educational projects in the UK, Canada, US and Japan throughout her career; driven by her passion to bring access to quality education to everyone. Here, she manages UK Department for Education (DfE) projects.

Prior to this, Cherie managed a wide range of projects from delivering the DfE’s Initial Teacher Training programme and Early Career Framework, managing fundraising campaigns for Higher Education Institutions and working with US Schools on their social impact projects.

Specialist Areas:

  • Education Transformation
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Venessa Sixbery

Project Director – Adult Numeracy
Location: UK

Venessa is an experienced project director on education programmes, as a teacher, senior leader, curriculum design specialist and programme director.  She is a qualified Maths and Spanish teacher and when working in schools was a senior leader specialising in curriculum development and teacher training.

Since leaving the classroom in 2017, she has worked as a programme manager and curriculum lead on a national teacher training programme and the first iteration of the National Tutoring Programme, Academic Mentoring for Teach First.  She also led the design and implementation of the School-Led Tutor training programme as part of the National Tutoring Programme at Education Development Trust.

She also has experience leading a teacher development through a successful OFSTED inspection as well as leading Early Career Framework and National Professional Qualifications, as Programme Director.

Specialist Areas:

  • Education Transformation
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Holly Yorston

Senior Project Manager / Project Director
Location: UK

Holly has extensive experience of managing projects of various scale, size and complexity across both the public and private sectors including children’s social care, higher education and housing.

In addition to project management, Holly has experience in contract and relationship management, service design and improvement, commissioning, and participation and engagement work with disadvantaged and underrepresented groups.

Prior to joining Etio, Holly was a Senior Project Manager within a large local authority fire and rescue service leading on public prevention with a focus on vulnerable residents, multi-agency partnerships and domestic abuse.

Specialist Areas:

  • Education Transformation
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The impact of review frameworks for accountability - in practice

Ensure policy clarity and coherence through external review

Etio ensures clarity and coherence in education policy to foster positive outcomes. We assist policymakers and systems leaders in utilizing quality review processes for clear, coherent, and effective policy implementation. This provides all stakeholders with a demonstrated roadmap and shared understanding of goals. 

Our quality reviews evaluate alignment of policies with educational objectives, pinpoint areas for improvement, and guarantee consistent and more effective policy implementation. 

We help you translate education policies into practice more effectively, benefiting students, educators, and the broader community.

Align external review and evaluation with the desired outcomes of policy and governance

Etio's support enables the development of feedback systems that assess the effectiveness of educational policies, strengthen educational governance, and promote a culture of continuous improvement.

Our expertise ensures your feedback system is effectively aligned with policy objectives, fostering accountability, improvement, and transparency across the education system. Ultimately, such alignment ensures educational operations are consistent with national goals, maximizing efficiency and impact.

Inform policy reform and implementation through external review

Etio's expertise in external quality review significantly benefits education system policymakers by supporting policy reform and implementation. We ensure accountability and transparency, fostering trust among stakeholders. Our approach evaluates the effectiveness of provision and outcomes, identifying areas for improvement and promoting continuous improvement. We evaluate education quality while driving system and institution-level improvement, offering a systematic approach to assess and enhance education quality, and contributing to the advancement and success of educational systems.

 

Provide control, compliance and governance through external review

Etio assists policymakers and education leaders in maximizing the benefits of external quality review processes. Our innovative and proven strategies broaden the impact of these reviews beyond mere compliance and control, unlocking their potential for effective governance. We offer a comprehensive, flexible approach to address concerns about external control, policy compliance, and governance. Our expertise provides an objective assessment of standards and areas for improvement, evaluates strategies and processes, and ensures compliance. We enhance transparency, promote accountability, and foster continuous improvement in educational governance. Our systematic evaluation process also engages stakeholders, driving the effectiveness of governance. In short, Etio's external quality review empowers policymakers and education leaders to maintain control over educational standards, ensure compliance, and drive governance improvement.

 

Use review evidence and findings to drive policy design and evaluation

Etio’s evidence-based approach to review enables policymakers to implement targeted reforms, address disparities, and evaluate the effectiveness of education policies. 

Working in partnership with Etio offers policymakers the opportunity to benefit from our extensive experience and expertise in quality review design and implementation. Our approach ensures insight and clarity about the most important next steps for policymakers and system leaders alike.

We support you to design, develop and evaluate policies that improve educational quality, equity, and overall student outcomes.

Insights into: Education Review

Middle East

Providing Quality Assurance Assessment to Riyadh Schools

As part of Riyadh Schools’ aspiration to become an internationally benchmarked outstanding school, senior leaders sought a robust Quality Assurance Assessment of its seven settings.

United Kingdom

Case Study: St Cloud Area School District

Etio were approached to assess every aspect of quality through the proven methodology of Instructional Quality School Reviews. Read more in our case study.

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