Education
Review

Using review to build system-level capacity

Building leaders' capacity for self-evaluation and system-driven continuous improvement.

Education systems globally aim for continuous improvement. Etio, with its extensive experience in school evaluation and improvement, assists education system leaders in achieving this goal. Our focus is on developing education system leaders' capacity for self-awareness and deep contextual understanding, establishing a culture of unique and system-driven continuous improvement. This enhances quality and effectiveness, fosters innovation, and meets evolving educational needs.

We offer professional support to develop self-evaluation processes that are aligned effectively with unique and specific system and school contexts. These supports include detailed processes for consistent and accurate data analysis that lead to reliable strategy for change management. By nurturing sustainable improvement structures, we help ensure dynamic, effective education systems, promoting lifelong learning and improved outcomes.

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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Building system-level capacity - in practice

Upskilling your workforce to manage your reviews

Etio’s extensive global experience in implementing school reviews means we can enhance your educational standards and accountability through the development of a robust reviewer workforce. 

We focus on empowering reviewers with high-quality training and effective performance management, combining theoretical and practical skills essential in curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment methodologies. Our comprehensive approach includes ongoing professional development to keep pace with evolving educational trends.

We assist in developing your strategic framework for effectively recruiting, training, managing and deploying reviewers, ensuring alignment with clear policies and fostering a diverse team that includes experienced educators and quality assurance experts. 

This structured capacity building not only bolsters the integrity and impact of school reviews but also promotes trust and continuous quality improvement among your educational stakeholders. By partnering with Etio, you gain a reliable, well-managed reviewer workforce, crucial for a credible school review system and for driving educational excellence.

Building capacity through collaborative approach to reviews

Adopting Etio’s collaborative approach to school reviews offers significant benefits for school leaders seeking to enhance educational outcomes. By involving key stakeholders such as teachers, leaders, parents, and students in the review process, our methodology not only ensures a comprehensive understanding of a school's strengths and areas for improvement but also cultivates a shared sense of responsibility. This collaborative model promotes a culture of continuous improvement and accountability, essential for driving sustainable enhancements in school performance.

Our support enables schools to implement a review process based on openness, trust, and integrity. Through constructive dialogue and feedback, our approach focuses on identifying specific needs and building long-term capacity within schools. Engaging stakeholders in this way fosters an environment of trust and transparency, crucial for meaningful and lasting improvements.

Ultimately, Etio’s collaborative reviews empower schools to lead their own improvement efforts, enhancing educational outcomes and fostering a greater sense of agency and collective accountability across the system.

Designing effective methodology to support collaborative reviews

Etio assists systems leaders in transitioning from traditional, top-down school reviews to a collaborative, partnership-based approach. By emphasizing cooperation within the school community, our innovative methodologies foster sustainable improvement from within. We enable schools to identify strengths and areas for growth through a blend of qualitative and quantitative analyses, ensuring a nuanced understanding of each school's unique context and needs.

Our approach prioritizes stakeholder engagement, involving teachers, leaders, students, and parents in a dialogue that enhances transparency and accountability. By focusing on capacity building through workshops, training, and resources, we empower educational leaders to drive their own improvement agendas. This method not only supports tailored and effective strategies but also promotes a culture of continuous learning and excellence.

Ultimately, this leads to better student outcomes and more effective schools, helping system leaders embed sustainable, impactful practices within the education system.

Quality Assuring collaborative reviews

Etio enhances the effectiveness of collaborative school reviews through robust quality assurance processes. By partnering with us, policymakers and systems leaders can foster a culture of shared responsibility and continuous improvement in education systems. Our methodologies emphasize inclusivity, transparency, and collaboration, ensuring greater ownership and sustainable improvement strategies. Etio aids in establishing standardised procedures, ongoing evaluation, and feedback mechanisms, aimed at maintaining integrity and fairness. This approach not only builds capacity for long-term, self-sustaining quality assurance but also enhances the credibility and reliability of review outcomes. Ultimately, our quality assurance processes provide meaningful insights for systemic educational improvements, fostering a culture of collaboration and accountability for sustained excellence in educational delivery. This comprehensive support makes Etio an invaluable partner for policymakers aiming to elevate educational standards and outcomes.

Developing objective observational and evidence gathering skills

Etio enhances school evaluation systems by training reviewers to attain high levels of objectivity and skill, ensuring evaluations are fair, transparent, and rigorous. This training boosts reviewer confidence in distinguishing facts from opinions, fostering assessments based on robust evidence rather than personal biases. As a result, policymakers and system leaders receive accurate, credible insights for targeted interventions, promoting tailored support that drives educational improvement. Etio's approach includes practical exercises and case studies, enabling reviewers to accurately identify strengths and improvement areas in schools. Furthermore, collaboration and networking among reviewers encourage the sharing of best practices and methodologies, enhancing the overall quality of school evaluations. This comprehensive support system not only upholds the credibility of school reviews but also catalyzes systemic improvements and a culture of continuous educational excellence.

Making better decisions based on reliable evidence

Modern education systems and effective decision-makers leverage robust evidence to inform decisions, with school reviews providing valuable insights into standards and effectiveness. Etio specialises in school evaluations, supporting leaders in understanding and utilising this evidence. We believe effective decision-making requires reliable evidence. Our support helps education leaders focus on key evidence types, fostering informed decisions that drive positive change and improve outcomes. We help leaders prioritise evidence that offers a complete view of school performance, including student data, teacher feedback, and school practice observations. Factors such as socio-economic demographics and school culture offer a nuanced understanding of strengths and challenges. We also assist in using longitudinal data to identify improvement patterns or areas requiring intervention, and comparative analyses to inform targeted improvement strategies. This evidence-based approach promotes accountability, transparency, and continuous improvement, ultimately leading to better educational outcomes.

Producing quality reports after a review cycle

Etio's expertise in supporting educational leaders ensures that the data derived from national school reviews significantly enhances system-level decision-making and policy development. By creating high-quality, summative reports, we empower leaders to drive continuous improvement and accountability within educational systems. Our comprehensive reports synthesize diverse evidence—including qualitative and quantitative data, along with stakeholder feedback—to provide actionable insights. This enables leaders to identify system strengths, pinpoint areas needing enhancement, and implement evidence-based interventions effectively. Our approach builds leaders' capacity for rigorous evidence analysis, helping them discern trends and root causes of issues, which facilitates informed resource allocation and policy adjustments. Ultimately, our support in crafting clear, detailed, and impactful reports fosters enhanced educational outcomes, promoting transparency and stakeholder engagement across the board.

Insights into: Education Review

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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.

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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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