About Us

Drawing upon over 40 years of headship experience and over 60 years of teaching experience, Rod and Yvonne Weatherhead offer a wealth of practical experience and knowledge in all aspects of learning, teaching and leadership. Rod and Yvonne retain an infectious enthusiasm for working with children, students, teachers, governors, school leaders and support staff. Together they plan and deliver leadership and learning training and conferences for teachers with teaching and learning responsibility posts, school support staff and primary leadership groups. Individually they provide school improvement services to primary schools in a range of differing contexts, including schools working in challenging circumstances.

In 2004 they established a Professional Learning Community Network which focuses on the continual development of distributed leadership. The network was awarded a national Leading Aspect Award for its work in “raising achievement by working as a Professional Learning Community to promote, develop and support high quality leadership at all levels.”

Yvonne Weatherhead is a local leader of education (LLE) supporting primary schools working in challenging circumstances. She has been the headteacher of Marland Hill Primary School for over twenty years and has led the school through four successful Ofsted inspections. In October 2008 Ofsted judged the school outstanding in all areas. Yvonne led Marland Hill to achieving the Leading Aspect Award for community cohesion in June 2009. The school is a lead school in behaviour management and serves a socially disadvantaged community. Full Biography

Rod Weatherhead provides school improvement services to primary schools. He worked as a School Improvement Partner (SIP) with primary schools in Bury, Manchester and Bradford and remains an accredited SIP. He was the headteacher of Heybrook Primary School in Rochdale for twelve years and led the school through three successful Ofsted inspections. Previously he had been the headteacher of Darnhill Primary School in Heywood for nine years. He is an accredited coach and works as a coach to primary, secondary and special school trainee headteachers on the National College for Leadership of Schools & Children’s Services’ National Professional Qualification for Headteachers’ (NPQH) programme. He is facilitator and associate consultant to the Inspirational Professional Learning Community Network. Full Biography

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