Meet the team: Phillip Gawthorpe

Phillip Gawthorpe

Phillip Gawthorpe
Associate Education Consultant

Cert Ed
Diploma Special Educational Needs Master of Education
National Professional Qualification for Serving Headteachers

As a classroom teacher I have taught primary, secondary and adult education in both mainstream and special education. I was privileged to be Head of two different special schools and have extensive experience of the management of large complex organisations.

I have experience of curriculum development, differentiated approaches to facilitate inclusion and engagement with learning particularly around special educational needs.

Experience of whole school reviews and the development of performance management and quality assurance models.

I was a senior education officer for a local authority. I have experience of establishing inclusive practice through the development of school behaviour and attendance partnerships. Extensive experience of supporting heads and governors of maintained schools in a variety of challenging situations. Extensive knowledge of pupil place planning, the admissions process and the appeals procedures. I have a range of experience in working with governing bodies and I am currently a governor in a large primary academy and chair of governors of an independent special school.

Meet the rest of the team


The Health and Safety Advisor was very pleasant, informative and put the jargon into plain English, making it easy to understand. He was helpful and friendly and gave an in-depth account of all our health and safety requirements. A detailed report was given at the end of the inspection which was very useful and allowed me to comply with the legal requirements. Additional support has been offered since the inspection and advice has been given. Thank you very much.

Karen Harpham

Managing Director, Buxton Training Enterprises Ltd


R.E.A.L. Workforce Solutions have been commissioned by the club to ensure it meets its statutory requirements for health and safety. The work carried out to date has been thorough and comprehensive, and provided at sensible rates.

Colin Davies

Chairman, Ilkeston Rugby Club


Linda Lynn Cook has provided invaluable support and guidance supporting our school improvement work around SEND. She has lead a number of SEND reviews and her insight and knowledge means we have been able to pinpoint our successful practice but also develop comprehensive action plans confident in the knowledge that we are focusing on the right areas to ensure the correct provision for our most vulnerable students. Linda's style is incredibly supportive and she is able to coach members of staff to ensure that they are able to communicate the knowledge they hold but she is able to work with them to understand their next steps without undermining their confidence. This means that reviews are approached in a positive manner and result in a team sharing a vision knowing how to move the school forward.

Jane Starbuck

Inclusion Lead, Newark Academy



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