Julie’s 22 year very successful teaching and senior leadership career, saw her working in both primary and secondary schools in West Africa, London and East Anglia. She always preferred to work in schools serving communities with more disadvantage than most, welcoming the opportunities to work with families and the wider community in enhancing educational experiences, raising both aspirations and achievement and creating strong communities of learners.
Moving into Local Authority work in 1998, Julie worked as a National Literacy adviser for 3 years with her teaching being used in NLS training videos. She was seconded as Assistant Director to Thetford Education Action Zone where she led on the development of English and Family/ Community Engagement. This was followed by over 10 years working as a Senior School Adviser and School Improvement Partner. Julie has also worked as an Ofsted inspector for over 3 years.
Julie’s most recent LA post has been as Norfolk LA’s Senior Adviser with responsibility for Parents and Extended services. For this she led on the development of the Parent Support Adviser programme and provided training for early years and school staff, leadership teams and governors on developing effective partnership with families and the community, raising aspirations and the highly successful Reading Café programme over which so much has been written.
Julie is a highly accomplished, engaging and inspiring trainer who has facilitated many hundreds of training sessions and been a regular speaker at numerous national events.
Julie established Aspiring to Excellence Together- A2E2 Education Ltd in November 2014, having already launched Cafés for All – Sharing Learning.
Julie works with a small team of self employed advisers, all of whom have phase and subject specialisms. Between us we are able to offer a wide and varied menu of support and training.