Testimonials

In June 2015 Remi Otoyebi, headteacher of Osmani Primary School in Tower Hamlets, London wrote: 'AEA Consultants have supported us through our continuing journey of school improvement. They challenged and supported our practice in good measures which has brought about positive outcomes for our pupils.'

In June 2015 the headteacher of St Edmund's Primary School in Enfield wrote: Our BSA assessment was a very useful process. 'Barbara Firth provided us with comments that identified our strengths accurately and we appreciate the points for development. The process contributes towards our high standards.  Barbara was very helpful prior to the visit and was very thorough and incisive during the visit.' 

In May 2015 Stephanie Edmonds, Head Teacher of Parish Church CE Nursery and Infant School, Croydon wrote: 'Thank you, Barbara. It was lovely for the staff to have their efforts recognised. I believe that you and John have so much to offer that will benefit us at all levels.'

In April 2015 Barbara Firth delivered the key note speech at the 28th Annual Education Conference of the Association of British Schools in Chile. The focus was on engaging able learners. Freddie Russell-King, director of the organisation wrote: 'Barbara Firth delivered the opening plenary entitled 'Raising the Bar for More Able learners' to 220 delegates from infant, primary and secondary schools. Barbara's exploration of strategies to engage learners provided teachers with an overview of research and good practice, combined with a thorough examination of practical ways to differentiate tasks so as to offer challenging opportunities appropriate to all learners at their own levels of understanding. Evaluative feedback fromt he conference delegates was extremely positive and teachers were left wanting to explore issues at a deeper level. We thank Barbara for offering us perceptive and provocative insights to inform our practice.'  

John Broadbent and Barbara Firth spent a day at Harefield Infants School in October 2014 working with teachers and senior leaders on a detailed work scrutiny. The headteacher, Bernie Lloyd said afterwards, 'This has been the most useful staff training we have ever had - the staff feel empowered and ready to develop new challenges. We would like you both to return in the Spring term. Thank you both very much for the development and the resources.'

In June 2014 after carrying out an assessment for the NACE Challenge Award at Gaynes School in Barking and Dagenham, the G&T Coordinator reported to NACE that spending the morning with Barbara Firth was some of the best CPD she has had in a very long time.

In June 2014 John and Barbara worked with Parish Infant School in Croydon. After carrying out a learning walk and twilight training focused on improving provision for more able pupils, the headteacher, Stephanie Edmonds said, ' Thank you so much, John and Barbara, for your time and expertise. Your note of visit embodies a lot of things I believe are very important. Than you for coming to get the message across because I can't do it all. i think we are very lucky to have you both coming into school because your experience and expertise really gives the process some gravitas. This is very supportive for all of us.'

In April 2014 Barbara carried out a review of safeguarding practice at Aldborough Free School. The headteacher said, 'thanks for this, it was very thorough and just what we needed. We will take on board all of the ideas and suggestions to make our safeguarding practice exemplary.'

After a day's training on how to improve provision for more able learners, Wendy Otterburn-Hall, headteacher at Halley Primary School in Tower Hamlets wrote on March 25th 2014: 'Thank you Barbara and John for a great day. There was a very positive buzz in the air this morning – people were talking openly about ideas and what they will take forward and I'll pick it up again with them at our next staff meeting. Let’s keep in touch and hopefully arrange something a bit further down the line.'

In September 2012 St Anne’s Catholic Primary School in Lambeth commissioned AEA Ltd to work with them to improve the quality of provision and outcomes for more able learners. AEA consultants worked closely with the school throughout the academic year providing support to senior management and training for all teaching staff.  In October 2013, Ofsted judged the school to be good in all aspects and noted that:     'More-able pupils (also) make good progress because they are appropriately challenged to reach the higher levels of attainment.'  Our consultants are continuing to work with the school to develop the quality and impact of feedback and marking across the school.

In July 2013 Vivienne Esparon, Head Teacher Forestdale Primary School in Croydon wrote:  'We have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and have gained a lot from your expertise and advice. We will continue to use these strategies to keep on improving learning experiences for our children.'

Her Assistant Headteacher wrote: 'Many thanks. We have all found both yours and John's expertise and way of working valuable in raising outcomes this year. I really feel that we now have a really solid foundation to move onwards and upwards! Many thanks for all your support.'

In January 2013 Headteacher of St Helen's Catholic Primary School said: 'We have achieved the Basic Skills Award four times. Barbara Firth carried out the most recent one and she was the most professional and thorough assessor that we have ever had. Her advice and recommendations will most certainly move our school forward. Thank you.'

In July 2012 Linda Harvey, Headteacher, Beaumont Primary School, Croydon wrote: 'Thank you so much for your advice and support with our marking and feedback project. The follow up Professional development Meeting for all staff was very helpful in moving the school on to the next stage. I do hope you will be able to return in the Autumn term to see the progress we have made with this valuable piece of work.'

In May 2012 Tomris Ibrahim, School Improvement Advisor, Croydon wrote: 'John Broadbent and Barbara Firth, consultants from Aspirational Education Associates Ltd have been a real pleasure to work with. I have valued their expertise, professionalism and support throughout. They have been reliable, efficient and very thorough in their approach and have maintained excellent relationships with colleagues at all times. I would highly recommend their services to other educational organisations and would definitely use them again.'

In 2011 Penny Sullivan, Headteacher at Galliard Primary School in Enfield wrote  ‘AEA Consultants gave us the support we needed to move successfully forward with our provision for more able pupils. They met with the Senior Leadership Team and the AGT Coordinator to discuss where support was needed and to draw up an appropriate programme. They delivered INSET to the whole staff which built upon current successful practice in supporting more able pupils. This was really effective in giving teachers the confidence that they were delivering a challenging curriculum and providing a positive environment where children of all abilities were recognised and supported in making good progress.' AEA are passionate about the entitlement of all pupils to make the best possible progress. Their clear focus has certainly supported our school in meeting the needs of our more able pupils.’
July 2011

Review of Inclusive Provision – In 2011 St Anne’s RC Primary School Lambeth said: 'I just wanted to drop you a quick line on behalf of the community of St Anne's to say a big thank you. The staff felt really appreciated and their contributions valued during the meetings and whilst it was understood that your role in the process was an objective one, there was a real sense that you were also encouraging and supportive. We look forward to hopefully working with you again and gaining from your expertise in G&T Provision and Parent Partnership in the very near future. Thank you for allowing the children, parents and staff to shine over the last two days and for your constructive and supportive feedback this afternoon. It has been a really positive and rewarding experience for us as a school with definite areas for us to move forward to ensure we get the best outcomes for the children.'
Adrian Le Cuirot
Inclusion Manager
May 2011

Support for the Achievement of the NACE Challenge Award for Able Children – in 2011 St Edmunds RC Primary School, Enfield wrote: 'Great news! We achieved the NACE Challenge Award. I am so delighted and just wanted to say thank you to you both for all your help and support over the past 3 years. I really do appreciate it and couldn't have done it without you.'
Margaret Payne
Gifted and Talented Leading Teacher
May 2011

In 2011 the headteacher of Aylward Academy, Enfield said: 'AEA worked with us during 2011 and we were delighted with the quality of their professional approach and the very positive feedback we received from our teaching staff. Their INSET was very well produced and presented and their mentoring of our inexperienced G and T Co-ordinator led to her much greater confidence in the role, and subsequently her impact. AEA’s initial audit of our needs was exemplary and allowed us to create with confidence a subsequent action plan for progress and improvement. We certainly will be using this company again in the near future.'
Jon Gillard
Principal
Aylward Academy, Enfield
December 2011

2012 Evaluation from training on consultancy for whole school provision for G&T wrote about John Broadbent's support: ‘You are the first person who has shown me how to succeed as a teacher in a London classroom.’