Who we are

Emma Beresford
Director of PEN 

Emma has over 25 years experience of developing work with parents as a teacher, governor and parent in primary and secondary schools. She worked for 15 years as an advisor/consultant on engaging parents, and as a senior education manager/strategy lead on parents for Manchester City Council. 

She has initiated and developed best-selling practical resources for schools such as the PRIDE project; Partnerships with Parents in Practice (Learning from Newall Green Nursery and Infant School); and the Playclub resources (over 8000 packs sold nationally), and developed a Nuffield Foundation funded action research project on work with parents in secondary schools.

She has received an award for the Manchester Transition Project - training for staff to enable sustainable work with parents.

Emma has been a member of the National Home School Development Group for over 10 years, helped to develop work in Greater Manchester, been part of a DfES national advisory group,and run European training through a Socrates project.

 

Fiona O'Sullivan
Director of PEN

Headteacher at Oasis Media Academy, Salford.

Further information to follow.

 

Dr Iyabo Fatimelehin
Director of PEN

Director of Just Psychology.

Further information to follow.

 

Ruth Massey
Associate

Ruth has over 30 years experience of developing practical work and promoting work with parents in primary and special schools and in the community

In school 

  • 16 years experience as a home-school liaison teacher at Newall Green Primary School
  • 7 years as a senior leader co-ordinating work with parents at St Andrews CE Primary School
  • 3 years as assistant head at Rodney House Early Years Assessment Centre - who received an 'Outstanding' from Ofsted on their work with parents, and were the first school in Manchester to receive the Leading Parent Partnership Award (LPPA)

 As a trainer and writer  

  • Ruth has also worked for Manchester City Council running a wide range of training courses for teachers and support workers on communicating with and engaging parents in their children's learning, and has helped develop a range of practical resources including PRIDE, Homework Involving Parents and Sharing Numeracy Activities with Parents.
  • She has worked for 4 years as a Parent Education tutor for Manchester Adult Education Services, writing and delivering accredited courses for parents.
  • Ruth is also a local advisor for the LPPA.

In the community  

  • Ruth has run parent and toddler and women's groups, and parenting courses such as "How to Drug Proof Your Kids".

 

Jill Tordoff
Associate

I bring over 30 years’ experience, at a school strategic level as well as with individual children, of engaging with parent/carers to improve their child’s educational outcomes and address wider needs. I have worked in a challenging, diverse urban context across the 3-19 age group in schools, other settings, PRU's, Local Authorities and in Higher Education.

My experience as a local authority Behaviour and Attendance Strategic Lead, School Effectiveness Officer, Behaviour Needs Manager, governor, parent and teacher, (specialising in social, emotional and behaviour needs), has highlighted the importance of adopting a holistic approach to school improvement. These varied roles provide me with the knowledge, understanding and skills to:

  • support schools to work in partnership to share effective practice 
  • develop approaches designed to increase communication with parents so that their perspective is included and they can support their child’s learning needs
  • conduct whole school reviews and support schools in parent engagement self-evaluation in order to demonstrate success against the Ofsted inspection framework
  • support schools to identify actions, monitoring and evaluation systems to support parental engagement to improve pupil outcomes
  • develop strategies to help address the needs of all children including vulnerable groups eg special education needs, those children who truant, have attendance issues, are at risk of exclusion and who experience barriers to their learning
  • plan, deliver and evaluate bespoke training for teachers and support staff
  • undertake consultancy work.

 

Erica Splawnyk
Associate

Erica has over 19 years' experience of developing practical work and promoting work with parents in primary schools and in the community. 

 In school 

  • Over 9 years experience as a Nursery Nurse at Hollingworth Primary School and St. Clements Primary school with responsibility for parental involvement within the school. She developed and managed a Parents Teachers Association, Family Learning Projects and a variety of parenting courses (including those for families of children with special needs) in school and extended to local children’s centres.

 As a trainer and writer  

  • Erica has also worked for Manchester City Council managing the primary strand of the successful ‘Transition Project’ for 6 years which involved running a wide range of training courses for teachers and support workers on engaging parents/carers in transition from home to school and from the Foundation Stage to KS1.
  • Involved in writing a report on the Transition Project commissioned by the Department for Education.
  • She has also developed and delivered a wide range of courses for teachers and support staff on consulting with, communicating with and engaging parents in their children’s learning  (particularly vulnerable families and those that are harder to reach) and has helped develop a range of practical resources including homework resources to accompany the successful ‘Transition Project’.
  • She has worked for 4 years as a Parent Education tutor for Manchester Adult Education services, writing and delivering accredited courses for parents.
  • Erica has also trained, mentored and supervised Parent Support Advisors and Outreach workers.
  • Set up and established 6 Parental Engagement District Networks for staff, agencies and parents across Manchester.

In the community  

  • Run a pre-school which also involved recruiting and mentoring parents and community champions in voluntary work within the setting.
  • Run a variety of parenting courses within the community for both staff at local pre schools and parents/carers and grandparents
  • Recently became community school governor at St. Mary’s Primary school in Stockport
  • Currently is advising the local gym on how to be more ‘family friendly’ and has set up designated play areas, access to parenting resources and links to Libraries and local children’s centres.

 

Janet Davies
Associate

 

Janet has 30 years’ experience in  teaching, managing and leading schools, settings and clusters across all phases. Janet strives to support and create inclusive learning communities which promote achievement for all.

 

More information on associates will be available shortly