The School Improvement Team
- support leaders in evaluating existing provision;
- help leaders decide on the actions which will have the most impact;
- source resources from across the Trust and beyond to make improvement plans a reality.
David Lowbridge-Ellis MBEDirector of School Improvement
Director of School Improvement David Lowbridge-Ellis has extensive experience of leading successful change, having been an Advanced Skills Teacher, an Assistant Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and Headteacher. Leadership of impactful change was the focus of his Masters degree. Beyond Matrix Academy Trust, he has worked with many organisations on curriculum development, assessment, teacher workload and wellbeing and equality and diversity. He delivers both the NPQSL and NPQH for Manor Teaching School Hub and has been published widely. David was the recipient of an MBE for ‘Services to Education’ in the King’s Birthday Honours 2023.
Jodie TillDeputy Director of School Improvement
Jodie has led on quality of education in a variety of contexts and at all levels across the West Midlands. As Director of English, Lead Practitioner, Assistant Principal and Leadership Consultant, she has developed and challenged others to think and act strategically to secure significantly stronger outcomes for staff and pupils. She is passionate about coaching leaders so they can create the best climate in which everyone in a school can thrive.
Jacqueline NewsomeLeadership and School Improvement Consultant
Since qualifying as a science teacher, Jacqueline has taught in urban, multicultural secondary schools across the West Midlands. An experienced school and system leader she has been an Advanced Skills Teacher (AST), Specialist Leader in Education (SLE) and is a serving practitioner working as an inspector for Ofsted. She has served as Headteacher at two schools and achieved the National Qualification for Executive Leadership (NPQEL) in 2022.
Jennifer HambrookMaths & Curriculum Specialist, School Improvement Team
Shannon SmithEnglish Specialist
Shannon has extensive experience of leading English at both middle and senior leadership levels. As Head of English and a leader in curriculum development, Shannon has coached others to recognise the concepts of effective curriculum design and implementation. She also has experience of the pedagogy and approaches needed to rapidly drive literacy development. Shannon is truly passionate about being research driven and using this to empower teachers to be the best they can possibly be.
Alexa OshodiSEND Specialist
Felicity CallananMFL, ECT & International Visits Specialist
Michael EszrenyiSCITT Director
Michael is an experienced teacher of Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) and has worked with many schools in the West Midlands, including as an Assistant Headteacher. Michael has an in-depth knowledge of Initial Teacher Training (ITT), has been a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) in ITT and was a member of the Department for Education's (DfE) Marking Policy Review Group. As the SCITT Manager and Subject Course Leader for MFL, he was instrumental in setting up the secondary SCITT programmes for Barr Beacon SCITT (BBSCITT) in 2015, which was graded Ofsted Outstanding in 2018. Since 2019 he has led BBSCITT as the SCITT Director and under his leadership the SCITT has broadened its offer to now provide Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses, the assessment only route and 3-7 and 5-11 primary programmes. In 2022 he successfully led BBSCITT through the DfE's re-accreditation process ensuring that BBSCITT can continue to deliver ITT leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) from September 2024 onwards. His Master's in Education focussed on understanding resilience and wellbeing of trainee teachers. Michael is passionate about ensuring that all colleagues receive expert support at the right time to realise their full potential and build successful careers in education.
Extended Improvement Team
Darren BowleyTeaching and Learning Specialist
Laura McLaurieData Specialist
Juliet StaffordDeputy Headteacher, Etone College
Ben BradleyBehaviour Specialist
Ben has extensive experience in behaviour and pastoral care at both middle and senior leader levels, having eight years’ experience within the Matrix Trust. Ben first developed as an NQT teaching PE at Bloxwich Academy which, at the time, was one of the most challenging schools in the country. Shortly after this, he deployed his skills to a Head of House role whilst developing pedagogy by moving into teaching mathematics. Ben helped take Bloxwich Academy to the most improved school in the country on two occasions, along with contributing towards its Ofsted ‘Good’ rating.
Ben became an Associate Assistant Headteacher at Bloxwich Academy before moving onto his current post as Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for behaviour at Dame Elizabeth Cadbury, which he helped guide their latest successful Ofsted inspection. Ben is committed to ensuring all pupils can succeed.