Graham started his teaching career as a modern foreign
languages specialist. He gained wide experience both within
the UK and abroad, teaching in boarding, single-sex and
coeducational schools and working in both secondary and
He has been a head of department and a deputy headteacher
and has had two headships of schools catering for pupils
from the age of 3 to 19. In the late 70s, he was a founder
member of staff of a brand new school; in the late 80s he
was commissioned to design and open a new kindergarten,
primary and secondary school in South America; in the early
90s he was tasked with relocating a school in South Wales
from run-down premises onto a new site.
He is now one of the country’s most experienced school
inspectors. He started inspecting schools while still a
headteacher in 1994. He became a registered inspector for
Ofsted, then an area inspection manager for Tribal, and in
2008 he became director of inspections for Serco. In 2010,
he produced the first training course for the Professional
Qualification for School Inspectors, and has since trained
many school leaders and local authority advisers to become
inspectors. He is now an independent consultant advising
schools and running training for school leaders and
governors on inspection-related issues, school improvement,
teaching and learning, and leadership and management.
Nominated by his students and supported by colleagues and parents,
Duncan was awarded Teacher of the Year for London and the South East
in the National Teaching Awards 2011.
Duncan has taught in a variety of schools from the Ugandan bush to
the wilds of Buckinghamshire and Sussex. Over 20 years he has been
a teacher of Modern Languages, PE, English and History, Head of
Department and Assistant Head in West Sussex and an Advanced Skills
Teacher since 2001.
He has directed the Teaching and Learning Strand of the West Sussex
AST Strategy. He has a wealth of experience in leading inset and working
alongside teachers in both secondary and primary schools, supporting
them through coaching, curriculum planning and team teaching.
Through 4 Ofsted Inspections and countless performance management
observations Duncan’s lessons have always been judged outstanding.
Jane holds a BA degree. She has many years experience in
teaching in Greater London and West Sussex. Jane was
AssociateAdviser for Teaching and Learning with West Sussex
Local Authority, where she worked with teachers to develop
pedagogy and practice. She was also Adviser for the
Curriculum in West Sussex.
As lead consultant with PrimaryMatters, Jane has worked
nationally across the breadth of education in both independent
and state schools.
Jane is passionate about providing the best possible
opportunities for learning through immersion in creative
journeys grounded in high quality texts.
Founder & Director
Nicola gained a degree in English & Education at Homerton
College, Cambridge. She spent the next 12 years in primary
schools, teaching Reception through to Year 6.
Nicola then applied her experience and expertise for 10 years as
a Literacy Consultant for West Sussex County Council before
setting up her own independent education consultancy, Primary
Matters, in 2004.
PrimaryMatters inspires and empowers teachers to transform
teaching and learning. The development work of Nicola and her
team consistently has significant impact on standards, moving
schools from satisfactory to good to outstanding and beyond
Her mission is to bring vibrant, contemporary and irresistible
learning to children everywhere, through innovative and
Maureen has taught Art & Design for 23 years, working in
primary and secondary schools. She has also worked for many
years in F.E. colleges in England and New Zealand establishing
and teaching new art courses.
Working with Primary Matters she creates and leads art workshops
for both pupils and teachers, developing creative and practical
ideas and approaches around topic themes.
New delegates on our courses are always surprised and impressed
by the quality, diversity and creativity of the artwork produced
by pupil’s working with Maureen.
Sarah holds a BA (Hons) degree in Primary Education, specialising
in Early Years, at the University of Brighton.
She has worked across the primary age range.
After completing her NPQH she took on the role of Headteacher in
a single form primary school in January 2006. She successfully led
the school through two Ofsted inspections.
Since January 2011 she has worked with Primary Matters across
a whole range of schools around the UK.
PA to Nicola Powell
Jacqui is PA to Nicola and deals with all areas of administration
on behalf of the PrimaryMatters team.