Gipsy Hill

Gipsy Hill Federation is designated as a National Support School by the National College for School Leadership (NCSL). As part of this, Sir Craig Tunstall is designated as a National Leader of Education (NLE). As a result of our sustained high achievement and success, we receive many requests for outreach support and intervention.

Once again, this means that we receive requests for support from a variety of schools, both locally and sometimes from other parts of the country. We are strongly committed to sharing our success in school improvement and enabling other schools to develop and become successful. We have significant capacity as a large organisation with many of our staff having real expertise in raising standards. When we are able to do so, we are willing to consider requests for support on an individual basis.

When working with other schools on either short-term or long-term improvement projects we are keen to make sure that this meets the specific needs of the individual school. Further information on Consultancy Outreach Work and School Improvement Support can be obtained by contacting us directly in writing or by telephone to discuss your needs in detail.

Music Consultancy

Looking for a whole school approach to high quality learning in music?

Wondering how to achieve this with limited budgets and expertise?

With a focus on the needs of your pupils, our consultant can guide you on:

Curriculum planning for music as a discrete subject or embedded in a topic based scheme.

Physical resourcing and staffing (where appropriate).

Building links and fostering partnerships with local and national music providers.

Becoming a school where ‘singing is at the heart’.

Gipsy Hill Federation also runs regular Music CPD sessions that can be accessed by external participants.

Contact: Laura Woodham, Specialist Leader of Education for Music 


Reading Recovery Consultancy

How are you helping the lowest achievers in literacy?

What effective interventions do you have in place?

How are you enabling and helping children with their literacy learning after one year at school?

Reading Recovery is a literacy programme targeted to children with the most complex problems in reading and writing.

It is specifically designed for six year olds who are the lowest attaining in reading and writing.  It has unrivalled research evidence of enabling children to catch up with their peers quickly, and maintain their gains at least until the end of Key Stage 2.

Are you are interested in training a person at your school to become a Reading Recovery teacher? (Initial Professional Development) 

Perhaps you are looking for training for your trained Reading Recovery Teacher?  (Continued Professional Development)

Contact: Melissa Plews

Email: RR@GHF.London

For more information on reading recovery training, follow the below links:

Reading Recovery Teacher Training

ILC Homepage

"Without the core literacy skills, it is so hard to access the rest of the curriculum.  This leads to disaffection, and if we don’t arrest these problems early on, what will the result be?  A generation of semi-literate, unemployed adults? Reading Recovery really is that good – the answer to the problems of the world"

Sir Craig Tunstall, Primary Teacher Update, January 2013


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