The highly effective and motivating Outstanding Teacher Programme (OTP) and Creative Teacher Programme (CTP) will give you a set of high level skills and strategies to augment your classroom practice.

The Outstanding Teaching Assistant Programme (OTAP) will develop your potential as a Teaching Assistant to have a wider impact on improving the quality of teaching and learning across the school.

Our OLEVI accredited programmes are facilitated by dynamic and experienced school leaders and teachers in schools across the Athelstan Trust and the local school community. Whether you are looking for ideas to enhance your practice, challenge yourself to improve your classroom skills or want to influence teaching and learning beyond your classroom; these programmes will support you in developing your expertise. These programmes are held in a variety of locations across Wiltshire and Gloucestershire so you will not have to travel too far.

Outstanding Teacher Programme

This programme is open to teachers with the potential and capacity to deliver consistently good and outstanding lessons and who will take key ideas and skills back to their school to share, or even lead, on some teaching and learning initiatives either within their department/faculty or across the school.

Creative Teacher Programme

We know that after a period in the classroom post PGCE and ECT years, we all like to take the time to reflect on our practice. So whether you are in your second year of teaching, returning to teaching or want to refresh your classroom skills, the Creative Teacher Programme will meet your needs.

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Programme

This programme is for teaching assistants who are, or who have the potential to be, outstanding in their roles. Participants will gain confidence in feeling able to voice their views and ideas, and feel empowered to take the lead in their development as “learning assistants”.

Course Facilitators

Jennifer Howe
Jennifer Howe
Jennifer has a decade of experience across four mixed comprehensive schools in rural and city settings. As Head of Mathematics in two schools she has taken a lead role in ensuring one school came out of an Ofsted category, and securing the best ever GCSE results in both establishments.

Three years ago she joined Malmesbury School as Assistant Head and as lead on CPD and Teaching and Learning at Malmesbury School she has embedded a TeachMeet approach to sharing best practice through quick tried and tested ideas. Jennifer is passionate about the power of effective collaboration, peer observation and risk taking that enables successful teams to bring about change to improve student outcomes.

Jennifer helps deliver high quality CPD for the AvonTSA and the North Wiltshire Federation Group where she is able to apply her varied experience to new and unfamiliar situations, giving practical tips and advice.

She believes a teacher’s wellbeing is central to them delivering their best lessons and is currently learning how to juggle three children and a busy life herself!

Felicity Morgan
Felicity Morgan
Felicity has a true passion for pedagogy and enjoys taking on new challenges. She has taught English, Psychology, Critical Thinking and is now a facilitator for OLEVI, having recently completed the Power of Coaching programme. As lead teacher for Psychology at Hardenhuish, Felicity has fostered a truly cohesive team and provides an abundance of enrichment opportunities for students, launching Psychology to the top of the ‘most chosen’ A level list!

As an experienced PGCE and NQT mentor, Felicity brings with her a wealth of knowledge, skills and understanding around how to encourage teachers to be reflective practitioners. As author of the Hardenhuish ‘Successful Lives’ and ‘DIRT’ programme she has shared an exciting vision for how to move teaching and learning forwards, bringing her energy, enthusiasm and creativity to all she meets. And she runs hilly half-marathons!

Michelle Kilburn-Bond
Michelle Kilburn-Bond
Michelle is Lead Practitioner for The Athelstan Trust and in this role, works as part of a team of senior leaders in developing collaboration across the schools in order to impact on improved experiences for both students and staff.

Over the last twenty-two years, Michelle has enjoyed teaching English in five different mixed comprehensive schools and, during this time, has held a range of leadership responsibilities: Assistant Headteacher, SLE, Head of English, Literacy Lead and Head of Careers Education. In each of these positions, Michelle’s favourite roles have involved working with colleagues to support and encourage positive steps for change in the classroom, whether this has been through leading on whole school CPD, coaching Heads of Faculty, mentoring numerous ITT students and NQTs or training to become a facilitator for OLEVI.

Aligned to the principles of ethical leadership, Michelle has an unfailing commitment to the importance of leading by example and an exemplary record of being an approachable and reliable colleague who doesn’t take herself too seriously!

Helen Wilkinson
Helen Wilkinson
Helen has worked in Grammar, Independent and Comprehensive schools over the last 20 years during which time she has held and developed many key roles. As a Humanities teacher she developed and coordinated new courses, and ways of teaching, which were extremely effective in securing high end results at both GCSE and A level. As a middle leader she carried out research into the use of language in the classroom and boy/girl gender issues, completing a masters in Educational Management and later an MBA. She frequently uses research to inform her practice and, encourages others to do the same. Helen successfully held several middle leader roles: she became a Head of Year, Head of History and Head of Marketing before moving onto her current school as Assistant Head and then Deputy Headteacher at Bradon Forest School.

In her current role she has developed Teaching and Learning and CPD programmes and has a key role in working collaboratively with the Athelstan Trust, AvonTSA and the North Wiltshire Federation Group to develop and deliver high quality CPD to colleagues from across the county.

Emma-Jane O'Neill
Emma-Jane O'Neill
Emma-Jane is Lead Practitioner for The Athelstan Trust and in this role, works as part of a team of senior leaders in developing a culture of collaboration across the schools to improve experiences and outcomes for both students and staff.

Having started her career over 16 years ago teaching in The City of Nottingham as a Maths teacher, she quickly became the school Gifted and Talented coordinator and then second in Faculty. She moved to work at Malmesbury School in 2008 where she qualified as an Advanced Skills Teacher doing both in-reach and out-reach work across Wiltshire and Bristol, before becoming an ‘extremely supportive and adaptable’ Head of Maths and Computing. As a previous Head of a core subject and large faculty Emma-Jane is adept at managing staff and leading from the front to ensure the best possible outcomes for students. She was part of the team that wrote and delivered the maths TSST programme for the Avon Teaching School Alliance and created a subject knowledge enhancement course for Teaching Assistants. She has a PGCert. in Mathematics Leadership and completed an action research project on the assessment cycle. Emma-Jane has a keen interest in the use of technology to support education and leads on remote education across the Trust.
Emma-Jane feels passionately about deep collaboration among all teachers and leaders to continuously improve quality of education. She is a trained Olevi facilitator and runs CPD workshops, looking to ensure they have a longer-term impact on the practice of colleagues. She has mentored both newly qualified teachers and those with more experience, across a variety of school settings with staff commenting on her ‘productive feedback from observations…positive role in team teaching…well prepared and indexed resources made available… imaginative use of tasks and enthusiasm’.

Feedback from previous delegates

Very worthwhile course.  All TAs would benefit from attending this programme.  The facilitators were fantastic!

Lorraine, OTAP delegate

A really excellent course.  I feel more secure in my existing practice, but also challenged to develop further.

Jane, OTAP delegate

I have not had any training that I found as useful since my excellent PGCE course. It felt like going back to re-visit the fundamental principles of the job and has revitalised my practice. Many thanks.


This was a really great course.  IT was a wonderful opportunity to improve my own teaching and make me feel really positive about planning lessons.  There are so many fun activities to do!

Jo, ITP 2017

The course facilitators were fantastic. Being able to share some of their very good practice and advice, while still allowing delegates to consider what models to introduce into their teaching to benefit our practice was invaluable. Although being coached in such areas is important, it also useful to glean as much guidance from outstanding practitioners as possible and this programme did just that.

Huw, OTP 2017

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