Julie-Anne Tallon
0121 476 3415


  • Alison Sturgess
    Alison Sturgess

    Alison started teaching in Birmingham schools in 1983 and continued to work in a range of schools in various roles, including leadership positions until 2006. She then spent five years with Birmingham Local Authority as a National Strategies Consultant and school improvement advisor, specialising in English, leadership and delivering professional development.

    After completing headship roles, Alison joined DRB as an educational advisor, serving schools in many local authorities from Hereford to Hull!

    Since 2018, Alison has worked as an independent educational advisor (ALS Primary Learning), supporting schools in various ways in school improvement, headteacher performance management and curriculum/leadership development.

    Alison has delivered many successful courses and programmes for Birmingham Catholic Primary Partnership.

  • Denise Harris
    Denise Harris
    Education Adviser, Services For Education

    Denise has in excess of 25 years of experience as a qualified teacher (B.Ed, Hons) working in schools and an Education Action Zone.

    She became a local authority primary consultant in 2003 with a focus on mathematics and assessment. In her consultant role she gained accreditation as an Every Child Counts (ECC) Teacher leader and was awarded an MA in Early Mathematics from Edge Hill University. She has also successfully completed the NCETM Primary Professional Development Lead Support Programme gaining recognition as being accredited and up-to-date on current thinking on national mathematics priorities.

    The focus of her main role currently is the management and delivery of the KS1 and KS2 statutory assessment contract for moderation and monitoring on behalf of Birmingham LA. Through this role, she attends national training for lead moderators and, as required by STA, successfully completes the annual standardisation exercises for moderators allowing her to recruit and train all Birmingham pool moderators. As an active member of AAIA, she works closely with other moderation managers both locally and nationally to ensure consistent understanding and messaging around England’s national standards.

Edgbaston Stadium


Edgbaston Stadium
Edgbaston Road, Birmingham, B5 7QU


Tue 8 Mar 2022


09:00 - 15:00

Writing Moderation

Focus: Curriculum
For: DHTs, English leaders, phase leaders, year band leaders


An opportunity for schools to moderate writing with other schools and MACs. Facilitated by two outstanding providers.

Director’s Note:

A great opportunity to compare your writing with a variety of other schools. Particularly good for MAC schools to see beyond their own MAC family. A great face to face writing support opportunity.