References

Warwickshire County Council
Judith Johnson commenced contracted Project Work for Warwickshire County Council, Learning and Achievement Service, in February 2014. Judith was initially commissioned to undertake an agreed block of time over 3 months to assist the Local Authority preparation for Ofsted Inspection of LA School Improvement Services.

The LA commissioned Judith to conduct an Audit against the Ofsted Framework Indicators as part of its necessary self-evaluation processes in order to establish its strengths and issues against the Ofsted inspection framework - and to plan its recovery strategy in the light of this self-evaluation activity and evidence base...

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Claudia Wade - Interim Learning and Performance Manager

Oxfordshire County Council - Interim School Improvement Adviser and Project Manager
... Judith Johnson commenced project working for Oxfordshire County Council – Children, Education & Families Directorate - in February 2012 and concluded working with us in July 2013. Initially she worked with us on a weekly basis (1/2 days) as an Interim School Improvement Adviser and Project Manager for Structural Options Appraisal for the Education Services teams and from the autumn term 2012 on a monthly basis progressing a range of projects. In total, over the commissioned period, Judith has delivered approximately 68 days of consultancy support...

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Deputy Director (July 2013)

Oxfordshire Secondary School
Governing Body Input re Strategic Planning for Transformation


‘I thought your presentation was pitched perfectly and, judging by some very positive feedback today, was just what was required to kick start our next lot of thinking.I know you won’t be around to see the impact of what you started but I can assure you (as I knew you would be) that you have been a very effective catalyst!’
Headteacher

‘I can only echo these comments in saying that you have given us plenty to think about in the coming period to enable us to move to the next level. It was a most engaging and insightful presentation - pitched at exactly the right level.’
Chair of Governors

Warrington Borough Council
I commissioned Judith in my capacity as Operational Director, Deputy DCS for approximately 20 days from September to December 2014 to undertake a wholescale review of Warrington’s strategy for school improvement...

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Sarah Callaghan, Operational Director, Deputy DCS

Oxfordshire County Council - Interim School Improvement Adviser and Project Manager
... Judith Johnson commenced project working for Oxfordshire County Council – Children, Education & Families Directorate - in February 2012 and concluded working with us in July 2013. Initially she worked with us on a weekly basis (1/2 days) as an Interim School Improvement Adviser and Project Manager for Structural Options Appraisal for the Education Services teams and from the autumn term 2012 on a monthly basis progressing a range of projects. In total, over the commissioned period, Judith has delivered approximately 68 days of consultancy support...

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Deputy Director (July 2013)

Strategic Leadership & Style - Recent Employer (LA)
... These include the strategic commissioning of pupil support services to schools from specification through Options Appraisal to tender and competitive dialogue. In this work Judith has demonstrated excellent project management skills, change management and methodical and systematic leadership.

Since Judith’s involvement with school... there has been a demonstrable improvement in school performance and outcomes for children and young people, including the most vulnerable. Judith has invested significant energy and attention to developing relationships with schools, Governing Bodies and the School Phase Associations. Systematic briefings and regular substantive communication are the hallmarks of her approach ... there is a discipline, rigour and structure to these processes within the context of business-like relationships.

She commanded the respect of colleagues as exemplified in specific pieces of work undertaken across the wider Children’s Services Portfolio including the Local Safeguarding Children Board and the Children’s Trust ... she steered the significant change programmes arising from the Comprehensive Spending Review, securing a reduced programme and internal re-structuring with integrity and including all target financial/staffing grade reductions.

Judith is well organised, committed to improving the lives of children and young people, particularly their education and attainment, and has been a great asset to taking forward strategic commissioning of significant services

Executive Director (January 2012)

Voluntary Work in Local Primary School
It was a pleasure to have Judith volunteering with us. With her knowledge and expertise in education, it was great to see that she also has the practical skills to communicate with all ages of children. She led guided reading groups with children of all abilities, as well as giving effective 1:1 feedback on writing skills and progression targets.

Whilst at our school, Judith became totally immersed in the day to day running of the school and has a good knowledge of what it takes to be part of a team giving their very best for all children. The children and adults alike loved working with her and have great respect for her generosity in both time and commitment to their learning. She is extremely hard working and will help in any area, from the school play, to designing programs, to teaching groups.

She understands primary schools extremely well, their needs and how we can deliver high quality with the resources we have.

Headteacher and KS2 Coordinator for Primary School (Autumn Term 2011)

Training & Strategic Planning
Judith provided a lively and interesting presentation which kept us all engaged .... thought-provoking .... stimulating .... made us begin to think more clearly/purposefully about 'the way ahead'.

Judith was an inspirational speaker who took our group from all about self to considering ourselves as a Community of Self Improving Schools.

Judith clearly has a broad vision for education and is able to challenge you to think of a wider picture, enabling you to see benefits for the whole school community.

Her enthusiasm and drive are evident in everything that she does and we all look forward to working with her in the future.

CLASP Coordinator (November 2011)

Strategic Planning with School Collaborative (34 Schools)
Judith has worked with the Exeter Consortium over a number of months and her knowledge base, background, people skills and commitment, enabled her to effectively advise at many levels of our planning processes so that we have been able to develop significantly.

She supported and guided our corporate ability to prioritise, clarify our vision and direction, and to create an effective business plan, based on models of working for future sustainability. We were impressed by her commitment, clarity, and her clear understanding of current circumstances and likely future directions.

The work included leading a training event with all Consortium members, supporting us with individual planning and coaching for our business manager, and with progression work with the four subcommittee groups on specific themes.

Judith developed our skills, and equipped us for independence, so that when we had finished working with her we were in a position to move forward confidently. The Consortium is making strides forward, which we would not have dreamed of a few months ago, thanks to her work with us.

I can wholeheartedly recommend her consultancy support to any senior leader or group of schools trying to shape their direction of travel in the new educational landscape – we will definitely want to continue to use her expertise as we continue to develop as a consortium

Jackie Jackson, Chair of the Exeter Consortium, Headteacher Ladysmith Junior School (January 2012)

Mentoring & Coaching
Judith’s extensive experience of leadership, especially at a very high level has been a great asset to me as I transferred from a school perspective to support for over 130 schools as a Diocesan Director for Education.

Her energy, focus and ability to engage me in developing my strategic thinking on a very different scale have been essential in my progress to attacking this new role with confidence. There has been a very strong mentoring ethos, setting out the issues and tasks ahead and to give me the ownership of the strategy and possible solutions.

The platform may be different, but strategies have been transferrable and this has been greatly helped by Judith’s encouragement. She has high expectations of herself and colleagues and this pace and rigour is infectious.

Time spent reflecting on the progress made is time well spent for our following meeting as it will be the springboard to ensure that there is no slacking off!

Diocesan Director for Education, Children and Youth Work (December 2011)