Karen O’Keefe

School Improvement Advisor

Karen has been involved in primary education for over 30 years. She has been a head teacher in two primary schools, the second of which achieved ‘Outstanding’ status in September 2019. Karen has gained considerable inspection skills, which have provided great insight into the expectations for primary schools. Most recently, she has left headship to support schools with their improvement work.

Louise Jones

School Improvement Advisor

I have been a headteacher of a Birmingham Primary School, with high levels of disadvantaged pupils, SEND and EAL, for the past 17 years. I also had the experience of leading my school through the COVID pandemic.

Prior to headship I was a teacher and leader in challenging Birmingham schools and was involved in the amalgamation of an infant and junior school, and successfully bringing a school out of special measures.

For several years I have sat on the Primary Forum and have taken on the School Improvement Partner role for another local school.

Lynn Clark

School Improvement Advisor

Lynn has significant experience as a School Leader in a three form-entry Junior School on a large council estate.  This has involved taking a school from special measures to outstanding.  Ofsted recognised that, ‘the headteacher and her team of senior and middle leaders are very effective in sustaining and further improving the high quality of teaching across the school.’ She has successfully managed her school and others through HMI monitoring visits and Ofsted Inspections.

As a Local Leader in Education (LLE) linked to a Teaching School Alliance, Lynn has worked across a range of primary schools in Solihull, Wolverhampton, Warwickshire and Birmingham.  She has mentored new Headteachers, supported Senior Leaders in RI schools and developed the roles of Middle Leaders and Subject Leaders.  Within this role she has also been involved in a range of DfE school improvement projects including: improving outcomes for pupils in Maths, raising outcomes for Disadvantaged Pupils, NQT induction and workforce remodelling.

Lynn supports colleagues to ensure accountability at all levels, which is driven by school improvement.  The impact of her leadership role is evident in the sustained standards within her own school and the raised standards, judged by Ofsted, in the schools that she has supported. However, Lynn recognises that successful schools are places that build positive teams for their communities; central to this are the hearts and minds of children, their families and staff.  Lynn is also passionate about sport in school and has led her school to Gold School Games Award; her school also received a recommendation for the quality of the audit Sports Premium Grant. 

DR Paulette Osborne MBE

School Improvement Advisor

Paulette has been working in Birmingham for over 27 years and is really proud to have had a long and outstanding career as an educator and mentor. She was designated a National leader of Education in 2016 and was part of the DFE Advisory Group, brought together to reform and strengthen the structure of system leadership throughout the country.
In addition to being a NLE, Paulette is an accredited Pupil Premium and SEND Reviewer, a NPQSL Assessor, and an accreditor for the RE Quality Mark.
Currently, Paulette is the part time Assistant Director for School Improvement at Birmingham Education Partnership.