Our Team
ANDREW BURTON

Andrew Burton

Andrew graduated from the University of Fort Hare in South Africa with a PGCE and BA in English and History, and has been a primary school teacher for the last ten years. Throughout his career, Andrew has always managed to find a way to encourage his students to have fun while learning. Prior to teaching, Andrew was a river guide and white water kayak instructor, working for a high adventure camp for boys in America as well as multiple rafting companies in South Africa. He is an experienced team building facilitator and sports coach with a wealth of experience, knowledge and a passion for providing opportunities for children to learn, explore and have fun.

Rafael Hernandez

Rafael is a versatile professional and accomplished educational leader. His success as a specialist in education and as a Head of School Improvement is characterised by his unceasing desire to improve the performance of all colleagues and students who come within his remit. Rafael is currently writing his doctoral thesis at University College London (UCL). His research interests are: social mobility, emotions and psychosocial experiences of groups within a learning environment.

During his career as a school teacher, Rafael was recognised by the Department of Education for his services to education in 2013. The following year, Rafael was shortlisted by the Times Educational Supplement, out of five thousand teachers in the UK, as the “Inspirational Teacher of the Year 2014”. Also, during his time as a secondary school teacher, Rafael trained and mentored several teachers to gain Qualified Teacher Status in the UK.

Rafael is passionate about education; based on his core values and beliefs of smart learning, respect, confidence, ambition and resilience. He continues to build capacity and sustainability to raise standards and attainment in relation to workforce development by making educational settings an even more attractive place to work and by enhancing the reputation and effectiveness of schools.

RAFAEL HERNANDEZ
RAFAEL HERNANDEZ

Rafael Hernandez

Rafael is a versatile professional and accomplished educational leader. His success as a specialist in education and as a Head of School Improvement is characterised by his unceasing desire to improve the performance of all colleagues and students who come within his remit. Rafael is currently writing his doctoral thesis at University College London (UCL). His research interests are: social mobility, emotions and psychosocial experiences of groups within a learning environment.

During his career as a school teacher, Rafael was recognised by the Department of Education for his services to education in 2013. The following year, Rafael was shortlisted by the Times Educational Supplement, out of five thousand teachers in the UK, as the “Inspirational Teacher of the Year 2014”. Also, during his time as a secondary school teacher, Rafael trained and mentors several teachers to gain Qualified Teacher Status in the UK.

Rafael is passionate about education; based on his core values and beliefs of smart learning, respect, confidence, ambition and resilience. He continues to build capacity and sustainability to raise standards and attainment in relation to workforce development by making educational settings an even more attractive place to work and by enhancing the reputation and effectiveness of schools.

SIAN CHALKLEY

Sian Chalkley

Sian is a specialist in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) education and a fully qualified science teacher. Sian is currently researching children’s perceptions and understanding of STEAM subjects as part of her doctoral thesis at University College London (UCL).

Sian holds a Masters in Science Education (University College London), a PGCE Science with Biology (University of Greenwich) and a BSc degree in Biomedical Sciences (University College London). During her teaching career, Sian mentored and trained teachers to gain Qualified Teacher Status in the UK. Sian has been widely recognised, for her high standards in education and passion for teaching and learning.

Sian’s engaging and practical approach equips tutors and mentors with techniques that are manageable and proven to work to produce outstanding results. She proactively promotes educational activities for children and teenagers by designing and delivering educational projects with an aim to bring subjects to the ‘real world’.

Sian is passionate about children exploring and learning STEAM subjects beyond the school curriculum through a range of hands-on activities, experiments, group work and demonstrations. Sian encourages children to develop their independence, resilience, problem-solving skills and teamwork from a young age