Susan Jackson

Location: United Kingdom

Area of expertise provided as part of the CIS Affiliated Consultant Network:
  • Appraisal and Professional Development
  • Curriculum Design and Delivery
  • Leadership Training and School Governance

Susan Jackson has more than 12 years’ experience as an international educational consultant. She has worked across the state, independent and international sectors of education, and has specialist expertise in school and university set-up. She was a teacher, administrator, and School Principal in three different countries (UK, Argentina, France), before establishing her consultancy, which has offices in London and Hong Kong.

As an OFSTED Inspector (since 1993) Susan has a detailed understanding of UK government education policy. She is also familiar with the requirements of other national systems, having inspected schools overseas. In recent years she has reviewed schools in New York by invitation of Mayor Bloomberg; in Dubai by invitation of the Dubai Knowledge and Human Development Authority; in Bahrain by invitation of the Ministry of Education; and in Malaysia as part of the new OFSTED British Schools Overseas programme. As a director of the UK China Education Bureau, Susan also has firsthand knowledge of Chinese education.

Susan is a specialist in international school and university set-up, and has assumed responsibility for multi-million dollar turn-key projects on green field sites in various countries, including Spain (for DuPont), France (for British Aerospace) and India (for The Girls’ Day School Trust), where, due to legal issues, the project went to feasibility only. She has recently advised the Cambridge Education Group on potential international locations for new colleges and on the basis of her report, has been commissioned to undertake a feasibility study of 12 countries in Europe, the Far East and the Middle East. In June 2012, Eton College (UK) appointed her to assess the feasibility of their plans for a major new development. In October 2012, she was commissioned by the project steering group of a newly proposed university, the University of the Channel Islands, to assume the role of Executive Project Director. She is now working with the States of Guernsey to establish a new University Medical School by September 2016. In November 2013, she was appointed by Focus Learning Trust to undertake a review of their 14 European schools. She is also working with Focus Learning to set up a new K-12 Academy in the UK.

In addition to strategic planning, her work in school start-up has included support for newly appointed leaders and managers including finance directors, training for governors, policy and operative manual development, curriculum design and delivery, implementation of assessment systems, resourcing including ICT, and marketing. 

Susan is a Governor of Graveney School, Wandsworth (which was judged “outstanding” with “outstanding governance” by OFSTED in May 2011) and the Chairman Designate of Harrogate Ladies’ College, Yorkshire. She is a member of the Management Committee of Caius House, the charitable mission established by Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge.

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