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Dr Jim Cummins

Dr. Jim Cummins is a professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto where he works on language development and literacy development of learners of English as an additional language. He is recognised worldwide as a leader in the field of EAL and multilingualism. We are delighted that Jim has endorsed Concordia Primary School.

Eithne Gallagher

Eithne Gallagher is an author and educational consultant in the field of language acquisition and mother-tongue support. She works with schools providing in-service training to help promote inclusivity and international mindedness in classrooms and schools. We are delighted that Eithne has endorsed Concordia Primary School.

 Theresa Thorbes 

Founder and CEO of Shaping Learning, which supports education-based organisations around the world. She has worked with a range of leading international education organisations to improve learning through curriculum. Her clients include: Shell, Aga Khan Educational Services, International Baccalaureate (PYP and IBCC), Pamoja Education, International School Delft, SEK, Keeping Children Safe. Theresa is leading the development of NXplorers, a 14-19 programme sponsored by Shell. She is the non-executive director of the ACS Group of Schools, Executive Director of Eduscapers, and an advisory board member of the International Teacher Education for Primary Schools.

Ariane Rose-Higgins

Ariane Rose-Higgins is an internationally qualified tri-lingual teacher. She has worked in Spain and the UK, and is presently living and working in Germany. She joins our Professional Supporters as our field advisor.

Andrew Mitchell

Andrew is an experienced International Educator. Having worked in Japan, China, Thailand, Australia, the UK and Belgium he has expertise in not only multilingual learning environments, but more specifically in working to create long term development plans for new and evolving schools.  

He is the father of 2 bilingual boys and recognizes just how important support is for mother tongue and additional languages both in the school and at home.

Andrew describes himself as…

“an educator, facilitator, part time philosopher and full-time learner! Every context I have worked in has taught me something about myself, my educational vision and beliefs. I often describe myself as an educational idealist, I believe that education is the most important profession, be it a vehicle for development on a personal, or global level. The transformative power of education is beyond a doubt the most interesting and important thing in my professional life"

Linda Kirby

Linda Kirby was the senior special needs teacher at an inner city school in London for 9 years. She has an extensive knowledge supporting successful integration of children with additional needs in a mainstream primary school. She has worked as a local councillor for over 30 years, managing projects, from a local children's theatre, to organising winning floats in the London New Year's Day Parades. When Linda is not busy with her charity and council work, she writes musicals plays for children. Linda joins our Professional Supporters as our Special Needs Advisor.

Miri Lawrence

Miri Lawrence is an experienced Early Years practitioner. She was the founding head and leader of a nursery school in central London. She is presently doing a doctoral research project for the Museum of London. She joins our Professional Supporters as our Early Years consultant.

Caroline Scott

Caroline Scott is the author of books on Teaching Children English as an Additional Language. She is the founder and an EAL Teacher Trainer at Communication Across Cultures, and founder of The Learning Village (online English language learning for learners in schools). She has also been the founding head of a primary school.

Penny Walshe

Penny Walshe is a Senior Invigilator at the JKH School in Hereford. Before moving to Gloucestershire, Penny was the head of an inner London infant school.