Dave Cole - Shine Consultancy
Dave Cole was a late entrant to the world of education. His route into teaching was unconventional to say the least; with a classical law degree from the University of Exeter and a brief spell in business as an Independent Financial Adviser, it seemed unlikely that becoming a primary school teacher was ‘on the cards’. After a chance visit to a local primary school, the rest, as they say, is history…
Dave is passionate about the education of the whole child and the importance that a ‘values education' plays in shaping well rounded independent learners who are ready and able to meet the demands of the 21st Century head-on with confidence. His passion and particular area of interest is the power of ‘grit’ or a ‘growth mindset’ and how this can impact on learning.
Dave has never lost his belief in education as a powerful vehicle to promote growth, both for children and young people and also for those working with them.
He currently works as an independent school improvement consultant and leadership coach having finished his last headship in August 2016. Dave is also a Governor at Reigate Grammar School in Surrey.
Bob Twells - Shine Consultancy
Bob also came late to the teaching profession having spent the first 8 years of his working life in the RAF working with both Hercules and Vulcan aircraft and representing the RAF at Modern Pentathlon. During this time, he spent time volunteering at a SEN school and decided that teaching was for him.
He has spent 21 years as a Headteacher, working in two primary schools as well supporting other schools with leadership issues. He has always maintained the importance of developing excellent teacher/pupil relationships as key to school improvement and is passionate about getting the most out of every child in the schools he works with. He is also a great advocate of giving all staff the opportunity to help shape and move the school forward. He does not think that leadership roles should be limited by the experienced teacher but sees potential in all staff to achieve better outcomes if supported, motivated and encouraged to do so.
Bob currently works as an Interim Head who supports schools over one or two terms and combines working as a support tutor for a successful SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) with running teacher training courses and consultancy. As a former winner in the Leadership category, he has now been a judge for the National Pearson Teaching Awards for a number of years.