Primary Subject Specialists

As identified through joint practice development, this popular and successful programme has been designed to keep subject leaders up-to-date with the national perspective and good practice developments within their subject.

Each subject is led by a specialist within that subject. 

Click on each subject to find out about the facilitators leading network sessions.

For further details about primary subject networks, please contact –

Rachel Thomson

Rachel Thompson studied Theatre Design at Central Saint Martins and has worked as an artist educator for the past 15 years. She has taught in both formal and community education settings, and in particular with young people and adult learners facing barriers to education. As an artist she has worked on theatre design projects as well as freelancing as an illustrator. Rachel has been part of the AccessArt team for five years and will be starting an MA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins this Autumn, specialising in drawing and water colour painting.

Darren Matthews - Primary Advisory Teacher

Darren is an experienced classroom practitioner. Following his training at York St John’s University, he had the benefit of teaching across all phases in a range of London primary schools and held a wide number of different leadership posts, including Deputy Head Teacher, with special responsibility for English, ICT and Music, Early Years Foundation Stage and Curriculum Development.

He has a particular interest in the importance and impact of the creative arts in primary education, including drama, music and storytelling. He has experience running a number of successful book clubs for less experienced or reluctant readers.

The books that made Darren a reader were The Worried Ghost by Seymour Reit (partially due to the wonderful illustrations by Quentin Blake) and The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis, which was bought for him as a box set on his 9th birthday.

Computing Hub

Langley Grammar School has a long history of involvement in continuing professional development in ICT and Computing, including specialist school status in Maths and Computing.

More recently, the school was designated one of the first National Computing Hubs in 2019. We work in partnership with STEM Learning, Teach Computing and other organisations to provide a range of support for primary and secondary computing teachers in schools and colleges in their area, including teaching, resources and CPD activities.

There are 34 Computing Hubs across England, led by schools and colleges with excellence in teaching computing. These Hubs support schools and colleges to provide a high-quality computing education to all young people.

Paula Owen

Paula Owen is an independent advisor and former curriculum development lead for the Geographical Association (GA). She was a primary teacher for 20 years and a Deputy Head teacher with responsibility for whole school curriculum planning, assessment, geography, sustainability and outdoor education. She is a Primary Geography Champion and consultant for the GA and a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. As a Visiting Research Fellow at Canterbury University, her research interests within primary senior geography include education for sustainability, map-making and meaning, values education and critical thinking.

Andrew Wrenn

Andrew Wrenn is an honorary fellow, teacher fellow and recent trustee of the Historical Association. He is an experienced teacher, former local authority advisor and writer, having contributed articles and materials to Teaching History, the BBC, Oxford and Cambridge University Presses, Harper-Collins and Pearson.

Laura Gallagher

Laura Gallagher is currently training with the NCETM to become a teaching for mastery specialist teacher where she will acquire her PD lead accreditation. She is also working to complete her MA in Leadership and Learning at UCL. Laura has worked at Westbrook Primary school since 2013 where she is currently an Assistant Headteacher and maths lead at the school.

Oonagh Barry – Hounslow Music Service CEO

Hounslow Music Service employs over 60 highly trained professional teaching staff who have all undergone an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, including a barred list check and staff suitability questionnaire under Disqualification by Association.

These teachers teach over 12500 pupils on a weekly basis in the majority of Hounslow schools. In addition to the school based teaching many of the staff teach or are involved with ensemble provision at Music Centres.

The teaching team is led by Oonagh Barry and the Senior Leadership Team, who are supported by the administrative staff.

Sport Impact

Sport Impact has a team of highly experienced teachers and school sport professionals. We partner with leading organisations to inspire and empower schools to use PE, physical activity and school sport to develop the whole child, school and community. The organisation is embedded in the education system and is managed by Isleworth and Syon School.

Sport Impact is a 'not for profit' organisation, committed to enhancing the physical education, physical activity and sport experience of all young people.  

PSHE Association
Karen Sumner

Karen’s experience lies across all school phases and within a number of local authorities. As a deputy headteacher she has led PSHE in a variety of schools. Her work as a local authority adviser has enabled her to support PSHE teachers in specific areas of PSHE, including SRE, Drugs and Alcohol, Bereavement and Healthy Schools. Karen enjoyed being involved in the planning of our Annual Conference and was passionate about supporting the needs of our members during her term as Chair of the PSHE Association Advisory Council.

Corrine Stevenson – Consultant Adviser for Science and School Improvement Services

Corinne provides subject specialist support and training in science to both primary and secondary schools in a number of local authorities. Corinne is an accredited school improvement partner and is a skilled professional development facilitator, coach and mentor who enables and builds capacity in individuals and teams.

Her extensive experience includes: 

  • Local Authority Science Adviser
  • Head of School Improvement
  • Ofsted Inspector
  • Chair of the Chartered Science Teacher Awarding Board
  • Member of the Science Council Registration Board
  • Chair of the Association for Science Education 2015-2016
  • Part-time university lecturer

In all capacities, she has a track record in effecting improvement in learning and teaching, and school management.

What our members say

Ofsted Inspection Training – "Four days well spent! Supporting the development of our school under the guidance of a skilled trainer with a wealth of experience across the primary range was invaluable."

Primary Subject Networks – "The content in the sessions covers all aspects of high quality practice in Maths and it makes me reflective on my practice in class and how I lead and help develop other teachers."

Primary Subject Networks – "Meeting other subject leaders and sharing, makes me feel better about what we are delivering and that we are on the right track."

Develop your A level Teaching – "It was really nice to be able to talk to other A level German teachers as there aren’t very many and we could share our experiences."

Contingent Talk with Books – "Such a worthwhile project for Early Years, which you can see working right in front of your eyes. Well-planned and organised project, fantastic expert who inspires us all."

Get Hounslow Reading – "The biggest impact has been on our teachers’ enthusiasm for reading/books and their knowledge of high quality texts, finding innovative ways to engage readers through displays, book talk and story time."

Secondary Subject Networks – "There are so many useful takeaways from the meeting to help improve teaching and learning and they are things which can easily be put into place after the meeting."

Get Hounslow Reading – “There can be no doubt of the enthusiasm of Hounslow teachers and impact of their hard work on growing a Reading for Pleasure practice in their schools over this academic year. Many teachers said that the time to talk and share practice was what they valued most highly.” Charlotte Raby – Programme Facilitator

Secondary Subject Networks – “I really enjoy the content and the supportive group of fellow geography leaders discussing ideas in a non-judgmental, relatively informal way. The group certainly helps each other and fundamentally discusses relevant topics which are benefiting me.”

Get Hounslow Reading – "Very informative and helpful. A lovely chance to reflect. Excellent, enthusiastic delivery which would inspire anyone! You are very knowledgeable and sessions are well-organised. Thank you!”

Challenging Behaviour Training – “Great training, thank you for all your expertise and advice. I learnt lots of things about different ways that can affect pupils’ behaviour and how to deal with different situations."

Deep Dive Subject Leader Training – “Thank you for the very detailed and thorough subject leader checklist. It is an extremely useful and much necessary exercise. It's been an eye opener. Thank you”

Develop your A Level Teaching – “A much appreciated forum to apply pedagogy to a subject specific domain, with such rich professional talk after the keynotes in the Economics breakout session.”

Contact us

The success of the Hounslow Education Partnership depends, in part, on good communication so please do get in touch to give us your feedback or about anything else you would like to discuss.


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