ISI appoints new members to its Educational Advisory Forum

The Independent Schools Inspectorate is delighted to announce that it has made four further appointments to its Educational Advisory Forum (EAF).  The purpose of the EAF is to support the Chief Inspector and the Board in the continuous development of our inspection services and the delivery of our educational mission.  The forum will draw on the breadth and depth of knowledge, skills and understanding of education and inspection, both within and outside the sector, in order to inform discussion and debate.

The new appointments are as follows:

Emma Hattersley

Emma was appointed Head at Godolphin School in January 2014, an HMC boarding and day school for girls aged 3-18.  She ran a co-educational day house and then a girls’ boarding house at Canford School and then spent four years as Deputy Head Pastoral at Sherborne Girls.  Emma has also been an examiner for OCR and the ABRSM and a school governor at a prep school.  She currently serves on the HMC committee and is an inspector for ISI. 

Dr Pamela Edmonds

Dr Pamela Edmonds is the Head of The Hampshire School Chelsea, a governor of a prep school, a member of the Board of the Association of Governing Bodies (AGBIS) and a member of Independent Schools Association (ISA). She has previous experience as a Head and over 25 years’ involvement in the senior leadership of 3-18 day and boarding schools in the UK and Asia.  She was a member of the IAPS Education Committee and served on the Essex Safeguarding Children Board.  Pamela started her career teaching mathematics and P.E. in the 11-18 maintained sector, in independent schools in England and international schools in Spain, Japan, Thailand and Singapore. Pamela is an ISI inspector.

Sarah Hughes

Sarah Hughes is Head of the Senior School at Moreton Hall, a boarding school in Shropshire (HMC, GSA and Society of Heads).  She has extensive experience of all aspects of school life and previous roles have included Senior Housemistress, Deputy Head (Academic) and she has been a Designated Safeguarding Lead for nearly twenty years.  She is a serving Team and Compliance Inspector, Governor of a GSA School and in her spare time enjoys adjudicating poetry competitions in Prep Schools.

Alison Shakespeare

Alison Shakespeare is Bursar of the Perse School Cambridge.  She is an experienced school bursar working in large 3-18 day schools, as well as a qualified Chartered Accountant.  She is a Compliance Team Inspector for ISI and has previously served on the Boards of the ISC and the ISBA.


In addition to these appointments, ISI has co-opted two additional experts to the forum to support its discussion and thinking.  These are:

Dr David Godfrey

Dr. David Godfrey is a lecturer at UCL Institute of Education, and programme leader for the MA Educational Leadership.  Ex-co-director of the Centre for Educational Evaluation and Accountability, David is an advocate of research-informed practice in education, his projects and publications centering particularly on: research-engaged schools, school peer review, inspection systems and lesson study.  He was also a Lead Inspector for educational oversight of private further education for the Independent Schools Inspectorate.  In July 2017, David was acknowledged in the Oxford Review of Education as one of the best new educational researchers in the UK.

Heather Pearson

Heather was a Police Officer with North Yorkshire Police for 30 years and retired as Detective Superintendent, Head of Safeguarding and Criminal Investigations Departments.  Upon retiring from the Police, Heather has undertaken criminal and safeguarding case reviews, worked as a Manager for a Domestic Abuse Service and for the last four years has undertaken the role of Safeguarding Unit Manager for Children and Young People’s Service with North Yorkshire County Council.  In the latter role Heather has responsibility for the management of the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership, Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) and Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO) Services.  Heather is current Chair of the NYSCP Multi Agency Child Exploitation (MACE) Strategic Group and Inter-Board Network (IBN) Group. 

Christine Swabey, Chair of the ISI Board, said

“The Board is delighted with the calibre of the appointments to this exciting forum.  There is a wealth of expertise in our sector and beyond and we value the ability to hear a wide range of views so that we can keep abreast of developments in education and inspection”.

Kate Richards, ISI’s Chief Inspector, said

“The forum will act as a stimulus for high-quality strategic thinking, helping ISI deliver world-class inspections and contribute to the development of education in the UK and internationally”.