Meet the advisers

The Behaviour Advisers team has extensive experience within Special Schools, Alternative Provision, Primary and Secondary School settings as well as within MAT executive teams. Their experience in developing excellent behaviour cultures in these settings has been fundamental to the design of both the programme as well as training materials and resources.

Our team of Behaviour advisers deliver the induction and online module training.

The Behaviour advisers are:

Tom Bennett

Author of Creating a Culture: how school leaders can optimise behaviour and founder of researchED

Read the Creating a Culture report

Michelle Blanchard

Head of Beckfoot Allterton School. Former Executive Principal at Dixons Academy Trust and Principal of Dixons Music Primary in Bradford

John D’Abbro

Founder of Dabbs Education Ltd and former Head of the New Rush Hall Group

Mark Emmerson

Chief Executive Officer of City of London Academy Trust in London and formerly Principal of Stoke Newington School, The City Academy, Hackney and City of London Academy Islington

Marie Gentles

Co-director of Magic Behaviour Management and former Principal of Hawkswood AP Primary in London

Jayne Lowe

Director of Bright Green Learning, education adviser, former PRU headteacher and currently supporting Ministry of Justice on ‘Transforming Youth Custody’


Jenny Thompson

Principal of Dixons Trinity Academy in Bradford