Welcome to Academy Advisory

Education support services
Delivered by Ofsted practitioners and school leaders

Education support services

Our specialist team provide services to academy trusts and colleges throughout the United Kingdom
  • School/academy reviews (similar to section 5 inspections)
  • Teaching & learning reviews
  • Safeguarding reviews
  • Pupil Premium reviews
  • Subject area, in depth reviews
  • Governance effectiveness reviews
  • Middle and senior leadership effectiveness assessment and coaching
  • School improvement plan reviews
  • Curriculum efficiency and effectiveness reviews
  • Website compliance
  • Policy review
  • Investigations of malpractice
  • Data: training on the use of data
  • Data: accuracy review and assessment
  • Governor training and Ofsted readiness
  • Resident Inspector – Ofsted training for teachers

Our education offering is headed up by Peter Cox. Peter has considerable experience as a senior leader in secondary schools. As such he was a serving practitioner working for Ofsted as an additional inspector and was later seconded to Ofsted. He then joined CfBT, Ofsted’s inspection service provider in the north as Senior Managing Inspector, with special responsibility for schools causing concern in the primary and secondary phases. His particular expertise is in school improvement. He has extensive experience of leading school and academy inspections.

In September 2011 Peter became an independent consultant and continued to work as a lead inspector for Ofsted. He has led conferences and training on school improvement, including themes such as, inspection frameworks, leadership and management, teaching and learning and school governance. He works with several governing bodies as an external adviser for the headteacher’s performance management. Peter works with many primary and secondary schools, single academies and Multi Academy Trusts as their external improvement partner. Peter is also one of three Education Advisers for Birmingham City Council.

Peter is a Lead Inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate and an education adviser for the Department of Education’s Academy Performance and Brokerage Division. He also works directly to Sir David Carter in his National Sponsors Unit looking after one of the major national Multi Academy Trusts in England that includes primary, secondary and all through.

Peter has been an associate vice principal of an outstanding Multi Academy Trust in the North East of England working across their two secondary academies, three primaries and a studio school. Until recently he was an Interim Executive Principal of an 11-18 academy in the West Midlands. He is currently a Trustee of a Multi Academy Trust in the North West of England and a member of the secondary development team of a Multi Academy Trust in the south of England.

Peter has qualified teacher status, NPQH and a Masters in Education Management.

Fee structure

Statutory audit engagements are quoted on an individual basis, but indicative costs are presented below:

Service Days input Fee
School/academy reviews (similar to section 5 inspections) 1 day preparation
2 day visit
1 day reporting and feedback
£2,800
Teaching & learning reviews 1 day
2 days
£700
£1,400
Safeguarding reviews 0.5 day preparation
1 day visit
0.5 reporting
£1,400
Pupil Premium reviews 0.5 day preparation
1 day visit
0.5 reporting
£1,400
Subject area, in depth reviews 0.5 day preparation
1 day visit
0.5 reporting
£1,400
Governance effectiveness reviews Dependent on scope £700 per day
Middle and senior leadership effectiveness assessment and coaching Dependent on scope £700 per day
School improvement plan reviews Dependent on scope £700 per day
Curriculum efficiency and effectiveness reviews Dependent on scope £700 per day
Website compliance Dependent on scope £700 per day
Policy review Dependent on scope £700 per day
Investigations of malpractice Dependent on scope £700 per day
Data: training on the use of data 0.5 to 1 day delivery dependent upon scope £350 to £700 per day
Data: accuracy review and assessment Dependent on scope ££700 per day
Governor training and Ofsted readiness 0.5 to 1 day delivery dependent upon scope £350 to £700 per day
Resident Inspector – Ofsted training for teachers Dependent on scope £700 per day
Meet the team

Our leadership team

Chris Whiting

Chris Whiting FCCA

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Peter Cox

Peter Cox

EDUCATION SUPPORT SERVICES

Ralph Hilton

Ralph Hilton

ESTATE SERVICES