Victoria Crane


HTML5I have had the good fortune to undertake diverse roles over the last fifteen years which has culminated in being able to work as an independent consultant and trainer, a job I love. Every day I learn something new and every day I have the opportunity to help others. Working in education is exciting -never boring and never quiet!

My career has taken some unusual turns and I have worked with some fantastic colleagues. Each job has deepened and broadened my knowledge of education. I love challenge and love learning, particularly academic study (which accounts for the many man hours I devote to the study of education and leadership development, and the library of books I possess).

My freelance role often involves me working at a leadership level, e.g. supporting headteachers with performance management; working with phase leaders to develop leadership capacity and increase impact; supporting leaders to develop and implement whole school solutions to challenging issues, such as closing the gap for disadvantaged pupils; delivering projects on themes such as metacognition and growth mindsets. In addition, it also finds me working at a more classroom operational level, particularly on aspects of reading and writing. Looking at both sides of the coin keeps my feet firmly rooted in reality and ensures that school reviews and book scrutinies see developments from a number of perspectives.

One of my strengths is having both primary and secondary experience, which has shaped my views on teaching and learning and resulted in a deep fascination of how we support children to become successful life long learners who love challenge, respond to feedback, are resilient and take ownership of their learning.

I continue to gain enormously from every colleague I work with, every organisation I have the good fortune to be involved with and the continued professional development I undertake. Working independently over the last four years, I have provided training for over 100 schools and thousands of colleagues across the Yorkshire region. Every event is a privilege to deliver and working in schools keeps me committed to designing and delivering solutions that work for busy teachers and leaders.


Areas of expertise

  • Working with leadership teams to strengthen and maximise impact

  • Leadership development for senior and middle leaders.

  • Effective leadership of teaching assistants

  • Data analysis - support for interpretation of data and school development planning

  • Maximising the impact of the pupil premium and closing the gap for disadvantaged pupils

  • Supporting teachers and leaders on developing the quality of teaching

  • Raising pupil aspiration through utilising research, such as 'growth and fixed mindsets', positive psychology and metacognition

  • Development of effective marking and feedback

  • Reading comprehension

  • The development of writing

  • A mastery approach to delivering primary mathematics

"Vicky is a fantastic trainer - very inspirational and knowledgeable."

"Fabulous resources good themes for group discussion, lots of opportunities to share ideas and a variety of learning tools."

"I just wanted to say a huge than you for Friday - I am excited about getting my teeth into the curriculum and changing it for the better."

"Wow! Superb - brilliant ideas that I can use straight away in the classroom."

"You have inspired the whole staff and this is just what we needed to kick start the year."

Training / qualifications


Qualification / training


Train the trainer : Facilitation training for SLEs, accredited to provide SLE induction training

National College for School Leadership

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors


NCSL Leading Pathways

National College for School Leadership

NCSL Leading from the Middle

National College for School Leadership

D32 & D33 Assessor Awards

Bradford College

BA (Hons) Degree in Education and Technology with Qualified Teacher Status (Class I)

Leeds University

Keeping up to date is important. I undertake a great deal of research and development work. In addition, here are examples of training courses I have attended recently:

Qualification / training


Curriculum workshop Ofsted
Knowledge and the curriculum Various speakers

Ofsted Inspection training (2 days),
Ofsted quality of teaching training (1 day),
SEF training (1 day)
Update on Ofsted inspections (various)

Leeds LA and external providers

Moving from 'requires improvement' to 'good' Ofsted

Developing coaching skills

Sue Cross

Early Years update training, assessments in Early Years Early Years team

Holding courageous conversations, moving teaching from good to outstanding, changes to teachers pay and conditions, restorative practice, coaching and mentoring, subject leadership.

Leeds LA and external providers

Independent thinking

Roy Leighton

Educating ruby Guy Claxton
SATs update training Standards and Testing Agency
Research evidence in education John Tomsett
Life beyond levels DfE
Other nations' systems Tim Oates
How does the brain solve reading Dr Kathy Rastle
Research evidence for busy teachers Alex Quigley
Creative writing Glynis Charlton
Creative writing Claire Fisher

Victoria Crane