Meet the team behind Evaluate-Ed

Evaluate-Ed combines over 100 years of Education experience with extensive software expertise and innovation – creating an unparalleled school improvement experience grounded in real-world expertise. 

Howard Jackson has worked in Education finance and software for 34 years. Evaluate-Ed is a true passion project for Howard, who has successfully founded and run HCSS Education and TheSchoolBus in recent years.

School Improvement Advisor

Jan has over twenty years’ experience in education, including senior leadership, school improvement and OFSTED inspection.

She has worked in, and with, schools and academies in many authorities across England and Wales.

Currently, Jan is a School Improvement Partner for a number of schools and provides support and guidance for Headteachers and senior teams.

Evaluate-Ed has become her latest passion in supporting leaders in the drive for school improvement.

Academy Conversion Specialist and National Leader of Governance 

Jeff has been a school Governor for 28 years and Chair for 22, at one of the first Primary Schools in the country to become an academy. For over a decade, he has been an Academy Trust Member and Chair of Trustees.

Jeff is also MD of J & G Marshall Ltd which, since the company was formed, has supported over 250 school to academy conversions around the country. The company supports many MATs in MAT Growth Audits, MAT MOTs, Brokering and Due Diligence. 

Jeff was designated a National Leader of Governance and Reviewer of Governing Bodies by the National College of Teaching and Leadership and has personally undertaken over 70 External Reviews of Governance on Maintained schools and Academy Trusts.


Phil comes from the role of Headteacher and is also an author, having written ‘The First 100 Days’, a story about what we can learn from Premier League managers about being successful over your first 100 days in a role and beyond. Phil has had several articles published in the SecEd magazine.

James Outram

Head of Sales

Having worked in the Education sector for 8 years, in addition to carrying out Governor roles in two schools, I’ve had a great deal of exposure to the pressures and difficulties that are faced within the sector. It’s therefore a rewarding experience to promote a resource that is dedicated to helping schools to realise their potential and ultimately improve pupil outcomes.

Content Development and Monitoring John Croghan M.Ed. BA. CertEd. has over 50 years of experience in education, as a teacher, leading learning in classrooms from EYFS to Y11, as well as a leader and primary headteacher. He enjoyed his role supporting Every Child Matters in schools and has advised and supported schools across the West Midlands, as well as leading OFSTED inspections. He is currently a school consultant, mentor, and governor.   All the above experiences have contributed to his commitment and passion for Evaluate-Ed, a tool where schools can review their strengths and areas of development across all areas and provision with confidence.

Test Lead

Having worked in quality assurance, testing software, and systems for a number of years, my main aim has always been to ensure quality and a focus on how the user navigates their way around the product they are using. Working in the education sector for the last couple of years, and having children who are in the school system, I am only too aware of the challenges both teachers and governors face on a day-to-day basis. I feel proud to be part of a team committed to delivering a product providing users with all the up-to-date information they require to carry out their everyday tasks.

So how can we help?

Schools and Academies

Make measuring, tracking and reporting school improvement simple, collaborative and effective

Multi-Academy Trusts

Align and monitor improvement across your trust, and ensure incoming academies meet your standards

Would you like to see first-hand how Evaluate-Ed can drive your school improvement journey forwards?

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