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Music Education | Music Technology | Teacher Education

who we are




Jon Tibke has expertise in teacher development gained from successful experience in primary, secondary and higher education. He has been a middle leader as a department and faculty head and a senior leader as a deputy headteacher. Jon has also been a CPD co-ordinator and induction tutor. In recent years he has led initial teacher training programmes at three universities as well as undertaking PhD research investigating teachers’ engagement with emerging knowledge of the brain and working with schools on action research for school improvement. A fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Jon now focuses on his work as an education consultant, trainer and researcher, in the UK and beyond. Recent assignments include assessment, Mindset, managing difficult staff, behaviour management for recent and newly qualified teachers and tutoring teachers on routes to QTS. Jon’s recent research publications examine reflective practice and school-based initial teacher education.



David Ashworth is a freelance education consultant, specialising in music technology. He is Project Leader for www.teachingmusic.org.uk. He has been involved at a national level in most of the major music education initiatives in recent years.

David has successfully led Lancashire Music Service’s flagship ICT initiative, ICreaTe, for the last five years. This has had a major impact on the way primary and secondary schools across the county use music technology in creative music making.

His recent publication “Teaching Music – Practical Strategies for Key Stage 3” has been enthusiastically received and reviewed, and is becoming a best seller for Rhinegold Publications.

David works with schools throughout the UK



Steve is an experienced inspector of further education and skills, work-based learning and initial teacher education (ITE) and lead inspector of private further education colleges and language schools. He has over thirteen years’ experience with high performing education providers, holding a variety of teaching and senior management positions within further and higher education.

A specialist in vocational education, respected author and experienced teacher educator, he has experience as a lead consultant on a range of quality improvement and workforce development programmes for a variety of government providers. Steve was awarded a Senior Fellowship from Edge Hill University for the development of technology enhanced learning.

Steve has significant experience of external assessment and quality assurance, currently holding positions as Chair of Assessors and Chief Examiner for a range of national awarding organisations.  He maintains his teaching and assessment experience as a current practitioner in further and higher education. Steve is research active, regularly contributing to a range of action research reports and articles and supporting schools with their own systematic enquires. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Subject Expert for Ofqual.



Helen Lapping has 23 years experience in the world of secondary English teaching ranging from working in a local authority as an English Adviser/Consultant focusing on raising standards at KS4/GCSE, as a Head of English, as a KS3-5 English teacher (GCSE English, English Language and Literature AQA/WJEC and A Level English Language AQA/B) and GCSE English Language/Literature examiner and as a consultant with NATE.

Helen’s special areas of expertise and interest are: raising standards and invigorating teaching at KS4, English assessment and curriculum planning, literacy across the curriculum coordination, teaching the gifted and talented and teaching creative writing. Helen has recently completed an MA in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University and is a member of NAWE and SCBWI.

Helen is currently enjoying teaching part time KS4-5 English, alongside working as an independent English consultant for University of Cumbria, amongst others.



Brendan offers training in the creative curriculum, curriculum planning and assessment for learning in the primary phase. He has enjoyed a 37 year career in teaching, teaching age groups from 5-18 and along the way has completed two MAs (one curriculum, the other education management). Brendan has delivered sessions on the creative curriculum for teachers and headteachers, both for Lancashire Education Authority and for the QCA. He is highly skilled in curriculum planning and his planning model for the creative curriculum was adopted as a model of good practice by Lancashire Education Authority. He is an expert in assessment for learning, passionate about the effective use assessment to enhance pupil learning.
Brendan’s work with teachers is noted for its positive spirit, underpinned by extensive classroom experience.