jonJonathan Straker, a Psychology graduate from Exeter University in the UK, holds a PGCE from St. Luke’s College, and the Diploma in Mathematical Education from Roehampton College. His MA in Education Studies was awarded by Loughborough University and his Master’s degree in Counselling by Monash. His career has involved teaching and senior leadership in the UK and in Hong Kong with the English Schools Foundation (ESF). He has held two ESF Deputy Headships and coordinated a number of academic areas in ESF primary schools, including Mathematics and Assessment. As an ESF Advisory Teacher, he played a leading role developing learning policy and pedagogy across the Foundation’s nine primary schools. His current position as the ESF’s Head of Student Support gives him overall responsibility for managing student admissions into all twenty-one ESF schools and kindergartens. He chairs the ESF moderation panel overseeing the entry of students with moderate to severe special educational needs into ESF schools and co-ordinates the ESF Committee of Parents, an advisory body to the ESF’s Chief Executive Officer.

Specialist consulting areas

  • Admissions policy development, practice and procedures
  • Special educational needs admissions
  • Safeguarding students
  • Role of child protection manager
  • Wellbeing and mindfulness
  • Critical incident policy, procedures and management
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Cross-phase and transition processes, practice and projects
  • Dealing with parental concerns