Adept Education Associates

Professional Support for Schools


About Adept Education Associates

Adept Education Associates is the trading name of John Viner, education consultant.


John trained as an English teacher and began his careeer teaching English and History in a large secondary school. However, he always felt he was better suited to primary teaching and transferred to the primary sector as a class teacher in a Canterbury CE Primary school where he was in charge of PE and Games. From here he moved to a large CE Junior school in Faversham as a department head, responsible for science. His first headship was of a tiny village school, nestlingh high in the North Downs' to the south of Faversham. It was a real 'Miss Read' existence and John lived with his family in the school house. During his time there the roll doubled (to 33!!) and the school won a curriculum innovation award for its work in rural science. Three years later he took on the headship of a four-class CE Junior school, occupying the top two floors of a Victorian 'three-decker' school, which had a separate infant school (and the junior's swimming pool!) on the ground floor. Located in a socially deprived area of Rochester, the school had a significant proportion of pupils with English as an additional language and a variety of faiths

After four years John took on the headship of a 3FE CE Junior School in Rainham, Kent (soon to become part of the Borough of Medway). During his years here, the school gained in popularity and increased to 4FE. It later became a Training School, the lead school in a cross-phase 4-18 training partnership that would now be called a SCITT. Having a reliable senior team, John was asked to take on the temporary headship of a community primary school in the north of the borough in order to provide strategic leadership during a time of crisis and to prepare the school for its next Ofsted inspection. After his return to Rainham he applied for, and was appoimted to the headship of a large, 3FE primary school in Thanet. This school, located in an area of extreme social deprivation and high Eastern European inward migration, was in Special Measures and John was privileged to work with an excellent team to lead it through two successful Ofsted inspections.


Adept Education was formed in 2008, when John decided that 28 years of headship was enough. He had inspected for Ofsted since 1997 and the very first Framework and was also a tutor for eQualitas teacher training services so there was initially a body of work to expand on. In addition, Optimus-education invited him to write a book on faith schools 'Leading a Faith School' (Optimus 2009). During his first year of independent work John acted as adviser to the Thanet Excellence Cluster. Networking with colleagues, similarly engaged in independent work, led to the formation of Adept Education Associates, a lose-federation of self-employed consultants. The pattern has worked well - we are able to target work at people best able to take it on and it has increased our capacity to accept a wide range of work. Where schools want more than one consultant, we are able to pair-up and so double the expertise available.


Through this networking, we have been able to put schools in touch with Liz Windon, who does wonderful things with data, with Rebecca Wallis, who recently carried out an important piece of work improving the websites of one of our client federations. Mike Smith and other associates have been able to support schools in a large collaborarive partnership. John Rees has been providing key support for a Midlands school dealing with teacher stress. And so on. The wider links with other consultants ebales us to spread the work further and bring a yet wider range of expertises. And, because we all know each other, this is a powerful combination.



NOTE - we are unrelated to Adept Education (Shefflied) who are a teaching agency. Their domain seems to be inactive at the moment.

Leadership and inspection


  • Preparation for Ofsted and S48 inspection
  • Post-inspection planning and action
  • Post inspection Review of Governing Body
  • School self-evaluation
  • Specialised knowledge of church school leadership
  • Raising the quality of teaching and learning

Teaching, Learning and Assessment


  • Leading the development of teaching and learning
  • Support staff training
  • School-based teacher training
  • Support for teachers in their early careers
  • Leuven training for early years practitioners
  • Governor training

Whole school issues


  • Managing stress
  • Leading behaviour and safety
  • Data administration
  • Financial management and budgeting
  • Religious Education and collective worship.
  • Training in 'Godly Play'

Communication and Training


  • Copy writing and proof reading
  • Website review
  • Bespoke training in a wide range of areas

HMI loved your review of our governing body.


Primary headteacher

You are the best CPD that money can buy!


Federation executive principal

Your balance of direct, explicit feedback, delivered with empathy and understanding is pure gold in terms of professional development.


Academy principal