3J School Improvement Finding Solutions Together

Janet Smith

“Janet used humour and easy language, with real life-examples. She was able to share her knowledge in a way that others could understand”


Janet has over 22 years’ teaching and advisory experience, nationally and internationally, specialising in primary mathematics.

She has been a Local Authority Adviser for both primary mathematics and school improvement, and a Senior Adviser with the DfE National Strategies, working with schools in challenging circumstances across London. She was part of the national team that developed The Improving Schools Programme (ISP) and Primary Stronger Management Systems (pSMS); both were evaluated as outstanding school improvement models.

She has been an independent adviser for the last 10 years and provides a wide portfolio of bespoke support including:

- Maths training and advice across all primary phases

- Data analysis and assessment guidance

-  Effective monitoring and self-evaluation processes

- Leadership training (all levels)

- Governance

                                                                                       - Performance management

                                                                                       - Transition and transfer


Janet recently returned to the classroom for 6 months as a Year 5 teacher and student/NQT mentor. She loved being back at the chalkface; as a result she is now an expert in online learning (an unexpected bonus!) and ITT expectations and guidance. She is taking this new knowledge back to her usual role of Moderation Manager for Lewisham Council, with responsibility for Phonics, KS1 and KS2 Statutory Assessment. Prior to this she was part of their team of School Improvement Officers, providing support to 20 primary schools, delivering maths training and line managing the Home Education Team.


As a specialist in primary mathematics, working for the NCETM Kent & Medway maths hub, she works with schools to strengthening subject knowledge and progression and improve quality first teaching. More importantly she strives to make maths a vibrant and exciting part of the curriculum and help teachers and children to see the fun and fascination of the subject!


Janet is also Chair of Governors at an outstanding infant school in Kent and a parent governor at a secondary academy.