Kestrel Consultants – Mark McCaughan

Mark McCaughan has held consultant, middle leader, senior leader, head teacher, governor, teacher trainer and moderator roles.

During his leadership experience, he has navigated his way through 3 “Outstanding” OFSTED inspections. Mark’s teaching adventures have taking as far as Abu Dhabi and Germany, and across key stages 1 – 5.

Mark offers a supportive yet challenging approach to school improvement, and will help to find creative ways to bring learning to life, ensuring that the impact of any consultancy work improves practice in the classroom.

Mark has produced the Thinking Spelling series of resources and is currently writing his first book, “Thinking Writing”, to be published by Bloomsbury. Mark holds his NPQH and is a leadership pathways coach.

Specifically, Mark can support schools with:

  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Supporting English teachers and leaders
  • Whole-school Literacy
  • Writing
  • Leading English Subject reviews
  • Increasing capacity in leadership teams


Navigated his way through 3 “Outstanding” OFSTED inspections.



“A thought-provoking day with a lot of time spent clarifying our current situation and how to see a clear way forward”.

Plymouth Secondary School