Portal prides itself on offering training by leading educational practitioners from inside and outside the classroom.
Based in South Wales, we work across the United Kingdom delivering wide-ranging Continuous Professional Development training and consultancy. Our work focuses on improving learning environments, curriculum development and bespoke project management.
Our management team and consultants have decades of experience in teaching, youth work, inspection and educational policy.
Gwawr Booth is Managing Director at Portal and has been with us since 2010, joining after spending more than fifteen years teaching in large secondary schools. During her classroom career she held a number of posts including Assistant Head, Head of Department and Key Skills Coordinator.
She is passionate about helping achieve improvement across all types of teaching for learners of all abilities and aims for Portal to provide equal quality of training provision in both English and Welsh.
Nerys Evans is a Strategy Manager for Portal. A former member of the National Assembly for Wales, she has extensive experience in educational policy development. She was spokesperson for Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning for Plaid Cymru and was a member of the Assembly's Enterprise and Learning Committee. Since then she has served as an Advisory Education Commissioner for the Welsh Government, overseeing services in Blaenau Gwent.
At Portal Nerys' work is focused on ensuring that our provision is at the forefront of educational policy developments across the UK.
Nerys is also a Director at the Cardiff-based Public Affairs Consultancy Deryn..
Martin Lloyd joined Portal as a Director in 2013 and has over thirty-five years of experience in the education sector. He was Headteacher at the bi-lingual Ysgol y Preseli secondary school from 1991 to 2008. Under his leadership the school was recognised as one of the best in Wales, leading to him becoming a tutor on the course for aspiring headteachers 'the National Professional Qualification for Headship'.
Subsequently, he became Manager of the NPQH Qualification; training, coaching and assessing scores of prospective Primary, Special and Secondary Headteachers.
Previous to his current post, he was Head of School Effectiveness for Pembrokeshire County Council and has overseen significant improvement in the end of Key Stage 4 results and banding positions of the county's secondary schools.
Dr Glenda Jones works with Portal as a Development Manager & Consultant, bringing extensive experience of school standards to her roles having been a lay inspector for Estyn since 2009.
She has previously worked in the field of bilingual training and facilitation for clients in both the public and private sectors including the Welsh Government, Urdd Gobaith Cymru and the Vale of Glamorgan Council.
She is also a member of the S4C Authority which oversees the governance of the public service broadcaster.
Dulyn Griffith has thirty seven years of experience in the primary Welsh-medium sector. He was Headteacher of Ysgol Gymraeg Sant Baruc in the Vale of Glamorgan for 21 years before retiring in 2010. Following a short break, he returned as an Acting Headteacher in two Welsh-medium primaries in Caerphilly County.
During his teaching career he was involved in creating a strong Welsh-ethos in the schools to try to ensure that all pupils had the necessary tools to become bilingual for life and be able to gain access to both Welsh-medium and English-medium cultural life. He has also shared this philosophy during training with clusters of schools in other local authorities.
At present he is a member of a Federated Governing Body of a Welsh-medium primary and Welsh-medium secondary in the Vale.
Mel Newman is a Management Assessor at Portal and joined us in February 2014. Originally from the Netherlands and fluent in both English and Dutch. She is a qualified PE teacher and graduated from Brunel University with a degree in BSc Sports Science and Secondary Education. Mel worked at an Education Recruitment company after graduating and specialised in recruiting and vetting secondary teachers for supply work in London from the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Mel then taught at the Bridge Academy in Hackney as a PE teacher before moving to Cardiff in 2011. Here she became the Head of Department at the Military Preparation School where she was an integral part in raising attainment within the 14-16 education programme and implemented and designed the Level 1 and 2 BTEC Public Services curriculum that is delivered within the centre. Mel is passionate about teaching and learning and is very interested in raising the standard of provision in education especially at management level and through social and collaborative learning techniques and research methods.
Elen Davies joined Portal in October 2013 she has over 15 years teaching experience having successfully taught across a broad range of schools and age groups; from inner city to valley.
With substantial MFL teaching experience Elen has worked as a Language Teaching Adviser, complemented by time as a Head of French as well as an Examiner. Elen is a Management Assessor at Portal and is passionate about upskilling middle managers in schools.
Dr Chris Howard OBE has a deep knowledge of the secondary sector and, being married to a primary head who also holds a senior position in the largest heads’ association in Europe, also has a profound understanding of the primary sector.
He is a very experienced public speaker and contributor to current aﬀairs radio and television commentary. Chris received an OBE for services to education in 2012.
Cathryn Ings joined Portal training in June 2014 as a Management Assessor following more than 20 years in management roles in the media industry in South Wales.
Cathryn trained as a journalist in Llanelli and has worked for the Western Mail in Cardiff and South Wales Evening Post in Swansea. Cathryn went on to become editor of her hometown newspaper – the Carmarthen Journal in 2008.
In 2012, Cathryn left the newspaper industry to become business manager at a leading third sector organisation which promotes the Welsh language and community development. She has delivered media training to several tourism businesses in Carmarthenshire.
Cathryn is a Welsh-speaker and works with Welsh Medium schools across Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion.
Samantha Scott is a Manager Assessor at Portal as well as IQA for sweet*. She joined the team in April 2014 after 10 years in teaching.
Samantha held leadership positions since her first year in teaching from Director of KS3 to Curriculum Manager. Over this time she wrote content for an interactive resources company, worked with partnership schools facilitating best practice forums, coaching a number of trainee teacher and NQTs as well as leading a technology department.
Prior to working in education Samantha lived in Manchester working for a national company as marketing product manager.
Samantha is passionate about raising standards in teaching and learning and is keen to work with and develop learners of all abilities.