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 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 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 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.
Former Rugby League and Union star Jonathan Davies MBE has joined the Portal team assisting in our work with their innovative new qualification sweet* which is targeted at those young people at risk of becoming disengaged or NEET and help further expand the work of the company to West and North Wales.
“I’m delighted to be working with Portal in the important work in engaging those young people at risk of being disengaged with the education system. They’re a Welsh company and work bilingually, and I’m impressed by their commitment to making a difference to young people’s lives.
Their passion about reducing the number of NEET young people in Wales by making them understand the choices they have also attracted me to the role. I was fortunate to find Sport at a young age to keep me focused, but not all young people are lucky to have the support that I had when I was a teenager. Portal has written a book called Sweet* – Succeeding with Education Employment and Training – to try and address the issues that affect the disengaged. I’m looking forward to working with them on this project too.”
Gino joined us in 2012 after training and working as a science teacher in secondary schools in South Yorkshire and South Wales.
He also worked for the Department for Work and Pensions' Performance Team where he won awards for his work improving efficiency and systems in Jobcentre Plus at a national level. Gino will guide you through all the courses and services that Portal has to offer as well as helping you arrange tailored provision.
His main areas of interest are using digital technology in the classroom and STEM learning.
Glenda 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.
Alison is the Lead Assessor in Portal's ILM team. She worked in education for thirty years as a head of year, head of department and assistant head teacher. She has always been passionate about ensuring learners reach their potential and brought this passion with her when she joined ACT training four years ago. In the four years working for ACT, Alison became a trained assessor, curriculum co-ordinator for Schools Assist and Literacy champion for the company.
She is very glad to be working with Portal, focusing on staff in schools who are visionary, ambitious and at the forefront of current thinking in schools and looks forward to guiding them through the level 5 course. Since retiring from her role as assistant head, Alison has discovered the joys of travelling during off peak season and is determined to beat her current record of six countries in one year.
Dulyn 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.
Nicola is a Manager Assessor at Portal. She has taught in Secondary schools in Wales for the past 20 years. The majority of her teaching career has been as Head of Department or Head of Faculty.
Nicola is passionate about language teaching and learning and has recently worked as a Language Teacher Adviser for CILT Cymru-the National Centre for Languages. She has also been an assistant examiner for the WJEC for the past 15 years.
Terry has over 40 years of experience in education as teacher, headteacher, lecturer and adviser. He started his teaching career in the East End of London before returning to Wales. He was deputy headteacher in Pentyrch in the 80’s and became headteacher of Garth in Maesteg before moving to Litchard in Bridgend. In both headships he oversaw the amalgamation of the infant and junior schools.He spent a period as a lecturer on the Primary PGCE course at UWIC.
He was seconded to Estyn and worked with the Primary, Initial Teacher Training and Local Authority Teams. He is a registered inspector of schools and was awarded the MBE in the New Year’s Honours for services to education in Wales. He continues to work part time as an inspector, education consultant, trainer and assessor.
Jos is sweet* project manager and also a freelance writer and producer. She was the Series Producer of BBC’s 'Raise Your Game with Colin Jackson'. She was the writer, designer and developer of this TV/Web/radio project, produced in conjunction with the Welsh Government, aimed at inspiring learning through sport. She has worked on a range of television programmes and websites for BBC Wales, BBC, HTV, Channel 4 and Channel 5.
Previously, she was Head of English and Head of Access to Humanities at Secondary and FE/HE level. She was also a WJEC examiner in GCSE and A Level English Language and Literature along with her work as Associate Assessor, OHMCI in English and Humanities.
She is also the author of Quick Reads books with Colin Jackson, Jamie Baulch, a number of Welsh Olympic and Paralympic athletes and Jade Jones. She was nominated to be a torchbearer for London 2012 for her work with learning projects and ran with the torch in Newport. She also worked as an Associate Producer at London 2012 on both the Olympics and Paralympics.