About Lisa Cook

Evaluation Manager and Consultant

Having taught in secondary and all through schools, Lisa Cook is now Impact and Evaluations Manager for Challenging Learning and is also a consultant for schools. As Impact and Evaluations Manager Lisa works across all of the Challenging Learning Projects to ensure the smooth running and quality of the Evaluations Process, using the latest research to develop impact evaluation tools to show how our projects achieve ‘Stronger Learning, Stronger Lives’. Alongside this role Lisa is a Challenging Learning consultant and works directly with schools running projects and delivering training.


With a degree in History and Educational Studies, the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers and a member of the Chartered College of Teaching, Lisa has an excellent record of working in Senior Leadership in UK schools first as a Head of Sixth Form in a Northumberland high school, then as Deputy Head Teaching and Learning for the Girls Day School Trust. During this period Lisa focused on the development of a professional learning culture to enable schools to deliver a high level of challenge and achievement in school.


With a passion for classroom pedagogy, Lisa has focused on development of approaches to learning across Primary and Secondary age groups, successfully training and coaching in schools to develop excellence. Leading on curriculum development Lisa played a key role in the creation of a thinking curriculum 3-18 for the new Newcastle High School for Girls, blending innovative approaches to learning with rigorous academic and personal skills to enable pupils to be successful in life. Lisa has spoken at the National Coalition of Girls School conference in New York on Girls Learning and innovative approaches to curriculum planning.


As part of the Northumberland Thinking for Learning Unit and as a Senior National Strategies consultant, Lisa has worked with schools nationally and internationally to develop thinking skills pedagogies. In her work with leadership teams, she supported organisational and curriculum change through coaching, thinking skills and enquiry across the curriculum. Lisa has worked for the Girls Day School Trust, one of the UK’s largest educational charities, as a Deputy Head Teaching and Learning. Her work across the Trust was focussed on building independent learning and resilience with students of all ages. Working with the Myriad Research Project, Oxford University, Lisa led the development of a Mindfulness curriculum called ‘.b’ based on the research of Mark Williams to give young people a set of skills to enable a robust and resilient approach to the demands of life.


In her spare time you’ll often find Lisa in the park or on the beach with her beautiful Labradoodle called Max who keeps her on her toes. She is also a qualified Mindfulness Coach and reflexologist and regularly offers these skills to help fundraise for local charities.


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