Tracey France

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School Effectiveness Lead

School Effectiveness

Contact Details

tel: 01905 542950

Before joining the University of Worcester in March 2017 Tracey's career in education started in a range of secondary schools and a sixth form college during which time she held a number of middle and senior leadership roles. Her school experience culminated in gaining a national award as a Gatsby Fellow for research into cognitive acceleration techniques in education. In addition, she achieved Advanced Skills Teacher status specialising in whole school teaching and learning initiatives, which provided opportunities to work with teachers and leaders at both local and national level.

Since 2002, Tracey has worked in a number of roles for a Local Authority, starting out as a Foundation Subjects Consultant working with teachers and senior leaders in a wide range of schools and education settings with a focus on raising student achievement. She became Post 16 Lead Advisor in 2007 and successfully implemented a three-year leadership programme to raise levels of achievement at Key Stage 5, which resulted in a £600,000 reward grant for the local authority. During this time, Tracey qualified as an Ofsted Inspector undertaking inspections on behalf of Tribal and SERCO until 2014.

Between 2011 and 2013 Tracey was responsible for leading on 14-19 strategy which included supporting schools that were in special measures or required improvement as well as strategically planning and implementing strategy to raise the age of participation of young people. In 2013, she was appointed Strategic Adviser for Skills with responsibility for planning and delivering strategic policy across the education and skills landscape, working with regional and national organisations across public, voluntary and private sectors. This role included leading on all aspects of the West of England People and Skills Devolution deal for the local authority and the commissioning and contract management of providers of European Union Funded programmes as well as responsibility for leading Adult Community Learning.

In 2014, she led and secured a six million pound bid from the Department for Education for a Free School and then undertook extensive leadership activity with the school sponsor, Cabot Learning Federation, prior to the opening of Digitech Studio School Bristol in September 2015.


  • MA Education 2006
  • Advanced Skills Teacher Accreditation 2001
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education 1994
  • BSc Honours 1990

Teaching & Research


  • Leadership within organisations and across communities
  • Sustaining school improvement
  • Securing high quality middle leaders and future leaders in education


  • Leadership across education systems
  • Securing sustainable systems of professional development in education
  • Collaborative communities working together to improve student outcomes

Professional Bodies

  • ASPECT - Association of Educational Inspectors and Advisers
  • Ofsted - Additional Inspector 2008 2014
  • Gatsby Fellowship 1999 - 2002


National Strategy Publication: Effective Teaching of More Able Pupils in Design Technology, CD Training Materials, 2005

France T, Raising Parents Levels of Confidence with Supporting a Childs Learning in the Home Environment. MA Education Thesis, University of the West of England, 2005.

Hamaker A, France T, Edminston A, Backwell J, The Design, Development and Implementation of CATE at KS3, The Journal of Design and Technology Education, 2001.

Developing Thinking Skills Through Technology Education, Just for Teachers Website, 2000.

Presentations and Conferences

  • October 2016: Strategic Partners - Strengthening Strategic Partnerships in Adult Learning
  • May 2016: Post 16 and FE College Leadership - Establishing a more sustainable and innovative pattern of secondary and Post 16 provision
  • May 2016: Strategic Partners - Devolution: People and Skills Priorities
  • February 2016: Post 16 and FE College Leadership - Closing the Gap for Disadvantaged Students
  • November 2015: Post 16 and FE College Leadership - Curriculum Pathways and progression routes for middle and lower attaining students
  • November 2015: Strategic Partners - Impact of educational reform on disadvantaged learners
  • June 2015: Deputy Head Teachers - Creating curriculums that meet the needs of complex labour markets
  • June 2015: Strategic Partners - Raising the Age of Participation Strategic Review
  • April 2015: Strategic Partners - Maximising Skills and Employment Opportunities for the 50+ age group
  • March 2015: Deputy Head Teachers - Pupil Premium Conference
  • November 2014: Strategic Partners Conference on Skills Meeting Demand, Shaping Demand
  • November 2014: Employer Engagement Launch Digitech Studio School Curriculum Development
  • April 2014: LEP High Tech Sector Group - Overview of a Studio School :Employer Sponsorship
  • April 2014: Business Breakfast for Employers - Overview of a Studio School: Sponsorship and Collaboration
  • 2007 -2014: Secondary Schools (Multiple INSET and Conference presentations)
  • Middle Leaders: Quality Assurance and Performance Management
  • Senior Leaders: Introducing the New Ofsted Framework
  • Whole School: Good to Outstanding Teaching
  • Senior Leaders: Measuring Pupil Progress closing the gap
  • Senior Leaders: Securing Improvement at Post 16 the role of Curriculum
  • Leaders and Key Stage Directors Middle Leaders: Undertaking Effective Work Scrutiny
  • Post 16 Leaders: Academic Mentoring
  • Whole School: Personalising Learning
  • Senior Leaders: Stronger Management Systems - NCSL Leading High Performing Teams
  • 2002 -2007 Multiple Conference presentations and Whole School INSET:
  • Assessment for Learning; Leading in Learning; Pedagogy and Practice; Literacy In Foundation Subjects; Leading Improvement Coaching and Mentoring

External Roles

  • Academy Councillor - Digitech Studio School Bristol 2016 current
  • Chair of Academy Council - Digitech Studio School Bristol 2014 2016
  • Board of Directors - Cabot Learning Federation 2015 2016
  • Board of Directors - LEACAN National 14-19 Advisory Network 2013 - 2016
  • Parent Governor - Himbleton First School 2010 - 2012