Gerlinde Achenbach is an Education Consultant and leader working in Equity, Diversity & Inclusion. Gerlinde is the former headteacher of two schools in a local authority federation of Ofsted-rated outstanding primary schools in south London. Under her leadership, the schools were recognised both locally and nationally for high quality practice and provision around diversity and inclusion, including LGBT+ inclusion, gaining top awards for Cultural Diversity and Rights Respecting Schools (Unicef), as well as best practice awards with Educate & Celebrate, Inclusion Mark and Artsmark.
As a school leader for many years, as well as an Advanced Reviewer and leadership coach for Challenge Partners, Gerlinde has extensive experience of supporting leadership teams and individuals to achieve high quality policy and practice in the fields of school culture and values, distributed leadership, curriculum, pedagogy and diversity and inclusion. Gerlinde’s experience also includes supporting ITT and early career teachers in collaboration with UCL’s Institute of Education, London South Bank University and Goldsmiths, University of London.
In her work with Educate & Celebrate, Gerlinde coaches leaders at all levels to raise awareness of and develop best practice in LGBT+ inclusion in their schools, through the prestigious PRIDE In Inclusion Award programme.