who we are
About Best For Training
Anne Horn and Sam Sutton have worked closely together in education and training for many years and decided to use their expertise, skills and knowledge to set up Best for Training. As former Ofsted Inspectors, they are both passionate about high quality training.
Best for Training prides itself on providing the best quality and value training delivered by specialist trainers and consultants giving exceptional customer service from a trustworthy and reliable company. Best for Training offers a wide range of training from short CPD courses to longer high level qualifications to meet staff development needs and enhance business potential.
Our qualifications are accredited by internationally recognised Awarding Organisations and meets current regulations and legislative requirements. Our training will ensure that skills and knowledge are up to date and reinforce best practice for your sector.
We offer a diverse range of courses including first aid, safeguarding, teacher training, assessor, internal and external quality assurance and end point assessor training, childcare and management.
Whether you require a single days training or a longer term whole organisational strategy, our consultants are here to support you. Our consultants have vast experience in the private and public sector, security, health, safeguarding, education, training and early years.
Anne has worked in education for many years and is passionate about high quality teaching and training. Anne has consistently driven up standards in teaching and led her department to outstanding through two Ofsted inspections at her previous college. Anne has lead delivery of apprenticeship provision, study programmes and adult vocational education. Anne has extensive experience of working with employers and developing new systems to streamline business processes.
Anne is dedicated to improving standards in safeguarding. She has written training programmes for Early Years, Schools and Colleges and ensured the training of thousands of staff members has been rigorous, informative and improved the quality of safeguarding for childcare and vulnerable adults. Anne is an approved Home Office PREVENT Trainer.
Early Years is one of Anne’s passions. Her in depth knowledge of Early Years Foundation Stage as Ofsted Inspector allowed her to play her part in raising standards across the sector. As a consultant and lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University, Anne continues to share her knowledge and understanding with practitioners.
In the last 5 years Anne has been at the forefront of the changes in vocational education and apprenticeships. She has an expert knowledge of the FE landscape and has extensive experience of Ofsted and inspection processes.
Anne is a qualified teacher and holds higher level qualifications in Early Years, Social Care and Management. Anne is an experienced teacher trainer and has expertise in assessment and internal verification. Currently Anne works for a number of Awarding Organisations as an External Verifier.
Winner of Trainer of the Year 2015 – Nursery World Award
Anne took the lead in safeguarding training, was chair of a children’s centre steering group and has been employed as an Ofsted inspector. She has worked as a tutor, mentor and assessor for childcare professionals over the East of England, supporting them in gaining Early Years Teacher Status.
At her college’s 2014 inspection, the early year’s provision was found to be ‘outstanding’ for the second time following a successful inspection in 2008. Anne has worked tirelessly with her team to support tutors to become outstanding teachers by applying very high standards to all aspects of teaching, learning and assessment.
Anne always supports her team and wants them to reach their full potential. She has supported staff to gain high level qualifications by providing paid study days, mentoring staff, giving freely of her time and knowledge to help them improve their own skills. Anne was the VETPRO lead at the college and has encouraged staff to take up the opportunity for sharing practice across the European Union, with staff visiting Germany, Norway, Spain and Denmark. These visits have allowed staff to share their fantastic work and inspire the team with the great work being carried out by other organisations.
She recognised that the key to improving the quality of childcare was to work closely with the early years team at Southend Borough Council to ensure the training that the team delivered met the gaps identified by skills audits were being met. Programme design and content was discussed and planned together to drive up the quality of childcare in Southend.
Winner of European Social Fund (Eastern Region) Mentor of the Year 2007
Anne was nominated for this a ward of her work with her team to achieve outstanding teaching, learning and assessment. Anne is passionate about supporting tutors and assessors continuous professional development. Anne’s team have achieved several professional qualifications, including honours degrees, professional teaching qualifications, and assessor and verifiers awards. Anne encouraged her staff to develop their skills and take on new responsibilities allowing them to stretch themselves and build confidence. Anne gave her time freely to support and guide tutors to achieve their potential.
Sam has many years experience working in the further education sector; leading on apprenticeship provision, vocational and professional qualifications for adults and study programmes for young people. As a member of the senior leadership team of a College she was instrumental in improving teaching, learning and assessment across the College. Sam led her team in gaining nationally recognised awards and ‘outstanding’ Ofsted grades and Awarding Organisation reports which recognised her approach to achieving the highest quality teaching and assessment. Sam has a keen interest in effective leadership and change management in organisations.
Sam has worked as an Ofsted Inspector and has, for many years, been a consultant for Anglia Ruskin University’s Early Years Initial Teacher training programme. Currently, Sam is an Associate Lecturer with Anglia Ruskin University. Sam is also an External Quality Assurer for a number of Awarding Organisations. Sam’s sector expertise is wide ranging and she is passionate about high quality training and assessment.
In 1995, Sam graduated from City University, London, with a BSc (Hons) degree in Systems and Management Science and completed her Masters in Professional Practice (Leadership) at the University of Essex in 2014. She holds higher level qualifications in childcare and is passionate about high quality early years practice and leadership. Sam is a Home Office approved PREVENT trainer and is an approved by local safeguarding boards to train safeguarding. Additionally, Sam is a qualified first aid trainer, Assessor and Internal and External Quality Assurer.
Winner of Best New Training Provider AAT 2016 & Best Small Training Provider 2017
Sam introduced AAT Accountancy provision, levels 1-3, at her last college and led her team to excellent success rates for the programmes. She successfully introduced community courses for hard to reach learners, many of whom were mums who wanted to change careers. Sam supported the tutors with curriculum development, online resources and assessment processes.
Sam worked tirelessly with the external awarding organisation, AAT, to build close links to ensure stringent levels and quality of delivery and high levels of learner satisfaction.
In the second year, Sam developed the programme further to include higher levels of provision to allow learners progression opportunities. Sam led high standards of teaching learning and assessment across all levels of the programme, leading to excellent achievement rates and recognition nationally with two awards from AAT.