Who We Are

Chair – Andrew Warren

Andrew WarrenAndrew is the Executive Director of the Manor Teaching School Alliance, based at Manor Primary School in Wolverhampton, consistently one of the best performing primary schools in the country.  The teaching school’s brief is to support schools and find the next generation of outstanding teachers and leaders.  He is also a qualified coach and professional mentor and works closely in this capacity with many headteachers and senior leaders.

At a national level, Andrew is the Chair of the Teaching Schools Council, an organisation which plays a key role in helping to shape national policy, working with senior civil servants and teaching schools across the country to ensure every child, in every part of the country, has access to a great school.

Previously, he set up and was the Director of Britannia Teaching School Alliance (BTSA) in Stoke-on-Trent, an alliance which worked with over 100 schools.  He was a primary headteacher for seventeen years in three very different schools, which included two secondments to schools in trouble.  Andrew was also seconded for a year to work for Stoke-On-Trent City Council as an Assistant Director in the Children and Young People’s Directorate, leading a team of over 450 staff.

In his spare time, Andrew loves to climb mountains (he has been to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro), plays the piano in a music band he leads and is a preacher at his local church.  He is a qualified ski instructor and can’t remember the last time he was bored!

You can contact me here: andrew.warren@tscouncil.org.uk



Vice Chair – Gill Robinson, OBE

Gill Robinson OBEI have been a headteacher for 21 years and I became an NLE and a Teaching School Head in Cohort 3. As a headteacher, I have had four consecutive outstanding Ofsted judgements. I am currently a tutor working with Emerging Leaders in Special Schools and PRUs. This is my seventh year of being involved in this successful course. I am also a member of the Special School Headteacher Steering Group for the SSAT and I am a member of the Steering Group for the Yorkshire and Humber Special School Leaders. I am a School Improvement Partner for 9 schools and a Pupil Premium Reviewer. I am CEO of the Interaction and Communication Academy Trust.

I was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours in January 2016.

You can contact me here: gill.robinson@tscouncil.org.uk



National Member and EYFS Representative, Isabel Davis

Isabel Davis I have been teaching for over 20 years and I am currently the Executive Headteacher of the Bedford Nursery Schools Federation & the Peter Pan Teaching School Alliance. Peter Pan has been graded outstanding since 2012 and is the lead school for the Teaching school which was designated in 2014.

I am a National Leader in Education and have worked with leaders of Nursery & Primary schools. I am a member of the Ofsted Headteachers reference group for the East and also the Chair of the Bedford System Leaders Forum. I am particularly passionate about children’s well-being & involvement, adult & child mental health, & women in leadership. I am a Director of ‘Schools of Tomorrow’ working with all phases to support schools to ‘stand out’ by focusing on the whole child.

You can contact me here: Isabel.davis@tscouncil.org.uk



National Member(ITT) Stephen Munday, CBE

Stephen Munday, CBE I am Chief Executive of The Cam Academy Trust and the Executive Principal of Comberton Village College.

In 2011, the Comberton Academy Trust was formed. This oversaw Comberton Village College becoming an Academy. Now called The Cam Academy Trust, it currently oversees 7 schools, (primary, Secondary and Sixth Forms) including a Free School in Cambourne, Cambridgeshire that was judged outstanding at its first inspection and has been designated as a Teaching School.

Educated in Canterbury, I studied Economics at the University of Cambridge. I went on to qualify as a teacher attending the Institute of Education London, gaining an MA in Economics Education.

In 2009 I was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Anglia Ruskin University for services to education and the community and in 2013 was awarded a CBE in recognition of his services to education. I work in several advisory capacities with the Department for Education, including the Teaching Schools’ Council and the Eastern Region Headteachers’ Board and is a National Leader of Education with the National College for Teaching and Learning, and an Associate Head with the SSAT. In 2015, I was asked to chair the expert group that was tasked to produce a Framework of Core Content for ITT courses in England. This was published, together with the accompanying report, in July 2016. I am now working with groups to take this work forward.

You can contact me here: stephen.munday@tscouncil.org.uk





Peer Member Sir Andrew Carter, OBE

Sir Andrew Carter, OBE I was the Vice Chair of the Teaching Schools Council from 2011 – 2015 and I am now Peer Member, supporting the Council.

I am the Headteacher of South Farnham School. The school has achieved many awards and accolades and has been named as Sunday Times Primary School of the Year twice. It has achieved success in both the National Training and National Business Awards. South Farnham features in the DfE publication ‘Making Great Progress’ as one of the 20 highest achieving schools nationally. South Farnham was selected as one of the first Teaching Schools; it is also a National Support School, and I am a National Leader of Education.

I have contributed articles and features in educational journals, and my publication ‘Financial Management in Schools’ has been widely used by Headteachers and Governors to support them in school improvement. I sit on a range of national strategic policy groups including the Teaching Agency’s for ITT, NCETM for Mathematics and the Academies Group with the National College.

In 2003 I received the O.B.E., for services to education.

You can contact me here: andrew.carter@tscouncil.org.uk



Region: Lancashire & West Yorkshire, Amanda Bennett

Sir Andrew Carter, OBE Having previously been Headteacher and senior leader at The Greetland Academy for over 20 years I am currently Executive Principal and CEO of our MAT. We are an outstanding school and consistently recognised as a top performing academy. I became an NLE in 2013 and am a Pupil Premium Reviewer. We became a Teaching School (Teamworks TSA) cohort 4, in 2014 and are also a National Support School, a SCITT and a MAT. We have supported many regional and national initiatives, most recently including ‘Effective use of Teaching Assistants’ EEF project, RQT targeted support, EYFS projects and the National Teaching Service.

I have been part of cross-region school support (NLE & NSS) including in ‘cold spot’ areas and areas of high deprivation e.g. Bradford and East Riding, working on joint Teaching School projects and providing additional capacity and due diligence work to other MATs. I have previously supported Gill Robinson in a team of NLEs in her work as regional TSC representative supporting network meetings, conferences and induction events. As a member of the EFA Financial Steering Group I provide system leadership input to this national strategy group.

You can contact me here: amanda.bennett@tscouncil.org.uk



Region: Lancashire & West Yorkshire, Angela Holdsworth

Angela Holdsworth Angela is the Executive Principal at Tor View School – a Specialist Learning Community and Teaching School and CEO of The View Trust. Tor View is currently the only specialist Teaching School in the Blackpool, Blackburn with Darwen and Lancashire (BBL) sub region of Lancashire and West Yorkshire (LWY). Additionally, Angela is the Regional SEND Leader for LWY working with nasen and Whole School SEND.

Angela has worked at Tor View for over 20 years, in a variety of leadership roles including Headteacher, Deputy Head, Head of English and Head of Secondary Department. Prior to moving into the special sector Angela worked as a SENCo in mainstream primary schools. Angela is a Strategic Partner with the Pennine Lancashire SCITT leading the primary and specialist ITT programmes. She is qualified to Masters level in SEND and holds both qualified teacher and lecturer status.

Angela has undertaken many School Improvement commissions across BBL and the North. As a member of the NW&WY Partnership Board she is a passionate advocate for the self-improving school-led system, inclusion and cross-phase collaboration and has been working with NW partners to build the system since 2013. Angela is currently working collaboratively with the local authority and the primary teaching school network to drive up standards in the Secondary sector through strengthening transition. She is highly committed to developing future leaders and supporting the ‘Women in Leadership’ agenda.

You can contact me here: angela.holdsworth@tscouncil.org.uk





Region: North (North East), John Hardy

John Hardy I became the headteacher of St. John Vianney Primary School in Hartlepool in January 2004. The school welcomes learners from naught to ninety and beyond through early education, nursery, school, family learning and adult education. It offers opportunities for learning out of school hours and beyond the school day. It cares for children from birth to 11+ from 7.30 a.m. until 6.00 p.m. for 50 weeks of the year. St. John Vianney School was designated as a teaching school in the first cohort.

You can contact me here: john.hardy@tscouncil.org.uk




Region: North (Cumbria), Jonathan Johnson

Jonathan Johnson I became part of the team at West Lakes Academy in January 2016. Sponsored by The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), Sellafield Ltd. and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). We are based in West Cumbria and welcome children from 11 to 18 years old from the town of Egremont and the surrounding area. Our staff work tirelessly to give young people a whole new horizon from experiences that, in each of those special moments, allow them the opportunity to completely redefine who they think they can be and I am honoured to be leading that team.

All of us have the power to nurture wonderful people, changing their lives through learning. In this academy, we cherish that moral purpose; making it brick, and flesh and striving to teach and educate like we invented it!

You can contact me here: jonathan.johnson@tscouncil.org.uk





Region: North (North Yorkshire), Phil Bennington

Phil Bennington I am currently Strategy Director for the Swaledale Alliance – 56 primary schools and 1 special school – spread across a wide area of North Yorkshire and into Darlington. Brompton-on Swale CE primary, near Richmond, is the Alliance’s teaching school and was designated in 2013. Our Alliance works closely with other North Yorkshire teaching schools through the North Yorkshire Primary Schools’ Teaching Alliance (NYPSTA) which is developing a coordinated CPD offer across all of the TSAs. We were successful with a Round 1 SSIF bid to support the development of metacognition in schools serving forces communities both within and beyond the Alliance.

I have over 20 years’ experience as a teacher, senior leader and headteacher in secondary schools followed by 10 years as Principal Adviser with North Yorkshire LA working across both primary and secondary phases.

you can contact me here: phil.bennington@tscouncil.org.uk





Region: West Midlands, Richard Gill

Richard Gill I have spent more than 20 years as a Teacher, Headteacher, Senior Leader and have sat on numerous DfE advisory working parties and committees. I have successfully led a number of high profile initiatives, including the creation of one of the country’s first 100 teaching schools.

A National Leader of Education, Vice Chair of Birmingham Education Partnership and Ofsted inspector, I am currently Chief Executive of a respected multi-academy trust, the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership. The ATLP runs seven primary and secondary schools, one teaching school and five children’s centres, serving more than 5,000 students and 1,000 staff and governors.

The ATLP has successfully provided school-to- school support since 2008 and, in addition to our existing family of schools, we have been appointed as school improvement partners to two neighbouring schools. Prior to my current position, I was the joint Headteacher of the outstanding Arthur Terry School, which is consistently ranked highly in local and national league tables. During that time, I led on the application to become one of the first 100 teaching schools in the country and only two providers of Initial Teacher Training at that time – an area now recognised as a centre of excellence.

Today, my focus is to oversee the next stage of the Partnership’s development to ensure it continues to deliver quality education to all its academies across Coleshill, Erdington and Sutton Coldfield, while growing to support new schools in Staffordshire and Birmingham.

I am proud to be the elected Teaching Schools Council Member for the West Midlands. Much has been achieved across our sub-regions and our Teaching School community continues to grow and develop. I am fortunate to work alongside some excellent Headteachers and Directors of Teaching Schools who, like me, are committed to true collaboration in a school led system. We enjoy working with partners at Ofsted and within the RSC team: all committed to ensuring that all pupils can attend a great school. I continue to serve on a range of committees and working groups at the DfE.

My ambition is to improve education for all. I’ve dedicated my career to working with young people in Staffordshire, and now Birmingham and North Warwickshire. My TSC role allows me to work across all of the West Midlands region.

You can contact me here: richard.gill@tscouncil.org.uk



Region: East Midlands & The Humber, Chris Wheatley

Chris Wheatley I am Executive Headteacher of Cotgrave Candleby Lane School, and Chief Executive of the Flying High Trust (a trust currently consisting of four schools). I am a National Leader of Education and a Pupil Premium Reviewer.

I have sat on many steering groups (DFE Primary Steering Group and the National College Primary Reference Group to name two) and I hold national responsibility for the support of inclusive leadership for the NCTL programme: Achievement for All. In 2008 I was awarded the title of ‘East Midlands and East Headteacher of the Year’.

East Midlands Teaching Schools Alliance – The designated teaching schools in the East Midlands are working together to build a network of alliances (clusters) of schools and academies across all phases and specialisms to help to deliver the vision of the self improving school system.

You can contact me here: christopher.wheatley@tscouncil.org.uk



Region: East Midlands & The Humber, Chris Abbott

Chris Abbott CEO of The Education Alliance, The Wolds Teaching School Alliance and Yorkshire Wolds Teacher Training (SCITT). A Headteacher/CEO for over 20 years, Chris is an NLE, leading South Hunsley School and Sixth Form College, an outstanding academy and National Support School, before becoming CEO of The Education Alliance.

Over the last decade, Chris has been Executive Lead in a number of “Special Measures” schools and schools in crisis, whilst leading South Hunsley School. In all cases, the schools have come out of category under Chris’ stewardship. Chris was trained by HMI as an Associate Ofsted Inspector and was an accredited School Improvement Partner. Chris is currently on the Headteacher Board for the East Midlands and Humber region.

You can contact me here: chris.abbott@tscouncil.org.uk



Region: East of England & North East London, Lesley Birch

Lesley Birch I became a National Leader of Education in 2009, and subsequently my school was designated as a National Support School. I am currently the Executive Principal of the Cambridge Primary Education Trust (CPET) comprising Histon and Impington Junior School, Histon and Impington Infant School, Hatton Park Primary School, and Trumpington Park Primary School.

I am hoping to develop the Regional Representative role to support Teaching Schools in the East to collaborate to provide professional development, ITT and School to School Support, to raise attainment across the area for our children. Linking schools is crucial so that all schools feel part of the network.

You can contact me or Jane Robinson here: jane.robinson@tscouncil.org.uk



Region: East of England & North East London, Jane Robinson

Jane Robinson I became a Teaching School Director in 2013, and have lead Teaching School Alliances in North East London & South Essex. I am currently the Director of Wickford TSA & the Local Lead for North East London East Region.

I am excited by the opportunity to work across the whole of the East of England & North East London Region as the Teaching Schools Council Representative. This is a role which will support collaborative working across our network of schools.

You can contact me or Lesley Birch here: jane.robinson@tscouncil.org.uk







Region: North West London & South Central England -Teresa Tunnadine, CBE

Teresa Tunnadine From September 2017 I have become the CEO of a new multi academy trust, Middlesex Learning Trust, in North London. Previously I was head at The Compton School in Barnet, a successful mixed multi-ethnic comprehensive secondary school for 17 years.

The Compton was an early academy converter and became one of the first 100 National Teaching Schools in 2011 and now leads a cross phase alliance of 25 schools. I have been involved in system leadership extensively since 2003 when I was part of a team of consultant heads supporting failing schools in London as part of the London Challenge and I became an NLE in 2006.

More recently I have been an OFSTED inspector, Director for the London Leadership Strategy and senior partner for Challenge Partners, a national network of schools supporting each other. I am the current Chair of the DFE Secondary Heads’ Reference Group, who meet regularly at the DFE to advise on education policy. I was elected to the Head Teacher Board for North West London and South Central England (NWLSC) in 2014.

I was elected to the first Teaching Schools Council in 2011 and served for two years and was then re-elected in 2014. I was the Lead TSC representative for London from 2014-2017 and I am currently the lead for the new region of NWLSC which came into being in September 2017. I was awarded an honorary doctorate by Middlesex University in 2013 and a CBE in the Birthday Honours in 2013 both for services to education nationally.

You can contact me here:teresa.tunnadine@tscouncil.org.uk



Region: North West London & South Central England, Sarah Bennett

Sarah Bennett In July 2016, I became CEO of the newly-formed Inspiring Futures through Learning (IFtL), an ambitious and growing Multi-Academy Trust of primary-aged schools in and close to Milton Keynes.

I have over twelve years’ experience of headship leading a very large outstanding school, providing strong primary ITT programmes throughout this time and our Teaching School was designated in cohort 2. I am passionate about system leadership and understand the importance of using on the ground expertise to support the performance of leaders and teachers in both high performing, brand new and schools in difficulty. I have successfully raised standards for 3 schools in challenging circumstances in Executive Headteacher roles.

I am a National Leader of Education and have reviewed the underperformance of vulnerable groups in a number of schools nationally and train colleagues nationally with respect to pupil premium reviews. In October 2017 I was elected to the Regional Schools Commissioner’s Headteachers Board for NWLSC.

I am passionate about ensuring every child, no matter their background, has the same opportunities and rights to success. I know that this comes from creating happy, healthy, committed communities with the well-being of all those involved is fundamental to world-class achievement. I am privileged to be part of school improvement across the region and to work with Teaching Schools in my capacity as TSC rep for NWLSC.

you can contact me here: sbennett.nwlsc@tscouncil.org.uk





Region: South West, Tony Bloxham

Simon Cowley Tony Bloxham is the Director of the Taunton Teaching Alliance and one of two elected TSC National Council Members representing SW Teaching Schools. He is also a DfE Education Advisor, working for the Regional and National Schools Commissioners, at school and MAT level. Prior to this he was Principal of Preston School, an 11-16 Business and Enterprise Academy. Before securing Headship he worked at the Specialist Schools & Academics Trust as the inaugural Head of Leadership Development having responsibility for the design and delivery of Leadership Professional Development nationally. Tony has an MA (Curriculum Studies) and NPQH.

You can contact me here: tony.bloxham@tscouncil.org.uk




Region: South West, DR.Jim Rogers

Dr. Jenny Blunden I am the TSC Regional Representative for the SW, the Director of Professional Development at The White Horse Federation and oversee the Swindon Teaching Schools. I have had a broad career in education that includes being a Teaching and Educational Research Fellow at the School of Education, University of Exeter, and a career as a teacher and leader in secondary schools in the SW and abroad.

I have an educational priority that we invest in our profession and critically engage with research and evidence to help inform our decision-making and practice. I believe teaching is a hugely important profession and we need to value and invest in those that work tirelessly in educating our children. I began my career in a special needs school in London, where I learnt the true meaning of inclusion, and have never stopped being inspired by young people.
You can contact me here: jim.rogers@tscouncil.org.uk


Region: South East & South London, Amanda Parry

Amanda Parry

I have been a senior leader for the past 14 years over a wide range of schools both in Australia and the UK. For the past 11 years I have been the Deputy Headteacher at Thornden School.

Since 2012, I have led the LEARN Teaching School Alliance and then in 2015 the Hampshire LEARN SCITT Partnership. In 2017/18 I worked as Sub Regional lead for Hampshire, Solent and IoW establishing a collaborative partnership that successfully bid for 5 Strategic School Improvement grants to improve underperformance across the sub-region.

Previously, I have been fortunate enough to have developed a leadership hub for the SSAT, been part of the Sub-Regional Improvement Board and led over 30 school to school support projects across the south east. I am committed to the school led system as I have witnessed its positive, and sustained, impact on schools, leaders, teachers and most importantly students.


You can contact me here: amanda.parry@tscouncil.org.uk


Region: South East & South London, Paul Foster

Julie Knock-Bravery I have been Senior Vice Principal at Hayes School since 2016 and Deputy Headteacher there since 2009. Since becoming a Teaching School in 2013 and establishing the Impact Teaching School Alliance I have also been the Director of Teaching School. Last year I worked as Sub Regional lead for South East London prior to the new regional structure and established and sustained a network with a shared common purpose alongside encouraging a collaborative approach to maximise our impact upon schools, teachers and student outcomes. I have worked as an SLE since 2011, have been heavily involved in leading S2S Support work in London, Kent and East Sussex and have developed and shared innovative S2S support models. I am a committed systems leader passionate about the schools’ led system and making the TSC vision a reality.

You can contact me here: paul.foster@tscouncil.org.uk