Chair , Richard Gill
Richard has been a National Leader of Education, Vice Chair of the Birmingham Education Partnership and an Ofsted inspector, and currently acts as 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 their existing family of schools, the MAT has been appointed as school improvement partners to two neighbouring schools. Prior to his current position, Richard was the joint Headteacher of the outstanding Arthur Terry School, which is consistently ranked highly in local and national league tables. During that time, he led on the application to become one of the first 100 teaching schools in the country and one of only two providers of Initial Teacher Training at that time – an area now recognised as a centre of excellence.
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Vice Chair – Gill Robinson, OBE
Gill was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours in January 2016..
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National Member and EYFS Representative, Isabel Davis
She is a National Leader in Education and has worked with leaders of both Nursery & Primary schools. She is a member of the Ofsted Headteachers reference group for the East and also the Chair of the Bedford System Leaders Forum. Isabel is particularly passionate about children’s well-being and involvement, adult and child mental health, and women in leadership. She is a Director of ‘Schools of Tomorrow’ working with all phases to support schools to ‘stand out’ by focusing on the whole child.
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National Member (ITT) Stephen Munday, CBE
Educated in Canterbury, Stephen studied Economics at the University of Cambridge. He then went on to study Economics Education at the Institute of Education, London, where he qualified as a teacher. In 2009 Stephen was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Anglia Ruskin University for services to education and the community and in 2013 he was awarded a CBE in recognition of his services to education. Stephen works in several advisory capacities with the Department for Education, including the Teaching Schools’ Council and the Eastern Region Headteachers’ Board and he is a National Leader of Education with the National College for Teaching and Learning as well as being an Associate Head with the SSAT. In 2015, he 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. Stephen is now working with groups to take this work forward.
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Peer Member Sir Andrew Carter, OBE
Andrew is 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 Andrew is now a National Leader of Education.
Andrew has contributed articles and features in educational journals, and his publication ‘Financial Management in Schools’ has been widely used by Headteachers and Governors to support them in school improvement. He sits 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 Andrew received the O.B.E., for services to education.
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Region: Lancashire & West Yorkshire, Amanda Bennett
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Region: Lancashire & West Yorkshire, Angela Holdsworth
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. Additionally, she is working in partnership with LCC’s SEND Workforce Development team to not only deliver high quality SEND Reviewer training, but also to produce a provision map for the County to ensure the skills within the region are best supporting the most vulnerable children in its care. She is highly committed to developing future leaders and supporting the ‘Women in Leadership’ agenda.
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Region: North (North East), John Hardy
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Region: North (Cumbria), Jonathan Johnson
Jonathan believes that all of us have the power to nurture wonderful people, changing their lives through learning.
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Region: North (North Yorkshire), Phil Bennington
Phil has 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.
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Region: East Midlands & The Humber, Chris Wheatley
Chris has sat on many steering groups (DFE Primary Steering Group and the National College Primary Reference Group to name two) and holds national responsibility for the support of inclusive leadership for the NCTL programme: Achievement for All. In 2008 Chris was awarded the title of ‘East Midlands and East Headteacher of the Year’.
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Region: East Midlands & The Humber, Chris Abbott
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.
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Region: East of England & North East London, Lesley Birch
Lesley hopes 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, and to raise attainment across the area for our children. Lesley feels strongly that linking schools is crucial so that all schools feel part of the network.
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Region: East of England & North East London, Jane Robinson
Jane is excited by the opportunity to work across the whole of the East of England & North East London Region as the Teaching Schools Council Representative, feeling it is a role which will support collaborative working across the region’s network of schools.
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Region: North West London & South Central England -Teresa Tunnadine, CBE
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. Teresa has been involved in system leadership extensively since 2003 when she was part of a team of consultant heads supporting failing schools in London as part of the London Challenge. She became an NLE in 2006.
More recently Teresa has worked as an OFSTED inspector, Director for the London Leadership Strategy and senior partner for Challenge Partners, a national network of schools supporting each other. She is the current Chair of the DFE Secondary Heads’ Reference Group, who meet regularly at the DFE to advise on education policy. She was elected to the Head Teacher Board for North West London and South Central England (NWLSC) in 2014.
Teresa was elected to the first Teaching Schools Council in 2011 and served for two years before being re-elected in 2014. She also acted as the lead TSC representative for London from 2014-2017 and is currently the lead for the new region of NWLSC which came into being in September 2017. She 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.
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Region: North West London & South Central England, Sarah Bennett
Sarah has 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. She is 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. Sarah has successfully raised standards for 3 schools in challenging circumstances in Executive Headteacher roles.
Sarah is a National Leader of Education and has reviewed the underperformance of vulnerable groups in a number of schools nationally and trained colleagues nationally with respect to pupil premium reviews. In October 2017 she was elected to the Regional Schools Commissioner’s Headteachers Board for NWLSC.
Sarah is passionate about ensuring every child, no matter their background, has the same opportunities and rights to success. She believes that this comes from creating happy, healthy, committed communities and that the well-being of all those involved is fundamental to world-class achievement. She feels privileged to be part of school improvement across the region and to work with Teaching Schools in my capacity as TSC rep for NWLSC.
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Region: South West, Tony Bloxham
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Region: South East & South London, Amanda Parry
Amanda has 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 she has been the Deputy Headteacher at Thornden School.
Since 2012, Amanda has led the LEARN Teaching School Alliance and then in 2015 the Hampshire LEARN SCITT Partnership. In 2017/18 she 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, Amanda has 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. She is committed to the school led system and has witnessed its positive, and sustained, impact on schools, leaders, teachers and most importantly students.
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Region: South East & South London, Paul Foster
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Region: West Midlands, Mike Donoghue
Prior to assuming his current role, Mike was the Headteacher of John Taylor High School from 2010, overseeing their academy conversion in 2010, teaching school designation in 2013, an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating in 2014, and the creation and growth of their Multi-Academy Trust. Before becoming a Headteacher, Mike served five years as a Deputy Head in a Staffordshire secondary school, and four years as an Assistant Headteacher in a Walsall secondary. Mike has also undertaken work for the then Specialist Schools and Academies Trust across the West Midlands. In his professional career, Mike is particularly passionate about leadership development, effective governance and system design.’
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