Lancashire & West Yorkshire


Lancashire & West Yorkshire.

Area Representatives

Amanda Bennett

Amanda Bennett

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 NLE’s 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:

Area Representatives

Dr. Lesley Curtis OBE

I am the headteacher of Everton Nursery School and Family Centre in Liverpool, which has achieved an Outstanding judgement by Ofsted consecutively since 2004. During this time, I have had the opportunity to understand, support and respond to national early years’ policy and initiatives such as Sure Start, Early Excellence Centres, Children’s Centres, and now as a Teaching School.

The Nursery School is the lead school within the North Liverpool Teaching School Partnership, working closely with Primary Schools, the Local Authority and HEIs both locally and nationally. I am currently a National Leader of Education and am also training with HMI to be an Inspector.

I was awarded the OBE, for services to education, in the 2014 New Year’s Honours.

You can contact me here:

This is the Lancashire and West Yorkshire regional page. The region operates across the four areas of:

  • Blackpool, Blackburn with Darwin and Lancashire
  • Greater Manchester
  • Merseyside
  • West Yorkshire

The Teaching Schools within the region are represented on the council by Amanda Bennett and Lesley Curtis.

You can find out more about the work of the Council and of Teaching Schools in the Lancashire and West Yorkshire region by visiting their website here.

Regional Activity

National Leaders of Governance
A regional approach to integrating governors into the school-led system by assigning them to Governance Hubs so they can be deployed more frequently by Teaching Schools. Contact:

Women Leading in Education
A national contract to encourage more women to pursue a career in leadership in education through network events, inspirational speakers and guidance. Contact: Maxine Roberts,
Janet Sheriff,
Baljit Birring,

Coaching Pledge
A pledge to increase the number of women in leadership positions by raising the profile and encouraging region-wide engagement in the National Coaching Pledge. Contact: Lesley Curtis, Maxine Roberts

SLE Training and Deployment
A regional approach to training and deploying SLEs to ensure a quality, consistent approach across the region. Contact: Tessa Mason, Maxine Roberts, DianeHeritage

Quality Assurance/Peer Review
Quality assurance of Teaching School work in the region is organised through a peer review process. Contact: Tessa Mason

Teaching Schools Council

The Teaching Schools Council (TSC) is a national body representing all Teaching Schools in England.

The Council is made up of 20 elected members, with either a national or regional remit, who direct and shape the work of Teaching Schools through discussion with government ministers and senior officials.

The Teaching Schools Council exists to provide:

  • A regulator role
  • A facilitator role
  • An advisor role

TSC representatives are serving school leaders of designated Teaching Schools, elected by Teaching Schools in their region or co-opted to provide national specialist advice.

The Lancashire and West Yorkshire Teaching School Council Representatives are:

Amanda Bennett, Executive Principal and CEO of Greetland MAT and lead for Teamworks TSA and the Oldham Research School. Also an NLE and Pupil Premium reviewer.

Dr Lesley Curtis OBE, Head teacher of Everton Nursery School and Family Centre in Liverpool. Lead for Liverpool Teaching School Partnership, NLE and national lead on Early Years for the TSC.

Ambition and Vision

TSC Lancashire and West Yorkshire believe that every child should attend a great school; as a TSC team we work with partners to ensure that every school can be judged to be at least good.

We ensure that continuous improvement is achieved by the schools sector deploying existing, outstanding practitioners as system leaders.

We work closely with our Teaching Schools to build the expertise, track record, capacity, local knowledge, diversity and drive to deliver effective, sustainable school-to-school support, CPLD and ITT.

We are committed to working in strong strategic partnerships with all stakeholders in the education sector in the North West and in West Yorkshire

Regional Infrastructure

To achieve the Lancashire and West Yorkshire ambition and vision, TSC Representatives Amanda Bennett and Lesley Curtis have put the following infrastructure in place:

Regional TSC Team Six seconded system leaders and 4 commissioned specialist project advisors provide further support, advice and challenge.

A strategic coordinator provides operational and organisational support for the regional TSC infrastructure

Regional Activity

• Termly system leaders network meetings for TSAs, NLEs and NLGs to ensure that all are well informed about strategy, policy and commissioned school-to-school support arrangements.

• Four strategic partnerships operate across the region where TSC works closely and constructively with LAs, DfE, RSCs, Diocesan Directors, Ofsted and CPLD providers. In addition, a single over arching School Improvement Group meets to provide synergy and coherence. Contact: Tessa Masonand Maxine Froggatt

Supporting Newly Designated TSAs, NLEs and NLGs A regional approach to ensuring that new Teaching Schools and NLEs understand the regional infrastructure and can make an immediate impact. Contact: Jayne Firth

Support for Strategic School Improvement Representing Teaching Schools on school improvement boards to ensure regional priorities are identified and addressed through strategically aligned, evidence-based intervention projects. Contact: Tessa Mason

Targeted Support Fund A regional development programme for developing the leadership pipe line for our region. Contact: Diane Heritage