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Ann PughAnn Pugh

Ann is the Director of the Grand Union Training Partnership which offers both primary and secondary PGCE with Masters Accreditation. She is experienced in setting up training courses and additional subjects, responding to and managing change within ITE, managing teams of leaders and School Based Tutors across a wide partnership of schools and co-ordinating quality assurance procedures. Additionally Ann is the subject lead for the MFL PGCE with extensive experience in planning and delivering subject training as well as observing trainees. Other areas of expertise include coaching and mentoring and assessment for learning.

Helen GilliganHelen Gilligan

Helen has been a Maths teacher for 7 years and she has been Faculty Leader of Maths for the last two years, she leads a very successful department who have outstanding exam results, promoting team-work, interpersonal skills and imaginative teaching ideas. Helen has delivered teacher training sessions to Maths Initial Teacher trainee’s through the Grand Union Training Partnership and has been an NQT mentor.

Helen specialises in the C/D borderline at GCSE level and particularly with intervention and teaching strategies that can be used with these students. She is also adept at using data to enhance results and is an EdExcel GCSE examiner so is able to give advice to both students and teachers as to how marks can be both lost and gained as well as being able to moderate in-house exams to ensure data gathered is accurate.

Helen is currently supporting Maths departments within schools that are in challenging circumstances; in this school-to-school support role, she has shared her maths expertise, coached staff and modelled best practice to improve teaching and learning as well as giving strategic guidance on leadership to the Heads of Departments. Helen is also involved with working with teachers from a Secondary school in Singapore, in order to share and develop international practices in Mathematics.

Janet Dingvean (BSc. Hons.  PGCE  NPQH)Janet Dingvean (BSc. Hons. PGCE NPQH)

Until recently Janet was a primary school teacher with experience of a variety of schools from large primaries with nurseries to smaller faith schools, both in London and Northamptonshire.  Some of these were schools which had been identified as requiring improvement by Ofsted and she was part of the Leadership Teams which successfully improved their performance and outcomes.  Janet has been teaching for 25 years and retired from headship in April 2014 to undertake the role of Deputy Director at the Grand Union Teaching Partnership where her prime responsibility is leading the Primary PGCE course.

Janet’s most recent school experience was as head teacher of a large primary school in Northamptonshire which she helped move from being a school causing serious concerns to a school judged by Ofsted as being Good with many outstanding features.  She was also closely involved in working with other local schools sharing areas of good practice.

Janet is experienced in many areas of teaching and leadership including raising standards of teaching, use of data, behaviour management, school development planning and finance. She is able to offer support in a variety of ways including coaching sessions with middle leaders, team teaching, leading staff meetings and working with Senior Leadership Teams on key policies and action plans.

Lisa BhaktaLisa Bhakta

Lisa is currently an Assistant Headteacher at Sponne School with responsibilities for the curriculum and timetable and driving aspirations. For over 5 years she led the mathematics subject training for the SWAN ITT partnership based at Sponne (GUTP) and was previously a deputy director of the scheme. Her roles have included extensive mentoring and coaching of both trainees and established teachers and through the SWAN teaching alliance Lisa has facilitated both the middle leaders’ course and the NPQSL.

The teaching and learning of mathematics is a key area of her specialism and using evidence-based practice to improve the learning outcomes for students is of particular interest to her. Lisa is regularly graded in her own teaching as outstanding using Ofsted criteria and is passionate about maths teaching.

Lisa’s SLE work includes conducting faculty reviews and analysing the strengths and weaknesses of a department with a view to formulating and implementing an action plan and providing support throughout the process. The key feature of the guidance that Lisa has provided to the schools in challenging circumstances has been strategic leadership which has led to improvements in their results. Lisa has worked with mathematics teachers from Singapore to ensure international best practice can be shared between schools/countries and is committed to improving the standard of maths teaching in schools and the learning experience of all students

Maria HutchinsonMaria Hutchinson

Maria Hutchinson is currently an education consultant, specialising in mentoring and training NQTs and unqualified teachers and supporting Literacy Coordinators and Upper Primary Leaders. Previously, she worked in various leadership roles – Deputy Headteacher in an outstanding primary school in Bedford, Deputy Headteacher in a junior school in Wellingborough and Assistant Headteacher in a middle school in Bedford. In the latter role, she was responsible for the curriculum, teaching and learning and helped move the school from special measures to ‘good’. During that time her teaching was graded outstanding by Ofsted.

Maria has been in education for over 20 years and during this time she has taught the full range of primary subjects mainly in Key Stage 2. More recently, she has taught Literacy in Years 5 and 6 and she has had lots of experience preparing pupils for SATs tests. In her leadership roles, she has been responsible for standards, overseeing intervention programmes, pastoral support and developing activities focusing on parental engagement. Maria has also worked for a local authority as NQT Coordinator. She has achieved a Masters in Education Studies; her dissertation focused on EAL: New arrivals. Maria has also achieved NPQH; she completed a project on more able and talented pupils in upper KS2 - English.

Susan ThompsonSusan Thompson

Susan is a highly experienced practitioner within science specialising in chemistry. She is currently Faculty Leader in Science with additional whole school teaching and learning responsibility. She has had wide experience in school management roles both pastoral and subject based.  She has been pivotal in improving results in science at Sponne, leading the faculty to an 18% increase in results at GCSE. During her career she has been a SCITT mentor through the GUTP, whole school G and T Coordinator and a coach and mentor for improving teachers, her skills leading to the improvement of teaching and learning.  Susan has strategized and initiated whole school programmes including the Study Room and the introduction of dedicated mentors.

Emma HarrisEmma Harris

Emma Harris is currently an Assistant Headteacher at Sponne School, following her role as a Learning Coordinator and Head of Key Stage 4 English, at Oakgrove School.  Within her current role, she is the Designated Safeguarding Lead and the Designated Teacher for looked after and previously looked after children. Emma is also responsible for overseeing the school’s behaviour, attendance and pastoral systems, in addition to her English teaching role.  Emma has extensive experience of child protection; she keeps up to date with current legislation, and regularly attends training sessions and multi agency meetings, which she then uses to implement new systems and procedures.

Both at Sponne, and Oakgrove, Emma has led whole school and governor training, both on safeguarding, and behaviour and has played a strategic role in the creation of behaviour systems, policies and procedures. She has experience of dealing with difficult students, and has helped staff to improve their behaviour management. Prior to starting at Sponne, Emma has also been English KS4 Intervention Coordinator, joint Second in English, Head of Parent Relations and Transition Coordinator.  In 2014-15 Emma attended the English Leader Network meetings with the Denbigh Teaching School Alliance – this enabled her to work with other schools and discuss the changing National Curriculum. Emma was responsible for preparing the English department for the changes to the Key Stage 4 Curriculum. Now at Sponne, Emma represents Sponne at the Swan Behaviour Partnership meetings. Emma has a Masters in Education, specialising in Leadership and Management with the Open University

Sara-Jane GodfreySara-Jane Godfrey

Sara-Jane is currently Lead Teacher in English at Sponne School, following her role as KS3 Progress Coordinator at Guilsborough School. Her current role involves developing and supporting the teaching and learning within the English department at Sponne as well as regular school to school support. Prior to her current role, Sara-Jane has also been a SCITT and NQT mentor, G&T coordinator, Chairwoman of the Better Learning Group at Guilsborough School and trainer for the Grand Union Training Partnership’s SCITT course and SWAN network. Her expertise involve the coaching, mentoring and training of new and experienced staff; devising intervention programmes for all student abilities and sharing and embedding the latest initiatives in teaching and learning.

Hazel WilliamsHazel Williams

Hazel has been a Primary School Teacher for many years. She is an outstanding teacher who has had experience teaching across both key stages. She has experience of working in a number of Primary Schools in South Northants. Currently, she teaches in a mixed age class in a small federated village Primary Academy in Northamptonshire.

In her current school, Hazel is the maths lead. She has been involved in writing whole school Maths plans for the New National Curriculum, and developing and implementing these, along with other teaching resources across the federated schools. She has experience of supporting and mentoring staff with teaching and planning.Hazel is involved in mentoring and supporting students and newly trained staff, and most recently has been involved in delivering county training sessions to NQTs on assessment. She is an LA moderator for Key Stage 1. She has experience in supporting local schools in assessment and moderation, delivering training and has developed materials to aid teachers with year 2 teacher assessment for the interim standards in both mathematics and writing.

Clare LawClare Law

Clare has been teaching for many years in both large and small schools in Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire. She is an outstanding teacher who has taught in both key stages, including year 6 and year 2. Currently she is Deputy Head of a school on the edge of Northamptonshire and is responsible for maths and assessment.

Clare has been an ICT lead for over 10 years. While holding this position she has researched and sourced the computing infrastructure for teaching within the school, which led to the implementation of a whole new system. With the new curriculum she has trained and developed the staff in the new aspects, so coding is now taught confidently and regularly to all children.

Clare has been a maths lead for over 13 years working in three different schools. While in her last school she worked with two other schools, one day a week, to support their new maths leads. In both schools the attainment in maths improved and in one school OFSTED noticed that the role of the maths lead had developed so that she had become involved in monitoring and evaluating the teaching and learning. In her own schools she has written and implemented a new calculation policy and maths plan which is in line with the new national curriculum and has a focus on mastery. Clare has helped staff understand the new assessment in maths and has led the implementation of the systems we now use. She has supported and worked with new maths leads within our academy and has helped them develop their skills and the maths within their schools.

Hilary Tudor-PriceHilary Tudor-Price

Assistant Head at Magdalen College School in Brackley, Northants, a large semi-rural secondary school.
Current responsibilities include: behaviour, welfare, attendance, progress of years 7 – 11. Line management of the Pastoral teams, Leaders of Learning and Inclusion.
Designated Senior Lead for safeguarding for years 7 – 13
Responsible for transition from KS2 to KS3 and the Primary Behaviour Support Project

Previous responsibilities have included:
Assistant Head responsible for professional development, deployment of staff and overview of data.
Head of PCSHE
Head of Year
Assistant KS 3 co-ordinator
Achieved: NPQH and have coached several members of staff through Leading from the Middle and NPQH programmes

Andrew RogersAndrew Rogers

Andy is currently at Guilsborough Academy and has enjoyed many opportunities to develop professionally but also as a whole school leader. Andy has been teaching since 2001 and experienced a variety of challenges and successes. Having been a head of department and head of faculty he has seen the ever-developing challenges for the curriculum and how this impacts on students. His previous school focus was in the pastoral side school life from being a Head of Year for KS3 and Head of Sixth. As a recently appointed Principal examiner he has invaluable knowledge and understanding of the deeper meaning of assessment objectives but also how this fits into every day AFL in the classroom. His core expertise is an SLE is History/NQT development which involves ensuring high quality schemes of work and assessment are tailored to enable rapid progress for all learners at every key stage. This includes extensive knowledge of the new A Levels and GCSE including what core content and skills are expected to mark accurately to the assessment objectives. Andy has background with ITT, assessment and leadership which means he has a wealth of knowledge to enable him to challenge and support staff at all points in their careers.

Steph AbbottsSteph Abbotts

Steph Abbotts is an exemplar Early Years Practitioner and an outstanding teacher and leader in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). She is currently Deputy Head teacher at The Radstone Primary School in Brackley and prior to this worked as an EYFS leader at Nicholas Hawksmoor Primary School.

With her in depth knowledge of EYFS Steph is heavily involved in supporting the SWAN Teaching School with specialist network meetings. Throughout her career Steph has supported and mentored both colleagues in her own school and other schools to improve Early Years good practice and has been a school based mentor for PGCE students.

Steph has played a key role in the improvement of EYFS settings in other schools; reviewing practice through evaluation and data analysis.  She is an experienced trainer with experience of delivering the Outstanding Teacher Programme.

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