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Emily Walden-EyreDirector of Teaching School Hub
Emily Walden-Eyre joins the team as Teaching School Hub Director. Prior to joining DRET Teaching School Hub, Emily was a headteacher at a North Lincolnshire primary school. She qualified as a teacher and quickly progressed to middle leadership and then onto senior leader roles, where she was then appointed headteacher in 2018. Emily has experience of school leadership in a range of contexts and has been the lead for staff CPD for many years - she is passionate about developing and inspiring teachers and leaders at all levels.
Kevin McLaughlinDeputy Director of Teaching School Hub
Kevin comes to the TSH with 22 years' experience of working in the Primary sector as a class teacher, key stage lead for EYFS, KS1 and KS2, and deputy head teacher. He has spent the last five years working as a senior lecturer in primary education and has considerable knowledge of training and developing trainee teachers. Kevin has presented on effective pedagogical practices at regional, national and international events. He has also completed a MA in Education with a focus on effective professional development of teachers. His current interest lies in the design and implementation of effective PD opportunities that are specific to the requirements of the individual.
Grace HealyChair of Strategic Board
Grace is Education Director (Secondary) at David Ross Education Trust. In this role, Grace leads a curriculum team of Trust-wide subject leaders in Trust-wide curriculum and teacher development and works closely with Principals to sustain a model for continuously renewing all aspects of curriculum intent, to build capacity in senior curriculum leadership, and to ensure a culture of subject-sensitivity and disciplinary rigour pervades all work on teacher development. Grace was the founding Director of DRET Teaching School Â Hub (TSH), serving in that role until April 2022; Grace now how holds strategic oversight of DRET TSH for the Trust, as Chair of the TSH's Strategic Board.
She has previously led the geography subject community across a multi-academy trust of 13 primary and secondary schools and contributed to the leadership of a SCITT. Â She has held academic and pastoral leadership roles, served as a primary and secondary school governor, and holds a Masters of Education from the University of Cambridge. Grace is currently undertaking a PhD at the UCL Institute of Education. Â Grace chairs the Teacher Education Phase Committee of the Geographical Association and has been elected on to the Council of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) as Honorary Secretary (Education). She is Treasurer for GEReCo and the RGS's Geography and Education Research Group. She also serves on British Educational Research Association's (BERA) Publication Committee and on the editorial boards of Â The Curriculum Journal Â and the Â London Review of Education. Â
Helena BrothwellChair of Partnership Board
Anna CuttingEarly Career Teacher Lead
Anna comes to the TSH with over 20 years’ experience of working in the Secondary sector. As a class teacher, her specialist subjects are Economics and Business Studies. She has held leadership positions where responsibilities included Teaching & Learning, CPD and all aspects of ITT and ECT. She has also worked on PGCE programmes as Course Tutor. Anna has also completed a Doctorate in Education focusing on learning and learning contexts. Her current interests lie in socio-cultural theory and activity theory and how these attempt to provide frameworks for understanding learning as a process
Michael TrussellAppropriate Body Services Lead
Michael started his career as an NQT in the David Ross Education Trust at Havelock Academy in 2009, initially as a Teacher of ICT and then taking up the post of Assistant Principal in May 2015. During his time at Havelock Academy, Michael has held various leadership positions including Head of Key Stage 3, Subject Leader of ICT and Director of IT.
In his current role as Assistant Principal, Michael has overseen the implementation of successful early careers teacher CPD programmes, established strong partnerships with a variety of ITE partners across Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire and implemented at Havelock the early rollout of the ECF Framework. He has also been a part of the University of Hull's PGCE Secondary Standing Committee. Since 2018, Michael has led on the Trust's Northern SchoolDirect Partnerships.
In 2005, Michael was recognised by the British Computer Society for his performance in A-level ICT, collecting an award at a special event held in London for achieving the top mark for the qualification across all candidate entries. Michael was also nominated for the award of 'Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School' as part of the Pearson Teaching Awards in 2018.
Alia WatersTeaching School Hub Coordinator
Alia joined DRET Teaching School Hub in May 2021 as Teaching School Hub Coordinator. Alia coordinates the NPQ programmes at DRET TSH, working with both participants and facilitators to ensure smooth running of the programmes. Alia also provides administration support for the Evidence Hub and the wider CPD provisions of the TSH. Alia previously worked for a local Teaching School where she developed a passion for working in the Education sector. In the role she would collaborate and work closely with Teaching School Alliance partner schools and universities' to provide support to aspiring and trainee teachers. Alia also has a background in finance, school administration processes and providing personal assistance to senior leaders.
Catherine ThompsonTeaching School Hub Coordinator
Catherine joined DRET TSH in May 2021 as a Teaching School Hub Coordinator. Catherine joined us having previously worked across two Teaching Schools in North and North East Lincolnshire. Catherine has an extensive knowledge of supporting the NPQ suite of programmes and a passion, more broadly, for working in roles that support teachers' and school leaders' professional development. In her previous role she was accountable for the day-to-day running of a Teaching School office including finance, data and event management.
Julie MackayTeaching School Hub Coordinator
Julie has over 30 years experience in administration in various industry sectors, most recently in Health and Safety roles within the construction industry. Julie has also spent some time working in two local Secondary schools as both an LSA and a Cover Supervisor. Prior to working in education, Julie spent over 20 years working in various roles in the Civil Service from Human Resources to Benefit delivery. Julie is a qualified Mental Health Fist Aider and an Emergency First Aider.
Olivia WilkinsonMarketing and Communications Administrator
Olivia started her career in education as an apprentice at Havelock School in 2005 just before it became the first academy in the David Ross Education Trust. Olivia continued to broaden her knowledge and skills moving to Lincoln and working in a secondary school for 10 years in a variety of roles such as admin, data, exams, marketing, pastoral and safeguarding.
Olivia is also a qualified Yoga instructor and has a passion for all aspects of wellbeing recently completing her Mental Health First Aid training to gain valuable knowledge of how to support people experiencing periods of poor mental health.
She rejoined the trust in 2021 as Senior Administrator at Edward Heneage Primary Academy gaining skills in finance, HR, recruitment, payroll and H+S. Olivia also taught Yoga as an after school club to KS1 children to encourage them with joyful movement alongside breathing exercises and mindfulness.
Olivia is currently undertaking an NVQ Level 4 qualification titled School Business Professional which encompasses a wide range of knowledge including marketing and project management. This will be benefit to the TSH and also Havelock Academy where she has a part time role as part of the Administration Team.
Olivia cares deeply about this region and is committed to supporting colleagues to be the best they can be for the benefit of all young people.