Visiting Fellow Community
Kim DuffVisiting Fellow: NPQH (November cohort)
Kim joined the Trust in 2014 and is the Principal of Kings Heath Primary Academy and the Trust's lead for developing and implementing the Core Knowledge Curriculum within all primary academies. Kim has lead Kings Heath Primary Academy to being ranked in the top 1% for Reading and top 2% for writing progress measures in the county of Northamptonshire as well as being a systems leader for the implementation of the innovative schools singing programme.Kim has over 19 years teaching experience within a broad range of settings including: primary schools, secondary schools and University. She has also visited and studied some of the very best schools, both in the UK and US. Kim is resilient, dedicated to securing sustainable school improvement and able to motivate colleagues to strive for excellence through strong leadership and communication skills so every pupil has high aspirations for their future.
Sarah SprackVisiting Fellow: NPQH (November cohort)
Sarah started her career in education as a mathematics teacher. She has experience of senior leadership roles in a number of schools in several Local Authority areas across the country, most recently as principal at South Axholme Academy, before becoming substantive CEO of Isle Education Trust in 2019. In this role she has overall responsibility for the trust's performance and delivery. Sarah is Chair of the North Lincolnshire Secondary Heads and Principals group where she has been instrumental in promoting outreach work and peer support within her area. She also sits on the local Schools Standards Board.
Clair MillsVisiting Fellow: NPQSL (November cohort)
Clair is currently very privileged to be the principal at Eastfield Academy in Northampton. She has had various leadership roles previously, including being deputy head at Kings Heath Academy. Clair has always had a keen interest in leadership, professional development and ITT. She has been on different steering groups for the University of Northampton and supported a range of routes into teaching. Clair is part of the Trust Primary Teaching and Learning Community which has enabled her to work with a variety of leaders and teachers across the Trust. She is also passionate about the importance of Early Years and will happily talk about how important these foundations are for all of our pupils to succeed.
Sallie StantonVisiting Fellow: NPQSL (November cohort)
As the Advantage Schools Director of Education, Sallie oversees all aspects of educational performance across the all-through trust. She has particular expertise in curriculum leadership, professional development of teaching staff, quality assurance, and in supporting school leaders in establishing and sustaining effective school culture through her work with trust principals and her involvement in a Behaviour Hub lead school. She joined the profession in 2007 as a secondary English teacher and has worked in a range of roles including Head of Department, lead practitioner, literacy and reading strategy lead, senior examiner, and subject leader for trainee English teachers.
Helena BrothwellVisiting Fellow: NPQLBC (November cohort)
Kimberley StamVisiting Fellow: NPQLBC (November cohort)
Kimberley has been a senior leader in schools in challenging circumstances since 2013. She is currently the Principal of Queen Elizabeth's Academy, having been promoted to this role in June 2019. Prior to this, Kimberley was the Vice Principal and led PDBA from special measures to Good. Before this, she was Vice Principal in a city academy- here, Kimberley led Teaching and Learning from special measures to Good. She is passionate about social mobility and providing the very best opportunities for our most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and communities.
Mark WilkinsonVisiting Fellow: NPQLTD (November cohort)
Mark is an experienced senior leader with a track record of developing excellent teachers and improving whole school behaviour and culture. With two decades of experience across Greater Lincolnshire, he has clear mental models for improvement which take account of the different challenges faced by the diverse aspects of our region: urban schools; rural schools; coastal schools; grammar schools; schools serving communities with significant disadvantage. Mark's current role is Trust-wide Vice Principal for the David Ross Education Trust working across two Lincolnshire secondary schools. He has led Teaching and Learning, Behaviour and Sixth Form during the last 8 years.
Naomi BellVisiting Fellow: NPQLTD (November cohort)
Naomi is an experienced math teacher and department lead, who joined Advantage Schools as the maths lead for the trust in September 2019. Prior to joining the trust Naomi taught for six years in central London where she had a track record of supporting her students to achieve excellent outcomes at GCSE as well as improving outcomes across the school. Naomi has also developed a passion for becoming and supporting others to become expert teachers of maths, supporting both primary and secondary colleagues. In particular, Naomi enjoys creating highly effective strategies for teaching difficult concepts, planning and resourcing excellent curricula and training other teachers to become skilled practitioners. Naomi has recently finished a Masters in Expert teaching, exploring how to put educational research into practice in her classroom, and ensuring her learning is passed on to her team.
Ben NewmarkVisiting Fellow: NPQLT (November cohort)
Ben Newmark is an experienced school leader and curriculum thinker who has spent most of his working life in schools in areas of disadvantage. He has particular interest in curriculum, intelligent assessment and finding genuine, practical solutions to the persistent problems faced by leaders and teachers in schools. He writes a widely read and award-winning blog and speaks regularly at conferences and other education events. He is currently a Trust Wide Vice Principal for the David Ross Education Trust based at Lodge Park Academy in Corby.
Chanel McPherson-GeorgeVisiting Fellow: NPQLT (November cohort)
As Head of Science at Bedford Free School, Chanel has lead on developing new curricula and implementing cyclical improvements. She has led departmental CPD and mentored/coached many early career teachers as well as experienced staff members. Chanel has an interest in neuroscientific approaches to teaching and engage in small-scale classroom-based action research to inform decision and policy making. For her, it is vital that department policy becomes reality and that staff hold each other, and their students, to account for the high standards that we as educators are ever-aspiring towards.
Sarah BatesECT Visiting Fellow
Sarah joined the Trust in May 2019 as a Regional Director for 6 Primary schools in Daventry and Lincolnshire as well as Eresby Special School. She also has strategic leadership for Professional Development across the Trust.
Previous to joining DRET Sarah has held Headship and Executive Headship roles as well as School Improvement Lead for a Diocesan MAT in the Midlands area.
Sarah has considerable leadership experience leading two schools from special measures to outstanding and good with outstanding leadership. In her role as school improvement lead she led a group of schools to improve outcomes for all pupils, developing professional development programmes to improve teaching and learning.
As well as leading professional development at DRET, Sarah also leads NQT and RQT development. She believes this crucial role will ensure the Trust have high quality teachers for the future.
Sarah is passionate about making a difference to the lives of children by ensuring that every child in a DRET school has an outstanding education.
Karen SmithECT Visiting Fellow
Karen is a senior leader working in the core team at David Ross Education Trust as the trust-wide maths lead and strategic lead for assessment. This role is culmination of 22 years of classroom teaching and leadership roles in primary schools.
Karen works with teachers, middle and senior leaders all 22 DRET primary schools to support the development of high-quality teaching and learning across the network. She has also worked with East Midlands East Maths Hub for the past 6 years, as a specialist leading mastery workgroups with schools across Lincolnshire.
Jonathan WhiteECT Visiting Fellow
Jonathan is currently an Associate Senior Leader and Academy Improvement Lead at Humberston Academy, Grimsby. Jonathan is a Geography teacher specialist who is currently in his 9th year as a teacher. Originally from Durham, he moved down to Hull in his then NQT year to experience teaching in another region of the UK and has since stayed in Hull. He has spent the past 2 academic years working in Humberston Academy and is starting his role as ECT visiting Fellow this academic year. Jonathan has also previously been a mentor for ITT and SCITT trainees throughout his career
Claire ApplebyECT Visiting Fellow
Clare Appleby is an Assistant Headteacher at The Arbours Primary Academy in Northampton with responsibility for teaching and learning. She leads English at her school and is an enthusiastic member of DRET's English Community. She is passionate about supporting early career teachers to be the best that they can be and has been a mentor for newly qualified teachers, recently qualified teachers and those new to the English lead role.
Danielle StoreyECT Visiting Fellow
Danielle Storey is a full time class teacher in a Y5/6 class. She has worked at Hogsthorpe Primary Academy for 8 years now, within this time she has worked across key stages, supported apprentices, mentored newly qualified teachers, led numerous subjects and supported other DRET academies. Danielle is also currently the Designated Safeguarding Lead and Assistant Principal at Hogsthorpe Primary Academy.
Jade HickinECT Visiting Fellow
Jade has been a teacher of English thirteen years, and is a former Head of Department. She is currently the Trust-Wide Lead Practitioner for English and the Whole-School Lead Practitioner for Teaching and Learning in a MAT, helping to develop curriculum and pedagogy. She has a range of experience as a Senior Examiner for more than one exam board and has studied Assessment and Examining at MA level at the University of Cambridge. Jade has recently become ELE for a local Research School in addition to being a Fellow of the Chartered College for Teaching, and a Regional Lead for WomenEd.
Kasey HillECT Visiting Fellow
Kasey Hill has been part of DRET since she was an NQT in 2015. She began her career as a Year 6 teacher and continues to be in this role. Through DRET, Kasey has had a multitude of professional development opportunities and has developed as a leader, completing her NPQML course in 2019. Kasey is the lead of UKS2, Pupil Premium, History and Educational Visits at her current academy.
Keleigh MooreECT Visiting Fellow
Keleigh currently works as a Reception class teacher at Eastfield Academy in Northampton where she has been since October 2018. Over the course of those years she has taught across both KS1 and 2, whilst leading a range of subjects. She is also currently the ITT for the school and she has been working alongside the university of Northampton supporting trainee teachers to be the best they can be.
Keleigh has been teaching since 2001 and has supported teachers and support staff throughout her career, both early career teachers and more experienced running CPD and being an outreach teacher in other schools. She has held a range of responsibilities over her 20 year career ranging from assessment to maths and even key stage lead.
She is looking forward to being able to support Early Career Teachers alongside the expertise and support network offered by both DRET and the Ambition Institute.
Lyndsay BawdenECT Visiting Fellow
Lyndsay is a Trust-Wide English Lead working with SLT and English Departments across eleven schools to provide bespoke CPD, mentoring and coaching, and curriculum design support. Lyndsay is co-author of 'Succeeding as an English Teacher', as well as a Senior Examiner for GCSE English Literature. Lyndsay is also a Lead English Expert for AQA, a Fellow of the Chartered College for Teaching, a Regional Lead for WomenEd, and governor of a local secondary school. Lyndsay is a passionate advocate for women in education, flexible working opportunities for all, and LGBTQ+ visibility in education.
Oliver SaundersECT Visiting Fellow
Oliver Saunders is Director of Teaching and Learning (Secondary) and a history teacher at the David Ross Education Trust. He works with teachers at all stages of their careers to continually support them to develop their teaching.
Previous to this role, Oliver has worked as a teaching and learning lead and head of department.
Oliver has a Masters degree in Expert Teaching and is interested in how findings from research can be applied in the classroom.
Sarah ManningECT Visiting Fellow
Sarah Manning qualified as a teacher in 2001 from Nottingham Trent University. After completing her first two years of teaching, she completed the Fast Track Teacher programme, which helped her to prepare as a senior leader. She has been a senior leader in many different schools, taking on roles of Assistant Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and she is currently the SENCO at the Abbey CE Academy in Daventry. Throughout her career, Sarah has also completed the Outstanding Teacher Programme and is currently completing her National Award for SEN leadership at Northampton University. Sarah is very much looking forward to undertaking her new role as a Visiting Fellow for the ECT programme.
Tanya GrundyECT Visiting Fellow
Tanya Grundy has over 20 years' experience as Head of Faculty and Lead Practitioner. For six of those years, she also taught drama and Shakespeare elements within the English PGCE at Nottingham Trent University. She is a specialist in both drama and dance, Key Stage 3-5, with a proven track record of high attainment across age range and disciplines. She is passionate about Teaching and Learning, Literacy and Oracy and drives these through her role as Lead Practitioner at Charnwood College. Currently, Tanya is taking her MA in Expert Teaching, researching cognitive science theories and how these support teaching, learning and curriculum planning.