Visiting Fellow Community
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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.â ¬
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.
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.
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.
Nick WarrenECT Visiting Fellow
Nick Warren is a Year 6 Teacher, Mathematics Lead and Raising Standards Lead at Briar Hill Primary School in Northampton. He began his teaching journey in 2016 on the DRET's PGCE Schools Direct offer. Nick has been involved in a number of projects with Briar Hill including being involved in NCETM Sustaining for Mastery School, involved in the DRET's English and Mathematics Communities and completing his NPQML in 2020 and starting his NPQSL in 2021. Nick is passionate about supporting early career teachers to be the best that they can be and wants to inspire new Early Career Teachers.
Bethany GoodwinECT Visiting Fellow
Bethany Goodwin is Head of Initial Teacher Training and Early Career Teachers at Bobby Moore Academy. Bethany is a geography specialist and is currently in their 9th year of teaching. She has taught in schools across Hackney and Newham as well as spending two years teaching in Ecuador.
Bethany has a Masters in Expert Teaching from Ambition Institute and wholeheartedly believes in the use of evidence-based research to improve pedagogic practice and ultimately address the attainment gap in secondary schools. She is passionate about encouraging new people in the profession and aiding them to be the best that they can
Sonia ThundercliffeECT Visiting Fellow
Sonia is Assistant Principal for Staff Development at Havelock Academy, Grimsby. Sonia is a Havelock veteran, having spent almost half of her career at the Academy. Sonia has been teaching History for more than twenty years and is happiest in the classroom grappling with a contentious historical question. Sonia is a passionate advocate for an ambitious curriculum, as well as the provision of high-quality teaching as a tool for social justice. Sonia takes great joy from mentoring fledgling teachers to the profession, with a core part of her current role leading on the induction of Early Careers Teachers at Havelock.
David RuckECT Visiting Fellow
David is currently a Head of Year and Science Teacher at Humberston Academy having moved from Essex in 2022. He is in his 17th year of teaching and has led as an Assistant Headteacher for behaviour and wellbeing in both a secondary school and an alternative provision academy. Before moving to Lincolnshire and joining Humberston Academy David led as an Assistant Headteacher in one of the largest primary schools in the country (NOR 1060), leading on behaviour and also as ITT Director for the MAT of 6 schools, where he developed many outstanding teachers for the district of Basildon , Essex. He also led leadership development at both middle and senior leadership level across the MAT. David holds NPQML and is also a Teaching Leaders Fellow via Ambition Institute
Sarah DurbinECT Visiting Fellow
Sarah has been a teacher for nearly 10 years and entered the profession as a mature student. Having been so inspired by her own mentors as she entered her career, she has always been passionate about helping new teachers as they enter their career. This is her 7th year within DRET and 6th year of being ITT co-ordinator with her school. Sarah loves all areas of curriculum but has a strong passion for history and science.
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.
Janey CooksleyVisiting Fellow: NPQH (February cohort)
Janey is an experienced headteacher and system leader. She has been in education for 17 years, most at senior leadership level. She is a passionate and innovative leader with a strong vision, relentless drive, in the pursuit of excellence in education. Janey leads a successful school, in one of the top 5% deprived areas in the country. The school has had a rapid and sustained improvement journey. Results for attainment and progress are above/well above national average. Janey has a deep understanding of strategic leadership and school improvement. Her specialist areas are; leadership, curriculum, wellbeing and teaching and learning.
Wendy BaxterVisiting Fellow: NPQH (February cohort)
Wendy currently works as a trust regional director. Her role involves providing guidance, support and challenge to senior leaders as well as leading on attendance. Wendy has worked in many different schools, both primary and secondary. More recently she has supported some of the most challenging schools in the country. As such she is widely experienced in school 'turnaround' and is passionate about making sure that every pupil has high aspirations for their future. She has also studied some of the very best schools, both in the UK and US, as part of her participation in the Future Leaders programme.
Samantha BarlowVisiting Fellow: NPQSL (February cohort)
Samantha is a passionate champion of life chances for all pupils, through a research led culture of mutual trust. She believes in a supportive professional environment where teachers are encouraged to lead on areas of curriculum and be the key role models for attitudes and values of our children. When she is not in school, Samantha plays tenor horn in a brass band and reads as much as she can!
Dave FlowittVisiting Fellow: NPQSL (February cohort)
Dave is a passionate education leader who believes that a strong ethos and positive relationships are the foundation of inclusive education system in any education establishment. He has been a school leader for 21 years, held two Headships and worked on the SLT in five schools. Dave is currently Executive Principal at Coritani Academy, a 7-18 Alternative Provision Academy, The Virtual Principal for LAC in North Lincs and a Director of the Isle Education Trust. He has been fortunate to work with outstanding professionals at all levels of system leadership and believe that we all grow stronger through collaboration
Emily McCullaghVisiting Fellow: NPQLBC (February cohort)
Emily joined her current school as a trainee teacher in 2014 and returned in 2017 as the year 6 class teacher. Following a successful secondment, as an associate assistant Headteacher, Emily became Head of School and SENDco in January 2020. Emily became Headteacher in June 2020 and is currently completing my Masters in Catholic leadership. Emily also has a doctorate in theology and completed the NPQSL in 2019.
Michael CoxVisiting Fellow: NPQLBC (February cohort)
Experienced subject leader for PE and associate assistant principal at Bedford Free School with responsibilities for school culture, rewards and student leadership.
Kat HowardVisiting Fellow: NPQLTD (February cohort)
Kat joined the Trust in Kat joined the Trust in June 2021 as Head of Professional Learning. Preceding her appointment, Kat led staff professional development, coaching, ITT and strategic lead of English teaching across a Trust. Over the course of her career to date, she has held subject leadership roles within secondary schools, and taken oversight of higher attainment provision, secondary literacy and subject level professional development. Prior to working in the education sector, Kat held the role of Regional Area Manager for a leading High Street Bank, overseeing the provision and implementation of recruitment policy, retention initiative and monitoring of standards for the region. Kat is currently undertaking a Masters in Expert Teaching with Ambition Institute.
Tom WoodVisiting Fellow: NPQLTD (February cohort)
Tom is an English teacher because he love words and books. With previous experience as both a Head of Subject and Head of Sixth Form, Tom is currently Assistant Principal at Bedford Free School. He really values his main leadership responsibilities. Firstly, overseeing the continuous development of our curriculum. Tom believes that an education rich with knowledge, curated by teachers as subject experts, is transformative and an entitlement for all children. Tom also oversees professional learning and is passionate about supporting colleagues to develop their expertise.
Dave GibsonVisiting Fellow: NPQLT (February cohort)
Dave has been a maths teacher for 25 years and been a senior leader in secondary schools and across a multi academy trust for 17. Dave has worked in schools across the Lincolnshire. Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire before taking up the role as a national subject lead with DRET, leading on curriculum development in mathematics across the secondary phase. Dave is a maths advocate for AQA and lead regional training sessions for maths teachers and is currently in the final stages of a Masters in Expert teaching.
Kirstie DixonVisiting Fellow: NPQLT (February cohort)
Kirstie is Assistant Principal at Queen Elizabeth's Academy in Mansfield, leading on Teaching and Learning, Curriculum and Staff Development. She has been an MFL teacher for 16 years and has previously worked as an AST, supporting MFL staff across a variety of schools. Kirstie has a Master's in Expert Teaching from Ambition Institute and has recently completed the Exemplary Leadership Programme. She enjoys attending ResearchED events and has recently become a ResearchED speaker, talking about how best bets from cognitive science can improve the classroom experience for students.
Stuart LockVisiting Fellow: NPQH (Autumn 2022 cohort)
Stuart has over 20 years of experience teaching, 17 of which have been in leadership in schools. He has advised the Department for Education on the group that developed the Early Career Framework, the group that wrote the Headteacher Standards in 2020, and the group that looked at the role of National Leaders of Education in 2019.
Kim LawtonVisiting Fellow: NPQH (Autumn 2022 cohort)
Kimberley has worked in the David Ross Trust for over 10 years, leading in both the primary and secondary sector within DRET is now a Regional Director in the north across four academies in Hull and Bridlington.
Angela WattsVisiting Fellow: NPQSL (Autumn 2022 cohort)
Angela is an experienced Headteacher who has worked, and led, in schools across England for 17 years. Angela has a passion for working in challenging schools and working with staff to transform behaviour and securing the best possible outcomes for all pupils.
John NilandVisiting Fellow: NPQSL (Autumn 2022 cohort)
John is Associate Principal at Coritani Academy and has wide leadership experience in a variety of settings across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. As a leader, areas of focus include developing school culture, leadership and behaviour and previously 5 years as an Advanced Skills Teacher.
Claire Tyrell-SmithVisiting Fellow: NPQEYL (Autumn 2022 cohort)
Claire holds a Trust wide role for the Early Years Foundation Stage. Claire is currently Deputy Head of Greenfields Primary School and Nursery, that was rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted in January 2020.
Helen SavageVisiting Fellow: NPQEYL (Autumn 2022 cohort)
Helen has over 20 years of experience working across many different educational contexts including Primary schools, Children's Centres, Sure Starts, PVI and International language schools. Currently Helen is a nursery teacher and Early Years lead based at Endike Academy in Hull. She is also privileged to work Trust wide in the roles of SLE and EYFS Trust lead.
Helen is the Area Lead for Croydon and is involved in overseeing and delivering the EYFS Covid19 Recovery Programme for the DFE. Helen lives and breathes early years and is an enthusiastic advocate for play. Her mission is to ensure all practitioners have a strong understanding of child development, play, practice, and pedagogy. She is passionate about giving educators the best possible toolkits for their roles and enjoys developing high quality training that is accessible to all. She has a keen interest in international early years practice and has had experience of working overseas and of visiting a range of international early years settings
Scott BarlowVisiting Fellow: NPQLBC (Autumn 2022 cohort)
Scott has been a teacher for 22 years and senior leader for over 12 years, having worked in three contrasting secondary schools across the Yorkshire and Humber region. Throughout Scott's career he has continued to seek opportunities to develop his practice as a leader and as a teacher. Scott is currently the Principal in an 11-18 academy in North Lincolnshire. Scott is passionate about school improvement and school leadership having worked with a number of leaders in differing local authorities over the last 10 years. Previously Scott has been an SLE for the Doncaster Teaching School, worked for the National College as a Middle Leader Facilitator for its NPQML courses and has also delivered school to school support as a PIXL Associate.
Sue JonesVisiting Fellow: NPQLBC (Autumn 2022 cohort)
Sue joined the David Ross Education Trust in January 2019 as Principal of Charles Read Academy and is now Executive Principal across two academies in Lincolnshire. She is experienced at all levels of leadership, has worked in single sex and co-educational academies and her success in driving achievement and improving schools has been recognised on many occasions by Ofsted. Sue has completed a master's degree in education, has her NPQH, was involved in the Talented Leaders programme with the Ambition Institute and more recently the Exemplary Leadership programme.
Sue is passionate about driving character and values through the vehicle of a House system. Her vision for a framework to enhance personal development was recognised this year when Charles Read Academy received the Character Kitemark, and recognition that, 'The school's House System is outstanding practice as a framework for delivering character education.' (Association of Character Education)
Jeanette TaylorVisiting Fellow: NPQLTD (Autumn 2022 cohort)
Jeanette has 30 years teaching experience across a variety of primary schools. She was literacy advisor for North Lincolnshire Local Authority. She works for the North Lincolnshire SCITT Partnership developing the central training programme for ITTs. Jeanette has an MA in Education research.
Virginie BarreVisiting Fellow: NPQLTD (Autumn 2022 cohort)
Virginie is a Trust-wide subject lead at DRET. She has an MA, an MFL PGCE and an NPQH. For 25 years, Virginie has taught Modern Languages in a range of schools, held the role of Deputy Head in a large school in London and played a role in the school being awarded two Outstanding ratings by Ofsted, and Teaching School status.
Amelia HoldcroftVisiting Fellow: NPQLT (Autumn 2022 cohort)
Amelia is a Teaching and Learning Lead at OFSTED-rated 'Outstanding' Greenfields Primary School and Nursery in Kettering. Amelia drives whole-school improvement in Teaching and Learning as well as supporting colleagues across the Trust.
Kerry MilliganVisiting Fellow: NPQLT (Autumn 2022 cohort)
Kerry is Assistant Principal at King Edward VI Academy in Spilsby. Her current role involves leading teaching and learning across the academy, line management of the different faculties and the role of ECT Induction Co-ordinator.
Jo McCluskieVisiting Fellow: NPQLL (Autumn 2022 cohort)
Joanne is Trust-wide subject lead at DRET and was previously a Trust Curriculum & Research Lead. A secondary English teacher for over 20 years, Joanne also worked with the Teacher Development Trust as an Expert Advisor for the new NPQs. After successfully implementing a Whole School Reading Scheme, she has consulted with a range of schools to support implementation in their context
Charlie WildVisiting Fellow: NPQLL (Autumn 2022 cohort)
Charlie is an experienced English teacher and literacy leader. He began his career as a primary class teacher. Charlie has a wealth of knowledge about the development of reading, writing and vocabulary across a wide range of ages. He also has several years of experience coaching and mentoring trainee teachers.