Meet the team

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Stef De Giorgio

Stef is coordinator for Teach North East, School Direct programme. Stef is responsible for managing the administration of the course, and is heavily involved in the administration of the whole training year as well as the recruitment process. She will deal with queries concerning applications, school experience days, interviews, pre-course information and financial matters and support the team with the overall operational running of the training year.

Kiera Dixon

Kiera has worked in education since 2001 and has taught at Harton Academy since 2011. She currently acts as the ITT strategic lead for Teach North East and ECF induction tutor for Harton Academy. Kiera has worked with ITT students since 2004 in various roles working alongside Sunderland, Northumbria, Newcastle and Durham University. She has been heavily involved in the School Direct course offered at Harton Academy since 2014, working with both primary and secondary phase alliance schools and their student teachers.

Sophie Cassar

Sophie is part of the ITT team at Harton Academy and is the ITT Operational Lead. She has, for the past six years, been NQT Coordinator at Harton and is also one of the three Professional Tutors at the school. Across both of these roles, Sophie plans and delivers training, and supports trainees in-house, and across the alliance.

John Barraclough

John began his teaching career in 2010, and has taught at Harton Academy since 2014. He is currently one of our Professional Tutors, and has many years of experience working in teacher training.