Meet the team

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Stef De Giorgio – Coordinator

Stef is coordinator for Teach North East, School Lead Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) course. 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 – ITT Strategic Lead

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 Lead PGCE course offered at Harton Academy since 2014, working with both primary and secondary phase alliance schools and their student teachers.

Sophie Cassar – Professional Tutor

Sophie is part of the ITT team at Harton Academy, Professional Tutor and Subject Lead for Social and Cultural Studies. Sophie has over 7 years’ experience working in this field. Sophie plans and delivers training, and supports trainees in-house, and across the alliance.

John Barraclough – ITT Operational Lead

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