Support Directory

Alison Moore
Head of English

Name: Alison Moore

School: Park View School Chester le Street

Job Role: Head of English

Phase: Secondary

Email: a.moore101@durhamlearning.net

Specialisms: English

Designations: Specialist Leader of Education

Pen Portrait: I am currently Head of English at ‎Park View School, where I have taught for the past 9 years. I find my job very rewarding, as I delight in seeing staff and students exceed their goals. I consider myself to be a reflective practitioner and throughout my career I have always continued to develop my own knowledge and expertise. My role has provided me with the opportunity to learn from others; I believe it is a privilege to be invited into someone’s classroom and to share in staff development. One of the most rewarding experiences for me has been in developing a strong and cohesive English team; a team I am immensely proud of.

Andrea Agar
Lead Practitioner

Name: Andrea Agar

School: Harton Academy

Job Role: Lead Practitioner

Phase: Secondary

Email: AAgar@harton-tc.co.uk

Specialisms: Science

Designations: Lead Practitioner

Pen Portrait: To come

Claire Heslop
Subject Leader

Name: Claire Heslop

School: Park View School Chester le Street

Job Role: Subject Leader

Phase: Secondary

Email: claire.heslop@harton-tc.co.uk

Specialisms: Leadership and Management, Science, Sixth Form

Designations: Specialist Leader of Education

Pen Portrait: I have been in teaching for ten years, working previously in pharmaceuticals. I began at Stanley School, transferring to Park View to experience sixth form teaching. I have had leadership responsibility as Head of Year and Head of Biology /Second in Science and am currently Head of Science; a large and successful faculty. Through Leadership Pathways I implemented Guy Claxton’s Building Learning Power across sixth form teaching and in to Science practice. I have conducted learning reviews in many schools locally and regionally, assisting and advising on the transformation of teaching and learning. Most recently I worked alongside the science leadership team at Nunthorpe School under the “Gaining Ground” project and was designated SLE in January 2012. With an adventurous spirit, I led a team of thirty one sixth form biologists and staff in 2012 on a Honduras expedition conducting environmental survey work.

Darren McBain
Subject Leader

Name: Darren McBain

School: Southmoor Academy

Job Role: Subject Leader

Phase: Secondary

Email: darrenmcbain@hotmail.com

Specialisms: English, ITT

Designations: Specialist Leader of Education

Pen Portrait: During my career, I have made contributions in many different areas of teaching and learning. I have valuable experience in various, whole school, English and media studies based CPD sessions; this has enabled me to share outstanding practice with ITT students, with colleagues in my own schools and with colleagues from other institutions.

David Amos
Head of School

Name: David Amos

School: Harton Academy

Job Role: Head of School

Phase: Secondary

Email: damos@harton-tc.co.uk

Specialisms: ITT, Leadership and Management, MFL

Designations: SLE Accredited Trainer, Specialist Leader of Education

Pen Portrait: Having started my career at Harton, I returned in September 2010, where I am a deputy head teacher. I have supported two other schools during the last five years. In both of these schools, I supported the development of systems and processes to facilitate leadership and management. I started teaching in 1993; my subjects are French & German, although these past three years have seen me teaching GCSE English, as well as A Level French. I worked as MFL subject leader for around 12 years in three different schools, before becoming assistant head and later deputy head teacher of St Wilfrid's RC College, South Shields. Over recent years, I have developed schemes of work, performance management and staff INSET structures, as well as leading a neighbouring school to a successful Investors in People review. I have led many whole-school HR issues, SEF and SIP writing, and have also co-led Academy 360 through significant changes with Sir Ken Gibson. I am now back at Harton in a full-time capacity, and support the leadership of all facets of Teaching School, including the running of School Direct and the delivery of many aspects of School Direct training. I am also delivering SLE training to newly appointed SLEs within the Northeast of England.

Dawn Gill
Lead Practitioner

Name: Dawn Gill

School: Harton Academy

Job Role: Lead Practitioner

Phase: Secondary

Email: Dgill@harton-tc.co.uk

Specialisms: DT

Designations: Outstanding Facilitator, Specialist Leader of Education

Pen Portrait: To come

Gillian Cunningham
Deputy Headteacher

Name: Gillian Cunningham

School: Mortimer Primary School

Job Role: Deputy Headteacher

Phase: Primary

Email: gcunningham@mortimer-pri.s-tyneside.sch.uk

Specialisms: Leadership and Management, Mathematics

Designations: Specialist Leader of Education

Pen Portrait: I was appointed Deputy Head Teacher ay Mortimer Primary school in June 2103. Mortimer is an outstanding school, which in May 2014 was designated as a National Support School and a Teaching School. I have taught for 21 years and prior to my appointment as Deputy Head I was a subject leader for maths. I am very experienced in upper KS2 and KS2 SAT’s . I have I recently completed the Maths Specialist Teacher Programme and as a result of this have implemented and embedded across the school the use of rich tasks, which challenge pupils’ mathematical thinking and knowledge. I have also delivered workshops to parents providing ideas to support and promote maths with their children.

Gina Bardon
Lead Practitioner

Name: Gina Bardon

School: Harton Academy

Job Role: Lead Practitioner

Phase: Secondary

Email: GBardon@harton-tc.co.uk

Specialisms: Mathematics

Designations: Lead Practitioner

Pen Portrait: To come

Hayley Herbertson
Lead Practitioner

Name: Hayley Herbertson

School: Harton Academy

Job Role: Lead Practitioner

Phase: Secondary

Email: HHerbertson@harton-tc.co.uk

Specialisms: Geography, Leadership and Management

Designations: Lead Practitioner, SLE Accredited Trainer, Specialist Leader of Education

Pen Portrait: I have been a teacher of Geography since 2004, was appointed as an AST in 2010 and an SLE in 2012. As an AST I have disseminated good practice, delivered whole school INSET and worked successfully with staff of varying levels of experience and from curriculum areas, within my own school, in schools across South Tyneside and in collaboration with the Teaching and Learning lead from Alternative Education. I have supported many subject leaders, focusing on teaching and learning, assessment, resource development, coaching and staff development. I have conducted lesson observations, mentoring sessions as well as joint planning sessions. I currently act as a facilitator for the Improving Teacher Programme, facilitate both the Core and Enrichment SLE training for newly appointed SLEs as well as deliver training to ITTs from across the Teaching School Alliance. I am the Lead for Research and Development and as part of this role I have worked with the National College and staff from schools across the Alliance investigating how Joint Practice Development (JPD) can improve teaching practice and learning outcomes for students.

Heidi Holyome
Lead Practitioner

Name: Heidi Holyome

School: Harton Academy

Job Role: Lead Practitioner

Phase: Secondary

Email: HHolyholyome@harton-tc.co.uk

Specialisms: Mathematics

Designations: Lead Practitioner

Pen Portrait: To come

Jason Holt
English Lead

Name: Jason Holt

School: Boldon School

Job Role: English Lead

Phase: Secondary

Email: Jason.Holt@boldonschool.org.uk

Specialisms: Behaviour and Safety, English

Designations: Outstanding Facilitator, Specialist Leader of Education

Pen Portrait: To come

Joanne Quinn
Information, Systems and Logistics Manager

Name: Joanne Quinn

School: Harton Academy

Job Role: Information, Systems and Logistics Manager

Phase: Secondary

Email: JQuinn@harton-tc.co.uk

Specialisms: Business Management

Designations: Specialist Leader of Education

Pen Portrait: I have worked for South Tyneside Local Authority for 18 years, firstly at Boldon School and then Harton Technology College. I am an associate member of staff and over the years I have thoroughly enjoyed my professional journey, enhancing my knowledge and skills, always with the same vision of how best to support the school, how to identify and implement new strategies in order to support Senior Leaders, teachers and associate staff in every area of school life. My area of expertise is problem solving, finding suitable and effective solutions, ensuring efficient time management – for example: best use of MIS (SIMS), corporate detailed main school calendar, streamline correspondence, cover and room displacements, associate staff management.

Joanne Thorton
Lead Practitioner

Name: Joanne Thorton

School: Jarrow School

Job Role: Lead Practitioner

Phase: Secondary

Email: jthornton@jarrowschool.com

Specialisms: ITT, Mathematics

Designations: Specialist Leader of Education

Pen Portrait: I have worked at Jarrow School for the last seven years and in that time have played a significant part in shaping the school’s ethos, vision and practice with regards to teaching and learning. From leading whole school initiatives linked directly to staff joint planning and peer observations, to leading whole school work scrutinises, I have developed an understanding of how to implement and more importantly sustain outstanding practice. I have a very open door policy where staff can and do come and ask for advice on lesson planning, marking or even pupil relationships as I believe all three to be key in delivering a first class provision in the classroom and across the school. Having worked in a variety of schools from inner city to semi-rural, and many that have been placed in special measures, and requires improvement, I appreciate the difficulty that schools and colleagues face and having supported other schools am always conscious of the stresses that colleagues are under

Jonathan Heath
Deputy Headteacher

Name: Jonathan Heath

School: High Tunstall College of Science

Job Role: Deputy Headteacher

Phase: Secondary

Email: jheath@hightunstall.hartlepool.sch.uk

Specialisms: English, Leadership and Management

Designations: Specialist Leader of Education

Pen Portrait: I am currently Deputy Headteacher at High Tunstall College of Science and have a wide range of responsibilities, but specialise in curriculum design, teaching and learning, CPD and leadership development. High Tunstall has seen a dramatic improvement in the quality of provision over the past few years and much of this is down to the emergence of a highly effective middle leadership team that I have supported through the development of systems around quality assurance, self-evaluation and performance management. Prior to my current post I was assistant Headteacher at Mortimer Community College in South Shields and before this was Head of English at Ponteland High School. Overall I have been teaching English for 17 years and still find this element of my job the most rewarding. School to school support is central to improvement and I have been lucky enough to be involved in this as an SLE, but also more recently I was seconded as Interim Executive Headteacher at James Calvert Spence College in Northumberland to oversee the transition to new leadership and put in place systems and practices to help the federation move forward. School improvement is also driven by quality CPD and as well as overseeing the programme at HTCS I arrange training across phases for our partnership and other schools and in addition to this I am currently delivering the NPQSL programme. My belief is that every child has the opportunities and support they need to succeed and that this is best achieved through quality teaching, quality curriculum and quality leadership.

Julie Grant
Literacy Coordinator

Name: Julie Grant

School: Mortimer Primary School

Job Role: Literacy Coordinator

Phase: Primary

Email: jgrant@mortimer-pri.s-tyneside.sch.uk

Specialisms: English

Designations: Specialist Leader of Education

Pen Portrait: I have been a primary teacher for 26 years, 15 of those years as English co-ordinator at Mortimer Primary School and an SLE since 2014. I have taught from Years 2 to 6 with a great deal of experience moderating writing as well as co-ordinating Y2 assessments. I have been involved in supporting teachers who are new English co-ordinators as well as those new to Year 2. In more recent years I have provided training for teaching students.

Julie Louhi
Physics Coordinator

Name: Julie Louhi

School: Harton Academy

Job Role: Physics Coordinator

Phase: Secondary

Email: Jlouhi@harton-tc.co.uk

Specialisms: Science

Designations: Specialist Leader of Education

Pen Portrait: I am a Physics and Science teacher at Harton with 20 years’ experience in the classroom.  During this time I have been Head of Science, Head of Maths and responsible for Numeracy across the curriculum.  I have delivered whole school training, mentored NQTs and been PGCE professional tutor.  I’m an advocate of proactive, creative and pupil focused learning, believing strongly in the link positive behaviour management strategies and progress of students as demonstrated within my own practise. Knowing where a department and a child are at on their learning journey is the key to progression.  As head of department I developed clear and concise tracking systems and introduced a system of coaching and peer support, along with specific strategies. 

Justin Peel
Deputy Head Teacher

Name: Justin Peel

School: Harton Academy

Job Role: Deputy Head Teacher

Phase: Secondary

Email: JPeel@harton-tc.co.uk

Specialisms: Leadership and Management, Science

Designations: Lead Practitioner, SLE Accredited Trainer, Specialist Leader of Education

Pen Portrait: After completing A-levels in Chemistry, Mathematics and Computers I studied Chemistry at the University of Teesside, whilst working at ICI. I completed a year of research at Nottingham University then completed a post graduate certificate in teaching science and physical education, at Newcastle University. My first teaching post was at Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham, where I achieved Deputy Head of Sixth Form and Head of Chemistry. In 2003 I moved, as Head of Science, to a Sunderland school where I became Deputy Head. I joined Harton Technology College in September 2010 and as an Advanced Skills Teacher have carried out considerable outreach work at a South Tyneside School and was designated an SLE in January 2012

Keira Dixon
ITT Strategic Lead

Name: Keira Dixon

School: Harton Academy

Job Role: ITT Strategic Lead

Phase: Secondary

Email: KDixon@harton-tc.co.uk

Specialisms: ITT

Designations: Specialist Leader of Education

Pen Portrait: To come

Laura Leadley
Lead Practitioner

Name: Laura Leadley

School: Grindon Hall

Job Role: Lead Practitioner

Phase: Secondary

Email: To come

Specialisms: MFL

Designations: Lead Practitioner, Specialist Leader of Education

Pen Portrait: I am a Lead Practitioner in MFL, with French as my specialist subject. I also teach Spanish at Key Stage 3. My focus is on enthusing, inspiring and motivating learners; exploring ways in which teaching and learning techniques impact on progress. I have delivered inset on a range of teaching and learning foci to colleagues both school and LA-wide. I am heavily involved in teacher training this year, writing and delivering training programmes for trainee teachers of MFL, as well as working alongside SLE colleagues on the planning and delivery of generic teaching and learning training days.

Liam Rochford
Leader in Science;extended Smt

Name: Liam Rochford

School: Jarrow School

Job Role: Leader in Science;extended Smt

Phase: Secondary

Email: lrochford@jarrowschool.com

Specialisms: Science

Designations: Specialist Leader of Education

Pen Portrait: It has been my privilege to work at Jarrow School since January 2008; initially as second in the science department before progressing to Leader of Science and most recently  a member of the extended SMT. As part of the extended SMT I have responsibility for baseline assessment, target setting and QA of all BTEC courses running within the school. In my role as leader of science I have overseen a significant improvement across all areas of the department gaining recognition from Ofsted who recently reported achievement in science to be outstanding. I have supported other subject leaders both within and outside of Jarrow School in implementing effective monitoring and evaluation systems and intervention strategies as tools to drive improvement within their own department.

Lori Gilleece
Head of Maths

Name: Lori Gilleece

School: Jarrow School

Job Role: Head of Maths

Phase: Secondary

Email: lgilleece@jarrowschool.com

Specialisms: Mathematics

Designations: Specialist Leader of Education

Pen Portrait: I began my teaching career as an NQT in 2002, at Harton Technology College. After 5 years I moved schools to become a 2nd in department and then again to Jarrow School in 2010, where I became Mathematics subject leader. Since joining Jarrow the maths A*-C results have risen from 47% to over 75% and those students making expected progress has risen to 80%. I believe that this is largely due to effective intervention, tracking and monitoring. I have helped a number of subject leaders, both internally and externally, with focussed intervention strategies. I have also helped to implement effective and efficient assessment and QA systems. In 2012 I became part of the extended senior leadership team with responsibilities that include whole school data analysis including RAISEonline, SISRAonline and more recently SISRA analytics. I am also responsible for timetabling and the monitoring of Pupil Premium students. I was designated as an SLE in December 2012.

Lynn Culkin
Director of Harton Teaching School

Name: Lynn Culkin

School: Harton Academy

Job Role: Director of Harton Teaching School

Email: Lculkin@harton-tc.co.uk

Specialisms: School Business Manager, Teaching School

Designations: Specialist Leader of Education

Pen Portrait: After a career in business and finance spanning 21 years I joined the education sector in 2000. As Director of Teaching School at Harton Technology College I have led on the development of the Teaching School and our Alliance since designation in 2011. Part of the first ever cohort of Teaching Schools, I have been Involved since inception and have developed new and innovative working practices for governance, alliance building, training facilitation, SLE recruitment training and deployment, ITT recruitment, financial management, recording and reporting, monitoring and evaluation and quality assurance to achieve our Big 6 responsibilities and key performance indicators. As a driver of the North East Teaching School Network, I am passionate about the Teaching School initiative and system leadership and its key and invaluable role in trying to secure a truly school led school improving education system.

Lynne Swan
Lead Practitioner

Name: Lynne Swan

School: Harton Academy

Job Role: Lead Practitioner

Phase: Secondary

Email: LSwan@harton-tc.co.uk

Specialisms: English

Designations: Lead Practitioner, Outstanding Facilitator, Specialist Leader of Education

Pen Portrait: I have been teaching for twenty six years, eighteen of them at Harton Technology College. I was Head of English for ten years, before becoming an AST. In this role, I have worked with a number of schools and with students from the age of nine to sixteen to promote the development of teaching and learning. As well as being appointed as an SLE I have recently been accredited as an Outstanding Facilitator by the National College and will be delivering the Improving Teacher Programme to colleagues in the North East.

Michael Stevenson
Lead Practitioner

Name: Michael Stevenson

School: Harton Academy

Job Role: Lead Practitioner

Phase: Secondary

Email: MStevenson@harton-tc.co.uk

Specialisms: Mathematics

Designations: Lead Practitioner, Specialist Leader of Education

Pen Portrait: I began my teaching career as an NQT in 1994, at Harton Technology College. I quickly established myself as a key member of the department who could be relied upon to produce excellent results. I have held a number of positions of responsibility including both the NQT and ITT Induction tutor; a role which I was involved in for 8 years. In June 2010 I became an AST and in November 2013 qualified as an SLE in Mathematics.  I have been involved in outreach work at Jarrow School, Mortimer School and more recently at Academy 360. This outreach work has involved working with targeted intervention groups of year 11 students to help them reach their target grades. I have also been helping with the professional development of young and inexperienced teachers. I have team taught with NQT’s and non-specialists with the main focus being on the planning and delivery of effective Maths lessons.

Norman Tait
Maths;ICT and MFL Coordinator

Name: Norman Tait

School: Valley View Primary School

Job Role: Maths;ICT and MFL Coordinator

Phase: Primary

Email: ntait@valleyview.s-tyneside.sch.uk

Specialisms: Mathematics

Designations: Specialist Leader of Education

Pen Portrait: I have taught in a variety of settings, both in mainstream and special education. I have worked as an SSAT Lead Practitioner (ICT) and have done ‘school2school’ and ‘peer2peer’ support in a number of schools over several years. I am currently employed teaching Year 6 in Valley View Primary School.   I have had a significant role in helping to shape the school’s vision and practice in respect of teaching and learning, setting high expectations for pupils and myself. I have acted as a mentor and have modelled pedagogy as well as leading whole school initiatives and leading change.As a classroom practitioner I am very aware of the stresses teachers face every day and this drives me to try to be a supportive and approachable source of help and advice. Colleagues feel able to ask me for advice in subject content, teaching and relationships with pupils. I feel most able to support colleagues in the Primary Phase with Maths, History, Teaching and Learning and the use of ICT across the curriculum including the use of new mobile technologies.

Peter Lawson
Lead Practitioner;extended SMT

Name: Peter Lawson

School: Jarrow School

Job Role: Lead Practitioner;extended SMT

Phase: Secondary

Email: plawson@jarrowschool.com

Specialisms: Science

Designations: Specialist Leader of Education

Pen Portrait: I started teaching science in Jarrow in 2001. I enjoyed a pastoral role as a deputy head of year during my early career, before moving on to become  Acting Head of Department. I became an AST in 2007 and I have been part of Jarrow School’s extended SMT since 2012. I have a great deal of experience in improving whole-school teaching and learning and have mentored numerous ITT students, NQT’s and experienced teaching staff in need of support. I feel I have played an integral role in the continuing success of Jarrow School; seeing it greatly improve to become a school with many outstanding features. In my current role I coordinate the implementation of successful whole-school intervention strategies and fully support all members of the science department to maintain our high levels of attainment.

Rachael Green
Assistant Subject Leader & Lead Practitioner

Name: Rachael Green

School: Harton Academy

Job Role: Assistant Subject Leader & Lead Practitioner

Phase: Secondary

Email: RGreen@harton-tc.co.uk

Specialisms: Science

Designations: Lead Practitioner

Pen Portrait: To come

Rob Adams
Deputy Headteacher

Name: Rob Adams

School: Cragside Primary School

Job Role: Deputy Headteacher

Phase: Primary

Email: Rob.Adams@harton-tc.co.uk

Specialisms: Mathematics, SLT, Teaching

Designations: Specialist Leader of Education

Pen Portrait: To come

Sara Grainger
Subject Leader

Name: Sara Grainger

School: Harton Academy

Job Role: Subject Leader

Phase: Secondary

Email: Sgrainger@harton-tc.co.uk

Specialisms: Mathematics

Designations: Specialist Leader of Education

Pen Portrait: To come

Sir Ken Gibson
Executive Head Teacher/CEO

Name: Sir Ken Gibson

School: Harton Academy

Job Role: Executive Head Teacher/CEO

Phase: Secondary

Email: headteacher@harton-tc.co.uk

Specialisms: Mathematics, SLT, Teaching

Designations: National Leader of Education

Pen Portrait: To come

Sophie Biais
Subject Leader

Name: Sophie Biais

School: Jarrow School

Job Role: Subject Leader

Phase: Secondary

Email: sbiais@jarrowschool.com

Specialisms: MFL

Designations: Specialist Leader of Education

Pen Portrait: I have attended local network meetings where I participated in organising focus groups on sharing and leading ‘Outstanding’ practice. Supporting new and existing leaders of English and Media Studies has been a key aspect of my role as AST. This typically involves providing support with schemes of learning, progress, classroom management and learning resources.

Stephen Pickersgill
Other Leadership Member

Name: Stephen Pickersgill

School: Mortimer Community College

Job Role: Other Leadership Member

Phase: Secondary

Email: spickersgill@mortimercommunitycollege.co.uk

Specialisms: Leadership and Management, PE

Designations: Specialist Leader of Education

Pen Portrait: I have been teaching since 2003 and I am currently Assistant Head teacher at Mortimer Community College and teach PE. I am responsible for assessment and teaching across the school and oversee the Teaching and Learning Development Programme (TLDP) which I devised. I also lead the departments of English, MFL, Art, Dance, Drama, Music and PE. In my role as PE LIG co-ordinate I have had an opportunity to work with all schools across South Tyneside developing teaching and learning in PE. The developments in teaching and learning have been supported by the organisation of appropriate CPD. I was designated an SLE in January 2012

Wendy Pattison
Business Director

Name: Wendy Pattison

School: Framwellgate School Durham

Job Role: Business Director

Phase: Secondary

Email: Pattison.W@sunderlandlearning.net

Specialisms: Financial Management, School Business Management

Designations: Specialist Leader of Education

Pen Portrait: I am currently the Business Director at Framwellgate School Durham, and was previously Business Manager at Sandhill View School in Sunderland. I previously managed a team of finance liaison officers for Sunderland City Council, supporting financial management in 118 maintained schools. My personal caseload included schools in difficulties. I have worked very closely supporting head teachers, governing bodies and school based finance staff across all sectors. Being a senior leader in a school environment since 2009 has broadened my overall knowledge, and enriched my skill base, providing me with the expertise needed to be an S.L.E. in the area of financial management. I have also been fortunate enough to work in both a maintained school, and now academy which allows me to offer support throughout the sector.

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