Meet the Hub Team

Katie Dallender

Director of Partnerships and Teaching School Hub

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I have been a teacher for over 15 years, teaching Religious Studies and leading a department. As a secondary school senior leader, I led staff development and CPD.  I have facilitated both the ECF and NPQs, and supported early career teachers through mentoring and Appropriate Body Quality Assurance for a number of years. 

I work across the Cranmer Education Trust and the partnership of schools to lead; support and quality assure all aspects of Continued Professional Development provided by the Teaching School Hub. I am passionate about ensuring teachers and leaders have access to evidence informed professional development that improves the quality of education, and life chances, for young people.

Jo Pearson

Early Career Framework Delivery Lead

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Meghann Kirkham

Early Career Framework Delivery Lead

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I am Director of Curriculum and Pedagogy for ITE at the Manchester Nexus SCITT and the Year 1 ECF Lead for East Manchester Teaching School Hub. I have been an English teacher since 2008 and been involved in middle and senior leadership ranging from Director of English and Literacy to leading the development of middle leaders. I have mentored Early Career Teachers across my career and more recently been involved in the recruitment, training, quality assurance and assessment of ITE trainee teachers. Additionally, I currently work across all the SCITT partnership schools in mentor development and facilitate on the NPQLTD. I have also been involved in the East Manchester Teaching School Hub Appropriate Body service, supporting induction tutors as a QA Lead.

Louise Astbury

National Professional Qualification Delivery Lead

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I am delighted to be working as a partner with East Manchester Teaching School Hub to co-ordinate and deliver the NPQ programmes. I have worked alongside colleagues from the hub for many years and our work represents a true partnership. My current roles as Director of Professional Development for The Pinnacle Learning Trust and Lead for our Associate Research School take me into all educational phases to work with teachers and leaders on developing their practice. I am passionate about using evidence-based approaches to support professional growth opportunities for school leaders.

Jo Conway

Appropriate Body Lead

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I am currently the Interim Director of the East Manchester Appropriate Body. My main role is to support all of our schools to ensure  our Early Career Teachers receive their statutory entitlements.

Prior to January 2022 I had been a Headteacher in Oldham for nearly twenty years. I have experience of working across schools in Oldham and Greater Manchester as a specialist Leader in Education. One of my core principles is to always give back to the profession.

I have done this throughout my career. As a Specialist Leader in Education I have supported Leaders at all levels across various schools in Greater Manchester.

I have worked with Aspirant Leaders and Mentored new Headteachers.

By supporting others at all levels whether they be at the start of their career or experienced leaders I gain as much myself from the experience as I believe I give to those I’m supporting.

I have facilitated training for Newly qualified Teachers and acted as an Induction Tutor and mentor for over 15 years. During this time, I have worked alongside Teachers and their mentors to help support them through the NQT process. I also have experience of working with ITT students and those as part of the School Direct programme and Teach First.

Rebekah Robinson

Relationship Manager

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I’m the Relationship Manager for East Manchester Teaching School Hub, responsible for building and maintaining relationships with stakeholders, ensuring stand-out customer service and the smooth running of operations.  Having spent the majority of my career in sales before moving to education, I’m committed to partnership and loyalty. Using a personalised, dependable and responsive approach to connect with Headteachers/ schools to support them with the Early Career Framework, Appropriate Body service, NPQ and CPD services.

Rachel Dean

Administration Assistant

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I am one of the Teaching School Hub Administration Assistants responsible for providing administrative support to the Early Career Framework (ECF) and National Profession Qualification (NPQ) programmes. Communicating effectively with participants and partners alike, whilst providing admin support for the Teaching School Hub Leadership Team.

After attending university and completing a teaching degree, I have gained over 8 years education and sales experience across a wide variety of industries and schools.

Shauna Lennon

Administration Assistant

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I am one of the Teaching School Hub Administration Assistants responsible for providing administrative support to the Early Career Framework (ECF) and National professional Qualification (NPQ) programmes. My role involves effectively communicating with participants and partners. It also involves providing effective admin support for the Teaching School Hub leadership team.

Following the completion of my Law degree, I gained experience within the legal sector for a year before pivoting into the education sector and joining the Hub.

East Manchester Teaching School Hub is proud to be part of the Cranmer Education Trust

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