Meet the ECF Team

Alex Hazzledine

ECF Facilitator

ITT/ECT Co-ordinator and a Teacher of MFL at Saddleworth School

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I am delighted to be an ECF facilitator this year and I look forward to working collaboratively with ECTs and mentors across East Manchester to improve the outcomes of our pupils, while supporting the development and well-being of colleagues.

I have always been passionate about ensuring a high-quality provision of CPD for teachers. Having started my career in Germany, teaching Business English at Deutsche Bank, Total and other corporations, I then moved on to work in South Korea for four years. During this time, I facilitated the inductions and various CPD for international teachers, while working closely alongside my Korean colleagues, and completed an MA in TESOL with a focus on Teacher Education.

Since returning to the UK, I have retrained as an MFL teacher and gone on to mentor a number of trainees and ECTs, as well as becoming the induction tutor at my school. It has been a pleasure to be involved with the implementation of the ECF and I am keen to help build upon the research-focused developments in teaching and learning practices.

Amanda Underhill

ECF Facilitator

Academy Effectiveness – Secondary Learning and Teaching Coach, at South Pennine Academies.

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My responsibilities include teaching and learning, bespoke training and coaching of teachers and leaders and MAT Professional Development coordinator.

I am also a facilitator for a range of Professional Development programmes including ECT training and NPQLTD through the East Manchester Teaching School Hub. 

Andy Barker

ECF Facilitator

Specialist Leader of Education for ITE/ECT Mentoring and Induction Tutor at Oldham Sixth Form College.

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My responsibilities include coordinating the induction of ECTs and supporting mentors both within the college and across Greater Manchester. 

Anna Twist

ECF Facilitator

Professional Mentor and ECT Lead at Newsome Academy, Huddersfield.

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Responsibilities include staff development, research leader, ITT provision and induction of ECTs.

Carrie Ball

ECF Facilitator

Specialist Leader of Education and CPL Lead for Kingfisher Special School and Halcyon Way.

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My responsibilities include coordinating, training, and supporting ITT and ECT’s and the design and delivery of CPL.

Charlotte Johnson

ECF Facilitator

AST at The Hathershaw College, Oldham.

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My responsibilities include teaching English, teaching and learning, and I am an ECT Induction Tutor.

Chris Green

ECF Facilitator

Acting Assistant Principal at Birstall Primary Academy, Birstall.

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I have been a primary school teacher for over twenty years and am still as excited about working with children and providing a quality first teaching experience as I was when I first qualified. I have been privileged to work in a variety of schools, in varied settings, across the primary age range included EYFS. I have held roles within SLT (including Deputy Head), been Key Stage Phase Leader and responsible for many different curriculum subject leader roles, throughout my career. These roles have enabled me to lead on whole school initiatives and provide appropriate CPD to colleagues. I have been a mentor for ITT student teachers and Newly Qualified Teachers and a mentor and school coordinator for the SCITT programme. These roles have been immensely fulfilling and it has been an honour to support those who are at the start of their school professions. Recently I have supported with the remote training of new mentors on the Expert Mentoring in Primary Education with the Oldham Teaching Alliance. This training has enabled mentors to facilitate a smooth confident delivery of the ECF framework in their schools.

Claire McCann

ECF Facilitator

KS2 lead and Curriculum Co-ordinator.

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I’m currently in my 19th year of teaching. I have experience in KS1, but most of my career has been spent in KS2 mainly in Year 6.  I have worked in two Salford primary schools and have mentored NQTs/ECTs in both for around 14 years.

I enjoy mentoring and gain lots from helping people to join our amazing profession.  I am also KS2 lead and curriculum co-ordinator at my current school and work closely with all staff and SLT to make our school the best it can be.

I am also currently a mentor to an ITT student and have been for the past 4 years.  Alongside this, I am also mentor and facilitator for the Early Career Framework. I took part in the pilot scheme last year as a mentor and so I am familiar with the program and the expectations of it.

I am looking forward to working closely with the East Manchester Hub this year and all of the ECTs in my cluster.

Emma Bezer

ECF Facilitator

Whole School Literacy Coordinator, ECT Mentor and History Teacher at the Blue Coat School, Oldham.

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My responsibilities include supporting and leading whole school Literacy CPD and working collaboratively with departments to develop Literacy instruction throughout the curriculum.

Emma Gorton

ECF Facilitator

Year 6 teacher, SENDCo, Senior Leader in Education for SEND and member of the Senior Leadership Team at South Failsworth Primary School, Oldham.

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I have led a SEND Hub supporting SENDCOs and school leaders to share practice, facilitate training opportunities and develop provision for pupils with SEND. I have also achieved the SENDIA Inclusion award for outstanding practice at Micklehurst All Saints CE Primary school. I have 20 years teaching experience throughout both Key Stage one and two and have a proven track record of outstanding teaching.
Throughout my career I have had extensive experience of coaching and supporting teaching students, NQT’s/ ECTs, teaching assistants, colleagues and teachers from other schools. As part of my SLE role, I have gained further experience of facilitating training and using my own experience and the EEF guidance to support and develop the teaching skills of others.
I am excited to join the East Manchester Teaching School Hub and look forward to working with the Early Career Teachers.

Emma Higgins

ECF Facilitator

Lead Teacher for ECT’s and Coaching at Marple Hall School.

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I have worked at all levels with new recruits to the profession from sitting on interview panels for PGCE, being a subject mentor, Professional mentor for ITT, jointly created our own NQT/RQT programme to now coordinating ECT’s at a whole school level working in partnership with EMTSH.

I have worked as a HOD and Asst Head to improve the outcomes for pupils and led whole school training sessions and currently lead on Coaching and jointly share the Induction Tutor role.

I really enjoy supporting teachers and leaders in the classroom, building on relationships, improving outcomes for students and developing staff individually through coaching. I have organised Teach meets for NQT’s and RQT’s.

Haili Hughes

ECF Facilitator

Senior Lecturer and mentoring lead at Sunderland University, Head of Education at IRIS Connect and author of ‘Mentoring in Schools’.

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Haili oversees the mentoring provision and training at the University of Sunderland, alongside her role researching, delivering and designing CPD at IRIS Connect. She has written three education books and speaks at schools, colleges and universities all over the country as a consultant. She is in her fourth year of her PhD and facilitates the NPQLTD in her spare time.

Hollie Lawless

ECF Facilitator

Assistant Principal and Director of Teaching and Learning at Carlinghow Academy.

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My responsibilities include supporting and leading on curriculum implementation and development and teacher training.

I have taught across both key stages and am keen to share my passion of teaching and education with the ECTs and mentors within the East Manchester Teaching School Hub.

Jenni Cryer

ECF Facilitator

Assistant Principal and Director of Teaching and Learning at Carlinghow Academy.

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Jenni is the Director of Professional Learning for Kingfisher Learning Trust with responsibility for pedagogy and staff development.
I have a wide range of experience, teaching and leading in both mainstream and special schools and am passionate about providing excellence in education for all learners. I believe collaborative working enables us to achieve the highest standards in teaching and learning. I am a keen advocate of mentoring and coaching and the use of research to inform practice, and have a particular interest in using coaching, research and the effective use of professional development to effect change. An experienced facilitator of adult learning, I regularly lead development sessions in schools across our trust and beyond for leaders, teachers and support staff.
I am a trained facilitator for SLE training, the Early Career Teacher Programme with UCL and the OTP/ITP, and an Evidence Lead in Education for the Oldham Research School.

Jennie Silby – Lewis

ECF Facilitator

English Teacher, Professional Mentor to ITTs and ECT Induction Tutor at North Chadderton School

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Combining my love of literature with my love of facilitating young people has been an enjoyable and rewarding experience.  Having started teaching in a Stoke-on-Trent English classroom 24 years ago, I also relished the opportunity to work as a Pastoral Assistant to the Head of year in my early career.  Moving to High Wycombe 4 years later, provided the opportunity to continue teaching English as the whole-school Literacy Coordinator and the Second in English.  It was here that I began my career as a Subject Mentor to trainee teachers.  After relocating to the North West some 17 years ago, I was lucky to join the team at my current school, North Chadderton School.  As well as teaching English, I enjoy working with our trainee teachers and ECTs in my role as Professional Mentor and Induction Tutor.  I am a big fan of the ECF and value the input it provides the early career teachers of today.  Working with EMTH as a Facilitator has only consolidated my belief in the importance of the ECF.  As I work closely with my Cluster group and the ECTs in my own school, it is clear to see how they are developing themselves towards becoming fantastic practitioners because of the guidance provided by their mentors and the UCL programme.  If I’m not in the classroom, you might find me reading a book, walking the hills, on a yoga mat or travelling the world with my family.

Jennifer Ruddock

ECF Facilitator

Deputy Headteacher at Corrie Primary and Nursery School.

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I have been teaching for 18 years, 7 years in Oldham and the rest in Tameside.  I have been a facilitator for the Maths Hub and other national initiatives.  I believe that coaching, mentoring and facilitating others enables me to develop not only other professional’s knowledge but to continue to develop my own knowledge and expertise.   

I have had significant impact in all key stages and levels of leadership.  I have implemented strategic initiatives to bring about change in order to drive standards higher.  I have taught and led in schools that are Requires Improvement and Good ratings by OFSTED.  

Throughout my career, I have taught across the full primary range, including nursery, enabling me to develop my skills and formulate my teaching philosophy and values.  Having taught and led in schools that are ranked in the most deprived neighbourhoods in the country; I create a clear and ambitious vision to provide high quality, inclusive education for all.   I do this through shared values, ethos, policies and modelling good practice.  I am driven to raising standards and constantly finding new ways to improve outcomes for all children. 

Jo Conway

ECF Facilitator

Headteacher and Appropriate Body Lead for East Manchester Teaching School Hub.

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I have 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 Newly Qualified 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.

Julie Whittaker

ECF Facilitator

Headteacher at Summerseat Methodist Primary School, Bury. Master’s degree in Educational research in action and hold the NASENCO award.

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My responsibilities include coordinating the induction of ECTs and supporting mentors both within the school and across the Epworth Education Trust. Specialism in curriculum, English, SEND and Early Years.

Leanne Ashton

ECF Facilitator

Deputy Head and SENCO at Millbrook Primary School.

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My name is Leanne Ashton and I have been in education for 16 years. As part of my own development pathway I have undertaken Stepping into Headship, NPQH and NaSENCo qualifications and currently hold the role of deputy headteacher at Millbrook Primary School which is based in Tameside. My role has varied over my career including being a mentor for many different pathways that individuals have embarked on including masters in education students and I am very much looking forward to being a facilitator for ECF mentors.

Liz O’Shaughnessy

ECF Facilitator

Executive Director for Training and Development across New Bridge Multi Academy Trust, Oldham.

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I am the Executive Director for Training and Development across New Bridge Multi Academy Trust Oldham. I previously taught in Primary Schools across Trafford Local Authority before moving to Tameside to lead the everyone [email protected] Teaching School Alliance. I continue to lead the School Direct Partnership and up until July 2021, the Appropriate Body. I have worked alongside Leaders across all phases of Education. More recently facilitating Early Career Teacher and Mentor development sessions as part of the Early Roll out of the Early Career Framework in partnership with UCL Institute of Education and the Oldham Research School.

Maxine Mrozinski

ECF Facilitator

Head of Drama and Professional Mentor at Altrincham College.

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I am excited to be taking on the role as ECT Facilitator, and, I am looking forward to inspiring others to invest in a rewarding career in education to ensure that the ‘Golden Thread’ of teacher development is guided and led by experts.
As an experienced middle leader of both curriculum and pastoral, I have coached and mentored colleagues for over fifteen years and have been an intrinsic part of my school’s CPDL programme.
I also deliver the ITT program and have worked closely with many teaching schools and universities across Greater Manchester.
In 2019, I specialised in guiding ECTS through an extremely challenging time, ensuring that they were able to overcome any hurdles presented by the pandemic. This supportive and holistic approach for ECTs enabled the foundations for all students to receive quality first teaching. Something I am extremely passionate about.

Maria Beswick

ECF Facilitator

I am a course leader for AS and A level English Literature.

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I have been teaching, supporting teacher development and mentoring and coaching in Greater Manchester and Oldham for fifteen years.

I am also a Course Leader for AS and A Level English Literature. In my capacity as an AST, ELE and SLE, I work with a range of teachers and senior leaders across Oldham and Tameside to support the implementation of evidence-informed practice to improve teaching and learning.

Marie Fishwick

ECF Facilitator

Vice Principal and Director of Inclusion at Carlinghow Academy

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I have been teaching for 17 years and throughout that time have taught in all year groups. I have worked in Bradford ,Halifax and now in Kirklees. During my time in teaching, I have had many different roles and completed my SENDco qualification 3 years ago. I have always been very fortunate to have been given some fantastic opportunities including writing and adapting schools’ curriculums, supporting other schools with their own development and have worked as a mentor and lead mentor for NQT’s and now ECT’s.

I have a real passion of inclusion and believe that all children deserve the best, I like to keep myself up to date with new developments and take every opportunity that comes my way. I am really looking forward to meeting to you all and to supporting you in any way that I can.

Meghann Kirkham

ECF Facilitator

Director of Curriculum and Pedagogy at Manchester Nexus SCITT

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My responsibilities include curriculum design and implementation, mentor training and development, and quality assurance across the programme.

Neil Venables-Greaves 

ECF Facilitator

Head of Geography at Blue Coat School and an SLE working with schools across Oldham and Tameside 

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I am keen to use my expertise as a head of department to facilitate the vitally important early years of a teacher’s career. In my time at Blue Coat, as well as my previous roles at Hathershaw College and Hazel Grove High School, I have mentored both ECTs and trainees, many of whom have experienced career development at very early stages. In the past three years I have overseen the development of a new KS3 curriculum, reshaped and re-sequenced the curriculums at KS4 and KS5 as well as coordinating the department’s implementation of whole-school pedagogy priorities. In addition to my daily role I also jointly lead the geography network within the East Manchester Teaching Hub area. This his allowed to me to foster experience from across the area as well as to work collaboratively with colleagues on items such as assessment reform and building a powerful curriculum. In the coming year I will be collaborating with the Brian Clarke Church of England Academy on establishing and embedding their geography curriculum, as well as welcoming a new ECT to my own department. 

Nicola Barthorpe

ECF Facilitator

ECF lead tutor, ITE Lead and Head of Humanities at Ashton Sixth Form College.

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I am passionate about supporting teachers at all stages in their careers. It is my belief that excellent teachers who feel supported in their own practice will encourage learners within their care to thrive. As an experienced middle leader and member of the Teaching and Learning team, I have supported improvements in teaching and learning at departmental level as well as with individual colleagues. I regularly deliver training sessions for teachers at whole college level, university sessions for teachers as well as teacher conferences for a national training provider. Collaborative working sits at the heart of my work, encouraging and supporting those around me to be outstanding practitioners.

Nicola Jablonski

ECF Facilitator

Teaching and Learning Lead for Primary Curriculum at South Pennine Academies

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My responsibilities include teaching and learning, developing curriculum, supporting subjects and coordination within Primary Schools. I have held both Middle and Senior Leadership roles within Primary Academies. I have been responsible for developing a bespoke curriculum within ITT. I am a facilitator and tutor for Huddersfield Horizon SCITT, and work within the Leadership Team. 

I am keen to inspire, support and challenge others to develop themselves within the fulfilling and wonderful vocation of teaching and learning. 

Rachel Parker

ECF Facilitator

ITT Professional Mentor, ECT Induction Tutor and Lead Practitioner at Audenshaw School.

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I am responsible for developing and delivering Audenshaw’s training and support programmes for our PGCE trainees and our ECTs. I also work to support staff throughout the school on our coaching programme.

Richard Coates

ECF Facilitator

Vice Principal Beaumont Primary Academy Huddersfield.

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My responsibilities include teaching and learning; curriculum development; assessment and early career teachers.

Ruth Simpson

ECF Facilitator

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All young people deserve the best education available, and I firmly believe that high quality teaching is central to achieving excellent results for all. I am passionate about high quality teaching and learning and know that collaboration and continuous CPD belongs at the heart of teacher development at all stages. As teachers, we are the best resource available and it our knowledge and expertise as well as our commitment to the futures of all young people that matters most.
During my career, as well as being an English teacher at all key stages, I have been both a Head of Year and a Head of Department, and most recently 2i/c in English helping to manage a core department as well as strategically improving outcomes at all key stages. I have extensive experience in mentoring trainee teachers and ECTs and have delivered the ITE curriculum for English for the last five years. I am committed to building supportive and collaborative relationships to help all teachers grow, develop and build confidence in becoming the best classroom practitioner possible to ensure excellent outcomes for all young people.

Sarah Chandler

ECF Facilitator

Deputy Principal at Werneth Primary School, Oldham.

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My responsibilities include, Reading, Personal Development, Teaching and Learning, and Assessment. Experience of leading both KS1 and KS2 as well as leading on Mathematics, including School to School support.

Sue Leech

ECF Facilitator

Year 6 teacher and Literacy lead.

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I am an experienced CPD provider, delivering training sessions to senior leaders, teachers, TAs and student teachers in colleges and schools across the local authority.

As an ECT facilitator, I am motivated by the need to develop teachers new to the profession; support them to link research to practice and enhance their pedagogy.

I strongly believe that providing a foundation of solid, research-based evidence for Early Career Teachers, will enable them to embed good practice and springboard their career.

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