Meet our Team

Lee Haughton

ECF Facilitator

Secondary Partner Learning and Teaching Coach for South Pennine Academies.

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I have spent the majority of my career teaching English in various secondary contexts across North and East Manchester. During this time, I have held a number of middle leader and extended senior leadership roles, including leading a successful English department and developing Literacy and Oracy across the curriculum.

Over the past five years I have been a Senior Assistant Headteacher, responsible for Key Stage 4 outcomes, SEND and Closing the Gap between the achievement of disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils, as I believe that no child should miss out on the opportunity to achieve due to circumstances beyond their control.

Within my senior leader role, I have also ensured the support and development of newer teachers, which is something I am extremely passionate about.

I believe that classroom practitioners are the driving force of any school, and we should always ensure that they are supported in facilitating their practice, in order for it to be the best that it can be. This will do nothing but benefit all students .

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.

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.

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. 

Chris Webb

ECF Facilitator

Assistant Headteacher at The Blue Coat School, Oldham.

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My responsibilities include staff development, teaching and learning and I am the ECT Induction Tutor.

I was involved in the ECF pilot in 2020-21 and now facilitate some of the central training for ECTs and ECT mentors on behalf of the East Manchester Teaching Hub.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Alison Moverley

ECF Facilitator

Assistant Headteacher and Course Lead for The Manchester Nexus SCITT, based at The Blue Coat School, Oldham.

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I’ve been teaching MFL for a number of years now, in a variety of schools in Greater Manchester. 

Having always loved mentoring and teacher development, I now lead the Manchester Nexus SCITT, overseeing primary and secondary trainees during their ITT year. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Richard Pawson

ECF Facilitator

Consultant Principal Great Heights Academy Trust.

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Over the last 20 years I have navigated a successful career, accruing an extensive teaching, leadership and management portfolio working across primary and secondary phases in both the mainstream and SEND sectors, including a seven year tenure as Headteacher of Wood Bank Special School in Calderdale.  Currently I am working for the Great Heights Academy Trust as a Consultant Principal, overseeing West Vale Academy and also supporting Teamworks SCITT and Oldham Research School. 

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.

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.

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