Meet the Hub team

Katie Dallender

Strategic Director of Teacher Training and Development 

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I lead Manchester Nexus SCITT and the East Manchester Teaching Hub. I have been a Religious Studies teacher since 2007 and have been fortunate to work in two brilliant schools in Greater Manchester. I work across the partnership of schools to lead, support and quality assure all aspects of Initial Teacher Training and Continued Professional Development, provided by the SCITT and Teaching School Hub, for teachers throughout their careers.

Katerina Schlindwein

Interim Strategic Director

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Throughout my career, as a maths teacher and Head of Maths, I have been privileged to work with teachers during their training year and in their early careers, designing and delivering training and induction programmes. I am currently Head of Altius Teacher Training and lead Induction Tutor at the Laurus Trust. As part of my role at Altius I led the Appropriate Body service, working with several schools on quality assurance.

Jo Pearson

Early Career Framework Delivery Lead

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Louise Astbury

NPQ 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.

Anna Buckley

Administration Assistant

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I am one of the administration assistants for the East Manchester Teaching School Hub, I am responsible for providing administrative support for the Appropriate Body Service, Early Career Framework and the NPQ programmes. I help with any queries and provide assistance to participants on all programmes as well as supporting the hub Director, Delivery Leads and Relationship Manager.

My background is within education and since graduating University I have had a variety of administration roles as well as experience in social media and marketing.

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.

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

Cranmer Education Trust is a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity. Company registration number: 07687709. Registered Office: Cranmer Education Trust, c/o The Blue Coat School, Egerton Street, Oldham OL1 3SQ