Meet our Team

NPQ Delivery Lead

Louise Astbury

NPQ Delivery Lead

Louise Astbury is the Pinnacle Learning Trust Director of Professional Development


Facilitators


NPQ Headship


Drew Duncan

NPQ Headship

Drew Duncan Executive Headteacher: Mossley Hollins High School and Droylsden Academy, Tameside. National Leader in Education (NLE).

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Since 2008, I have been a Leadership Coach to aspiring Headteachers in the North West, many of whom are now in substantive posts as Headteachers and Principals. I have also forged a partnership with some of the strongest schools in the United Kingdom to support the launch of a new national teacher and leadership training organisation, as part of the North West Campus.  I was a trainer and coach on the national Future Leaders’ programme for 6 years.

Between 2002 and 2015, I was the Headteacher at Mossley Hollins High School in Tameside, Greater Manchester which was the top similar school in England for Pupil Progress and Achievement in 2014. The school was rated Outstanding by Ofsted on two successive occasions and now leads an Alliance of school partners to support other schools and the training of teachers and leaders within the new East Manchester Teaching Hub.

As the Chair of two primary partnership groups, I work with the primary schools of Mossley, Carrbrook and Droylsden and their communities to help to secure strong curriculum continuity and highly effective educational and extra-curricular provision for pupils aged 3-16.

I am currently the Executive Headteacher of Mossley Hollins High School and Droylsden Academy, leading with the Headteachers and Chairs of Governors in each school.  I will soon be CEO of our MAT:  the Tame River Educational Trust. The collaboration between both schools to implement best practice has enabled one school to remain outstanding and the other has moved quickly from the Ofsted Category of Serious Weaknesses to Good in each educational category, and overall. In addition to my role as a school leader as an NLE I have provided support and coaching on leadership and school improvement in a number of North West Schools.

Phil Wilson

NPQ Headship

Phil Wilson Headteacher Droylesden High School, Tameside

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Phil Wilson has served as Headteacher at Droylsden Academy since 2015. In this time the school has moved from the Ofsted category of ‘Serious Weaknesses’ to a 2017 judgement of ‘Good’ in each educational category, and overall. Droylsden Academy is currently in a soft federation with Mossley Hollins High School. Phil is also the Chair of a primary partnership group (Droylsden Schools’ Partnership) which allows cross-phase work with 5 partner primary schools to help secure strong educational and extra-curricular provision for pupils aged 4-16 years.

Prior to Headship, and following completion of the nationally accredited Future Leaders Programme, Phil held a number of senior leadership positions in different schools across the North West. Phil has visited some of the very best state and independent schools in this country and the United States to research outstanding teaching and learning, leadership and school culture.

Helen Rowland

NPQ Headship

Chief Executive Officer of Focus-Trust.

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A former primary headteacher, Helen has extensive experience as a system leader and a proven track record of securing sustainable improvement in different schools through developing others. Helen works with leaders and teams in developing and improving leadership and teaching for positive impact on children by prioritizing staff professional development, pedagogy and curriculum. Helen has created a culture of ‘collective efficacy’ in Focus-Trust where everyone shares a commitment to making a difference for all children, colleagues and communities. Working in genuine partnership with schools, Helen empowers everyone to live out the Trust’s values ‘Care, Dare, Fair, Share’, uphold the commitment ‘Learning together, making the difference’ and achieve the vision ‘Great schools at the heart of our communities.’

Stephanie Bateman

NPQ Headship

Headteacher of Fairfield High School for Girls in Tameside

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I started at the school in September 2013 as the sole Deputy for Curriculum, Standards of Achievement and Attainment, and Quality Assurance procedures. Over my career I have taught in five different schools, including faith and no faith schools, across three different authorities.

Having achieved an OFSTED outstanding judgement in 2013, the school continues to excel in terms of key performance indicators both progress related and attainment related. The school was awarded IQM Flagship status in 2016 and every year since as result of outstanding inclusion practices, SEND and personal development.

From 2004 to 2013 I was the Assistant Head teacher at Saddleworth School, Oldham with responsibility for strategic priorities: achievement, curriculum, assessment and specialism.

I have taught examination classes for 33 years and I still teach as a Head teacher. I started my career as a MFL teacher at The Blue Coat School, Oldham in 1989.


NPQ Senior Leadership

Angela Wood

NPQ Senior Leadership

Angela Wood is Vice Principal Droylesden Academy, Tameside

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I have been working at Droylsden Academy and its predecessor school, Droylsden High School for Girls, since 2002 and I have been Deputy Headteacher at Droylsden Academy for the last five years.  I  completed A-Levels in Maths, Law and History before achieving a BA(Hons) in Sport and Leisure Management at Staffordshire University. Following this I completed a PGCE in Physical Education at Liverpool John Moores University. I started my career at Droylsden Academy as the Curriculum Leader for Sport and Healthy Lifestyles but I now teach within the Mathematics faculty.  I am now Deputy Headteacher with responsibility for Raising Achievement, Education Recovery, Pupil premium, and Curriculum and Timetable.  In 2016 I completed the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders (NPQSL) and I would like to share my knowledge with aspiring and existing Senior leaders by delivering the revised National Professional Qualification.


NPQ Leading Teaching

Emma Whitehurst

NPQ Leading Teaching

Emma Whitehurst Deputy Head Arundale Primary School, Tameside

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I have worked at Arundale Primary school for 20 years and I have seen many changes to the curriculum over that time. I am keen to use my expertise to support others in their CPD. I believe in the importance of working collaboratively with other providers and have seen the impact it can have when improving the outcomes of pupils at Arundale. I am dedicated to improving standards of teaching and learning to ensure all pupils can flourish in our setting. In the last seven years, I have worked in both Middle and Senior Leadership roles, within these roles I have made a significant impact on the quality of teaching and learning at Arundale primary school, working both strategically and operationally to develop teaching and learning practices. As an experienced teacher and member of SLT, I enjoy supporting teachers and leaders to review strategies, which in turn improve outcomes for our learners. Over the years I have also been privileged to support several trainee teachers in their journey of becoming fully qualified. I am committed to building strong relationships and feel they are vital in the current climate when ensuring staff mental health and wellbeing. I am experienced in supporting CPD, having lead training sessions for teachers, support staff and at a whole school level. I look forward to extending my support to fellow practitioners through the NPQ opportunity.

Mike Eade

NPQ Leading Teaching

Mike Is Curriculum Leader for Sport & Performing Arts at Droylsden Academy.

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Having started as the Head of Department for PE, I am now the Curriculum Leader for the Sport and Performing Arts Faculty. I have this curriculum area through sustained improvements over a number of years with many of these subjects among the highest achieving subjects in the Academy.

I have a keen interest in pedagogy and enjoy working with teachers from inside the classroom by modelling good practice, applying educational theory and developing teaching structures for teachers to utilise as they develop the quality of teaching and learning. I regularly work with other leaders to plan strategic improvements in their own subject areas for example in curriculum planning and implementation as they raise standards in their own curriculum areas.

Helen Edwards

NPQ Leading Teaching

Helen Edwards Assistant Principal Moor End Academy, Kirklees

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I am keen to use my expertise to support schools with the development of learning and teaching. I believe in the importance of working collaboratively with other providers in order to improve the outcomes of pupils in Kirklees. I am passionate about learning and teaching and providing high quality learning experiences in order for students to reach their full potential. In the last five years, as Senior Leader, I have made a significant impact on the quality of teaching and learning at Moor End Academy working both strategically and operationally to develop learning and teaching practices as part of the leadership team. As an experienced facilitator I enjoy supporting teachers and leaders to review strategies to improve outcomes for learners and I am committed to building strong relationships. I am an experienced provider of CPD, regularly leading training sessions for teachers, support staff at departmental and whole school level and providing S2SS both externally and within my trust.

Sue Leech

NPQ Leading Teaching

Sue Leech Y6 Teacher & Literacy Lead Hollingworth Primary, Tameside

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I am currently Year 6 teacher and Literacy Lead in a school in Tameside and a facilitator for Early Career Teachers.

I am motivated by the constant need for our schools to re-evaluate and improve provision in order for children to maximise their learning. Within my school setting, I have thrived on leading and developing change in relation to the teaching of English, working alongside colleagues across the whole school to refine and develop our English curriculum. Through coaching and supporting teachers, I have been enthused by the impact this has had on children’s learning. I have thoroughly enjoyed working alongside other professionals both in my own school and in other settings, sharing my expertise and passion for the subject. Developing trusting and respectful relationships has enabled me to share these skills in order to help children reach their full potential.

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 NPQLT facilitator, I am motivated to engage with teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading teaching in a subject, year group, key stage or phase in areas such as the development of subjects and curriculum design, effective classroom practice, and adaptive teaching.

Jennifer Ruddock

NPQ Leading Teaching

Jennifer Ruddock, 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. 

I am looking forward to sharing my expertise with others and developing the new leaders of tomorrow through the NPQ programmes.  

Leila Plant

NPQ Leading Teaching

Leila Plant, Director of English, Fairfield High School.

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I started my career in Stockport, moving to Tameside in 2014, where, as Director of English, I have driven up standards, attainment and progress in my faculty. Pupils at my school achieve well above national average grades and progress in English.

By valuing what is truly important in the English classroom: enquiry, culture, creativity, reading, writing and oracy, along with my team, I have written an English curriculum which is designed to prepare pupils for life beyond the classroom. I lead a team of teachers who are passionate about pedagogy and who care deeply about growing young people, rather than simply prepping them for exams. I deliver and enthusiastically take part in as much CPD as possible, believing, sincerely, that there is always more to learn. Learning alongside and collaborating with colleagues is of utmost importance to our profession so I am delighted to be facilitating the NPQ programme.

 


NPQ Leading Teacher Development

Meghann Kirkman

NPQ Leading Teacher Development

Director of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Manchester Nexus SCITT, Oldham

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I work with trainees from initial interest through to interview and also support across the training programme. I have worked with both trainees and NQTs across my 12 years of teaching in various capacities. As a subject mentor and as head of department, I supported and guided numerous new teachers into the profession.

I have taught English for 12 years and lead an English team for 4 years. I hold a degree in Law and a degree in English and am currently completing a Masters in Expert Teaching. I am a life-long learner and love being part of the teaching profession.

Rebecca Howarth

NPQ Leading Teacher Development

Rebecca is Headteacher at Stanley Road Community Primary School in Oldham.

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I have been a senior leader working in primary schools across Rochdale and Oldham for 13 years. I have spent the last 9 years as the Head Teacher at Stanley Road Primary School in Oldham.

In 2019 I was designated as an LLE with the Greater Manchester LLE Collaborative. This has enabled me to work in partnership with other schools, school leaders and school staff to support improvement for all and the sustainability of this long term.

I am passionate about working with leaders to develop their knowledge and skills ensuring every child receives the best provision, developing a culture and conditions in which both staff and pupils are able to thrive.

In the last five years at Stanley Road, there has been a focus on the development of leaders, particularly those who have, or aspire to have, responsibilities for the development of other teachers. This has had a significant impact on the quality of teaching and learning, outcomes for our children and professional development for our staff. Coaching, mentoring and effective learning conversations have played an important role in the success of this work. I am keen to use my experience and expertise, empowering other professionals to learn.

Lewis Entwistle

NPQ Leading Teacher Development

Lewis Entwistle Assistant Principal Oldham Sixth Form College, Oldham

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Before becoming a senior leader I had led successful curriculum areas in a number of sixth form colleges and a general FE college for many years. I have been a Curriculum Area Leader at OSFC since 2014, providing leadership and direction to course leaders and staff working in the subject areas of English, Modern Languages, Media and Film and previous to this I worked in a medium sized FE college as Head of the Division of Creative Arts and Media, and at three other sixth form colleges as Head of the School of Creative Arts, and as subject head for Drama and for Media.

I have always worked collaboratively and supportively with staff in the implementation of strategies for improvement and increasingly, the opportunity for collective and cooperative practice has brought my professional journey into close contact with colleagues from different organisations. I recently completed a professional doctorate researching sixth form education, policy and organisational power. The enactment and impact of processes and the development of strategies that re-orientate professional roles and identities in a quest for improved prospects for students has been a continued research focus, and informs my work on a daily basis.


NPQ Leading Behaviour & Culture

Andy Potts

NPQ Leading Behaviour & Culture

Andy Potts Assistant Principal Hathershaw College, Oldham

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I have been a senior leader for the past five years, before this a head of faculty for ten years. I am extremely passionate about our profession and know from my own journey how important it is to foster a keen appetite for the training and development of others. It is through this training and development that the education system can improve, ensuring that standards continue to rise and thus improve the life chances for our students.

It is vital that we understand the behaviour and culture of our schools, that we ensure we create a clear and consistent approach that underpins the values of a positive school environment. If this important aspect of the school community is shared and valued by all of its stakeholders, success and consistency will ensue. As a senior leader working in a large secondary school in Oldham, I work extremely hard with this aspect of school life every day. The relationships, attitudes, beliefs, written and unwritten rules of a school shape it on a day to day basis and help to mould success. I am passionate about passing on my experience in this role and feel that I can inspire the leadership of this vital area.

Cheryl Ballance

NPQ Leading Behaviour & Culture

 Cheryl Ballance Assistant Principal, Manor Green Primary Academy  

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I have been the Assistant Principal at Manor Green for a year, after moving over from one of our other Focus Trust Schools, Old Trafford Community Academy, where I had taught for 18 years (10 years as a member of the SLT). Throughout this period, I have supported staff on their professional development, whether they are Teach First students, Early Career Teachers or teachers who are working towards leadership.  

Five years ago, I trained as a Thrive Approach Licensed Practitioner, which has developed my knowledge of how children develop emotionally and how a school can support children with their ‘right time’ development as well as how we can support children who may have ‘interruptions’ and may struggle emotionally.   

Understanding behaviour and culture of our schools will help all children thrive both academically and emotionally. Over the years I have worked with leaders and teachers to ensure we set high expectations for all children, enabling conditions for good behaviours whilst also positively supporting the children who may have complex needs. I am excited to be able to share my knowledge and empower other professionals to learn.  

Chris Webb

NPQ Leading Behaviour & Culture

Chris Webb 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 facilitate some of the central training for ECTs and ECT mentors as well as NPQ facilitation on behalf of the East Manchester Teaching School Hub.

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