Details of the current Northern Alliance LLEs and SLEs, and their specialisms, can be found in the posts below

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Sharon McEntee

Sharon is an AST at The Hathershaw College, Oldham. She has spent 30 years in the profession, beginning her career in Salford and teaching in several schools in Tameside where she worked from being an NQT to the Curriculum Leader of a large Science Faculty. She has spent the last 16 years at The Hathershaw

Tracy Banks

I have been a Science teacher for 19 years and have worked in several schools in Oldham. In this time as well as being a main scale teacher I have held various roles and responsibilities. My first TLR was for a mixed pastoral and academic role. This was as the KS3 Coordinator at Breeze Hill

Khera Missen Elliott

Khera is a teacher of RE and Sociology. She has a background in youth work, before entering teaching six years ago. She is Induction Coordinator at Blessed John Henry Newman Catholic College. She trained as an RE teacher at Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College, where she was Head of RE and Liturgy Coordinator. Khera has

Victoria Skinkis

I have been teaching for 17 years, have worked in 3 different schools in Oldham and currently work 3 days a weak teaching science at Blessed John Henry Newman RC College. I became a Head of Science 10 years ago and then 6 years ago led the merger of two science departments and became Director

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Jane Hughes SLE Art

I am a committed and passionate teacher of Art, and have led the Art department at Blessed John Henry Newman RC College over the past three years leading on the development of our curriculum and introducing new assessment and feedback structures. We take pride in the numbers of students opting for Art and results reflect

Barry Young

Barry Young, SLE Maths

I started my career in Edinburgh where I taught Maths for 4 years. I moved to London as Assistant Head of Maths and taught at Harris City Technology College. This was later to become Harris Academy Crystal Palace the original school in the successful Federation. I have been at Hollingworth for 11 years and in

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Graham Birrell SLE

I am currently Head of Year 9 at North Chadderton School in Oldham.   For the past three years I have led the development of systems to improve tracking and intervention systems at KS3 in order to avoid having to ‘firefight’ at KS4.  In response to Ofsted’s Wasted Years (2015) publication and the Progress 8 accountability

Suzannah Reeves

Suzannah Reeves SLE

Suzannah is Director for Quality and Monitoring at Oldham Sixth Form College. Suzannah is member of the SLT at OSFC.  She has been in her current role for 4 years and has a breadth of experience both prior to and alongside her work in this role, including extensive strategic leadership experience through her Chair of

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Katie Dallender SLE

I am currently Assistant Headteacher (School Improvement and CPD) at The Blue Coat School. This role includes responsibility for the development of all staff through a commitment to progressive teaching and learning and personalised CPD.  I am also the Induction Tutor for NQT’s and oversee the developmental approach to induction during the NQT year. I

Maxine Coats

Maxine Coates SLE

Maxine is currently Assistant Headteacher (Induction) at Blessed John Henry Newman RC College with a remit for the development of new colleagues and ITE provision. She has developed the NQT/ITE provision for the College over the past three years, working closely with various Higher Education Institutions. She has been responsible for the development of NQTs,


Emma Prince SLE

  I have worked at The Blue Coat School as a maths teacher for 10 years. For the past 6 years I have enjoyed my role as 3i/c in maths with responsibility for Key stage 5. It has been a pleasure to watch A-Level Maths grow in popularity and success ,with a current cohort of


Chris Webb, SLE Mathematics

SLE specialism: Mathematics Whole school Teaching & Learning Areas of expertise: Mathematics Education Continuing Professional Development Teaching and Learning Lesson Observation Recent examples of work: I have worked at Blue Coat school for 12 years and was part of the original SLE pilot scheme.  As part of my role in the teaching school I have


Robert Lamb

Robert Lamb retired as Headteacher at King James’s School, Huddersfield, in August 2015. During his time as Headteacher the school went from strength to strength and is now recognised as one of the leading schools in West Yorkshire. When he joined the school in 2003 it was undersubscribed and results in the 5A*-C including English


Caroline Woolfe – ITT and NQT development

As a former deputy head teacher at The Blue Coat School and an English specialist, I have a longstanding commitment to developing teachers at all stages in their careers. Getting the support and systems for training and induction right from the start helps new entrants to the profession to become confident, skilful teachers for the


Lisa Blomley

I am a committed and passionate teacher of History, and have led the History department at the Blue Coat School over the past 3 years. The department’s attainment has risen year on year, both at GCSE and A Level, and the department thrives off a diverse range of staff and teaching styles. Numbers of students


Kyle Shepherd

I am a teacher of Computer Science at Hollingworth Academy. I consider myself a professional that models and encourages outstanding teaching and learning in and around the subject. Not only this, but I am highly dedicated and passionate about the subject and the role of a Subject Mentor. My current and previous employment has given

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Andrea Daubney

I am currently Assistant Headteacher CPD and Professional Learning and Director of Teaching School at Hollingworth Academy in Rochdale. I am an experienced Assistant Headteacher with considerable expertise in providing CPD for teachers. During my time as a Teaching and Learning Consultant for Salford LA, I designed CPD programs and conferences to support the teaching


Adele Knott SLE

I have been Head of Languages at The Blue Coat School for nearly 15 years and have led the department to sustained excellent performance at GCSE and a resulting strong uptake at A level.  I have led training for colleagues across the school on scaffolding learning, and through School to School support have successfully worked closely


Emma Williams SLE

I have taught in primary schools in Oldham for twenty years, across both key stages. I am currently an Assistant Head in a large ethnic minority primary school, with responsibility for Years 4-6, as well as leading maths in my own school and a partner school.   I am passionate about providing our children with

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Adrian Smale SLE

I am currently Assistant Headteacher for Data, Progress and Tracking at Hollingworth Academy in Rochdale. I have had a number of years now working in schools analysing and efficiently using data to drive improvements in standards. Most of my experience has come from a school in Tameside where I put a number of measures in

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Louise Astbury SLE

Louise is Associate Director for Teaching and Learning at Oldham Sixth Form College.   I am keen to use my expertise to support schools with the leadership of CPD. I believe in the importance of working collaboratively with other providers in order to improve the outcomes of pupils in Oldham. I am passionate about high

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Helen Mills SLE

As a teacher of Spanish, Italian and French at Hollingworth Academy I am passionate about learning and have a deep desire to pass on my knowledge and experience to others through mentoring. Through my roles as subject mentor and professional mentor I thrive upon seeing the development within the trainees and watching them transition into

Miss Sarah Stelfox

Sarah Stelfox SLE

I have been a teacher of Maths at Hollingworth Academy for the last 5 years and an Assistant Head of Department for the last 2 years with responsibility for numeracy and year 8. Due to these roles and responsibilities, I have gained a range of leadership, subject knowledge and teaching and learning skills and I

Bev Beaumont

Bev Beaumont SLE

Bev is Director of Finance and Business Development for Oldham Sixth Form College.  She has worked at the College for 25 years and is currently a member of the Senior Leadership Team. She is has significant experience in financial management, risk management, health and safety, strategic development of the estate including managing and overseeing all


Sue Crawshaw Assistant Headteacher: Inclusion

With a PGCE in English and SEND it has always been really important to me to be able to support and develop the provision for students with special educational needs. Over the past 6 years, I have held two Assistant Head posts with responsibility for Inclusion and SEND. In both posts, there have been times


Clare Atherton Religious Studies

I have worked at the Blue Coat School as a teacher of Religious Studies since 2008, after gaining my degree and PGCE from the University of Cambridge. Whilst working at Blue Coat I have been fortunate to work in a creative and committed department, in which I have taken a lead role in KS5 Curriculum


Juliette Biddle-Mogg Curriculum Lead English

I am a highly effective, experienced leader of a large English department. I also lead on whole school Literacy and am experienced in delivering high quality, engaging CPD for a range of audiences. My strengths lie in building high performing teams in a range of contexts, and developing leadership capacity in others. In addition to


Kathryn Henshall QA of ITE Secondary

I am a Social Sciences teacher and have been at the Blue Coat School for the last six years. Throughout this time I have gained experience of planning and delivering training and mentoring with NQTs and trainee teachers, as well as coaching staff in their practice as mentors. As well as facilitating a development programme


Mark Giles: Curriculum Development, Performance Management, Personal Development Behaviour and Welfare (Attendance)

Mark is Vice Principal at The Hathershaw College, Oldham. He has spent 20 years in the profession, beginning his career in Blackburn where he worked from being an NQT to a Curriculum Leader of a large Faculty.  He has spent the last 10 years at The Hathershaw College, initially as an Assistant Headteacher and since


Ruth Wild English ITE QA

For ten years, I have been privileged to work in three different schools as an English teacher. During this time I have enjoyed the roles of: Head of Year; 3i/c in English with responsibility for KS5; and I was Head of English for three years at Churchdown School Academy in Gloucester. Since moving to The


Nicola Edwards Cotton Drama

I have been teaching Drama for over 15 years working as Blue Coat’s Head of Drama for 10 years. I am a drama specialist having studied Theatre Studies (BA HONS) and Drama PGCE. I have been fortunate enough in past years to mentor trainees and offer support on a school to school basis in either


Paul Briggs ITE Design and Technology

BSc (Hons) in Computer-Aided-Design in Mechanical Engineering (2004) PGCE in Secondary Design Technology (2005) I started working at the Blue Coat School in September 2005. Since completing my NQT year, I have been second in charge of the Design and Technology department, and also acting Head of Department for a year. Aspects of this work

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Paul Jones: Middle Leadership and Art

I began my teaching career at Haydock Sports College in St Helens, where having been promoted to Head of Department I ensured that pupils progress and attainment was consistently outstanding. Since my appointment in September 2007 I have led the Art Department at Saddleworth through considerable changes to ensure pupil attainment is amongst the very


Natalie Clark: Art

I am currently Head of Art and Design at The Blue Coat School in Oldham. As an experienced Head Of Department I have a track record of continuous improvement of results at all Key Stages. I have worked collaboratively with colleagues to drive standards up and develop a broad and responsive curriculum that ensures success

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Jon Banks: ITE

Jon Banks is an Assistant Head at Crompton House. His main passion and  responsibility is Teaching & Learning, which incorporates a wide range of aspects. Staff Development is central to his role, consequently, he is in charge of NQT’s, ITT and whole school CPD. Jon has 25 years of experience gathered in 4 large secondary


Anna Nelson: ITE

As a teacher and a leader I am always striving for excellence and improvement through creative thinking, organisation, evaluation and research.  My vision is to enable a generation of teachers to become some of the best in the country, who in turn will go on to inspire pupils across the North West. I have been


Sarah Bagshaw: English/ITE

I have been a committed teacher of English for 12 years, still maintaining a passion for our profession and subject in developing students and staff. My experience derives from a range of leadership roles within English Departments, including Literacy Co-ordinator, Leader of KS5 English Language, KS3 Co-ordinator and leading on Teaching and Learning within the


Rhian Davies: SLE Maths

I have had the privilege of teaching mathematics for 11 years, with 9 years of leadership experience in a variety of roles. External GCSE attainment and progress data consistently places my department in the first quintile nationally and at the top of the Local Authority for all measures. As a highly respected, enthusiastic and effective

Ian Williamson

Ian Williamson: SLE Humanities

Designation: SLE Phase: Secondary School: King James School Statement: I became a History teacher in 1996 and have been working in Middle Leadership for the last 10 years, first as a Head of History and currently as Head of Humanities. I have enjoyed a varied career as I taught for two years in a deprived

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Tony Ballantyne: SLE ICT and Computing

Designation: SLE Phase: Secondary School: The Blue Coat School Specialism: ICT Tony Ballantyne has taught programming for over 20 years.  He is also the author of many SFF novels and stories.  You can find out more about him, his opinions on the pedagogy of coding and a variety of materials on  his blog:


Michael Walker: SLE Assessment and Data

Designation: SLE Phase: Secondary School: The Blue Coat School Specialism: Assessment and Data Personal Statement: I am currently the Data Analyst & Information Manager at The Blue Coat School.  As part of the Senior Leadership Team, I am responsible for the school’s systems for tracking and monitoring progress, school target setting and strategic data analysis. 

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Graham Wright: LLE

Designation : LLE Phase : Secondary School : Wardle Academy     Personal Statement- Dr Graham Wright Ed.D; M.A. Ed; M.A. (Lond); B.Ed (Hons).  Graham Wright is currently Headteacher of Wardle Academy, near Rochdale an expanding 11-16 school of 1110 students. Dr Wright joined Wardle High School as headteacher in 2006 when the school was

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Nicola Howe: SLE Leadership of Curriculum – Science, CPD, ITE, NQT

Designation : SLE Phase : Primary School : Christ Church C of E Chadderton Specialism : Leadership of Curriculum – Science, CPD, ITE, NQT   Personal statement I am extremely proud to teach in a school where our children’s learning is at the heart of all we do. As a staff we are encouraged to

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Amy Bowden: SLE Pupil Achievement – Early Years

Designation : SLE Phase : Primary School : Christ Church C of E Chadderton Specialism : Pupil Achievement – Early Years   Personal statement Since embarking upon my teaching career I have always had one aspiration, to inspire. I believe over the years I have developed an excellent approach to inspire children and in more


Stephanie Sinfield: SLE Geography

Designation : SLE Phase : Secondary School : The Blue Coat School Specialism : Leadership of Curriculum – Geography   Personal Statement Bsc (hons) in geography (1996) PGCE in secondary geography education (1998) SLE accreditation 2003 Role: Head of the Geography department  since 2001 at the Blue Coat School, Oldham Since becoming Head of Geography


Amy Handley: SLE Pupil Achievement – Science

Designation : SLE Phase : Secondary School : North Chadderton School Specialism : Pupil Achievement – Science   Personal statement I have been a qualified teacher since September 2002. Since 2004 I have had a variety of responsibilities within the Science Department at North Chadderton School, having been KS3 Coordinator, Teaching and Learning Coordinator and Acting


Michael Anderson: SLE Leadership of Curriculum & pupil achievement – English

Designation: SLE Phase: Secondary School: Saddleworth School Specialism: Leadership of Curriculum & pupil achievement – English   Personal Statement I started my teaching career at the Blue Coat School Oldham in September 2002. After my initial year I was able to take on a number of responsibilities including taking on the posts of Head of


Neil Hewson: SLE Music

Designation: SLE Phase: Secondary School: The Blue Coat School Specialism: Music Statement: BMus(Hons) RNCM (1998) PGCE in secondary music education (1999) I am currently the Head of Music at the Blue Coat School, Oldham. As an experienced and successful Head of Music, I have enjoyed many opportunities to work collaboratively with a variety of colleagues,


Palwinder Kang: SLE ICT and Computing

Designation: SLE Phase: Secondary School: King James Specialism: ICT and Computing Statement: I am Head of ICT & Computing at King James’s School in Huddersfield. I have been at the Academy since 2007 overseeing the ICT and Computing curriculum and implementing new technologies within the school. Throughout my teaching career I have worked at three

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Julian Appleyard: NLE

Julian Appleyard is the Founding Principal of Rochdale Sixth Form College and a National Leader of Education. The College, which is a National Support School, opened in September 2010, the first sixth form college to open in the UK since 2004. In March 2013 under Julian’s leadership , Rochdale Sixth Form College became only the

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Dr Anthony Hoyle: SLE Science

Designation: SLE Phase: Secondary School: King James Specialism: Science Statement: I graduated from the University of Leeds in 1999 with a BSc Honours degree in Medical Microbiology. I then completed a PhD in the field of antibiotic resistance in 2004, also at the University of Leeds. In 2004 I undertook a PGCE at the University


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