What Support does Great Academies Education Trust provide?
The Trust provides efficient and effective business support to allow the academy leadership teams to concentrate on education.
Allison is the Chief Executive of Great Academies Education Trust joining in September 2016. She has worked in schools in various boroughs of Greater Manchester for over thirty years, joining Middleton Technology School in Rochdale as head teacher in 2004. In 2006 Middleton Technology School was judged outstanding in all areas and has sustained its academic success and Ofsted judgement since then. The school under Allison’s leadership has been nationally recognised for the work that it does.
In 2009 the school was highlighted by Ofsted in “Twelve Outstanding Schools: Excelling against the odds.” The report sought to answer - why some schools succeed brilliantly against all the odds while others struggle? It provided evidence-based answers and drew on the schools’ practice, experience and ambitions to identify how they: achieved excellence, sustained excellence and shared excellence. It talked about leaders of vision, courage and conviction, with the ability to create and inspire teams whose members work consistently for each other. It characterised - no effort spared, a passionate belief in all young people, no challenge insurmountable, the hard-won respect and confidence of the community and an attitude that was neither elite nor saw the school as an exceptional island.
Allison has been a national leader of education (NLE) since 2008 and MTS a national support school. The school has had numerous specialist strands and was a national hub for educational leadership, supporting school leaders up and down the country. A member of the SSAT national head teacher steering group and chair of the national steering group for Design and Technology, Allison also chaired the Rochdale Association of Secondary Heads for many years and in 2012 set up the Rochdale Pioneers Trust serving as its CEO and leading the Teaching School at MTS. Allison was honoured in 2011 for service to education.
Charlotte has 25 years’ experience in education – both teaching and local authority work. Previous positions have included head of school improvement service and director of multi academy trust school improvement, early years to post 16.
Charlotte has particular expertise in science education, use of assessment and data, management of attendance and pupil welfare services.
Charlotte’s current areas of work include attendance and safeguarding processes - underpinning school effectiveness.
Charlotte was previously chair of the Association for Science Education (ASE) and the National Advisers and Inspectors Group for Science (NAIGS).
Gary has 13 years’ experience in education having previously taught in schools and university based initial teacher education at the University of Nottingham. Previous positions have included Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for training and staff development and Director of National Teaching School for a multi academy
Gary has particular expertise in initial teacher education, coaching, mentoring and system leadership. Most recently Gary has been involved in coordinating school to school support and in the development of leadership programmes as part of the Greater Manchester LLE Collaborative. Gary is a member of the Greater Manchester Learning Partnership Executive Board.
Gary has taught History, Citizenship, RE, Geography and English.
Helen has been working in schools for the last 30 years. She started as a Teacher of Mathematics and progressed as a Subject Leader. Subsequently Helen was headteacher of a challenging 11-18 secondary school.
In April 2016 Helen made the decision to leave full time education and to set up as a consultant. Since then she has been commissioned to support schools in a variety of ways ranging from work with new subject leaders to whole school reviews. Helen has recently led reviews of both School Improvement Planning and Teaching and Learning systems - to ensure that procedures are clear and consistently implemented, and that they impact on students and their progress.
Helen has also developed and led a coaching programme modelling strategic leadership to middle and senior leaders.
Lindsay has 20 years’ experience working in schools across Cheshire, Leeds and Tameside as an English teacher, Head of English and Assistant Headteacher. She has recent experience of improving teaching and learning in a Tameside secondary school and has been praised by Ofsted for her leadership of both English and teaching and learning. Under her leadership, outcomes and progress in English improved from well below national averages to well above them in all measures. Lindsay is an experienced Professional Mentor for a range of ITT providers and has a passion for empowering others to improve their own practice in teaching and learning and leadership. She also has experience of developing middle leaders in various schools in Tameside by facilitating the NPQML programme within the A+ Trust and supporting them in improving teaching and learning in their schools.
Michelle is the currently the Induction Tutor who runs the induction and training programme for all Newly Qualified Teachers in schools across Tameside. She teaches at GAA and has been working with the academy leadership team, and the English department, since September.
Prior to this, Michelle was the Strategic Lead for Tameside Secondary Schools of English, and later Maths and Science. Prior to joining Tameside Local Authority, Michelle was a Director of Teaching and Learning in a Manchester secondary school. She is also a qualified Advanced Skills Teacher of English and a certified Kagan school trainer and has been a Head of English and Media Studies. Michelle has taught English Literature, English Language, Maths, Citizenship, History and Media Studies at GCSE and has been a teacher for 13 years.
Elizabeth Fletcher - HR Manager
Rebecca Taylor - HR Business Partner
Janine Hall - HR Coordinator
Emily Morris - Governance Officer
Khalil Mohammed - Director of Finance and Estates
Natasa Winder - Finance Manager
Jayne Brocklehurst - Finance Officer
Louise Elsworth - Finance Officer