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.
Katie has 14 years’ teaching experience centred in secondary schools in Manchester, Salford and Stockport. She is an English specialist and has been Assistant Principal for Teaching, Learning, CPD and Leader of Initial Teacher Training for eight years in two schools in communities of high deprivation and challenge. Katie has developed strategies and systems to improve teaching and learning including fronting teams of coaches to deliver bespoke CPD for teachers at all levels and working closely with middle leaders to support them in improving practice. She is experienced in leading strategies for quality assurance and heading curriculum and whole-school reviews. She has coordinated school-to-school support and supported with mock inspections in various secondary schools in Greater Manchester.
Katie has taught English Language, English Literature, Drama and Media Studies. She has line-managed English, ADT, Business, Humanities, ICT, MFL as well as pastoral directors.
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.
Tom Sanderson - Teaching and Learning Consultant
Tom has 13 years’ experience in education, working at Middleton Technology School. He is currently operating in the role of Associate Assistant Head teacher - Senior Lead Practitioner and works within the GIST team with particular responsibility for improving outcomes in Science.
Tom previously spent 4 years as Curriculum Leader for Science at Middleton Technology School developing a high performing department, maintaining high levels of pupil progress with particular success in narrowing the pupil premium gap. Tom has experience in curriculum design and has implemented new and challenging schemes of learning that allow pupils to succeed at all levels in the new GCSE specifications.
Tom has also taken an active role in the development of staff at all levels within his school including coaching triads focussed on improving teaching and learning. He has also mentored new staff through Initial Teacher Training and has success in developing outstanding practitioners.
Tom has also worked as a STEM lead, worked with cross-curricular triads of teaching staff to develop the use of thinking skills and acted as a facilitator for the Outstanding Teacher Programme.
Barry Young - Teaching and Learning Consultant
Barry has 20 years' experience working in Secondary Education in Edinburgh, London and Manchester. He is a mathematics specialist steering the Rochdale Heads of Maths over the past 4 years. He has also been the Maths advisor for 12 United Learning Schools across the North of England.
Previous positions have included Head of Maths where academic outcomes and progress were consistently outstanding, Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for developing KS3 curriculums and tracking across the school and Professional Mentor with responsibility for Newly Qualified Teachers and Initial Teacher Training.
He has worked with a number of schools across Rochdale, Oldham and Kirklees improving mathematics provision and outcomes.
Recently Barry delivered the Teacher Subject Specialism Training Mathematics Course in collaboration with Plymouth University.
Barry has taught Mathematics and Statistics over the past 20 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
Matthew Wilde - Trust ICT Manager
Simon Nicholson - Estates and Safety Manager
Natasa Winder - Finance Manager
Jayne Brocklehurst - Finance Officer
Louise Elsworth - Finance Officer