Meet the Group

August 13, 2013
Glyn Barritt


. Jason Ashley

Jason Ashley I have been a Senior Manager in three very different schools during the last 11 years. After a successful 5 years at a high performing secondary school at Deputy Headteacher level and contributing significantly to two outstanding OFSTEDs, it was time to take up the challenge of headship at Redbridge Community School .. a vibrant but challenging inner city school in Southampton. Redbridge has been rated outstanding on four separate occasions and we are determined to gain our fifth when it presents.

. Keven Bartle

Keven Bartle @kevbartle I am a Deputy Headteacher at Canons High School in north-west London with responsibility for pedagogy and partnerships. I am hugely committed to distributed leadership in all its forms, most recently with a focus on developing a whole-school approach to improving teaching and learning which is classroom-teacher and student focused. The focus on partnerships has led us to work closely with the SSAT as an organisation that shares our school (and my own) commitment to identifying, nurturing and sharing best practice in order to support individual, school and system improvement.

. Michael Bettles

Michael Bettles I am Deputy Head at Heathfield Community School in Taunton; my present role encompasses curriculum, assessment, international links and Leading Edge. Previously I worked as an English teacher/Head of English at schools in Hertfordshire and Essex. I am particularly interested in looking at education from an international perspective and at developing creativity within the curriculum. I live in Somerset, have three sons – two of whom are at college in the US – and all of us (including my partner) are insanely obsessed by sport.

. Matt Bebbington

Matt Bebbington @BebbPEteach I am a whole school Teaching and Learning Co-ordinator and a PE teacher at Wilmslow High School in Cheshire as well as being a teacher adviser for the Guardian Teacher Network. I have created a school blog - Lookout for learning - which aims to generate and circulate great teaching practice as far and as wide as possible. I am also an aspiring rugby coach, in charge of the school’s first XV and a first team coach at Stockport RUFC in National Two North.

. Tony Billings

Tony Billings @asbillings I am Principal of All Hallows, a Catholic voluntary academy in Macclesfield and all-ability school which has journeyed from special measures to outstanding with a constant, passionate focus on the core purposes of teaching and learning. Never has it been more important to consider the future shape and purpose of learning when polarised views are re-emerging around traditional vs modern pedagogy, academic vs applied learning and education as ‘ends’ or ‘means’. I am passionate about effective teaching linked to effective learning, the fundamentally creative role of the teacher and strong leadership.

.Rob Carter

Rob Carter @robcarter2012 I am Headteacher at St Paul’s Catholic College and have been actively involved in the work of the SSAT. St Paul’s leads the Inspire Teaching School Alliance with a focus on professional learning, leadership and raising achievement. I am passionate about learning and teaching looking to ensure the ‘best deal’ for students in all schools. I believe that the 2040 Vision and Redesigning Schooling campaign is an opportunity to shape the direction of educational reform and change to secure all that is best for schools.

. Philippa Edwards

Philippa Edwards @thePJE I have been History Teaching and Learning Leader for five years and have recently taken on the post of Literacy Coordinator. This has provided opportunities for exploration of innovative and creative approaches, and a sharing of ideas and good practice with colleagues in other schools. I have been teaching for seven years with experience of working with a wide range of agencies, such as the Prince’s Teaching Institute. Membership of SSAT has lead to better practice through the sharing of ideas and above all, it has reinforced my passion for teaching.

. Colin Forrest-Charde

Colin Forrest-Charde @CBAPFC I have responsibility for Teaching and Learning, the English Department, Performance Management and CPD. I have worked with RATL, Leading Edge, YST and the Innovations Unit. I have introduced personalised Learning to Learn, P4C and Opening Minds programmes into our present Transformational Learning courses. Searching for eLearning and teaching that will ensure our children are best prepared for the 21C.

. Rachel Hudson

Rachel Hudson I am Deputy Head teacher at Neston High School in Cheshire in my fifth year with responsibility for learning and teaching, self evaluation, appraisal, safeguarding, professional development and training. I started my career as an RE teacher in Bootle, Liverpool, spent some time in Germany and then worked for 10 years in Lincolnshire as an Advanced Skills Teacher and Assistant Head teacher before moving to Neston. We are currently planning for a new build under the priority school’s building programme so the chance to be involved in discussions around redesigning the curriculum is a fantastic opportunity to shape the vision for our future.

. Mel Kirk

Melanie Kirk @melkirklearning In my role as Assistant Head of Learning Skills and former Head of science, I believe in a curriculum that develops students’ curiosity and independence. As demonstrated through our Transformational Learning programme at Perins, 21C teaching should have eLearning embedded to enhance the curriculum with ICT supporting and developing student creativity and collaboration. I believe in coaching teachers to develop their confidence to take more risks in the classroom so that they provide and model a learning culture to imbue students with skills for the future.

. Claire Lowe

Claire Lowe @clairelowe2 I have been the Executive Headteacher of the Blackfield and Fawley Federation since 2008; prior to that I was Headteacher of a village primary school in the New Forest. I have encouraged and developed a culture of deep reflection across the Federation and all staff are encouraged to be leaders of learning in their classrooms. My skills are in improving learning and teaching, curriculum design and developing leadership. I have ensured that both schools work with a wide range of partners including SSAT to improve outcomes for pupils.

. Mitch Moore

Mitch Moore I spent the early part of my career teaching music in primary and secondary schools across London. I moved to the Midlands in the late 1980s and became a primary teacher and subsequently held three headships in Leicestershire. I then went on to hold senior advisory roles in Staffordshire and Coventry. I was the Director of the National Strategy Narrowing the Gaps programme from 2009. I returned to Headship in September 2011 and have just taken my school out of Special Measures as a ‘good’ school in just 16 months.

. Byron Parker .

Byron Parker For the past 12 years, I have been the Head Teacher of Woolwich Polytechnic School. I now share the Headship with Tim Plumb. For the past 2 years I have also been the Executive Head Teacher of Thomas Tallis School. Beyond school, I have been a Future Leader Coach and am currently a member of the Strategic and Operational Panel of Partners in Excellence (Pixl).

. Tim Plumb .

Tim Plumb I am in my third year as Co-headteacher at Woolwich Polytechnic School in Thamesmead. During this time the school has achieved the Outstanding badge as well as being the first secondary school in the country to gain the Exceptional Schools Award. The school serves one of the most deprived areas of the UK and students enter well below national averages yet leave the school over 20% above the national average in English and Maths. I am also a member of the Teaching Leaders National Heads’ Council.

. Alex Quigley

Alex Quigley @HuntingEnglish I am a subject leader of English leading a highly successful English and Media Faculty at Huntington School, in York. I am an experienced teacher who has taught a range of qualifications, including the International Baccalaureate, and I am greatly interested in innovative pedagogy and curriculum models from around the world. I blog regularly on a range of topics and have also written articles for the Guardian and educational websites.

. Rosanna Raimato l

Rosanna Raimato I am a Deputy Headteacher at Bradley Stoke Community School in South Gloucestershire, having previously been Deputy Principal at Linton Village College in Cambridgeshire. Prior to this, I was fortunate enough to spend three years leading on achievement programmes at SSAT, collaborating with many inspirational schools and leaders. My background in teacher-led research and curriculum design add to my absolute belief that schools must drive forward transformation in education by working together.

. Tom Sherrington l

Tom Sherrington (CHAIR) @headguruteacher I am a teaching Headteacher, interested in developing new ideas for teaching and learning, and regular contributor to conferences and CPD events locally and nationally. After many years in London comprehensives, I work now at King Edward VI Grammar School in Chelmsford which although selective, is a genuine beacon .. illustrating what is possible in learning if we have the courage and confidence; I am on a mission to encourage and challenge teachers to take more risks and to release the full creative potential of the learning process.  I am honoured to be the Chair of the Vision 2040 group.

. Neil Strowger

Neil Strowger I have been the Headteacher of Bohunt School for four years; during this period performance has risen from top 50 locally to top 80 nationally. I have a wealth of experience having worked in six different secondary schools and for four different local authorities. Naturally outward facing, I have developed extensive external networks and require colleagues to do the same; under my leadership, Bohunt has supported primary schools in three counties. I am committed to the principles of systems leadership and devolve high levels of autonomy and accountability to leaders at all levels.

. Stephen Tierney

Stephen Tierney @leadinglearner My role changes in September 2013 to that of Executive Headteacher of a Blackpool federation, with continued responsibility for St Mary’s Catholic College and new responsibility to Christ the King Catholic Primary School.  The fundamental design and organisation of our BSF/Primary Capital programme which is now nearing completion, has been inspired by my involvement with SSAT, originally with Professor David Hargreaves’ System Redesign and Four Deeps research, more latterly by the Redesigning Schooling campaign and symposia.