Jo Morgan

Jo Morgan is the Chief Executive of Shaw Education Trust. She joined the Trust from Ofsted where she worked as the Regional Director for the North West and National Director for Initial Teacher Education. Jo held the status of Her Majesty’s Inspector. Jo held three secondary headships: leading out of special measures, accelerating performance to outstanding; gaining Teaching School status and delivery of academisation. As a National Leader of Education, Jo worked extensively in a strategic role in the Greater Manchester Challenge. A proven systems leader, Jo has supported a large number of schools to accelerate improvement. Jo has delivered programmes for the National College, worked with a Local Authority and provided advice to the DfE. Her portfolio of experience spans all phases, all sectors and all contexts.



Di Swift

Diane co-ordinates our Initial Teacher Education and research programmes. She liaises directly with Keele University to facilitate our Masters provision. Diane has extensive experience in schools as a teacher, senior leader and a governor. She regularly contributes articles to professional journals and has authored a variety of materials that support teachers to develop both their curriculum and pedagogic thinking. She has worked extensively with teacher-colleagues on a variety of projects in relation to Philosophy for Children, History and Geography. Diane is an advocate for the Chartered College of Teaching. She also works at a national level in relation to ITE, particularly in connection with inclusion. Diane is undertaking an EdD, her research is considering the ways in which beginning teachers develop a professional language to share their developing pedagogic expertise.



Kerry Inscker

Kerry has worked in education for over 25 years in a variety of roles and contexts, beginning her career as an English teacher and holding a range of middle and senior leadership roles. Kerry has been fortunate to have gained some fantastic career experiences including spending a year teaching in New Zealand, having a term’s sabbatical undertaking leadership research in a range of outstanding schools and working as the Senior Literacy/English consultant for a Local Authority. After 8 years as Principal of an 11-18 academy, Kerry then moved to be an Executive Headteacher for 3 years and has recently taken up her current role as Director of People and Culture for Shaw Education Trust. This role includes leading the SET Institute of Education, which includes a number of educational areas, including the KNSTE SCITT, through this role Kerry is delighted to be appointed as the Chair of the KNSTE Strategic Board and is very excited about working more closely with colleagues.



Garry Boote

Garry began his working career working for a bank before seeing the light and moving into primary education! He has had the privilege of spending the last 25 years as a Headteacher in four varied schools across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. He is currently Head of Academy at Sutherland Primary where he has been for the last thirteen years. As an accredited School Improvement Partner, he has been able to offer support to other schools. Garry has a long-held passion for promoting opportunities for children, staff, the wider community, and our next generation of teachers, to help them thrive and flourish, with a particular interest social inclusion and mobility. These are core personal values shared with KNSTE and so he is delighted to be in a position to contribute towards this common purpose!



Ruth Argyle

Ruth has worked as a primary school teacher for 14 years, she started her career in a small rural school but has most recently worked at The Meadows Primary Academy, a large Stoke on Trent based primary school. In her position as Deputy Headteacher, she had the opportunity to influence school wide decisions on curriculum, teaching and learning and assessment. She also enjoyed her role as pupil premium champion whereby she worked hard to ensure that some of the most disadvantaged children in her school community have the same opportunities as all other children and make the same academic and emotional gains year on year. In the last four years she has developed a strong connection with the SCITT and has been delighted to be working with the KNSTE team.



Marie Bateman

Marie’s teaching experience has been wide and varied, including teaching mathematics and music to A’ level, peripatetic music teaching and primary school teaching. Having been a Teacher Educator in her role at Seabridge Primary School, Marie was always passionate about the quality of school experience received by Associate Teachers. She became involved with the Keele PGCE course in September 2012, initially on a secondment and she is now thrilled to be working full time for the SCITT where she is Assistant Director. Her roles include placement co-ordinator, TE support tutor, Personal Tutor, mathematics and music subject lead and mathematics specialism tutor.



Jon Goulding

Jon trained to become a primary school teacher after volunteering in a local school while working in an accounts office. With over 20 years of experience in five schools, and a Masters degree in Educational Management from the Open University, his roles have included Foundation Stage Manager, Key Stage 2 leader, Assistant Head, Deputy Head and Headteacher. Jon now works freelance, supply teaching and writing for an educational publisher. Coupled with his experience, and additional roles as a Teaching and Learning Governor and parent, Jon sees schools and learning from a variety of perspectives. His main interest in education has always been the provision of high quality learning opportunities for both pupils and professionals, enabling a lifelong love of learning and development.



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Sandra Hearson

Sandra has worked in education for 35 years until taking early retirement in 2017 from her role as Headteacher of a large primary school and nursery in a deprived area of Stoke-on-Trent. Under her leadership, a strong team was built which led the school to performance indicators in the top 5% of schools nationally for progress in English and Maths. She has a passion for the future of the teaching profession and the development of all staff and prospective staff, to enable them to reach their potential and thus impact on the aspirations and opportunities for young people and families born without the advantages that many of us are fortunate enough to have experienced. With this aim, she is also very involved in local social and community projects within Stoke-on-Trent. In 2002 she was awarded second place in the national awards for Early Years Teachers which provides an insight into her holistic approach to teaching. Sandra is now proud to be part of the development of the next generation of inspirational teachers.



Kerry Howle

Kerry has worked as a teacher in Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire schools for fifteen years and has a wealth of experience in Key Stages One and Two. She has led and managed a range of subjects in school and worked with many trainee teachers as a Teacher Educator. Since joining the team at KNSTE as a Personal Tutor and English Specialism Tutor, Kerry has found working with and supporting teachers at the beginning of their career an incredibly rewarding experience. She looks forward to continuing this work as well as continuing to develop her own knowledge and understanding through undertaking study at Masters Level and continuing to develop her knowledge of different pedagogies and practices through her work in school.



Gill Liebeck

Gill has extensive experience of teaching in schools. After studying for her degree in Mathematics, and her Masters degree, she taught in primary school for a few years, before moving to teach in secondary school, where she could specialise in the teaching of Mathematics. During her time in secondary school, she became a Head of Department, and later she moved to the position of ‘Excellent Teacher’ within her school, where she could focus on her passion for the teaching and learning of Mathematics. She also had the responsibility of whole school Numeracy training across the curriculum, and became the Primary school link teacher for Numeracy, which involved weekly input in mathematics in the feeder primary schools. Gill has been actively involved with the Mathematical Associations throughout her career, and is an Accredited Professional Development Lead for the NCETM on the teaching and learning of primary and secondary mathematics. She is currently involved in running CPD for the NCETM on primary maths subject knowledge enhancement



Tricia Locker

Tricia spent the majority of her career working for Barclays Bank which provided her with a sound financial background. Subsequently she worked in a variety of accounts roles and then returned to Barclays for a further spell as a Compliance, Risk and Rigour Officer prior to joining the KNSTE as the Office and Financial Services Manager. She has a keen interest in education and has been a Governor at Seabridge Primary School for many years.



Grace Marson

Grace entered the teaching profession after roles in the charity and youth work sectors including working as Project Manager for Cheshire Young Carers and as a Youth Officer at Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service. Both roles demonstrated the impact that a range of factors can have on a child’s education and gave Grace a solid understanding of complex safeguarding issues.

With experience of teaching in a variety of schools and in both KS1 and KS2, Grace has also spent most of her teaching career as a Science Leader. Primary Science is a passion of Grace’s and alongside working for KNSTE as Science Lead, she also works as an NQT Mentor for Science Across the City. She is honoured to be working alongside the next generation of teachers at the very first stage of their teaching career.



Neil Phillips

Neil has fifteen years of experience as a teacher, subject leader and consultant / trainer. He has taught at all five key stages and has been judged ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. He works in both primary and secondary settings. He is interested in exploring the broad purposes of education and matching these with high quality pedagogical approaches, with the ultimate aim of helping children to come into the 21st Century world with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes, but also with a sense of their cultural heritage and with the opportunity to make their own unique contributions to their communities.



Janice Ravenscroft

Janice commenced her career at Barclays Bank working in a variety of roles latterly as a Manager’s Assistant. Subsequently she worked in an administrative role at Business Initiative. She returned to Barclays Bank for a further period at their Customer Service Centre in Northwich in a senior role managing customer accounts in particular with regard to complex queries, before joining the SCITT team in November 2015. In her current role she is primarily responsible for administering the recruitment process and providing support to the SCITT administrative team.



Jill Rawlinson

BA(Hons), PGCE.

I completed my PGCE at the University of Birmingham in 1990 and went on to teach History and Religious Education in a variety of mainstream schools for ten years. I then moved to Blackfriars, an SEN school in Newcastle under Lyme. For ten years I also worked for the Staffordshire Physical Disability Support Service, working in local mainstream schools supporting staff to meet the needs of pupils with disabilities or medical needs. I feel privileged to continue to teach Humanities subjects at Blackfriars whilst also working as professional tutor to trainee teachers on the PGCE course. I also work as the Appropriate Body for Blackfriars Teaching School, assessing and supporting NQT’s in their first year of teaching. Working with teachers joining the profession and continuing to teach myself combines the aspects of the teaching profession for which I have a real passion and enjoyment.



Sam Summerfield

Samantha began teaching 16 years ago in a deprived area of Sheffield where she was school lead for the Lets Think! Research project; using questioning techniques to develop structured thinking across the curriculum. After moving to North Staffordshire she continued to work across the Primary age phase taking leadership roles in lower school and Early Years, successfully setting up a nursery for 2 year olds using government funding for children in deprived areas.

Wanting to further her passion for outdoor education, science and food education she took a consultant role with a national education charity promoting Food, Farming and the Countryside to schools; planning how this can be incorporated into their curriculum's; developing training days for teachers wanting to enhance their use of the outdoors in their teaching, running Science weeks in schools to connect children to the origins of the food they eat and supporting outdoor educators with curriculum planning.