Throughout our programme we invite guest lecturers to deliver CPD – these are all experts in their fields

Mark Burns, Author of “Teaching Backwards”

Over the last ten years, Mark Burns has developed a proven track record in improving teaching and leadership in education. He’s co-authored two best-selling books in this field.  More recently, he has worked with FTSE100 retailer and third sector organisations, to develop the quality and impact of their learning and development programmes. Through his work, he has developed a deep understanding of learning design and how to overcome the barriers to learning in organisations.

Mark  was a finalist in the prestigious CIPD People Management Awards 2018 for Best Learning & Development initiative in Public/Third Sector.  He has worked extensively delivering and coaching on the TES Training Award shortlisted Osiris Teaching Intervention in schools nationwide.

We are delighted that he can now add PLSCITT trainees to his impressive list and that through his pedagogy workshop delivered as part of our professional development our trainees are benefiting from his expertise.

Jason Bangbala, Education Consultant

Our trainees take part in a session about Behaviour Management with Jason Bangbala.

He has delivered training at Headteacher and Deputy Head Conferences, LEA AST and NQT programmes, sessions for Learning Support staff, Learning Mentors, Lunchtime Organisers and non-teaching staff, PGCE Students and GTP trainees and college tutors. His training has even extended into H M Youth Offenders Institutions.

Before setting up his own training and consultancy business Jason was a highly successful classroom teacher and Senior Manager in Secondary Education. His teaching experience has been based on working in challenging areas, challenging schools and with challenging pupils.

Julie Bostock – Education Consultant

Julie is an Educational Consultant. Until very recently she was Director of Teaching School and SCITT at Ripley St Thomas in Lancaster. Julie has 14 years experience in ITT leadership, including as a Senior Lecturer and Assistant Head of Secondary Education at Edge Hill University before moving to Ripley. She is an SLE in ITT and NQT, a leadership and wellbeing coach, and now a trainee counsellor. Julie studied Psychology at University and taught A level Psychology for 17 years. She has delivered cpd to school staff and leaders on mental health and wellbeing in schools.

Steven Archer, SLE for Prevent/Trauma/ACEs

Steve currently teaches History, British Values and is presently developing and teaching a new curriculum based on the core principles of DBT (dialectical behaviour therapy) Those principles being Mindfulness, Emotional regulation, Distress tolerance and Interpersonal

A Specialist leader for Education for the East Lancashire Teaching School Alliance,  Steve is particularly involved in the promotion of ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Awareness and trauma informed practice. This important social movement has led to cooperative work with colleagues from local authorities, Lancashire Constabulary, Public Health England, Public Health Wales and many third sector organisations. 

Steve has also played a leading role in developing sophisticated responses to statutory requirements in respect of British Values and the Prevent duty. A developed knowledge of ideology and the rhetoric of extremist groups, working visits to Bosnia and Northern Ireland
alongside a comprehensive knowledge of communities within our region has meant advisory, consultant and creative roles and network development with colleagues in education and in addition local authorities, national third sector organisations, the police, the Home Office, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Department of Education. Steve has played a leading role in creating a cohesive and productive environment within a large secondary academy and works alongside teaching colleagues in other schools to replicate that achievement.

Steve works with our trainees to develop their understanding of Prevent and ACEs.

Angela Dixon – Education Consultant

Ange Dixon is currently a part time education consultant and part time school improvement officer for an Education Trust in Yorkshire. She is an experienced and successful teacher, senior leader and SLE. Her specialisms are T&L, Curriculum Design and Quality Assurance.

Ange has a passion for engaging learners believing firmly that happy, engaged pupils learning in happy and purposeful classrooms have the greatest chance of securing positive outcomes. 

In January 2020 after 20 years in mainstream teaching, Ange set up her own education consultancy business and since then her expertise in curriculum development has been harnessed by a number of schools in Lancashire, Greater Manchester and across the peaks to Yorkshire. 

During her career she has delivered training to large and small audiences including senior leaders, governors, grassroots teachers, NQTs and trainees. Feedback from her training is always positive. She speaks with authority, experience, good humour and ensures her audience leave with practical tips and solutions.

Beth Southern – EAL Hub

Beth Southern is the creator of EAL HUB and is an experienced EAL Consultant and a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) for EAL. She has a wealth of experience across both primary and secondary, within state sector and private education and overseas. Beth was Head of EAL at a large inner-city academy in Manchester for 4 years and more recently was Leading Teacher for EAL at a local council. She has worked with EAL pupils for the last 15 years and has a wide range of experience of working with International Schools around the world. Her training sessions enable teachers and TAs to gain confidence in assessing EAL learners and planning next step support by demonstrating ideas, resources and scaffolding which staff can take away and use in school immediately. Beth has a passion for working with trainee teachers to better equip them for the multi-cultural and diverse environments in which they are likely to work once qualified. You can find out more about Beth here

Jennifer Wozniak-Rush

Jennifer Wozniak-Rush is an Assistant Headteacher for Teaching and Learning and leading on CPD. She is also an ELE and SLE for T&L and MFL. She has been involved in school to school support over the years. Jennifer is an experienced and successful teacher and has a real passion for teaching and motivating pupils in the classroom. She currently teaches French and Spanish at The Hollins. Jennifer has written a few teaching and learning articles as well as some subject specific ones for Teach Secondary and Languages Today. She delivers training locally and nationally to large and small audiences in both primary and secondary. Jennifer enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with others.