On all our secondary programmes you will be allocated a Lead Subject Coach, an expert in their subject,  who will work with you to develop your subject knowledge, curriculum expertise  and subject pedagogy.  

Art and Design – Lita Keenan

coming soon

Biology

Chemistry – Claire Wilkinson

I started teaching in 2012 at Our Lady and St John’s in Blackburn. I was both pupil and NQT at OLSJ and stayed there for five extremely happy yet eye opening years. I made the move to Ribblesdale to take on the role of Second in Science. The school is a fantastic place to work with lots of opportunity for CPD with lots of great teachers to learn from and work with.  Whilst at Ribblesdale I took on the role of Chemistry Lead for the PLSCITT and have been involved in delivering CPD sessions  in Engaging Boys.

The best thing about this job is that every single day is different. You can plan your lessons, but you can never plan on what the pupils are going to do or say! Working with teenagers does have its challenges but it can also be very rewarding and quite funny a lot of the time.  My advice to trainees is to use your time wisely in school and take advantage of all the support available to you, not just from your mentor but from all members of the department you’re working in. There will be a lot of experience and a lot of ideas that people are more than willing to share with you. And remember, it WILL get easier!

Computing – Phil Hackett

Design Technology – Emma Barnett

I have taught Design Technology for 20 years and specialise in Textiles.  I have been involved in mentoring trainees for a number of years and since 2019 have been the DT subject coach delivering subject pedagogy to our trainees. 

The best thing about teaching is the variety the job brings.  My advice is that trainees should be flexible, be well planned, be reflective!

Drama – Lauren White

English – Dan Harper

I began my teaching career in 2005, teaching English Language and Literature at Key Stages three and four. I was immediately hooked by the challenge and fast pace of a job where every day is different and positive relationships are key. I have taught every age group, every ability and experienced almost every type of behaviour during my career and am now an assistant curriculum leader in English at Alder Grange School in Rawtenstall.

I was the Secondary Lead for our school’s successful involvement in the 18 month SSIF project, focussing on transition in English between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3. The aim of this was to bridge the gap between primary and secondary English and research ways in which schools can build more robust transition programmes for new students beginning their secondary education.

In my role as lead subject coach for English, I enjoy researching and disseminating current best practice in order to help trainees develop subject knowledge, curriculum expertise and subject specific pedagogy. I always look forward to conducting the lead subject coach sessions where our trainees get the opportunity to pool experiences, ideas and strategies as well as learning about the subject specific elements of English teaching in the 21st century

Geography – Nagina Johnstone 

I have been a teacher of geography for fourteen years and a year coordinator for ten.  I have been the lead subject coach for PLSCITT for  a number of years and in this role I mentor geography trainees and provide cpd on subject pedagogy and the geography curriculum for both PLSCITT and the North West SCITT consortium.  In addition to delivering CPD about AFL, marking and behaviour management.

Teaching is the most rewarding job with regards to enabling students to mature both academically and emotionally. And my advice to all trainees is to be organised, this will make the job so much easie

History – Chris Watson

“Having been a teacher for almost 20 years, I first joined The Hollins in 2003 later becoming curriculum leader for History.  My role as Lead Subject Coach for History has allowed me to visit schools across the partnership, share best practice and support trainees in becoming History specialists. 

Maths – Jamie Cross 

I have been teaching maths for 18 years and have taught in 4 different schools.  During my career I have worked as Teacher of Maths, Numeracy Coordinator, Head of Department, Lead Practitioner and I am a SLE for maths for the East Lancashire Teaching School Alliance.  I have both taken part in and delivered CPD in teaching and learning, subject pedagogy,  and am currently leading a number of National collaborative Projects for three Maths Hubs in the region. As an SLE I have been involved with school-to-school support.  I have been involved in the mentoring of trainees for 15 years.  The best part of my job is still being in the classroom.

Professional collaboration is a fundamental feature of teacher development. My advice for all trainee teachers to engage with other staff and schools as much as possible. 

MFL – Charlotte King

I followed a school centered training route and since gaining QTS have spent ten years as MFL teacher and nine as head of department.  I have delivered trainee CPD sessions in the use of target language in the MFL classroom, challenge and engagement, use of data and have also led whole school CPD on modelling.  the best thing about teaching is that every day is different.

My advice to trainees is to observe as much as possible as you won’t get this chance again! Also say yes to as many opportunities you get – trips, duties, clubs etc!

Music – Ben Parker

I qualified as a Teacher of Music in 2008 and have been a part of The Hollins since 2019. I consider myself to ‘practice what I preach’ and am an active musician in a variety of avenues outside of school, including concert bands, musical theatre, rehearsal pianist and even the odd show helping backstage. Although I am fairly new to the PLSCITT programme, I have had the pleasure of working with a vast amount of Music Teachers at varying stages of careers and I really enjoy the opportunities to meet, discuss and share good practice. I believe that music is a very personal experience and it our role as practitioners to help students discover and explore the world of music making, to make them want to know more and develop their own personal taste. To collaborate with trainee teachers to allow them to do the same thing in their careers is an exciting prospect. There is no greater joy than being in the classroom and helping emerging professionals in this environment is something I am most excited about.

My advice to trainee teachers is two-fold:

· it’s quite alright to deviate from the lesson plan (sometimes we can leave the classroom learning just as much as the students do!)

· Despite the stress, sleepless nights, anxiety and cold sweats, every single performance will pay off. Take a few moments close to the time they happen and think “this is why we do what we do”. Whilst it may only be another performance for us, for them it is something that they shall cherish for the rest of their lives.

PE – Dave Palffry

I have been in post as a teacher at Marsden Heights Community College since 2013 and in my current role as Assistant Head of Physical Education for four years. Working with forward thinking colleagues in an innovative school has facilitated my development as a leader in my subject area and as a result, I understand the range of skills and techniques that teachers must develop to be successful and get the best out of their students.

I have experience of sharing good practice both in my department and in the wider college community through contributing to staff training sessions and supporting colleagues through teaching and learning coaching. Working with ITT trainees for a number of years has enabled me to develop my own coaching and equip trainees with the skills they need to strive as physical educators. I have a passion for my subject and enjoy sharing my knowledge and ideas with others. I thoroughly enjoy discussing new and innovative teaching methods with the students I mentor and enjoy the challenge that being a subject coach provide

RE – Sarah Guiste

I have been a qualified teacher for a decade, how time flies, but I can still remember the nerve-wracking experience of being a trainee. It is a great privilege to be able to nurture the next generation of teachers and I truly hope they have a career that has been as rewarding as mine. I can’t deny that the trainee year may well be one of the most challenging times in your life, but sometimes the most difficult things are the most rewarding and I promise that the positives far outweigh the negatives!