Vicky Irving, Executive Lead

“Having first joined Alder Grange Community & Technology School in 2001 as a Design and Technology Teacher, I took on the role as School Co-ordinator for AfL in 2009. Since then, I have worked with LEA National Strategy Consultants for AfL to develop a coaching programme through paired lesson observations to embed and enhance AfL throughout school. I have developed and delivered staff inset on AfL and other aspects of teaching and learning at both curriculum leaders and whole staff meeting forums on a routine basis. From the work initiated by these insets and training given to the ITTs in school, I have worked with Edge Hill University in the delivery of presentations to all PGCE trainees.
As Executive lead I am responsible for ensuring the QA of our curriculum, I continuously develop our professional programme in line with developments in the profession and ensure the  consistency of assessment judgements across the partnership and for intervention work with trainees as and when needed.”

Laura Mathieson, Director of Primary & SEND

“I consider myself to be an individual who brings self-reliance, creativity, innovation, ambition and determination, to this role. My aim is to provide first class professional development opportunities, at all levels, to shape the future of school improvements and teaching standards.

As Director of Teaching School I lead the strategic and operational development of The Teaching School and assume overall responsibility and accountability for the 3 main Teaching School strands:

  • Initial Teacher Training
  • Continuing Professional and Leadership Development (including research and innovation)
  • School to School Support

As the Director of the Teaching School I work alongside senior leaders within our alliance and the Teaching School strategic board to develop the vision, scope and remit of the Teaching School. As a group of strategic system leaders we are passionate about shaping the landscape of education and provide high quality support and training to all our partner schools.

I have a wealth of experience within the education sector (both special and mainstream) working across all phases from primary through to post 19 learners. I am a Specialist Leader of Education within the area of SEND. I also have a Post Graduate degree in Specific Learning Difficulties. My favourite aspect of my role is providing outstanding Initial Teacher Training to the next generation of teachers. At Tor View’s Teaching school, we run a school direct programme for primary teaching with SEND.”

Sara Pinder, School Lead, Marsden Heights

“I joined the Senior Leadership Team at Marsden Heights Community College in 2015, having been a Head of Faculty for 8 years and Professional Mentor/ITT school lead for 6 years. I have been the School Lead and member of the strategic Board for the Pennine Lancashire SCITT since its inception in 2011-12. I have held the same role in the Pennine Lancashire School Direct partnership over the same period and have now assumed the Executive Lead role for the partnership. As part of this role, I have collaborated with 3 other schools to design and implement a SCITT training programme and a School Direct programme with 6 other schools and a Higher Education Institution. I am able to support Schools who are thinking of becoming involved in the School Led ITT training routes and also those who may be already involved. I have been teaching in the Secondary phase for over 20 years and have previously held pastoral leadership roles as well as leading academic teams and ITT.”

Caroline Fletcher, School Lead, Ribblesdale

“I joined Ribblesdale High School in 2004 as a history NQT and have been lucky enough to be involved during my time there in a range of additional teaching and learning roles. This has included supporting established teachers in developing their teaching from good to outstanding and running Ribblesdale’s first Teach Meet and fortnightly T&L bulletins. My most recent appointment has been as an Impact Coach for Prof. John Hattie’s Visible Learning, which is now being undertaken at Ribblesdale, involving meta-analysis and class-based research to help pupils learn.  I frequently present at local Teach Meets and attend history ones around the country to ensure I am continually developing my pedagogy and classroom practise.

My interest in ITT is long standing: I became a subject mentor in my second year of teaching and have undertaken this role for various universities, which included presenting sessions on teaching and learning for St Martin’s (now the University of Cumbria) and Edge Hill ITT students. In 2014 I became a history subject coach for Pennine Lancashire SCITT, helping support our first cohort of trainee teachers. In March 2015, I was appointed as the School Lead for Ribblesdale for Pennine Lancashire SCITT and have been part of the management board since this date, with a particular focus of the quality assurance of the PLSCITT subject mentor team. I also coordinate trainee teachers from other providers who are placed at Ribblesdale on their teaching placements. My interest in teacher training, recruitment and retention is embedded through my role as a SLE for ELTSA, with the role’s emphasis being focused on supporting ITT provision and assessing NQT support within specific schools in East Lancashire.”



Chris Watson, School Lead, The Hollins

“Having been a teacher for almost 20 years, I first joined The Hollins in 2003 later becoming curriculum leader for two subject areas in school. During this time I have developed a passionate interest in ITT and was one of the original founding members of the PLSCITT: first as a mentor then as a lead subject coach and now in my present position as school lead & strategic board member. As a result I have played a key role in developing many facets of the PLSCITT training programme and pride myself on being part of a team that has successfully introduced over 50 ITT trainees into the secondary sector. To this end I have had extensive experience of delivering high quality CPD across our partnership schools and I am well versed in using the latest educational software such as iRIS, schoolsynergy and SISRA analytics.  I have also worked closely with other ITT providers such as the East Lancashire Teaching Schools Alliance and North West SCITT Consortium and contributed extensively to their SKE programmes.”

ELTSA School Direct – Louise Stubbs

I am Director of Teaching School at The Hollins, a National Teaching School and lead school for the East Lancashire Teaching School Alliance (ELTSA).  I have been teaching for nearly 20 years and as a Head of Department I was  a subject mentor for Edge Hill for many years assisteing with their recruitment of trainees and being part of the interview process.  As an Assistant headteacher I have been  a professional mentor working with MMU, PLSCITT and other School Direct providers before we set up ELTSA School Direct.

I am a Founding Fellow for the chartered College of Teaching and was a mentor on their C-Teach mentor pilot.  the Hollins is a NQT Appropriate Body and one of the best parts of my job is continuing to see our trainees as they complete their NQT induction year and progress in their teaching careers. 

We are part of PLSCITT because we share the vision, ethos and moral purpose.  PLSCITT is training fantastic teachers in East Lancashire by East Lancashire teachers to ensure the best practitioners for our schools in the area.