Steve Campbell NLE – PLSCITT Accounting Officer

As a teacher and leader I have devoted my entire career to working in East Lancashire. During this time I have been fortunate to work in some great schools and also in some more challenging circumstances, all of which have helped my outlook on leadership and how to do the right things.  As Accounting Officer for PLSCITT my role is ensuring that we provide the best teacher training programmes possible so that East Lancashire schools have the best teachers and that our children have the best outcomes possible.

 I have been headteacher at The Hollins, the Lead School for PLSCITT since 2011. During this time I have led the school through two Ofsted inspections maintaining ‘Good’ in all areas.  We have also become a National Teaching School and National Support School and I have led the creation of the East Lancashire Teaching School Alliance (ELTSA).

In my role as an NLE I always hope to assist in creating long-term improvement and a better education for pupils in the schools I support and this experience is used to challenge PLSCITT to continually improve.

Jane Downham – Link Governor

I have been in governance for over sixteen years and chair Boards at both primary and secondary level. I am passionate about achieving the best outcomes for all children and being fully inclusive at every level. This includes training and nurturing the very best teachers. Quality teachers are the building blocks for our children’s futures and I am delighted to be the Lead Governor for PLSCITT and to play a part in the development of outstanding teachers in East Lancashire. 

 Louise Stubbs FCCT- PLSCITT Executive Lead

I am and Assistant Head Teacher at The Hollins and am very proud to be the Executive Lead for Pennine Lancashire SCITT.  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 assisting 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 establishing the East Lancashire School Direct programme.

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. I am a Specialist Leader of Education and in this capacity have supported schools across our region and have recenlty been designated as an Evidence Lead in Education for Manchester Research School, a role that I am really enjoying and am working with schools to become more evidence informed and ensure that research underpins practice.

We are proud to the lead school for  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.

James Findlay-Pidcock – Director of Primary & SEND (ELIP School Direct)

I am an Assistant Headteacher at Tor View School, an Outstanding Special School in Rossendale. I am fortunate enough to have a range of teaching experiences within both Mainstream and Special Schools across the age range.

I am a driven and committed leader and I work hard to ensure the high quality of initial teacher education which we have built our reputation on year-on-year. I am highly committed to providing a world class teacher training offer founded upon research and practice which improves pupil outcomes.

I am a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) which involves me supporting system leadership locally, regionally and nationally. I have been incredibly fortunate to have been involved in national projects such as the Oak National Academy as the national subject lead for SEND Numeracy. I am a qualified Primary Maths Specialist Teacher (MaST) and have recently begun working with the National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics (NCETM) to develop national training on the implementation of the Mastery model for SEND learners. I am also a Pupil Premium and SEND reviewer.

I enjoy all aspects of my varied role, but particularly supporting teachers at all levels to improve their skills in utilising research informed practice to improve pupil outcomes.

East Lancashire Inclusion Partnership (ELIP), Tor View School’s Teaching School, delivers School Direct PGCE’s for Primary and Primary with SEND.

Lianne Belshaw – School Lead, Marsden Heights

” I am the School Lead at Marsden Heights in Nelson. I have been teaching PE for over 20 years and been fortunate to have experience in many roles, including Head of PE, but coaching and mentoring have always been my passion. I am a qualified Advanced Skills Teacher and currently a Leading Practitioner in the PE department at Marsden and these roles have enabled me to coach and improve Teaching and Learning across numerous school settings. I thrive on supporting, inspiring others, and seeing teachers develop into confident practitioners, and feel this is my main strength. I have been working with Early Career teachers for the last 8 years at Marsden Heights and mentored at a variety of levels, ranging from ITT to RQTs. I am excited to be part of the PL SCITT to help shape the future generation within the profession.” 

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.”

Joanne Taylor, School Lead, Ribblesdale

“I am currently an Assistant Head Teacher at Ribblesdale High School, a Microsoft Training Academy and EdTech Demonstrator School. I began working at Ribblesdale in September 2000 during my third year of teaching and I have been lucky enough to hold a variety of different positions, such as Head of Year, Head of History, Curriculum Area Leader for Humanities and Associate Senior Leader with responsibility for whole school literacy and transition.  In these roles I have developed a wealth of experience, both pastorally and academically.

My interest in Initial Teacher Training began some time ago, in 2001 when I presented for History PGCE trainees at St Martin’s College (University of Cumbria).  Throughout my career I have taken an active role in all aspects of teaching and learning, working within school and with local primary and secondary schools.  I am passionate about developing the very best calibre of teachers to ensure high standards of learning within the classroom and beyond.  I have delivered many CPD sessions to colleagues and completed advisory work with wider school networks, focusing on curriculum development, the latest educational research and practical teaching strategies in the classroom; most recently I have trained as an Impact Coach for Sir John Hattie’s Visible Learning Programme.  I currently have responsibility for Early Year’s Progression which involves working as School Lead for PLSCITT and coordinating all aspects of ITT within Ribblesdale, alongside the provision for newly and recently qualified teachers.”



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.”