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  • Helen Shaw


    With over twenty years of experience in education, Helen has been fortunate to hold a variety of teaching and leadership roles encompassing pastoral and curriculum as well as raising standards and assessment within schools, local networks and within multi academy trusts.

  • Lyndsay Cameron

    Policy and Compliance Lead

    Lyndsay has twelve years of experience working in Initial Teacher Training, nine of which were as a Director of Teacher Training for two highly regarded SCITT providers.

  • Joe North

    Brand & Marketing

    Joe designed and created the IFT brand. He now leads on the IFT marketing as well as Freelancing in the Television Industry.

Lead Mentors

  • Andrew Pollard

    Lead Mentor

    Andy is an experienced educator who has been a Subject Lead, Lead Practitioner for English, Drama, Media and Film for over 20 years, with a strong background in ITT. 

  • Ellie Hancock

    Lead Mentor

    With 14 years of experience in the field of education, I have established myself as a dedicated professional with a passion for teaching and learning. Throughout my career, I have taken on diverse roles such as coordinating whole school literacy, serving as Science KS3 coordinator, Head of Science, and am currently holding the position of Lead Practitioner in Science for the Bohunt Trust.

  • Steve Smith

    Lead Mentor

    Steve has been teaching for over 20 years and has been involved in leading on professional development programmes and school improvement support for several years. He is passionate about teaching and learning and supporting teachers to develop their teaching practice. Steve was Director of HISP Research School for 4 years , running many CPD programmes and leading on several partnership projects across the region, involving teaching assistants, ECTs, middle and senior leaders.

Subject Leads

  • Matthew Jones

    Geography Subject Lead

    I have been a geography teacher on the Isle of Wight for the last 8 years, graduating from Portsmouth University with a first class honours degree in geography. During this time, I have had leadership roles within faculties as well as mentoring many trainee teachers as both a subject and professional mentor.

  • Paul Syson-Harvey

    Subject Lead

    Paul is responsible for the strategic development and direction of the teacher training programme across the GLF Teacher Training Hub and works closely with our Trust and partnership schools. Since the earliest stages of his career, Paul has supported the development of trainee and early career teachers.

  • Annalise Adam

    MFL Subject Lead

    I am MFL Subject Leader at Crofton School and have a long experience of teaching and leading MFL as well as leading teacher development in a variety of settings. This includes Initial Teacher Training and ECT mentoring as well as developing more experienced teachers and leaders.

  • Clare Packer

    Psychology Subject Lead

    I am Clare Packer. I am the Leader of GCSE Psychology at Tanbridge House School. We have a large cohort of students and Psychology is an increasingly popular subject. This is generally a students’ first experience of the subject, and their knowledge must be built sequentially and at an appropriate level so that students can progress and enjoy the subject.

  • Ben Hall

    P.E Subject Lead

    Ben has been teaching for over 15 years and has been Head of PE at Thornden School since 2020. His department has high participation rates at extra-curricular and they compete successfully at local, regional and national level. He regularly mentors ITT trainees, as well as having worked as an AQA moderator in the past.