School to School Support

Meet our Leaders of Education

How we can help you?


The Rother Teaching School led by St Richard’s Catholic College has a strong track record in school improvement that has led to positive change in children’s attainment in the local area and beyond.

Across our Alliance we have a pool of talented and skilled practitioners who can make a difference to children’s learning in your school.


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You can call upon our:


Lead Professionals: outstanding members of staff who lead practice and learning in and across schools. Our Lead Practitioners can help your school improve practice by working alongside individual members of staff, working with small groups of teachers for defined periods of time or leading inset sessions in their areas of expertise.


Specialist Leaders in Education: outstanding Middle or Senior Leaders who are skilled in supporting individuals or teams in similar positions in other schools. They understand what outstanding leadership practice looks like in their area and will help others achieve this in their context.


National Leaders of Education: outstanding Headteachers or Principals who, together with the staff in their schools (designated national support schools (NSS)), use their skills and experience to support schools in challenging circumstances.


Our guarantee


All school-to-school work is quality assured and outcomes of school-to-school support will be measured against a clear base line and impact statements and shared with the Executive Board of the Teaching School Alliance. When we work with you we enter a partnership with you, outlining how we will work for the duration of the project and how goals will be measured.


All work undertaken by the Rother Teaching School Alliance will be customized to meet your specific needs within your time frame.


Please contact or the Headteacher’s PA if you wish to discuss support with Miss Cronin telephone 01424 731070.

Joanne Calladine – Evans

Name:  Joanne Calladine – Evans

Gained SLE accreditation: December 2012                              

Accrediting Teaching School: Millais


Biography: Joanne is the Teaching School Director of the Rother Teaching School Alliance, Work group lead for the East Sussex Teaching School Partnership and Chair of the East Sussex ITT network. Other key roles have included: leading Initial Teacher Training and NQT Appropriate body development, Professional Development of programmes and Facilitation and Leadership Coaching. Joanne is one of the Directors of the Sussex NQT Service in collaboration with leaders across the East Sussex Teaching School Alliance. Currently Joanne is the Sub Regional lead on School to School Support in East Sussex and since February 2020 a Fellow of the Chartered College.


Recent deployment

Joanne is working with the Teaching School Council in the support and delivery of the Department for Education’s School to School Support Offer. Additionally, she has initiated and brokered school to school support programmes that have taken place within the alliance of schools led by St Richard’s across the Education Improvement Partnership. She has supported local initiatives aimed at increasing the number of Teaching Schools in East Sussex and is working with ITT networks across the South East to support Teacher recruitment into East Sussex.


Currently involved in:

  • The deployment and training of Specialist Leaders of Education across East Sussex.
  • Supporting Schools as the Teaching School Council Regional Lead on behalf of East Sussex
  • ITT Network Leadership
  • Women in Leadership Coaching Programme
  • NPQML and SL delivery and development.
  • Developing online CPD for 2020/21



Deborah Bligh

Name:  Deborah Bligh

Gained SLE accreditation: May 2019

Accrediting Teaching School: East Sussex Teaching School Alliance

Biography: Debs is the Vice Principal at St Richard’s holding the responsibility of pastoral care and safeguarding. Key roles include pastoral leadership for year 7, 10 & 11 experienced in all aspects of pastoral care (sanctions, rewards, BFL, attendance, year identity etc.) Within the curriculum Debs has led the subject area of RE and PSHEE and has a detailed knowledge of raising standards in Teaching and Learning.


Areas of expertise

  • Mentoring and coaching
  • Facilitation of OTP and Leadership programmes
  • Early years programme and developing In house CPD
  • RE – Teaching and learning – pupil engagement
  • Pastoral care – systems and support, behaviour for learning, safeguarding
  • Developing a whole school wellbeing approach
  • Working on cross curriculum projects involving other schools
  • Building teams
  • DSL lead
  • Working with external agencies for pupil welfare


Recent deployment/outreach work:

Debs has contributed to safeguarding forums and DSL supervision meetings. She has supported colleagues in other schools with S2S placements for pupils causing disruption or issues and share good practice.

She has supported a number of pastoral leaders from other schools both in the County and further afield and has developed an in-house pastoral programme for teachers wishing to visit to receive support and ideas.

Recently she has supported a secondary school with behaviour management and pastoral policy and implementation.

Whole school wellbeing work shared with the MHST team as example models for other schools.

Pete Tadros

Name: Pete Tadros – Science and Assessment

Gained SLE accreditation: December 2012

Accrediting Teaching School: Hayesbrook School, Tonbridge

Biography: Pete Tadros has been teaching at St Richards Catholic College for the past 19 years. He has been Subject Leader of science for 17 years and is a member of the Leadership team. The science department is an outstanding department which has consistently been a leading performer at both college and county level. This has largely been due to very effective methods for pupil engagement, target setting and tracking linked to a differentiated scheme of work.  Much of his outreach work has been based on the effective usage of these methodologies to run an outstanding department.


Areas of expertise:

  • Science teaching and leadership
  • Whole school use of data for progress and intervention
  • Support for middle level leaders in the use of target setting and data to raise overall achievement.


Recent deployment/outreach work:

Pete has recently worked with a science department in a local school in special measures. This work involved not only supporting teachers in classrooms but also leadership of the department.

He has worked in several schools in East Sussex (including a Special School) training middle level leaders in the effective use of target setting and data to raise achievement. He also led a project to raise achievement in KS3 science with a group of secondary schools.

Pete has also recently led a project to enhance the teaching of Physics across a number of East Sussex schools.



“The strategies really helped us resulting in a whole school increase from 65 to 72%” Uckfield Community College

“Schemes of work examples that allowed us to adapt our teaching” Saxon Mount Community Special School

Rob Doherty

Name: Rob Doherty – History and Behaviour for Learning


Gained SLE accreditation:          July 2013

Accrediting Teaching School:   Hayesbrook School, Tonbridge

Biography : Rob is an experienced teacher and leader of History and Humanities subjects. He is a highly successful classroom practitioner who achieves consistently high GCSE outcomes. He has also had significant experience as a Pastoral Leader and in leading improvements in behaviour management.


Areas of expertise:

  • Teaching and leadership of history and humanities subjects
  • Increasing the proportion of A/A* grades in History and humanities
  • Moving ‘D’ grades to ‘C’ grades
  • Pastoral leadership
  • Behaviour management.


Recent deployment/outreach work:

  • A three month placement in a school in special measures leading non specialist teachers in preparing Year 11 students for GCSE examinations. The overall C+ grades achieved by the school was 14% higher than predicted at the beginning of Rob’s placement and a record number of A/A* grades were obtained.
  • 3 days in Kent schools developing strategies to raise the proportion of KS4 students obtaining A/A* grades


Currently involved in:

Rob is currently involved in raising boys’ achievement in the alliance group of schools. He is also involved in KS4/5 transition.

He has recently been appointed to support a school in Kent improving the quality of history provision.

Sally Franceschi

Sally Franceschi – CPD, Leadership and Languages


SLE: Leadership Development, NQT and ITT, Performance Management, Coaching


Sally joined Step Academy Trust in September 2016 as Deputy Headteacher at Breakwater Academy in Newhaven. Her role includes teaching and learning, assessment, English and the wider curriculum, NQTs and ITT.


Prior to working at Breakwater Academy, Sally spent five years at Cavendish School in Eastbourne in roles which included Assistant Headteacher, Acting Deputy Headteacher and Head of Primary. Her role included CPD across the school, appraisal, overseeing NQTs and ITT including School Direct and the line management of Modern Languages and Humanities. Sally also led on CPD, Leadership Programmes, Appraisal, Teachers’ Standards, School Direct and facilitated on the NPQML and the NPQSL programmes. As Head of Primary, Sally was responsible for setting up two Reception classes for the primary phase of the Cavendish School, which opened in September 2015. Sally has overseen all aspects of the introduction of the EYFS curriculum, staffing and resourcing.


Prior to working at Cavendish School, Sally worked for East Sussex School Improvement Service as Schools’ Workforce Adviser. Sally led a variety of cross-phase areas including CPD, NQTs, ASTs, Gifted and Talented, performance management, leadership development and head teacher induction; developing, writing and facilitating a number of centrally delivered and bespoke programmes and sessions. Whilst in this role Sally was a member of the South-East CPD steering group and together with a colleague from Medway, wrote ‘The Quality Mark for CPD Leadership’ which has been adopted and adapted by Local Authorities across the country as a whole. Sally was also a Governor Trainer for East Sussex County Council and a Coach, having gained a level 5 qualification in coaching in 2011. From 2008-2010 Sally was a South-East Regional Trainer for the Training and Development Agency for Schools, facilitating training on Government initiatives across Local Authorities in the region.


Before joining the School Improvement Service Sally had extensive experience in other secondary schools which included ITT, NQT, curriculum and pastoral leadership roles.

Geraldine Machin

Name: Geraldine Machin – Maths and Curriculum Development


Gained SLE accreditation December 2014

Accrediting teaching school: St Richard’s

Biography: Geraldine is the Curriculum Lead at St Richard’s and also holds the responsibility for the school timetable. She is an experienced teacher of maths at KS3 and KS4 at St Richard’s. Geraldine has had a range of responsibilities within the maths department including joint subject lead.

Areas of expertise:

  • Mentoring Maths trainees and teachers
  • Delivering Inset, to small groups, on topics included in the 9-1 Maths GCSE
  • Writing the whole school timetable
  • Curriculum modelling
Lis Wood

Name: Lis Wood – English, Literacy,  ITT and CPD

Gained SLE accreditation: December 2014                               

Biography: Lis is Professional Development and ITT Lead and teaches English in Key stages 3 and 4. She has also been English Subject Leader, Literacy Co-ordinator and Professional Tutor. She is an experienced and successful teacher of English at KS3 and 4 at St Richard’s Catholic College where she has been teaching for sixteen years. She has a proven track record of moving trainees forward in their placements and being able to support teachers at all stages of their careers to make progress. She has experience at leading and planning CPD across all areas of teaching and learning.


Areas of expertise:

  • Developing whole school literacy practices and interventions
  • Monitoring and tracking whole school literacy and results.
  • Developing English schemes of work across both key stages to work alongside the National Curriculum and a range of GCSE and iGCSE syllabuses.
  • Delivering inset to whole staff, small groups and one to one.
  • Teacher Training.
  • Induction including NQTs.
  • English.
  • Building CPD programmes and leading targeted CPD for whole staff.


Recent deployment/outreach work:

Lis has been involved in cross-phrase alliance work to improve the quality of teaching of spelling, punctuation and grammar as well as delivering numerous literacy training sessions in a range of schools. She has also been involved in the Boys’ Achievement Network at KS4.  Lis has worked closely alongside Teaching Assistants, non-subject specialists and the SEN department to improve the quality of Literacy support sessions and interventions including the use of new digital reading tests and IT literacy provisions.  She has also worked within secondary schools with Subject Leaders moderating GCSE work and supporting non-specialists teaching at KS3.


Lis works within the ITT network and her induction and professional studies’ programmes have received high praise from external assessors. She leads School Direct recruitment within Rother Teaching School Alliance including inducting new mentors.


In her most recent role as Professional Development Lead, she has experience at planning CPD for all staff on a variety of topics including: impactful interventions, developing independent learners, developing feedback and the effective use of Teaching Assistants to name but a few.  Lis has been trained as an Improvement Champion to support the school to school review process.

Philippa Hoyle

Name: Philippa Hoyle – Geography, PSHEe and Training











Gained SLE accreditation: December 2014                               

Biography: Philippa is currently Assistant Principal at St Richard’s Catholic College. She is also the Subject Lead for Geography and a safeguarding officer. She is an experienced and successful teacher of Geography at KS3, 4 and 5, led whole school PSHEe and, at Heathfield Community College, was a Head of Year and Professional Tutor.


She has been an education consultant for East Sussex County Council where she supported schools with Inclusion including Pupil Premium, equalities and anti-bullying, for example. She was a specialist adviser in the area of PSHEe across all key stages and wellbeing interventions. She is also a governor at a primary school.


Areas of expertise:

  • Leading whole school Pupil Premium
  • Leading Teaching and Learning across the school – including the Middle Leadership Programme
  • Subject leadership of Geography as well as PSHEe
  • Developing Geography schemes of learning to see improved pupil progress at both KS3 and KS4
  • Mapping and writing PSHEe/ Careers education schemes of work across both key stages
  • Delivering Inset to staff, small groups and one to one.
  • Developing whole school health and wellbeing interventions, and careers advice and guidance including leading on funded projects
  • Developing pastoral care systems
  • PSHEe/Careers education including developing small group work


Recent deployment/outreach work:

Philippa has led the Middle Leader programme for the last 2 years across the partnership which has been successfully received. The programme supports those aspiring or new to middle leadership to gain a sound grasp of the role and support them in developing their skills and expertise.


Philippa has worked with local primary schools to develop practice across the phases in improving outcomes for Pupil Premium children as well as other secondary schools.


Philippa has supported a number of visitors from other schools to learn about practice in a variety such as teaching and learning and from her own department.




Quotes from recent training events include:-

‘Thank you for an excellent and informative session. I found it to be very helpful and valuable.’

‘Great delivery and thought through presentation.’

‘Excellent presenter – lively, engaging- time flew!’

Kim Byford

kbtsName: Kim Byford – Performing Arts, Arts Leadership

Biography:  Kim is currently the Head of Performing Arts at Bexhill College and has been in this post since 2007 leading the development of the Performing Arts department culminating in the building of the Izzard Theatre at the college. She has worked in post 16 education since 2000 in a variety of Colleges across the country. Kim is committed to exposing students to new experiences believing that this builds confidence which increases achievement across the curriculum and raises aspiration. Previously she has taken students to: perform in Venice, receive conservatoire actor training in Prague as well as a host of performances in festivals and venues. Last year Kim started a student theatre company, Bexelei, and managed to secure an Arts Council grant for the development of a new play. The company worked with professional playwright Jon Barton and the resulting play ‘Persona’ was performed at the Brighton Fringe Festival to critical acclaim.


Areas of expertise:

  • Curriculum leadership (Performing Arts-including Drama, Dance and Music)
  • Improving achievement
  • Stretch and challenge
  • Enriching the curriculum
  • Making links with industry
  • Embedding provision in the local community
Miss Natasha Baker

Name: Miss Natasha Baker – Deputy Head Teacher

Gained SLE accreditation: July 2019

Accrediting Teaching School: East Sussex Teaching School Alliance



Teaching Qualifications: Batchelor of Arts in Primary Studies and Primary Education Degree (Academic Studies in Primary Education)

I have had an amazing journey into education and although it took an incredible amount of time to gain my QTS, I have worked as qualified teacher for at least 12 years now. I have enjoyed working alongside colleagues and have learnt so much from them. I have a passion for teaching and learning; I have been driven by determination and dedication to improve my own practice. I am appreciative that I have had an opportunity to be a Leader of Learning, a Lead Moderator, an EIP Lead, Assistant Head and Deputy Head. I enjoy being an NQT mentor and staff coach and would like to continue sharing these experiences and skills with others. I am willing to meet any challenge and believe that positive approaches work.


Recent deployment/outreach work:

  • Training NQTs and new staff in (PWP) Primary Writing Project through organising and delivering CPD courses.
  • Providing NQT support to other schools/Mentors/Head teachers (joint observations, action planning, book and planning scrutiny and target setting with mentors)
  • Monitoring planning via email and providing feedback when appropriate within the Alliance/Trust.
  • Supporting schools and teachers on a support plan to improve Teaching and Learning including identifying effective learning environments.
  • Leading moderation courses.
Alice Briley

Name: Alice Briley


Biography: Alice is currently Subject Leader of Maths, Music and R.E, and is a member of the Senior Leadership Team. She is an experienced and successful teacher in KS2, having moved from KS1 at the start of this academic year, at Catsfield Primary School where she has been teaching for six years. Before moving to East Sussex, Alice taught KS1 and KS2 for 6 and a half years in London.


Alice has supported subject leaders in developing their role including writing action plans and building staff morale. She has worked closely with teachers in other schools locally; offering advice and guidance to aid CPD.


Areas of expertise:

  • Coaching in mastery approaches
  • Team teaching to upskill teachers
  • Leading staff meetings
  • Developing whole school approaches to Maths assessments
  • Developing a mastery programme
  • Created innovative resources to support maths learning
  • Delivering inset to whole staff, small groups and one to one for Maths, Music and R.E
  • Created a new scheme of work for R.E


Rochelle Byles

Name:  Rochelle Byles

Gained SLE accreditation: April 2019


Rochelle is currently KS1 Lead at Battle & Langton Primary School. She is an experienced & successful teacher at this 2 form entry school, where she has been for 5 years.  Prior to this, Rochelle taught in Coventry for 12 years across Foundation, KS1 & KS2.  She has been a phase leader for several years across 2 schools and historic posts include Maths Lead, Phonics Lead, Science Lead & Nurture Lead.  Rochelle has built a successful Nurture provision, which achieved the Marjorie Boxall Quality Mark Award. She gained her NPQSL in July 2013.  Rochelle has worked with subject leaders to develop their role & with classroom teachers to improve practice.


Areas of expertise

  • Behaviour Management
  • Developing Nurture provision
  • Phonics development
  • Delivering inset to whole staff, small groups and one to one.
  • Mentoring NQTs
Claire Ramalli

Name:  Claire Ramalli

Gained SLE accreditation: December 2019


Claire is an experienced and successful teacher of Religious Studies, Philosophy & Ethics at KS3, 4 and 5. She has worked for the past two years as teacher of Ethics at Ratton School and leads the RE Hub network for East Sussex RE teachers. She is also a member of SACRE.  Prior to joining Ratton school Claire worked for 15 years in two inner city London schools. A Head of Department for 8 years and KS4 co-ordinator. She has mentored and supported NQTs and trainee teachers from the  Institute of Education and passed her MLDP from the National College in 2014.
She has experience on delivering whole school CPD sessions on teaching and learning through ‘Teach Meets’ and has a proven track record of successfully delivering and implementing teaching strategies that encourage students to be independent learners and improving boys engagement in Religious Studies.

Areas of expertise

  • Developing schemes of learning across Key Stages to adhere to the Locally Agreed Syllabus and GCSE and A-level syllabuses
  • Delivering CPD on teaching and learning to whole staff, smaller groups and 1:1 support
  • Mentoring NQTs and trainee teachers
Recent deployment/outreach work:
Claire has supported Heads of Religious Studies in secondary schools and non-specialist teachers in planning and delivering RS GCSE at KS4.
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National Leaders of Education
Doreen Cronin

Name: Doreen Cronin


Principal of St Richard’s Catholic College.


Angela Hamill

Name: Angela Hamill


Angela is currently Head Teacher of St Peter and St Paul CE VA Primary School in Bexhill.  The school was graded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2015 and SIAMs ‘Outstanding’ followed in February 2016.  The school became a National Support School in 2017 and Angela a National Leader of Education.  Angela is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust.


Areas of expertise available via Angela or her leadership team:

  • Strategic leadership
  • School evaluation and development planning
  • School systems and analysis
  • Staff development and ensuring quality first teaching
  • Expertise in primary RE
  • Expertise in Early Years
  • Mastery in maths
Local Leaders of Education
Paul Swatton

Name: Paul Swatton


Headteacher of Claverham Community College.


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