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.


School Improvement Support Offer 2018-19 – Please click here for details


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 currently the Teaching School Director of the Rother Teaching School Alliance and Chair of the East Sussex ITT network. Other key roles have included: leading Initial Teacher Training and NQT Appropriate body development, Professional Development and Coaching, Humanities and History Teaching. Joanne is the key lead on the newly transitioned NQT Induction Service in collaboration with leaders across the East Sussex Teaching School Network.


Areas of expertise:

  • Networking across schools.
  • Teacher Training
  • CPD
  • Induction including NQTs
  • Coaching
  • Advanced facilitator for NPQML and NPQSL
  • Qualified Trainer of Neuro Linguistic Programming


Recent deployment/outreach work:

Joanne has initiated and brokered school to school support programmes that have been taking 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 the Chair of the ITT East Sussex Network which has a focus on teacher recruitment and retention.


Currently involved in:

  • Leading a local cluster for National College NPQSL Training through the Institute of Education
  • Facilitating the Coastal Challenge Aspirant Headteacher Programme
  • Artswork Co-ordinator
  • Working with the Laurel Trust to enable an Early Years Research Project to be developed within the Rother TSA and EIP.
  • Supporting the Teaching School Council Regional Lead on behalf of East Sussex
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 currently a teacher of Mathematics and Curriculum Lead. She has had a range of roles in the Maths Department including Joint Subject Leader. She is an experienced teacher of Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 maths. She has mentored trainee teachers and NQTs.


Areas of expertise:

  • Mentoring Maths trainees
  • Delivering Inset, to small groups, on topics included in the 9-1 Maths GCSE
  • Writing the whole school timetable


Recent outreach work

Geraldine has been involved with the England/China maths project. She visited Shanghai and worked closely with primary schools when the Chinese teachers had their return visit. She is currently developing resources for the project.

Lis Wood

Name: Lis Wood – English, Literacy and ITT

Gained SLE accreditation: December 2014                               

Biography:  Lis is Second in the English department, has been Literacy Co-ordinator and is currently 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 twelve years. She has a proven track record of moving trainees forward in their placements.


Areas of expertise:

  • Developing whole school literacy practices, and interventions
  • Monitoring and tracking whole school literacy.
  • 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.


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 Thrive Teaching School Alliance including inducting new mentors.

Philippa Hoyle

Name: Philippa Hoyle – Geography, PSHEe and Training











Gained SLE accreditation: December 2014                               

Biography: Philippa is currently Subject Lead for Geography and PSHEe, and safeguarding officer. She is an experienced and successful teacher of Geography at KS3, 4 and 5 at St Richard’s Catholic College and previously at Heathfield Community College where she was also 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 well-being interventions.  


Areas of expertise:

  • Developing Geography and PSHEe/Careers education schemes of work across both key stages to work alongside the National Curriculum
  • Delivering inset to whole staff, small groups and one to one.
  • Developing whole school health and well-being interventions, and careers advice and guidance including leading on funded projects
  • Developing pastoral care systems and good practice in pupil premium.
  • PSHEe/Careers education including developing small group work
  • Geography including leading a department to developing schemes of work, tracking and monitoring
  • Governor training in well-being, SMSC, British Values and global learning


Recent deployment/outreach work:

Philippa was involved in cross-phrase alliance work to implement the recent changes to careers within secondary schools. She has led network meetings for PSHEe and Careers across the various areas in East Sussex as well as supporting school with students with SEN. Philippa has worked closely alongside Teaching Assistants, non-subject specialists and the SEN department to improve the quality of teaching and learning in PSHEe/citizenship and careers and the geography department that she currently leads. She has also supported schools with self-evaluations in a number of areas including equalities, anti-bullying and pupil premium.


This year, Philippa has led many sessions training governors from all key stages across East Sussex in personal development and SMSC. She has also supported colleagues in geography at a head of department level.


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 2001 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
Dr Joolz Durkin

Name: Dr Joolz Durkin – Science

Gained SLE accreditation: June 2017

Accrediting Teaching School: Newick TSA



Joolz is a leading teacher of science at St Richard’s Catholic College. Her key achievements include:

  • Developing an exemplary programme for gifted and talented students.
  • Leading the annual Science Week enrichment activities.
  • Establishing GCSE Astronomy in the Year 9 curriculum.
  • Using CREST Awards to support extra-curricular science.


Recent deployment/outreach work:

Joolz provided support for local primary schools to achieve Primary Science Quality Mark.

  • Regional and national STEM competitions.
  • Membership of the STEM Advisory Group.
  • Science consultant for the Prince’s Teaching Institute.


Currently involved in:

  • Organising the Sussex Science Leaders Network.
  • ESERO space Ambassador.
  • Facilitating primary science training.
Alice Briley

Name: Alice Briley

Biography: Alice is currently Subject Leader of Maths, Music and R.E, and KS1 Lead. She is an experienced and successful teacher in KS1 at Catsfield Primary School where she has been teaching for six years; prior to that six and half years teaching KS2 in London. Alice has supported subject leaders in developing their role including writing action plans and building staff morale.

Areas of expertise:

  • 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
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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