ECF Lead for One Cumbria Teaching School Hub
I have been involved in system leadership since 2014 when I was one of the founding members of the ELLEN Teaching School Alliance and was therefore thrilled to join the One Cumbria TSH to lead and coordinate the Early Career Framework. I have been working in schools for thirty years now and I still thoroughly enjoy working with teachers new to our profession as well as more experienced Mentors. Since leaving headship in the west of the county, I have had the privilege to work with teachers across all phases of education and in all corners of Cumbria. I am constantly in awe of the fantastic education the young people of Cumbria receive thanks to the hardworking teams within our schools. By working with Teach First to deliver the Early Career Framework I believe our schools will benefit from well-developed and well supported early career teachers as they develop and grow into inspiring teachers for the next generation.
I am Assistant Headteacher at Ullswater Community College, Penrith, where I’m responsible for Teaching and Learning, professional development, and the Lead for ECTs.
My name is Rachel Clark and I am one of the mentors for the Early Career Framework.
I have been teaching over 20 years and for the majority of that time I have mentored Newly Qualified Teachers and Trainee teachers.
Currently, I am Headteacher of The Gillford Centre ( North PRU) which educates students aged 5 to 16 who have been permanently excluded or who are at risk of permanent exclusions. Prior to this I was Deputy head at Mayfield School and SENCo at Bransty Primary School. I am very fortunate to have taught students across the full range and within a variety of settings.
I believe in a culture of growing your own and inspiring them to become experts in their chosen field. It is a great privilege to support teachers who are starting out on their journey.
I’ve been an ECF Facilitator for mentors and ECTs since July 2021. I am currently working as Chemistry teacher and Mentor at Kirkbie Kendal School, Kendal. I have a wealth of experience after over twenty years in the classroom and have held responsibilities within schools managing subject and pastoral departments. My main career profile has been within training, teaching and learning and the induction and mentoring of ITT and Early Career Teachers. I have also worked as an author and in sales for STEM in recent years.
I am passionate about how ECF can support and challenge all ECTs and mentors and I am delighted to be able to facilitate the modules of exciting content, which can encourage our fantastic colleagues in Cumbria in making the best out of the start of their teaching career.
I currently teach at Montreal C of E Primary School as the Key Stage One lead. I have been teaching for 12 years, having left the University of Cumbria in 2010. I am on the Senior Leadership Team within my school and currently lead Maths, Art and MFL. I am also the mentor for Student Teachers and Apprentices in my school. Outside of school, I love spending time with my family and enjoy going for walks with a coffee!
I have worked as an MFL teacher in Cumbria for the past 9 years! I come from the North of Spain and I have lived in the UK since 2006. When I am not teaching I love going for runs and walks on the fells with my Golden Retriever, Bruno.
I have worked in Primary Education in Cumbria for over twenty years. I have experience across many settings and across the whole primary age range. During that time, I’ve held the roles of class teacher, SENDCo, Safeguarding Lead, Deputy Head and Headteacher (not all at once).
In September 2021 I embarked on a new phase of my life in education and I’m now working with schools across the Carlisle area, providing SEND support and direction. Although my role has changed many times over the years I don’t believe I will ever leave education behind and I’m passionate about the difference teachers can make to the lives of children and young people.
I’m a teacher in Early Years and Key Stage 1 at Kirkoswald Primary School in the Eden valley. I’m particularly interested in working with children in nature and helping develop children’s collaboration and thinking skills. I’m a keen musician and also enjoy climbing and exploring the Cumbrian countryside.
ECF & NPQ Lead Facilitator for One Cumbria Teaching School Hub
I’m an experienced teacher and senior leader who has worked in all stages of Primary and Secondary education in my 18 years as a teaching professional. I’m currently a Deputy Headteacher and Year 5 at a school in Carlisle. Alongside my roles in school, I also work for the NNW MathsHub, Carlisle School Direct and on the Early Careers Framework programme developing systems, resources and leading CPD workshops to support schools and education professionals develop and implement high quality teaching and learning.
Dr Alison Wilkinson FCCT
ECF Facilitator & NPQ Lead
I was delighted to join the One Cumbria TSH team this summer to lead on the reformed NPQ programmes which are certainly proving popular. I retired as Principal of QEStudio School in the summer, having applied to set it up as a free school in 2017. Prior to that I was Head of School at QES in Kirkby Lonsdale, having joined the school as Deputy Head in 1999. Alongside my work with One Cumbria, I am also the strategic lead for the South Lakes Federation of Schools together with the South Lakes Rural Partnership, a role borne out of a career long belief in the value of collaboration and system leadership. As part of my work in the South Lakes I am lucky to be able to chair the Morecambe Bay Curriculum schools’ working group in Cumbria, networking with amazing Cumbrian educators who are passionate about the environment and a nature-based education.
I am a ECF facilitator for ECTs and Mentors. I have a BA (Hons) in Geography and Economics from Newcastle University and a Secondary PGCE. I taught for 12 years at secondary schools in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and in Cheshire, where I was a Geography teacher and Head of Department. I took a break from teaching to raise my family and during this time we moved to Cumbria. We have lived here for 13 years. I was Chair of Governors of a local primary school and trained as a coach mentor to support newly appointed Chairs of Governors. Recently I have been working with the Cumbria Research School as an ELE alongside my role as a facilitator for the ECF programme.