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 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’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.
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.
I am currently an Assistant Headteacher at the Lunesdale Learning Trust in Kirkby Lonsdale, where I lead on Teaching and Learning across the trust and am the DSL i/c attendance, as well as the Appropriate Body Lead for One Cumbria (South). I have worked in both the secondary and primary sector over my 30 year career in Cumbria and been involved in the induction and mentoring of new teachers since 2016 as the Appropriate Body Lead for the South Lakes Teaching School Alliance, as well as being an ECT induction tutor and ITT professional mentor in my own school, a role I find particularly rewarding and inspiring, as I set others off on their teaching journey. Prior to my current post, I was a Head of Languages, Director of a Language College, an AST and Primary Languages Coordinator for Cumbria. I hope I can bring my experience of all of the above to my role as a facilitator.
I am a primary teacher and Senior Leader working at St Patrick’s in Cleator Moor, where I’ve been for the past 10 years. In this time, I’ve taught across KS2 but mostly in Year 6. In addition to class teaching, I have responsibility for KS2, behaviour, maths, science and outdoor learning. I began working with One Cumbria in 2022 and I love getting out to meet new colleagues from such a diversity of schools and settings.
Outside of teaching, I love getting out in the lakes with my family, cycling and I’m part of Maryport Round Table.
I have worked as a primary teacher for over twenty years. I currently work as SENDCo and Safeguarding Lead at Victoria Academy in Barrow-in-Furness and alongside this, I also worked as the Primary Programme Lead for South Cumbria School Direct; training teachers across the Furness area. This role has enabled me to share my teaching experience and has given me a valuable insight into the foundation blocks of the ECF. I am now in the privileged position of being able to train teachers and then continue to support them through their ECF journey.
I came late to teaching, initially embarking on it as a sensible choice as I was bringing up three children, but was delighted to find that I love working in education. I trained as an English Teacher, but always incorporated Drama into my teaching. The opportunity arose to take on some Drama teaching and I was the Head of Drama at Trinity School, Carlisle, for twelve years. I attempted to retire, but was offered the opportunity to teach Key Stage Three Drama at Cockermouth School for a year, which I couldn’t refuse. I am now back at Trinity School as a Sixth Form Pastoral Tutor, and still do some work with the GCSE and A level Drama students there. It is a pleasure and a privilege to be part of the One Cumbria team.
I trained to teach primary, by completing a four-year B’Ed Hons degree. I then taught children in primary and special educational needs settings in the North East of England. Since moving to Cumbria, over 20 years ago, I have been involved in Initial Teacher Training both in Higher Education and School led settings. I thoroughly enjoy working with mentors and trainee teachers within their school contexts. Having completed my Master’s degree in Education, I have undertaken research exploring factors that contribute to success for Early Career Teachers. I have shared this research at a number of conferences in the UK (TEAN) and internationally (ECER). I now work on both the ECT and SCITT programmes with One Cumbria.