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Judith Schafer Director of One Cumbria TSH

Judith Schafer

Director of One Cumbria Teaching School Hub

I am delighted and excited to be appointed Director of One Cumbria Teaching School Hub. When I took on Headship I wrote a philosophy for education that, although it has changed over my tenure, retains the guiding principles that underpin everything I have done. I believe education should be ambitious, multifaceted, creative, marketable, effective, focused, and excited. Education should set the bar high for all. It should be purposeful, progressive, and independent.

This philosophy also applies to the adults in our schools. The teaching profession has long been full of inspired, flexible, unselfish professionals who recognise that the best teaching and learning is an iterative, lifelong process, with research, reflection and pedagogy at its centre. As TSH Director, I seek to build a sustainable system that provides learning which allows all staff the possibility to grow, listen to new ideas, refining and developing practice along a continuum from ITT to NPQEL.

Cumbria’s children need the best schools in their own communities. They need aspiring professionals to help them shape their world.

I grew up in Cumbria and Bristol (I am an alumnae of Jericho Primary School, Whitehaven) and studied English Language and Literature at Hertford College, Oxford University. After eight years working as a freelance journalist in London the lure of teaching took me to Goldsmith’s College, University of London, to complete a PGCE. I spent time teaching in Kent, London, Uganda and Scotland before arriving back in Cumbria in 2011. I became first Deputy then Headteacher of Solway Community School in 2013, subsequently adding Beacon Hill Community School to become Executive Head of Cumbria Futures Federation three years later.

I have spent my Headship arguing for, brokering and championing system leadership; now, I feel I have the momentum to take a real role in shaping the future of the profession in the wider educational landscape. I have been privileged to enjoy a unique position in Cumbria as Chair of CASH and co-chair of CASL which brings together all schools across the county. I have attended Primary Heads Association Executive meetings and been a member of Children’s Trust Board which has given me insight into the wider multi agency world. I have represented schools on the Cumbria LEP with links to FE, HE and employers and understand the wider picture around skills shortages. The education sector is the fifth largest employment sector in the Cumbrian economy, adding £597m to the Cumbrian economy and employing over 19,000 people; the ageing workforce and the need to attract talented professionals to fill posts over the next few years are a real issue One Cumbria can help address. The relationships and partnerships I have across and between sectors as a result of these roles have been a privilege to enjoy and I look forward to moving these forward as One Cumbria.

chair person - Vincent Ashworth

Vincent Ashworth

Chair of One Cumbria Board

Vincent is a qualified teacher. He spent 14 years in tertiary education as a teacher and a leader. He designed and taught on a range of vocational educational programmes, preparing young people for the world of work.

Vincent has a BA (Hons) degree in French Studies from the University of Lancaster as well as qualifications in interpreting from the Chartered Institute of Linguists. He has an MBA in Educational Management from London South Bank University as well as a CIPD postgraduate diploma in Human Resource Management.

Vincent joined Ofsted as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI) in 2003. He was subsequently promoted to managing inspector, senior HMI and subsequently Assistant Regional Director for the North West in 2015. Vincent’s specialist expertise is in initial teacher education. He spent several years as one of Ofsted’s national advisers on initial teacher training. He has extensive experience in leading and quality assuring inspections in higher education partnerships, schools, further education colleges and local authority children’s services. As Assistant Regional Director, Vincent was responsible for the recruitment and selection of HMI, training of the inspector workforce, managing media communications, complaints and correspondence management, dealing with safeguarding referrals and monitoring the performance of education provision across local authority areas in the North West. Vincent’s specialist areas of expertise include:

  • School improvement
  • Curriculum reviews
  • Leadership development
  • Self-evaluation and school development planning
  • Initial teacher education.

Vincent currently works as an education consultant and is a contracted Ofsted Inspector. He is also a Trustee for West Lakes Multi Academy trust with specific responsibility as Chair of One Cumbria Teaching School Hub.

Tina Beddoe

One Cumbria Deputy Director and ECF Lead 


Tina has been involved in system leadership since 2014 when she was one of the founding members of the ELLEN Teaching School Alliance. She has worked in schools for thirty years and has enjoyed working alongside teachers new to our profession as well as more experienced Mentors. Since leaving headship in the west of the county, she has 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.”

Fiona Davidson

One Cumbria Teaching School Hub Manager                                                   

Fiona has worked in schools for over 20 years and joined One Cumbria in January from her previous role as School Business Manager in a local school. Fiona also worked for the ELLEN Teaching School Alliance as their Business Manager when it was set up in 2014.

Dr Jeffery Quaye OBE

Member of One Cumbria Board

Jeffery joins us as a Trustee on the board of One Cumbria.
Jeffery is the National Director of Education and Standards at Aspirations Academies Trust. An experienced senior leader with an enormous passion for improving the life chances of young people, he was formerly a regional Chief Executive Officer and Director of Standards and Effectiveness. Prior to this, Jeffery was a headteacher of an inner-city London, 11-18 City of London Academy (Southwark) 2 which he led with a dedication to academic rigour and commitment to educational excellence and equity where every student is supported to achieve strong outcomes.

He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Mathematics Education from Brunel University London, a Master of Arts degree with Distinction in Education and holds both the National Professional Qualification for Headship and the Professional Qualification for School Inspectors.

Jeffery is a serving Inspector for primary and secondary schools, a Chartered Mathematics Teacher, an Advanced Skills Teacher, a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching (FCCT), and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA).

Jeffery is a UK Government education policy advisor with recent work with the Department for Education including the Teacher Recruitment and Retention strategy, Review of Behaviour and School Exclusions in England, and Multi Academy Leadership Development for Chief Executive Officers Content Framework.
Additionally, he is an Ofqual External expert and External Examiner for University of Oxford’s MSc Learning and Teaching and Coventry University’s MA in Educational Leadership programmes.

Jeffery is a researcher with particular interest in Bourdieu’s social field theory, social class, race, gender, and mathematics education. His expertise includes teaching and learning, educational leadership, curriculum development, assessment, school improvement, mathematics education, school governance and data analysis.

Jeffery was awarded an OBE for Services to Education in King Charles III’s first New Year Honours list.