Facilitators

Brief biographies of our facilitators are featured below. We are currently looking for outstanding facilitators to join our team. Contact us for more information.

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Sally Hindson

Sally Hindson is Assistant Headteacher at Brookburn Primary School. She has recently been recognised as a Specialist Leader of Education in the fields of Initial Teacher Training, Phonics and Leadership and Management. Sally facilitates on both the MOT1 and MOT2 courses. The breadth of her classroom experience spans from EYFS to lower KS2.

Sarah-Jane Henderson

Sarah-Jane is Deputy Head of Manley Park Primary School. She has been teaching for 16 years with a real passion for deep learning and understanding. She applies the knowledge she gains in the classroom to her adult facilitation. 

School-to-school support across the city has enabled Sarah-Jane to embed whole school change and develop middle leaders. She is rigorous in her approach to understanding individuals, contexts and barriers to ensure that she makes connections that promote collaboration.

Her facilitation experience includes; writing and delivering workshops at a number of Headteacher conferences for the last four years, writing and delivering a five-day Headteacher course on AfL, INSET training in a wide range of schools across Manchester on improving pedagogy, leading a team of facilitators to deliver MOT1 and maintaining excellent weekly CPD in her own school.

Fiona Botterill

Fiona Botterill is a Teacher Leader for Reading Recovery. Her specialism is in designing bespoke school improvement packages for all aspects of literacy. Fiona can train new Reading Recovery teachers and provide continuing professional programmes for existing Reading Recovery teachers so that they can maintain their licence for Reading Recovery.

Hannah Vecchione

Hannah is Director of PE and Sport and an Advanced Skills Teacher based at St John's RC Primary School in Chorlton.

Stefanie Habershon

Stefanie is Head of Early Years and KS1 at Chorlton Park Primary School.

Meryl Blackburn

Meryl is Head of KS2 at Chorlton Park Primary School.

Victoria Murrell

Victoria Murrell is the Early Years Standards Lead at Manley Park Primary School and an EYFS Specialist Leader of Education for Manchester Teaching School Alliance. She has been teaching for 6 years with a real passion for the early years that continues to grow and develop. She applies the knowledge she gains in the classroom to her adult facilitation. 

School-to-school support has enabled Victoria to support change and create a collaborative and reflective learning community across a range of schools and maximise potential for all. She is committed in her approach to understanding individuals, contexts and barriers to ensure that relationships are built to promote collaboration.

Her facilitation experience includes: school-to-school support with a range of leaders; AfL phase meetings as part of school to school support; network cluster meetings with a range of settings focusing on moderation; and maintaining early years CPD in her own school.

Kathryn Barker

Kathryn is the Assistant Headteacher for B-5 development at Manley Park Primary School and a Specialist Leader of Education for Manchester Teaching School Alliance. She has been teaching in the EYFS for eleven years. For two of these years she worked as an EYFS Advisory Teacher for a local authority, followed by four years as Phase One Standards Leader at Manley Park. Kathryn has grown and developed her team to be outstanding practitioners.

Kathryn is very clear on what outstanding means for the many different aspects of school linked to EYFS. She can identify outstanding environments, pedagogical knowledge, communication systems and leadership. She has supported many different schools over the last few years in developing their EYFS environments, leaders and systems, using Manley Park as exemplary practice.

As a specialist EYFS practitioner, Kathryn has the understanding and skills to support the development of this essential provision in any school. She is aware of how the developments in the EYFS support the wider school improvements agenda. She is able to interpret data and share findings with all professionals. She can evaluate progress and action plan to address gaps in learning or attainment.

Her ability to model outstanding practice, reflect with practitioners and set SMART targets have led to significant improvements being acknowledged by Headteachers of the other schools she has worked with. 

Oliver Kerr

Oliver Kerr is deputy headteacher at Old Moat Primary School 

Anne-Marie Mendieta

Anne-Marie Mendieta is the Reading Recovery Teacher and Reading/ECaR (Every Child a Reader) lead at Barlow Hall Primary School. She supports teaching and learning in reading across the full age-range of the school. Anne-Marie has been part of Barlow Hall's ECaR journey since 2007.

Her facilitation experience includes: writing and delivering reading courses for teaching and support staff; supporting bespoke INSET training in a wide range of schools across Greater Manchester; and writing and delivering a range of staff induction and CPD in her own school, Barlow Hall.

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