Research School Network: Meet the Extended Team

Meet the Extended Team

Our Evidence Leads in Education work with the Aspirer Research School to help schools across the region in implementing evidence informed practice. This may involve leading or co-leading twilight events to communicate latest research findings, delivering on training courses for schools linked to their areas of specialism, or visiting schools to support them in turning theory into practice.Please click on the documents to read more about our wonderful Evidence Leads in Education (ELEs).


Michelle Cobb

Maths specialist, Implementation planning.

Having worked within the education sector for over 20 years, Michelle’s experience lies within teaching across the primary phase. She sits on the Maths Hub to train and support schools across Cheshire and Liverpool and is committed to developing outcomes for all pupils with a particular dedication for supporting disadvantaged learners. (Click to read more)

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Florence Pope

Secondary literacy PD

Florence Pope is Assistant Headteacher at Tytherington High School in Macclesfield. Her area of responsibility is Teaching and Learning with a particular focus on Continuing Professional Development. (Click to read more)

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John Barlow

Secondary Literacy

In his current role at Penketh High School in Warrington John leads on teaching and learning, staff development and research. He delivers ECF programmes in Warrington and has has significant experience in whole-school and subject level curriculum improvement, curriculum review, planning and delivering CPD and supporting teachers to get better. (Click to read more)

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Lisa Hesmondhalgh

Literacy – oracy, writing

As Director of English, Lisa supports schools within the Aspire Educational Trust and was one of the project Leads for the Aspirer Write Across’ Project, which utilised her subject passion for reading and writing. (Click to read more)

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Jo Ashcroft

Metacognition, Implementation

CEO and Executive Head of CLIC, Jo’s passion is primary education and she is committed to securing the highest standards of teaching and curriculum and the very best possible outcomes for pupils. Her areas of Research School specialism are: evidence informed practice and engagement with education; effective implementation; making the difference for disadvantaged learners; metacognition; and long term learning (the cognitive science of learning). (Click to read more)

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Helen Wright

Art & Design

Helen is passionate about visual art and ensuring that all children receive an exciting art education with many opportunities to explore the richness that visual art brings to our lives, as well as the belief that they might pursue a career in the arts. (Click to read more)

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Helen Wright

Helen Wright

Primary maths specialist

Maths in the primary setting is Helen’s passion. She has been Maths Lead across the Aspire Educational Trust for many years, working in a variety of ways to both develop a cohesive curriculum and develop colleagues’ subject knowledge and pedagogy. (Click to read more)

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