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Research School Network: Lancashire Associate Research School Extending our work across East Lancashire and beyond

Lancashire Associate Research School


Extending our work across East Lancashire and beyond

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The Lancashire Associate Research School, based at St Mary’s RC Primary School in Haslingden, will support the work of Blackpool Research School in East Lancashire by providing training, professional learning and support for local teachers.

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Donna McNicoll

Donna McNicoll

National Leader of Education

Donna is Headteacher at St Mary’s and is also a National Leader of Education with vast experience in school to school support. She is strongly committed to evidence informed practice in the context of school improvement, raising standards and providing all pupils, staff and trainees with opportunities to excel.As well as being named in the Times Parent Power Top 500 schools in the country’ (Number 14 /500- the only school in Lancashire and the North West to feature in the top 100), St Mary’s has also been in the top 3% of highest performing schools in the country for progress for the past four years.

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Gillian Fearns

Gillian Fearns

Director of Lancashire Associate Research School

Gill is Director of Lancashire Associate Research School. She is a very experienced Year 6 teacher, Deputy Head and a Specialist Leader of Education in English. Gill has worked across Lancashire focusing on raising standards at the end of KS2 as well as improving curriculum design and delivery. She was co – author on a successful evidence – informed SSIF project which supported 10 local schools in improving transition from KS2 to KS3.

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Kathryn Hall

Kathryn Hall

Specialist Leader of Education

Kathryn is an experienced senior leader and a Specialist Leader of Education. She is the main point of contact for Early Years, Phonics and Early Literacy and Numeracy. She has supported schools in the area helping to establish purposeful and effective continuous provision and delivering high quality Phonics training.

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Catherine Wilkinson

Catherine Wilkinson

Specialist Leader of Education

Catherine is a Specialist Leader of Education and the Primary Maths specialist. She is also an Accredited Maths Hub PD Lead. Her other subject specialisms are SEND and the personal development curriculum.

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