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Research School Network: Introducing our new team members This September we welcomed a new Operations Lead and new ELEs to the expanding Staffordshire Research School team.

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Introducing our new team members

This September we welcomed a new Operations Lead and new ELEs to the expanding Staffordshire Research School team.

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This September we welcomed Tom Bithell to the role of Research School Operations Lead who will be involved in all aspects of Research School partnerships, training and communications. Tom brings a wealth of experience to the role, having previously been an ELE for the Staffordshire Research School and shares his position alongside his leadership role of Curriculum Lead for Humanities and Lead Teacher for Research Informed Practice at John Taylor Free School. 

In addition, we have also grown our team of Evidence Leads in Education (ELEs). They include: 

Pam Carpenter – CPD Programme Manager; Thrive Approach trainer; Mental Health First Aider. The Gateway Alliance. During her 22 years in Primary education, Pam has taught throughout the Primary phase from Nursery and held a number of leadership roles across 3 local authorities. This has included roles as core subject lead and more strategic leadership across a MAT for Teaching and Learning and Curriculum. As Deputy Head Teacher, Pam became a Thrive Practitioner and Thrive trainer whilst Head Teacher, supporting other schools within the locality.

James Gregory - EYFS & Phonics Lead at St. Leonards’ Primary in Stafford. James has 20 years teaching experience across the infant and primary age-range. As an Advanced Skills Teacher and senior leader, he has supported a number of schools in their journey towards outstanding: most recently receiving the same judgement as Early Years Lead in 2019.

You can read more about Pam and James, as well as all of our other ELEs experience in the document below. 

We are please to strengthen our partnership with The Gateway Alliance, who have also joined forces with the John Taylor Teaching School Hub to deliver on the Early Career Framework and reformed NPQs as well as in an ELE capacity. 

Whilst our most recent ELE recruitment deadline has passed, we are always looking to expand our team. In particular we would welcome expressions of interest from colleagues with expertise in the following areas: 

  • Primary SEND
  • KS2 Literacy
  • Pupil Premium Leads (Primary & Secondary)

If you would like to explore the possibilities of becoming an ELE with the Staffordshire Research School further, please email c.​kelly@​jths.​co.​uk

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