Director of Research and Development Science and Core programmes Lead
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David leads the newly appointed Carmel Research School. Previously, he was Regional Network Lead and Network Education Lead for STEM Learning, where he oversaw science CPD provision in the North. Alongside his current role, he is an Educational Consultant working in a range of advisory and school improvement roles to support many schools in the region and beyond. He draws on over fifteen years of experience teaching Physics to ages 11-18, and over ten years of leadership in 3 schools, including positions as middle and senior leader. He is currently leading the EEF/Wellcome Trust funded programme ‘Leadership Lite’, in which 140 schools are participating across the UK.
R&D Projects Manager
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An ex pupil of Carmel college and 6th form, Sarah studied Biomedical Sciences at University of Sunderland and completed a years research at the Royal free Hospital in London in Paediatric Gastroenterology. After graduating Sarah spent 13 years working for a large contract pharmaceutical manufacturer as a manufacturing scientist before moving into manufacturing project management which involved, writing processing documents, planning and developing scale up, engineering and manufacture through to FDA and MHRA audits. Sarah joined Carmel in 2018 to help manage the growth of the projects, day to day and future planning.
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Michala has worked for Carmel for over 3 years and is very efficient and experienced in Bookings and the online systems and, along with Sarah, will be your first port of call and the friendly voice on the phone helping you with your queries and bookings. Michala also deals with our Maths hub, Computing Hub and STEM SLP organisation.
Jackie Springhall has worked in the education sector for 14 years. Her administration experience at Carmel College covers many aspects of school life. She is the Administrator for the Archimedes NE Maths Hub, one of 40 hubs across the UK. This programme offers support to teachers and schools to improve maths education.
Naomi is an experienced maths teacher and senior leader working in the North East. Having been a head of department and Assistant head of Sixth form, Naomi moved on to working with Pupil Premium students in a large secondary school. Naomi is passionate about inspiring students to achieve their potential whatever their barriers may be. Naomi is currently working in a variety of roles supporting schools across the country to improve the outcomes for students, including as Senior projects lead for Carmel Research school. This, along with other national roles has provided Naomi with the opportunity to work with teachers across the country to promote the best in educational research and practice.
Rose Marie Rochester
Rose - Marie was designated as a maths SLE in 2013, which was the formal beginning of her work with other schools in the North East, and has been the Maths Hub Lead for the Archimedes NE maths hub since its inception in 2014. She is especially interested in embedding teaching for mastery in our schools and has a particular interest in sharing the Singapore methodologies, so as to build pupils’ confidence and competence with their maths.
She feels privileged to have worked with teachers from Shanghai for a number of years and continues to grow in her understanding and experience of their teaching for understanding and depth; this has enabled her to develop workshops and courses which she continually refines and delivers to teachers, maths leads and SLT members in the locality and beyond.As an accredited PD Lead for mathematics, she is also experienced in devising and delivering professional development for other teachers – both general maths PD and also department specific PD. Rose-Marie is passionate about developing maths provision across all phases, and thus improving outcomes for all children. Rose-Marie still works within Carmel's mathematics department, whilst leading maths across Carmel Education Trust’s schools, working with staff and students alike across all phases.
Science & Maths Consultant
Alan has been supporting schools since 1998 with mathematics and science across Key Stages 1, 2 and 3. His special interest is in helping teachers to develop the pedagogical strategies to support thinking and reasoning in all children. Alan is a Tutor for the Let's Think Forum, a charity that supports schools to develop Cognitive Acceleration techniques (CAME and CASE). Recently as the Editor of Equals (the Maths Association publication supporting SEND) Alan has begun to help schools to help their least able students reach their potential. He is also a doctoral student at Brunel University exploring small group talk in science lessons.
Adrian has been working in Education since his PGCE Secondary Maths in 2001 and has held many consultative roles since 2008 which most recently have included LA STEM Advisor and Education Advisor for Kielder Observatory Astronomical Society. He continues to support school across Teesside developing Science and Maths Teachers through SSIF Programmes and has recently been appointed to a leadership position in school to develop their Maths department as they continue their school improvement journey using research based techniques to improve outcomes and reduce teacher workload.
Helen Mulholland is Assistant Headteacher and the EYFS Lead at St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School in Darlington. Helen is an experienced Early Years practitioner and leads training across Trust. She is highly skilled particularly in phonics and early reading, and led the National Strategies CLLD (Communication, Language and Literacy Development) programme in Middlesbrough LA for several years.
Rachael has worked at Carmel for 7 years as a Science Teacher and has several roles within the Carmel pastoral team. She is one of the consultants working on Deeper Think, CASE and the Leadership Lite programmes. She knew from early on in her career the value of evidence informed practice and its impact on learning. She now focuses her energy on enabling others to use research to inform thier teaching as well as maintaining her role as Assistant Head of Sixth Form.
Tim is an educational consultant supporting teaching and learning practice and middle leadership in schools and academies across the country. His key focus is in supporting the development of cross-curricular literacy in response to proposed changes to the new OFSTED framework through providing bespoke CPD including coaching as a support mechanism for teachers in non-core subjects. Tim is a science specialist and continues to support all manner of strategic and operational developmental needs, training and CPD in school science.
Core Programme Lead & Director of Carmel Teaching School
Monita Atkinson has been at Carmel since qualifying in 1994. During that time she has been a Head of Year for 10 years working within Key Stage 3 and in charge of transition for 5 years liaising with up to 30 primary schools. She has worked with a variety of ITT providers and currently leads 14 mentors and is responsible for 15 trainees. As well as her ITT work she also facilitates and delivers a number of training programmes.
Secondary Literacy lead & English Curriculum Lead
Nicky is a Assistant Headteacher and responsible for literacy and Head of English at Our Lady and St Bede (OLSB) in Stockton.
Nicky started her career post graduation in PR & Marketing working alongside some big household names and then at a large FE college. Nicky returned to university to complete her PGCE in English and Drama and started her career in teaching at OLSB in 2002, where she progressed quickly to head of English and then became Assistant head in 2019.
Primary teacher & SENCO
Sarah is the Research Schools, SEN Lead and teacher at St Bedes Catholic Primary in Darlington.
Computing Hub Lead and Secondary lead & Computing curriculum lead
Simon leads the Carmel Computing hub and is Secondary Computing Lead as well as being the curriculum lead for Computing at Carmel College
Computing Hub Primary lead
Gráinne Duffy is the primary school lead at the Tees Valley and Durham Computing Hub.
Before starting her teaching career more than 25 years ago Gráinne was a Systems Engineer for a global computing company. Her interest in computing having been sparked by the family’s “Dragon 32” when she realised she could write programs and edit the code in the games her elder brothers played.
Now Gráinne shares her enthusiasm for teaching and teaching computing through the Computing Hub.
Gráinne enjoys running and is often seen out with her faithful companion Ollie the spaniel.