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Meet the team

IMG-5004Helen Ward

Helen is our English Hub Strategic lead, she is the head teacher at Lealholm School which is the lead school for the Hub. Lealholm is a small school with just two classes. Before this, she was Assistant Head Teacher at Skelton Primary School in Redcar and Cleveland- a school with around 600 pupils. During her teaching career, she has taught from Reception up to Year 6, giving her a very good understanding of where children start out and where they need to go during their primary years. 

She is also Workforce Development Leader for the Esk Valley Alliance. 

Areas of Expertise: 

  • EYFS  
  • Quality First Teaching  
  • Subject Leadership  
  • Whole Key stage planning  
  • Peer Review  
  • SEND

HannahHannah Spencer

Hannah is our English Hub Lead and Literacy Specialist. She is an experienced Senior Leader and Specialist Leader in Education (SLE) with a proven track record of supporting schools across North Yorkshire.

Areas of expertise:

  • Leadership Development
  • Action Planning Support
  • Effective Phonics practice 
  • Embedding a strong reading culture
  • Language development in Early Years 

Louise-CallaghanLouise Callaghan

Louise is an experienced EYFS and KS1 Leader (currently Acting Headteacher), with extensive experience of leading and developing phonics provision in her own and other schools.

Areas of expertise:

  • Effective phonics practice 
  • Language development in Early Years
  • Parental engagement 
  • Developing teams
  • Smaller schools 

Claudia RekClaudia Rek

Claudia is an experienced teacher and senior leader at an Infant school in York. Leading phonics and early reading in school she is passionate about developing and nurturing a love of reading in children from a young age. Having worked as a Reading lead in a partner school, Claudia understands the role of the English hub, the support it can lend schools and the huge impact it can have on improving reading outcomes for all children.

Areas of experience:

  • Infant Schools
  • Driving improvements in schools
  • Delivering CPD to whole staff teams
  • Fostering a love of reading
  • Effective phonics practise

HannahHannah Burrell

Hannah Burrell is a dedicated and forward thinking Assistant Headteacher at a brand new free school in Thirsk, North Yorkshire. She is an Early Years expert with a passion for developing a love of reading and is committed to supporting every child to succeed through an engaging and play based approach to the curriculum that has high expectations for every unique child at the centre. Over the coming year, Hannah will be supporting to lead an EYFS ITT programme as well as facilitating training for the Early Career Framework.

Areas of expertise:

  • Developing early language
  • Promoting oracy and storytelling
  • Early Years pedagogy and practice
  • Reading and phonics in Early Years and Key Stage 1
  • Enabling environments
  • Supporting staff to implement new strategies and improvements in schools.

IMG_1424Lucy Everitt

Lucy is a committed and supportive senior leader based in the East Riding of Yorkshire. She is an experienced leader of EYFS, KS1 and phonics and has driven improvements in these areas. Lucy is skilled in supporting staff in her own school and in those across her academy.

Areas of expertise:

  • Mentoring and coaching trainee teachers, NQTs and RQTs
  • Parental engagement
  • Knowledge of Letters and Sounds
  • Action planning
  • Restorative practice and building a strong culture based on positive relationships

AimeeAimee Steedman

Aimee is an experienced Senior Leader and KS1 teacher based in North East Lincolnshire who is passionate about reading. Aimee is an expert in delivering the Read Write Inc programme and has a comprehensive range of experience in leading phonics and mentoring new teachers. Aimee has a particular strength in ensuring the  'bottom 20%' of children are well supported to make speedy progress to meet or excel age related expectations.

Areas of expertise:

  • Working with high proportions of Pupil Premium children
  • Effective and rigorous assessment and tracking to close gaps
  • Action Planning
  • RWI Development
  • Mentoring new staff
  • Promoting reading cultures
  • Teaching on areas of high deprivation