Who's Who? - The teaching school council membership


Andrew Warren

Andrew is the Executive Director of the Manor Teaching School Alliance, based at Manor Primary School in Wolverhampton, consistently one of the best performing primary schools in the country.  The teaching school’s brief is to support schools and find the next generation of outstanding teachers and leaders.  He is also a qualified coach and professional mentor and works closely in this capacity with many headteachers and senior leaders.

At a national level, Andrew is the Chair of the Teaching Schools Council, an organisation which plays a key role in helping to shape national policy, working with senior civil servants and teaching schools across the country to ensure every child, in every part of the country, has access to a great school.

Previously, he set up and was the Director of Britannia Teaching School Alliance (BTSA) in Stoke-on-Trent, an alliance which worked with over 100 schools.  He was a primary headteacher for seventeen years in three very different schools, which included two secondments to schools in trouble.  Andrew was also seconded for a year to work for Stoke-On-Trent City Council as an Assistant Director in the Children and Young People’s Directorate, leading a team of over 450 staff.

In his spare time, Andrew loves to climb mountains (he has been to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro), plays the piano in a music band he leads and is a preacher at his local church.  He is a qualified ski instructor and can’t remember the last time he was bored!


Gill Robinson OBE

Vice Chair
Gill Robinson, OBE

I have been a headteacher for 21 years and I became an NLE and a Teaching School Head in Cohort 3. As a headteacher, I have had four consecutive outstanding Ofsted judgements. I am currently a tutor working with Emerging Leaders in Special Schools and PRUs. This is my seventh year of being involved in this successful course. I am also a member of the Special School Headteacher Steering Group for the SSAT and I am a member of the Steering Group for the Yorkshire and Humber Special School Leaders. I am a School Improvement Partner for 9 schools and a Pupil Premium Reviewer. I am CEO of the Interaction and Communication Academy Trust.

I was awarded an OBE in the Queen's New Year 's Honours in January 2016.

You can contact me here: gill.robinson@tscouncil.org.uk


National Member
Dr. Lesley Curtis, OBE


I am the headteacher of Everton Nursery School and Family Centre in Liverpool, which has achieved an Outstanding judgement by Ofsted consecutively since 2004. During this time, I have had the opportunity to understand, support and respond to national early years' policy and initiatives such as Sure Start, Early Excellence Centres, Children’s Centres, and now as a Teaching School.

The Nursery School is the lead school within the North Liverpool Teaching School Partnership, working closely with Primary Schools, the Local Authority and HEIs both locally and nationally. I am currently a National Leader of Education and am also training with HMI to be an Inspector.

I was awarded the OBE, for services to education, in the 2014 New Year's Honours.

You can contact me here: lesley.curtis@tscouncil.org.uk



National Member
Stephen Munday, CBE

I am Chief Executive of The Cam Academy Trust and the Executive Principal of Comberton Village College.

In 2011, the Comberton Academy Trust was formed. This oversaw Comberton Village College becoming an Academy. Now called The Cam Academy Trust, it currently oversees 7 schools, (primary, Secondary and Sixth Forms) including a Free School in Cambourne, Cambridgeshire that was judged outstanding at its first inspection and has been designated as a Teaching School.
Educated in Canterbury, I studied Economics at the University of Cambridge. I went on to qualify as a teacher attending the Institute of Education London, where he also gained an MA in Economics Education.
In 2009 I was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Anglia Ruskin University for services to education and the community and in 2013 was awarded a CBE in recognition of his services to education.
I work in several advisory capacities with the Department for Education, including the Teaching Schools’ Council and the Eastern Region Headteachers’ Board and is a National Leader of
Education with the National College for Teaching and Learning, and an Associate Head with the SSAT. In 2015, I was asked to chair the expert group that was tasked to produce a Framework of Core Content for ITT courses in England. This was published, together with the accompanying report, in July 2016. I am now working with groups to take this work forward.

You can contact me here: stephen.munday@tscouncil.org.uk


Peer Member
Sir Andrew Carter, OBE

I was the Vice Chair of the Teaching Schools Council from 2011 – 2015 and I am now Peer Member, supporting the Council.

I am the Headteacher of South Farnham School. The school has achieved many awards and accolades and has been named as Sunday Times Primary School of the Year twice. It has achieved success in both the National Training and National Business Awards. South Farnham features in the DfE publication ‘Making Great Progress’ as one of the 20 highest achieving schools nationally. South Farnham was selected as one of the first Teaching Schools; it is also a National Support School, and I am a National Leader of Education.

I have contributed articles and features in educational journals, and my publication ‘Financial Management in Schools’ has been widely used by Headteachers and Governors to support them in school improvement. I sit on a range of national strategic policy groups including the Teaching Agency’s for ITT, NCETM for Mathematics and the Academies Group with the National College.

In 2003 I received the O.B.E., for services to education.

You can contact me here: andrew.carter@tscouncil.org.uk