North West London and South Central England

Area Representative:
Teresa Tunnadine, CBE

From September 2017 I have become the CEO of a new multi academy trust, Middlesex Learning Trust, in North London. Previously I was head at The Compton School in Barnet, a successful mixed multi-ethnic comprehensive secondary school for 17 years. The Compton was an early academy converter and became one of the first 100 National Teaching Schools
in 2011 and now leads a cross phase alliance of 25 schools. I have been involved in system leadership extensively since 2003 when I was part of a team of consultant heads supporting failing schools in London as part of the London Challenge and I became an NLE in 2006.
More recently I have been an OFSTED inspector, Director for the London Leadership Strategy and senior partner for Challenge Partners, a national network of schools supporting each other. I am the current Chair of the DFE Secondary Heads’ Reference Group, who meet regularly at the DFE to advise on education policy. I was elected to the Head Teacher Board for North West London and South Central England (NWLSC) in 2014. I was elected to the first Teaching School Council in 2011 and served for two years and was then
re-elected in 2014. I was the Lead TSC representative for London from 2014-2017 and I am currently the lead for the new region of NWLSC which came into being in September 2017. I was awarded an honorary doctorate by Middlesex University in 2013 and a CBE in the Birthday Honours in 2013 both for services to education nationally.

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Area Representative:
Sarah Bennett

In July 2016, I became CEO of the newly-formed Inspiring Futures through Learning (IFtL), an ambitious and growing Multi-Academy Trust of primary-aged schools in and close to Milton Keynes.

I have over twelve years’ experience of headship leading a very large outstanding school, providing strong primary ITT programmes throughout this time and our Teaching School was designated in cohort 2.  I am passionate about system leadership and understand the importance of using on the ground expertise to support the performance of leaders and teachers in both high performing, brand new and schools in difficulty. I have successfully raised standards for 3 schools in challenging circumstances in Executive Headteacher roles.

I am a National Leader of Education and have reviewed the under-performance of vulnerable groups in a number of schools nationally and train colleagues nationally with respect to pupil premium reviews.  In October 2017 I was elected to the Regional Schools Commissioner’s Headteachers Board for NWLSC.

I am passionate about ensuring every child, no matter their background, has the same opportunities and rights to success. I know that this comes from creating happy, healthy, committed communities with the well-being of all those involved is fundamental to world-class achievement.  I am privileged to be part of school improvement across the region and to work with Teaching Schools in my capacity as TSC rep for NWLSC.

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As well as sessions from Geoff Barton, ASCL president (@RealGeoffBarton @ASCL_UK); David Woods CBE, Chair of London Leadership Strategy; and Isabella Donnelly, Managing Director of Grebot Donnelly Associates, this year will see a wide-range of workshop sessions including (amongst others):

  • London Regional Schools Commissioners: Dominic Herrington, Martin Post and Tim Coulson
  • STEM learning: Mike Kalvis
  • School to school support models: Paul Foster, Hayes School
  • Enhancing leadership diversity: Lessons from two Southwark Teaching School Alliance women’s leadership programmes: Dr. Kate Chhatwal: Southwark Teaching School Alliance
  • Maths Hubs: Peter Jordan, St. Marylebone School
  • TeachLondon: Jason Lever, GLA
  • Workload reform: Jane Hough, DfE workload unit
  • Social media training:Alistair Prime, Grebot Donnelly Education

Follow up with some of the key speakers from the London TSC conference:

Vivienne Porritt, National Leader of #WomenEd, looks at the gender gap in the teaching profession: click here

Professor David Woods, CBE, Chair of the London Leadership Strategy looks at system leadership and the importance of school-to-school support: click here

Dr Kate Chhatwal, Director of Southwark Teaching School Alliance shares a post on Improving leadership diversity: Five lessons from two women’s leadership programmes: click here