"Mentors were excellent, always helpful and on hand for advice."
Alex, 2017 Trainee
HTTP Management Team
I was the founder of the course 16 years ago, writing the initial bid in conjunction with three partner head teachers. The programme rapidly expanded to include all Havering Secondary schools and our former trainees occupy key posts both in local schools and well beyond our Borough making impressive career progression.
My career has included many roles: deputy head teacher at Hall Mead School, Head of English and Head of Sixth Form. Most importantly I have been an English teacher for over 30 years. I have a Masters degree in Education.
I chair the London Regional ITT group and am a member of the National Advisory Group which ensures HTTP is abreast of current developments in teacher training.
I have been teaching for nearly 20 years as a Drama specialist having studied at The Central School of Speech and Drama. I have been a head of department at Hall Mead School and I am now an Academy Lead Teacher. I was awarded an M.A in Education from The University of East London and run educational research projects with staff. I joined the Management team for HTTP in September 2016 after working as a Mentor, Subject Leader and Professional Tutor on the HTTP Programme.
I have worked in Havering for almost 30 years. Previously, I have worked at Emerson Park School and Dury Falls School. I have held most posts including Head of Department, Head of Sixth Form, Professional Tutor, Assistant Head and Deputy Head Teacher. I have approximately 20 years in senior leadership, my main role being teaching and learning manager and curriculum manager.
My main teaching subject was DT, but have also taught ICT and Science. I am a trained OFSTED Inspector. My first degree and teaching qualification was from Oxford University. I also have an MA from London.
I have an MA in Education (specifically teacher training). I am one of the founding colleagues who created this provision 16 years ago when we had 16 trainees, through to last year when we had 48!!
Collectively within my career I have 30 + years in the classroom both in Secondary and Primary teaching with a large part of this experience being within the Borough of Havering. I have had responsibility as a head of house, head of Middle school (years 9 & 10) and a member of the senior leadership team in one of the Havering schools. I also have experience as a primary school class teacher responsible for year 4 and 5 pupils.
We pride ourselves on knowing our trainees and working closely with the schools that support our trainees.
My key roles include schools liaison, coordinating the Subject Leader team and working with individuals who may need additional support. I am responsible for two PGCE Subject Knowledge modules together with the Subject Leader team.
I was passionate about teaching and I am passionate about teacher training, it is the best job in the world for the right people and both are a real privilege.
"My mentor always challenged me to think and reflect..."
russell, 2017 trainee
Whilst in school, trainees can look forward to support from a number of different professionals, each providing a reflective lens to sculpt and guide, ensuring our trainees finish the year as outstanding classroom practitioners.
Professional Tutors provide the overall management of the Trainee within the training school, overseeing the provision for each Trainee and ensuring that equality and consistency is achieved within that provision.
The Subject Mentor is the prime agent in training, providing regular guidance on subject knowledge, lesson preparation and delivery, classroom management and the assessment of pupils’ work. Weekly meeting time should be used to address those needs identified in the Individual Training Plan and to update targets as appropriate.
The Subject Leaders are a carefully selected group of experienced teachers who are passionate about teaching and have chosen to apply to take on this specific role. They are involved with trainees from induction and are there to support trainees subject development in addition to the support trainees will receive from their Subject Mentor in their placement school.
The Subject Leader twilight sessions are held after school enabling trainees in the same subject to come together for discussion, support and training. Subject Leaders also provide support with the planning and construction of PGCE subject focussed modules one and two.
Throughout the year Subject Leaders will visit trainees in their schools and together with the Subject Mentor to carry out paired, graded lesson observations. These observations contribute to trainee grades and enable HTTP to ensure trainees are making the necessary progress.