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"Mentors were excellent, always helpful and on hand for advice."

Alex, 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

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.

Subject Mentors

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.

Subject Leaders

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.

HTTP Management Team

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"My mentor always challenged me to think and reflect..."

russell, 2017 trainee

Nik Goodey (Business Studies)

I am an experienced Business, IT and Computing Studies teacher. I love my subjects and wish for others to be enthused and engaged in teaching them too. With many years experience working with trainees, I relish the opportunity to support more future teachers in their development. I believe all trainees should stretch themselves to connect with learners and strive to improve their own practice.

Lauren Bracewell (English)

Following 7 years of key stage 3 and 4 teaching (including time as a second and Head of dept, as well as HTTP mentor) I went on to teach in both Primary and Higher Education sectors. The role of Subject Leader enables me to share my passion for English and inspire trainees to appreciate the exciting opportunities that teaching the subject offers them. A trainee should share this passion, be hard working, ready to learn and have a real desire to connect with and develop the thinking of young people.

Jacqueline Simmonds (Maths)

I have been teaching in Havering for 37 years and during that time I have worked as Head of Mathematics, Assistant Head Teacher with responsibilities for assessment, Borough Maths Advisory teacher and currently I am working as a Mathematics consultant. This experience had been invaluable as a Subject Leader for Mathematics. The trainees that I work with need enthusiasm, “drive”, enjoyment for the subject and a passion for seeing students making progress.

Sarah Yates (MFL)

After having completed my own secondary education in Havering and having enjoyed teaching here for 3 years, it is a pleasure and a privilege to be involved in the Havering Teacher Training Partnership.

As a languages teacher, I am continually looking for ways in which I can improve and enhance my practice to the benefit of my learners. I continually look for new ways in which I can encourage my students to persevere with the challenge of language learning.

For me, working with trainee teachers is a partnership; as I have sought to share my own experiences in the classroom, my trainee teachers have also taught me to innovate and try new things. I look forward to continuing this partnership with the next cohort from HTTP.

Ralph Wells (Music)

Experienced Head of Music and Creative Arts Faculty, with over 10 years experience of training music teachers, many of which now teach in Havering schools. The most important quality of a music trainee teacher, is their ability to ignite a passion for music in schools.

Vicky Miller (PE)

I always had an interest in sport, playing netball and competing in athletics to a national standard. Taking sport further, I studied Sport Psychology and coaching sciences at university, spending a year on a work placement in a secondary school in New Zealand. Having taught for five years across West London, I have now settled in Havering. I am passionate about PE and believe in giving students the best experiences to hopefully lead them into a healthy active lifestyle. Trainees should be motivated, innovative and passionate about physical education in order to be best prepared to inspire the next generation.

Kirsty Fanning (RE)

I have worked in Havering schools for nearly 15 years and am currently Director of SMSC Faculty at Hall Mead School. This encompasses leading the areas of Religious Studies and PSCHEE and also leading on SMSC across the school. My subject specialism and passion is Religious Studies: I see it as an intrinsic part of developing young people to be knowledgeable, tolerant and active citizens in an increasingly diverse society. As well as being a Senior Examiner, Reviewer and Team Leader for AQA GCSE Religious Studies, I am also a Secondary Teacher representative on Havering SACRE and am part of informal local RE groups. I have an MA in Education from UEL and am a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teachers. I believe people training to teach RS/RE should demonstrate a love of their subject and a desire to stretch themselves as well as their pupils and be keen to keep up to date with developments in the subject sphere as well as teaching and pedagogy generally.

Sarah Bangs (Technology)

I have taught in the borough of havering for 12 years as a Design and Technology Teacher, specialising in Textiles and Graphics.  Being a subject mentor gave me the desire to develop my skills further by sharing my passion for Technology with trainee teachers, as a Subject Leader.  I believe that Technology is the future and the most important way to keep it an engaging innovative subject, is through supporting and developing creative problem solving with exciting practical pedagogy. 


Eddie talks about the role of a professional tutor.

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