Clare Foster |  Head of Future Teacher Training

Clare Foster is an educator dedicated to challenging educational disadvantage, with over 15 years of experience within education both as a senior leader and consultant.

Clare’s career started with Teach First in the West of London teaching History, where she stayed for two years before moving to lead a Pupil Referral Unit in North London before leading a large Sixth Form in Hertfordshire. Since then, she worked for SSAT as an Education Lead followed by serving two Senior Leadership Teams in Hertfordshire and London.

Clare has been nominated for the Senior Leadership Team of the year 2023 and has recently been awarded her NPQH.  

Bethany Goodwin  |  Secondary ITT Lead

Bethany Goodwin, is a seasoned professional with over a decade of dedicated service within the education sector.

Bethany's journey began with a focused commitment to becoming a Geography teacher, achieving her qualifications after attending the Institute of Education, University College London. Her career took her from the vibrant educational landscape of Hackney, where she initially taught Geography, to the enriching experience of teaching in Ecuador. In Ecuador, Bethany held pivotal roles as Head of Geography and Effective Learning Coordinator, fostering a dynamic learning environment in an all-through school. Returning to the UK, she dedicated five years to a school in Newham, where her roles evolved significantly. Notably, she served as the Director of Early Career Teachers and Initial Teacher Training, propelling her to the role of Associate Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning.

Bethany's educational journey has been further augmented by the completion of a Masters in Expert Teaching, shaping her into a dedicated and versatile professional committed to educational excellence. 

Sherelle Lauder  |  Primary ITT Lead

Sherelle brings to the team significant experience and knowledge of Primary education from a range of settings. Within school, Sherelle has held Senior Leadership positions including leading on Teaching and Learning and core curriculum areas.

Sherelle is passionate about developing and inspiring others through extending their understanding and effectiveness. She has responsibility for the primary programme and supports the Primary subject leaders in their delivery of the training programme.  Sherelle works closely with the Head of SCITT to support the vision and the development of the programme.

Rachel Taylor  |  ITT Coordinator

Rachel brings to the team sector knowledge in both initial teacher training and secondary science education.

She embarked on a teaching career in 2005, teaching science and A-level chemistry across a range of settings within North London, Luton and Hertfordshire. During this time, she has held a range of leadership roles at departmental and whole-school level, as well as providing school-to-school support within her role as a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE).

Most recently she has developed her career within the ITE sector, leading the secondary provision for a non-London based SCITT and joins the team as our ITT coordinator. Rachel is passionate about ensuring those entering the profession are well supported.

Natalie Parker  |  Director of Teacher Development

Natalie oversees the delivery of our training programme, regularly sourcing expert teachers to lead sessions to our trainee teachers with a particular focus on sharing evidence-informed practice.

She has a background in teacher education, having worked on teacher training projects in several countries alongside acting as an associate tutor for the Teach First programme.

She has an MA in Educational Leadership from the Institute of Education with a focus on continuing professional development. 

Gary Aubin  |  Head of SEND

Gary Aubin is the Trust lead for learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

He works with our SENDCOs and other school leaders to ensure that students with SEND can thrive in our schools. He is also currently seconded to the Educational Endowment Foundation as their Content Specialist for SEND.

His background is as a pastoral leader and secondary Drama teacher. 

Subject leads

Based within the curriculum centre at Pimlico Academy, the subject leads write the trust curriculum and provide subject specific teacher development.

They lead regular ITT training sessions within our programme, aimed at applying the ITT curriculum to the subject domain, as well as discussing subject specific pedagogy and common debates. To provide additional support subject leads also visit trainees in trust schools to discuss curriculum resources and observe lessons.

Lastly, subject leads provide a bank of online resources to support trainee teacher development in their subject.

You can read more about our inspirational subject leads below.

Mike Stock  |  Trust Lead, History

Mike read History and German at Wadham College, Oxford before training to teach with Future Teacher Training. In his time at Future Academies, and alongside his work as a classroom teacher, Mike has written and resourced a bespoke KS3 History curriculum which is in use across all secondary schools in the Future Academies Trust. Beyond this he has also contributed to the Department for Education’s curriculum pilot for the development of the Key Stage 2 History curriculum. He now splits his time between Phoenix Academy in White City, where he is Head of History, and the other Trust academies, where he supports Heads of Department to implement their curricula successfully. In addition to this, he is also currently leading on the design of the History curriculum with the OAK National Academy. Mike’s first passion remains the study of the past, and is working towards an MSt in History at Selwyn College, Cambridge: his research focusses on the ways in which peasants interacted with the local English legal system in the wake of the Black Death. rdion content

Nathan Baldock |  Trust Lead, English

Nathan studied Literature at Liverpool John Moores before qualifying as a teacher, and teaching English abroad. He has taught at Pimlico Academy for 15 years, has led the ECT provision and has worked on the English curriculum since the inception of the Curriculum Centre in 2013.

Idara Hippolyte  |  Trust Lead, Mathematics

Idara taught her first mathematics lessons straight out of A-Level, as an eighteen-year-old, and has been trying to improve her own lessons through and with the teachers she has met since. This journey has taken her through teaching and middle-leadership roles in two other large multi-academy trusts, including Mastery Lead responsible for the implementation of both Ark Mathematics Mastery and White Rose Maths curricula, department head, initial teacher trainer under different school-centred programmes and content writing for Mastery curricula. Idara's involvement in education involved a significant detour through strategy and projects in the energy and petrochemicals industry, so she is experienced in and perennially curious about how we help professionals to improve what they do daily. After her BA in Mathematics and English Literature she cheated on the discipline with an MPhil in English, an MBA and then a DPhil – again, in English – before her PGCE (Secondary Mathematics). Ultimately, she enjoys co-creating conditions for learners to make better decisions and produce more beautiful mathematics. 

Charlie Furber  |  Trust Lead, Director of the DfE Latin Excellence Programme

Charlie is the Subject Lead for Latin at Future Academies and the Director of the Department for Education’s Latin Excellence Programme. After completing degrees in Classics at Oxford and King’s College London universities, he started teaching in January 2015. He trained with Future Teacher Training at Pimlico Academy in September 2016, coinciding with the launch of Latin at the school. Due to student success and demand, since September 2019, the subject has been taught at all primary and secondary schools in Future Academies. In September 2022, Future Academies launched the DfE’s Latin Excellence Programme, which will develop Latin and Classics provisions in forty schools across England. Charlie is passionate about teaching Latin and making the subject accessible, challenging and enjoyable to everyone. 


Adam Hirst  |  Trust Lead, Computer Science

Adam has been teaching Computer Science for over 12 years and has been a Head of Department for 7 years. He is currently the Trust Lead for the subject as well as the Head of Department at Pimlico Academy. Adam has a successful record of delivering outstanding results at both GCSE and A Level and is responsible for providing support, resources and CPD for departments across the Trust. Adam is passionate about declarative Computer Science knowledge, including how computers operate and process information, as well as the more procedural knowledge including how to nurture skilled and conscientious users and creators of technology. Adam has worked closely with Future Teacher Training through various remits, gaining holistic knowledge of our training provision, having mentored several trainees and within his previous role as Professional Mentor for Pimlico Academy.

Phil Robinson  |  Trust Lead, Science

A science teacher with nearly a decade of experience in the classroom. Philip was KS3 science lead at Pimlico Academy for 6 years before moving to a trust-wide role. He has an MSc in Chemistry and has a keen interest in curriculum design.

Phil is the Science Trust Lead for Future Academies. He has written and oversees the implementation of the KS3 science curriculum, which is taught throughout our Future Academies schools across Years 7, 8 and 9.

Kate Stockings  |  Trust Lead, Geography

Before moving to the Trust Lead role, Kate was Head of Geography for 6 years in two different schools. Alongside this, Kate has been heavily involved in geography curriculum more broadly presenting, consulting and authoring for both the Geographical Association and the Royal Geographical Society as well as a wide range of publishers and organisations. She completed her Masters in Education with a thesis exploring the use of TAs in the geography classroom and continues to engage in geography education research.

She is particularly passionate about Key Stage 3 geography curriculum and loves engaging in the debates of how to ensure the very best geography teaching possible.

Nickael Briggs  |  ITT Subject Lead, Social Sciences

Nickael is Vice Principal for Personal Development and Safeguarding at Ark Acton Academy, where she oversees PSHE. She has worked as Curriculum Leader for Citizenship, Sociology, RE and PSHE in three different secondary schools and is an experienced Teacher Educator. She obtained a PGCE in Citizenship at the Institute of Education, University College London and has led sessions at UCL on how to successfully implement GCSE Citizenship into secondary schools. As an experienced teacher educator, she frequently coaches' staff at varying levels and uses evidence-informed strategies to promote high-quality teaching. Most recently, Nickael was listed in the Guardian’s top 100 inspirational teachers list for her co-curriculum work and has written a chapter on PSHE curriculum for the “Developing Quality PSHE in Secondary Schools and Colleges” book which will be published by Bloomsbury academic. 

Lisa Duggin  |  Head of Drama, Pimlico Academy

Lisa has been a drama teacher at Pimlico Academy for nearly 15 years.  During that time, she has had a key role in developing the curriculum. Soon after joining Pimlico, she became a House Lead Learner and was responsible for the academic progress of students across the House Team. In addition, she was also part of a team responsible for developing PSHE delivery across the school. Subsequent to that role, Lisa joined the SCITT Team as a developer and took on the delivery of the RIS programme, whilst also providing feedback to many trainees across the trust. 

Lisa then became a Professional Mentor at Pimlico and was responsible for overseeing the role of the mentors, delivering training sessions and supporting the trainees at Pimlico Academy.  Lisa is now the Head of Drama at Pimlico Academy and continues to develop the curriculum alongside mentoring new trainees. 

Lizzie Hughes | Head of Art, Pimlico Academy 

Lizzie has been teaching Art for over 14 years and is currently Head of Department at Pimlico Academy. Lizzie studied fine art at both UAL Camberwell and Edinburgh College of Art, where she completed a BA Hons in Drawing and Painting and a Post graduate diploma in Tapestry.  

Since becoming a teacher Lizzie has written and implemented a new KS3 curriculum which is still in use at Pimlico Academy and has now been Head of Art for three years. Lizzie has a proven record of excellent GCSE and A level results and has mentored a number of trainees and new teachers throughout her career. Prior to being Head of Department Lizzie was also a Head of Year in the sixth form where she gained valuable knowledge about how students learn and how to create a culture of independence. 

Subject Facilitators

We draw on the expertise of colleagues across our Future Academies schools and partner organisations to help facilitate aspects of our teacher training programmes. We collaborate with a range of subject practitioners, with proven outcomes within the classroom, who work closely with our subject leads to support our subject-based sessions and the development our trainees' subject-specific pedagogical knowledge.

You can read more about some of our subject facilitators here.

Shahid Wahab  |  Curriculum Writer, Spanish

Shahid leads on writing the Future Academies bespoke KS3 Spanish curriculum. He believes firmly in the importance of teaching students languages through the acquisition of highly generative chunks of language, alongside the rigorous and explicit teaching of grammar, that can be manipulated and unpacked to serve different communicative functions.  

Shahid splits his time between his role as Head of MFL at Pimlico Academy and work in our other Trust academies, where he supports with curriculum implementation. Before training to teach with Future Teacher Training, Shahid read Modern and Medieval Languages at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he also completed his MPhil in Latin American Studies. 

Sophie Evans | Lead Teacher, Latin & Classics

Sophie joined Pimlico Academy in 2018 as a teacher of Classics and is now a Lead Teacher on the Latin Excellence Programme. She earned her master’s degree from the University of Manchester in Classics and Ancient History and has a PGCE in Classics from the University of Sussex. Having attended a non-selective state school herself, Sophie is passionate about making Latin a subject that is available and accessible to all. She also leads on the teaching of Ancient History and Classical Civilisation in her school, giving her comprehensive knowledge and experience of all the Classical subjects available at KS4 and KS5. 

Lauren Patrick | Lead Teacher, Latin & Classics

Lauren splits her time between her roles as Lead Teacher for the Latin Excellence Programme and Head of Classics at Pimlico Academy. After reading Classics at St John’s College, Oxford, Lauren completed her training with Future Teacher Training in 2016, and has been teaching at Pimlico since. She is an experienced mentor of both trainees and early career teachers and is currently completing an NPQ in Leading Teacher Development.  

Claudia Tardelli | Lead Teacher, Latin & Classics

A trained linguist and philologist, with over 10 years of experience in higher education and research, Claudia joined Barclay Academy in 2019, where she successfully introduced Latin to all pupils in Year 7 and was soon after appointed as Head of Latin. In 2022, she was seconded to Centre of Latin Excellence, where she contributes to the delivering of the Department for Education's Latin Excellence Programme. She oversees teacher development in our Hertfordshire schools and supports school leadership with the smooth running of the Latin programme. 

Claudia was a Gates Scholar at the University of Cambridge, where she completed a PhD in Medieval Italian Studies. She has a PGCE in Education and is passionate about language teaching and learning as well as the intersection of language history and culture. Claudia is a published author. 

Subject mentors

Based within your school, the subject mentor will provide developmental support daily. Progress against training priorities will be assessed by the subject mentor on, at least, a weekly basis.

New knowledge and training will be discussed in weekly mentor meetings, so that enactment and practise within the school setting can be adapted to the specific context and training needs of each trainee.

We are very proud that our mentors are often subject leads or curriculum experts who put themselves forward for this important role. In addition, there are a growing number of alumni now mentoring trainees - a track record we are very proud of. 

Professional mentors

The professional mentor is a senior staff member within the school setting, who provides training within your school context.

They ensure that your ITT training integrates purposefully with your school-based training, and provide an extra layer of developmental support.

They will also provide you with ongoing wellbeing support.