Natalie Parker  |  Head of ITT & Professional Development Lead for Future Academies

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. 

Joanna James  |  Deputy ITT Lead

An MFL teacher with over a decade of experience in the classroom, Joanna was Head of Languages for four years before moving into Senior Leadership as Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning at one of the country's top performing state schools.

She has an MA in Education and is passionate about all things teaching, learning and curriculum.

She oversees the London Secondary trainees, monitoring their progress and wellbeing. Furthermore, she works closely with Natalie on the delivery of the ITT curriculum through the Professional Studies sessions.

Debbie Shannon  |  Hertfordshire ITT Lead

Debbie initially trained in PE and English and in recent years retrained in maths, culminating in over 23 years of teaching delivery in the classroom. Debbie also brings over 16 years of leadership experience as a subject and pastoral lead, as well as 8 years of senior leadership where she was responsible for Teaching and Learning, staff wellbeing and safeguarding.

She values above all things the development of staff, ensuring teachers and support staff have the necessary skills and resources to complete their roles to the best of their ability.

Debbie oversees the Hertfordshire trainees and supports the delivery of the Professional Studies. Additionally, Debbie oversees ITT recruitment and our Assessment Only route.

Laura Harvey  |  Secondary ITT & PGCE Lead

Laura moved to SCITT teacher training from the University sector where she led the Science PGCE & apprentice route for London Metropolitan University. Here she gained her PGCE in higher education.

Before this Laura taught Science for over a decade in Buckinghamshire secondary schools, leading Science teams for over 5 years and leading teaching & learning as an assistant principal. Laura was also a specialist leader of education for ITT and Science, and trained with STEM Learning as a lead facilitator, supporting local Buckinghamshire schools.

Laura is committed to supporting trainees through initial teacher education, and values trainees' wellbeing. She has an overview of secondary trainees across the trust, planning and delivering the ITT curriculum, as well as supporting the PGCE course run by Sussex University. 

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 ITE 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.

Dr Oliver Wimborne  |  Head of Curriculum Centre

Olly leads the work of the Curriculum Centre. He joined Pimlico Academy in 2009 and, before qualifying as a teacher, he worked as a teaching assistant and in post-16 management.

Olly studied at King’s College London and holds a BA, MA, MRes, and PhD. During the academic year 2019/20, he has taken up a part-time role at the Royal Society of Arts as a Senior Researcher in Education. 

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. 

Polly Haste  |  Head of PSCHE & RSHE

Polly is the curriculum lead for PSHE/RSHE. She works with PSHE leads across the Trust to support the development of PSHE education and to ensure schools are supported to meet the new statutory requirements for RSHE.

Polly has been working in PSHE education for 20 years and has held a number of roles in London schools and worked in programme management in the charity sector.

She has an MA, Mres and PhD and is involved in RSE-focused research at a national level.

In addition to her part-time role at the Trust, Polly works as an RSHE consultant, delivering teacher training, curriculum development support and pupil workshops. 

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.  

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.