The United Teaching programme is led by a team of expert practitioners from across United Learning. They bring a wealth of experience in both primary and secondary education that will have a strong influence on your development.

You will also be supported by a Subject Mentor and a Professional Mentor to provide you with regular, in-school, support. And you’ll have access to university tutors and leaders from Goldsmiths, University of London (if you’re undertaking the PGCE).

Oli Tomlinson

Oli is currently United Learning Regional Director (Midlands) having previously been the Executive Principal of Paddington Academy. She led the school for seven years having previously been Vice Principal for Teaching and Learning since the Academy opened. Oli is a National Leader for Education and the Strategic Lead for United Teaching.

Harrison Littler

Harrison leads the United Teaching programme for secondary trainees in the south of England. He is responsible for developing the unique teacher training curriculum which is delivered through our lead school at Paddington Academy.

He joined United Learning in 2009 after graduating with a first class degree in Philosophy and Political Economy from Exeter University. Harrison is Assistant Principal for Initial Teacher Training at Paddington Academy.

Yassamin Sheel

Yassamin leads United Teaching across our schools in northern and central England. Since qualifying as a teacher she has worked in Lincolnshire, Hertfordshire, Westminster and Manchester. She has served on four senior leadership teams, and has taught in three United Learning schools, where she has had the pleasure of working with some great practitioners who are in education for the right reasons. Yassamin is incredibly passionate about improving the life chances of young people and their families, which is why she has such a strong interest in initial teacher training.

Sheina Wright

Sheina has been a primary school teacher for 18 years – teaching in both state and independent sectors. Throughout her career she has taught all year groups in the primary phase and supported Year 7 English as a Specialist Leader in Education.
 Sheina is currently Junior School Director of Studies and based at Guildford High School, with her main teaching focus being English, particularly Year 6. In her role she works with the whole staff team to track progress and develop the curriculum.

In June 2012, Sheina became a Primary Tutor for United Teaching, and says: ‘It is a real privilege to work with outstanding individuals with such potential. Our unique programme has a group wide approach which offers trainees the opportunity to learn from educational practitioners in a range of settings.'

Caroline Bond

Caroline is Deputy Headteacher of Hanwell Fields Community School in Banbury, leading on teaching and learning. Her role includes the mentoring of NQT’s and for the last three years mentoring United Teach trainees. She has been teaching for 28 years, working in a number of leadership roles, including Headship. Caroline is a specialist leader in education for teaching and learning and CPD. This year, she is proud to be working as part of the United Teaching team as pastoral mentor for primary trainees in the south.

Matt Inniss

Matt leads recruitment for United Teaching in the south and is a Visiting Professional Mentor on the programme. Matt was previously an Assistant Principal for initial teacher training and then curriculum development at Paddington Academy.

Prior to joining United Learning, Matt spent seven years as a policy adviser at HM Treasury. He read History and Economic History the University of Cambridge as well as taking a Graduate Diploma in Mathematical Economics from Birkbeck College, University of London.

Samia El-Hakam

Samia started her teaching career at Sheffield Park Academy in 2008 as a Newly Qualified Teacher and is currently an Assistant Principal, with responsibility for whole school Teaching and Learning. Her role also includes responsibility for initial teacher training and NQTs.

Samia is a passionate teacher of Science, Mathematics and A Level Chemistry. In 2013, she completed the MTL in Teaching and Learning at the University Of Sheffield and in October 2015, Samia was recognised as a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE).

Leanne Mills

Leanne is an Assistant Principal at North Oxfordshire Academy in Banbury, beginning her career there as Head of Media Studies when it opened in 2007. She became Head of English there in 2009 and is now an Assistant Principal for Training and Development; this includes responsibility for new staff induction, initial teacher training and NQTs. Whole school literacy is also a key focus. Leanne has been involved with United Teaching since its second year as a Professional Mentor, taking up the role of Visiting Professional Mentor in September 2014.

Craig Dillon

Craig joined Sheffield Park Academy in 2007 as Assistant Head Teacher and was appointed Head Teacher in 2012. Prior to this, he was Head of Economics and Business Studies at King Edward VII School in Sheffield. Craig has been involved with School Direct since its pilot stages and is committed to supporting United Teaching in attracting, developing and retaining the highest calibre teachers for the benefit of the children who come through our doors.

Amy Coates

Amy is a visiting professional mentor and has been at Paddington since it opened. She has worked with United Teaching since the programme started and helped design the course outline and paperwork. Amy’s previous roles include Director of Induction and a Teaching and Learning Coach.

Sarah Beardwood

Sarah has been a primary school teacher for 17 years and in that time has worked in schools in Birmingham, Essex, Spain, Stockport and Manchester. She has worked at William Hulme’s Grammar school for the last six years and has enjoyed being part of the leadership team in the Primary Phase. Sarah has had the pleasure of working with many trainee teachers during her career and is really looking forward to taking on the role of North West Primary Lead this year with us. Her passion is making learning exciting for the children and looking after the wellbeing of children and adults in the school setting.

Samantha Robin-Hibbert

Sam became the United Teaching Administrator two years ago for the Southern Hub and is now administrator for both the Southern and Northern cohorts. Sam has been at Paddington Academy since it opened, and can count over nine years’ experience in administration, mentoring and teaching.

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