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OUR TEAM

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.

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).

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.

 
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