Our team

The United Teaching programme is led by a team of expert practitioners from across United Learning. 

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

Dawn Aytoun

Dawn Aytoun currently works at Guildford High Junior School as a Year 2 teacher. She is also responsible for the development of the PSHE curriculum across the school, and enhancing Staff and Pupil Wellbeing. She has previously worked as a Communication and Behaviour Manager at a specialist provision school in Portsmouth, and supported the development of inclusive classroom practice at the British School of the Netherlands. She returned from the Netherlands to be a trainee on the United Teaching programme herself. Dawn is passionate about empowering teachers to provide every child with the opportunities, knowledge and skills to be successful adults, as well as supporting teachers on their own journeys. She is delighted to be on the Primary team for United Teaching.

Caroline Bond

Caroline is Deputy Headteacher of Hanwell Fields Community School in Banbury, leading on teaching and learning. Her role includes the mentoring of NQTs and for the last three years mentoring United Teaching 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.

Vicki Cleaves

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

Vicki is Assistant Principal for Initial Teacher Training at Paddington Academy.

Seamus Gibbons

Seamus is in his fifth year as headteacher at Langford Primary School and leads on curriculum and teaching and learning for United Teaching. He has an MA in Effective Learning (Distinction) from the Institute of Education – UCL. Prior to being headteacher at Langford, Seamus worked across numerous schools in Westminster and Hillingdon as an advanced skills teacher and Senior Leader. He is also a member of the DfE's Headteacher Reference Group.

Katie Gillam

Katie is the Accounting Officer for United Teaching and Principal at the lead school, Paddington Academy.

Katie joined United Learning as an NQT at Paddington Academy in 2006 and during this time has been the Subject Leader for Humanities, Assistant Principal for CPD and Vice Principal for Teaching and Learning before becoming joint Principal in 2015.   

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.

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