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).

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 Vice Principal for Teaching and Learning at Paddington Academy.

Yassamin Sheel

Yassamin leads United Teaching across our schools in northern and central England.

Seamus Gibbons

Seamus leads on curriculum and teaching and learning for United Teaching, and is headteacher at Langford Primary and Wilberforce Primary in London. He has an MA in Effective Learning (Distinction) from the Institute of Education – UCL. Prior to being a headteacher, 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.

Lucy Connelly

Lucy is a Psychology graduate from the University of Kent. She joined United Learning in September 2020 and works as part of the recruitment team. Her main role is to assist the recruitment and onboarding processes.

Francesca Ruggeri

Francesca has joined United Learning in June 2022 and works as part of the recruitment team. In parallel, she is studying for a Charted Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) certification to further develop her career within the people profession.

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