Meet the Learning & Development Team - ҹӰԺ


Meet the Learning & Development Team

Ella Roberts - Director of Learning and Development Network

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Ella has been in education for over 20 years and has worked in a variety of Schools across East Sussex, before joining ҹӰԺ in 2014 becoming Deputy Director of Learning in 2016 and then Director of Teaching School in 2019. She has held a variety of senior leadership roles including Deputy Headteacher, Headteacher and Deputy Executive Regional Director. She has also supported many schools in a consultancy capacity including leadership development, teacher coaching, assessment and maths support. She is an EMCC Accredited Coach at Senior Practitioner level.

Ella is passionate about high quality teaching and learning and ensuring all children have the best educational experience possible. As Director of LDN,  Ella is responsible for the development of staff at all levels across the trust ensuring all schools and staff have access to high quality professional development, leadership development, school to school support and coaching.


Gemma King - Professional Learning Lead & Deputy Director of SCITT (Primary)

Over the last 15 year Gemma has taught in several secondary schools in Hampshire. As the Assistant Teacher at Havant Academy she was responsible for teaching and learning, curriculum development and mental health and wellbeing.  Gemma is passionate about supporting staff through coaching and supervision and is excited to work with our next generation of teachers and mentors.

Cat McKeever - Professional Learning Lead

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Cat has been in education for 20 years, and started her career working in an inner London school. As well as being the Primary Development Lead, she is currently a part-time Deputy Headteacher at Seymour Primary school. Ensuring the best outcomes for all students is at the heart of why Cat works for ҹӰԺ and has been with the organisation for over 10  years.

Cat was previously a Lead Practitioner, working across ҹӰԺ, where she focussed on incremental coaching in order to improve the quality of teaching and learning.  As part of her Lead Practitioner role, Cat became an EMCC accredited coach at practitioner level. The role also provided an opportunity for her to deepen her understanding of high quality teaching and learning. 

Cat has a deep belief that good quality professional development should be available to all staff.  As Professional Development Lead, Cat is responsible for the quality of professional development on offer. Her role entails working with individual schools and clusters to ensure they are creating pathways and building expertise that can be shared trust wide.


Steve Excell - Learning & Development Network Administrative Officer

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Following over 20 years working in finance, Steve decided upon a career change. He joined ҹӰԺ in 2015 to support the Group Director of Learning, lead school headteacher, and strategic partners in providing leadership, and development/growth to the trust and wider partnerships.

Steve now supports the Director of Professional Learning in the administration, and development of the Learning and Development Network through all methods of communication.


Sarah Drury - Director of ҹӰԺ SCITT

Over a 29 year career Sarah has taught from pre-school to Year 8 working in a range of schools and settings in various roles including as a Primary Deputy Head and Headteacher. She has a passion for books and reading and sees it as a huge privilege to work with children, and now teacher trainees.  Throughout her career she has mentored and coached many trainee teachers on both university and school based routes.

Rachel Ward - Deputy Director of SCITT (Secondary)

Rachel's career in education spans 25 years including working as Deputy Head Teacher in three different secondary schools in Kent and East Sussex, as well as a secondment into a primary school leadership team. Rachel joined ҹӰԺ in 2014 as Director of Learning taking responsibility for teacher training and leadership development across the Trust. Rachel feels privileged to now be working with our newest entrants into the profession and hopes to inspire the next generation of exceptional teachers and leaders. She draws on her additional knowledge and skills as Director of Wellbeing across the Trust to support her in this role.

Federica Di Paolo - SCITT Secondary Programme Lead

Details to follow

Matt Eagle - SCITT Primary Programme Lead

Since graduating from the ҹӰԺ SCITT programme himself, Matt has taught in a range of year groups across the primary setting. He has led a variety of subjects and supported other schools across the trust with curriculum and subject development. 

Matt has lots of experience working with trainee and early career teachers. He is also responsible for facilitating training for ECTs, and supporting mentors.

Matt is passionate about helping others improve and be the best they can be.

Hanna Beech - SCITT Primary Programme Lead

Over the last 16 years Hanna has taught across various primary settings, leading a range of subjects and teams along the way.

As a previous Deputy Head Teacher, Hanna led on curriculum, teacher development and ITT. She was also a Trust Teaching and Learning Lead. 

Alongside her Primary Programme Lead role, Hanna supports school improvement as a Lead Practitioner for ҹӰԺ. Hanna is a keen reader and writer who is passionate about developing teachers and improving educational outcomes for children. 

Jo Fogg - SCITT Administrations Officer

Jo was a Home Office Civil Servant for 26 years. Her career at ҹӰԺ began in 2006, when she joined Kemnal Technology College as Clerk to the Governing Body. From there, she was a Cover Supervisor and then moved to the role as PA to the Headteacher.

Jo was part of the original team that formed ҹӰԺ SCITT in 2012, which initially began with 7 academies in Bromley, Bexley and Essex. 


She now oversees the administration of the SCITT including all of our School Direct Lead Schools: Rainham School for Girls, Debden Park High School and Chichester High School.

Andy Davies - SCITT Secondary Programme Lead

Over the past 26 years, Andy has taught at five comprehensive schools and worked as an Assistant Headteacher and now a Vice Principal.

Andy leads the SCITT Secondary Programme for the Coast region is the Lead for ҹӰԺ’s Teaching School Alliance (Coast region).

Andy is very proud to work in Chichester High School. He believes that the Outstanding Ofsted status is testimony to the dedication of the staff to ensure that every student reaches their true potential.

Alisa Corfield - SCITT Administration Officer

Alisa joined ҹӰԺ SCITT in October 2022.  Alisa has 30 years of Administrative experience, working in a variety of settings, including financial and educational. Her previous post was Managing a Pilates and Wellbeing centre.    

Alisa now supports Jo Fogg, her Administration manager and the SCITT team with attendance, Professional Mentor and Mentor support and all other administrative tasks and enjoys being part of the SCITT team and working with our next generation of teachers.

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