Meet the Team

Helen Marriott

Helen Marriott, Strategic Lead for NELTSH, Headteacher Walthamstow School for Girls

Helen MarriottAs Headteacher of Walthamstow School for Girls, I am the Strategic Lead for the Teaching School Hub. I was appointed as Headteacher last September, began the role in January and was delighted to learn that we had been designated as a Hub in February. As Strategic Lead, this is a unique opportunity to build on the exceptional practice across our Hub area, to connect schools, facilitate networks and to ensure that everything we do has a demonstrable impact on the lives of young people.

I began my career as an English teacher, progressing to Head of English and then worked as a senior leader in a number of schools in North and East London. My most recent post was as Co-Headteacher at Little Ilford School, an outstanding school in Newham, where I had previously been Deputy Head, responsible for Teaching, Learning and CPD.

Staff training and development has been a key part of all my senior leadership roles. This has included being a PCM, an NPQSL facilitator, a specialist trainer for Literacy and EAL and in sharing best practice nationally with organisations such as SSAT, WomenEd and CUREE. The best training and development is always sustainable and impact-driven, using systems which directly measure the impact on student learning.

I know from my own experience that education is life-changing and if we can harness its inspirational power, through effective training and development, we can dramatically change society for the better. Given the commitment of the schools, teachers and leaders in our Hub area already, I am confident that we can work collaboratively to achieve our vision.

Nick O'Brien

Nick O'Brien, Director of NELTSH, Deputy Headteacher, Walthamstow School for Girls

Welcome to North East London Teaching School Hub!

Having joined the NELTSH Team in January 2022, I’m excited to be leading a Teaching School Hub that is dedicated to provide high quality professional development to teachers at all stages of their career. Whether at the beginning of your teaching journey as an Early Career Teacher or as a leader looking to develop and hone your practice, NELTSH looks to provide opportunities and support you on your development journey.  

Prior to joining NELTSH, I have been a school leader in London schools for over a decade. With a leading role in curriculum, learning and teaching, I'm passionate about working with leaders, teachers, students and families to develop systems and pedagogies to realise engaging and impactful learning experiences for every child. Education is transformative; working with schools to develop practices that enable every child to learn, make progress and thrive has been the fundamental cornerstone of my work over the last 20 years.  

Fundamental to striving to providing high quality provision for all children is a focus and dedication to the development of those teachers who work directly with young people. An interest in and commitment to the development of teachers has been at the forefront of my work in the schools I have worked in and with. As a leader in a Teaching School previously, I have developed professional development programmes for groups of individuals and schools. As a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) and one of the national trainers for this programme, I’ve had a keen interest in system leadership; looking to build capacity in the professional to support individuals, groups and schools as they develop their practice.  

It is a privilege to join NELTSH at time when there is a national focus on supporting the profession to reflect on and develop their practice. Working with both national programmes and local expertise, we seek to develop a dynamic and exciting professional development offer from which all educators can benefit.  

Florence Fineberg

Florence Fineberg FCCT, Deputy Director of NELTSH, Project Manager NPQs, Assistant Headteacher

Florence Fineberg

I am pleased to introduce myself as NPQ Project Manager and Assistant Director for the North East London Teaching School Hub (NELTSH). As a practising school leader and long standing NPQ Lead for the New River Teaching School Alliance and University College London (UCL), I have gained extensive experience in the successful delivery of these exciting programmes and have had the privilege to work with many north London schools and school leaders as a result.

It has been a pleasure to witness first-hand how the NPQs, as a set of prestigious and widely recognised National Professional Qualifications, have been instrumental in enabling the professional development of teachers and school leaders across nursery, primary, secondary, and special schools. I am thrilled to have contributed to the development of more than ninety colleagues over the years, with many of them moving on to positions of middle and senior leadership in north London schools.

NELTSH has been working very hard to establish an exceptional team who have a wealth of experience in the successful delivery of high quality teacher training and I very much look forward, as Assistant Director, to ensuring that we meet our ambition to deliver a 'continuous golden thread of teacher and leader education' as outlined in the Department for Education/EEF  Framework (Oct 2020). 

I have no doubt that inspiring career pathways and fulfilling careers lie ahead for many of our teachers and leaders in north East London and that NELTSH will help enable them to ensure that every child in our schools gets the best possible start in life.

Marion Dowling

A little about my experience in education so far….

Meet the team unknown 1As Faculty Administrator and Communications Officer, I have been using my administrative skills to support staff here at Walthamstow School for Girls for over 11 years. My role has been extremely varied – which I loved! As Faculty Administrator I was responsible for supporting up to 5 faculties, plus the Senior Leadership Team; Educational Visits administration; booking trips and conferences; collaborating on funding/award applications, and much more. As Communications Officer, I had responsibility for all content on the school website and the set-up and development of the WSFG Twitter account to promote our Outstanding school to the local and wider community.

Prior to working in education I spent 13 years in Business Travel, then worked as a library assistant, at an estate agency and for a care provider.

Working for the Hub …

Now that I have been appointed as Administrator for the Teaching School Hub, I am using all my skills and experience to support our work as we focus on our aim of ensuring all children have great teachers. I will be the first point of contact for our schools and have already started building relationships with colleagues across the three boroughs. I am responsible for record keeping, communications, social media and I am sure much more as the role develops! My personal values align closely with those of the Hub – I have a strong commitment to helping our young people achieve their full potential and always champion diversity and equal opportunities for all.

Seet-Ying Fan

Seet-Ying Fan, Project Manager for ECF, Assessment Lead Gearies primary School

Seet Ying FanI am working as the Assessment Lead at Gearies Primary School and I am also the manager of the Gants Hill Partnership Teaching Alliance (GHPTA). After a rigorous process, I was appointed as Specialist Leader in Education (SLE) for the GHPTA. Through this role, I have been asked to help support the maths curriculum in many schools

As the Teaching School Manager, I have organised, sourced keynote speakers and led multiple Maths and English forums to meet the needs of the wider teaching community. I focused on the current issues in education such as Subject Focus Deep Dives. This equipped the Middle Leaders in the borough to develop their leadership skills in order to have the confidence to present the standards of their subject during a deep dive. To help support this initiative, I worked collaboratively with both the Maths and English Hub to share best practise and create networks to help support best practise in all schools in a range of different contexts.

In response to the new Ofsted framework, I worked, and continue to do so, with the Redbridge Educational Partnership (REP) to create three bespoke CPD courses for subject leads. The courses were designed to ensure that the subject leads have the subject knowledge to design their curriculum so that it meets the needs of their children in their schools. This project not only develops the subject knowledge of the subject leads but enhances the profile of SLEs and their expertise. SLEs have a vast knowledge and they are a valuable resource which should be utilised.

I am currently now working with the North London Teaching School Hub as an ECF Project Manager. I would like to work closely with all schools across Haringey, Waltham Forest and Redbridge to ensure the smooth implementation of the new Early Career Framework to help support our Early Career

Ashley Perridge

Ashley PerridgeAshley Perridge, Project Manager CPD / Curriculum Hubs, Head of School, Newport School 

My career has been based in Waltham Forest, where I taught across all primary key stages before moving to Newport School to become Assistant Head, progressing to Deputy Head and am now currently Head of School and Director of Professional Development across the Opossum Federation. In my current role, as Head of School at Newport, I have had the privilege of gaining widespread experience in leadership and strategic planning and development. Key strengths include monitoring progress and attainment data, setting Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), analysing data and evaluating outcomes which are crucial for whole school improvement.

I have extensive experience in creating bespoke Professional Development programmes for whole staff cohorts. For the past eight years I have written, led, co-ordinated and quality assured an NQT programme which is grounded in research. I have also created bespoke mentoring and coaching programmes which promote both standards and wellbeing. Other programmes which I have created, based on a research led model, are the NQT+1 programme for second year teachers, Moving Forward for teachers in their third year of teaching and Good to Great, a programme for aspiring specialist teachers. My passion for Professional Development for all teachers demonstrates my commitment to whole school improvement as staff are schools’ biggest resource and asset. Ensuring all staff are the best that they can be will ensure that every child that enters through the doors of your school will achieve their full potential.

As well as developing training programmes for local schools I have created programmes for both the University of Santiago and Essex County Council. I was invited by the University of Santiago, Chile, to lead and present a week-long conference entitled ‘Mentoring and Coaching- the keys to Success.’ As part of Essex County Council School Improvement Plans, I was seconded to lead a Development programme entitled ‘Evaluating the quality of teaching to maximise its impact on learning.’

Having completed a Masters in Educational Leadership in 2014, I am now currently completing an Educational Doctorate, focusing on Early Career Teachers, mentors and wellbeing.

I am excited to be a Project Manager with the North East London Teaching School Hub and I know by working collaboratively and in partnership we can achieve great things. ‘Ensuring that every child has a great teacher who inspires and unlocks their potential’ should be a priority for all schools. I look forward to meeting you all soon.

Vivienne Porritt

Vivienne Porritt, Chair of the Strategic Board, co-founder and Strategic Leader of WomenEd and Vice President of the Chartered College of Teaching

Vivienne PorrittI am delighted to join you as Chair of the Strategic Board for the North East London Teaching School Hub.  I have worked with many schools and trusts in East London and am honoured to be invited to contribute to a collaborative, ethical endeavour.

I am a leadership consultant working with schools on vision, strategy and impact as well as professional learning and development.  I am a Co-Founder and Strategic Leader of WomenEd and Vice President of the Chartered College of Teaching. Additionally, I am a Non-Exec Director for Captiva Learning Ltd and a Member of Eko Trust. Previously I was a secondary headteacher, Director of School Partnerships for UCL Institute of Education and Chair of Governors of a secondary school in Camden.

I write for the TES and professional and academic journals and, joyously, am the co-editor of 10%Braver: Inspiring Women to Lead Education (2019) and Being 10%Braver (2021).

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Michelle Vanlint

MichelleI am very pleased to be supporting the NELTSH team with the administration and finance tasks on a part-time basis and I am delighted to be based

at Walthamstow School for Girls where I have worked twice before. It’s a lovely place to work with a great team of people. I first worked here as finance officer from 2008 for several years and then later returned to my old role for a year's maternity cover. In the interim I have worked in other schools in Redbridge and Barnet, where I have gained lots of knowledge and experience, which should help me in this new role. At the same time I have also been an Airbnb host through which I have met so many interesting people and enjoyed listening to their stories. Prior to working in education, I lived overseas for 10 years working in a variety of industries along the way.  This definitely helped me learn to be adaptable and flexible and this will benefit me in this new role, where I am looking forward to putting my organisational skills to good use as we get the Hub up and running.