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Sir Jonathan North College

Sir Jonathan North College

Specialist Leaders of Education

Phil Cooling

Phil Cooling is a Specialist Leader of Education, with particular interest in mathematics, curriculum development and data.  He has been the Vice Principal at Sir Jonathan North Community College since January 2016. Prior to that he was the Senior Assistant Principal for curriculum and data. He is an experienced teacher and former Curriculum Team Leader of Mathematics.  Previous to this, Phil was a pastoral team leader in another city secondary school.  He is also a trained Challenge Partners Reviewer. 

Phil is passionate about ensuring that all students acquire the necessary skills required for a successful career and life. He has worked with other colleagues and schools to develop their knowledge and expertise in data analysis, producing action plans and curriculum development. Phil has a pragmatic, yet supportive approach and enjoys working with colleagues to improve their practice.  


Patricia Thompson

Pat is the Director of Teaching School at Sir Jonathan North. She is an experienced Assistant Principal, an expert on teaching and learning and has led in this area to raise standards across the college.  Pat is currently responsible for the Teaching School, Teaching and Learning and CPD, and line manages several different curriculum teams.  She is chair of the East Midlands Teaching Schools Alliance (EMTSA) Network, leads the Teaching and Learning Leadership Network and recently spent time in Silicon Valley learning about leadership from senior leaders at Apple.  Pat previously worked as a Science AST at another city secondary school and as part of this role worked with many teachers across Leicester City, supporting leadership and the Science Hub and AST network.

Pat is a trained facilitator for the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders (NPQSL) and National Award for Middle Leaders (NAML), and is passionate about the role of coaching in school improvement.  She is also a trained Challenge Partners Reviewer. Pat is an experienced Trustee of a Multi-Academy Trust and enjoys working with primary school leaders to raise outcomes for children.


Caroline Hodgson

Caroline Hodgson is a Specialist Leader of Education, with particular interest in English and Linguistics.  She is currently Curriculum Team Leader for English at Sir Jonathan North Community College.  Prior to this, Caroline was Lead English Teacher for a Multi Academy Trust with responsibility for a number raising standards in English teaching and learning in a number of schools. As a contributor to the Trust’s Teaching School Alliance, she led training sessions in literacy for teachers across the trust. Her ability to understand the tenets of literacy and to communicate these effectively to staff and students comes in no small part from the rigorous training she received as part of her first class degree and Masters in Linguistics.

Caroline has worked in schools requiring improvement as well as outstanding schools. She believes that all young people can learn. It is a concern with social justice, coupled with an optimism that all teachers can make a difference that motivates her to improve the life chances for young people. As a teacher and leader, she is motivated not only by her students’ successes but also their challenges. 


Kevin Waite

Kevin Waite is a Specialist Leader of Education and currently the Lead Teacher for Quality First Teaching at Sir Jonathan North Community College.  Prior to this he was Curriculum Team Leader of English. During this time he oversaw the restructuring of the KS3 and KS4 English and Literature curriculums to successfully enable students to make better than expected progress whilst raising student outcomes for all groups.  The team’s innovative approach and aspiration for all students that they teach has led to outcomes that place them in the top percentile nationally for higher ability students and seventh overall. 

Kevin particularly enjoys supporting team leaders and teaching staff to improve teaching and learning outcomes.  He has supported potential leaders across the college and mentored and coached staff where underperformance has been concern.  Kevin regularly leads CPD sessions across a wide range of subjects and contributes to city Teach Meet sessions.  Kevin’s dynamic style has nurtured a culture of risk taking, teaching and learning and the sharing of best practice across the team and beyond to continue to drive innovation and student outcomes.


Natalie Foster

Natalie Foster is a Specialist Leader of Education with a particular focus on maths in the primary sector. She is currently working at Parks Primary School, an outstanding school in the city centre which is well renowned in Leicester City for its innovative child-centred approaches to teaching. Natalie is currently one of the maths leads at this school and also the head of the key stage 1 department. Prior to this, she spent ten years working in key stage 2 at Parks, spending seven of these years teaching year 6. Natalie is also a trained Challenge Partner reviewer and relishes the opportunity to work within a variety of different schools and settings believing that every school brings its own successes and challenges.

Natalie has led many CPD sessions within her school based around improving children’s achievement and engagement in maths and has recently been involved in delivering CPD more widely across the city. She believes that all children have the right to meet their full potential through quality first teaching and is committed to improving maths across Leicester, having been involved in the Leicester City mastery pilot group and currently a Maths Hub mastery research group. Natalie believes that she has a lot to offer in this area and is motivated by seeing not only the successes within her own school but also those which she can bring about in others.


Jenny Slinger

Jenny Slinger is a Specialist Leader of Education, with a specific interest in maths. She has completed the 2 year Maths Specialist Teacher programme with Northampton University. After completing this course whilst teaching in Leicester, she moved to London where she worked in a challenging school in Hackney as a Maths Lead. Jenny then moved to an equally challenging job in Tower Hamlets where she became Assistant Head Teacher and began working within the borough’s School Improvement team, supporting schools locally and facilitating maths NQT training. During this time as AHT, she developed and implemented a whole school coaching model to develop teaching and learning. This included work with all stake holders, including increasing parental engagement, and a specific focus on developing middle leaders. Being part of a staff who drove the school from Good to Outstanding (in 2017) gave Jenny a further awareness of developing the curriculum, expectations of behaviour, staff capacity, assessment and also, a deeper understanding of the Ofsted framework itself.

Jenny has been Vice Principal at Willowbrook Primary Academy since January 2018. This role gives her further opportunity to apply and develop her coaching style approach to work with all members of staff, giving them ownership over their development and to build capacity within the school. Jenny now line manages subject leads, is responsible for assessment, coaching, attendance and whole school curriculum development. Jenny has worked in a wide range of schools who serve very different communities and is driven by a strong moral purpose, with a passion for school improvement and driving up outcomes, enabling pupils to fulfil their potential.


Sean Durran

Sean is a Specialist Leader of Education, with particular interest in Science.  Currently a Director of Science for the Lionheart Academy Trust, Sean was previously Head of KS5 Science at Beauchamp College with responsibility for raising standards in the teaching of Science.  Sean has a breadth of experience having worked with schools requiring improvement as well as outstanding schools.  He has expertise in teaching and learning, curriculum planning and improving leadership in Science across the trust. 

Sean has led training sessions in teaching and learning in schools around the country and is currently responsible for ensuring that secondary Science teaching enables learners to embrace the curriculum with confidence and excitement across the trust. He enjoys working closely with teachers and school leaders to develop innovative approaches of intervention with key groups in order to accelerate progress and improve outcomes for all pupils.  


Claire Greaves

Claire is a Specialist Leader of Education for SEND and Inclusion.  She began her career teaching English in Uganda, and has worked at Sir Jonathan North for 20 years. For the past 10 years, Claire has combined mainstream English teaching with delivering and managing SEND provision.  In 2014, Claire took on leadership of the Skills for Learning team and has overseen a three year improvement of the outcomes for SEND students.

For the past 2 years, Claire has been an Assistant Principal with responsibility for Inclusion, careers provision, ITT and parental engagement.  This profile provides Claire with a strategic oversite of whole school issues pertaining to a range of stakeholders, and as such, she has developed a wide skill-set in leading teaching staff at all stages of their career, as well as support staff, to seek creative and effective ways of meeting the needs of all students to maximise their potential.

As a qualified coach and facilitator for NPQML and NAML, Claire is an experienced trainer of colleagues in leadership and quality first teaching; she empowers staff to improve their practice and reflect on their own leadership and management style.


Laura Jarram

Laura Jarram is a Specialist Leader of Education with a particular interest in Science. She has worked across schools in Leicester, Sheffield and Stockport. Currently, Laura is the Assistant Headteacher at Inglehurst Junior School, with responsibilities for Science, Reading, Student Training, Curriculum Design, CPD and Pupil Premium. Laura has supported many teachers and leaders in improving teaching and learning across all areas of the curriculum but particularly in STEM subjects. As a result, Inglehurst Junior School is a recognised STEM ambassador school. She is passionate about the subject and she is therefore committed to providing all children with the best possible Science education to enhance their learning and life chances.

Laura’s passion for developing opportunities within the Science setting has led to significant developments in both her own school and in the wider local authority. She is an active contributor to the Primary Science Network in Leicester, the National STEM Learning Centre in York and she has recently taken part in the CERN Primary Science Conference in Geneva. As a result of Laura’s innovation, passion and enthusiasm, she has been able to improve outcomes for pupils and leaders within her own school and beyond.


Lisa Coar

Lisa is a middle leader at Beauchamp College and is responsible for raising the profile of Literacy across the curriculum. With Honours, Masters and Doctoral degrees in English, Lisa is highly regarded as a subject specialist and has extensive experience of teaching at both secondary and tertiary levels. Lisa’s higher-level teaching and research experience equips her with a specialised educational approach; it is being able to use the niche experiences she has gained in a way that supports other educators in their own pedagogical development, as well as maximising attainment outcomes for students, that underpins her aspirations to participate in system support and leadership.

Lisa works hard to capitalise on the experiences she has acquired in wider sectors by developing and securing multiple opportunities that provide scope for students and colleagues to benefit from University outreach work, as well as nurturing a more grounded, student-centric approach to academic transition at secondary level and beyond. Seeing the positive impacts such work has ensures that Lisa remains motivated to continue making a difference to young people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities.

Sustaining the capacity to provide constant support and constructive guidance likewise forms an integral part of Lisa’s teaching and work ethic. Lisa always aspires to implement new methods of informing, inspiring and guiding in pioneering and inventive ways. Each of the tailored intervention programs she initiates encourage staff and students alike to become confident, independent learners who are keen to share and develop their ideas.