Teaching & Learning

Meet The Team

Our team combines the knowledge and experience of leading experts in education, brought together by our shared ambition to support lifelong learning and
pupil achievement. 

A teacher reads a picture book, as young children sit on the floor and listen.

Jo has many years of school leadership experience, working with schools all over the North West and beyond. She works across Early Years, KS1 and KS2 delivering leadership support, whole school curriculum and Literacy support. She is lead moderator for KS1 and 2 in Oldham and monitors SATs and Phonics for Manchester. Jo is a self-confessed book addict who is passionate in supporting ALL children and staff in striving to be the best they can be.

Jo Gray


Laura, a curriculum expert in KS1 and KS2 Reading for the DfE and an experienced lead moderator, specialises in providing bespoke training, monitoring and evaluation to schools across the curriculum, with a particular focus on English. She leads the One Education Reading Award and is passionate about ensuring every child becomes a fluent reader who loves to read.

Laura Lodge


Harriet Joined the team after being an associate working for the Literacy department from 2019. Prior to this she was an Assistant Headteacher at a school in Camden, London where she was EYFS Leader and Literacy Leader while teaching Year 6 part-time. Harriet is passionate about everything Early Years and Literacy.

Harriet Brettell


Catherine studied English Language and Linguistics at the University of York before completing a Primary PGCE. Over the past 13 years, Catherine has worked at schools across the primary phase in Yorkshire and Greater Manchester, including as an English Leader and Local Authority moderator. Catherine is passionate about Literacy and making all children feel happy, confident and successful in the classroom.

Catherine Delaney


Simone has worked in the education industry for over 25 years. After qualifying from Birmingham University with a degree in Education, she was employed as a Curriculum Buying Manager before becoming a teacher and English lead at primary schools across Greater Manchester. Over the past ten years, in addition to her school-based improvement work, Simone has also led initiatives borough wide to raise attainment. Simone has a passion for English and is particularly keen to raise the importance of Oracy and the spoken word in schools.

Simone Nixon


Adam studied music at the University of Manchester before being awarded a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music in London. As a conductor, Adam has worked with leading ensembles across Europe, including tenures as Musical Director of the Fairey Band and resident conductor of Stavanger Brass Band in Norway. He has also been a guest conductor with several national youth ensembles, including Ulster Youth Orchestra, National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, and the South African National Youth Wind Orchestra.

Adam Cooke


Beginning her primary teacher career, Jo led music and enrichment across a large Manchester school, becoming an Advanced Skills Teacher in 2004. Jo offers training and development to EYFS, primary, special schools and ITT establishments. She is committed to supporting schools in delivering an effective and progressive music curriculum.

Jo Buckler


Born in Belgium, Kelly started her musical journey at the age of six where she attended weekly music centre activities before moving to a specialist music secondary school. She studied viola in Düsseldorf with Prof. Jürgen Kussmaul and then Czech and English at the Charles University in Prague. Kelly freelanced with professional chamber orchestras before moving to the UK where she changed career, working initially as Concerts Intern with Manchester Camerata and then becoming Lancashire Sinfonietta’s Orchestra Manager.  Kelly worked at the Royal Northern College of Music for over 10 years, across different departments,  ending as Pathfinder Manager, after which she became Senior Outreach Programme Coordinator at Chetham's School of Music.

Kelly is passionate about championing every child, embracing cultural diversity and inclusion. Kelly believes that every child can be a musician and can gain incredible life-changing benefits from musical literacy. In her role as Activities and Partnerships Service Lead, Kelly leads on the strategic development of the music centres across the City of Manchester and aims to inspire, facilitate and support children to enjoy and take part in musical activities. In collaboration with partners, she works to create pathways for all ages and abilities so as to nurture the musicians and audiences of the future. 

Kelly Prause


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