Kelly Ellis

Kelly Ellis has joined our SCITT Team as our Primary Programme Leader. As well as leading our primary programme, Kelly is a serving Deputy Headteacher at Needwood Primary School, part of the Forest Federation. Kelly is a serving SLE. Kelly is an outstanding primary practitioner. She has successfully mentored many trainee teachers, has supported NQTs, delivered ICT training for the Teaching School and a Local authority and is currently completing her NPQH.


Mike Simmons

Mike Simmons has joined the Teaching School Team as Deputy Director of the Teaching School. Mike, an outstanding Geography practitioner, has a wealth of experience to bring to this role, having previously worked for another Teaching School in the West Midlands. Mike will lead on our Secondary SCITT Programme, oversee our work as an Appropriate Body for NQTs and lead on aspects of our CPD and school to school support work. Mike is an SLE and has supported other schools across Birmingham and Staffordshire.


Jeanette Taylor- Perks

Jeanette has joined the team for two and half days a week as our Teaching School coordinator. Jeanette will have responsibility for the coordination of our Professional Development offer, including coordination of network meetings. She will also be the main point of contact for school to school support work. Jeanette joins us with significant experience in project management. Her working days will be Mondays, Wednesday mornings and Thursdays

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John Taylor Teaching School Hub

Announcing John Taylor Teaching School Hub

We are pleased to announce that John Taylor has been designated as one of 11 Teaching School Hubs in the West Midlands to be operational from September 2021, serving schools in East Staffordshire, Tamworth, Lichfield, Cannock, North Warwickshire, Nuneaton and Bedworth. As John Taylor Teaching School Hub we will continue to offer ITE and CPD provision and we will still offer our Appropriate Body Services. In addition, we will be delivering the Early Career Framework across our region and a full suite of NPQs, including the new specialist NPQs.

We will shortly be launching our new website and will advise as soon as this is up and running. Exciting times!