Manchester North SCITT Team | Manchester Nexus SCITT


Allison Ash

Director of Teaching School – SCITT Director


I am Assistant Head Teacher with responsibility for the strategic direction of Teaching School activities. This involves working with schools across the partnership to design training to support Initial Teacher Education to Continued Professional Development and Leadership Development.

As Director of SCITT I am responsible for the strategic development of SCITT provision.

Cheryl Haigh

Deputy Head Teacher – ITE Lead (Primary)


To manage the operational day-to- day running of the SCITT primary programme.


I am the Deputy Headteacher of a Church of England Primary School and also the ITE Lead for Primary for the Manchester North SCITT. I work in partnership with other primary schools to ensure we offer the best possible training opportunities for our students.

I have been teaching for 16 years and have had experience in teaching children in key stage one and two. Throughout my teaching career I have led on most curriculum areas including assessment and Special Educational Needs. I have also successfully mentored and coached a number of students through ITE.

Anna Nelson

ITE Lead (Secondary)


To manage the operational day-to- day running of the SCITT secondary programme.

I am a Specialist Leader in Education, Lead Practitioner and have been a teacher of English for 11 years. I am based at The Blue Coat School, Oldham, which is the lead school in The Northern Alliance, and has ties with schools in Oldham, Chadderton, Rochdale, Huddersfield and Stockport. I also act as a Professional Mentor at The Blue Coat School. I am responsible for delivering School Experience/Teacher Taster days, interviewing candidates and organising Central Training and the Professional Studies programme. I train Professional Mentors and Subject Mentors and am responsible for Quality Assurance across the partnership of schools.

Kat Henshall

ITE Lead (Secondary)


I am a Social Science teacher and have been at the Blue Coat School for the last six years.

Throughout this time I have gained experience of delivering training and mentoring with NQTs and trainee teachers, as well coaching staff in their practice as mentors.

My responsibilities as an ITE Lead are to deliver sessions from the Professional Studies programme to, and Central Training sessions to SCITT trainees. I also support in the quality assurance process across the partnership of schools.

Elizabeth Phillips

Head of Marketing, Communications and SCITT Recruitment


To provide operational leadership and management for the Manchester North SCITT, particularly focusing on its marketing, growth, and communications.

Prior to working at Manchester North SCITT I worked as Programme Manager at a national education trust, overseeing and facilitating national CPD programmes and specialising in innovative pedagogy from around the world. Before that, I was a SLT member working for the Greater Manchester Challenge providing school-to- school support in secondary English.

Having trained on a school based route myself in Oldham, I am excited to be returning to my passion for delivering high quality Initial Teacher Education in my local area.

Andrea Daubney

Assistant Head for Teaching and Learning – Associate SCITT Director


I am Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for CPD and Professional Learning at Hollingworth Academy. This involves responsibility for staff training and development at all levels from Initial Teacher Training to Continued Professional Development and Leadership Development.

Previously I have worked in School Improvement for a local authority and am and SLE for CPD and Professional Learning with the Northern Alliance. I am responsible for the quality assurance of our SCITT provision.

Beverley Harper

Finance Officer


I am Principal Finance Officer of the Cranmer Education Trust Multi Academy Trust and have been the Business Manager responsible for the finances of the Teaching School and ITE for 3 years.

I am a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Tax Adviser with 30 years experience in the accountancy profession having moved to the education sector 3 years ago.

Lindsey Howard

SCITT HR Administrator


Prior to working at The Blue Coat School, I was Club & Company Secretary at FC United of Manchester

I performed this role for 10 years and watched the club grow and build its own ground. During my time at the club I studied for a CIPD level 3 in Human Resource Practice which started my pathway into HR.