Established in 2007, SCHOOLS NorthEast is the first, and only, schools-led regional network in the UK representing the views of all the region's schools. Bringing together the 1,300 maintained & independent primary, secondary & special schools in the North East, we aim to strengthen the link between the region's schools and the North East's economic development.
Following his retirement from film production in 1998, Lord Puttnam now focuses his work on the field of education. He was the first chancellor of the University of Sunderland from 1997 until 2007 and is now an Honorary Doctor of Education in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning.
In addition, he founded the National Teaching Awards, served as inaugural Chair of the General Teaching Council for England and is currently the Chancellor of the Open University. He is President of UNICEF UK and Chair of FutureLab.
Lord Puttnam was awarded a CBE in 1982, received a knighthood in 1995 and was appointed to the House of Lords in 1997.
We believe that the North East is uniquely positioned to demonstrate the potential of schools working collaboratively to transform opportunities and outcomes for the benefit of young people, schools, communities and our region.
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After nine years in exile in London, Beccy was delighted to return to her native North East to join SCHOOLS NorthEast in April 2008. Her previous roles include heading up the Communications Team for the Children's Commissioner for England and leading on voter participation at The Electoral Commission. Beccy has also enjoyed working at the Hansard Society and BBC Parliament. She is a trained journalist with a Master's Degree in Political Communication.
Prior to joining SCHOOLS NorthEast, Chris worked with over 165 schools in the North East and various education organisations including local authorities, Excellence Partnerships, 14-19 Groups, the Specialist Schools & Academies Trust, and School Improvement Officers. He led a large scale culture change project in education across the North East and was the development consultant for the LEGI funded Wansbeck Enterprise Education Network. Chris has 12 years of strategic and business development, consultancy and client-management experience at a ‘Big Four' accountancy firm and various financial institutions and an MBA from Durham University Business School.
Born in Burnley, Rebecca has made the North East her home after completing a BSc in Marketing at Newcastle University. With a range of successful marketing, public relations and sales internships under her belt, working for organisations such as E-Achieve and CiA Training, Rebecca is now enthusiastic about advancing into the world of education having joined the team at SCHOOLS NorthEast.
Our young people are confident, enterprising, skilled and aspiring; learning and developing within well-resourced, nurturing and purposeful school environments.
Our school leaders, governors and staff demonstrate exceptional professionalism enjoying the resounding confidence of students, parents, communities, employers and decision-makers.
Our Head Teachers have a powerful voice regionally and nationally. By working collaboratively and creatively with their peers and external partners, they develop expertise, shape policy and drive change. We are recognised as a centre for innovation and the bench-mark of excellence.
Our region is vibrant, self reliant and outward looking, featuring a dynamic economy, healthy environment and distinctive culture.
Empowering schools to meet current and emerging challenges, and discover and exploit opportunities.
Provoking discussion and debate of key issues to influence regional and national agenda.
Inspiring new approaches, celebrating good practice and supporting innovation.
Connecting schools to each other and the people, sectors, strategies, resources and ideas that shape our region's future.
David was educated at Collyers School in Sussex and studied English at Lincoln College, Oxford. He began teaching in an urban comprehensive school in 1974, at a time when it was unusual for an Oxbridge graduate to choose this path. He has worked in challenging schools in: Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Bradford, Doncaster and Newcastle, as an English teacher, Head of English, Deputy Head and Headteacher (twice), but his current role, at Kenton School, where he arrived in 1998, is both the most challenging and the most rewarding.
David is Chair of SCHOOLS NorthEast, an invited member of the National Secondary Heads’ Reference Group and of the national YPLA (Young People’s Learning Agency) Committee, and is Chair of the Newcastle Specialised Diploma Strategy Executive. He is also listed among the North East Most Influential 2009, published by The Journal.
Ken is Principal of MacMillan Academy in Middlesbrough. In their last Ofsted inspection the school was graded as ‘outstanding’, and described the progress made at both Key Stage 3 and 4 as ‘exceptional and impressive in equal measures’. As well as recognising that they are in the top 5% of schools nationally, the report also emphasised that students feel valued as individuals, feel safe and have very positive attitudes and relationships.
Fishburn Primary School
Danny is originally from Sheffield, but fell in love with the region when he came to the North East to study. His management experience started in inner city Sunderland where he was part of the leadership team in Quarry View Juniors, Pennywell. He gained deputy headship at New Brancepeth primary School, County Durham, before becoming Head Teacher after two years, where he stayed for six years. He has been Head Teacher of Fishburn Primary School, Stockton, for four years and is involved in leading an NCSL demonstrator project looking at the role of the school business manager in the primary sector.
St John Vianney Primary School
John is Head Teacher of St John Vianney Primary School in Hartlepool.
Percy Hedley School
Lynn Watson was appointed Head teacher at Percy Hedley School in 2005. She has experience of working with primary aged mainstream children and special needs children aged 2 to 19 years of age. Lynn has particular expertise in early years education and assessment of special needs and learning. She is part of, a national review of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and the Secondary Heads Reference Group, which advisers the Department of Education.
St John's Catholic School and Sixth Form Centre
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Name: Richard Gartland
School: The Education Village
Name: Susan Johnson
School: Longfields School
Name: Danny Eason
School: Fishburn Primary School
Name: Gerard Moran
School: St John's Catholic School and Sixth Form Centre
Name: Clive Wisby
School: Caedmon Primary School
Name: Jonathan Parkinson
School: St Thomas More
Name: John Hardy
School: St John Vianney RC Primary School
Name: Bill Jordon
School: Dyke House Comprehensive School
Name: Cherry Diemoz
School: Breckon Hill Primary School
Name: Ken Fraser
School: MacMillan Academy
Name: Miles Wallis-Clarke
Region: Newcastle upon Tyne
School: Hotspur Primary School
Name: David Pearmain
School: Kenton School
Name: Alan Egdell
Region: North Tyneside
School: St Bernadette's Primary
Name: Dave Stainthorpe
School: Marden High School
Name: Paul Frost
School: Cambois First School
Name: Kieran McGrane
School: Bedlingtonshire High School
Name: Kinga Pusztai
Region: Redcar and Cleveland
School: Newcomen Primary School
Name: Tony Hobbs
School: Bydales Secondary School
Name: Gemma Jeynes
Region: South Tyneside
School: Valley View Primary School
Name: Liz Hayes
School: Boldon School
Name: Karen Norton
School: Junction Farm Primary School
Name: Hilary Cooper
School: Barnes Junior School
Name: John Hallworth
School: Thornhill School
Name: Caroline Pryer
Type: Middle Schools
Region: Middle schools
School: Ponteland Middle School
Name: Dr Bernard Trafford
Type: Independent schools
Region: Independent schools
School: Royal Grammar School
Name: Hugh Steele
Region: Special schools
School: The Dales
Name: Lynn Watson
School: Percy Hedley School
Name: Teresa Laybourne
School: Townend Farm Academy
Name: Jim O'Neill
School: Education Village
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