Mark Avis Profile pic.jpgMark Avis

I have been a teacher for 30 years, beginning in East London and moving to Cheshire 16 years ago.  I have also been a Deputy Headteacher and Headteacher of several primary schools. 

I joined Ash Grove Primary in Macclesfield in 2009 as the Deputy Head, leading teaching and learning, particularly in Mathematics and was in post throughout its journey from threat of closure to being graded as Outstanding by OFSTED and the establishment of the Aspire Educational Trust, Aspirer Teaching School and Aspirer Research School.

I am a Maths Specialist Teacher and hold a Master’s Degree in Primary Maths Pedagogy. 

As the Director of Mathematics for the Aspire Educational Trust and the Aspirer Research School, I led the introduction of the “mastery” approach and evidence informed primary maths teaching and school improvement in Maths.

I have completed two research projects into ways to improve the teaching of times tables across the North West and recently led the “Guiding Maths” Project in Cheshire East and Cheshire West and Chester with 29 Primary and 10 secondary schools.

As the Programme Leader for Initial Teacher Education at The Aspirer Teaching Alliance, I set up the Aspirer School Direct PGCE course which we currently run in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University. 

Alison Sutch

I have been teaching for 14 years. I’m Assistant Curriculum leader in a large Cheshire school. I lead on KS5 and L2 Further Maths pedagogy and have recently become the Level 3 lead for the new Cheshire and Wirral hub. I have led on curriculum change, been a mentor for trainees and NQTs. I ran a working party to embed the new SEN COP and set up the whole school HAL programme so I know both ends of the spectrum.

I have completed L3 work groups Embedding Technology and Pedagogy and attend the Network meetings looking at A-level Maths and Further Maths exam papers and examiners reports. I completed my Masters in Maths Education a few years ago. I have also completed NPQML and AMSP qualifications TAM, TFM1 and TS1. I love doing these and hope to do TFM2 and TM1 soon.

I’m working on bringing both A-level and GCSE Statistics to my school curriculum and also Core Maths. I have several projects within my roles but increasing participation in post-16 Maths is really important to me.

I have just had my application as a PD lead accepted so that is my most recent challenge.

RM photo.jpgRichard Middlebrook

Richard Middlebrook began teaching in 1991 and has worked in 5 schools across the North West of England. He became Headteacher at Alsager School in 2011. The school was graded as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2016 for the first time in its history and in the same year, Richard was a winner in the national Teaching Awards for ‘Secondary Headteacher of the Year’. He was also designated as a National Leader of Education and is now Executive Headteacher at AMAT, a small multi academy trust comprising of two schools.

Richard is a huge believer in system leadership, being heavily involved in the Manchester Challenge and one of the first SLEs to be designated in the country back in 2007. He is currently also Chair of the Chimney House Teaching School Alliance, a network of schools operating across Cheshire East.

00000134.jpgSarah Curtis

I have been a Headteacher of  Meadow Primary School since 2010.  It is a large two form entry school in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. When I arrived, Ofsted  judged the school to be ‘inadequate, and were given a formal directive of ‘Notice to Improve’. In May 2015, less than five years after my arrival, Meadow was recognised as ‘Outstanding’.  With my team we have developed a culture of success within the school, resulting in outstanding teaching and exemplary behaviour. This was a result of rigorous evaluation, setting challenging targets and ensuring the expectations of all stakeholders is high. As part of this improvement my assistant head became a mastery maths teacher for the North West Maths Hub and we introduced a mastery approach to maths through Maths No Problem. 

Prior to Meadow, I worked in schools in West Sussex and Cheshire. My teaching degree specialised in the teaching of maths and science and I was Maths Lead in three of the schools I have worked in. Alongside this I have been a SENCo for most of my career and also led an MLD unit provision before coming a deputy head. I currently organise SEND network meetings for all of Cheshire SENCOs meeting half termly. I also sit on the LA EHCP assessment panel, LA SEND Strategy Board and I am a governor at Hinderton Autism Primary School. 

Jane Watts

I have been teaching mathematics for 17 years, including 4 years as Curriculum Leader in a challenging school. I currently teach Yr 7 to Yr 12, 3 days a week at Alsager School in Cheshire East where I have been for almost 8 years. I am a Secondary Mastery Specialist and Accredited PD Lead. I work 2 days a week as the Secondary Teaching for Mastery Lead for the new Maths Hub. I was fortunate enough to go out to Shanghai for 2 weeks in December 2018, where I was privileged to see and learn from some of the best maths teaching I have ever seen!