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Meet the Team

Daniel Mansfield: Training Hub Director 

As our Training Hub Director, Danny manages, coordinates and leads on key training programmes which have been developed for staff across TTLT as well as with our external partnerships. He has taught in Newham for the last eighteen years undertaking various roles throughout his career. Passionate about staff development, this is the area he now leads on, in order to equip  staff with the knowledge and skills to carry out their roles effectively; the goal being to ultimately provide all pupils with an excellent education. 

Danny firmly believes that continual reflection, research and adaption of approach are the key principles in developing programmes of support to improve the quality of leadership, teaching, learning and staff development at all levels.

Early Career development is a key area of work for the Training Hub and, as an organisation, we firmly believe in supporting Early Career Teachers; this is through experienced in-school mentors, utilising ECF programme materials and a dedicated Early Careers Team working out of the Training Hub.

Eleanor Hulls: Early Careers Lead and Fellow Member of Ambition Institute

Eleanor works as one of our ECT Leads across the Trust. She is responsible for planning, co-ordinating and delivering key aspects of training which has been developed using experienced staff, mentors and leaders from across TTLT.  As well as delivering training, she supports ECTs through modelling lessons, team teaching and provides support at the lesson planning stages. She has developed an award-winning platinum ECT programme, along with the Ambition Institute ECF,  which has 100%  success rate; a programme which is constantly developed and adapted according to the skills and needs of our ECT cohorts. She loves her role and works collaboratively with leadership teams within schools to ensure the highest quality provision. She believes in inspiring and motivating children to learn through effective lesson delivery and is passionate about ensuring children aspire to be their best. Eleanor believes that continual reflection and effective communication with ECTs and their mentors is vital in ensuring their progression is of the highest standard.

Sophie Woolstencroft: Early Careers Lead and Fellow Member of Ambition Institute

Sophie is one of the ECT development leads for the Trust. She is responsible for planning and co-ordinating the programme that offers a range of training for our ECTs and their mentors; this is in partnership with Ambition Institute and London District East Teaching School Hub. The fortnightly ECT training sessions, which are facilitated by Sophie and other experienced staff from the Trust, are adapted to meet the ever-changing needs of different ECT cohorts. Sophie also supports ECT mentors in fulfilling their role effectively and works with trainee teachers and apprentices as they embark on their teaching careers.

As well as delivering training, Sophie supports the ECTs through the modelling of lessons, team teaching, and planning sequences of lessons together. She is extremely passionate about education and ensuring all children across TTLT are receiving the highest quality learning opportunities; both inside and outside of the classroom. She works collaboratively with school leaderships teams to ensure the ECT's and mentors needs are met allowing them to flourish in their roles.

Claire Clinton: Director of Religious Education & RSHE

Claire has been an advisory teacher for over 20 years working in Essex, Redbridge, Newham and Barking and Dagenham as well as nationally for the DfE, QCDA, TDA and for RE Today services. She is passionate about children and young people being given the tools to be able to learn about and learn from religious and philosophical beliefs and practices.

Claire is at present Director of RE and RSHE in Newham, as well as the RE advisor in Barking and Dagenham. She leads nationally on the RE Leadership Programme and is the NATRE RE Ambassador for London; she also leads the London and South East Areiac group and sits on the NASACRE executive where her brief is SACRE training and professional development. Claire is part of the Ofsted RE working group.

Soofia Amin: EAL/Multilingualism Specialist and IQM Assessor

Soofia Amin has been working in the field of EAL and ESOL for the past twenty years. She has a wealth of experience in primary, secondary and further education. She works as a  Specialist Lead in Education for EAL, delivering training and advising schools on supporting multilingual pupils and their families.

Soofia is passionate about developing excellent practice for multilingual pupils whilst promoting their first languages as a resource in the classroom and the wider school. She offers training on various strategies needed to  develop a whole school approach to multilingualism, and is able to provide support and guidance to schools on this.  Her training has not only included schools across London, she has also delivered training to various SCITTS whilst supporting trainees in their practice at various schools.  Her work was recognised by the EAL Academy in 2020 through the EAL Quality Mark gold award and when winning the Pearson Primary school of the year. Her recent collaboration with Metropolitan University has ensured that teachers are developing up to date knowledge and expertise in this area. She is currently working with academics at the forefront of research in multilingualism and is striving to improve provision and practice for multilingual learners in the classroom and beyond.

We offer a wide range of support and services and we can offer a bespoke training session to suit your context.