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Meet the Team

Daniel Mansfield - Training Hub Director 

As a Training Hub Director, Danny manages, coordinates and leads on key training programmes which have been developed for staff across the trust and outside partnerships. He has worked in Newham for the last fifteen years as a teacher undertaking various roles throughout his career. Staff development is a key area that he now leads in order to equip  staff with the knowledge and skills to carry out their roles effectively, providing children with an excellent education. 

Daniel firmly believes that continual reflection, research and adaption of approach are key principles undertaken which allow the trust to develop new programmes of support and 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 we believe in supporting early career teachers with dedicated mentors and ECF programme materials all supported by an Early Careers Team working at the Training Hub.

Eleanor Hulls - Early Careers Lead and Fellow Member of Ambition

Eleanor works as our ECT Lead across the Trust. She is responsible for planning, co-ordinating and delivering key aspects of training which has been developed through schools, using experienced staff and leaders from across the Trust.  As well as delivering training, she supports ECT's through modelling lessons, team teaching and provides support at the planning stages. She has developed an award winning platinum ECT programme which has 100%  success rate and continues to develop and adapt the programme according to the skills of our current ECT's. She loves her role and works collaboratively with leadership teams to ensure high quality provision. She believes in inspiring and motivating children to learn through lesson delivery and is passionate about ensuring children aspire to be their best. Eleanor believes that continual reflection and communication with ECT's is vital in ensuring ECT's development is at its highest standard.

Sophie Woolstencroft - Early Careers Lead

I am the ECT development lead for the Trust. I am responsible for planning and co-ordinating the programme that offers a range of training for our ECT's. These training sessions are facilitated by myself and other experienced staff from the Trust. As well as training, I support the ECT's through the modelling of lessons, team teaching, and planning a sequence of lessons together. I am extremely passionate about education and ensuring children are receiving high quality teaching. I work collaboratively with leaderships team to ensure the ECT's needs are met. 



Helen Harris - Lead SENCo, Autism Education Trust Training Lead

Helen has received the Pearson National Teaching Silver Award for Excellence in Special Needs Education.

Helen believes that people should come first and endeavours to understand the individual pupils, parents and staff she works with in order to support them to overcome the challenges that they face. She aims to continuously reflect in creative and innovative ways on working practice so that as much time as possible is spent on working with people whilst still maintaining high standards of practice with regards to the special educational needs code of practice and other statutory requirements.

Helen Harris is Lead SENCo at Kensington Primary School in East Ham and takes a lead in SEND across the trust. She started her teaching career in 1994 and undertook the NASENCo in 2001 during its first round. In this time she has worked in several London boroughs. During her time in Newham she has had extensive experience of working with pupils on the autistic spectrum and with their families. In the past she oversaw the running of an ASD resourced provision. She has been part of the successful leadership teams of several schools throughout their improvement journey’s including her current school. She now draws on this experience to deliver Autism Educational Trust training and support other to develop their SEND practice.  

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 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 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 the RE Leadership Programme and is the NATRE RE Ambassador for London, 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.



Dr Jo Sell - RSHE Advisor

Dr Jo Sell is relationships, sex and health education (RSHE) advisor for Newham and a Honorary Research Associate at UCL, Institute of Education. Jo is an experienced classroom teacher, governor trainer, teacher trainer, and researcher having been specialising for over 25 years in what is now called ‘relationships, sex and health education’ (RSHE).  Jo’s mantra for RSHE is that ‘RSHE is not just for now, to gain qualifications, or develop a career, but is education for a lifetime’.

She completed her PhD in 2019, using only student voices, as participants she explored young people’s expectations for good quality RSHE. The thesis also investigated what, according to pupils, the characteristics of faith-sensitive RSHE might be and if it was an appropriate approach for the delivery of RSHE in the classroom. In January 2021 Jo’s academic paper ‘Faith-sensitive RSE in areas of low religious observance: Really?’ was published in Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning Journal.