Trainer Profiles

Anna Richards, BA, PGCE with QTS, NPQH

Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT Executive Leader

Anna Richards has worked in a variety of primary and special schools. Before starting her current role in September 2017, she was the Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT PGCE Tuition Leader.  Anna has actively led the sustained improvement of the Primary Tuition programme and has overseen the Secondary Tuition programme through a period of continued development.  Before joining the SCITT team she was head teacher of a West Suffolk primary school for five years.

Anna was part of the working party on Mentor Standards set up in response to the 2015 Carter review of Initial Teacher Training and has recently been appointed a trustee of National Association of School Based Trainers (NASBTT). 

Anna is committed to supporting school improvement across Suffolk and Norfolk through ensuring an on-going supply of high quality newly qualified teachers to local partnership schools. 

Paul Law B.A. PGCE

Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT Secondary Leader

Paul Law held a number of teaching and leadership positions in London and Suffolk schools before moving into initial teacher training on a full-time basis from August 2008. Paul has led the Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT Salaried Programme since 2009. Paul’s educational activities include:

·       Training within Suffolk schools and for Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT

·       Research and writing on ‘pupil records of achievement’

·       Conference speaker in a variety of settings

·       GTP/SCITT Tutor from 2001 to 2009

·       Establishment of a local history museum.

Paul’s career has been driven by a belief in the crucial role of education in broadening horizons and shaping lives.

He is committed to school improvement in Norfolk and Suffolk and to ensuring that a new generation of outstanding teachers are trained and find posts within our primary and secondary schools.

Paul’s hobbies and interests include local history, watching and participating in a range of sports, music and drama.

Jayne Andrew, BA (Hons), QTS

Primary SCITT Salaried Lead

Jayne has been involved in teaching since she graduated from Bishop Grosseteste College in Lincoln. She has taught across the primary age range in Norfolk and in Nottinghamshire.

During her teaching career she has been a literacy subject leader, PSHE leader, Year 6 leader, a SENCO and a member of school Senior Leadership. She also gained Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) status, which ranked her as one of the top 10% of teachers in the country.

After leaving teaching, Jayne became a Literacy Advisor for Norfolk County Council, supporting a wide variety of schools and leading training county wide, before joining the SCITT programme.

Kate Sida-Nicholls, BA Hons, PGCE, MA in Education

Secondary SCITT Tuition Lead

Kate has worked for eighteen years in various schools in different roles across Suffolk, teaching mainly English but other Humanities subjects too.

She has been working in her current role as Secondary SCITT Tuition Lead for the past four years and in that time the programme has increased its number of trainees and also the percentage of trainees who achieve ‘outstanding’ by the end of the course.

Publications and educational activity:

  • Regional Advocate for Chartered College of Teaching
  • Member of Assessment Board for Chartered Teacher Programme 
  • Member of the UCAS ITT Adivsory Group 
  • Published 'What if It Happens in My Classroom?’ a behaviour management book aimed at new and trainee teachers.
  • ‘Becoming an Outstanding English Teacher’ published by Routledge in August 2016.
  • Regular reviewer of books and book proposals for Routledge.
  • Currently undertaking PhD research into the retention of NQT teachers. 

Dr Sally Wilkinson

Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT Primary Leader

Sally has worked in primary schools in Suffolk as a teacher, senior leader and headteacher. Before taking up the role of Primary SCITT Leader in December 2017, she worked as a school improvement adviser for Suffolk LA. 

She has written a range of articles and teaching resources on primary English and is currently editor of English 4-11, a magazine for primary practitioners published jointly by the English Association and UKLA. She has recently completed a Doctorate in Education. Her research interests include:

• meeting the professional development needs of teachers in rural schools

• the sustainability of small schools

• the qualities and practices of primary headteachers working as effective system leaders

Sally is passionate about the power of education to transform lives. The next generation of outstanding teachers are the future of education and she feels privileged to be part of the SCITT team training teachers to work in Suffolk and Norfolk schools.