Our Core Groups

Our Core Groups are themed around our vision of outstanding education for every child by every teacher.


Our remaining Summer Term 2020 Core Groups have been postponed or moved to virtual meetings


We do not charge for attendance at our Core Groups they are operated on the basis of reciprocity and attendees are expected to both share and contribute as well as learn from the experiences of others.

Each group will have a focus for the year, which is set by group members.  In 2019/20 our groups are primarily working on the following:

  • English (Chair: Emma Kirkham)
    • Debating and oral skills to boost vocabulary
    • Recommendations from the EEF Improving Literacy Teaching Report
    • Contact the Chair 
  • Maths (Chair: Jenny McGarry
    • The Mastery Curriculum; including sharing our journey and ideas through our Teach Meets
    • Contact the Chair
  • Science (Chair: Ben Davies)
    • The development of  an understanding on the progression of Scientific Skills from EYFS to Post 16.
    • Contact the Chair
  • Mental Health (Chair: Kate Allely) Each meeting will focus on two of these three key themes:
    • A presentation of a piece of research or theory volunteered by a member
    • A presentation of a case study by a member who would like to seek support / ideas from the group
    • A case study from a member who would like to share what is working well with the group
    • Contact the Chair


Many members of our Core Groups are Specialist Leaders of Education and are available for school to school support.  Read more about our System Leaders here.

If you’d like to get involved in any of our Core Groups; please contact either chair of the group (above) or Rachel Eppy.


Science Core Group Tue 12 May 2020 3:30pm – 5pm Virtual Meeting
Mental Health Core Group Thu 11 June 2020 3:30pm – 5pm TBC
Maths Core Group Wed 24 June 2020 3:30pm – 5pm TBC
English Core Group Thu 25 June 2020 4pm – 5:30pm TBC
Science Core Group Tue 30 June 2020 3:30pm – 5pm Levenshulme High School
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Shaun Barton (Maths Core Group)


Nina Ritchie (Maths Core Group)

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Jan Sorohan (Headteacher)

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Zoe Brocklesby (English Core Group)


Nathan D’laryea (Maths Core Group)


Tracy Gallier (Deputy Headteacher, Professional Programme Leader Primary with SEND Route, SLE in ITT and SEND)


Lindsey Dunleavy (Maths Core Group)


Jenny McGarry (NLE / Head of Teaching School)

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Donna Crawford (EYFS, SEND and Curriculum SLE)


Martin Scott


Mark Gibson (English Core Group)

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Ellie Russell (Science Lead Practitioner, ITT Professional Mentor)

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Jo MacKinnon (Headteacher, Levenshulme High School)


Fiona Hagsharfi (LLME, SLE, Maths Core Group)


Jane Griffiths (Maths Core Group, Lead Practitioner)


Neil Long (Deputy Headteacher, Maths SLE, Maths Core Group, NPQ Trainer)

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Rachel Jacques (Headteacher)

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Jen Griffin (English Core Group)

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Ruth Nutton-Jones (English SLE)

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Lindsey Jones (Maths and Leadership of CPD SLE)


Cath Jenkins (English SLE)

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Kate Allely (Behaviour and Discipline SLE, SEMH)

Emma Kirkham (404x404)

Emma Kirkham (Secondary English and CPD SLE)

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Rachel Eppy (Business Development Manager)

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