Our Core Groups

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


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 2018/19 our groups are primarily working on the following:

  • English (Chair: Emma Kirkham)
    • Debating and oral skills to boost vocabulary
  • Maths (Chair: Jenny McGarry
    • The Mastery Curriculum; including sharing our journey and ideas through our Teach Meet on 6th March 2019
  • Science (Chair: Johan MacKinnon)
    • The development of  an understanding on the progression of Scientific Skills from EYFS to Post 16.
  • Mental Health (Chair: Kate Allely) Each meeting will have three main parts:
    • 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


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.





Mental Health Core Group Thursday 9th May 2019
3:30 – 5pm
Bowker Vale Primary School
Science Core Group Tuesday 14th May 2019
3:30 – 5pm
Levenshulme High School
Maths Core Group  Wednesday 26th June 2019
3:30pm – 5pm
Loreto College
English Core Group  Thursday 27th June 2019
4pm – 5:30pm
Trinity High School
Science Core Group  Tuesday 2nd July 2019
3:30 – 5pm
Levenshulme High School
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Jan Sorohan (Headteacher)

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Nathan D’laryea (Maths Core Group)


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


Lindsey Dunleavy


Ainsley Mosley (Science SLE, Science Core Group Member)


Jenny McGarry (NLE / Head of Teaching School)

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Donna Crawford (EYFS, SEND and Curriculum SLE)


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Mark Gibson (English Core Group)

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Ellie Russell (Science Lead Practitioner, Science Core Group, ITT Professional Mentor)

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Jo MacKinnon (Headteacher, Levenshulme High School, Chair of Science Core Group)


Fiona Hagsharfi (LLME, SLE, Maths Core Group)


Jane Griffiths (Maths Core Group, Lead Practitioner)


Neil Long (Maths Core Group)

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Rachel Jacques (Headteacher)

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Mick Johnson (Science SLE, ScienceCore 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)

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Jayne Davies (Maths SLE)

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Emma Kirkham (Secondary English and CPD SLE)

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Rachel Eppy (Business Development Manager)

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