Who We Are

  • Lead Headteachers
    • Andy Cotton

      Andy Cotton

      Andy Cotton is the Headteacher at Newport Community Primary School. Newport is one of our designated Lead Teaching Schools. Andy is an NLE and Newport a national support school. Andy is a Strategic Board member and a member of the School Improvement Committee.

    • David Bradford

      David Bradford is the Headteacher at Elburton Primary School. David is an NLE and is a member of the Strategic Board and School Improvement Committee. Elburton is one of our designated lead Teaching Schools and a National Support School.

  • Initial Teacher Training lead
    • Andy Ogden

      Andy Ogden

      Andy is the Strategic Director for the DTSP and the Programme Manager for the Devon Primary SCITT. Andy leads on ITT and NQT development for the DTSP and is a member of the Strategic Board and the Professional Development Committee.

    • Kate Reeves

      Kate Reeves

      Kate’s passion for supporting the professional development of teachers has been evident throughout her career.
      During senior roles in schools, Kate built very successful coaching and mentoring relationships with a wide range of teaching and support staff.
      As the Senior Tutor for the Devon Primary SCITT, she helped to develop the approach to Learning Conversations which has been key to training outstanding teachers.
      Her expertise in leading these, and training others in their use, has been honed through working with trainee teachers and school staff during the last 15 years.

  • Teaching School Director

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  • Strategic Board members
    • Andy Cotton

      Andy Cotton

      Andy Cotton is the Headteacher at Newport Community Primary School. Newport is one of our designated Lead Teaching Schools. Andy is an NLE and Newport a national support school. Andy is a Strategic Board member and a member of the School Improvement Committee.

    • David Bradford

      David Bradford is the Headteacher at Elburton Primary School. David is an NLE and is a member of the Strategic Board and School Improvement Committee. Elburton is one of our designated lead Teaching Schools and a National Support School.

    • Andy Ogden

      Andy Ogden

      Andy is the Strategic Director for the DTSP and the Programme Manager for the Devon Primary SCITT. Andy leads on ITT and NQT development for the DTSP and is a member of the Strategic Board and the Professional Development Committee.

    • Debbie Buckingham

      Debbie is Headteacher at Alphington Primary school and an LLE. Debbie is a joint lead for the School Improvement Committee and a member of the Strategic Board

    • Steve Powley

      Steve is Headteacher at Withycombe Raleigh CofE primary school and is the current Chair of DPSCITT. Steve is CPD lead for the DTSP and is also a Strategic Board member and member of the School Improvement Committee

    • Catherine Cox

      Catherine is Headteacher at Ilfracombe Junior school and is a lead for CPD with the DTSP. Catherine is also a member of the Strategic Board.

    • Jo Evans

      Jo is Headteacher at St Leonards primary school and is the joint lead for the DTSP on Research and Development. Jo is also a member of the Strategic board and School Improvement Committee.

  • School Improvement leads
    • Debbie Buckingham

      Debbie is Headteacher at Alphington Primary school and an LLE. Debbie is a joint lead for the School Improvement Committee and a member of the Strategic Board

  • Professional Development/CPD leads
    • Chris Wardle

      Chris Wardle

      Chris is the full time CPD facilitator for the DTSP and a designated SLE for SEND, ITT/NQT & Behaviour

      Teacher development has been at the heart of Chris’s practice in whatever role he has held in the past and a combination of his dynamic and creative approach to training alongside his capacity to deliver a highly empathetic and skilled personalized support package ensure strong outcomes for adults and young people alike.

      Chris started his career working in a residential special school for students showing significant challenging behaviour. He then moved to secondary mainstream teaching in an inner city school where he ended up on the leadership team. Following this he worked across a number of schools developing interventions in order to prevent exclusion as well as developing a model of teacher coaching supporting teachers with the promotion of positive behaviour and learning. He joint authored School Survival, (Luck Duck Publishing Ltd, 2002)

      He then went on to train as an educational psychologist. He has managed behaviour support teams and was the strategic leader for behaviour across a large rural authority. Whilst in this role he contributed to the development of the Primary National Strategy Behaviour and Attendance materials including the training materials for NQTs.

      He worked for the National Strategies as a Regional Advisor for behaviour, attendance and SEAL. During that time with the Strategies he was involved in the development of the Yr 8 and 9 SEAL materials.

      He has worked as programme manager redesigning, reconfiguring and commissioning a continuum of provision to meet the additional educational needs of all Children and Young People across Devon.

      He has led on the nationally recognised behaviour, inclusion and child development course as part of Devon Primary SCITT for the last 14 years

      Most recently he has been working in a large secondary school in Devon as an Assistant Head teacher for inclusion where he has been using every ounce of the skills and knowledge built up over the years with the students and staff in front of him on a daily basis.


      Email: chriswardle@devonteachingschool.org
    • Steve Powley

      Steve is Headteacher at Withycombe Raleigh CofE primary school and is the current Chair of DPSCITT. Steve is CPD lead for the DTSP and is also a Strategic Board member and member of the School Improvement Committee

    • Catherine Cox

      Catherine is Headteacher at Ilfracombe Junior school and is a lead for CPD with the DTSP. Catherine is also a member of the Strategic Board.

  • Research & Development Leads
    • Jo Evans

      Jo is Headteacher at St Leonards primary school and is the joint lead for the DTSP on Research and Development. Jo is also a member of the Strategic board and School Improvement Committee.

  • National Leaders in Education (NLE)
    • Andy Cotton

      Andy Cotton

      Andy Cotton is the Headteacher at Newport Community Primary School. Newport is one of our designated Lead Teaching Schools. Andy is an NLE and Newport a national support school. Andy is a Strategic Board member and a member of the School Improvement Committee.

    • David Bradford

      David Bradford is the Headteacher at Elburton Primary School. David is an NLE and is a member of the Strategic Board and School Improvement Committee. Elburton is one of our designated lead Teaching Schools and a National Support School.

  • Local Leaders in Education (LLE)
    • Debbie Buckingham

      Debbie is Headteacher at Alphington Primary school and an LLE. Debbie is a joint lead for the School Improvement Committee and a member of the Strategic Board

    • Sue Nield

      Sue Nield

  • Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE)
    • Chris Wardle

      Chris Wardle

      Chris is the full time CPD facilitator for the DTSP and a designated SLE for SEND, ITT/NQT & Behaviour

      Teacher development has been at the heart of Chris’s practice in whatever role he has held in the past and a combination of his dynamic and creative approach to training alongside his capacity to deliver a highly empathetic and skilled personalized support package ensure strong outcomes for adults and young people alike.

      Chris started his career working in a residential special school for students showing significant challenging behaviour. He then moved to secondary mainstream teaching in an inner city school where he ended up on the leadership team. Following this he worked across a number of schools developing interventions in order to prevent exclusion as well as developing a model of teacher coaching supporting teachers with the promotion of positive behaviour and learning. He joint authored School Survival, (Luck Duck Publishing Ltd, 2002)

      He then went on to train as an educational psychologist. He has managed behaviour support teams and was the strategic leader for behaviour across a large rural authority. Whilst in this role he contributed to the development of the Primary National Strategy Behaviour and Attendance materials including the training materials for NQTs.

      He worked for the National Strategies as a Regional Advisor for behaviour, attendance and SEAL. During that time with the Strategies he was involved in the development of the Yr 8 and 9 SEAL materials.

      He has worked as programme manager redesigning, reconfiguring and commissioning a continuum of provision to meet the additional educational needs of all Children and Young People across Devon.

      He has led on the nationally recognised behaviour, inclusion and child development course as part of Devon Primary SCITT for the last 14 years

      Most recently he has been working in a large secondary school in Devon as an Assistant Head teacher for inclusion where he has been using every ounce of the skills and knowledge built up over the years with the students and staff in front of him on a daily basis.


      Email: chriswardle@devonteachingschool.org
    • Liz Fancourt

      Liz is Head of Teaching & Learning at Sutcombe Primary School. Liz is a designated SLE for Maths and Science.


      Email: lizfancourt@devonteachingschool.org
    • Steve Bone

      Steve Bone

      Steve is an SLE for Leadership & Management, Data Analysis and Assessment.
      He is the Deputy Head Teacher at Decoy Primary School in Newton Abbot, leading teaching and learning, assessment, data and E-safety, as well as being team leader for all of the KS2 teaching teams in the school.
      Currently he is working on an Assessment R&D project, delivering NQT training and working with the DTSP SLE network to develop approaches to supporting schools with assessment.


      Email: stevebone@devonteachingschool.org
    • Faye Kandes

      Faye Kandes

      Designated SLE for MFL

      I am currently employed at Stowford School where I am responsible for MFL, R.E and SMSC

      As MFL coordinator I am responsible for ensuring that the children get the best MFL provision possible across KS2. I am currently working on helping the school through the recent curriculum changes and challenges and adjusting our provision accordingly. I can help other schools with this challenge and help train teachers who are lacking confidence with MFL teaching.


      Email: fayekandes@devonteachingschool.org
    • Jo Hawkes

      Jo Hawkes

      Designated SLE - ICT & Phonics

      I am currently the Computing Co-ordinator/ Phonics Lead teacher/ Class teacher (year 3/4) / member of school leadership team at Woodlands Park Primary School.

      Background/ History:
      After working for some years as a television producer/ director for independent companies, including ITV, I retrained as a primary teacher in 2007, completing a PGCE with English Specialism at Exeter University. After completing my NQT year at an outstanding school in Torquay I took up my current post, where I have worked across both Key Stage One and Two and have been the ICT co-ordinator for the past four years. I currently hold responsibility for co-ordinating Computing and Phonics, as well as overseeing Key Stage One English planning and mentoring an NQT. I have been responsible for leading our school’s improvement in Phonics and working as part of a team to develop a playful curriculum in Key Stage One and improving the transition from EYFS into Year One and from Key Stage One into Key Stage Two.
      I hope to offer support in raising standards in Phonics teaching and learning, embracing the new Computing Curriculum and developing strategies to plug gaps in Phonics knowledge in Key Stage Two.
      Examples of Projects I have undertaken:
      Within my own school I have implemented and led projects to raise achievement in Phonics and to introduce iPads and other new technologies to staff and children. I have also had experience of developing Phonics skills and teaching in Key Stage Two, working to enable a smooth transition from KS1 into KS2. This year I have set up a virtual learning platform for the whole school community and trained staff and students in its use.
      For the last four years I worked as a key member of our Key Stage One team to develop a more playful curriculum and raise standards in Reading and Writing, achieving one of our main aims of making more children able to read by six.
      I will be supporting the development of computer Science hubs across Devon.


      Email: johawkes@devonteachingschool.org
    • Jason Budge

      Jason Budge

      Designated SLE for ICT
      Current Role
      Year 5 Teacher
      Peripatetic Teacher in Creative Technologies
      Master Teacher in Computing
      Regional Coordinator for Computing at School

      The skills, expertise and experience I gained while working in the film, creative and technology industries have proved instrumental in making sustained positive impacts on children’s learning and social development. They have also enabled me, when combined with more traditional teaching and leadership skills, to have had a significant impact upon wider school and, more recently, regional improvement.

      I am motivated by the use of technology to connect and engage children with their learning, drive standards and support the professional development of teaching teams, school leaders and their wider school communities. Along with how creative teaching and learning in more traditional forms can greatly affect outcomes, it is supporting others in how best to implement technology for effective change that drives my own continued development.

      As an SLE I have an excellent track record of leading successful, innovative and consensual school wide improvement in the effective use of technology, creativity and computing. Along with a commitment to explore the potential of new technologies, my goal is to always provide schools with the expertise they require to provide ‘future proof’ teaching and learning and engage and inspire children in the core subjects to achieve their very best. As well as maximise the use of appropriate technology to improve wider professional, pastoral and business interests.

      As a Master Teacher in Computing and Regional Coordinator for Computing at School, I am tasked with developing teacher’s pedagogical skills and subject knowledge in both the primary and secondary sector. Over the past year I have enabled subject leaders and teachers across the South West to plan for, and implement the new curriculum in the most effective way possible and continue to do so.

      I also continue to work with new technology as an IT professional and use this as part of an active approach to my own professional development.

      However, my other passion is Literacy and I have a very strong track record of developing high level writing and Speaking and Listening skills across Key Stages. As Literacy Coordinator I have been instrumental in helping to develop many creative approaches and resources for teaching and monitoring language and communication skills in the classroom. As part of this I have planned and delivered INSET training and have helped schools develop impactful approaches to improving children’s skills in these areas that feed directly into the wider curriculum.


      Email: jasonbudge@devonteachingschool.org
    • Karen Hunter

      Karen Hunter

      Designated SLE for Maths

      Current Role
      Year 3/4 Team Leader
      Maths Subject Leader
      Member of Senior Management Team
      Performance Manager
      Lead Maths Teacher
      SLE

      I started teaching in 2003, having qualified with Devon Primary SCITT. In that time I have taught across the whole primary age range from Foundation to Year 6. Currently I am teaching year 3/4 and I lead the team of two other teachers and four teaching assistants.

      Since September 2010 I have been a member of the school’s Senior Management Team and have responsibility for the year 3/4 team; maths teaching and learning and assessment across the school; and performance management. I have also worked as a Lead Maths Teacher for the county.

      I have lead CPD at my school in a variety of areas. Working with colleagues from the DfE and within the school I introduced guided groups. I have also led INSET on the use of images, questioning and investigations in maths. In my role of leading maths assessment I have been instrumental in developing the use of School Pupil Tracker across the school.

      As a lead maths teacher I have worked with schools and colleagues to develop the teaching and learning of maths. This has ranged from working with NQT’s to subject leaders, looking to develop the curriculum in their school. Additionally I worked with a school on a longer-term basis to develop a research project to promote the learning of disadvantaged children. Recently I have led a project to develop the implementation of the new national curriculum.

      I am passionate about teaching and learning and committed to ensuring that all children have the opportunity to become independent, lifelong learners. As professionals I believe we have a duty to share our expertise and continually develop our own skills and understanding. I believe that as an SLE I am in the privileged position of being able to impact on the future of children, not only in my own school, but the wider community.


      Email: karenhunter@devonteachingschool.org
    • Paul Carter

      Designated SLE for Maths & ICT

      Paul is a member of the SLT at Withycombe Raleigh CofE primary school.


      Email: paulcarter@devonteachingschool.org
    • Ally Strang-Faulds

      Ally Strang-Faulds

      Designated SLE for Literacy

      Alphington Primary School, Exeter

      Current Role
      Year 6 Teacher
      Head of Standards
      Member of Senior Leadership Team
      SLE

      I started teaching in 2000 having eventually taken the plunge to do a PGCE and get a real job after 15 years working in the City.

      Since 2004 I have been a member of the school’s Senior Leadership Team and have worn a variety of hats ranging from KS2 leader to Assessment co-ordinator to Literacy Lead. My current role has been developed to ensure progression and consistency across the whole school.

      Outside Alphington I have spent 5 years as a Lead Teacher, first looking at APP when that was introduced and subsequently as a Literacy Lead. I feel very privileged to have been able to work with so many different schools and everywhere I have gone has helped me to develop as a teacher and learner. I just hope that they have gained as much from the experience as I have!

      Having gained my NPQH in 2011, I was seconded for 6 months as a non-teaching deputy head and quickly realized that while I enjoy organization and leadership, my passion is for learning in the class room. The role of an SLE provides a perfect opportunity to remain in the classroom while also having a chance to impact on learning across a wider community.

      I came into teaching because I believe passionately in the value of high quality learning as a tool to develop individual lives and society in general. Every child has the right to first class education for every year of their school life. As a teacher, I aim to ensure this for my class; as a member of the Alphington Leadership team I aim to ensure this for my school and as an SLE, I aim to ensure this in the wider community.

  • NQT delivery lead
    • Kate Reeves

      Kate Reeves

      Kate’s passion for supporting the professional development of teachers has been evident throughout her career.
      During senior roles in schools, Kate built very successful coaching and mentoring relationships with a wide range of teaching and support staff.
      As the Senior Tutor for the Devon Primary SCITT, she helped to develop the approach to Learning Conversations which has been key to training outstanding teachers.
      Her expertise in leading these, and training others in their use, has been honed through working with trainee teachers and school staff during the last 15 years.

    • Chris Wardle

      Chris Wardle

      Chris is the full time CPD facilitator for the DTSP and a designated SLE for SEND, ITT/NQT & Behaviour

      Teacher development has been at the heart of Chris’s practice in whatever role he has held in the past and a combination of his dynamic and creative approach to training alongside his capacity to deliver a highly empathetic and skilled personalized support package ensure strong outcomes for adults and young people alike.

      Chris started his career working in a residential special school for students showing significant challenging behaviour. He then moved to secondary mainstream teaching in an inner city school where he ended up on the leadership team. Following this he worked across a number of schools developing interventions in order to prevent exclusion as well as developing a model of teacher coaching supporting teachers with the promotion of positive behaviour and learning. He joint authored School Survival, (Luck Duck Publishing Ltd, 2002)

      He then went on to train as an educational psychologist. He has managed behaviour support teams and was the strategic leader for behaviour across a large rural authority. Whilst in this role he contributed to the development of the Primary National Strategy Behaviour and Attendance materials including the training materials for NQTs.

      He worked for the National Strategies as a Regional Advisor for behaviour, attendance and SEAL. During that time with the Strategies he was involved in the development of the Yr 8 and 9 SEAL materials.

      He has worked as programme manager redesigning, reconfiguring and commissioning a continuum of provision to meet the additional educational needs of all Children and Young People across Devon.

      He has led on the nationally recognised behaviour, inclusion and child development course as part of Devon Primary SCITT for the last 14 years

      Most recently he has been working in a large secondary school in Devon as an Assistant Head teacher for inclusion where he has been using every ounce of the skills and knowledge built up over the years with the students and staff in front of him on a daily basis.


      Email: chriswardle@devonteachingschool.org
  • Master Teacher in Computing
    • Jason Budge

      Jason Budge

      Designated SLE for ICT
      Current Role
      Year 5 Teacher
      Peripatetic Teacher in Creative Technologies
      Master Teacher in Computing
      Regional Coordinator for Computing at School

      The skills, expertise and experience I gained while working in the film, creative and technology industries have proved instrumental in making sustained positive impacts on children’s learning and social development. They have also enabled me, when combined with more traditional teaching and leadership skills, to have had a significant impact upon wider school and, more recently, regional improvement.

      I am motivated by the use of technology to connect and engage children with their learning, drive standards and support the professional development of teaching teams, school leaders and their wider school communities. Along with how creative teaching and learning in more traditional forms can greatly affect outcomes, it is supporting others in how best to implement technology for effective change that drives my own continued development.

      As an SLE I have an excellent track record of leading successful, innovative and consensual school wide improvement in the effective use of technology, creativity and computing. Along with a commitment to explore the potential of new technologies, my goal is to always provide schools with the expertise they require to provide ‘future proof’ teaching and learning and engage and inspire children in the core subjects to achieve their very best. As well as maximise the use of appropriate technology to improve wider professional, pastoral and business interests.

      As a Master Teacher in Computing and Regional Coordinator for Computing at School, I am tasked with developing teacher’s pedagogical skills and subject knowledge in both the primary and secondary sector. Over the past year I have enabled subject leaders and teachers across the South West to plan for, and implement the new curriculum in the most effective way possible and continue to do so.

      I also continue to work with new technology as an IT professional and use this as part of an active approach to my own professional development.

      However, my other passion is Literacy and I have a very strong track record of developing high level writing and Speaking and Listening skills across Key Stages. As Literacy Coordinator I have been instrumental in helping to develop many creative approaches and resources for teaching and monitoring language and communication skills in the classroom. As part of this I have planned and delivered INSET training and have helped schools develop impactful approaches to improving children’s skills in these areas that feed directly into the wider curriculum.


      Email: jasonbudge@devonteachingschool.org