LEARN Central Team
LEARN Central Team (ID 1098)
ELLIOT COSTAS-WALKERDirector of Learning and Partnerships
Elliot Costas-Walker is the Director of Learning and Partnerships with Forward As One CE Multi Academy Trust. He joined the Trust in 2018, when the Trust had 3 schools and has seen the growth in the Trust over the 5 years to 13 schools. Elliot previously worked in a Yorkshire based Multi Academy Trust for 2 years as a Teaching and Learning Lead. Elliot’s responsibilities are for School Improvement, Learning & Teaching, Professional Development and Partnerships. He has a proven-track record of supporting schools in various contexts, including special measures and outstanding schools. His passion is driving School Improvement work alongside quality first pedagogy within the classroom. Elliot prides himself on being an evidence-informed leader and works as an Evidence Lead in Education (ELE) - he enjoys mobilising the research from the EEF. Elliot is passionate about expertise through high quality professional development and leads the Trusts work with Ambition Institute. Mobilising Initial Teacher Training the Early Career Framework and suite of National Professional Qualifications across Greater Manchester. He is a Visiting Fellow with Ambition Institute and facilitates on a range of programmes. Elliot leads a Challenge Partners Hub, ‘Aspire Hub’ across the North West and sits on Challenge Partners, Education Advisory Group.
SAM MITCHELLInitial Teacher Training Lead
PAUL COWBURNEarly Career Framework Lead
Alongside his senior leadership role at Beacon Primary School Paul is ECT framework lead for Forwards as One C of E MAT and has been a Visiting Fellow with Ambition Institute since the Early Roll Out. He regularly facilitates conferences and clinics for ECT's and their mentors. Paul is passionate about teaching and learning ensuring both pupils and staff have the highest quality of education and support to develop and flourish. Paul has successfully completed the NPQSL and is currently completing his NPQH.
SAM RUSHNPQ Lead
Sam started working as NPQ lead in April 2022. She is responsible for overseeing the NPQs that we are deliver as a trust in partnership with Ambition. Sam has previously been a teacher in different aspects initially at St Paul's and then various schools within Forward as One, for 20 years. She is thoroughly enjoying the new challenge and working in education from a different angle.
IAN HAYDOCKProgramme Operations Co-ordinator
Ian joined Forward As One in 2021, taking up a new role as Programme Operations Coordinator overseeing the delivery of the Early Career Teacher Framework and National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) that the Trust deliver in Partnership with Ambition Institute. Ian has extensive Operational and Team Management experience in both Private and Public Sectors. His roles have encompassed the Financial Services, Property, Regulatory, Service, Sales and care industries. Ian has built and led numerous successful teams within competitive customer focussed organisations and is relishing the prospect of a new challenge within Education as part of a forward thinking and innovative Multi Academy Trust.
HANNAH RIDSDALEProgrammes Administrator
Hannah joined Forward As One in September 2023, occupying the new role of Programmes Administrator for the Learn with Forward As One team. Hannah assists with all matters concerning the delivery of the Early Career Teaching Framework and National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) that the Trust deliver in partnership with Ambition Institute, as well as assisting in the development of the new Initial Teacher Training Programme Forward As One is facilitating in September 2024. She is excited to take on the unique challenges of this role and approach education from a different angle!