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Meet our Schools and Colleges Partnership Team

Our Schools and Colleges Partnership Team collaborates with schools, colleges and other education providers in towns and cities across the North to set up and run impactful tuition programmes

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Meet the teams

Many of our team members who now work to create impactful tuition programmes with schools, colleges, and other education provider partners, have experience in the education sector, including work as tutors.

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Greater Manchester

Our Greater Manchester Schools and Colleges Partnership Team, the first we established, operates across all 10 metropolitan boroughs, collaborating with schools, colleges and other education providers locally to set up impactful tuition programmes.

Position Vacant

Strategic Partnership Manager - Greater Manchester

Position Vacant

Strategic Partnership Manager - Greater Manchester

This position is currently vacant, and we will be recruiting for it soon. Please come back to find more exciting opportunities to support young people's education in the North of England.

Alex Wood

Programme Manager - Greater Manchester

Alex Wood

Programme Manager - Greater Manchester

Alex joined Tutor Trust as a tutor in 2017. After graduating from The University of Manchester in 2019, he joined the team full-time as School Coordinator, and became Manchester Primary Schools Manager in February 2021. Alex also serves as a governor at a local primary school which provides resourced provision for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Alex supports staff with wellbeing, literacy, and outreach within the community they serve.

Alex says: "During my time as a tutor, I worked with vulnerable learners who needed extra support to catch up on some lost learning. Being able to mentor them 1:1 was incredibly fulfilling and sparked my belief that Tutor Trust is an amazing agent for change within the city where I grew up. It’s this commitment to tackling educational inequality head-on that led me to join the team full-time. I enjoy belonging to a vibrant, inclusive, and passionate team of people, all connected by Tutor Trust’s mission. 

"Over the past four years, I’ve been able to play a part in Tutor Trust’s rapid growth and I’m excited to see how we continue to innovate and grow our presence within the communities we serve."

Jason Rose

Secondary Programme Coordinator - Greater Manchester

Jason Rose

Secondary Programme Coordinator - Greater Manchester

Jason first started working with us as a tutor in 2018 before working as a Tutoring Plus Full-Time Tutor, and most recently as a Manchester Secondary Coordinator. He is also the editor of our very own podcast, Tutorcast.

Jason says: "Growing up in Greater Manchester, I was aware of the inequalities around me at school and was able to help counteract this when I took on a tuition assignment at my old primary school. Although I decided I didn’t want to teach in a classroom environment, I still enjoy working with young people and am glad to be able to help people from working-class backgrounds achieve their full potential. 

"Outside of work, I am a volunteer editor for a mediation charity. I also spend a lot of time in the studio practising guitar and am a bit of a photography enthusiast!"

Hannah Tomlinson

Primary Programme Coordinator - Greater Manchester

Hannah Tomlinson

Primary Programme Coordinator - Greater Manchester

Hannah joined Tutor Trust in May 2023 as a Manchester Primary Schools Coordinator. With a degree in Applied Performance (Community and Education) from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Hannah is passionate about equity and accessibility. Hannah has experience coordinating a team for a large charity and before working for Tutor Trust, worked in theatres and schools exploring creative arts with vulnerable adults and young people. 

Hannah says: "I enjoy bringing my knowledge, experience, and friendly Yorkshire accent into my role as Manchester Primary Schools Coordinator. Outside of work, I love having little adventures every day, that usually involve good food and nature!"

Sammy Meynell

Project Lead and Programme Coordinator - Greater Manchester

Sammy Meynell

Project Lead and Programme Coordinator - Greater Manchester

Sammy joined Tutor Trust in the summer of 2021 as a Secondary English tutor whilst studying for her Master’s degree in Philosophy at the University of Manchester. A couple of weeks after she completed her degree, Sammy began working on a full-time tuition assignment at St Damian’s RC Science College, which was an incredibly fun and rewarding experience. She became a Primary Schools Coordinator in the Greater Manchester team. In February 2024, Sammy moved into the role of Project Lead within the Manchester Schools team, overseeing projects including Transition and Post-16. She is looking forward to playing an active role in diversifying our offer to reach even more children and young people in need of extra support. 

Sammy says: "I have always been passionate about playing a role in minimising educational inequalities. One of my favourite things about my role is the fact I am making a difference to the lives of many young people in my local community who otherwise wouldn’t have access to the extra support Tutor Trust provides. This makes the job extremely fulfilling, and I am proud to be a part of this amazing organisation. I also enjoy working alongside our tutors to help them settle into their roles and boost their engagement, through organising social events and facilitating drop-ins.

"When I’m not coordinating tuition, I enjoy watching football and I co-host my own FC Halifax Town podcast! I also love to read, and I’m currently on the Tutor Trust Book Club committee, where we organise monthly meetings with our fellow office bookworms."

Jessie Dawson, Axiom and Programme Coordinator

Jessie Dawson

Axiom and Programme Coordinator - Greater Manchester
Jessie Dawson, Axiom and Programme Coordinator

Jessie Dawson

Axiom and Programme Coordinator - Greater Manchester

Jessie joined The Tutor Trust as the Axiom Maths* lead and Programme Coordinator in December 2023, after working in education for five-plus years. Jessie studied Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester, learning about the socially embedded challenges people face globally. Following university she worked as a private tutor for primary students, a SEND support teacher and more recently spent three years at a Further Education Post-16 College as both a Safeguarding Practitioner and a School Liaison Coordinator.

Jessie’s focus throughout her career in education has been centred on removing the complex barriers to education young people may face, and providing a nurturing and patient environment to help young people thrive. She has a vested interest in supporting young people who are neurodiverse, as she has personally experienced the impact neurodiversity can have on one’s educational journey.

In her personal time, Jessie teaches Yoga, and loves outdoor activities like surfing, hiking and travelling.

She says: "I am excited to work with schools across Manchester to facilitate a person-centred, individualised approach to tutoring education and support vulnerable young people to thrive."

*Axiom Maths was originally MESME. A registered charity leading an exciting enrichment programme for high-attaining secondary school students to develop mathematical excellence, so they have a greater and richer range of future personal, employment and economic choices.​​​ You can read more about the programme here

Logu Priest

Logu Priest

Programme Coordinator - Greater Manchester
Logu Priest

Logu Priest

Programme Coordinator - Greater Manchester

Logu first joined the Tutor Trust in 2021 as a Primary school tutor whilst studying her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Liverpool. Logu then began work as a Brand Ambassador to further support the Tutor Trust in training and outreach, which she found to be a fantastic addition to her role. In March 2024, Logu joined the Greater Manchester team as a Programme Coordinator for both primary and secondary tuition. Logu is excited to continue to make a positive difference in supporting young people in their learning. 

Logu says: "I love working in a team of committed, inspiring people who are passionate about the Tutor Trust's values. As a previous tutor, I find the positive impact we're having on young people in schools extremely fulfilling. I'm excited about continuing my journey within the Tutor Trust and further supporting young people across Greater Manchester."

West Yorkshire

Our West Yorkshire Team work with schools, colleges and other education providers to set up programmes in Leeds, Bradford, and surrounding areas. Team manager's, Sharon and Simon, both have backgrounds in teaching.
Sharon Sadler is West Yorkshire Schools Partnership Manager. She believes passionately in the power of education to transform lives. Sharon is pictured in a white top. She has shoulder length auburn hair, tied in a plait.

Sharon Sadler

Strategic Partnership Manager – West Yorkshire
Sharon Sadler is West Yorkshire Schools Partnership Manager. She believes passionately in the power of education to transform lives. Sharon is pictured in a white top. She has shoulder length auburn hair, tied in a plait.

Sharon Sadler

Strategic Partnership Manager – West Yorkshire

Sharon has more than two decades of experience in the education sector. A graduate of the Institute of Education at the University of London, she began her career by successfully coordinating the Effective Provision of Pre-school Education (EPPE) project in Inner London. This endeavour marked a significant milestone as the first major European longitudinal study of young children's development.

Early in her teaching journey, Sharon achieved the status of an Advanced Skills Teacher, opening doors to a role as a pedagogical mentor across schools in Bradford, Birmingham, and Manchester.

Sharon's leadership skillset led her to senior positions within Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs) across the North of England. Here, she developed the effective use of the peer coaching model, with senior management teams across various educational settings.

During her tenure as a Link Tutor at Bradford College, Sharon nurtured and developed vital Initial Teacher Training school partnerships. Beyond this, she delivered presentations and training sessions on leadership to local education authorities. She joined us in July 2020 as the West Yorkshire Schools Partnership Manager.

Sharon says: "I am proud to be part of an organisation that cares deeply about improving life chances for children and young people in our communities. Having the opportunity to build and nurture partnerships with local schools and educational institutions aimed at identifying and supporting students who might otherwise be left behind due to various barriers is incredibly rewarding. 

"My journey as a Schools Partnership Manager has solidified my belief in the power of education to transform lives and has given me a platform to contribute to a more equitable educational landscape."

Simon Kirsima

Programme Manager – West Yorkshire

Simon Kirsima

Programme Manager – West Yorkshire

Simon is an experienced Primary teacher and senior leader, joining Tutor Trust in August 2022 to continue his passion for enhancing the educational opportunities of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

After completing his teacher training, Simon took a teaching role in a Leeds school facing some of the biggest barriers to learning in the country. He stayed in this position for eight years, developed as Head of Maths, and went on to join the school's senior leadership team. This gave him valuable experience helping pupils and schools within the Trust to close the attainment gap and improve progress for the most disadvantaged pupils.

He further developed as an educational leader by completing the Teaching Leaders fellow programme (at what is now the Ambition Institute) for talented educational leaders. Simon is excited to be a part of the Tutor Trust team and is determined to use his skills to help young people overcome barriers to learning and reach their maximum potential.

Becky McNutt

Programme Coordinator - West Yorkshire

Becky McNutt

Programme Coordinator - West Yorkshire

Becky first discovered Tutor Trust while at university and spent two years during her Linguistics degree as a part-time Secondary English tutor with us, working in many of our partner schools across Greater Manchester.

Becky re-joined our team as West Yorkshire Schools Coordinator in February 2023. She is thrilled to once again be working with Tutor Trust to help make a difference in the lives of young people in her hometown of Leeds.

Becky says: "Having the opportunity to support pupils with additional barriers to learning fuelled my passion for a more equitable, accessible, and holistic approach to education. I saw first-hand the impact that pupil-centred tuition can have on the confidence and attainment of pupils through tailored, individual support. As someone who is neurodivergent, this is incredibly important to me – every pupil learns differently, and it’s important for us to celebrate these differences and find new ways of doing things to make learning work for every child.

"It’s been wonderful to work full-time for a charity whose values so strongly align with my own. In September 2023, I became Chair of Tutor Trust’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Staff Group. As part of the group, I hope to develop my continuous learning about ED&I, and help make changes which place equity at the heart of everything we do."

Janet Masters

Programme Administrator - West Yorkshire

Janet Masters

Programme Administrator - West Yorkshire

Janet joined us in August 2023. Her background is in the education sector, where she worked for over 20 years as a teacher and teaching assistant. She has also worked in the charitable sector in various voluntary roles including wellbeing and admin.

Janet says: “I am excited to be able to support and enable the West Yorkshire team in delivering programmes which transcend socio-economic barriers and realise young people’s true potential. Tutor Trust is a warm and welcoming place to be, where we hold in common a desire to transform the futures of young people.”

Merseyside

We expanded into Merseyside in 2017, with our team now based in the centre of the city at Liverpool Science Park.

Steff Wardell

Strategic Partnership Manager – Merseyside

Steff Wardell

Strategic Partnership Manager – Merseyside

Steff joined Tutor Trust in 2018 as the first full-time member of staff for Merseyside. She had graduated from the University of Leeds the previous year with an MA in Race and Resistance and a BA in International History and Politics. During her studies, Steff was a part-time Secondary English and Primary tutor in Leeds. Seeing the impact small group intervention had on the pupils is why she joined Tutor Trust full-time.

Steff has worked in a variety of roles with us, including Liverpool Schools Coordinator, Merseyside Schools Manager, and now Merseyside Schools Partnership Manager, where she is responsible for operations across Merseyside.  Steff is a member of Tutor Trust's digital working group as she is keen to be involved in driving the organisation forward into a digital future. Steff also sits on Tutor Trust's Equity, Diversity & Inclusion committee and participates in the Wellbeing group (alongside being a Mental Health First Responder trained to help with staff wellbeing). Outside of Tutor Trust, Steff is on the governing board of a large Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) school in Knowsley, the borough where she attended school.

Steff says: “I grew up in a community similar to those we work in, and my experience of school when I was growing up in Merseyside is a key reason why I became committed to working in the education sector and improving educational equality in the North West. Tutor Trust allows me to do that, and I am privileged to work with such a committed team and amazing school partners, who share a common purpose in making education fairer.”

Aaron Hughes

Programme Manager - Merseyside

Aaron Hughes

Programme Manager - Merseyside

Aaron joined Tutor Trust in March 2021 as a part-time Secondary and English Tutor in Greater Manchester. He obtained a First-Class degree in English Literature and Creative Writing in 2019, followed by a Distinction at Masters level in English Studies. From here, Aaron joined the office team as a Primary and Transition Coordinator in Manchester, running the Tutor Trust’s bespoke Transition Project. He has now moved into the role of Merseyside Schools Manager and is proud to be in a position where he can take a proactive role in tackling education inequality, ensuring every child receives a fair and fulfilling education.

Damola Arasanmi

Programme Coordinator - Merseyside

Damola Arasanmi

Programme Coordinator - Merseyside

Damola joined Tutor Trust in November 2023 as a Merseyside Schools Coordinator. Damola is a Political Science (Governance and Public Policy) graduate from the University of Manchester, with professional experience in administrative roles in higher education, charities, and the local authority. Damola also volunteered for Reach Out, an afterschool mentoring project empowering children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Before joining Tutor Trust, Damola worked as a social care advisor at Wirral Council, and as a children's support worker at Saheli.

Damola says: "My commitment lies in empowering vulnerable individuals and marginalised communities through educational initiatives, community work, and advocacy. I am excited to utilise my academic and professional knowledge and skills to support pupils with educational challenges. It is an honour to be a part of Tutor Trust and assist in transforming lives through tutoring."

Eva has long, straight dark hair and smiles to the camera.

Eva Coppell

Programme Coordinator - Merseyside
Eva has long, straight dark hair and smiles to the camera.

Eva Coppell

Programme Coordinator - Merseyside

Eva graduated from Edge Hill University with a first-class honours degree in Physical Education and School Sport. She went on to complete an MSc in Sport, Physical Activity and Mental Health. Most of Eva's experience to date has been within educational settings, working in both primary and secondary schools, and delivering a range of different sporting activities to young people.

Eva says: "I am passionate about promoting positive wellbeing amongst children and young people and addressing inequalities within education to ensure everyone has fair access to a high standard of learning. My goal is that young people feel empowered both academically and personally, resulting in improvements in their knowledge and self-confidence."

 

Tutoring Plus

Our Tutoring Plus Team provides bespoke tuition for any young people with additional needs for support, for example, Special Education Needs (SEN). They work with Alternative Provision settings and mainstream schools across Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, and Merseyside.
Joanne Meredith, Director of Tutoring Plus, enjoys being part of a team that makes such a difference to young people's lives. Jo has shoulder length blonde hair and is wearing a black jumper. She is smiling at the camera.

Jo Meredith

Director of Tutoring Plus and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Joanne Meredith, Director of Tutoring Plus, enjoys being part of a team that makes such a difference to young people's lives. Jo has shoulder length blonde hair and is wearing a black jumper. She is smiling at the camera.

Jo Meredith

Director of Tutoring Plus and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

After graduating from Bangor University Jo began her career as a teacher of Chemistry. Jo has over 20 years’ experience in senior leadership across Greater Manchester and Lancashire including Headship, with wide-ranging involvement in both mainstream and Alternative Provision settings.

Having worked in senior positions in both mainstream and Alternative Provision settings across Greater Manchester, Jo is well placed to lead and drive the quality of our tutoring programmes within our Tutoring Plus offer.

Jo is the Director of Tutoring Plus, which provides a bespoke service of one-to-one tutoring and other supportive interventions for children and young people with even greater barriers to overcome than their peers. This may include cared-for children, those at risk of exclusion, those excluded, and children and young people not attending school regularly. 

Jo is also the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Jo says: "The Mission and Values of Tutor Trust align perfectly with my own and this is what drew me to working with Tutor Trust initially. However, this has strengthened and developed as we have grown. It is so rewarding to know that you are part of a team of like-minded colleagues all working together to make a difference to the lives of children and young people who need it most."

Penny is Tutoring Plus Manager. and is keen to ensure every young person is supported as an individual.  Penny has long blonde hair and is wearing a red jumper.

Penny Mitchell

Tutoring Plus Partnerships and Fundraising Manager
Penny is Tutoring Plus Manager. and is keen to ensure every young person is supported as an individual.  Penny has long blonde hair and is wearing a red jumper.

Penny Mitchell

Tutoring Plus Partnerships and Fundraising Manager

Penny joined Tutor Trust in September 2019 as a Schools Coordinator. Shortly afterwards she joined the Tutoring Plus team as a coordinator and became Tutoring Plus Manager in 2020. In this role Penny oversees all of the programmes aimed towards supporting pupils holistically, such as The Right Angle and Time for Me. In February 2024, Penny added to her role and became part of the fundraising team as Tutoring Plus Partnerships and Fundraising Manager.

She says: "I joined Tutor Trust as a Primary and Secondary English tutor in 2016 during my second year at the University of Manchester.  Whilst tutoring I enjoyed working across a range of ages, as well as advocating for Tutor Trust at University.

"I have always been interested in roles and projects that aim to support young people to develop their confidence and overcome barriers, with the core values of compassion and equality being what initially drew me to this charity.  

"When the opportunity to work specifically with pupils who are looked after or in alternative provision arose within Tutor Trust, I jumped at the chance. With the need for support for these young people only growing, our team and the work we do is more important than ever. Together we hope to continue to diversify the ways in which we can support each young person as an individual. My new role in fundraising provides the opportunity to celebrate and share our work with those who can support us in our mission of transforming lives through tutoring."

Imogen Hebbard

Tutoring Plus Coordinator

Imogen Hebbard

Tutoring Plus Coordinator

Imogen (she/her) began her journey at the Tutor Trust in 2022, when she took on the role of Secondary Science Tutor while completing her Pharmacology degree at the University of Liverpool. After graduating, Imogen joined the office as a Tutoring Plus Coordinator in September 2023. 

Imogen says: "Through my tutoring experience at the Tutor Trust and other voluntary positions I have been able to share my love of science with young people. These experiences have also deepened my passion for equality in education and the promotion of social mobility.  In my role, I am excited to play a part in student success and the fight against educational inequality by coordinating one-to-one tuition for students that require more specialist support."

Matt Hainsworth

Tutoring Plus Coordinator

Matt Hainsworth

Tutoring Plus Coordinator

Joining Tutor Trust while at Manchester Metropolitan University, Matt wanted to support his Education Studies degree with relevant and exciting work. After almost three years working as a Primary school tutor across Manchester and graduating from university, Matt loved the culture and ethos of Tutor Trust as well as the satisfaction of the positive impact of his work.  

Matt joined us as a Full-Time Tutor on the Tutoring Plus Team, before moving into the role of coordinator for the team. He has also been involved in the AI tuition pilot.

Matt says"Having joined the Tutor Trust in Autumn 2023, I have been so impressed at the atmosphere within the charity. Everyone is so kind and supportive and carries the charity’s ethos with them in everything they do. Whether working remotely or in the office, there is always a friendly face to help with anything you need, and this is something I remember from my time as a tutor too. 

"I have always felt strongly about the ethos of Tutor Trust and I am so proud to be able to contribute to that further as a Full-Time Tutor while engaging in the many projects, pilot programmes, training, and learning and development sessions that the charity runs."

Alice Morris

Full-Time Tutor - Tutoring Plus

Alice Morris

Full-Time Tutor - Tutoring Plus

Alice joined The Tutor Trust as a part-time tutor in late 2020 alongside working in the heritage sector. She took on the role of Full-time Tutor in September 2022, working in primary and secondary schools across Greater Manchester. 

Alice says: "I love working for a team which focuses on making a difference to young people who need it most. I am really enjoying the challenge of tailoring tuition sessions to learners of different ages and needs, from Primary to post-16 students. The chance to incorporate students' ambitions and interests means that every day is different and challenging.

"The focus on personal development and reflective practice have allowed me to develop my skills and encourage students to do the same. I am currently looking forward to incorporating a focus on mentoring into my tuition sessions, as well as supporting academic progress."

Katy Woodall

Katy Woodall

Full-Time Tutor - Tutoring Plus
Katy Woodall

Katy Woodall

Full-Time Tutor - Tutoring Plus

Katy studied Philosophy and Religion at the University of Sheffield and graduated in 2019.

Katy has enjoyed working with children and young people from an early age, and, since the age of 16, has been involved in various projects and schemes working with young people. During her time in sixth form, she went to Malawi to work in local schools and youth centres. Whilst at university she was a mentor to secondary school pupils in a widening participation scheme. After university, she worked in schools as a Teaching Assistant, helping to teach children with SEND. In 2021, Katy moved to Manchester and completed a PGCE in Primary Education. She worked as a Primary School Teacher in KS2 until 2023 and has a particular passion for working with children with additional needs.

Katy says: "The ethos of Tutor Trust is something close to my heart. Coming from a disrupted home background myself, I know that prioritising education in a young person's life can have a huge impact on them and can really make a difference. In the short time I have worked at Tutor Trust, I have seen how important the work is to everyone involved. I love that the support and help we can give is directly focused on impacting the pupils. I am proud to work for an organisation that aims to change the lives of children for the better."

A primary school-aged boy wearing a grey school jumper is sat at a desk. He is writing with a pen on a sheet of paper and concentrating hard.

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