About Hallam Teaching School Alliance

Hallam Teaching School Alliance was one of the first cohort of Teaching Schools established in 2011. Based at Notre Dame High School in Sheffield, an outstanding school since 2008, Hallam Teaching School Alliance:

  • Offers high quality primary and secondary teacher training through The Sheffield SCITT – book onto an open event
  • Supports Newly Qualified Teachers and RQTs and provides an appropriate body service – enquire here
  • Runs the South Yorkshire Maths Hub, working with over 400 schools in the region to develop Mathematics teaching – are you involved? 
  • Runs the South Yorkshire Science Learning Partnership, offering comprehensive Science professional development at all Key Stages – see what is on offer
  • Runs the East Midlands and Humber Teacher Subject Specialism Training Hub as well as delivering TSST to schools in South Yorkshire. 
  • Are highly experienced in School to School support ranging from short term consultancy, to pupil premium reviews, to longer term support – see case studies
  • Is actively leading a number of funded research projects into what works best in the classroom – find out more here

John Coats

Director of Teaching School

John is an experienced school leader with previous positions including timetabling and curriculum leadership, heading up pastoral and safeguarding and whole school responsibility for pupil progress. John has wide-ranging experience of working with colleagues in other schools and is also a trained Pupil Premium Reviewer. The work of our Teaching School remains steadfastly focussed on what ends up happening in the classroom – John remains a Math teacher at heart and still has a weekly class to teach.

0114 2302536 jcoats@notredame-high.co.uk

Jenna McGee


Involved with our SCITT since its inception, Jenna leads a large team of mentors, subject leads and school ITT coordinators across our alliance. Our SCITT is expanding rapidly as word spreads about our teacher training offer. As we grow, quality assurance of our School Direct partners is becoming increasingly important to ensure that the standards that we have insisted on to bring about our success are applied consistently across our partnership – quality assurance is an increasingly important part of Jenna’s role.

0114 2302536 jmcgee@sheffieldscitt.org.uk

Jen Benzies

SCITT Assistant Lead

Like Jenna, Jen has been involved with our SCITT since its inception. Jen has extensive experience as both mentor, subject specialist and school ITT coordinator and has recently moved into our management team in response to the increasing number of School Direct providers signing up to our course.

0114 2302536 jbenzies@notredame-high.co.uk

Pete Sides

South Yorkshire Maths Hub Lead

A former Head of Maths with over 30 years’ experience, Pete is a passionate advocate of improving Mathematics outcomes for young people. Pete is keen to ensure that all schools are engaging with the national programmes on offer and would be very happy to speak to anyone wanting to find out more. Pete has extensive experience of supporting colleagues in other schools to bring about measurable improvements in student outcomes.

0114 2302536 psides@symathshub.org.uk

Tim Clark

Science Learning Partnership Lead

A former Head of Science in an Outstanding Teaching School, and with a wealth of experience supporting colleagues from ITE all the way through to Heads of Department, Tim is both physically (at 6 foot 6!) and metaphorically a big part of our Science Team. Tim has led primary and secondary Science CPD networks across the region for a number of years. Importantly, Tim is still a practising classroom teacher which makes him best-placed to support colleagues with up-to-date pedagogical practice and changes to the secondary Science curriculum.

0114 2302536 tclark@notredame-high.co.uk

Jenni Monach

Science Learning Partnership Co-Lead

We are delighted to have secured Jenni as the most recent addition to our Science team. As a primary science teacher of the year 2012, Jenni’s reputation precedes her. Jenni brings outstanding classroom practice and curriculum knowledge at primary level and is responsible for coordinating our Science CPD offer across KS1-2.

0114 2467380 jmonach@grenoside.sheffield.sch.uk

Keith Barna

Commercial Manager

Bean counter extra-ordinaire or just a very safe pair of hands! Although a significant amount of the work we do as a Teaching School doesn’t actually involve any money changing hands between schools, a formal agreement is always good practice where schools are committing time or resources which is where Keith usually comes in.

0114 2302536 kbarna@notredame-high.co.uk

Sarah Billingham

Teaching School Office Manager

First port of call for general enquiries and an organisational guru, Sarah ensures the 'engine room' of the Teaching School runs smoothly.

0114 2302536 sbillingham@notredame-high.co.uk

Neile Davidson

Teaching School/SCITT Administrator

Our SCITT is growing rapidly as Teaching Schools across the region hear about our Teacher Training offer and like the sound of it enough to ask to come on board as School Direct partners. All this needs a competent person behind the scenes to manage the administration – step forward Neile!

0114 2302536 admin@sheffieldscitt.org.uk