About

Partners in Learning is an inclusive teaching school alliance working with over 100 schools from all phases. Our vision is to create a sustainable, inclusive and productive partnership utilising the expertise from across the alliance which will lead to the improvement of teaching and learning and improved outcomes for pupils across all schools within the Teaching School Alliance. Partners in Learning Primary Teaching School Alliance was designated in April 2013 and Partners in Learning Secondary Teaching School Alliance was designated in July 2015, together Partners in Learning works with over 100 schools from Doncaster and beyond.

Our Vision

To ensure all children have equal entitlement to the very best that education can offer, leading to at least good progress and attainment above the national expectations in all schools. To ensure all schools have equal entitlement to highly skilled professionals at all levels, leading to high quality teaching and learning and sustainable inspirational leadership. To ensure all schools be active participants in Partners in Learning, leading to a school-led support system which takes collective responsibility for the outcomes for all children. Partners in Learning will seek to achieve all of this through the development of a cohesive, flexible school based system which is forward thinking, creative and offers opportunity for innovative school improvement. To promote inclusivity through the development of positive relationships with all stakeholders.

Our Aims

The alliance aims to create an inclusive and productive partnership which will lead to the improvement of teaching and learning and improved outcomes for pupils across all schools within the teaching school alliance.

The alliance will utilise the expertise from across the alliance to support and improve the quality of teaching and learning, the experience of students engaged in initial teacher training and improve the outcomes for pupils within schools from across the region.

Secondary Strategic Board

Helen Redford-Hernandez

School:  Hungerhill School
Role:  Strategic Lead

I have been the Headteacher of Hungerhill School in Doncaster for the last three years.  Hungerhill School is a mixed comprehensive (11-16 years) with more than 1100 students.  It is a high performing school, having been graded as Outstanding in October 2012.  The school continues to secure exceptional outcomes with all groups of children making outstanding progress.  Last year, the school secured Teaching School as well as National Support School status.

Designated as a National Leader of Education and Pupil Premium Reviewer, I also support a number of secondary and primary schools through the Teaching School Alliance, Partners in Learning. 

I have held a number of leadership posts in other Local Authorities, including Head of School in an 11-18 Federated Academy and MFL Advisory Teacher in Nottinghamshire Advisory and Inspection Service.

My particular subject expertise is MFL and I worked for many years as a Specialist Lecturer on the ITT course at the University of Nottingham. Before becoming a teacher, I qualified as a Management Accountant for a large steel company in Sheffield.

Lucie Pond

School: Hungerhill School
Role: Director of Secondary Teaching School

It is my firm belief that teaching and learning should drive school improvement and that, through collaboration, we can enhance the quality of provision for all students across Doncaster. In my role as Director of Teaching School, I am working with a diverse range of schools from all phases, to develop a school-led support system, which improves outcomes for all children.

My previous roles as Advanced Skills Teacher and Assistant Headteacher for Teaching and Learning have allowed me to contribute towards the outstanding judgement that Hungerhill received in in October 2012. Since then, I have been heavily involved in working across a number of local schools, in developing aspects of teaching and learning and system leadership.