Teacher Training

Meet the Teacher Training Team

Rebecca Underhill – Head of Bluecoat SCITT

Becky has many years of experience working and teaching in schools, with a Masters in Education from Warwick University. She began her career as a Teach First Biology teacher working at Bluecoat Academy. Her leadership qualities were identified early on, along with her interest and passion for supporting early and beginning teachers, undertaking the role of ITE Co-ordinator.  In 2013 as the newly appointed SCITT Manager she was heavily involved with the SCITT’s inception, programme planning and strategic development, taking up the role as Head of SCITT in 2016.  In more recent years she developed her role as a Strategic School Leader following the NPQSL programme. Becky’s strong leadership qualities were acknowledge in the first OFSTED inspection, along with a real sense of moral purpose for education and teaching. Becky puts the heart of the SCITT; its vision and commitment to trainees past, present and future in all she does to ensure the best possible outcomes for the trainees that join the programme.

Mary Mills – SCITT Secondary Lead Teacher

Mary has extensive experience working and teaching in secondary schools as a Biology teacher, as well as NQT and Initial Teacher Training Mentor.  She also followed a school based training route herself so has a solid insight into the expectations and format of this route.  Mary is an accredited Mentor & Coaching Trainer, supporting both ITT and the wider staff development within Archway Learning Trust.  Mary has in-depth knowledge and experience working with beginning teachers; she works closely with our trainees and partner school staff, offering pastoral support with well-being and leading the Trainee Voice Group.

Julie Heffernan – SCITT Business Manager

Julie has been with Archway Learning Trust for over ten years. Joining the SCITT at its inception, she was central to the development of the administrative and financial functions of the SCITT, and ensuring its compliance and quality assurance.  She forms a pivotal role in the links with our partner schools and relevant stakeholders.

Fiona Smith – Primary SCITT Lead

Fiona has extensive experience working within Nottingham City primary schools and training within Nottinghamshire herself. She has co-ordinated on multiple subjects across the Primary Curriculum, led a range of school-wide improvement projects and contributed towards research projects in core subject areas. Fiona has a passion for supporting and working alongside both trainee teachers, and more experienced colleagues, where she has a range of experience both from her role as a class teacher and as a leader within school. Throughout all of this, Fiona has developed a secure understanding and enthusiasm for the Primary Curriculum with a particular interest in developing and supporting new teachers at the very start of their career. Fiona now plays a vital role in using her teaching experience to deliver the pedagogy sessions for the Bluecoat SCITT programme alongside other lead teachers, as well as developing the Primary programme as a subject specialist.

Jess Terry – SCITT Secondary Lead Teacher

Jess has extensive experience working and teaching in secondary schools as an English teacher, as well as NQT and Initial Teacher Training Mentor, with sound knowledge and experience of working with beginning teachers.  Jess works closely with our trainees as a professional tutor, supporting their teaching journey, and offering pastoral support with well-being, as well as working closely with our partner school staff.


Lorrell Hunter – SCITT Administrator

Lorrell is the first port of call for our trainees, visitors and schools, and those interested in teacher training, and plays a significant role in the recruitment process.


You will be supported by a Subject Lead Specialist. They will help you with specific subject knowledge and lead the Friday Subject Sessions detailed in the handbook.


Each of our partner schools will have an ITT Co-ordinator.  This is usually a senior leader within the school, and they are responsible for ensuring the professional development of trainees during their school placement.


You will have your own Subject Mentor on each placement. This is an experienced teacher in your subject. They will give you an hour’s 1:1 mentoring session every week. They will work closely with you supporting your progress throughout the year.

They will also be the first person you should ask when you need help.

Sian Hampton – CEO Archway Learning Trust & SCITT Accounting Officer

Sian has over 25 years’ experience working in schools in the East Midlands region. She has been active in school leadership for almost 15 years and is a designated National Leader of Education. Sian has overseen the development of Bluecoat Academy from one school to six including a newly opened primary school. In less than three years the sponsored school in the Multi Academy Trust has moved from Special Measures to Good and there are plans for two free schools and more primary schools to join this growing MAT.

Our SCITT Training Centre is based in the heart of Nottingham, accessible by all major transport routes; 

By Car – Ring Road, and M1 (Junction 24, 25 or 26)

By Bus – Route 77 stops outside Bluecoat Aspley Academy

By Tram: Wilkinson Street 10 minute walk

For all enquiries contact itt@bluecoat.uk.com

Telephone 0115 9007230

Contact Us

Bluecoat SCITT Alliance
Maid Marian Way

E-mail: itt@bluecoat.uk.com
Tel: 0115 900 7230

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