Meet our Centre Based Trainers

Helen Taylor - EAL and Diversity


Helen began her teaching career in Hackney, London. After 4 years, she moved to Slovenia where she developed her expertise in the teaching of English. After 5 years, Helen returned to Plymouth and was appointed to the position of Refugee Advisory Teacher working within the Ethnic Minority Achievement Service. In the 10 years Helen worked for EMAS, she developed further expertise in supporting children with English as 
an Additional Language (EAL) as well as taking on responsibility for delivering INSET on race equality 
and diversity issues. 7 years ago, Helen returned to mainstream class teaching. Helen currently teaches Y6 in a 
Plymouth academy and have leadership responsibility for RE and EAL.


Chris Wardle - Professional Development

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Chris is an Educational Psychologist working across a range of schools in Devon. He is also a 
Specialist Leader In Education working with Devon Teaching School Partnership focusing on 
behaviour, child development and inclusion. Chris runs an NQT programme within the teaching 
school as well as supporting the development of future leaders. He has taught in a variety of schools for over 14yrs; including being an Assistant Headteacher in a large Secondary School. Chris has worked as a Regional Advisor (Behaviour Attendance and SEAL) working for the National Strategies and the Department for Children, Schools and Families in England.

Allie Beaumont - Science

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Allie Beaumont is an independent primary science consultant who has extensive knowledge and experience of working within primary schools. She was a primary school teacher for 20 years becoming an Advanced Skills Teacher in science working within Plymouth LA. She left teaching to specialise in science, leading the Primary Professional Learning Department for STEM Learning within Bristol, supporting primary science teachers throughout the South West. More recently she has supported subject leaders through the Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) and has worked with Bath Spa University on the Thinking, Doing, Talking Science project based on research from Oxford Brookes University and Science Oxford.

Stephanie Burke - Maths

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Stefanie has worked as a primary mathematics advisor for 20 years having previously taught in primary schools in Devon. In her work with schools she supports head teachers, subject leaders, teachers, teaching assistants and parents with their maths subject and pedagogical knowledge and leadership of maths. As part of a team of maths advisors, Stefanie runs research projects exploring new ways to improve children’s mathematical understanding e.g. pre-teaching and assigning competence and understanding place value through number lines. She has co-written several publications including Children as Evidence and No Nonsense Number Facts.

Jenny Core - English

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Jenny Core works currently as one of Babcock LDP’s Primary English Advisers. Her role involves providing training for teachers and English subject leaders in all areas of primary English, supporting teachers in the classroom and co-writing teaching publications such as No Nonsense Spelling and  No Nonsense Grammar . Jenny is an experienced primary class teacher, senior leader and English subject leader with experience in schools in the UK and abroad. Her most recent teaching post was in a Devon primary school from 2012 to 2014. In addition to working for a number of years as an English Adviser, Jenny also worked as a Primary Languages Adviser for Devon between 2005 and 2012. 


David Weatherly - Geography


David has wide ranging experience as a teacher, senior manager, local authority consultant and school improvement adviser. He works with individual and groups of schools across the UK and internationally on ways of achieving improved outcomes for children through the professional development of those that teach them. David’s annual primary History and Geography training programmes around the country attract hundreds of teachers and receive outstanding evaluations. He has been a Collins author for many years and his Connected Geography framework published in 2016 was highly commended by the Geographical Association and was his third such award. He teaches regularly.

Tom Pether - History


Tom has been teaching in primary schools for over 20 years, the last 6 of those as a Head.  He has always loved History; as it can open our eyes to other lives and lets us tread in other’s footsteps. Children can encounter valuable life lessons and see the world from different points of view.  The History training session looks at how the subject lends itself so well to cross curricular topics, being the glue to link other subjects and create a whole integrated learning experience. Everybody loves a good story; and what is History?

Sharon Kee - PE

Early into her career teaching PE (specialising in Gymnastics and Dance) in a Secondary school Sharon was offered the role of Primary Liaison.  This ensured she began teaching primary children which quickly progressed to delivering professional development for teachers.  Sharon has tutored for the Devon Advisory Services, the Youth Sport Trust and in many Higher Education Institutes.  She is also a Tutor for British Gymnastics, her recent role in the disipline of Preschool.  So, Sharon can teach those from three years of age to those in the prime of their career and all in between.  

Chris Wakely - MFL


Chris has been involved in Initial Teacher Education for 20 years, including establishing and tutoring two SCITT courses. After teaching languages for 15 years in UK secondary schools and being head of MFL in two, he spent 20 years as the languages adviser for Devon local authority. In this role he ran CPD for teachers and oversaw the National Languages Strategy in Devon between 2003 and 2010, including the management of the introduction of languages into 326 primary schools. Chris is an experienced Ofsted inspector, inspecting MFL in both primary and secondary schools. He has been involved in action research in three main areas, each of which has produced teaching resources published under the name Take10 Languages.

1. Exploring the use of music and movement to enhance language learning in primary schools. This project, 'Ça bouge !'  won the prestigious European Award for Languages in 2010. Teaching resources published as a result of the project are being used in more than 22,000 UK schools, helping children to learn languages whilst taking part in daily physical activity.

2. Promoting global citizenship, intercultural understanding and French. The resulting publication,Take Mali, won the European Language Award and the Mary Glasgow Prize in 2011.

3. The use of synthetic phonics in French to improve learners' spelling and pronunciation. The resulting multi-media resource, Take10 Phonics en français ,  is proving a popular method of helping schools to provide effective transition between Key Stages 2 and 3.