School to school support

The North Herts Teaching Alliance can provide support to other schools through our  National Leaders of Education and Specialist Leaders of Education

Get more information on our Specialist Leaders in Education

National Leaders of Education

  • Frances Manning, Headteacher, Hitchin Girls' School

    Frances has worked in a range of schools, from those in challenging circumstances to her current role as Headteacher in a large outstanding girls’ school. Frances has considerable senior leadership experience including leading on data, self-evaluation and safeguarding. She is passionate about building teams within schools to ensure that the right people can lead, hold people accountable and move the school forwards.


    Frances is a National Leader of Education (NLE) and has worked to support leadership with a number of schools. She is also a qualified coach and mentor.

  • Zoe Phillips, Headteacher, Round Diamond Primary School

    Zoë Phillips (NLE) has been teaching within Hertfordshire for the last twenty years in a variety of primary schools in and around Stevenage. Zoë has been a Head for over ten years in two different schools, her current school achieved outstanding in June 2017.

    Alongside her leadership commitments, Zoë has been a Hertfordshire Improvement Partner for four years, supporting and challenging a number of schools within the county. Another role Zoë has taken on is as a Hertfordshire Professional Partner, supporting new headteachers in their transitions into leadership. During the last ten years Zoë has undertaken a range of roles to support schools. This has included leading schools in the absence of a Headteacher but also supporting acting Heads or taking an executive role to support substantive heads.

Local Leaders of Education

  • Usha Dhorajiwala

    Usha Dhorajiwala - Woolenwick Infant and Nursery School, Headteacher

    Usha has over 10 years of headship experience. Prior to becoming a Headteacher Usha was a Primary Teaching and Learning Consultant for the LA. Usha supported a variety of schools in challenging circumstances through a wide range of school improvement activities including working to increase the leadership capacity of schools to help raise standards.


    She is Headteacher of an Outstanding Infant and Nursery School. The School is a Strategic Partner for Acorns Teaching School Alliance and staff at Woolenwick are SLE’s offering training and support.


    Usha is a Professional Partner for the LA and has supported a number of new Headteachers as well as mentoring aspiring Headteachers through the NCSL programme.

  • Tony Fitzpatrick - The Barnwell School, Headteacher


    Tony is currently Headteacher of a multi-site Secondary School in Hertfordshire and has been a teacher for over 25 years in a range of schools. For the past 17 years Tony has led in senior posts on many different areas including School Improvement, Self Evaluation, Recruitment, Curriculum, Timetabling, Data, Assessment, Finance, ITT.


    Tony’s strengths are in the areas of strategic planning, organisational change and financial planning. With a background in Design and Technology Tony always works in a practical way finding workable solutions often complex issues.


    Building leadership capacity is a particular interest and allowing Middle/Senior leaders to grow into areas of additional responsibility. Tony believes that through the use of successful distributed leadership all leaders are empowered to deliver continued school improvement and raising of standards.


    A guiding principle is his belief in investment and support for staff development, to this end Tony has become a qualified coach holding the ILM level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring.  Along with being a qualified coach Tony also holds an MA in Education.

Women Leading in Education

In March 2016 NCTL launched a coaching pledge to support women leading in education.

Frances Manning, Headteacher, Hitchin Girls' School is a registered coach:

"I have been coaching in education for nearly three years and have completed the ILM Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring.  I have worked with a range of colleagues - new Headteacher's coming into post, Head's moving their schools to good or outstanding, and also with senior leaders at all levels.   
Coaching has enabled me to develop and shape the skills in my own leadership team as well as providing support for new Head's and those working to deal with challenges in their own schools.  I use coaching extensively in my NLE work with schools across all sectors.   
I like to use a solution focussed model, supporting clients to work through their own solutions to the issues that they face.   
As a leader I like to work as a collaborative team, with a consultative approach to agree the standards and protocols by which we will work.  Within this structure staff then have autonomy within their specialist areas to achieve our agreed outcomes and objectives.     
The outcomes that can be achieved from coaching are what drive me to be a coach.  I have always had my own coach/mentor in my career and have reaped the benefits at every stage of my career.  Seeing the distance moved and transformation in people following even a short period of coaching is amazing.  Everyone should have a coach!"    

If you think you would benefit from leadership coaching you can register for free leadership coaching here.