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Who’s Who in the Schools Team

Canon David Morton
Director of Education

David is Director of Education. He has oversight of the work of the Schools Team, leading and directing its work in supporting church schools to be Christian communities that enable their pupils and staff to flourish. David works closely with strategic partners including schools, parishes and benefices, diocesan teams, local authorities, Church Schools East, the Church of England Education Office and Foundation for Education Leadership. He is currently the Diocese’s Growing Faith champion.

Tel: 01727 818170

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VBVicki Barrière
General Schools Administrator / Director's PA

As PA to the Director, Vicki is the first point of contact for members of the Schools Team and for general enquiries. She also facilitates the work of the Board of Education and the Diocese of St Albans Educational Trust, deals with Governance administration matters and is the team’s data processing lead. Vicki also manages the DBE’s Community Life Fund.

Tel: 01727 818170

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Charlotte JohnsonCharlotte Johnson
Deputy Director

As Deputy Director of Education, Charlotte leads the operational work of the Team with its 137 schools and advises headteachers and governors on school effectiveness. Charlotte is also the Team lead for Racial Justice and the Team's training and development programme.

Charlotte is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If your request is urgent outside those times, please contact David Morton.

Tel: 01727 818170

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Hannah PuddefootHannah Puddefoot
Schools Officer

Hannah, as Schools Officer, has particular responsibility for the organisation of the Team’s training and development programme, and for social media and communications. She also works closely with the RE & Christian Ethos Adviser and other diocesan teams in the creation of RE and Collective Worship resources.

Tel: 01727 818171

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Ryan Parker
RE and Christian Ethos Adviser

Ryan promotes and supports the delivery of RE and Collective Worship, and the development of the DBE’s vision for distinctive Christian ethos within diocesan schools. He leads on training in these areas and is the author of resources such as ‘Heart for the Earth’.

Ryan is the Team's SIAMS lead and also supports schools as they develop a unique biblical vision for education.

Tel: 07508 802198

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Ruth GarmanRuth Garman
School Buildings Officer

As School Buildings Officer, Ruth advises on matters relating to school buildings, land and trusts, and is the Team’s lead on Net Zero Carbon. She also manages the SCA capital funding programme, DFC enquiries and any land issues in relation to school reorganisation or academisation.

Ruth works closely with the Deputy Director on the management of the Service Level Agreement as well as with the Schools Officer on the Training and Development offer.

Tel: 01727 818168

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Lizzie JeanesLizzie Jeanes
School Effectiveness Lead

Lizzie was formerly a Deputy Director within the team. A lead Ofsted inspector, Lizzie provides targeted remote support to schools requiring rapid improvement or undergoing critical incidents.

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Governance Officer Belinda CopsonBelinda Copson
Governance Officer

Belinda has responsibility for governor development and training. She also advises schools on governance matters, including recruitment, appointments, and statutory regulations. During 2022-23, Belinda will lead the Team’s work supporting school reorganisation.

Tel: 07990 001071

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Admissions Officer Maggie JarmanMaggie Jarman
Admissions Officer

Maggie advises governing bodies on admissions and appeals in VA schools and academies. She is part of the team supporting school reorganisation.

Tel: 07443 192459

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