Elizabeth Ford РElizabeth is with us until the end of Autumn 2020, we are excited to have Rebecca Lillington join us as our new Head of SCITT from January. 

Director of Professional Learning Institute
Director of South Birmingham SCITT
NASBTT Trustee
Chair of West Midlands CPD Partnership
Deputy Lead for Women Leading in Education

Elizabeth has worked in three different schools, across three different local authorities, gaining just under 15 years of experience in whole school leadership; focusing upon school led teacher training (Initial-to-Principal), coaching & mentoring whilst leading on programmes to structure succession planning through a school led improvement system.


Carol Lewis

Carol is the Administrator for South Birmingham SCITT. Carol has been leading administration for the SCITT for over 15 years. Her skill set and expertise are invaluable, and she’s always happy to guide individuals through the application process, and the processes of finance and training throughout the programme.


Emma Thomas

Emma is the Course Manager for ITT at South Birmingham SCITT. Emma was Head of girls PE at Ninestiles School, An Academy before furthering her career by becoming an AST in 2011 with specialisms in PE, teacher training and Inclusion. She has been involved in initial teacher training since 2008 becoming a designated SLE in this area in 2013. Emma has recently completed her MA in Educational Leadership focusing her research on Initial Teacher Education. 


Ali Fisher

Ali is the SCITTs School Direct Lead at CPTSA

Colmore Infant School and Colmore Junior School were awarded National Teaching School status in 2013 and formed the CPTSA (Colmore Partnership Teaching School Alliance)

This well-deserved national accolade recognised the high quality support work undertaken by the staff to raise the standards of teaching and learning for children in schools across the West Midlands.

We seek to develop a culture of sharing excellent practice in education. We know that this will have a positive impact on children’s life chances whilst delivering opportunities for high quality professional development. All this is done through the three strands of the teaching school: school-to-school support, initial teacher training and professional development.


Alex Hughes

Alex is the SCITTs School Direct Lead at Ninestiles School, An Academy

At Ninestiles, we are dedicated to providing all our students with the best possible education to allow them to achieve their goals. We do so by actively tackling disadvantage and removing barriers to learning to ensure all students are able to reach their potential.

We believe in the core values of respect, commitment and achievement. Students learn to respect themselves and the community we are part of, showing understanding and tolerance of our culturally diverse student cohort. Our highly skilled and dedicated staff facilitate great learning, and through an inspirational, knowledge rich curriculum they ensure exceptional progress. We believe that excellence can only be achieved through hard work and consistent commitment to improvement. When all of these factors have aligned, we celebrate the achievement that occurs, taking great pride in the academic success of our students and also in their accomplishments in other areas such as the arts, sports and in contributions to the local community.

Students leave Ninestiles as self-respecting, compassionate global citizens able to contribute positively to our local community and wider society.


Sarah Whitlock

Sarah is the SCITTs School Direct Lead at The Augustine Partnership

Saint Augustine’s Catholic High School and Sixth Form, a non-selective high school located in the heart of Worcestershire.  We are diverse in our social background, breadth of talent and character, always putting the needs of the students’ first.  The school has a distinctively Catholic ethos which provides a solid foundation for academic rigour and innovation coupled with a rich pastoral support programme.  The heart of Saint Augustine’s is the relationship between inspiring, caring teachers and talented, motivated and engaging students.  Whilst our school is best known for its academic results, we provide a strong enrichment programme focused on developing the whole child incorporating the arts, sports and community service.


Vicky Sharkey

Vicky is the SCITTs School Partnership Manager from The Brilliant Club – Researchers in Schools

The Brilliant Club works with schools and universities across the UK. The charity exists to increase the number of pupils from underrepresented backgrounds progressing to highly-selective universities. We do this by mobilising the PhD community to share its expertise in state schools.


Emily Giubertoni

Emily is the SCITTs School Partnership Manager from Bishop Challoner Catholic School – Future Teaching Scholars Programme

Future Teaching Scholars programme is an exciting route into teaching. It’s designed for exceptional Maths or Physics students who want to teach.

Scholars continue in-depth study of their subjects via an undergraduate degree whilst also learning about teaching through training sessions, online modules and undertaking practical in-school experiences.