Meet the Exeter Consortium & TSA Team
Dawn Chapman - Initial Teacher Training (ITT) Primary Programme Lead
Before joining Exeter Consortium, Dawn taught within Exeter primary schools for more than 20 years in both specialist settings and mainstream schools in a range of different roles including Phase Leader and SENCO. She is also a Governor for one of our partnership schools.
She is also involved with supporting a school in Africa; Nayamba School is a charity school and Dawn has visited the school twice to teach and work with staff there, supporting the education of children in a very different setting to schools within our partnership.
Dawn is passionate about the importance of inclusive, high-quality state education for all children and maximising the outcomes for every child through excellent teaching – excellence that stems from making sure all teachers have access to the best professional development right from the start of their career. Over the course of her teaching career, Dawn mentored many trainee teachers and NQTs and developed expertise in having constructive coaching conversations.
Dawn has worked for Exeter Consortium as the Primary Programme Lead since 2018, working closely with schools across the region to develop and strengthen the partnerships that are vital to our approach. The most rewarding aspect of her role is building supportive relationships with trainees, NQTs and teachers in our partner schools.
Tel: 01392 927171 (Option 2)
Louise Honan - Initial Teacher Training (ITT) Administrator & Finance
Louise has worked for Exeter Consortium since its inception in 2012 in a variety of roles, giving her expertise in Finance, Recruitment and Communications. Within ITT, her role includes assisting the Programme Lead with the administration of the current School Direct programmes and provision for trainee teachers. She is usually the first point of contact for most future trainees and supports them through the process from recruitment, to DBS checks, DfE registration, bursaries and student finance.
Louise oversees the logistics and administration of the School Direct activity including communication with placement schools and applicants, organisation of recruitment and selection days, and finance. Louise also works with the ESP staff, assisting with the day to day running of the supply partnership.
Louise supports a charity school in Africa ‘Nayamba School’, following her visit there in 2019. When she’s not in the office, Louise loves spending time with her family and being outside with her many animals, including her Black Labrador and Horse.
Tel: 01392 927171 (Option 2 for ITT queries / Option 4 for Finance queries)
Robin Scott - CPD & Marketing Coordinator
Robin joined Exeter Consortium in 2019 and helps to organise and run our growing CPD programme. He is also involved with creating the weekly Exeter Consortium newsletter as well as contributing to the Consortium's various social media accounts.
In 2020, he administered the TSSW Virtual Summer Conference and helped with the transition of CPD from face-to-face to online delivery during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Robin graduated from Plymouth University with a BA (Hons) in Business Studies and from Bournemouth University with an MSc in Sport Management.
Tel: 01392 927171 (Option 3)
Tania Beard – Initial Teacher Training and School Leadership Consultant
Tania's BEd specialised in Physical Education and the Early Years and, after qualifying, she taught in several schools and also worked as a lecturer on the BEd and PGCE programmes at Plymouth University.
She has been working in education for 21 years and has been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work in a range of schools from small village to large urban schools. She has been a headteacher for the last 13 years; firstly in a small, rural primary and then she took on a new school which grew from a roll of 32 to a roll of over 400 in the space of 5 years.
Whilst working as a headteacher, Tania worked collaboratively with other leaders and also supported headteachers in a variety of schools. In 2019, she was badged as a LLE (Local Leader in Education).
Since retirement from full-time headship, Tania has been working as a Consultant for Exeter Consortium supporting their excellent Primary ITT routes into teaching as well as leading and contributing to their wide CPD programme for member schools.