NCD Advisory Group
Chair of the NCD Advisory Group
For over three decades Alison has been involved in the delivery and leadership of academic and vocational learning. After working as a Head of Sixth Form/Assistant Headteacher in two large secondary schools, she took up a role as a Senior Advisor at Doncaster Local Authority, responsible for implementing the 14-19 strategy, monitoring activity across the borough’s secondary schools and supporting structural intervention. Alison is currently Vice Principal at Longley Park Sixth Form College in Sheffield, responsible for curriculum and quality. Throughout her career, Alison has persistently championed strategies to improve teaching, learning and assessment to impact positively on the life chances of young people.
Brendon Fletcher (ex-officio)
I have been employed within the organisation since 2008 years, prior to which I worked for 8 years in an 11-18 setting. Before moving to my current role as Principal at New College Doncaster, I moved through a variety of leadership roles, including Head of Mathematics, Senior College Manager, Assistant Principal and Vice Principal, all at New College Pontefract. Establishing New College Doncaster as a new 16-19 academy has perhaps been my most significant and rewarding role, and the college has experienced significant growth since opening, with a strong first set of external results. In earlier roles I enjoyed particular focus on data, quality and standards, have been involved in human resources work (such as reorganisations, consultations and investigations), and have contributed to the development of both governance and the organisation’s teaching school alliance. I have significant experience of governance, having acted in the past as a teacher governor, a LA governor within a middle school, an LGB governor for a primary school within a MAT, and through my senior leadership roles within New Collaborative Learning Trust. In earlier years, I was chair of the board of trustees of a Yorkshire-wide sexual health charity and am a trustee of an orchestra in Leeds.
Safeguarding and SEND Lead
I have been in Education since qualifying as Teacher of Physical Education in 1993. I firmly believe that all young people regardless of their background or barriers to learning should have access to a good standard of education that enables them to develop both academically and socially and emotionally. Many of my roles in the schools I have worked in have focussed on Pastoral and Inclusion as I feel strongly this supports the development of all young people.
I am currently Executive Headteacher of a Pupil Referral Unit in Doncaster which caters for pupils with SEMH and ASD need. A significant amount of my work is looking at how pupils can be engaged in their learning and appropriately supported to achieve their potential despite the barriers to learning they may have.
I currently have a son who is in Y12 at New College Doncaster. Out of work I am a keen runner and am a member of a local running club.
I Joined Sheffield Park Academy in September 2016 (after 12 years at Minsthorpe Community College – Head of Year 12, Teacher of IT) as Associate Senior Leader for Pastoral Progress and Standards. I was promoted to Assistant Principal – Behaviour & Attitudes in January 2017 (Ofsted rated behaviour as 2+ in October 2017. VI Form was found to be RI and I was asked to take on that role April 2018. I have since reformed every aspect of the VI Form provision, academic and pastoral incorporating Education with Character and Cultural Capital. A lead Ofsted inspector was invited in on three occasions to conduct an independent inspection of VI Form. The last inspection in February 2020 classified the provision as outstanding.
Frederika is a former teacher (PGCE) with 11-16 classroom experience. Following this, she worked in recruitment for 12 years, culminating in her co-running a recruitment firm while running a small food production business and a social media training business.
In 2013, she began her current work as a positive psychology / happiness / wellbeing speaker and trainer. Most of her work is now in positive and character education, topics she also lectures in at postgraduate level. Frederika has authored several books on these topics. She holds an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and is currently undertaking a Doctorate in Education.