Trainer Profiles

Geoff Robinson BEd MA

Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT Executive Leader

Geoff Robinson held a number of teaching and leadership positions in London and Suffolk schools before moving into initial teacher training full time in 2007.

He led the Suffolk and Norfolk Graduate Teacher Programme for two years before taking up his current appointment.

Geoff’s educational activities include:

  • Extensive training for the local authority and for Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT
  • Presentation of a paper on children’s responses to ‘readerly’ and ‘writerly’ texts at one of the UEA International Language and Literacy conventions
  • Publication of research on roles taken by pupils in small group work in ‘Spoken English illuminated’ by Andrew Wilkinson et al (Open University 1990) 
  • HMI Conference speaker
  • Teaching Agency conference presenter on ‘Trainee target setting and interventions to accelerate progress’
  • Author of curriculum materials for the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority

Despite his drive for organisational and individual trainee teacher improvement, his ultimate aim is to improve the prospects and life chances of children and students across Norfolk, Suffolk and beyond.

His hobbies and interests include playing and watching sport, reading, gardening and cooking.


Paul Law B.A. PGCE

SCITT Salaried Leader

Paul Law held a number of teaching and leadership positions in London and Suffolk schools before moving into initial teacher training on a full-time basis from August 2008. Paul has led the Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT Salaried Programme since 2009. Paul’s educational activities include:

  • Training within Suffolk schools and for Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT
  • Research and writing on ‘pupil records of achievement’
  • Conference speaker in a variety of settings
  • GTP/SCITT Tutor from 2001 to 2009
  • Establishment of a local history museum.

Paul’s career has been driven by a belief in the crucial role of education in broadening horizons and shaping lives.

He is committed to school improvement in Norfolk and Suffolk and to ensuring that a new generation of outstanding teachers are trained and find posts within our primary and secondary schools.

Paul’s hobbies and interests include local history, watching and participating in a range of sports, music and drama.


Anna Richards, BA, PGCE with QTS, NPHQ

Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT Tuition PGCE Leader

Anna Richards has worked in a variety of primary and special schools. Before starting her current role in September 2014, she was head teacher of a West Suffolk primary school for five years.

As Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT PGCE Tuition Leader, she has actively led the sustained improvement of the Primary Tuition programme and has overseen the Secondary Tuition programme through a period of continued development.

Anna was part of the working party on Mentor Standards set up in response to the 2015 Carter review of Initial Teacher Training and is currently undertaking PhD research into the factors supporting effective mentoring in Initial Teacher Training.

Anna is committed to supporting school improvement across Suffolk and Norfolk through ensuring an on-going supply of high quality Newly Qualified Teachers.


Jayne Andrew, BA (Hons), QTS

Primary SCITT Salaried Lead

Jayne has been involved in teaching since she graduated from Bishop Grosseteste College in Lincoln. She has taught across the primary age range in Norfolk and in Nottinghamshire.

During her teaching career she has been a literacy subject leader, PSHE leader, Year 6 leader, a SENCO and a member of school Senior Leadership. She also gained Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) status, which ranked her as one of the top 10% of teachers in the country.

After leaving teaching, Jayne became a Literacy Advisor for Norfolk County Council, supporting a wide variety of schools and leading training county wide, before joining the SCITT programme.


Kate Sida-Nicholls, BA Hons, PGCE, MA

Secondary SCITT Tuition Lead

Kate has worked for eighteen years in various schools in different roles across Suffolk, teaching mainly English but other Humanities subjects too.

She has been working in her current role as Secondary SCITT Tuition Lead for the past four years and in that time the programme has increased its number of trainees and also the percentage of trainees who achieve ‘outstanding’ by the end of the course.

Publications and educational activity:

  • ‘What if It Happens in My Classroom?’ a behaviour management book aimed at new and trainee teachers.
  • ‘Becoming an Outstanding English Teacher’ published by Routledge in August 2016.
  • Contributor to ‘Teaching Secondary English with ICT’; ‘Who we are’ Resource CD for Teachers.
  • Regular reviewer of books and book proposals for Routledge for their UK and New York editors.
  • Contributor to a research project on gender issues for the Department of Education and speaker at national conferences on the issue.
  • Consultant for the National Teacher Research Panel; action research is a key interest.
  • Currently undertaking PhD research into the transition from trainee to NQT teachers.