Trainer Profiles

Anna Richards, BA Hons, PGCE with QTS, NPQH

Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT Executive Leader

Anna Richards has worked in a variety of primary and special schools. Before starting her current role in September 2017, she was the Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT PGCE Tuition Leader.  Anna has actively led the sustained improvement of the Primary Tuition programme and has overseen the Secondary Tuition programme through a period of continued development.  Before joining the SCITT team she was head teacher of a West Suffolk primary school for five years.

Anna was part of the working party on Mentor Standards set up in response to the 2015 Carter review of Initial Teacher Training and has recently been appointed a trustee of National Association of School Based Trainers (NASBTT). 

Anna is committed to supporting school improvement across Suffolk and Norfolk through ensuring an on-going supply of high quality newly qualified teachers to local partnership schools. 

Kate Sida-Nicholls, BA Hons, PGCE, MA in Education, FCCT

Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT Secondary PGCE Course Leader

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

For the previous five years Kate led the Secondary SCITT Tuition programme with great success and is delighted to take up her new role from 1st April 2018 to lead both Secondary Salaried and Tuition programmes. 

Publications and educational activity:

  • Founding Fellow of Chartered College (FCCT) 
  • Published '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.
  • Regular reviewer of books and book proposals for Routledge.
  • Currently undertaking PhD research into the retention of NQT teachers. 

Dr Sally Wilkinson

Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT Primary PGCE Course Leader

Sally has worked in primary schools in Suffolk as a teacher, senior leader and headteacher. Before taking up the role of Primary SCITT Leader in December 2017, she worked as a school improvement adviser for Suffolk LA. 

She has written a range of articles and teaching resources on primary English and is currently editor of English 4-11, a magazine for primary practitioners published jointly by the English Association and UKLA. She has recently completed a Doctorate in Education. Her research interests include:

• meeting the professional development needs of teachers in rural schools

• the sustainability of small schools

• the qualities and practices of primary headteachers working as effective system leaders

Sally is passionate about the power of education to transform lives. The next generation of outstanding teachers are the future of education and she feels privileged to be part of the SCITT team training teachers to work in Suffolk and Norfolk schools.

Janet Bell BSc, PGCE, MA

Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT Primary Tuition Assistant Course Leader

Janet trained as a middle school teacher with interests in maths and science after graduating from Nottingham University.  She taught for 15 years in middle and primary schools in Suffolk as well as undertaking an international exchange year as a teacher in Adelaide, Australia. She worked as a Headteacher before becoming an adviser for professional development, working mainly with NQTs and middle leaders. She also undertook work as an assessor and tutor for NPQH. Her MA research involved looking at the impact of leadership courses in schools and she then went on to lead modules on a Masters programme. Janet worked with the first Graduate Teacher who qualified in Suffolk and was part of the original team involved in setting up the SCITT programme. She has worked with cohorts of trainees in Norfolk for the last 12 years and has written a trainee teacher’s handbook.



Jo Seller BA Hons, PGCE, MA in Childhood & Youth Studies

Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT Primary Senior Trainer

Jo has worked in primary schools in Suffolk as a teacher, Science Lead and Key Stage 1 moderation Lead. Jo was a school governor for four years and mentored several trainee teachers for Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT, whilst teaching. She acquired a distinction at Master’s level in ‘Childhood and Youth Studies’ from the University of Suffolk, whilst working for SCITT.  Studying for this degree fuelled the passion that Jo has to incorporate evidence-based research within initial teacher education.

Jo joined SCITT as a Personal Tutor in 2013, supporting trainees in placement and with their assignments.  Very quickly, Jo was able to utilise her skills to deliver training in PSHE and Professional Studies and was recruited to the role of Senior Trainer.  Jo has strategic overview of the training for the primary tuition programme as well as monitoring of trainee wellbeing.  She is passionate about trainee wellbeing and is currently researching the area of Mental Health to be better able to support trainees and keep talented people in teaching. 

During her time in education Jo has:

  • Written a report to the Children's Commissioner for England, relating to the inequalities experienced by children and young people living in rural areas, with a focus on IT.  
  • Led and introduced a Contemporary Issues module for the SCITT programme that explores current issues facing children and young people today.  This includes safer use of technology and gender identity.