Meet The Team


Mike Shorten - Deputy CEO of Bishop Hogarth Catholic Education Trust,
Principal of Carmel College and Director of CTTP
"Mike Shorten is the director of Carmel Teacher Training Programme and is Principal of Carmel College. In his role as Principal he leads the day to day business of Carmel College, he is a National Leader of Education (NLE) and also facilitates and leads training for Carmel Professional Training Centre"


Monita Atkinson - Director of Carmel Professional Training Centre

"Monita has worked in education for 26 years. She has held a variety of positions within the college including: -Pastoral Learning Manager for 10 years and Professional Tutor, until her appointment as Director of Carmel Professional Training Centre. She is a designated SLE and has worked with many schools across the North East of England.  Monita has designed and delivered a wide range of leadership courses. She facilitates the National Professional Qualification for Senior and Middle Leaders and provides school to school support. As part of Erasmus+, Monita has led projects on pedagogy across several European countries to improve outcomes for pupils."


Marielle Thonnart - ITT Lead
"Marielle joined Carmel in 2011 and has since enjoyed a variety of roles around the school, from Confucius Classroom manager to International Coordinator. Marielle has been actively involved in supporting professional development for many years, as ITT and NQT mentor, Partnership Link Tutor and as a trainer and facilitator for various programmes, including ITT, TSST, school-to-school support and NPQML. Prior to joining the CTTP team as ITT and Secondary Lead in 2020, Marielle had held the position of Curriculum Leader for MFL for 5 years. Marielle is also lead for the Assessment Only Route to QTS and oversees NQT induction as an Appropriate Body."

Simon Roberts - Computing Hub Lead
"Simon brings his experience of having lead both ICT and Computing in two outstanding schools to his role in leading the NCCE Computing Hub for Tees Valley and Durham at Carmel College. He has thoroughly enjoyed the transition from the old ICT national curriculum to the new computing curriculum and relished the challenges and opportunities that it has created. Having come from a background in science teaching, he is acutely aware of the journey that our participants will face in becoming comfortable teaching the new subject content."

Rose Marie Rochester - Maths Hub Lead
"Rose-Marie was designated as a maths SLE in 2013, which was the formal beginning of her work with other schools in the north east. Rose-Marie has been the Maths Hub Lead for the Archimedes NE maths hub since its inception in 2014; broadening her experience of working with teachers to improve maths provision and thus outcomes for children. She is an accredited PD Lead and the Maths Lead for the Bishop Hogarth CET. Rose-Marie is especially interested in embedding teaching for mastery across all phases so as to build pupils’ confidence and competence with their maths. Rose-Marie is happily married to Tim and they have been blessed with five wonderful children."

Tony Graham - Science Learning Partnership Lead
  "Tony has twenty-nine years’ experience as a science teacher, the last twenty as curriculum leader for science at Carmel College, whose students in the 2016 PISA tests scored higher for science than the average for any country in the world. He has had extensive involvement in ITT, led the regional Triple Science “Network of Excellence” and Carmel is a partner school for the IoP. As an “Expert Curriculum Leader”, he is leading the TVEB’s science curriculum group. Tony is a current Assessment Specialist for OCR and have been a school governor for nearly twenty years, including two spells as chair."

Joanne Walker - SLE Co-ordinator
"Joanne is an Assistant Vice Principal and Head of Geography at Carmel College. She co-ordinates both the SLE deployments within the Carmel Professional Training Centre and within the Carmel Education Trust is responsible for School to School Support. She is committed to supporting students in reaching their potential and confidently participating in a highly competitive world. Initiatives and strategies that Joanne has been involved with include tracking, improving assessments and introducing a range of thinking skills and enquiries. She delivers on both the NPQML and NPQSL courses, as well as writing and delivering CPD for staff. In addition she has completed the VIP coaching in schools course to enhance her skills of listening and empowering staff and students."

David Bailey - Director of Research & Development
"David leads the newly appointed Carmel Research School. Previously, he was Regional Network Lead and Network Education Lead for STEM Learning, where he oversaw science CPD provision in the North. Alongside his current role, he is an Educational Consultant working in a range of advisory and school improvement roles to support many schools in the region and beyond. He draws on over fifteen years of experience teaching Physics to ages 11-18, and over ten years of leadership in 3 schools, including positions as middle and senior leader. He is currently leading the EEF/Wellcome Trust funded programme ‘Leadership Lite’, in which 140 schools are participating across the UK."