Meet the Professional Learning Team

Ella Roberts, Director of Learning and Development Network

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Ella has been in education for over 20 years and has worked in a variety of Schools across East Sussex, before joining TKAT in 2014 becoming Deputy Director of Learning in 2016 and then Director of Teaching School in 2019. She has held a variety of senior leadership roles including Deputy Headteacher, Headteacher and Deputy Executive Regional Director. She has also supported many schools in a consultancy capacity including leadership development, teacher coaching, assessment and maths support. She is an EMCC Accredited Coach at Senior Practitioner level.

Ella is passionate about high quality teaching and learning and ensuring all children have the best educational experience possible. As Director of Professional Learning,  Ella is responsible for professional development within the Learning and Development Network ensuring schools have access to high quality professional development, leadership development, school to school support and coaching.


Laura Stevens, Senior Professional Learning Lead

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Laura has successfully facilitated outstanding & improving teacher programmes in East Sussex across primary & secondary phases. She has supported a school to effectively set up the programme. Laura is a trained coach with many years’ experience as a professional tutor working with a range of ITT providers & appropriate bodies. She has line managed Science departments through change and rapid improvement.

Laura is passionate about high quality teaching and learning and ensuring all children have the best educational experience possible. As Deputy Director of Professional Learning, Laura works within the Learning and Development Network with a responsibility for professional development and leadership development across the secondary phase.


Cat McKeever, Professional Learning Lead


Kay Tinsley, Director of Teaching and Learning


Steve Excell, Learning & Development Network Administrative Officer

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Following over 20 years working in finance, Steve decided upon a career change. He joined TKAT in 2015 to support the Group Director of Learning, lead school headteacher, and strategic partners in providing leadership, and development/growth to the trust and wider partnerships.

Steve now supports the Director of Professional Learning in the administration, and development of the Learning and Development Network through all methods of communication.


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