Primary Team

Carolyn Lindsay

Primary Curriculum Lead (Mathematics)

Carolyn has worked in Tower Hamlets for over thirty years now, as a teacher and leader in school, as the Head of St Elizabeth’s Catholic Primary School and then as a school improvement officer in the local authority.

She leads on Primary Mathematics within THE Partnership including overseeing Mathematics central training and development; supporting and delivering in-school school improvement; and supporting the delivery of the NQT programme. She is responsible for developing Mathematics subject leaders and delivering Mathematics network meetings.

Recently Carolyn has been working alongside Mike Askew, Professor of Mathematics Education at Wits University, Johannesburg, South Africa and NRich to provide teachers with high quality mathematical training to develop subject knowledge and improve pedagogy.

Carolyn is the LA SACRE representative and is responsible for delivering Religious Education network meetings.

Nicole Gurvidi

Primary Curriculum Lead (English)

Nicole has worked in primary education in Tower Hamlets for the last twenty years.  As a primary teacher in the borough, she gained experience as a class teacher, a lead teacher and a school leader. 

She leads on Primary English within THE Partnership including overseeing English central training and development; supports and delivers in-school school improvement; and supports the delivery of the NQT programme.  She leads on Letters and Sounds phonics training across all phases, supporting parents and ensuring excellence in practice. She is also responsible for developing English subject leaders and delivering English network meetings.

Nicole managed the ‘Creative approaches to teaching grammar in Tower Hamlets primary schools’ project, which was published as a teaching resource.  She was involved in establishing the Tower Hamlets Oracy Hub and continues to support its development.  She is currently working on a project exploring ‘Reading Comprehension in the Wider Curriculum: What does it mean to read effectively in specific subjects?’

Nicole is recognised by the STA as a lead moderator responsible for training Tower Hamlets moderators for KS1 and KS2 writing.

Michelle O'Connor

Primary Curriculum Lead (MFL)

Michelle has been working with schools across the borough and with THE Partnership to develop languages provision since 2012.

She has over fifteen years’ experience in languages teaching, leadership and advisory roles across both primary and secondary phases in inner London boroughs.

Michelle is responsible for all training and in-school support for MFL as well as managing the team of specialist language tutors that work in schools to deliver French and Spanish lessons as part of their Service Level Agreement for MFL package. She is responsible for developing MFL subject leaders and delivering Primary MFL network meetings.

Julia Weston

Independent Primary Consultant

Julia has worked in education in Tower Hamlets for the last twenty years, with teaching and leadership experience in three different schools followed by independent consultancy work for a whole range of Tower Hamlets projects, as well as those for other schools and organisations.

Julia offers an expertise in science and as a member of the ASE, she collaborated with a number of other consultants to produce a set of well-regarded exemplification materials for primary science units. She is currently commissioned to lead on the training and development of science teaching, learning and assessment and is responsible for developing Science subject leaders and delivering Primary Science Subject network meetings.

Julia provides support to the English team in running training and in-school support, especially around Talk for Writing. She has also been commissioned to ensure a dynamic NQT programme for primary teachers is delivered across the borough.

Mary Jones

Independent Primary Consultant

Mary has been involved in primary education for over thirty-five years, both as a teacher and in various advisory roles. Before coming to work in Tower Hamlets she was the Inspector for Assessment in the London Borough of Havering. During this period she completed her Ofsted and School Improvement Partner training and was the School Improvement Partner for a number of schools for over 10 years.

Mary has been commissioned to contribute to a range of projects. She is part of the moderation team and delivers in school support across different local partnerships

Mary is commissioned as a Leadership Consultant for THE Partnerships and is able to facilitate the appraisal process for headteachers and governors, as well as supporting other school improvement initiatives.