The Careers Network is a network run by Careers educators for Careers educators – the aim of the network is to provide support to those working in Careers education at all stages of education, from Primary through to University. The network provides resource and project ideas as well pushing for national policy change. Support is multi-channel in nature, covering the network website, social media and external events.

Operating as a wholly independent network, our team of experienced Careers educators work directly with leaders of Careers education. Our committee members offer support in designing and implementing whole school Careers strategies.

As we enter Phase Two of the network we have made some significant changes to how we operate. Those changes have seen a restructure to the steering group and the staggered introduction of our franchise network model.

Please click here to learn more about our work and how you can get involved with the Network steering group.

Steering Group – the restructure of this group allows us to broaden our reach in supporting Careers professionals. The steering group meets three times per year to discuss Careers education and its impact on young people. Please email info@tfcareersnetwork.co.uk if you are interested in being a part of the steering group – please use ‘Steering Group’ in your subject heading.

Careers Network Hubs – new to 2021, we are in the process of launching local and regional network hubs. These are not centrally run or organised, we work with hub leads to provide local support through organically led agendas that best fit the need of the hub. Please use our ‘Contact Us‘ page if you are interested in leading or joining a hub

Ambassador Regional Representative Members – our ARRMs primarily support fellow Careers professionals at different levels of experience and expertise. Please leave a request through our ‘Contact Us‘ page to access this support.

Chair and Founder – Michael Britland

Michael is an experienced Secondary school teacher, Careers Leader and Senior Leader. Having completed Careers Leader training in 2018, he is an ambassador of the Teach First Careers Leader programme. Michael now delivers the same training while working as a Development Lead for Teach First. His previous jobs include; Barista, Account Manager, PR Assistant and Freelance Journalist.

Network Structure and ARRM Support

Steering Group

Jon Datta – Higher Education

Deputy Head of Widening Participation, University of Cambridge

I am responsible for our partnerships with external organisations and oversight of our widening participation and access programme. I previously worked in secondary education as a teacher and senior school trust leader. I’m currently Vice-Chair of Governors at a local secondary school.

Tim Roe – Parents

Widening Access Officer, Edge Hill University

I am a Widening Participation professional with 11 years experience. I come from a wide range  of backgrounds: teacher, learning support, mentor, sports development and higher education. I am proud to co-run Parent Power Oldham. These are an inspiring group of parents who campaign for a fairer society for their children’s futures. I also produce ‘The Open Circle Podcast’ for the PURSUE network.

Charlotte Sinnett – Higher Education

Chemistry Teacher, St Anthony’s Girls’ Catholic Academy, Sunderland

I was the North East Regional Co-ordinator for the HE+ Programme run by Cambridge University. In 2019 I was awarded the FutureMe HE Champion of the year award for strategically building a culture of progression to higher education throughout the school, teaching and parent communities.

Mandy Green – Secondary Education

Director of Aspiration, Bedford Academy

I’m a qualified Careers Adviser and Careers Leader and was one of the first to fully meet the Gatsby Benchmarks and take her school through the revised Quality in Careers assessment, winning both a national best practice award and the CEC School of the year award along the way. I am passionate about motivating and engaging students and providing them with the knowledge and skills they need in a meaningful and impactful way.

Adam Cotgrave – Vocational Education

Occupations Manager

I am a Civil Servant working for the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education. Prior to this I was a Development Lead with Teach First, supporting schools in disadvantaged areas to develop robust, long-term careers strategies. I have eight years’ experience in the classroom as a secondary English teacher, including time as a careers leader.

Janet Colledge – Primary Education & Leadership

Careers Education Consultant Outstanding Careers

A qualified teacher with over 15 years’ experience providing award winning careers education. Her most recent contribution to careers is as co author of the CDI Primary Careers Learning Framework. I’m also a member of the Quality in Careers Standard Board and the Careers Writers Association.

Carol Newby – Events

Network Connectors, Teach First

Supporting Network Leads to start, build and grow their network. This involves 1-1 support, promoting network activities, providing appropriate approaches to measuring the network’s impact, access to funding support, connection to other networks

Simon Wareham – Secondary & Skills

SLT: Student Progression (Careers & PSHE) at Southmoor Academy, Sunderland

Lead Careers and PSHE programme within both Southmoor and latterly our partner school Sandhill View Academy. In 2020, after a 2 year journey, Southmoor successfully achieved the full QiC Award and both schools have subsequently successfully completed their Annual Reviews. Both schools within the Trust have gained local, regional, national and international recognition for their outstanding careers education programme.

Nerys Steventon – SEND

Careers Leader & WEX Manager – two schools within a Multi Academy Trust in Cheshire

I am a Teacher of Business Studies and ICT and I spent the first 13 years of my teaching career in mainstream secondary. I joined Adelaide School (SEMH) in Crewe and I am in my 6th year with them. I created and developed the role of Careers Lead here at Adelaide School 3 years ago and have since trained and supported new Careers Leads in other schools within the MAT.

Click here for full profiles of our Steering Group members

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