Outwood Institute Of Education Announces New Structure

The Outwood Institute of Education (OIE) has announced it has expanded its team as the new academic year gets underway.

In a move that is expected to help improve the OIE’s overall performance in delivering high quality teacher training and school to school support, the OIE network will now split into two regions, the OIE Yorkshire and Humber and the OIE Tees Valley.

Both regions will be overseen by Emma Rennison, Executive Director of the OIE, who has praised the change and expressed her hopes for the future.

Emma said: “We are thrilled to announce our growth. We believe that the changes we have made will enable us to further enhance our offering and aid us in improving education standards across the OIE network and beyond. 

“We believe it is important that the OIE continues to evolve as our network continues to grow. We now work with schools, universities and educators across a vast geographical area and our regional teams allow us to focus on separate regions.”

Stephanie Wattam, who started working with the OIE eight years ago as a receptionist, has been named as the OIE Yorkshire and Humber Manager, and Shabana Hussain will be the OIE Tees Valley Manager.

Emma added: “I have the utmost confidence in Stephanie and Shabana to lead the OIE in their respective regions, and I look forward to working closely with them to help improve outcomes for children in the north of England.”

Both regions have recently appointed Business Administration apprentices that were former students at Outwood Grange Academies Trust sponsored schools. 

Mia Swithenbank, a former student at Outwood Academy Bydales, will be based at the OIE Tees Valley centre while former Outwood Academy Adwick student, Hollie McCormack, will be based at the OIE Yorkshire and Humber centre.

Following the growth, the Outwood English Hub, the Yorkshire and Humber Maths Hub, and Teach North will be supported along the Yorkshire and Humber and Tees Valley lines.

The Outwood English Hub and Yorkshire and Humber Maths Hub will continue to be led by Catherine Wright and Kathryn Greenhalgh respectively. The Outwood English Hub was launched in 2018 with the purpose of promoting a love of reading and taking a leading role in supporting schools in the teaching of early reading and phonics.The Yorkshire and Humber Maths Hub harnesses all maths teaching expertise across the region, and helps spread excellent practice for the benefit of students within the region.

Teach North, the OIE’s School Direct Programme, will continue to be led by the OIE’s Associate Director, Emma Tate. The programme strives to develop, support and celebrate excellent trainee teachers who are well prepared for the profession.

The OIE Yorkshire and Humber Senior Administrator who will be supporting Emma Tate is Olivia Bennett. Olivia has been promoted to the role after originally starting at the OIE as a Receptionist.

Lauren Orange