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Pimlico-London SCITT

The Pimlico-London SCITT

The SCITT Team


Natalie Parker, Head of Initial Teacher TRAINING & Future Academies Professional Development Lead

Natalie is Head of Initial Teacher Training, and Professional Development Lead for Future Academies, alongside teaching Maths and Economics at Pimlico Academy. 

Natalie oversees the delivery of our training programme, regularly sourcing expert teachers to lead sessions to our trainee teachers with a particular focus on sharing evidence-informed practice. She has a background in teacher education, having worked on teacher training projects in several countries alongside acting as an associate tutor for the Teach First programme. She has an MA in Educational Leadership from the Institute of Education with a focus on continuing professional development. 


David has been a Headteacher in four different schools over the last 21 years. David currently works as a Primary Programme Lead for the Pimlico London SCITT and meets regularly with the Primary School leaders within Future Academies to provide advice and support.  

David has previously worked for the Department for Education as the Head of Office for the Lancashire and West Yorkshire Regional School’s Commissioner, where his role was to hold schools to account for academic performance and to help support their development. 

 As a Trustee and Principal, David helped set up and develop two free schools with a third in the pipeline. 

 David was educated at De La Salle Grammar School and attended Liverpool University where he gained a B.Ed and a Diploma for the Advanced Study of Education (DASE). 

 Joanna James, Deputy SCITT Lead

Jo is Deputy Lead of Initial Teacher Training at the Pimlico-London SCITT. An MFL teacher with over a decade of experience in the classroom, she was Head of Languages for four years before moving into Senior Leadership as Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning at one of the country's top performing state schools.

She has an MA in Education and is passionate about all things teaching, learning and curriculum. She oversees the London Secondary trainees, monitoring their progress and wellbeing. Furthermore, she works closely with Natalie on the delivery of the ITT curriculum through the Professional Studies sessions.

Debbie Shannon, Hertfordshire ITT Lead 

Debbie is Hertfordshire Lead of Initial Teacher Training at the Pimlico-London SCITT. She initially trained in PE and English and in recent years retrained in maths, cluminating in over 23 years of teaching delivery in the classroom. Debbie also brings over 16 years of leadership experience as subject and pastoral leads, as well as 8 years of senior leadership where she was responsible for Teaching and Learning, staff wellbeing and safeguarding. She values above all things the development of staff, ensuring teachers and support staff have the necessary skills and resources to complete their roles to the best of their ability. Debbie oversees the Hertfordshire trainees and supports the delivery of the Professional Studies. Additionally, Debbie oversees Assessment Only applications, recruitment, and development of NQTs within the Future Academy Trust.

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Pimlico Academy, Lupus Street, London SW1V 3AT
Tel: 020 7802 3455