Our Team

Director of Teaching School

DavidDavid Struthers, Director

David has been the Director of SETSA since 2012 and leads the SETSA team. As well as overseeing the general TSA work he has led the Science Learning Partnership since 2014 and the Computing Hub since

Administration Team

Emma Emmerton, Project OfficerImg 20201123 142343 01

Emma manages the Science Learning Partnership for Southend, Essex & Thurrock.

SarahSbc photo Beresford-Cole, Project Officer

Sarah manages the Computing Hub for London & Essex.


Nicola Staldi, Project Officer

Nicola will be taking over from Sarah managing the Computing Hub for London & Essex.

Emma Lowne, AdministratorEmma Lowne

Emma manages the NQT Development Programme; SLE Recruitment & Training; Leader Training Programmes; Subject Network Groups; Sport England Programme and other non-science training programmes.


WIN 20200511 09 40 11 Pro (2)James Gardner, Computing Hub Subject Lead

James has been the Head of Computer Science at Westcliff High School for Girls for the past 7 years. He has overseen the transition from ICT to the new GCSE  and A-Level specification. He has been teaching ICT and Computer Science for more than 12 years, in both the Primary and Secondary Sector.

He has facilitated CPD and challenged staff in the school to find new and innovative ways to use the technology within their planning and delivery of lessons. He has also worked with staff to help them find more efficient ways of delivering content to students. He is an accredited Facilitator for NCCE and is the Computing Hub Subject Lead for the London and Essex Computing Hub.

Matt kingMatt King, Lead Teacher for the SLP Biology Specialism

Matt is the lead teacher for the Biology specialism that SETSA gained in 2021. He is also Head of Biology at Westcliff High School for Girls, a STEM facilitator and a finalist for the 2021 Royal Society of Biology - Biology Teacher of the Year.  Matt has over 12 years teaching experience.


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    Mr P 'Improving Reading & Writing through Disney & other Media' - 27 Sept 4pm - remote course £20pp
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    Extend your GCSE computer science subject knowledge with our new course: Fundamentals of Computer Networks Starts 23 June 4pm Book here:
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    If you haven't been able to experience required science practicals first hand this year, you might be interested in joining us at our upcoming face to face 'Closing the practical gap in science' CPD running on Fri 9 July:
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    Sport England: Boxfit CPD for Secondary School PE Teachers - 1 July 2021 4.15pm - only £10pp or free to those signed up to SE:
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    SNG Meetings - This Week - Book now to receive your meeting link
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    EYFS - Summer Subject Network Group - 23 June 2021 4pm. Book your place to receive online meeting link
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    Sport England: New Session Added -
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    Summer Subject Network Groups - 9 June after school. Great, interactive meetings attended by teachers and run by teachers. Go here to see which meetings are running this term:
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    Read the latest secondary & FE news from , & SLP - book remote CPD, secure your place at our regional & conferences from the East of England SLPs - you can even join us for face to face CPD!
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    This year's Science Jamboree is a fantastic opportunity for students to experience and discover the exciting & diverse world of STEM virtually. Aimed at Primaries (KS1 & 2 & EYFS). Awareness Event 27 May 4.15pm:
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    Southend-on-sea primary science teachers: Please note that the next online network meeting +CPD "Good practice & assessment in primary science" has been moved to Thurs 10 June, please update your calendars & book your place here
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    The Southend Virtual Careers Fair launches on Tues 4th May, showcasing a range of employers & career opportunities available in & around our local area. Read more about how your school can get involved!
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