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The Lark Teaching School Alliance

Meet the team

Clare Lamb


Clare has been in primary education for 24 years, working in schools in West Yorkshire and Suffolk. Clare has been headteacher for 14 years at All Saints’ CEVCP School in Suffolk, which is an outstanding rural primary school and National Support School.

Clare is a National Leader of Education, Professional Partner, Pupil Premium Reviewer and Director of The Lark Teaching School Alliance. Clare enjoys all aspects of school to school support and working with colleague teachers and headteachers to develop effective teaching and learning and leadership. As an experienced SENCo, Clare has a particular interest in raising standards and improving the quality of education for pupils with special needs, which she does as an accredited SEND Reviewer.

As a system leader Clare has significant experience of supporting schools in challenging circumstances; working alongside system leaders, HMIs and local authority advisors to identify areas for improvement to improve outcomes for children.

The Lark TSA, under the leadership of Clare, is dedicated to growing and developing the teachers and education leaders of tomorrow.

Julie Bidwell

Strategic Project Manager

Julie started her career teaching English in a Norfolk secondary school and following a move to Suffolk became interested in SEN provision in mainstream schools. After 12 years in this field, she became a deputy head and shortly afterwards a headteacher. During her time as a headteacher, she identified staff CPD as an effective tool to support change and improvement and has remained committed to the importance of high-quality professional development with planned and traceable impact.

Having been seconded on two occasions to lead particular projects on behalf of local authorities, Julie then worked as Director of an associate college in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University, delivering the MA in Education and was then appointed as regional lead for school leadership at Eastern Leadership Centre, with a particular emphasis on the national professional qualifications: NPQH, NPQSL and NPQML. Julie is an experienced school governor and is a Fellow of the RSA.