Our Primary Partnership Management Committee (PPMC) is our strategic management group comprised of  educational leaders from across the region who work with us on all aspects of course governance.

We meet formally three times a year, but are in regular communication about course developments and the regional educational landscape. If you would like to become a member, then please use the link below, providing some details of your current position, experience and areas of expertise / interest.


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  • Amanda Fewkes
    The Fen Rivers SEMH
    Special School Headteacher
    Amanda Fewkes, Headteacher / Designated Safeguarding Lead / Mental Health First Aider / Senior Mental Health Lead BSC (Hons), PGCE, Postgrad Diploma Education, NPQH, MCCT, FCCT, MHFA, YMHFA
    I have worked in education for 27 years, 17 of those in educational leadership. During this time I have taught from Early Years Foundation Stage children to Secondary age children and enjoy the challenges that each age and stage brings. I worked as a SENCO for 15 years, as well as leading as Headteacher in three previous schools, before joining Fen Rivers two years ago. During this time I served as a Chair of Governors in a Primary school as well as being on the PGCE Management Committee at UEA. I am also a Mental Health and Youth Mental Health First Aider and a Fellow of The Chartered College of Teaching.
    I am a passionate advocate for positive mental health and wellbeing, firmly believing that my staff team and the pupils we serve will all thrive and achieve great things if we care for their wellbeing and they are able to be their authentic selves; feeling seen, heard and held in mind. I am currently undertaking Masters Level study in Leadership of Mental Health and Wellbeing in schools, as well as in therapeutic and trauma informed practice.
    I joined PPMC with a goal of promoting routes into Special Education, develop understanding of what SEMH is and what it is not and to ensure mental health and wellbeing is considered.
    I joined PPMC again recently with a goal of promoting routes into Special Education, develop understanding of what SEMH is and what it is not and to ensure mental health and wellbeing is considered. I have interviewed candidates for the PGCE programme, hosted PGCE students and have appointed some in my role as Headteacher.
  • Sonia Innes
    VNET Education CIC
    Education Director
    Sonia Innes is Education Director for VNET Education, a not-for-profit school improvement company which supports around two hundred schools in Norfolk and surrounding East Anglia. Sonia is an experienced education consultant, adviser and ex-school leader with 14 years as a headteacher in three primary schools. Sonia is delighted to be a member of the Primary PGCE Professional Management Committee and enjoys working alongside the team to see new teachers flourish into their early careers.
    Through my contribution as one of the programme’s internal examiners, I have seen first-hand that the UEA Primary PGCE is a well-planned programme which enables students to emerge as high-quality reflective practitioners.
  • Rachael Judd
    Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies
    Trust Academies Group Executive Principal
    I have a degree in law and am a qualified teacher. I have worked as an advanced skills teacher in early years. I was headteacher of a large, urban infant school and have been a national leader of education. I have worked as a local authority senior advisor for intervention and inspection. Currently I work as an academies group executive principal for a large multi academy trust. I have a particular expertise in literacy, phonics and the Early Years Foundation Stage. I joined the PPMC because of the importance of developing strong links between our schools within the Multi Academy Trust and the superb PGCE course that develops and shapes many of our new trainee teachers. It has been a privilege to work with UEA tutors together with other education professionals in the area to further develop and shape this process.
    As an advanced skills teacher I had the privilege to work with the UEA PGCE course to support some students in their school-based practice. This highlighted the powerful combination of course tutor's expertise together with first class school-based practise that ultimately leads to superbly trained students who are ready for their first teaching posts. The UEA PGCE Partnership is a strong and highly valued by schools across Norfolk and Suffolk.
  • Sheree Brock
    Recreation Road Infant School
    Assistant Head Learning and SENDCo
    I am currently Assistant Head for Learning and SENDCo. My teaching and leadership experience is across the infant phase. I am very passionate about children having opportunities to be successful in a holistic way at Recreation Road Infant School. I wanted to join the PPMC as I am Induction Mentor and I enjoy working with ECTs as they take those first steps into their teaching career. I also wanted Recreation Road Infant to continue having those strong links with the UEA. I have interviewed candidates for the PGCE programme, hosted PGCE students, and appointed some in my role as AHT.
    At Recreation Road Infant we have collaborated with UEA on numerous occasions supporting lectures, seminars, and interviews. We offer trainees placements and many of our staff body are former UEA graduates. Our Previous Head Teacher was also a part of the Primary Partnership Management Committee.
  • Emma Blake
    Sheringham Community Primary School

  • Rob Brewster
    Director of Professional Learning
    Sapienta Trust

  • Carolyn Ellis-Gage
    Parkside School

  • Helen Laflin
    Browick Road Primary and Nursery

  • Karen Hutchinson
    Senior Advisor Strategy and Partnership, Education Strategy and Infrastructure Service
    Norfolk County Council